North Texas Insider Alumni newsletter

Dr. Norval Pohl Dear Alum,

It's been a busy few weeks as our university community pulled together to aid the City of Denton and the American Red Cross in providing an emergency evacuee center for those affected by Hurricane Rita.

The center opened at noon Sept. 23, and during the first weekend, nearly 80 people were housed at our Mean Green Village, a 19-acre addition to the campus that was purchased from Liberty Christian School in 2004. All of those individuals left the center before the newest evacuees arrived Monday.

Currently, about 100 residents from Beaumont are at the shelter.

UNT staff members worked hard to prepare the facility and its grounds, ensuring that the gymnasiums were safe and hospitable. Mattresses with linens and pillows were set up, and each guest was given a bag of personal toiletries. Meals are being provided, and guests also have access to our computers and telephones.

UNT also worked with the North Texas Animal Rescue Alliance to open a pet evacuee center nearby. The pet center, which is being operated by nearly 100 volunteers from 21 rescue groups across North Texas, has housed nearly 40 pets, including a 12-foot boa constrictor, a bearded dragon lizard, a parrot and cats and dogs.

In addition, as a result of our response to Hurricane Katrina last month, we enrolled about 100 students who were displaced from New Orleans universities. UNT provided office space, as well as access to computers, e-mail and libraries, to four faculty members from affected areas so that they could continue their professional work. Our community also collected more than $32,000 to help those affected.

I'm extremely proud of the students, faculty, staff and volunteers who worked around the clock to help those in need during this recovery period. To learn more about our efforts, visit

Until next time,



September 2005

Career Center assists with your job hunt

Save Nov. 19 for Homecoming

UNT enrollment hits record high

Hispanic Heritage Month festivities

Tommy Lasorda speaks at Murphy Enterprise Center luncheon

Cool link of the month:
UNT's newest football halftime show

What national magazine says UNT music rocks?

Visit NTExes' merchandise sale


Career Center extends a helping hand
I hope you'll help me spread the word that our UNT Career Center is available to assist students and alums who are in the market for employment. The center offers free job search advice and maintains an online job board. I encourage you to call the center if you need services and to let your fellow alums know what the center offers. The center also can help if you have a job opening you need to fill. To learn more about the center's services, visit

Plan to join us Nov. 19 for Homecoming
Be sure to mark your calendars for Nov. 19 so you don't miss out on this year's Homecoming, North Texas Hold ‘em – Play to Win. You won't want to miss the annual bonfire (Nov. 18) or the parade before the game. To see a complete Homecoming schedule, visit To learn more about how our football schedule (including our Homecoming) was revised to accommodate the Louisiana teams who helped those affected by Hurricane Katrina, visit

Record-breaking enrollment
UNT hit a record 32,181 students on our 12th class day this fall. That makes this the fifth consecutive year we've hit a record high, and the ninth consecutive year we've seen our enrollment climb. To learn more about our enrollment figures and our newest crop of students, visit

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with us
Hispanic Heritage Month, which kicked off Sept. 14 with a campus carnival, is in full swing at UNT. I hope you'll consider making a trek back to campus for our upcoming Celebracion, our annual Hispanic Heritage Month banquet to honor Latinos on campus and across the world. Or maybe you'd be interested in the upcoming Latinos in the 21st Century – 16th Annual Conference, which will feature the topic "Reaching La Raza: Catering to the Future." To learn more about our festivities, visit

 Tommy Lasorda

Murphy Enterprise Center luncheon set for Nov. 4
Tommy Lasorda, considered one of baseball's most popular ambassadors, will be the keynote speaker at the Jerry Durant Family of Dealerships Leadership Luncheon, which benefits the UNT Murphy Enterprise Center. The annual luncheon is set for Nov. 4 (Friday) at the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas. Those of you attending the luncheon also will see H. Ross Perot receive the Murphy Award, given annually to an outstanding entrepreneur for a lifetime of achievement in business. You can e-mail by Oct. 14 to enter a drawing to win a free ticket to the luncheon. Two winners will be notified on Oct. 17. For more information, visit

Cool link of the month: UNT's newest football halftime show
If you missed UNT's newest advertisement for football halftime shows, which was broadcast during the Mean Green's game against Middle Tennessee, you can see it Oct. 4 on ESPN when UNT takes on Troy. You also can view the streaming video online at The ad was designed to give audiences an overview of the university. The ad runs during game broadcasts at no cost to UNT beyond the cost of producing the ad.

UNT Trivia

UNTRIVIA: What national magazine says UNT music rocks?

a. Down Beat
b. Rolling Stone
c. Spin


North Texas Exes logo

NTExes merchandise sale ongoing
The North Texas Exes are cleaning house and that means great sales for you. Stop by the Alumni Center in the Gateway Building, 801 North Texas Blvd., to check out their fall clearance sale and to preview their newest merchandise. To learn more about prices and merchandise, visit the Exes' online store. To learn about fun alumni activities and chapters to join, visit

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