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UNT Alumni Association Honors Alumni with 2017 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards

September 28th, 2017 | Posted in Alumni News
The University of North Texas Alumni Association will honor outstanding alumni at the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards dinner at 7 p.m., Nov. 9 in UNT’s Apogee Stadium HUB Club. Reception starts at 6 p.m.

This is the 52nd anniversary of the alumni awards program, which showcases the caliber of the university’s alumni and celebrates the depth and breadth of their professional accomplishments and service to the community. This Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards coincide with the university’s homecoming weekend, which sees the return of many alumni. Seven recipients will receive awards this year, including:

Distinguished Alumni Awards – First presented in 1965, this is the most prestigious award given by the UNT Alumni Association. It recognizes alumni for distinguished professional achievement that has merited the honor and praise of peers and colleagues. These individuals have made significant contributions to society, supported the University, and served their fellow man, reflecting extraordinary credit on UNT.

Don Millican (ʼ74), will receive the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award for his service and dedication to the UNT community. Millican is a CPA and CFO for George B. Kaiser in Tulsa, OK and is a retired partner with Ernst & Young. He spends as much time as he can championing UNT’s accounting program. Millican and his wife established the Don and Donna Millican Endowed Chair in Accounting, which attracts nationally recognized scholars to UNT’s accounting department, and he is a founding member of the Diamond Eagles Excellence Fund.

Gayle W. Strange (ʼ67), will receive the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award for her outspoken support and tireless efforts on the behalf of UNT. Strange is General Partner of Strange Holdings, a commercial property management company, and owner of Tremont Construction Corporation. Strange, former Chairwoman of the UNT System Board of Regents, is a lifelong member of the UNT Alumni Association, Board Member of the UNT Foundation, founding member of the Diamond Eagle Excellence Fund and strong supporter of the Mean Green Club.

Distinguished Young Alumni Award – Created in 2011 in the image of the Distinguished Alumni Award, this award recognizes young alumni under the age of 40 for distinguished professional achievement that has merited the honor and praise of peers and colleagues.  These individuals have made significant contributions to society, supported the University, and served their fellow man, reflecting extraordinary credit on UNT.

Emily Mauzy (ʼ06, ʼ06 M.S.), will receive the 2017 Distinguished Young Alumni Award for her outstanding UNT spirit and industry work. Mauzy is a CPA and Assistant Vice President of Corporate Taxes for General Motors Financial in Fort Worth. She established the Emily Mauzy Accounting Scholarship in 2010, hoping to help students like herself succeed at UNT. This pairs well with her volunteering as a mentor for Fort Worth ISD students and as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in foster care.  Mauzy received the Outstanding Tax Student Award in 2006 and was selected as the Keynote Speaker for her College of Business graduation ceremony in 2006.

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

Elliotte Dunlap (ʼ97), will receive the Outstanding Alumni Service Award. Dunlap spent 12 years in sales at IBM, and is currently a Senior Enterprise Partner Solution Sales Executive at Microsoft. As a student, he was involved in various organizations from student leadership to Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. One of his proudest accomplishments is leading the charge in developing UNT’s Multicultural Center to teach diversity through engagement and promote student success. Dunlap was the keynote speaker at the 20th Anniversary Celebration for the Multicultural Center in 2014 as well as presented with the Founders Award. Currently Dunlap is involved in various mentorship organizations for college students and professionals. One of his proudest accomplishments is the development of A Few Good Men, an alumni group designed to mentor minority men at UNT to promote graduation and success. He and his co-founders help diverse men and women get mentally prepared to compete in today’s business climate.

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

Jim Fincher (ʼ69), will receive the ULYS Knight Spirit Award for his enthusiastic spirit and contributions to UNT. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Texas and Louisiana.  He retired in January 2013 as Vice-President and Chairman of the Board of Directors at Burch, Fincher and Company, a Texas Professional Corporation of Certified Public Accountants after 38 years at that position. Fincher serves as the treasurer and chair of the budget committee for the UNT Foundation Board of Directors. He has been active in the UNT Alumni Association, serving on the Board for many years, including a term as president. He is a devoted fan of UNT Athletics. He is a Club Seat football season ticket holder at Apogee Stadium. He has attended all home games played at the stadium. He is a member of the Mean Green Scholarship Society and contributes annually to help fund a student-athlete’s scholarship. He encourages others to support all UNT athletic programs.

Generations of Excellence Award – 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.

The Waddell Family, composed of three generations of UNT alumni ― Freddy J. Waddell (ʼ72 Ed.D.), his son, Stephen “Steve” F. Waddell (ʼ75,ʼ96 Ed.D.), and Steve’s daughter, Sarah (ʼ05) ― will receive the 2017 Generations of Excellence Award. Freddy was a principal and superintendent in California, as well as Executive Director of Region V Education Service Center, passing his love as an educator down to his son and granddaughter. Steve’s career as a principal and superintendent has taken him all over Texas,
most recently as Superintendent of Lewisville ISD, where he retired in 2015. Steve serves on the College of Education Development Board, helping to move education-centered thinking and teaching forward at UNT. Sarah is developing her own career in education. In addition to their enthusiastic engagement and advocacy, the family has showed its appreciation for UNT by endowing a scholarship for future school superintendents.

Find more information on the UNT Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Awards here.

Fall Regional Receptions

September 28th, 2017 | Posted in Alumni News
Do you know your UNT alumni neighbors? Network and reconnect with alumni in your area at the UNT Alumni Association’s Fall Regional Receptions. Alumni and friends will wine and dine on fantastic drinks and appetizers and receive a mini State of the University presentation from President Smatresk. These signature events are scheduled across DFW to allow alumni to choose the time and location most convenient to them.

Collin County Fall Regional Reception
October 18, 2017 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Gleneagles Country Club, Plano, TX
Tarrant County Fall Regional Reception
October 10, 2017 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Colonial Country Club, Fort Worth, TX
$10 – UNT Alumni Association members
$15 – Non-members
Registration is required before each event. RSVP here to the location of your choice.

RHA Reception

September 28th, 2017 | Posted in Alumni News
The UNT Residence Hall Association invites all RHA members to a reunion event at the UNT Alumni Pavilion. Past and current RHA members can reminisce about their time in housing and share memories with others who have common experiences. Access to the reception, tailgate and football game are included with the ticket price.

November 18, 2017
2:30 p.m.
The Alumni Pavilion
Northeast entrance of Apogee Stadium
1251 S Bonnie Brae St, Denton, TX 76207

Event Includes:

  • Admission to the UNT Alumni Pavilion prior to kickoff for a meet and greet with current RHA Members
  • Tailgate celebration at the Alumni Pavilion and RHA tent
  • Catered food and cash bar
  • Tickets to UNT vs. Army in the reserved RHA members section

$20 – Non-Student RHA Alumni
Free – Current Student RHA Alumni

Find more details and register here before November 14.

Welcome Back the Mean Green at UNT Fan Fest

August 18th, 2017 | Posted in Alumni News
Do you have the meanest, greenest family in North Texas? Show off your spirit at Fan Fest, the UNT Alumni Association’s biggest celebration of the summer!

The Denton County Alumni Chapter is kicking off the UNT athletics season in style at Apogee Stadium. Get in the spirit with a Green Brigade marching band performance, get autographs from UNT players, and follow along in the stands as the football team warms up the crowd with drills.

We’ve packed in too much fun for one evening, so stick around after sunset for a movie night on the field. Spread out your blanket and unwind as “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” plays on the world-class Jumbotron.

UNT Fan Fest

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
6–10:30 p.m.
Apogee Stadium, Gate 3b 
1251 S Bonnie Brae St.
Denton, TX 76207

This FREE family festival includes:

  • Live music from the Raised Right Men
  • Complimentary concessions (hot dogs, french fries, popcorn, and drinks) 
  • Inflatable play centers 
  • Marching band performance
  • Player autographs and drills
  • Movie night on the field

Free parking is available in the Apogee Stadium Black Lot. Get directions to the Black Lot here

RSVP here by Sunday, August 20.

Summer Family Events

July 18th, 2017 | Posted in Alumni News

A giraffe’s tongue is black. An airplane’s “black box” is not.

Curious minds young and old can explore these facts and more at the UNT Alumni Association’s summer family events.

On July 29, we’ll have our eyes to the skies at the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas. Guests will enjoy a catered breakfast on the mezzanine level with an eagles-eye view of suspended aircraft displays. Kids can enjoy the indoor play space and flight themed crafts while parents explore the museum’s impressive 35,000-piece collection of aviation and space flight history.

On August 12, our Tarrant County Chapter invites you to a fun-filled day at the Fort Wort Zoo. Start off with a hearty breakfast and an up-close Animal Encounter, then discover the wild with your family. 

Whether your interest takes you down onto the Savanah or high in the skies, you’ll create new family memories at the UNT Alumni Association’s summer events. Bring your UNT friends to celebrate the old memories, too!

Frontiers of Flight Museum

Saturday, July 29, 2017
10 a.m.–Noon
Frontiers of Flight Museum
6911 Lemmon Avenue
Dallas, TX 75209

$5 – Alumni Association Member
$10 – Non-Member
Free – Children (ages 0-12)
For more information and to RSVP, visit:

Fort Worth Zoo

Saturday, August 12, 2017
10 a.m.­–Noon
Fort Worth Zoo
1989 Colonial Parkway
Fort Worth, Texas 76110

$10 – Alumni Association Member
$20 – Non-Member
$5 – Children (ages 3-10)
Free – Children 2 and under

For more information and to RSVP, visit:

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UNT

July 18th, 2017 | Posted in Alumni News

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UNT is a lifelong learning program with classes, events, and trips designed by and for adults 50 and better. It is a vibrant community of curious minds, adventurous hearts, and welcoming members. Classes are selected by peers and taught by distinguished university professors and area professionals. Each engaging class is led by friendly faculty, and classes are 90-minute sessions. Access to special collections and sites provide extra enrichment. With over 100 classes, multiple locations, and a wide variety of topics, we have options for everyone. 

No grades, no tests—just curious minds learning.

Join OLLI for life’s next adventure!

Archaeology, Music, Science, History, Nature, Religious Studies, Literature, Nutrition, Language, Technology, Art, Current Events, and much more!

Find out more or become a member at

Get in touch with OLLI at UNT: | 940-369-7293 | |

Rough Riders

June 14th, 2017 | Posted in Alumni News

Join us for a night of food, fun and Mean Green pride at UNT Night at the Frisco RoughRiders. Enjoy ballpark food, a firework show after the game, and much more all included in your ticket! RSVP by June 18th, click here to learn more about the big game!


UNT Night at the Frisco RoughRiders
Saturday, July 1, 2017
First Pitch – 7:05 pm
Dr Pepper Ballpark
7300 Roughriders Trail
Frisco, TX 75034

$10 – Alumni Association Member
$20- Non-Member
$5 – Children (ages 3-10)
Free – Children 2 and under

Ticket includes:

  • Ballpark food
  • Domestic beer
  • Wine
  • RoughRiders program
  • Picnic style seating and traditional ballpark seats
  • Area across from Primrose Playground for children to play during the game
  • Fireworks show following the game

Tickets will be picked up on-site at the Left Field Entrance Gate.

Parking is available around the ballpark for $10.

RSVP below by Sunday, June 18.
Click here to RSVP.

Block Party

June 14th, 2017 | Posted in Alumni News
Congratulations to our Class of 2017 graduates! As you begin your journey through life, we hope that you remember and cherish the memories that you made at University of North Texas. Our Grad Block Party 2017 was a huge success, and we thank you all for joining us in our festivities. We had live music, games, photo ops, UNT merchandise, and finally, a stunning firework show to end the night! We hope everyone enjoyed the event, and hope you have a fantastic summer!

Alluring Alumni Adventures

May 19th, 2017 | Posted in Alumni News
Travel the world and explore places near and far. Two new cruises are now available exclusively priced for UNT Alumni. Check out the details of each unique experience below. Then, click here to learn more and to register for the trip!

Kaleidoscope of Cultures – OCEANIA CRUISES*

Miami to San Francisco (16 Nights)

Date:    May 6—May 22, 2018 Regatta
Price:    From $3,799 per person, double occupancy (airfare included from select cities)

Embark on your luxury cruise aboard the Regatta in vibrant Miami, an international city rich with the influence of Caribbean and Latin American culture. Start with a trip through Havana’s history, from its colonial beginnings to post-revolutionary present. Learn all about Spanish military history at the Castillo San Felipe de Barajas in Cartagena before traversing the iconic Panama Canal on your way to the awe-inspiring rainforest canopy of Puntarenas. Delight in the coastal beauty of San Juan del Sur and travel back in time to visit the Mayan temples of Puerto Quetzal. In Mexico, you’ll see why Acapulco was the resort of choice for celebrities from Elvis Presley to Elizabeth Taylor and take in the exotic desert coastline of Cabo San Lucas. Finally, disembark the Regatta in San Francisco, a dramatic city with an artistic personality.

*Date, price, and itinerary are subject to change.

Allure of Autumn – OCEANIA CRUISES*

Montréal to New York (10 Nights)

Date:    September 23 – October 3, 2018 Insignia
Price:    From $3,949 per person, double occupancy (airfare included from select cities)

Experience the explosive colors of autumn as you sail down North America’s immense and beautiful Atlantic coast. Embark on your luxury cruise aboard the Insignia in Montréal, Canada’s second-most populous city, which blends North American charisma with European charm. Québec City, the only walled city in North America, shows old-world European charm seeping into the heart of French Canada; while Saguenay claims Canada’s only navigable fjord, flanked by emerald mountains and towering plateaus. From Sept-Îles, a port town fronted by a stunning seven-island archipelago, you’ll sail across the magnificent Gulf of Lawrence; embrace British and Scottish traditions in Halifax; and discover the curious reversing river of Saint John before you continue south into the United States. Admire the awe-inspiring Acadia National Park; immerse yourself in America’s revolutionary history on Boston’s renowned Freedom Trail; and relax in New England’s own European-style resort city, Newport; before finishing your journey in New York, the “City that Never Sleeps.”

*Date, price, and itinerary are subject to change.