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Dr. Norval PohlDear Alum,

As most of you know, I will be leaving the UNT presidency this August. This will be my last chance to share my thoughts with you in the e-newsletter, and I want to take this opportunity to tell you how much I've appreciated your tremendous support and dedication to UNT.

Just in the past few years, UNT has created the Research Park, initiated a new College of Engineering and acquired strategically located property to house new venues for our women's athletic programs. In addition, the campus has changed visually – the result of several beautification projects, and we now can see the beginning of a true Greek Village with the addition of sorority housing.

Of course, the Student Recreation Center always will remain close to my heart as it was one of the first projects I worked on with our students. I’m deeply touched that Chancellor Lee Jackson, the Board of Regents and the UNT students have announced that the center will be renamed in my honor.

Finally, I am very pleased that Dr. Gretchen M. Bataille, the sole finalist for UNT’s presidency, will bring experience, talent and vision to UNT. With her dynamic leadership and the dedication of UNT's hard working faculty and staff, the university can look forward to a very bright future.

All my best,


July 2006


An Evening with
Dr. Maya Angelou

Spanish-language media initiatives

Scholarship money

Professor earns national recognition

Cool link of the month:
A Glimpse of China via The North Texan

How many students attended last year's Eagle Camp?

NT Exes:
NT Exes invite you to send-off parties


An Evening with Dr. Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou, acclaimed activist, actress, educator and the author of more than a dozen best-selling books – including I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
will return to UNT for “An Evening with Dr. Maya Angelou” beginning at 7 p.m. Sept. 14 in the UNT Coliseum. UNT presented her with an honorary doctor of humane letters degree in April 2004, when she first visited the campus. Dr. Angelou, only the second poet in U.S. history to write and recite an original work at a presidential inauguration, has been nominated for Emmy and Tony Awards. To learn how to get your tickets, visit

Center for Spanish-Language Media
The university will invest $250,000 a year for the next five years to establish a new Center for Spanish-Language Media to be housed in the Department of Radio, Television and Film. The center will be the first comprehensive training and research center in Spanish-language media in the Southwest and the nation to meet the growing demand for professional media practitioners in the United States and Spanish-speaking nations in Central and South America. To learn more about what’s happening in the RTVF department, visit

Foundation to raise $100,000 for scholarships
UNT has partnered with the Hansen Foundation, created by WFAA sports director Dale Hansen, to provide scholarships to students who wish to attend the university. The foundation plans to raise at least $100,000 for student scholarships during its first year. All proceeds from an upcoming Oct. 3 gala and golf tournament will benefit the scholarships. To learn more, visit

Professor earns national recognition
Mitty Plummer, an associate professor who has coordinated UNT’s nuclear engineering technology program since 1992, earned the 2006 Glenn Murphy Award from the American Society for Engineering Education. This prestigious national award recognizes a distinguished nuclear engineering educator each year for notable professional contributions to the teaching of undergraduate and/or graduate students. To learn more, click the link below.

Cool link of the month: A Glimpse of China
Li Fan, student photographer, recently narrated a slideshow of a trip to his native China for The North Texan, our quarterly alumni magazine. His inspiring photographs of Nanjing and the surrounding rural area of the Anhui Province give us insight into the people and culture there. Visit China vicariously through Li at

UNT Trivia

UNTRIVIA: How many students attended last year's Eagle Camp?

a. 387
b. 455
c. 498
d. 521


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NT Exes: Join the Exes for a Summer Send-Off Party
The North Texas Exes
have teamed up with the UNT Parent Association to host this year's Summer Send-Off Parties, which are held in major cities across Texas in late July and early August. The parties create an opportunity for incoming freshmen and their families to meet others joining the North Texas family. To participate in an event, contact Barbara Sanders at or (940) 565-3162. To learn about fun alumni activities and chapters to join, visit

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