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Auction for scholarships

The Denton County chapter of the North Texas Exes held the fifth annual scholarship auction March 30 at the UNT Coliseum. NT Exes members Mark ('70, '80 M.B.A.) and Susan Rucker Miller ('70, '74 M.A.) were among those who attended the event, which featured dinner, entertainment by the UNT Mariachi Band and live and silent auctions. Items up for bid included hand-crafted art and jewelry and a Cajun dinner for eight served by athletic director Rick Villarreal.


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Lasting Faculty Memory 

More than 40 years ago, I was a student in the College of Education. I was challenged and inspired by many good professors, but one stands out in my mind and greatly influenced my teaching.

That professor was Dr. Vernon Eady. His warmth and humor pervaded his lessons on child development and child psychology. We were always very attentive as he frequently lectured with a cigarette held firmly between his teeth. It would bob up and down as he talked and we were mesmerized by the ashes, which grew to unbelievable lengths.

Several of his pearls of wisdom have remained etched in my memory: (1) Be fair, firm and friendly; (2) Make friends with the school custodian — he can make or break your success as a teacher; and (3) Let your students know that because they can talk, they should be able to learn to read, or as he put it, "Reading ain't nothin' but talk wrote down."

I have always remembered one of his most delightful admonishments, said in jest, of course. He told us that if we put a few sips of vodka in an empty Listerine bottle and kept it in our desk, we would never have any discipline problems or reading problems with the students! Dr. Eady gave us great wisdom and advice, and his personality was simply awesome.

— Helen Price Walters ('62, '65 M.Ed.),
who taught for 36 years in Dallas public schools



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Lab Band Madness

The North Texas Exes will team up with UNT's College of Music for a Lab Band Madness pre-party on Tuesday, April 17, at 6 p.m. in the Alumni Center at the Gateway Center.

The free event will feature food, live music and door prizes.

The lab band concert begins at 7 p.m. at the UNT Murchison Performing Arts Center. For members of the North Texas Exes, a special $15 package is available that includes a ticket to the concert, the Lab 2006 CD and a tote bag from the College of Music.

The party is also free and open to non-members. For tickets to the concert, call (940) 369-7802.

To make reservations for the party or to purchase the members-only package, call (940) 565-2834 or e-mail

For information about becoming a member of the North Texas Exes, visit or call (940) 565-2834.


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