passengers aboard the one of planes used in the terrorist attacks
on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon Sept. 11 included one
UNT alumna. Mari-Rae Sopper earned her master's degree in kinesiology
in 1993. She was a passenger on the American Airlines flight from
Washington that crashed into the Pentagon, according to a list released
by the airline.
had recently been hired as a gymnastics coach by the University
of California-Santa Barbara and flying to California to begin her
new job. She earned her bachelor's degree from Iowa State University
in 1988 and a J.D. degree in 1996 from the University of Denver
College of Law.
had been working as a litigation associate at Schmeltzer, Aptaker
and Shepard PC in Washington, D.C., after serving as assistant coach
and choreographer for the women's gymnastics team at the U.S. Naval
Academy. She had previously held a number of other coaching and
its August meeting, the UNT System Board of Regents approved the
creation of three new UNT positions. Deborah Leliaert, UNT's associate
vice president for marketing and communication and UNT System associate
vice chancellor for communications and marketing, was promoted to
vice president for university relations. Milton L. "Pat"
Howell Jr., director for facilities management at the UNT Health
Science Center at Fort Worth, was selected as the associate vice
president for facilities, and Chuck Fuller, director of business
services, was promoted to assistant vice president for business
position of vice president for university relations will oversee
the university's communications and marketing as well as visitor
and public relations. Leliaert has served in her current role since
1996 and was the university's director of news from 1992 to 1996.
She continues as associate vice chancellor for communications and
marketing for the UNT System.
was selected as associate vice president for UNT facilities after
a national search. He has extensive experience in directing, planning
and managing the development, construction, operations, renovations
and maintenance of facilities and infrastructures.
position of assistant vice president for business services was created
to reflect the increased
responsibility of overseeing the university's auxiliary business
services. In addition to overseeing most auxiliary operations on
campus including housing, dining services, the University Union,
printing and mail services, and the bookstore contract, the assistant
vice president will be responsible for overseeing the operations
of the Coliseum, Auditorium and Gateway Center.
board also approved new operational functions and appointments for
key UNT System personnel. Virginia Wheeless, UNT System associate
vice chancellor for planning and UNT associate vice president for
planning, was appointed vice chancellor for planning, while Howell
was appointed associate vice chancellor for system facilities in
addition to his UNT appointment. Reymundo "Rey" Rodriguez
Jr. was appointed assistant vice chancellor for governmental affairs,
and Walt Parker, who serves as vice chancellor for governmental
affairs, was approved for a reduced-time appointment.
vice chancellor for planning, Wheeless will be responsible for the
planning for the new UNT at Dallas campus, which was established
by statute in the 2001 legislative session. Wheeless served as the
interim UNT System Center executive director from its inception
in 1999 and has been head of the university's planning office since
1992. She will continue as associate vice president for planning
for the university.
was selected as associate vice chancellor for system facilities
after a national search.
joined the system governmental affairs staff in January 2001 in
time to help establish the UNT System office in Austin and to assist
during the 77th legislative session. Before joining UNT, he worked
as a senior analyst in Austin for the Mexican-American Legislative
Caucus and as an analyst with the Social Security Administration
in Washington, D.C., and in Baltimore. Rodriguez is now chief of
the UNT System office in Austin.
who has served the university since 1979 and the system since 2000,
has requested a 60 percent appointment for 2001-02 and a 50 percent
appointment for 2002-03. A statewide search will begin soon for
a person to lead the day-to-day efforts of the system's governmental
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National Science Foundation grant of $900,000 and a cooperative
effort among UNT's College of Education, Elm Fork Education Center
and Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science have helped create
a program to improve science education for girls.
Up Girls in Science, or BUGS, also involves a partnership with the
Denton and Decatur independent school districts, Rose Street Day
Treatment School in the Wichita Falls Independent School District
and Bernalillo public schools in Bernalillo, N.M.
program is designed to encourage an interest in science among elementary
school girls and foster scientific attitudes such as curiosity,
respect for evidence, flexibility and sensitivity to living things.
from the fourth and fifth grades will participate in an after-school
outdoor science lab during each year of the three-year grant.
addition to increasing the girls' knowledge of scientific skills,
BUGS aims to improve their confidence in academic pursuits, provide
mentoring relationships and increase parents' and teachers' awareness
of gender issues in math and science.
Tyler-Wood, associate professor of technology and cognition, is
principal investigator of the project, and Jane Pemberton and Mark
Mortensen, assistant professors of technology and cognition, are
part of the Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Lecture Series in Contemporary
Sculpture and Criticism, Polish sculptress Magdalena Abakanowicz
will speak on campus Nov. 7. Most of her works are large, headless
human figures, which are considered among the most emotive and disturbing
modern sculptures. They are housed in various museums and public
and private collections around the world. Some of these figures
are part of the Nasher Sculpture Collection. The Nasher series,
which is open to the public, began in 1998 with the intent of bringing
nationally and internationally known sculptors and critics to the
UNT School of Visual Arts. The presentation begins at 7 p.m. in
the Eagle Student Services Center. For more information, call (940)
Droves of tourists and regular interstate
travelers soon may have an exciting new "infotainment"
destination along I-35 in Denton. An innovative visitors center
planned by UNT will be located in the university's new Gateway Center,
near the new main entrance to campus on Avenue E. It's just one
block from I-35 East, one of the most traveled interstates in America.
for the visitors center, where guests will discover through a high-tech,
high-touch experience the importance of higher education and its
impact on the lives of Texans, will make it a unique university
attraction in the state. The center's web site will have interactive
components, permitting virtual visitors worldwide to enjoy the experience.
elite student corps of Eagle Ambassadors will staff the center to
assist visitors and answer questions. Guests will be able to tour
the space at their leisure. As they follow a well-designed, circular
path, chapters in the university's story will unfold. Photographs
and memorabilia that illustrate the university's past will give
way to high-tech, interactive exhibits on UNT research, athletics,
music and art.
and more than a few adults, may help a digital Scrappy (UNT's mascot)
decide what he wants to be when he grows up. Through this entertaining
interactive game, children may visualize themselves in various vocations
and learn of the educational steps necessary to achieve certain
is planning for the center to also serve as an information location
for the city of Denton and Denton County.
university is working to raise funds for the visionary project.
A lead gift will establish the center, and additional sponsorships
will fund individual exhibits within the space. Once funding is
secured, the center is expected to take four to six months to complete.
To take a virtual tour of what it could look like, visit www.unt.edu/pais/visitors.
Gary Weldon Anderson, 64, of Denton died July 12 at Denton Regional
Medical Center. He retired in 1999 as an associate professor of
teacher education and administration. He joined UNT in 1973.
born in Towner, Colo., received his bachelor's degree in music and
his master's degree in music and education from Adams State University
in Alamosa, Colo. He earned his doctorate in administration and
political science at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
was active in Phi Delta Kappa, Kappa Delta Pi, the National Education
Association, the National Association of Teacher Educators, the
Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development and the Better
Breathers at Denton Community Hospital.
McAdow, 96, Director Emeritus of bands, died Aug. 20 at Good Samaritan
Village in Denton.
began his musical career playing cornet in a municipal band in Anthony,
Kan., And at age 16, he played with tent shows and stock companies.
His professional instrument was the trumpet and he played professionally
in Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Detroit.
the late 1920s, he studied with Herman Bellstedt and with Edward
Llewellyn, well-known member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
In the '30s he studied woodwinds, trombone and percussion with symphony
artists and played flute with the St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra.
received a bachelor's degree from Illinois Wesleyan University in
1939; was a pupil of the famous Russian conductor Nicolai Malko
from 1943 to 1944; and earned a master's degree from the American
Conservatory of Music in 1953.
joined the North Texas music faculty in 1945 and proceeded to build
one of the state's top band programs. After his retirement in 1975,
he continued his work through the Brook Mays Music Co. of Texas.
his years at North Texas, McAdow led the band on 28 tours throughout
13 states. Under his leadership, the bands of UNT achieved a national
reputation for outstanding musical excellence.
work was honored in 1973 when he was named Texas Bandmaster of the
Year. UNT named him an honorary alumnus in 1990. He became a member
of the Phi Beta Mu Texas Bandmasters' Hall of Fame in 1991 and the
next year was a charter inductee into the Region V Bandmasters'
Hall of Fame.
addition, his legacy was recognized in 1999 when a plaque bearing
his name was attached to a Disklavier grand piano donated to UNT
by Brook Mays Music Co.
Alfred F. Hurley (left) and retired U.S. Air Force Col. David
two decades ago, UNT System Chancellor Alfred F. Hurley, who also
is a faculty member in UNTís history department, began a military
history seminar that has become an annual tradition. This yearís
seminar, held Sept. 15 on campus, focused on World War II and the
Cold War, with an emphasis on the Russian military. Two speakers
ó Retired U.S. Army Col. David M. Glantz and Retired U.S. Air Force
Lt. Gen. Charles Hamm ó addressed the nearly 200 attendees. Glantz
is the founder and editor of the Journal of Slavic Military Studies.
Hamm, whose career included service as the U.S. defense attache
in Moscow from 1981 to 1983, provided commentary from a veteranís
point of view. Streaming video of the presentations made by both
of this yearís speakers can be viewed below:
* Both of
the streaming media presentations require the Real Player to view.
The Real Player can be downloaded here