North Texas Insider Alumni newsletter

Dr. Norval Pohl Dear Alum,

I've been overwhelmed by the kind words of support so many of you have shared since I told you last week that I do not intend to stay at UNT beyond August 2006, the end of the next academic year.

Many of you said how proud you were of our recent strides: the addition of several buildings on campus, the creation of the UNT Research Park and the founding of the College of Engineering.

Because I know that many good and dedicated faculty and staff work hard to see our university succeed, I am not worried about UNT's continued progress. In fact, we will gain ground in the coming months as we transform our university honors program into a full-fledged Honors College, expand our international and graduate programs, and work toward having our university recognized as a student-centered research institution. The high-caliber teaching done everyday in our classrooms – the heart of our mission – will continue uninterrupted as our professors prepare students for their futures.

At the same time, I expect we will complete the first phase of the university's Strategic Plan in the coming months. Just as developing our Academic Plan required the collaboration of more than 200 faculty, completing and implementing the Strategic Plan relies on the collaboration of our entire community. In many ways, the Strategic Plan will be an important blueprint for the university's 14th president.

UNT is a great place with a bright future. We won't lose our momentum.

Until next time,



July 2005

Support UNT, sport our new gear

Honors College debut

Ride in style to LSU

Become a Congressional insider

Keeping UNT beautiful

Cool link of the month:
The music of John Bryant

What musical treasures are kept within the collections at the UNT Music Library?

NTExes need partygoers


UNT Bookstore offers updated wear
Since our updated brand and new marks debuted in April, I've gotten dozens of requests from alums eager to support UNT by sporting our new gear. I've recently learned that the UNT Bookstore is stocking up on many new items, and I wanted to give you the first chance to check out the new stuff. Also, don't forget to remind store clerks at your favorite retailers that you want to see UNT green alongside those burnt orange and maroon items. Happy shopping! To shop the UNT Bookstore, visit

Honors College set to debut Aug. 1
Our university honors program is transitioning into an Honors College that will surely elevate our level of honors education nationally and make us even more attractive to the best and brightest students. The change becomes official Aug. 1, and I hope you'll be able to celebrate with us. If you would like to support the new college, join us for the kickoff from 3 to 5 p.m. Aug. 1 in Room 301 of the General Academic Building. To learn more about our Honors College, visit

Your ticket to ride?
The odds are in your favor for a chance to ride in style and party down aboard the Regal Eagle bus to the North Texas football game against LSU Sept. 3 in Baton Rouge, La. Only 500 tickets will be sold for a drawing that could land you an all-inclusive trip aboard the Regal Eagle for you and up to nine guests to enjoy refreshments on the bus, hotel rooms, tailgating tickets, and transportation and tickets to the game. Tickets for the drawing are $50 each. Good luck! I hope to see you there! To learn more, click the link below.

UNT libraries make congressional reports available
The hard work of several of our librarians has made it possible for the general public to access vital information members of Congress use to make policy decisions and establish federal laws. The new online archive of Congressional Research Service Reports contains more than 6,500 reports on everything from terrorism to Social Security. To read more, click the link below.

Library Mall beautification continues
I'm pleased to report that our North Texas spirit mark has been firmly bricked into the Grace Cartwright Library Plaza, which is named after the former UNT regent who donated the funding for the north side of the Library Mall. But the mall area isn't nearly done. Alumna and retired UNT librarian Louise Evans has generously agreed to fund beautification efforts at the south end of the mall area. Also, the Student Government Association is planning a memorial sculpture for the area. To see more photos of the mall area, click the link below.

Cool link of the month: The musical stylings of John Bryant
John Bryant arrived at North Texas with dreams of becoming a great percussionist. By the time he left in 1974 to tour with the internationally known Paul Winter Consort, he was well on his way. Today, he pursues innovative work through his percussion group, D'Drum, while maintaining a production studio in Dallas for his company, Bryant Hames Music. Listen to his original music featured in documentaries and commercials at or revisit the recent North Texan article at

UNT Trivia

UNTRIVIA: What musical treasures are kept within the collections at the UNT Music Library?

a. first editions of Handel's Messiah and Mozart's Don Giovanni
b. broadcasts from the Voice of America
c. autographed manuscripts from Aaron Copland and Arnold Schoenberg
d. All of the above.


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The North Texas Exes hosting area send-off parties
The North Texas Exes and the UNT Parents Association invite all alumni to join them in wishing incoming freshmen a Mean Green welcome to UNT at area send-off parties. Here's an overview of the send-off party schedule: Aug. 1 for Tarrant County, Aug. 4 for the Austin area, Aug. 6 for Dallas County, Aug. 9 for Denton County and Aug. 11 for the Houston area. Come join the Exes and UNT Parents Association to celebrate with our incoming freshmen. To learn more or to RSVP, contact Barbara Sanders at or (940) 565-3162 or Sarah Heiser at or (940) 565-2834. To learn about other fun alumni activities and chapters, visit

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