North Texas Insider Alumni newsletter


Dr. Norval Pohl Dear Alum,

Thank you to all who participated in our annual reader satisfaction survey last month in the North Texas Insider. I was pleased to see that the majority of you are happy with the Insider and rely on it to learn about news and happenings here at UNT.

I was proud to see an overall satisfaction rating of 4.2 out of 5. That's quite impressive, but it still means I need to work harder to deliver "reader-friendly, entertaining news" about UNT. I'm shooting for a 5 out of 5 next year.

I am glad to get your suggestions about the content and you will soon start seeing some of those ideas in the Insider. For example, one thing survey participants seem to long for is more news about what's happening in our departments and ways to reconnect with them. Several of you also requested additional profiles on the fascinating work and research conducted by our professors. I'll begin looking for ways to include more of that information, while keeping the Insider just as fun and relevant as ever.

Your input is important to me, and I appreciate the time each of you took to read the Insider and complete the survey.

By the way, I encourage you to participate in The North Texan survey currently under way to provide feedback on our alumni magazine.

Until next time,
Norval

 

 


June 2005
STORIES BELOW 

Student loan consolidation

Legislative outcomes

It's not too late to get your yearbook

Mean Green football tickets on sale now

Professor's art displayed in New York

Cool link of the month:
Eagle Ambassadors' Mean Green Trivia

UNTRIVIA:
Do you know just how big UNT really is?

NTExes:
NTExes invite you to parent receptions

 

 




Consolidated your student loans yet?
Many of you probably took out financial aid loans to pay for the cost of attending UNT, and many of you probably continue to make headway on paying off those loans. That's why I felt it important to make sure you know that interest rates on direct consolidation student loans are set to increase July 1. This means you have until midnight June 30 to lock in lower rates. It might be worth a call to your lender to make sure you have already consolidated or get the paperwork started on consolidation. It could end up saving you thousands in the long run. To learn more, visit www.loanconsolidation.ed.gov/.
 


Outcomes from Texas' 79th legislative session
You've probably heard Texas' 79th legislative session closed without approval of plans to establish a UNT law school in Dallas or allocation of $94 million in tuition revenue bonds for capital improvements at UNT. We came close on both bills but lawmakers ultimately ran short on time. However, UNT did receive about $4 million in additional general revenue funds. We were encouraged by how close we came to winning approval for the law school, which makes me confident that soon it will be a reality. I also am hopeful legislators will approve the building funds at the special session called this month. To read more on how UNT fared in the regular session, visit
www.unt.edu/inhouse/june102005/legislature.htm
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Aerie logo


It's not too late to order a yearbook
I've recently heard from several of you who were eager to share stories about your UNT days. It seems it's been a good while since many of you found yourself moseying across campus or listening to the One O'Clock Lab Band rehearse, so I thought more of you might want to take a stroll down memory lane. One fun way to do that is by purchasing yearbooks from past years. I'm told that most yearbooks from 1982 on are available for $40. To learn more, call (940) 565-3822 or visit www.unt.edu/union/aerie.htm.



Purchase your football tickets now
It's getting close to kick off for the 2005 North Texas football season, and season tickets already are on sale. The Athletic Department has several options available for those of you eager to crowd into Fouts Field. Recent graduates (2000-2005) can get season tickets starting at $50, while the price for the general public starts at $60. To learn more about the Mean Green football schedule or to purchase tickets or game wear, call (940) 565-2527, send e-mail to ticketoffice@unt.edu or visit
www.meangreensports.com.



Professor's artwork displayed in New York
Annette Lawrence, associate professor of visual arts, had eight pieces of her artwork on display in a solo exhibition at the Betty Cuningham Gallery in New York through June 22. The work is from her 2001 series, Theory, which was inspired by her own third-grade music book. Some of her other pieces are part of the collections at the Dallas Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. To learn more about her work, click the link below.
www.unt.edu/resource/04artfeature.htm



Cool link of the month: Eagle Ambassadors' Mean Green Trivia
For nearly three years now, I've been sharing fun and informative UNT facts. Now, it's time to see if you were paying attention. The Eagle Ambassadors, our campus tour guides, recently updated an online trivia game to teach our incoming students about UNT. How well do you know your alma mater? To test your knowledge, click on the link below.
www.unt.edu/ambassadors/trivia.htm


UNT Trivia


UNTRIVIA: Do you know just how big UNT really is?

a. 415 acres
b. 835 acres
c. 1,665 acres

Answer


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North Texas Exes invite alums to parent receptions
The North Texas Exes are looking for alumni who are available to attend receptions to mix and mingle with the parents of incoming freshmen this summer. The parent receptions, which are part of the Freshman Orientations, are scheduled for almost every week between now and the end of July. To learn more, e-mail sheiser@unt.edu or call (940) 565-2834. To learn about other fun alumni activities and chapters to join, visit www.unt.edu/alumni.



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