North Texas Insider Alumni newsletter

Dr. Norval PohlDear Alum,

As the summer heats up, many of you probably are heading for your favorite vacation spots and are in need of a little summer reading. To kick off the season and get you ready to go, I thought I'd highlight books that our talented alums have penned.

A few titles that recently caught my eye include:

  • 101 Selected Poems by centenarian Jawdat R. Haydar, who earned his bachelor's in history in 1928.
  • Telegraph Days by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and recent Academy Award winner Larry McMurtry, who earned his bachelor's in English in 1958.
  • The Bell Ringer by Victor Rodriguez, a former track team member who earned his bachelor's in 1955 and master's in 1962.
  • The Women There Don't Treat You Mean: Abilene in Song by Joe W. Specht, who graduated with a bachelor's in 1968 and master's degrees in 1972 and 1973.

And of course, you can always find great reads from the UNT Press.



June 2006


Regal Eagle drawing tickets on sale now

Kyrgyzstan ambassador visits

New Venture Creation Contest

Lecturer named Scholar-in-Residence

Cool link of the month:
American Literary Review

How is UNT represented in the revival of the game show I’ve Got a Secret?

NT Exes:
Exes invite you to upcoming events


Win a ride in the Regal Eagle
You have the chance to really travel in style to see the Mean Green take on the Texas Longhorns Sept. 2 in Austin. Only 500 tickets will be sold for a drawing that could land you and up to nine guests an all-inclusive trip aboard the Regal Eagle, complete with refreshments on the bus, hotel rooms, tailgating tickets, transportation and tickets to the game. Tickets for the drawing are $50 each. Good luck! To learn more, click the link below.

Kyrgyzstan ambassador visits UNT
This month, UNT celebrated the beginning of an academic relationship with Kyrgyzstan, a Central Asian country west of China, with a visit from Zamira Sydykova, Kyrgyzstan ambassador to the United States and Canada. Six Kyrgyzstani students - all police officers - joined UNT in May, making it the first U.S. university to receive a group of sponsored students from Kyrgyzstan. To learn more, visit

Students' entrepreneurial dreams come true
Students with dreams of entrepreneurial success will compete this summer at our campus for up to $15,000 to jump-start their businesses. The annual New Venture Creation Contest, sponsored by the Murphy Enterprise Center at UNT, rewards the three best and most innovative business ideas with seed money of $5,000, $10,000 and $15,000. Read more at the link below.

Lecturer named Scholar-in-Residence
Lee Hughes, lecturer and undergraduate adviser for the Department of Biological Sciences, was selected as a 2006-07 Scholar-in-Residence by the American Society for Microbiology. The program develops faculty members’ ability to conduct research in microbiology teaching and learning. Hughes was one of 15 university faculty members in the nation and the only one from a Texas college or university chosen for the program. To learn more, visit

Cool link of the month: American Literary Review
If you are looking for something else to read this summer, maybe you’d like to sit down with a good tale that is so well-crafted it makes you eager for the next line, the next page? American Literary Review, a biannual journal founded in 1990 by the creative writing program in the Department of English, publishes poetry, short fiction and creative nonfiction. Read some of the literary work making its way onto the pages of the American Literary Review at

UNT Trivia

UNTRIVIA: How is UNT represented in the revival of the game show I’ve Got a Secret?

a. The host is a former staff member
b. The set features the UNT logo
c. A panelist is an alumnus
d. A recent contestant was a student


North Texas Exes logo

NT Exes: Exes invite you to upcoming July events
The North Texas Exes hope you'll join them for a couple of exciting July events.
The Tarrant County chapter members invite you to LaGrave Field as the Fort Worth Cats take on the St. Paul Saints July 13 ($9 will get you a reserved box seat). The Dallas chapter members would like you to attend a night with the Frisco Rough Riders July 28 ($15 will get you a home plate seat, a hot dog, chips, a small drink, a PlayBall program and a ticket for the evening drawing). To participate in these events, contact Barbara Sanders at or (940) 565-3162. To learn about fun alumni activities and chapters to join, visit

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