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Dr. Norval Pohl Dear Alum,

A huge thanks to all of you who voted for the 2004 Homecoming theme. We received 1,239 votes, and the count was close for several potential themes. The winner is … drum roll, please … "Got Green?" Get ready for a green-themed Homecoming extravaganza when the Mean Green plays New Mexico State on Oct. 23.

If you like participating in spirited activities such as voting for a Homecoming theme or paying attention to fun university rankings, then you'll get a chuckle out of UNT's newest honor. We received four squirrels (out of five) from The Campus Squirrel Listings, which rates an institution's "critter quality." I guess the makers of The Campus Squirrel Listings believe that a squirrel-friendly campus equals a student-friendly campus. The listings even have been featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

UNT just incorporated this creative rating into its student recruitment materials, and we tout our albino squirrel just like the listings do. Although Rice University was the only Texas school that squirreled away a five, UNT outranks the prestigious California Institute of Technology—not just by a couple of squirrels, but even in the number of Goldwater Scholars.

Until next time,


March 2004


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Mean Green Job Fair

King of Thailand to receive honorary degree

Creating samples for International Space Station

The Club at Gateway Center

UNT cool link of the month:
Texas Hoe-Down videos

What can 30 bucks get you on the UNT campus?


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Alumni benefit

Looking for a career change? Looking for good employees? The UNT Murphy Enterprise Center is hosting a Mean Green May Job Fair on May 14 in Dallas in cooperation with the UNT Career Center and North Texas Exes. If you want to explore new career options, e-mail your resume to for distribution to employers prior to the job fair. If you would like to interview UNT students and alumni, you can reserve a table by April 8. Good luck to all!

Royal gig
Did you know the King of Thailand is a respected jazz musician? During Spring Break, UNT System officials will travel to Bangkok to present His Majesty with an honorary doctor of music composition and performance. The world-renowned One O'Clock Lab Band will accompany UNT officials. The band will perform the king's jazz compositions during a private ceremony and a public concert and also present a jazz workshop at Chulalongkorn University.

Space science

A UNT student's research in protein crystallization and microgravity will earn her a trip to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida this Spring Break. The student, who is enrolled in UNT's Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science, was one of only 21 students in the state chosen to participate in the Texas research project. The students grew protein crystals for study on the International Space Station.

Lunch rush
You can't beat a three-course meal, complete with linens and china, for $6.50. UNT's student-run restaurant, The Club at Gateway Center, serves 75-200 lunch customers on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during the spring and fall semesters. It is one of the largest student-run restaurants among universities in the nation. Hungry? See the menu at the link below.

Cool link: Rhythm and rhinestones

The Texas Hoe-Down, a country-western dance competition in Fort Worth, is celebrating its 15th anniversary this month. Alumna Judi Caudle and former UNT P.E. teacher, Virginia Rainey, direct the annual American Country Dance Association event. For a preview of the action, watch Judi kick up her heels at a prior competition in this video, a North Texan online exclusive.

UNT Trivia

UNTrivia: What can 30 bucks get you on the UNT campus?

a. Your name immortalized on a brick outside the University Union
b. Tickets to a theater or musical production
c. A UNT shirt from the bookstore or North Texas Exes


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