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Meet the 2012 Alumni Awards Recipients

April 12th, 2012 | Posted in Alumni News

Jim Bezdek with his wife Rose Bezdek and
President V. Lane Rawlins

The 2012 Alumni Awards Dinner will take place on April 20, 2012 in the Gateway Ballroom. In anticipation of the event, get to know a little about each recipient. Congratulations to all of them!

Distinguished Alumni Award

Donald C. Potts (’63)

Donald C. Potts graduated from North Texas State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and was actively involved in student organizations. While at North Texas, Potts was a member of the Geezles social fraternity, recognized in the local “Who’s Who” directory and served as president of his business fraternity.

Potts began his career in the financial services industry with the brokerage firm of Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith, and subsequently founded Capital Institutional Services (CAPIS) in 1977. CAPIS is an institutional brokerage firm that serves only institutional clients. In founding CAPIS, Potts secured his seat on the New York Stock Exchange and served on the exchange’s institutional committee as well as the Securities Industry Association’s institutional committee. He has retained his position as board chair of CAPIS and still serves as a board member for Hope Cottage Pregnancy and Adoption Center in Dallas.

For 11 years, Potts served on the board of the UNT Foundation Inc., and he chaired the foundation’s investment committee for four years.  In 2011, Potts was appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry as a UNT System regent.

Jason West (’96)

Jason West has always loved video games. To this day, he still can’t believe that his avocation would become his vocation. He has created many of the most successful and popular video games in the world and certainly one of the great video game franchises of all time.

After graduating from UNT, he worked at Paradigm Entertainment. While there, he received a job offer from a small Tulsa start-up game studio, 2015, to work on the video game “Medal of Honor: Allied Assault,” which became a huge success.

In 2002, West co-founded the California-based studio Infinity Ward. Infinity Ward’s creation, “Call of Duty,” was published in 2003 and quickly surpassed “Medal of Honor” in popularity.  West last directed “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2,” which sold about 20 million units and generated an estimated $1.3 billion in sales to date.

In April 2010, West began a new independent studio called Respawn Entertainment.  Respawn owns and has full control over the intellectual property it creates.

Throughout his career, West has wanted to bring the cinematic and immersive thrill of film to video games. He specializes in realistic, first-person perspective military action games with real-world settings, blockbuster action sequences resembling those of big budget movies and games with multiplayer experiences.

Among the games he has worked on are “Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare,” “Call of Duty 2,” “Call of Duty, Medal of Honor: Allied Assault,”  “Terminator: Dawn of Fate,”  “Indy Racing 2000,” “Beetle Adventure Racing,” “AeroFighters Assault” and “F1WG.”

West is married to UNT alumna Adriana West (’00).  They have two children and live in Los Angeles.

Distinguished Young Alumni Award

Petronel Malan (’96 M.M., ’01 Ph.D.)

Pianist Petronel Malan has been lauded by reviewers as an unmistakably creative force in the classical music industry. Her debut disc Transfigured Bach received three Grammy® nominations, including Best Instrumental Solo Album. She followed with Transfigured Mozart (2006), Transfigured Beethoven (2008) and Transfigured Tchaikovsky (2011), all recorded for the independent label Hanssler CLASSIC.  A recital recording of Transfigured Tchaikovsky is scheduled for 2013.

Malan resides in the United States, but maintains strong ties to her native South Africa. She received the Rapport/City Press Prestige Award as one of the ten most inspirational women in South Africa, and has appeared on magazine covers, fashion spreads and even as picture-clues in crossword puzzles. She is so popular in her native country that music scholarships in her name are given annually to promising young musicians. She holds her master’s degree in music and Ph.D. in performance from UNT.

Brian Waters

When Brian Waters came to UNT in 1995, he focused on courses in community service. During his Mean Green football career (1995-98), he worked with the Boys and Girls Clubs and volunteered on other projects. After three years as a tight end, Waters also played defensive end his senior year at UNT. Today, Waters plays guard for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. In 2011, his first year with the team, Waters was selected to the Pro Bowl and in February 2012 as a Patriots team member he played in Super Bowl XLVI.

Waters’ distinguished career in football began out of UNT in 1999 when he was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent From 2000-2010, Waters was a member of the Kansas City Chiefs  where he earned five Pro Bowl selections. In 2009, Waters received the Walter Payton Man of the Year award from the NFL for his charitable work. The Brian Waters 54 Foundation, which he began in 2005, works with more than 20 agencies. In his hometown of Waxahachie, Texas, the foundation helps children in need with summer sports camps, new school clothes and holiday parties. In addition, the foundation has awarded more than 80 college scholarships.

Outstanding Alumni Service Award

Brenda (’63) and R. L. (’63) Crawford Jr.

Brenda and R.L. Crawford Jr. met on the UNT campus while pursuing their undergraduate degrees. R.L. earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics while Brenda earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education. After graduating, they married and settled in Dallas where R.L. Crawford began his career with Northwestern Mutual Financial Network. Today he is still employed with the company and works with his son, Trey, who joined the company in 1991. During his 49-year career, R.L. has received many honors for outstanding sales and management and is a Life Member of the Million Dollar Roundtable, an association for financial professionals. When her children were born, Brenda Crawford retired from teaching to raise their sons full-time. Two of their proudest UNT moments were watching their sons Trey (’89) and Guy (’92) walk across the stage and receive their UNT diplomas.

The bond connecting the Crawfords to UNT was strengthened in 1989 when Texas Governor Bill Clements appointed R.L. Crawford to the UNT Board of Regents. After serving six years as a regent, Crawford was appointed to the UNT Foundation Board where he served a four-year term as chairman and where he continues to serve.

Brenda Crawford was a charter member of the advisory board that formed the present UNT Alumni Association. She later served as chairwoman on the board. She also served on the advisory boards of the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Visual Arts and Design.

In 2000, both Crawfords received the UNT President’s Citation Award from UNT Chancellor Alfred Hurley. In addition to UNT, the Crawfords have given generously of their time to their community. R.L. Crawford was named honorary lifetime board member of the Dallas United Way and he has been chairman and a board member of the Medical Center of Lewisville and chairman of the Lewisville Chamber of Commerce. He also is a Paul Harris Fellow Rotarian. Brenda Crawford currently serves on the MCL Grand Arts Center Advisory Board in Lewisville. Both Crawfords have been honored as Citizens of the Year by the Lewisville Chamber of Commerce.

Robert J. “Bob” Rogers

Robert J. “Bob” Rogers, Professor Emeritus of music, taught piano pedagogy from 1948 to1984 at UNT. He attended North Texas State Teacher’s College from 1939-1942 before leaving for service in the U.S. Army in 1942. His degrees are from the Juilliard School of Music and Columbia Teachers College. Among his many honors are the UNT Green Glory Award (1985), Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Professional Music Service Award (1990), Denton’s Community Arts Recognition Award (1999) and being named a UNT Outstanding Retiree (2003). His volunteer activities include genetic screening and counseling for the State of Texas from 1984-1998; teaching typing for computer proficiency to fifth graders at Sam Houston Elementary School from 1984-1985 and serving as a volunteer in the UNT Music Library in the university’s Willis Library since 1985. He’s an active performer with the Trammel Group in Denton and has two endowed piano scholarships: the Robert J. Rogers and the A.L. Putnam, named for his wife Daisy’s parents.

Ulys Knight Spirit Award

Julie (’91, ’91 M.S.) and David (’99) Anderson

After earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from UNT, Julie Anderson began her career in assurance services as a certified public account (CPA) with Ernst & Young, LLP. In October 1996, she left her job as an audit manager with Ernst &Young to assume direct responsibilities in financial planning for a publicly traded company in the financial services industry. In February 1999, Anderson became the controller and chief accounting officer for Texas Capital Bank and its parent company, Texas Capital Bancshares. She joined the company shortly after its formation, and today she manages all accounting and external financial reporting functions for the company, which has more than $7 billion in assets.

David Anderson (’99) is the owner and founder of Anderson’s Pro Flooring in Lake Dallas, which specializes in all flooring, including wood, stone, tile and carpet, as well as granite fabrication. As an expert in the flooring industry, Anderson serves retail and business customers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, as well as some government clients nationwide. In 2008, he was named Outstanding Retailer by Carpets Plus Color Tile. Anderson, who has been in the flooring business since 1988, holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with minors in entrepreneurship and strategic management from UNT.

The Andersons are active members of the Mean Green Club and serve as Mean Green Club representatives.

For more information about this year’s Alumni Awards, recipients from previous years, or how to nominate someone you know for the 2013 Alumni Awards, visit

UNT Alumni Pavillion Open House for Spring Football Game

April 12th, 2012 | Posted in Alumni News
The UNT Alumni Pavilion will be open to everyone for free for the North Texas Football Spring Game on Saturday, April 21. Come get excited for the 2012 football season with us. We’ll be opening at 11 am, three hours before the game starts and will close 30 minutes before the game starts. We’ll have food, beverages and our three big screen televisions for your pregame enjoyment. Come take advantage of this opportunity to experience the UNT Alumni Pavilion for free!

UNT Bookstore Sale, 10% Off!

April 12th, 2012 | Posted in Alumni News
The UNT bookstore has many winter hoodies and long sleeve that recently went on sale! Members of the Alumni Association can use their card to get an additional 10% off!

Visit the bookstore online by
clicking here.

Career Corner

April 12th, 2012 | Posted in Career Corner

Career Center Home

UNT/TWU Education Career Fair-RSVP Event #1243
Friday, April 13, 2012
9 AM-1 PM
UNT Coliseum

Government & Non-Profit Career Expo-RSVP Event #1304
Thursday, April 19, 2012
1 PM-3 PM
Career Center-Chestnut Hall 120 A&B

Last Call Job Fair – RSVP Event #1402
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
1 PM-3 PM
Golden Eagle Suite

Partner Profile – Jostens

April 12th, 2012 | Posted in Partner Profiles

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– Express themselves

– Celebrate experiences and traditions

– Recognize achievements

– Share their stories

We proudly partner with the UNT Alumni Association in the Official Ring Presentation Ceremonies held bi-annually. This ceremony is where students receive their rings, the symbol of pride and commitment to the university. Students who order a ring will be invited to this time-honored ceremony. Visit us online at

Calendar of Events

April 12th, 2012 | Posted in Events


Alumni Awards
April 20

Green and White Spring Football Game
April 21

Prehistoric Xiphactinus Audex Fish Fossil Unveiling
April 21
1:00 pm
Environmental Education, Science and Technology Building

Visitors to the University of North Texas’ Environmental Education, Science and Technology Building will be able to see a 250-pound fossil of the head of the prehistoric Xiphactinus (pronounced Zie-fak-tin-nuz) Audex fish, a menacing predator that lived between 100 and 65 million years ago, as well as a fossil of the creature’s right flipper. The fossils were identified as Xiphactinus by Dr. George Maxey, UNT lecturer in geography and director of the university’s Meteorite, Rock, Mineral and Fossil Identification Lab. Discovered in late 2010 by Denton County resident Paul Jones and his daughter Maggie, the Xiphactinus fossils will be on display on the first floor of the EESAT Building beginning April 21. An unveiling of the fossils will take place at 1 p.m. in the building, with the Joneses expected to attend. The fossils will be on display for a year in the EESAT Building.

For more information on the Meteorite, Rock, Mineral and Fossil Identification Lab, contact Maxey at 940-565-2372.

Ring Ceremony
April 24

Symphony Orchestra and Grand Chorus
April 25
8:00 pm
Winspear Performance Hall

David Itkin and Jerry McCoy will be conducting works by Stravinsky, Berstein, Britten, and Holst. Tickets are on sale now for $10 for adults and $8 for seniors, children, military (active and veterans), and UNT Alumni.

To purchase tickets or for more information, visit under events.

May 11-12

UNT News Briefs

April 12th, 2012 | Posted in UNT News Briefs

Two UNT students named 2012 Barry M. Goldwater Scholars; third student receives honorable mention

Two TAMS students, Favyen Bastani and Amanda Quay were among the 12 Texas students awarded scholarships this year. Mitchell Powell was among seven Texas students to receive honorable mentions.

Click here to read the full story.

UNT faculty members honored by Korean Society of Clothing and Textiles

Three faculty members in UNT’s College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism have been named distinguished scholars by the Korean Society of Clothing and Textiles.

Click here to read the full story.

UNT Private Investigator Certificate Program ranks among top 5 in U.S.

The Private Investigator certificate Program at UNT has been ranked in the top five best private investigation training programs in the country by, a national web resource providing information on private investigators.

Click here to read the full story.

Students approve fee to build new union

Students voted to approve a fee increase of $115, beginning in the Fall 2014 semester, to fund a renovated and expanded university union with 54 percent of voting students approving.

Click here to read the full story.

Colleges and Schools Highlights

April 12th, 2012 | Posted in Highlights

College of Public Affairs and Community Service

FEMA Region VI and the University of North Texas will be co-hosting Recipe for Resilience, the theme for the 2012 Region 6 Mitigation Conference, on May 1-3 in the Union on the UNT campus.  For conference registration, which is free, contact FEMA at .  A luncheon on Tuesday, May 1, is a separate ticketed event that features as the speaker Dr. James Kendra, Director of the Disaster Research Center at the University of Delaware. The cost of the luncheon is $13. Contact UNT at 940-565-2165 for tickets. UNT is home to the nation’s first undergraduate degree program in Emergency Administration and Planning, established in 1983 as a joint venture with FEMA Region VI.  The program, located in the Department of Public Administration, has over 800 graduates serving in disaster-related positions in local, state, and federal governments and with such nonprofit disaster service providers as the American Red Cross.

50th Aniversary Grand Gala
Master of Public Administration
University of North Texas
Honorary Chair: Jim Starr

Casino Night

Saturday, April 28, 7:00p – 11:00p

Hurst Conference Center
1601 Campus Drive
Business Formal – Black Tie encouraged

$35 per person/$50 per couple
For reservation information
940-565-2165 or

Behavior Analysis Alumni & Friends Dinner

Join the University of North Texas President, V. Lane Rawlins in recognizing:

UNT’s Department of Behavior Analysis
2012 Award of Enduring Programmatic Contributions in Behavior Analysis

When: May 27, 20012, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Sheraton Hotel
1400 6th Avenue
Seattle, Washington

Show your pride & support of Behavior Analysis at UNT… For more information contact Tena Burley, Director of Development.

Mayborn School of Journalism

2012 Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference to explore the relationship between nonfiction and fiction

The preeminent Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference, now in its eighth year, will be the first literary conclave ever to explore the myriad ways in which journalists and authors crisscross the murky terrain between fiction, nonfiction and other genres.

The Mayborn’s keynote speakers are Luis Alberto Urrea, a 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist who has published extensively in all genres, including poetry; Richard Rhodes, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and editor of 26 works of fiction, history, biography and memoir; and Isabel Wilkerson, the first black woman in the history of American journalism to win a Pulitzer Prize. For her epic narrative, The Warmth of Other Suns, Wilkerson played the role of a Broadway casting director – interviewing 1,200 people across America to find three perfect protagonists to tell the untold story of black America’s great Diaspora.

The 2012 conference will also host a special panel comprised of Little, Brown and Company’s top nonfiction editor and four prominent literary agents who will unveil the mystery of writing, editing and publishing for the literary market.

The conference is hosted by the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism, and will be held July 20 – 22 (Friday through Sunday) at the Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center in Grapevine, Texas.

Spike Johnson:

Immersed inside a rebel group in England and the mosques that they target, Mayborn alum and photojournalist/writer Spike Johnson brings the story of Mosquebusters to life in his February 2012 article for Foreign Policy magazine. Not only did Spike report on this gripping UK subset, he produced the thought-provoking accompanying photos. Multi-talented individuals? That’s what the Mayborn is all about.

Using his lens as an “in,” Spike gathers inside information on the “new wave of anti-Islamic campaigners in England,” and writes a powerful account of the world inside this anti-Islamic group and the effects they are having on mosques throughout England.

Stories like this are often the most risky but most rewarding for journalists, and Spike is in the thick of it. Armed with a graduate degree from the Mayborn, Spike tackles the big issues, becoming part of the rebellious group before daringly visiting the mosques at the center of the struggle.

This is important. This is world changing. This is totally Spike.

Recent Alumni Accomplishments

Rachel Slade, a former NT Daily editor, is a general manager with Community Impact Newspaper, the largest-circulated newspaper in Texas and the fastest-growing private media company in the state.

Andrew McLemore, former NT Daily editor, recently became a staff writer at the Fort Worth Weekly.

Graham Douglas, a copywriter at Droga5, and alumni of the Mayborn School of Journalism, is a creative guy.  He recently designed a bandage that can save a life while covering a cut. His innovative work was on the covers of the magazines Creativity and Fast Company.  See the story here. To see a fun teaser video on the product, go to You Tube. Graham is the guy in silver body paint!

North Texas Football Spring Game Sat., April 21

April 12th, 2012 | Posted in Athletics
North Texas Football Spring Game will be on Saturday, April 21st at 2 pm at Apogee Stadium. Reckless Kelly concert to follow the game!

And don’t forget to meet up at the UNT Alumni Association Pavilion from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. prior to the game on April 21 for the association’s free tailgating party for alumni, students and friends of the university. The alumni association’s tailgating party is usually open to only members of the association but for this game, it is open to everyone to enjoy the pavilion–so come out for food and fun.