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UNT alumni night at the museum


The final UNT Alumni Association Presidential Reception is coming soon at the Perot Museum on Thurs., Nov. 1. The Dallas County Alumni Chapter will explore the wonders of nature and science as they network and connect with fellow UNT alumni. 

The museum will be open to UNT alumni only from 6:30–8:30 p.m. The reception is set to begin with drinks and appetizers among the dinosaurs in the Life Then and Now Hall, then alumni will enjoy a meal and brief university update from UNT President Neal Smatresk among sparking jewels in the Gems and Minerals Hall. The evening will end with desserts and coffee in the Being Human Hall and Engineering and Innovation Hall.

The cost for this event is $10 per UNT Alumni Association member and $15 per non-member. Museum entry, food and drink are all included in the ticket price. 

Please pre-register for this event by October 28 here.




Alumni mixers come to Austin


The UNT Alumni Association Austin Chapter is hosting its first ever alumni mixer on Thurs., Nov. 8 at Banger's Sausage House and Beer Garden. 

Alumni and friends of UNT are invited to stop by from 6-8 p.m. for drinks, food, prizes and fun with fellow UNT alumni. The events include appetizers, one free drink ticket and a $20 Lyft credit for a ride to and from the venue. 

The Lyft code is valid from 5-9 p.m. to and from Banger's Sausage House only. Maximum credit is $20 per person. Limited credits are available. Click here for details on how to use Lyft credits.

Get information and register here by Thurs., Nov. 7.



Tailgate with the Mean Green in San Antonio

The UNT Alumni Association and Mean Green Scholarship Fund are headed to San Antonio on Sat., Nov. 24 for a pregame tailgate before UNT vs. UTSA in the Alamodome.

Celebrate with Scrappy, UNT Cheer, the UNT pep band and your fellow traveling fans from 3:30–5:30 p.m. in the Sunset Station La Dahlia Room. There will plenty of tailgate food to keep you going through the game, and a cash bar will be available. 

Tickets are $5 for UNT Alumni Association/Mean Green Scholarship Fund members and $10 for non-members. The event is free for kids under 18.

Food is included with a cash bar.

Game tickets must be purchased separately here.

RSVP here by Fri., Nov. 16.



Another record year of UNT giving


Thanks to dedicated alumni like you, the University of North Texas raised more than $36.6 million last fiscal year, benefitting students, research and programming. This is the second consecutive year that the university has achieved record-setting fundraising results. 

“The generosity and commitment of our alumni and university friends have continued to build upon the solid foundation that we established last year,” says David Wolf (’04 Ph.D.), vice president for advancement. “I’m so proud and grateful for the support from our UNT family who continue to impact the lives of our students every year and leave an enduring legacy that spans our entire university.” Cash contributions increased 48 percent to more than $29 million, while new gifts to endowments rose 181 percent to $15.8 million.

Significant gifts include:

  • More than $9 million from the Paul Voertman Estate, benefitting the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Music and College of Visual Arts and Design with a considerable amount supporting student scholarships at the colleges.
  • $1.6 million from the Greater Texas Foundation to support the High School Career Connect peer mentoring program.
  • $700,000 from College of Music alumni John (’72) and Lindy (’72) Rydman, founders of the Spec’s Charitable Foundation, for renovations to the Music Building.
  • Sizeable research gifts such as the Hoblitzelle Foundation, benefitting the College of Engineering for biomedical engineering laboratories, John Carmichael for a professorship for the College of Business and the Lupe Murchison Foundation for autism research.

This growth was driven by increased engagement with alumni and friends of UNT, including additional regional and affinity programming across the state. Along with creating additional programming in Austin, Houston and San Antonio, the UNT Alumni Association set another participation record with 14,287 total members. These efforts supported the rise in donor numbers and upsurge in giving. 

Additional highlights of the 2017-18 fiscal year include:

  • Overall number of donors rose 68 percent to 15,490. 
  • Grassroots giving by Annual Fund donors provided nearly $6 million.
  • In its inaugural year, the Diamond Eagles Giving Society funded the Diamond Eagles Family Patio at the Alumni Pavilion at Apogee Stadium.
  • Call Mean Green Phonathon student callers increased commitments more than 250 percent. 
  • Athletic donors invested heavily in upgrades, including a new indoor practice facility that will impact all student athletes. 

“The outstanding accomplishments of our Advancement team will allow us to build upon the momentum happening across UNT and help us push forward in better helping our students achieve their goals by giving them the best possible education and the tools they need to be successful at UNT–and beyond,” UNT President Neal Smatresk said. “We hit a high watermark for gifting last year, and I’m proud of the team.”



Jim McIngvale to speak at the College of Business


Jim McIngvale, owner and founder of the Gallery Furniture retail chain in Houston, will speak at the UNT College of Business Distinguished Speaker Series on Thurs., Oct. 25 at 11 a.m. McIngvale is also well known for years of philanthropy in Houston and beyond, particularly his effort to shelter those impacted by Hurricane Harvey inside Gallery Furniture stores.

McIngvale will speak on his experience owning and operating a successful furniture store chain, which currently ranks as the Sales-per-Square-Foot Leader for independent retailers in the United States, and his commitment to giving back to his community. 

For more information and to register, visit cob.unt.edu/rsvp-mcingvale.



One O'Clock Lab Band releases new album


UNT’s One O'Clock Lab Band, the seven-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated ensemble and the first and only college jazz band to be nominated for a GRAMMY Award, has released a new album: LAB 2018.

Listen to the new album here, and cheer them on as they compete for more GRAMMY nominations in 2019.



UNT College of Information helps preserve disappearing language


There are an estimated 7,000 languages spoken all over the world. It is possible that as many as half of those languages will be gone by the end of the century. University of North Texas College of Information associate professor Sadaf Munshi wants to learn everything about Mankiyali before it is gone.

“The National Science Foundation awarded us a $284,000 grant to document and preserve Mankiyali, a severely endangered language,” Munshi said. “The language exhibits a number of features that are of interest to scientists in the linguistics field. The results from this study can provide insight into the evolution of languages currently in use in the region.”

There are less than 500 native Mankiyali speakers left in the world — all located in a remote village of Pakistan. Munshi is the principal investigator in the study and will collaborate with linguists and scholars from the project’s local partner, Air University. Together, UNT and Air University will work with members of the Mankiyali community and also with personnel at the Forum for Language Initiative in Pakistan... 


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UNT Athletics dedicates new statue of "Mean" Joe Greene 



The University of North Texas unveiled a bronze statue of Hall of Fame football player Joe Greene outside the main entrance of Apogee Stadium on Sat., Sept. 29 before the Mean Green football game against Louisiana Tech.

"For over 50 years, Joe Greene has made a tremendous impact on our University and the athletic program," Vice President and Director of Athletics Wren Baker said. "As a football player, as an alumnus and as a regent, he has made significant contributions to this campus and brought great honor to the Mean Green family. He is one of the greatest defensive linemen in the history of football and he's one of us. We are very excited to recognize Joe's achievements and contributions with this statue."

To celebrate the statue dedication, Mean Green Football wore 60’s throwback jerseys and resurrected Joe Greene’s No. 75 jersey for one night only. The video promo for won national attention for its nod to Joe Greene’s classic Coca-Cola commercial filmed in the 70’s. You can watch the promo video here.

Fans and supporters who wish to support the statue project are able to donate here till Oct. 31, 2018. All contributers will have their name listed on a plate scheduled to be added to the base of the statue later this fall. For those interested in learning more about the statue and how to support the project, please contact the Mean Green Scholarship Fund offices at 940-369-7284 or mgsf@unt.edu.


October UNT News Briefs

UNT receives Insight Into Diversity 2018 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award

The University of North Texas has received the 2018 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from “INSIGHT Into Diversity” magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education...


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A course in cultural cuisine

A new class at the University of North Texas is teaching students about the world’s vast variety of foods in a unique way.

The Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management’s “Global Kitchen: A Culinary Journey” course takes UNT students through the cuisines of different cultures...

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In This Issue






October 26
Homecoming Pep Rally and Bonfire

UNT Alumni Pavilion at Apogee Stadium


October 27
Golden Eagles Class of 1968
Reunion Breakfast

UNT Union Ballroom


October 27
Homecoming Parade


October 27

Homecoming Alumni GameDay Grille Open House - 
North Texas vs. Rice

UNT Alumni Pavilion at Apogee Stadium


November 1
Dallas County Fall Networking Reception
Perot Museum of
Nature and Science


November 8
Alan Dershowitz at the
Kuehne Speaker Series
Hilton Anatole


November 9
Austin Mixer

Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden


November 15
Alumni GameDay Grille - North Texas vs. Florida Atlantic
UNT Alumni Pavilion at Apogee Stadium


November 24
UNT vs. UTSA Tailgate
Sunset Station, San Antonio


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