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UNT Alumni Awards

February 11th, 2013 | Posted in Alumni News

logoOn Feb. 22, UNT will celebrate the achievements of a class of exceptional alumni. The annual UNT Alumni Awards honor those individuals, groups or families, for their contributions to the university, society and their professions.

UNT’s 2013 Alumni Awards recipients are captains of industry, pillars of the community, change agents and history-makers. They were your friends, classmates and fellow student leaders you might have known while at the university, and today they are the alumni who most embody the true spirit of the University of North Texas. This year’s honorees come from diverse background and life experiences—but they share a common love for the university. This class of honorees agrees that their time on our campus laid the foundation for their success in life. To learn more about the UNT Alumni Awards visit:

Congratulations to the 2013 Alumni Awards winners.


The C. Dean Davis Family

The family of C. Dean Davis (’53), founder and senior managing shareholder of Davis Fuller Jackson and Keene law firm in Austin and former chairman of the UNT Board of Regents, has a long and rich history with the University of North Texas that spans more than 100 years. All told, nearly 40 members of his extended family have attended the university, going back to 1910. Both of Davis’ parents attended the university, as well as his daughter and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Davis was involved in student government and was a national debate champion before earning an honors degree in government and economics. Upon graduation he attended law school at the University of Texas at Austin, accepting a position in the Texas Attorney General’s Office before moving into private practice, focusing on health care legislation and litigation.

Davis was elected to the UNT Board of Regents in 1967 and again in 1983. He was elected chairman of both the UNT Board of Regents and the UNT Health Science Center Board of Regents in 1987. As a UNT Regent, Davis was instrumental in establishing the UNT Foundation in the early 1970s, serving as its first secretary-treasurer. Davis earned the university’s highest honor, the Distinguished Alumni Award, in 1990.


Samuel P. Golden (’74)

Samuel P. Golden graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Golden earned numerous athletic and academic honors as a member of the Mean Green football team. He also served as the student representative on the hiring committee that selected former football head coach Hayden Fry. Golden was part of the team that shared the Missouri Valley Conference title in 1973. Golden was also a proud chartering member of Kappa Alpha Psi social fraternity.

With nearly 34 years of executive leadership experience in the financial services industry, Golden currently serves as co-CEO of Alvarez & Marsal Financial Industry Advisory Services in Houston. Prior to joining Alvarez & Marsal, Golden served in a variety of leadership roles with the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, which charters and regulates all national banks and federal savings associations. Golden is a member of the UNT Foundation’s Board of Directors, the Chilton Society, the 1890 Society and the UNT Alumni Association. He also is chairman of the Finance Council at Gethesmane Missionary Baptist Church and has served in a variety of leadership roles with the Fort Bend Education Foundation, both in the Houston area.

Golden and his wife, Valerie, have three children and two grandchildren. Their daughters Janna and Jaclyn, also UNT alumni, played on the UNT women’s golf team.

Roy Orbison

Singer, songwriter and rock ’n’ roll legend Roy Kelton Orbison learned to play the guitar at age 6. In high school, he formed a country-music band called the Wink Westerners. He played with the band until 1954 when, as a student at North Texas, he thought they would achieve more success as a rock ’n’ roll act. Re-invented as the Teen Kings, the band grew in popularity, playing throughout North and West Texas.

Sun Records in Memphis soon took notice, and Orbison recorded his first hit, “Ooby Dooby,” a song written by two fellow North Texas students, for Sun in 1956. Despite that initial hit, Orbison and the Teen Kings struggled. The group disbanded, and Orbison signed a solo deal in 1959 with Monument Records. Throughout the 1960s, he co-wrote and recorded classics such as “Only the Lonely” (1960), “Blue Angel” (1960), “Running Scared” (1961), “Blue Bayou” (1963), “It’s Over” (1964) and “Oh Pretty Woman” (1964). Elvis Presley called Orbison “the greatest singer in the world.”

In 1980, Orbison recorded the Grammy Award-winning duet “That Lovin’ You Feelin’ Again” with Emmylou Harris. In 1987, the movie “Blue Velvet” included his hit “In Dreams” on its soundtrack, and Orbison was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. The next year, he taped a television tribute to his music, performing with many of his fellow rock legends and fans. He also released an album, “The Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1”, with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne; the album won a Grammy Award. Rolling Stone placed Orbison at No. 37 on its list of the Greatest Artists of All Time and No. 13 on its list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. Orbison died in December 1988.


Chris Drake (’01)

Chris Drake’s success story starts with his transition from military veteran to engaged university student. Drake started UNT in 1997 after finishing his military service as a paratrooper with the U.S. Army’s storied 82nd Airborne Division. He immediately dedicated himself to academics and campus life, serving as an Eagle Ambassador and as captain of the state-championship-winning UNT rugby team. Drake earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in finance in 2001.

Drake is the founder and CEO of FireHost, a secure cloud hosting company focused on providing clients with security solutions for websites, applications and critical data. Under Drake’s leadership, FireHost continues to grow at a rate of 200 percent year-over-year. In 2011, the company blocked more than 50 million hacks against websites and online assets.

Drake is now a sought-after speaker and writer on issues surrounding cloud computing, hosting and security. He’s often quoted in major industry news sources such as VentureBeat, eWeek, Dark Reading and the Wall Street Journal and has spoken at leading cloud and security industry events. Drake also was recognized as one of the “40 Under 40” business leaders by the Dallas Business Journal.

The Eli Young Band—Michael Eli Diaz (’04), James J. Young (’02), Jonathan Bradley Jones (’04) and Christopher J. Thompson (’04)

The Eli Young Band met during their time as UNT students in the late ’90s and has been together as a successful touring and recording group for more than 12 years, making country albums with a hint of heartland rock. The band earned its first platinum record with “Crazy Girl” in 2011, selling more than 1.5 million downloads of the track.

The band’s last album, “Life at Best,” was released in August 2011. Known for its popular live shows, the Eli Young Band (EYB) has toured nationwide supporting the album, joining Kenny Chesney’s “No Shoes Nation Tour” and The Cadillac Black for many successful dates. EYB won Song of the Year at the 2011 Academy of Country Music Awards and is nominated for a 2013 Grammy Award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “Even If It Breaks Your Heart.” EYB’s previous album, “Jet Black & Jealous,” debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard Country Albums chart in 2008. The band has performed on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.” EYB also nabbed a nomination from the Academy of Country Music for Top New Vocal Group of the Year.

EYB’s success began at UNT. Thompson, who earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy; Young, who earned a bachelor’s degree in applied arts and sciences; and Jones, who earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology, formed an instant friendship and started performing around Denton when they were students in 1998. Diaz, who earned a bachelor’s of business administration degree in marketing, came into the picture when he enrolled at the school the next year, first playing duo shows with Young, then singing lead as the group of four officially made its live debut in October 2000.


Ernest W. Kuehne Jr. (’66)

Ernie Kuehne Jr., a native of Mart, Texas, came to the university in 1962 on a track scholarship. After earning his bachelor’s degree in political science in 1966, Kuehne earned a law degree from Baylor University in 1969.

In August 2012, Kuehne chaired UNT’s Basketball Enhancement Committee, which raised more than
$3 million in gifts for a new basketball training facility, a state-of-the-art scoreboard in the UNT Coliseum and additional funding for scholarships. As part of that campaign, Kuehne presented the athletic department with a cornerstone $1 million gift. Kuehne is president and board chairman of Kuehne Oil Co. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas. He is a member of the UNT President’s Council, UNT McConnell Society and Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity Alumni Advisory Board, and a life member of the UNT Alumni Association and UNT Ex-Letterman’s Association. Texas Gov. Rick Perry appointed Kuehne to the UNT System Board of Regents in January 2013.

Kuehne is a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason and a volunteer for the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children and Greater Dallas Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. He is also past chair of the Farmers and Merchants National Bank Board of Directors, past president of the American Junior Golf Association and a past member of the Park Cities YMCA Sports Committee. Kuehne is very proud of his family members, particularly their successes on the golf course. Kuehne’s children — Kelli, Trip and Hank — have won more U.S. Golf Association amateur championships than any family in history.


Michael Friedman (’72)

In his professional life, Friedman is a senior vice president of retail brokerage services for CB Richard Ellis Inc., but for many years, he also was known as “Smiley the Clown,” bringing laugher to terminally ill children at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas and Medical City Dallas.

Friedman currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Plano Independent School District, and on the Board of Directors for the Cancer Foundation for Life, Jewish Family Services and Legacy Senior Communities of Plano/Dallas. Friedman also has volunteered for the Juvenile Diabetes Association of Dallas, the Jewish Federation of Dallas and the Bicentennial Lions Club.

Friedman proudly serves both his alma maters — UNT, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and Harvard University, where he earned a master’s degree in design studies. Friedman is on the board of the UNT Alumni Association, the Harvard Real Estate Initiative and the advisory board for the UNT Jewish Studies program.

An Eagle Scout and two-time president of his fraternity, Sigma Alpha Mu, Friedman also has an impressive list of professional accomplishments in commercial real estate. In 2006, he was awarded the prestigious Stemmons Service Award, presented by the North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors and Real Estate Professionals.


The Big Event

February 11th, 2013 | Posted in Alumni News

Join Us for The Big Event 2013

bigeventJoin the University of North Texas Alumni Association, UNT students, faculty, staff and fellow alumni as we celebrate a day of service through the Big Event.

On Saturday, April 6, 2013, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m., thousands of UNT Eagles will join together in helping our community.

Any UNT alum who signs up will work on the Stop Hunger Now project packaging meals in the Silver Eagle Suite of the UNT Student Union on campus.

Tentative Schedule for UNT Alumni at The Big Event:

8 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. — Welcome all volunteers to The Big Event, Library Mall, UNT Campus

9 a.m. – Noon — Volunteer work assignment.; UNT Alumni works with Stop Hunger Now in the Silver Eagle at the Union, UNT Campus

Noon – 2 p.m. — Party on the Mall with pizza and music for volunteers.

Please register here by Friday, March 1, 2013. More details will be emailed to you with the alumni association’s community service placement!

Career Corner

February 11th, 2013 | Posted in Career Corner

Career Center Home

Spring Events
Following is a list of our upcoming events for this semester. These include a number of career fairs and expos, industry interview days, etiquette dinner and many other opportunities for you to connect with UNT students and alumni.

Major Career Fairs
UNT/TWU Education Career Fair       Fri, April 12th, 2013    9AM-1PM
UNT  Coliseum Registration:  $75

Industry-Specifc Expos:
Journalism Expo                      Wed, April 3, 2013      1-4PM
Chestnut Hall, 120 A and B and Rotunda

Sales Expo                   Thurs, April 4, 2013    3-6PM
BLB Atrium

Management Expo                 Wed, April 17, 2013    3-6PM
BLB Atrium

Government/Non-Profit Expo Thurs, April 18, 2013  12-4PM
Golden Eagle Suite, UU

Employer Involvement
Take Flight/Job Shadow        March 11-15, 2013
Companies host students

Etiquette Dinner Registration       Thurs, March 21, 2013, 6PM-8:30PM
Registration $200 Per Table

Interview Days
Engineering and Information Technology  Fri, March 1, 2013
Risk Insurance Financial Services       Tues, March 5, 2013
Logistics                                  Wed-Fri March 20-22 2013
Marketing                               Tues, April 2nd, 2013
Finance                                            Tues, April 9, 2013
Communication, Media, and Journalism       Fri, April 19, 2013

Interview Days are designed to coordinate with your company’s attendance at the career fairs. This is an opportunity for you to meet one-on-one with students that meet your minimum qualifications for a particular job.

Spring Events 2013 Career Center-

For a list of upcoming Career Center Activities, like workshops and career fairs, check out

Partner Profile

February 11th, 2013 | Posted in Partner Profiles

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Help Positively Impact the Environment with Energy Plus’ Green Option

Like you, Energy Plus® is committed to contributing to a cleaner environment. Energy Plus is an electricity supplier serving customers in Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas. By choosing the Energy Plus Green Option for your electricity supply, you will be choosing to receive a Green-e Energy certified product that helps cut pollution, helps reduce your carbon footprint, and helps support renewable electricity. As an alum of The University of North Texas Alumni Association, you’ll also receive a $25 Enrollment Bonus after two months of active service and earn 3% Cash Back after twelve months of active service on the supply portion of your home’s electric bill. Additionally, you can sign up your business account  to receive a $50 Enrollment Bonus after two months of active service and an automatic 5% Cash Back reward after twelve months of active service on the supply portion of your electric bill.*

Here’s how it works:  You select the Green Option when enrolling your electric account with Energy Plus, which will cost approximately $0.01 additional per kWh over Energy Plus’ supply rate. Energy Plus will then purchase Green-e Energy certified Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) to offset your electricity usage. RECs represent the use of 1,000 kilowatt-hours (or 1 megawatt-hour) that has been placed into the power grid by a certified wind electricity producer. Once this green electricity reaches the power grid, it disperses to homes and businesses in the region. As a result, your choice to fund the use of wind generated power will help offset conventional electricity generation in the region where the renewable electricity generator is located. For more information about RECs, please visit

Enrolling with Energy Plus is easy. There are no monthly service fees, cancellation fees, or long-term commitments. In fact, nothing about the way your service is delivered will change. Your utility company will continue to deliver your electricity, read your meter and handle any service emergencies. To be eligible you just need an address within the Energy Plus service area.

Select the Green Option today!


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Calendar of Events

February 11th, 2013 | Posted in Highlights


February 18
Denton County Days
Austin, TX

February 22
Alumni Awards Banquet
Gateway Ballroom

March 8-11
Sunbelt Conference Basketball Tournament
Hot Springs, AR

April 6
The Big Event
UNT Campus

April 11
UNT Ring Ceremony
Gateway Ballroom

April 13
Spring Football Game and Alumni Pavilion Party
Apogee Stadium

April 18
Senior Student BBQ
Alumni Center

April 15
Emerald Eagle Honors
Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center
Dallas, TX

May 10-11
Commencement and Reception
UNT Coliseum and Gateway Ballroom

May 14
UNT Young Professionals – Alumni Networking Happy Hour
Cool River
Dallas, TX

May 21
UNT Young Professionals – Alumni Networking Happy Hour
The Woodshed
Fort Worth, TX

UNT News Briefs

February 11th, 2013 | Posted in UNT News Briefs

Office and alumni ambassadors to support Thai relationships

UNT will open an office in Thailand to better serve potential international student recruitment and the more than 1,000 alumni there.

Click here to read the full story.

Condoleezza Rice to speak at UNT April 16

Condoleezza Rice, Stanford University professor of political science and 66th U.S. Secretary of State, will speak April 16 as part of the University of North Texas Distinguished Lecture Series.

Click here to read the full story.

UNT enrollment increases

The University of North Texas spring enrollment figures show increases in the number of continuing students, the number of freshmen and the number of doctoral students, which is again a record high. In addition, the number of courses being taken by the student body continued to increase. Together, these increases indicate a continuing focus on graduation.

Click here to read the full story.

Colleges and Schools Highlights

February 11th, 2013 | Posted in Highlights

College of Education

Online programs ranked among nation’s best by U.S. News and World Report

The College of Education was ranked 13th in the nation for Best Online Graduate Education Programs, including its master’s degree in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Gifted and Talented Education and a new accelerated online master’s degree in Educational Leadership.

Click here to read the full story.

Counseling doctoral student Kara Hurt selected as inaugural CACREP fellow
Kara M. Hurt, a University of North Texas doctoral student from Swink, Colo., has been selected as an inaugural CACREP Research Initiative for Graduate Students (CRIGS) Fellow in the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs.

Hurt is one of two doctoral students chosen from a national pool of candidates to collaborate on research endeavors in the one-year fellowship, which begins in January. The program will provide access to data, funding for research materials, and incentive stipends for publications and presentations resulting from the fellowship.

Click here to read the full story.

Nominated by nearly 90 former and current students, Dr. Lyndal Bullock receives Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Lyndal Bullock, Regents Professor in Educational Psychology and Director of the UNT Institute for Behavioral and Learning Differences, recently received the Distinguished Service Award from the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children at the organization’s annual conference. This award recognizes his service, commitment and contributions during his career.

Click here to read the full story.

College of Information

Meet the 2012 College of Information Department of Learning Technologies Outstanding Alum


COLLEEN SWAINWe are proud to announce that Colleen Swain, MS CECS ’93 and PhD ATPI ’97, was awarded the College of Information (COI) Department of Learning Technologies (LT) Outstanding Alumni at the end of 2012. In the College’s four year history, Dr. Swain is the second LT alum to be honored with this award.

Dr. Swain received her B.S. in Secondary Education with cognates in mathematics and computer science from Baylor University.  She taught in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD for seven years in conjunction with earning her master’s degree in Computer Science and Cognitive Systems from the University of North Texas.  Dr. Swain earned her doctoral degree in Applied Technology, Training, and Development from UNT in 1997. As the 2011-2012 Undergraduate Teacher of the Year at University of Florida, she considers her work with students some of the most important work she does.

She serves as Professor and Director of the School of Education at The University of Texas at Tyler, as well as on the school board of UT-Tyler’s charter school, the Innovation Academy. She is part of a research team examining the effectiveness of the Innovation Academy’s model in terms of student learning, parental involvement, professional development and the use of technology to promote learning for all stakeholders.

Throughout her career, Dr. Swain has had the good fortune to be involved in a variety of research projects. She co-directed a research project associated with the federal PT3 grant program and was a professor in residence at P.K. Yonge, the K-12 Developmental Research School associated with the University of Florida.  She has also conducted research in the areas of the digital divide, effective uses of technology, culturally responsive pedagogy in at-risk middle and high schools, teacher professional development, teacher evaluation, and best practices by teachers serving traditionally marginalized students.

Examples of her research can be found in Teacher Education & Practice, Journal of Teaching and Teacher Education, Educational Leadership, Middle Ground, Journal of Computing in Teacher Education, Learning & Leading with Technology, and the Journal of Research on Technology in Education.

Mike SpectorMike Spector, Department of Learning Technologies Chair at the UNT College of Information, will be in Luxembourg as one of three external evaluators on a large European Network of Excellence in the area of game-based learning called GaLA (Game and Learning Alliance). This is the second year evaluation of this four year project; the other two evaluators involved are from England. This project has an open website that might be of interest to many at UNT – please see for more information.

This Network of Excellence in Technology Enhanced Learning is predicated on the view that in today’s society, people are not only confronted with classical transitions from school to university, but from university to a company and so on. They are also faced with additional transitions, for example, between companies, between formal institutional learning and informal learning, between, learning for personal growth and learning for work. Dr. Spector served as an external evaluator in the previous European Network of Excellence, in the area of technology-enhance learning (STELLAR, Sustaining Technology Enhanced Learning at a LARge scale) also has an open website that might be of interest to UNT students, faculty and alumni – for more details, please go to

Mayborn School of Journalism

Mayborn Alum Updates

Graham Douglas, 28, Creative Director, Droga5 — named one of Forbes 30 under 30: Marketing and Advertising

Has driven Droga5’s growth from a 75-person operation when he was hired in 2010 to a 162-person shop today. His client work has ranged from helping creative kids make commercials for Honey Maid snacks to raising water-crisis awareness through the UNICEF Tap Project to rebranding Prudential with a campaign named one of only 10 Ads Worth Spreading at TED.

Agnes O’Hanlon (December 2012, photojournalism) is starting an internship on Thursday with the Clinton Global Initiative in Bill Clinton’s office in NYC.

Christena Dowsett (May 2010, photojournalism) has a book coming out in March called “Africa by Road.”

George Getschow, director of the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference and principal lecturer at the Mayborn, has been selected as a jurist for the Pulitzer Prizes. He was a finalist himself at one time when he worked for the Wall Street Journal.

Becky Dennis, has a new book out called Brainwreck. It’s her journey of being healthy, then forgetting how to walk, and encountering a long ordeal trying to get to the bottom of her neurological problem. Here’s a snippet from Becky.

“I’m part of UNT’s class of 1992, where I graduated cum laude with a journalism major and business minor. I noticed some of the profiles on the alumni page and thought it would be fun to share the role that UNT had in forming a highly successful career. My start as a communications intern with the United Way in Denton blossomed to now being the Chief Marketing Officer for a publicly traded company based in NYC. In addition to my role as CMO, I recently published a book that reached #4 on Amazon’s best seller list in its category within just a few weeks of being published. “

Wende Zomnir, was featured in the recent Marie Claire fashion magazine with a full page photo and a snippet about her. Wendy is the creative director for the big makeup line called “Urban Decay.”

Noah Bunn, is one of two people who work for Spirit magazine (Southwest Airlines publication) and he was featured on the cover in a special story in January.

New Student Union Update
New Student Union Update

The Higher Education Coordinating Board voted Jan. 24 to approve construction on a new union at UNT.

Students voted April 2 – 6, 2012, to approve a student fee increase up to $115 that will go into effect Fall 2014 for the construction of a renovated and expanded University Union. The building is expected to open in 2015.

From the beginning one of the main questions asked was why does UNT need a new union? The current union was built in the 1960s for a campus population of 17,000. Now, more than 17,000 people visit the current union every day, almost a quarter of those are visitors to UNT. The current Union is at capacity with the 36,000 students that attend UNT.

A quality union plays an important role in enrollment recruitment and retention, can help improve the quality of student academic careers, and the construction of a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certified union will help UNT become a more sustainable campus.  A new UNT Union will also provide faculty and staff with facilities and technology to host conferences, professional seminars and events that will enhance the academic reputation of UNT, and a new UNT Union will serve as a legacy and a source of Green Pride for UNT Alumni.

During the time of construction students, faculty and staff in the current Union, Stovall Hall and Scoular Hall will relocate to various spaces around campus with minimal disruption to academic programs.

A new union will improve the quality of campus life students, prospective students, faculty, staff and alumni. It will create a space to learn, grow and enrich UNT Mean Green Pride.

Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship

Thursday January 30th Ken Murphy founder of The Murphy Enterprise Center joined Dr. Tony Mendes’s Entrepreneurship class to share his knowledge as a University of North Texas alum and successful Entrepreneur. Mr. Murphy started his talk with how he started as entrepreneur when he was a student at UNT. He did what he had to do to pay his way through college, working several jobs and being entrepreneurial in the process, even though he had no formal education in entrepreneurship. Mr. Murphy graduated from UNT in 1960 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in management with a natural flare for entrepreneurship.

Mr. Murphy also emphasized the importance of “sales experience” in being successful. He stated, “It doesn’t matter what it is your trying to sell, what matters is how you present the idea.” Something every entrepreneur should remember. With a great idea presented – the money will come”. Mr. Murphy has proven the importance of this concept throughout his career.

Ken Murphy is the founder, and was the president and chairman of the board, of The Mail Box Inc. of Dallas. In describing the history in developing The Mail Box, he stated that he actually sold his company three times, leveraging each sale and repurchase to capitalize on his entrepreneurial know-how.

Ken and his late wife Shirley Murphy wanted to give back to their alma mater, so in 1997 they established a $100,000 scholarship endowment for upper classmen pursuing a degree in entrepreneurship. The Murphy’s continued to give their support to up and coming entrepreneurs by establishing The Murphy Enterprise Center, now known as The Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship, with a donation of $1 million to UNT.


2013 Football Schedule

The 2013 North Texas Mean Green football schedule of opponents has been released. For additional information go to or visit

2013 Football Season Ticket Deposit

Book your deposit today! Deposits are $50 per seat. For additional information call (940)565-2527 or email or book online HERE

Mean Green Family Fun Pack

The Mean Green Family Fun pack is a great deal including 4 tickets to the game, 4 food items from the Mean Green Concession stand and 4 drinks. Fun Packs are $35 pre-ordered and $40 at the gate. For additional information call (940)565-2527 or email

2012-13 Mean Green Basketball Hospitality Package

Have you planed your holiday party? Come enjoy an evening with friends, family and co-workers. Package includes 50 Reserved Tickets, Catering from Metzler’s BBQ, Exclusive Pre-Game Hospitality area, Public Address Announcement, Video Board and Radio Recognition. For additional information call (940)565-2527 or email

Scrappy’s Pals

North Texas Athletics is committed to providing groups in the community with opportunities to attend Mean Green sporting events. Scrappy’s Pals is designed to offer at-risk youth, disabled person and disadvantaged youth the opportunity to experience the higher education atmosphere offered through Mean Green sporting events. Find out how you can help support this program by contacting the North Texas Athletic Ticket Office at (940) 565-2527 or

For Mean Green tickets, parking, tailgating, and Apogee Stadium information call 940-565-2527 or visit