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Mean Green Weekend

August 14th, 2015 | Posted in Alumni News

With opening football game being against SMU, the UNT Alumni Association and North Texas Athletics have teamed up to make it a Mean Green Weekend of fun in Dallas! There’s plenty of fun for everyone, even if you’re not a football fan!

Mean Green Alumni Rally—September 11

Join the UNT Alumni Association at Four Corners Brewery in Dallas on September 11th from 6-8:30 pm for the Official Mean Green Alumni Rally.

Wear your Mean Green attire and join fellow UNT alumni and friends as North Texas prepares for the first football game of the season at SMU. Mix and mingle with UNT President Neil Smatresk, Scrappy and the UNT Cheerleaders. Enjoy food trucks and Four Corners craft beers while catching up on the latest Mean Green news.

Don’t forget to stop by the bar and get your specially crafted Mean Green Ale in a limited edition pint glass while supplies last. The alums at Four Corners are collaborating with UNT alums at Armadillo Ale Works and Audacity Brew House to craft something special!

Admission is FREE! RSVP so we will know you are coming!

North Texas Tailgate, Pep Rally and SMU Game—September 12
The Mean Green Club and the UNT Alumni Association invite you to join us for the UNT vs. SMU football game, pre-game tailgate and pep rally for live music, food and fun!

Tailgate will start at 3 pm and run until 5:30 pm. The cost is:
$20 pre-sale for members of the Mean Green Club and UNT Alumni Association
$30 game day patron (cash only at the tailgate)

Game Tickets
Kickoff is a 6 pm at Gerald J. Ford Stadium. Ticket packages are:
$35 individual tickets available
$95 Tailgate Package (includes two tailgate passes, two upper bowl tickets, two t-shirts and Spriki level Mean Green Club membership)
$135 Tailgate Package (includes two tailgate passes, two lower bowl tickets, two t-shirts and Spriki level Mean Green Club membership

To purchase your tailgate and game day tickets, call the North Texas Ticket Office at 940-565-2527. For more information, call the Mean Green Club at 940-369-7382.

We hope you sport your Mean Green attire and come and cheer on North Texas!

UNT Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards

August 14th, 2015 | Posted in Alumni News

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DENTON (UNT), Texas – The University of North Texas Alumni Association will honor outstanding alumni at the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards dinner at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 (Thursday) in UNT’s Gateway Ballroom. Reception starts at 6 p.m.

This is the 50th anniversary of the alumni awards program, which showcases the caliber of the university’s alumni and celebrate the depth and breadth of their professional accomplishments and service to the community. This year’s Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards were moved from spring to better coincide with the university’s homecoming weekend, which sees the return of many alumni. Seven recipient will receive awards this year, including:

Distinguished Alumni Awards – First presented in 1965, this is one of the university’s most prestigious awards. It is given to individuals who have achieved prominence in their profession.

Julie Anderson Julie Anderson (’91) will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award. Anderson is Chief Financial Officer at Texas Capital Bank, and the Controller and Chief Accounting Officer for its parent company. She manages accounting and external financial reporting functions for the company, as well as financial planning and funds management.
Bob_Kimmel Bob Kimmel (’61) will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award. Kimmel is the past president and CEO of Davis H. Elliot Company, which he grew from 500 to more than 1,700 employees, and owns BK Energy. He is currently chairman of the UNT Foundation Board.
UNT student Daniel Ford talks with transfer advisor Adrian Riojas Leroy Whitaker (’50 and ’52), will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award. Whitaker is retired from Eli Lilly and Company, where he started work as a patent attorney and advanced to general patent counsel and assistant secretary with 30 attorney and agents reporting to him in a job that took him all over the world.

Distinguished Young Alumni Award – Created in 2011, this honor was established to recognize alumni under age 40 for distinguished career achievement.

Tiffaney Dale Hunter Tiffaney Dale Hunter (’01), will receive the Distinguished Young Alumni Award. Hunter is the chief communications officer for the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation as well as the president and CEO of Tiffaney Dale Public Relations, a full-service marketing and public relations company in Dallas and Houston.

Outstanding Alumni Service – First presented in 1974, this award honors individuals who have provided exceptional volunteer service to UNT or the community.

Bryce_Cathy Cathy Bryce (’81), will receive the Outstanding Alumni Service Award. Retired as Highland Park ISD Superintendent, Bryce’s career as an educator spanned 34 years. She has had decades of service with school administration groups, task forces and advisory boards, and has received 16 community honors and recognitions.

Ulys Knight Spirit Award – Presented since 1975, this award is given to any individual or group that has made noteworthy effort to sustain spirit among the UNT family.

Miller_Mark Mark Miller (’70 and ’80), will receive the Ulys Knight Spirit Award. Miller has been an active supporter and champion for UNT and Mean Green Athletics. He is a member of the UNT President’s Council, the UNT Alumni Association board of directors and the Mean Green Club. He established a charity basketball game to support the UNT Cheer Squad scholarship fund and manages a charity flag football game that benefits an athletic scholarship fund. Miller also helped create and sell spirit items during UNT football and basketball seasons, and has helped host events for UNT and Denton community members.

Generations of Excellence – First presented in 2009, this award honors and recognizes a family that has exhibited an extraordinary dedication to higher education, that has supported the university through its service by many family members who have attended or graduated, and has demonstrated the value and support of family in their individual and collective lives.

3 - HokeThe Hoke Family will receive the Generations of Excellence Award. In 1914-15, Martin Luther Hoke Sr. attended and graduated from what was then North Texas State Normal College. After serving in World War I, he settled his family in Denton and eight of his children attended North Texas State College’s Demonstration School, with six continuing on to North Texas State Teachers College/North Texas State College. Granddaughter Barbara Polansky continued her involvement with the university from the time she was an undergraduate through today. The Hoke Family has several teachers who collectively contributed to more than 100 years in education. Polansky also continued that tradition and has been recognized as the top Physical Educator in the state of Texas.

The UNT Alumni Association promotes and supports the ideals of the University of North Texas by connecting alumni, friends and current students through programs and scholarships that create awareness and loyalty for the university. For information about the UNT Alumni Association or the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards, call 940-565-2834 or email

Tailgate, Pep Rally & Game

August 14th, 2015 | Posted in Alumni News

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Partner Profile – Jostens

August 14th, 2015 | 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.

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Calendar of Events

August 14th, 2015 | Posted in Events



September 11
Mean Green Alumni Rally
Four Corners Brewery

September 12
North Texas vs. SMU Tailgate, Pep Rally & Game

September 16-19
Founder’s Week

September 19
UNTAA GameDay Grille
UNTAA Alumni Pavilion

UNT vs. Rice
Apogee Stadium


October 4-10
Mediterranean Mosiac Cruise

October 8
Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards
UNT Gateway Ballroom

October 9
UNT Alumni Pavilion

October 10

UNTAA GameDay Grille (UNT vs. Portland State)
UNT Alumni Pavilion

October 15
UNTAA GameDay Grille (UNT vs. Western Kentucky)
UNT Alumni Pavilion

October 31
UNTAA GameDay Grille (UNT vs. UTSA)
UNT Alumni Pavilion


November 17
Ring Presentation Ceremony

November 28
UNTAA GameDay Grille (UNT vs. UTEP)
UNT Alumni Pavilion

UNT News Briefs

August 14th, 2015 | Posted in UNT News Briefs

UNT student receives scholarship to attend Meeting Professionals International conference

Allie Salgueiro of Garland, a senior hospitality and tourism management major at UNT, has received a Wyndham Worldwide WEC Scholarship that will allow her to attend the 2015 World Education Congress, the annual global conference of Meeting Professionals International.

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UNT student receives Spectrum Scholarship from American Library Association

Tommy Vinh Bui, a master’s student in library science in the University of North Texas’ College of Information, has been named a 2015 Spectrum Scholar by the American Library Association.

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TD Ameritrade awards UNT $50,000, Mascot Scrappy and faculty to help ring NYSE closing bell

The University of North Texas Financial Services Program will be awarded a $50,000 grant from TD Ameritrade Institutional as part of its NextGen Financial Planning Initiative. To celebrate the honor, TD Ameritrade Institutional will fly two UNT representatives to the New York Stock Exchange to accept the award July 22 (Wednesday), where they’ll be joined by UNT’s mascot, Scrappy, to help ring the closing bell.

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Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference awards $12,000 in cash prizes for writing competitions

George Bowden of Fort Worth received the top prize of $3,000 and a provisional book contract with the University of North Texas Press in the Book Manuscript competition sponsored by the 2015 Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference.

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Finley Graves appointed to two-year term as UNT provost and vice president of academic affairs

UNT President Neal Smatresk appointed Finley Graves as the university’s provost and vice president of academic affairs. This two-year appointment follows Graves’ service as interim academic leader since March 1.

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Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award-winning playwright to serve as UNT’s 2015-16 artist-in residence

Doug Wright will work with students and conduct research for upcoming works as the 2015-16 artist-in-residence for the Institute for the Advancement of the Arts at the University of North Texas.

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Colleges and Schools Highlights

August 14th, 2015 | Posted in Highlights

Mayborn School of Journalism

UNT Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism announces biography fellowship recipient

Judith Bula Wise of Boulder, professor emerita of social work at the University of Denver, has been awarded the 2015 Mayborn Fellowship in Biography from University of North Texas’ Frank W. Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism.

Recreational Sports

Did you know that an active member of the UNT Alumni Association can purchase a membership at the Rec Center? Pay by semester, or save with an annual membership for only $400…that’s only $34 a month!

Joining the Rec Center includes no initiation fees, and gives you access to our 14,500 square foot weight room, over 100 cardio pieces with personal viewing screens, two swimming pools and a hot tub, a four lane indoor walking/jogging track, a 45’ tall climbing wall, high quality outdoor equipment, and a myriad of group exercise and specialty classes and programs offered throughout the year. No other gym can boast the variety of programs and services we offer, and none bring you back onto the beautiful UNT campus!

Check us out on the web at, stop by, or call us at 940-369-8347 and ask about our membership specials.

Thank A Teacher

Has a UNT teacher made a positive difference in your life? Let them know.

Outstanding teachers at UNT do make a difference for students. They make learning challenging and fun; they are available when needed; and they weather many storms with students to foster bright futures. When teachers have made this kind of a difference, many students wish for a way to say “Thanks”.

UNT students and alums have the opportunity to say “Thanks” through the “Thank a Teacher” Program here at UNT. Just complete the form at to share your thanks with your UNT teacher(s). You may complete as many of these forms as you wish (one for each teacher you wish to thank). You may also choose to remain anonymous. Your notes will be sent to your teachers as part of a letter of recognition from the Provost with copies to their Deans and Department Chairs!

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