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UNT Insider | October 2007 Issue

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President's Note

President Gretchen M. Bataille with alumni at the October 13 football game.

President Gretchen M. Bataille with alumni at the Oct. 13 football game. The Mean Green beat the University of Louisiana at Monroe 31-21.

Dear Alum,

This weekend, we will celebrate our Homecoming with a very fitting theme "Unbreakable Bonds." This past year, I've seen firsthand that our UNT family is held together by an unmistakable bond our deep sense of pride for a university on the move.

Many of you will return to Denton for the first time in decades, and I am thrilled you are coming home to a place of which you can be proud. As our university makes progress by adding buildings and creating new areas of study, we continue to maintain the programs that already are some of the best in the nation and world. While there are changes around campus, I know each of you will recognize buildings from the years you were here and are excited for another chance to experience our long traditions like the Homecoming Bonfire and Parade.

You will enjoy a variety of Homecoming festivities, but I am especially excited about hosting the Golden Eagles Reunion that celebrates the Class of 1957. I also look forward to Friday's Legacy Dinner, which is designed to connect alumni with today's students and to build new bonds as we celebrate our past and plan for the future. And as we cheer on the Mean Green football team at Saturday's game against Middle Tennessee, I will be proud to look out into the sea of green in our stadium and know we share an unbreakable bond that drives us to build an even brighter tomorrow for UNT.

For a full schedule of events, I encourage you to visit www.unt.edu/homecoming. And don't forget to share your Homecoming experiences with the North Texan, our alumni magazine, at http://web3.unt.edu/urcm/homecoming07/. You can visit this site to read one another's stories and share pictures and video from this year's celebration.

With green pride,
Gretchen M. Bataille


Andrew Harris

Moving Forward: New vice president for finance and administration
Andrew Harris will join us Nov. 5 as the vice president for finance and administration. As UNT's chief financial officer, Harris will provide stewardship over the more than $580 million annual budget and other resources at UNT. He served as the associate vice president and university budget director at the University of Chicago from 2004 until he was called to active duty in Afghanistan in 2005.

G-Force logo

Grant supports efforts to enroll first-generation students
A $117,000 grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board will help support UNT's G-Force Program, which is aimed at helping recruit first-generation college students. G-Force members make regular visits to local high schools and meet with students to help provide college enrollment guidance and support. They work closely with high school administrators, counselors and student leaders to ensure the success of the program. The G-Force program and the Emerald Eagle Scholars program are just a few examples of UNT's aggressive approach to provide access to the dream of earning a college degree for academically talented students with high financial need.

Goodbye to a River

UNT faculty, students retrace route of Brazos in Goodbye to a River
Fifty years after Texas writer John Graves chronicled his three-week journey down the Brazos river, five students and three faculty members explored the river to compare Graves' account to the river's current condition. The students and faculty members each from a different discipline read Goodbye to a River before they took their trip last week, and each kept a personal journal with their impressions of the Brazos. This exciting hands-on learning experience surely will help students discover new ideas.

Student using microscope

Criminalistics program receives crime-solving microscope
The Houston Police Department Crime Laboratory donated a forensic comparison microscope for students in the Criminalistics Certificate Program in the Department of Criminal Justice so they may learn how to compare markings left on fired bullets, rope, fibers and other samples. The microscope was donated to UNT in recognition of our excellent criminal justice program. And certainly it will help strengthen our program and further improve its reputation.

Carol Ann Frost

Faculty Focus: Carol Ann Frost
I am pleased to welcome Carol Ann Frost, a nationally recognized accounting scholar with important real-world experience in global markets, to UNT's excellent faculty ranks. Frost joins us as the first Bernard "Barney" A. Coda Endowed Chair in the College of Business Administration. A generous gift from the estate of the late accounting alumnus Thomas W. Richardson made this position and appointment possible. I look forward to the advancements Frost will make at UNT as a successful scholar and as a mentor to our accounting doctoral students.

UNT homecoming bonfire

UNT Traditions: Homecoming Bonfire
One of UNT's oldest traditions is the Homecoming Bonfire and Yell Contest. Talons work around the clock, camping out all week long to build and keep a watchful eye on the stack that is to be set ablaze. The night of the bonfire, alumni are invited to light the fire, and students from residence halls and organizations participate in the "Yell Like Hell" spirit competition. I hope to see you there.

John Bramblitt

Featured Link: UNT students are a hot commodity on YouTube, MTV
UNT students recently received top-billing on two of the nation's most popular outlets YouTube and MTV. When Texas Country Reporter posted its story about UNT student John Bramblitt, a blind artist with an inspiring story, to YouTube, it fast became one of the site's top-viewed films. After Bramblitt lost his vision, he took up painting by developing a process that uses his sense of touch. And MTV featured a home video made by the band Midlake. The video highlights band members' love of their UNT and Denton roots. Their humorous tour of the Denton square points out landmarks you likely will recognize.

North Texas Exes

Exes launch LinkedIn.com group
Alumni can improve connections to classmates and to UNT through a newly launched University of North Texas Alumni - North Texas Exes group on LinkedIn.com. The professional networking web site has more than 15 million users worldwide. LinkedIn is free to join but also offers paid accounts with enhanced features. Exes executive director Derrick Morgan tells me more than 13,000 North Texans already are using LinkedIn but most are not connected with one another. This new group will help make those connections easier. To join, alumni, students and friends must first register at LinkedIn. Once registered, they can join the Exes group. To learn about activities for alumni, visit www.ntexes.org.

October 2007

At a Glance

Moving Forward:
New vice president for finance and administration

Grant supports efforts to enroll first-generation students

UNT faculty, students retrace route of Brazos in Goodbye to a River

Criminalistics program receives crime-solving microscope

Faculty Focus:
Carol Ann Frost

UNT Traditions:
Homecoming Bonfire

Featured Link:
UNT students are a hot commodity on YouTube, MTV

Exes launch LinkedIn.com group

Don't Forget!

Nolan Ryan, businessman and former Texas Rangers pitcher, will deliver the keynote address at the sixth annual Murphy Enterprise Center Leadership Luncheon Nov. 2 at the Anatole Hotel in Dallas. It is sponsored by the Jerry Durant Family of Dealerships. To enter a drawing to win two free tickets to the luncheon, e-mail me by 5 p.m. Oct. 29 at president@unt.edu with "Leadership Luncheon" in the subject line.


Karis Durant, a political science major and music minor, won a $5,000 scholarship and met Gov. Rick Perry earlier this month as one of six Texas students honored by the Texas Conference for Women.

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