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Nominate Now for Alumni Awards

March 14th, 2016 Posted in Alumni News

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The UNT Alumni Association is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards. These awards celebrate the outstanding achievement, service and support of UNT alumni and friends and are presented as part of Homecoming each fall.

The deadline to submit nominations is April 15, 2016. Nomination forms are available at UNTAlumni.com/AlumniAwards.

“With more than 230,000 graduates as part of the UNT family, our alumni are changing the world for the better. They are entrepreneurs, business leaders, innovators, artists, teachers, scientists and change agents,” said Rob McInturf, executive director of the UNT Alumni Association. “As such, they represent the best in our alumni body and inspire all of us.”

Mike Friedman  University of North Texas 2013 Alumni Award winner. Photo taken at Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 in Denton. (UNT Photo/Gary Payne)

Mike Friedman University of North Texas 2013 Alumni Award winner. Photo taken at Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 in Denton. (UNT Photo/Gary Payne)

Award recipients are selected based on distinctive success in their career field or profession, community service, and support of the advancement of the university.

“As a student, UNT provided me with a great education, a fun campus life and the ability to be a part of something bigger,” says Mike Friedman (’72), who received the Outstanding Alumni Service Award in 2013 for his service to the community and university. “This award was one of the most meaningful honors in my life and has made me so proud.”

Friedman is a senior vice president of retail brokerage services for CBRE Group Inc. and for many years also was known as “Smiley the Clown,” bringing laughter to terminally ill children at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas and Medical City Dallas.

There are five categories of Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards. Specific criteria for each award is listed below:

Distinguished Alumni Award—the most prestigious award given, recognizes alumni for distinguished professional achievement as well as their contributions to society, support of the University, and service of their fellow man; thus reflecting extraordinary credit on UNT.

Distinguished Young Alumni Award—recognizes alumni under the age of 40 for distinguished professional achievement as well as their contributions to society, support of the University, and service of their fellow man; thus reflecting extraordinary credit on UNT.

Outstanding Alumni Service Award—honors individuals who have provided outstanding service to the community as well as the University.

ULYS Knight Spirit Award—is named for alumnus Ulys Knight, also known as “Mr. North Texas,” and is given to an individual or group who has shown spirit, enthusiasm, and motivation through the contributions to a UNT program or activity.

Generations of Excellence Award—celebrates a family legacy of having multiple members attend UNT and support the university through their giving, leadership, service, and advocacy.

Alumni Award nominees are your friends, classmates and fellow student leaders at UNT, and today they are the alumni who most embody the true spirit of the University of North Texas. If you know of someone deserving recognition, please download and return the nomination form by April 15.

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