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Dr. Norval Pohl Dear Alum,

You have heard me brag about our student athletes' performance on the field and the court, but now I'd like to report on their classroom performance. Our NCAA report card was recently released, and it confirms what I've known all along - our athletes are first and foremost students.

The first NCAA Academic Progress Rate Compilation Report measures how successful university athletic programs are at helping their athletes remain eligible and on track to graduate. I'm proud to say our ratings are highly competitive -- even better in many cases -- when you compare our numbers to those of UT, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Baylor, SMU, TCU and UT-Arlington. That's good news, and it should be a source of pride for our entire community.

Overall, our men's and women's compiled NCAA rating of 951 points is well above the passing rate of 925. In fact, several of our teams scored a perfect 1,000. That doesn't mean we don't have work to do – two of our teams did not make the NCAA cut. The teams won't earn a penalty this first year of the ratings.

Our university has high academic standards for all students and excellent faculty and staff who work hard to ensure that our students are given every opportunity to succeed in their classrooms and on the playing fields.

To learn more, visit (requires Adobe Acrobat or the free Adobe Reader).

Until next time,



March 2005

Cast your ballot now

Alumni appreciation

Microscopes unveiled

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy

Inspirational words

Cool link of the month:
Union Gallery

What was the total attendance at the Super Pit for this year's men's and women's Sun Belt Conference basketball tournaments?

Graduation Party


Vote for the 2005 Homecoming theme
Even though Homecoming 2005 and fall football is seven months away, planning for the annual festivity is well under way. And we need your help deciding on a Homecoming theme. Please consider the four creative choices available at the link below. Pick your favorite theme by April 1.

Alumni Appreciation Day
If you'd like to visit your alma mater sooner than Homecoming, I encourage you to come celebrate Alumni Appreciation Day with us April 8. Alumni Appreciation Day begins with a luncheon at noon in the University Union Silver Eagle Suite. The alumni awards reception begins at 6:30 p.m. and dinner follows at 7:30 p.m. in the Gateway Center Ballroom. Tickets cost $12 for the luncheon, and reservations for the reception and dinner cost $40. To purchase tickets or learn more, call the development office at (940) 565-2900. To see this year's list of award recipients, click the link below.

High-powered microscopes unveiled
I was pleased to be a part of the unveiling of two new, highly advanced electron microscopes last week at UNT's Research Park. The combined capabilities of these fascinating microscopes, which will give researchers the ability to closely examine molecules and atoms, are unique in the southwestern United States and place UNT in an exclusive position both regionally and nationally. I look forward to sharing with you more about the research being conducted with these new instruments. To learn more, click the link below.

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
I hope all of you will tune in for UNT's debut on Bravo's Queer Eye for the Straight Guy at 9 p.m. March 29 to see a lucky North Texas fraternity get a complete makeover. The episode, which was shot at the Sigma Chi house at UNT from Aug. 31 through Sept. 3, promises to let loose the Fab Five's fashion, grooming, culinary, cultural and interior design expertise to the benefit of one of our own. To learn more about the show, click the link below.

Inspirational words
Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, a motivational speaker who beat the odds in achieving his dream of attending the University of Notre Dame and playing football for the Fighting Irish, will bring his message of hard work and determination to UNT. The event begins at 7 p.m. April 12 in the University Union Silver Eagle Suite. His talk will focus on his life experiences and what it takes to make your dreams come true. The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited to the first 1,350 so come early. To learn more about the man whose story was told in the film Rudy, visit

Cool link: Union Gallery
For 29 years, UNT students have put their artistic talents on display in the Union Gallery. In addition, the works of many faculty, alumni and guest artists of both local and international acclaim have been displayed on the gallery's walls. I'm sure many of you remember your visits to the gallery, and I thought you might want to see some of the recent work showcased. To explore some of the gallery's exhibits, visit the link below.

UNT Trivia

UNTRIVIA: What was the total attendance at the Super Pit for this year's men's and women's Sun Belt Conference basketball tournaments?

a. More than 5,000
b. More than 10,000
c. More than 20,000


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Join us for a Graduation Party!
The North Texas Exes hope you'll join us in celebrating the accomplishments of this year's juniors and seniors at the Exes' first Graduation Party. The event is slated from 4 to 6 p.m. April 14 at the North Texas Exes Alumni Center in the Gateway Center. I'll be there to give the future graduates their official UNT class rings. There will be plenty of food and music, so I hope you can stop in. To learn more, e-mail or call (940) 565-2834. To learn about other fun alumni activities and chapters to join, visit

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