North Texas Insider Alumni newsletter

Dr. Norval PohlDear Alum,

Earlier this month, we added about 2,600 more North Texans to your ranks after our graduation ceremonies, and I expect that each of the new grads will join you in representing our university well in their future endeavors.

In fact, I’m already proud to tell you that Kelly Doley, who was one of the first graduates from our new Honors College, will join Kenda Cunningham, who graduated in 2002, and Nirav Patel, who graduated in 2004, at Georgetown University this fall for their prestigious master of science in foreign service program. The program routinely admits only 60 American students each year.

All three of these alumni studied in our political science and honors programs and are great examples of UNT alums. Since the 1999-00 academic year, UNT has conferred 31,530 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. And as of October 2005, there were 153,863 living alums. (You can learn more about our alumni online in the UNT Fact Book, produced by Institutional Research and Accreditation.)

It is exciting to see the North Texas ranks swell with outstanding alums each year.



May 2006


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UNT Strategic Plan

Student Recreation Center renamed

COBA praised for top master's degree

Cool link of the month:
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area

When was UNT's 'Fessor Graham Award first presented?

Online community gaining momentum


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Regents approve UNT Strategic Plan
I wanted to thank so many of you for providing invaluable feedback as we worked to develop our university's Strategic Plan. I am pleased to report that the UNT System Board of Regents approved the five-year UNT Strategic Plan. All university units now are translating the plan’s university-level statements into unit-level strategic plans with specific goals, objectives, strategies, performance measures and action plans to support achievement of the university's goals by 2011. To learn more, visit

Student Recreation Center to be renamed
I was completely overwhelmed at the May 12 appreciation gala honoring my service, especially when I learned that Chancellor Lee Jackson, our regents and university community members plan to name the Student Recreation Center after me. The recreation center is close to my heart as it was one of the first projects I worked on with our students. Our first-class center recently was featured in Texas Architect. It is truly an honor that my service here was recognized in this way. To read more, visit

COBA praised for master's degree
The College of Business Administration recently was recognized by for its outstanding online master of business administration degree program. The site praised UNT's program as a "Top 25 Best Buy" among 130 programs evaluated nationwide. To read more, visit

Cool link of the month: Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area
Our community recently had another reason to celebrate when the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, or LLELA, reopened to the general public May 5 the first time since closing amid security concerns following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. LLELA, which is leased and managed by a consortium that includes UNT’s Institute of Applied Sciences, was created in the early 1990s and covers about 2,000 acres of federally owned land on the Elm Fork of the Trinity River in Denton County, including three hiking trails, campsites, and canoeing and kayaking on the Trinity River. To learn more about what the area offers, click the link below.

UNT Trivia

UNTRIVIA: When was UNT's 'Fessor Graham Award first presented?

a. 1909
b. 1959
c. 1999


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Exes: Online community gaining momentum
Since the North Texas Exes online community launched in November, it has grown in popularity and is steadily increasing its numbers. The site, which is designed to keep you connected with your friends, faculty members and classmates from UNT, can only get better as more alums sign in. If you haven't yet been to the new site, I encourage you to check out the Exes' online community at

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