North Texas Insider Alumni newsletter

Dr. Norval Pohl Dear Alum,

As many of you know, a university is far more than its buildings. Yet, campus facilities play a central role in a student's experience, so I'm excited to tell you about our progress on several new facilities that will enhance our students' days at UNT, add much-needed space for services and make our campus more beautiful.

I was pleased that many of you joined me for the ribbon-cutting and groundbreaking ceremonies at this year's Homecoming festivities. Our new Waranch Tennis Complex and the Mean Green Village fill me with pride for the future of UNT. And I am certain Chestnut Hall, which is slated to open in Spring 2007, will be another stellar building. It will house our Health Center, Career Center, and Counseling and Testing Services.

At the same time, I look forward to seeing the addition of a waterfall to the Library Mall. This project, which will be completed next spring, is an important step in our beautification efforts.

I also am proud of plans for two new residence halls that should open in time for Fall 2007.

It's great to see such progress on our campus.




November 2005

Order your UNT
holiday cards now

UNT receives $2.5 million gift

$500,000 NSF award for scholarships

Students win top award at film festival

Professor awarded congressional fellowship

Cool link of the month: Mean Green Involved in the Community

How many fans attended North Texas' Homecoming game this year?

NTexes invite you to join their new online community


Order your holiday cards now
It's not too late to order your UNT holiday greeting cards. Catch the green spirit this season with our personalized holiday cards that feature UNT places, graphics and catchy greetings like "Wishing You an Upbeat Holiday" and "Catch the Holiday Spirit." There are seven designs created by UNT's Printing Services. The cards start at $29.95 (plus sales tax) for a set of 25 and can be shipped to you (for an additional cost) or picked up at Eagle Images in the University Union, Room 241. To learn more or place your order, visit

UNT receives $2.5 million from Priddy Charitable Trust
It's an exciting time for 10 of our outstanding graduate students, who recently received the first Priddy Charitable Trust Fellowships in Arts Leadership. More than $2.5 million was given to UNT from the Robert and Ruby Priddy Charitable Trust to set up the fellowship program, which will enable students to undertake graduate study through coursework, internships and involvement with the North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts. To read more, visit

$500,000 NSF award for scholarships
UNT recently received a National Science Foundation award worth nearly $500,000, which was provided by the Noyce Foundation. It will fund a four-year scholarship program to help fill Texas' critical need for high-quality high school mathematics and science teachers in urban and rural school districts. To learn more, click the link below.

Students win top award at film festival
My congratulations go to UNT graduate student and teaching assistant Meta Newhouse and master's film student Tania Khalaf, whose 13-minute documentary, Still, Life, received first prize in the Documentary Short Competition at the Austin Film Festival after making its debut. The short was shown at the Deep Ellum Film Festival earlier this month and will be featured at the Santa Fe Film Festival Dec. 7-11. To read more, visit

Sociology professor awarded congressional fellowship
Erma Lawson, associate professor of sociology, recently was awarded a congressional fellowship from the American Sociological Association's Sydney S. Spivack Program in Applied Social Research and Social Policy. Beginning in January, Dr. Lawson will spend six months in Washington, D.C., to assist lawmakers by bringing her sociological perspective to health care policies, particularly those affecting women and minorities. This is a boon for the country and for UNT, as she'll surely bring back significant knowledge and experience to her students. To learn more, visit

Cool link of the month: Mean Green Involved in the Community
When UNT's student athletes aren't hitting the books or the playing fields, they can often be found volunteering their time. They've helped Cumberland Presbyterian Children's Home, the Salvation Army, Keep Denton Beautiful and the North Texas Family Olympics. Most recently, our men's and women's golf teams visited the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children to hand out boxes full of posters, footballs and volleyballs in the hospital's pediatric center. To see photos of their volunteer efforts, visit

UNT Trivia

UNTRIVIA: How many fans attended North Texas' Homecoming game this year?
a. 17,000
b. 19,000
c. 21,000


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