North Texas Insider Alumni newsletter

Dr. Norval Pohl Dear Alum,

I understand from The North Texan editors that many of you submitted Class Notes for the magazine. I look forward to reading about your personal and professional achievements in the fall and winter issues.

Approximately 1,300 UNT students reached an educational achievement at graduation ceremonies May 10, joining your rank as alumni. The Coliseum was full of students and families -- each with stories of accomplishment. I am proud of everyone who earned a degree that day. I would like to share the story of two of them with you.

It always is gratifying to recognize students who are the first in their families to earn a college degree. In this case, I had the pleasure of recognizing two such students, a mother and daughter. Carmen Grant and her daughter Jennifer both graduated from UNT with honors. They hope to inspire a long line of future college graduates in the family. I know they inspired me.

In fact, I hope all alumni still remember the excitement (and relief) of graduation and the benefit of a North Texas education.  

Please have a safe and happy Memorial Day,



May 2003


50th anniversary of UNT's integration 

Largest collection of oral history interviews

First U.S. study on the status of Dallas women and girls

Leading the way to the Dallas Campus

Road trip fun as a result of luxury bus donation

UNT cool link of the month: Student Recreation Center

Bonus set of 10 questions


Students of a historic era
Next year UNT is commemorating the 50th anniversary of accepting its first black students. If you attended North Texas during this time, beginning in 1954, please share your memories with UNT by using the e-mail address below. UNT will honor the individuals who paved the way and helped the university become named one of the nation's 100 best colleges for African American students.

Memoirs of Texans

In recognition of Memorial Day, consider checking out our Oral History Program at UNT and its World War II project. The project is an ongoing collection of interviews with Texans who are former POWs and survivors of the war. It is one of four special projects that make up the largest public university collection of oral history interviews in Texas.

Unprecedented women's study

The Dallas Women's Foundation commissioned UNT to study how the status of women and girls in Dallas County compares with the status of their female counterparts in metropolitan counties across Texas and the nation. The differences in Dallas County include a higher divorce rate, higher birth rates to unmarried women (second only to New York County), fewer women working outside the home and higher salaries for women who do work.

A good sign

If you are driving in Dallas any time soon, look for our new exit signs to the UNT Dallas Campus. They are located on I-20 near Hampton Road in southern Dallas. The Dallas Campus, also known as the UNT System Center, offers courses for college juniors, seniors and graduate students. Seventy-four students have earned degrees since the campus opened in 2000.

Celebrity treatment
This will be no ordinary bus ride. Dallas businessman and UNT supporter Bill Winspear decided more people in the North Texas region need to take advantage of UNT's cultural, academic and athletic events. He has donated a million-dollar luxury bus that will chauffeur the area's movers and shakers to campus. As with all road trips, the fun will start even before they get to Denton.

Albino squirrel in grass

Cool link: Student Recreation Center

UNT is hosting a grand opening celebration for its $25 million Student Recreation Center in the fall. Students, alumni, faculty and staff are getting ready to suit up for fun activities, including weights, rock climbing, whirlpool spas and more. I'll send you event details soon so you can join the week of free festivities. Until then, check out the center's web site.

UNT Trivia

UNTrivia: As a special trivia treat this month, check out the interactive quiz on the UNT Eagle Ambassador site. To test your UNT knowledge with these 10 questions, you'll need Flash. Get it free here.

North Texas Exes logo
For important new developments with the North Texas Exes and ways to become more involved with the alumni association, please visit While you are there, check out the photo gallery. New photos from the Gulf Coast chapter's annual Gala Scholarship Luncheon in April have been posted at

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