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Dr. Norval Pohl Dear Alum,

I've received many responses from readers interested in our news about the work we are doing to set ourselves apart from our competitors. That's why I'd like to take a moment to report on our academic plan, the foundation on which we will build our future success.

Our academic plan – the first of its kind at UNT – was created with the assistance of more than 200 faculty members who were led by Provost Howard C. Johnson. It will be used as the central planning tool for the future of our university.

This plan builds on our foundational strengths in education, the arts and humanities, while solidifying our place as one of Texas' emerging research universities. Our academic plan is sure to keep us focused on our key business: creating, delivering and applying knowledge.

For far too long, we have been a humble institution quietly imparting knowledge and conducting research. We're taking a different approach now. We plan to boldly tell the world how proud we are of our successes. We will take an active role in managing our future, and creating this plan is one of the first steps.

To read the academic plan, visit (requires Adobe Acrobat or the free Adobe Reader).

Until next time,



May 2005

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Moot Court Squad takes first in state

College of Music receives $100,000

Elm Fork Education Center summer camps

Discovery sheds light on early humans

Cool link of the month: The Wonderful World of Pop-up and Movable Books

What year did the symbol of the star first become associated with North Texas?

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NT Exes need help seeking UNT history


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Moot Court Squad takes first in state
Did you know that for the second year in a row, UNT's Moot Court Squad was ranked first in the state by the Texas Undergraduate Moot Court Association? I was proud to learn that our squad won all three of this year's statewide moot court tournaments sponsored by the association, which promotes the legal and analytical skills of undergraduate college students who plan to attend law school. In addition, a January performance earned the squad third in the nation at the American Collegiate Moot Court Association, an annual national moot court competition where more than 70 teams from 15 states competed. To read more, click the link below.

College of Music receives $100,000 gift
The College of Music received a $100,000 gift this month from the Czech Educational Foundation of Texas to help fund an endowment for an annual residency, promoting Czech music and culture throughout Texas. The CEFT Frank J. and Hermine Hurta Kostohryz Residency in Czech Music and Culture is slated to begin in 2006. The endowment fund now totals more than $300,000, and fundraising efforts are under way to reach $400,000 by the end of 2005. To read more, click the link below.

Elm Fork Education Center summer camps
The summer months are upon us, and many of you are probably planning activities to fill your children's days. If you've got a budding scientist (or just an inquiring mind) on your hands, the summer explorer camps at our Elm Fork Education Center are perfect for your family. There's everything from Creative Science (a look at the science behind the arts) to Adventure Sport (a look at the science behind sports). But be quick – the deadline to register is June 1. For more information, call Kelly Finch, center coordinator, at (940) 369-8936 or visit

Discovery sheds light on early humans
Reid Ferring, UNT geography professor, was part of an international team of scientific researchers who unearthed a Homo erectus skull dating from 1.7 million years ago in the town of Dmanisi, Republic of Georgia. The discovery of the completely toothless skull of an individual well over age 40 (old for that time) indicates that early humans may have had social cooperation skills such as caring for the elderly. Dr. Ferring's work, challenging the "survival of the fittest" theory, earned him a place in the April issues of National Geographic and Nature. To learn more, visit

Cool link: The Wonderful World of Pop-up and Movable Books
Since 1981, the UNT Rare Book Room has astonished visitors with original and interesting exhibits. Such is the case with The Wonderful World of Pop-up and Movable Books, 1811-1996, which is now featured as an online exhibit. The UNT collection, which was created partly through gifts to the university, showcases many of the prominent designers of the novelty books and includes a brief history of the works. To see the exhibit, visit the link below.

UNT Trivia

UNTRIVIA: What year did the symbol of the star first become associated with North Texas?

a. 1890
b. 1892
c. 1988


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North Texas Exes seeking UNT history
The North Texas Exes need your help! They are looking for "Great Moments in North Texas History" for the Exes' 2006 calendar. They already know about some great moments like the 1890 founding of the school and the 1975 upset of the Tennessee Vols by the Mean Green, but they would like your feedback about others. If you have a great moment in mind, please share your idea with Sarah Heiser at by June 15. The top 12 moments will be featured in the 2006 calendar, which will be mailed to North Texas Exes members. To learn about fun alumni activities and chapters to join, visit

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