North Texas Insider Alumni newsletter

Dr. Norval Pohl Dear Alum,

The fall semester has started, and I am very excited about the future. You know that feeling. When projects your team has been working on fall into place, and you begin to see results. Here are just four of those projects at UNT.

Three programs received federal grants of almost $1 million each to improve education. The Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation will encourage Dallas I.S.D. students to pursue health and science careers. The College of Engineering will establish an innovative electrical engineering program. And, the Department of History will train educators to teach American history. 

Also, the Department of Biological Sciences received a bequest of more than $3 million from the estate of Mary Beth Baird, a UNT alumna, and UNT received an unrestricted bequest of $1.2 million from the joint estate of Beth Baird and her husband Mellon C. "Bud" Baird, also a UNT graduate. 

With developments like these, a UNT has taken a big step in continuing to build academic excellence.

Until next time,



September 2004


Alumni benefits 

Theatre magic 

Science Series 

Leadership Luncheon 

Family First Day

UNT cool link of the month:
Career makeovers 

What has happened during the past six UNT Family Weekends that promotes friendly competition, tasty food and possible indigestion?


Eagle Advantage
Call me biased, but I think there are many advantages to being a UNT alum. Among the newest rewards are discounts at well-known businesses in entertainment, sports, dining and travel. Check out the Eagle Advantage site to discover your savings with such partners as the Dallas Cowboys, La Quinta Inn and Thrifty Car Rental. Be sure to check often as we add new offers from our partners.

Behind the curtain
If you are seeking entertainment venues, don't forget the many events right here on the Denton campus. For instance, the Department of Dance and Theatre just announced its 2004-05 season. Fall in love with such productions as Once Upon a Mattress and The Eternal Romeo & Juliet. Season tickets are on sale now. For details visit And don't forget the nearly 1,000 concerts presented annually by the college of music ( or the art exhibitions in our galleries (

Science for young minds
If getting your hands dirty is more your gig, then check out the Family Fun Science Series at the UNT Elm Fork Education Center. One Saturday each month, you and your kids can participate in such activities as learning to survive the native terrains of Texas, uncovering treasures in an archeological dig and exploring the wide world of water.

George Foreman at UNT
From a street brawler to professional heavyweight champion and child advocate, George Foreman sets the bar high to achieve the American dream. Join me and hear his dynamic speech Nov. 12 at the third annual Leadership Luncheon, sponsored by Green Mountain Dallas and hosted by the UNT Murphy Enterprise Center. Download a luncheon registration form here.

Family First Day in Denton
WFAA-TV (Channel 8) is coming to Denton Oct. 14 for a Family First Day. The event will feature a Festival on the Square, many celebrations throughout the day, free food and music, and a town meeting at UNT on severe weather safety and preparedness.

Cool link: Career makeovers
What did you do for Labor Day? Local job seekers spent Sept. 6 gaining a competitive edge in a tight hiring market. They were the first participants in UNT's "Fresh Start and Career Makeover" event, the brainchild of a UNT MBA student. Each received a salon treatment, business attire tips and discounts, resume writing and interviewing guidance, and job search strategies.

UNT Trivia

UNTRIVA: What has happened during the past six UNT Family Weekends that promotes friendly competition, tasty food and possible indigestion?

a. A chili cookoff
b. A jalapeno-eating contest
c. A tamale-throwing contest


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North Texas Exes Ask: Got Green?
UNT is calling all alumni home. Come mingle with current and former students during Homecoming 2004 festivities Oct. 22-23, and root for the Mean Green as they tackle New Mexico State that Saturday evening. See a full schedule of activities at For more alumni news, visit the North Texas Exes site at

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