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Dear Alum,

You spoke, and I listened. Almost 70 percent of you who responded to my survey want to receive the North Texas Insider once a month, and I am happy to oblige. Thank you for allowing me to e-mail you and for sending me encouraging feedback.

Since the last Insider in early October, UNT has had preliminary discussions with Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth about the purchase of its law school. If a future agreement is reached, UNT plans to operate the law school in its current downtown location, about three miles from the UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth. I will fill you in on details as they develop.

Until then, enjoy the aromas of the holidays and the warmth and caring of family and friends.

Happy Thanksgiving,


STORIES BELOW November 2002

More UNT recipes

Start-up the band

Straightforward insurance tips

UNT's research in pre-natal heart development

Cruisin' with the Exes

UNT cool link of the month: Ned's Turkey Farm

UNTrivia: Retired jersey numbers



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Memorable dorm dining

I didn't realize UNT cafeteria food elicited fond memories in alumni, but why not? UNT is the only university I know where a food item inspired a tradition. After the first issue of Insider published the recipe to Union Coffee Cake, two of you wrote in requesting desserts you remembered from Bruce and Clark halls: Banana Split Torte and Gypsy Coffee Cake. Enjoy them this Thanksgiving.

Dust off your instruments

If you have ever wondered what you can do with your old band instruments, consider donating them to Start-up the Band, an outreach program of the College of Music. Professors and students collect and refurbish used instruments and place them in the hands of Denton's low-income elementary-school children, along with music lessons, so they can afford to be part of a school band when they enter the sixth grade.

Insurance made easy

If you, like me, shove your incomprehensible home insurance policies in a drawer, wishing they were clearer than mud, then check out a new web site of the UNT Financial Services Center in the College of Business Administration. Created by two UNT students, the site answers consumer questions in simple language about mold, preventing loss, saving money and coverage options.


Unscrambling eggs

I find it fascinating that a one-and-a-half-pound emu egg gives UNT biologists a glimpse into how the heart develops before birth. Studying animal embryos with hearts similar to those of humans ultimately may help correct human heart defects. EGGS, or the Environmental and Genetic Growth Sciences, which UNT initiated, is a global network of scientists that researches heart development.

Rendezvous in Mexico
Just the two of you and five nights on a Mexican cruise. Sound like a dream vacation? Then take your chances with the annual North Texas Exes Scholarship Raffle. Other prizes include UNT season tickets, alumni wear and North Texas watches. You can print raffle tickets from the Exes' home page, but while you're there, check out where your fellow alums are partying during chapter events.

Cool link: Ned's Turkey Farm

Did you know that in 1993 UNT became the first university in the nation to offer a curriculum in computer game programming? Ned's Turkey Farm is a basic, introductory teaching model for UNT students, some who have gone on to help create games such as Everquest II. (Note: To play Ned's Turkey Farm, you will need at least Windows 95, Microsoft DirectX 7.0 and WinZip.)

UNT Trivia

UNTrivia: UNT has retired four football jersey numbers. Can you match the players with their numbers?

1. Richard Gill
2. "Mean" Joe Greene
3. Abner Haynes
4. Ray Renfro


a. No. 28
b. No. 33
c. No. 55
d. No. 75

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