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Alumni and friends honored at annual awards dinner April 12

Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award
Presented to individuals who have achieved prominence in their profession, thereby reflecting a positive image of UNT

photo of Mark A. 'Tony' AltermannMark A. 'Tony' Altermann ('65, '68 M.S.) of Dallas is president and co-owner of Altermann & Morris Galleries, which is based in Dallas and has locations in Houston; Santa Fe, N.M.; and Hilton Head, S.C. He is active on the advisory council for the Communities Foundation of Texas, the board of directors for Uptown Inc. Public Improvement District, the advisory board for the Dallas Visual Arts Center and the board of directors for the Cowboy Artists of America Museum. He is a member of the UNT President's Council and serves on the Chief Executive Roundtable for the UNT Professional Development Institute and the advisory board for the UNT Department of Dance and Theatre Arts. He earned a bachelor of science degree in education and a master of science degree in drama from UNT.

photo of Euline BrockEuline Brock ('74 Ph.D.) of Denton has served as the mayor of Denton since 2000. A former history professor at Texas Woman's University, she first became active in Denton politics when she was named to the Denton Planning and Zoning Commission in 1985. She served on the Denton City Council from 1992 to 1998 and was chair of Denton's Blue Ribbon Capital Improvement Program Committee before being elected mayor. At UNT, Brock has served as president of the Friends of UNT Libraries and was on the dean's search committee for the UNT College of Music and on the UNT Centennial Executive Committee. She is currently on the Capital Campaign Committee for the College of Music and the UNT Chancellor's Search Advisory Committee. Brock is also a life member of the UNT President's Council. She received her doctoral degree in history from UNT.

photo of Bob DoroughBob Dorough ('49) of Mount Bethel, Pa., was the music director of the innovative Schoolhouse Rock television series from 1973 to 1985 and is a prominent jazz musician. In addition to supervising the audio production for Schoolhouse Rock, Dorough wrote and performed many of the show's most memorable songs, including "Conjunction Junction" and "Three is a Magic Number." He earned his bachelor of music degree in composition from UNT and promptly migrated to New York, studying at Columbia University and immersing himself in the New York jazz scene of the 1950s. Dorough performed and recorded with such jazz legends as Miles Davis and Charlie Parker in their heyday. He has released several critically acclaimed albums of his own, including 1966's seminal Just About Everything. He now enjoys teaching music at a university near his home.

photo of Carroll B. EllisCarroll B. Ellis ('41) of Nashville, Tenn., is the retired chair of the Department of Communication at David Lipscomb University in Nashville. A Dallas native, Ellis received his bachelor's degree in government from UNT. He was president of his freshman and senior classes, president of Pi Phi Pi fraternity and a debate team member. He earned master's and doctoral degrees in speech from Louisiana State University and became a professor of speech and communication at David Lipscomb in 1949. He directed the debate team, which won five Tennessee state championships in the 1960s and captured the Western Kentucky championship. He retired from David Lipscomb in 1989. He also had a long career as a minister in Church of Christ congregations, beginning in 1937 when he was a student at Dallas' Sunset High School. He served as a senior minister at churches in Richardson and Justin, Texas; Baton Rouge, La.; and Nashville.

photo of Annette T. GriffinAnnette T. Griffin ('85 Ed.D.) of Irving is superintendent for the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District. She served on UNT's "Front-edge" Superintendent's Committee and the UNT Superintendent's Council. She is the president of Urban Superintendents of America and was appointed as a member of the State Board of Educator Certification by then Texas Gov. George W. Bush. She is also a member of the Governance Committee for the Texas Commissioner of Education and serves on the Harvard University Advisory Council for Superintendent Training. She is chair-elect of the Farmers Branch Chamber of Commerce and serves on the RHD Hospital Board of Trustees in Dallas. She received her doctoral degree in administrative leadership from UNT.

photo of Patricia RacettePatricia Racette ('88) of Santa Fe, N.M., and New York City is a soprano with the New York Metropolitan Opera. She joined the Metropolitan Opera in 1995 and has performed a number of leading roles with the company, including Violetta in La Traviata, Mimi and Musetta in La Boheme, Antonia in Les Contes D'Hoffman and Ellen Orford in Peter Grimes. She is scheduled to perform Blanche in Les Dialogues Des Carmelites. Other future engagements include performances in Milan and Genoa, Italy; Paris; Sydney, Australia; New York; Chicago; Santa Fe and San Francisco. She has performed in a number of concerts with leading conductors - including James Leaven with the Metropolitan Opera during the Three Tenors Gala - and has performed leading roles in major opera houses around the world. She received her bachelor of music degree in voice performance from UNT.

Green Glory Award
Presented to individuals - not necessarily UNT alumni - whose assistance to UNT has enabled the university to provide a margin of excellence in its endeavors

photo of J.M. 'Mike' and Jean BoneyJ.M. 'Mike' and Jean Boney of Flower Mound and Vernon and Wilma Jordan of Colleyville sold the Dallas City Council approximately 200 acres in the Interstate 20 corridor of southern Dallas through the MBJH Corp. in November 2001. The land, located near the intersection of Houston School Road and Camp Wisdom Road, was given to the UNT System for development of the planned UNT at Dallas campus. The Boneys own Site Concrete Inc. in Irving; Matbon Inc., a contracting company in Seagoville; and Dallas Materials Inc. Vernon Jordan owns DFW Contractors, and Wilma Jordan is the founder of Jordan Paving Corp. in Irving.

photo of Cecelia Cunningham BoxCecelia Cunningham Box ('35, '39) of Grapevine and Colleyville received bachelor's degrees in music and music education from UNT and taught music in St. Jo and Sherman. She also is a former investment banker who is a member of the American Bankers Association and Texas Bankers Association. She is a super majority owner of stock and director and chair of the board of the First National Bank of Grapevine. She was elected Citizen of the Year in Grapevine in 2000 and was nominated for the 2002 Citizen of the Year in Colleyville. In addition, the Baylor Hospital Grapevine Women's Center was named in her honor. A life member of the UNT President's Council, Box is represented on the Wall of Honor at UNT, having endowed the Cecelia Cunningham Box Music Scholarship.

photo of Bob and Bette ShermanBob and Bette Sherman of Denton are owners of Sherman Enterprises. At UNT, they are members of the UNT College of Arts and Sciences advisory and development board and capital campaign executive committee. They are also life members of the UNT President's Council. Bob Sherman is the retired president and chief operating officer of First Colonial Bankshares Corp. and has served on the boards of Cumberland Presbyterian Children's Home, Denton Community Theatre and Denton Housing Authority and on the United Way of Denton County's CARE Committee. Bette Sherman is First Colonial's retired senior vice president and has served on the boards of the Greater Denton Arts Council, the History Park Foundation of Denton County and the United Way of Denton County. She is president-elect of the Denton Benefit League.

Honorary Alumnus/Alumna Award
Presented to individuals who never attended UNT but have exhibited outstanding devotion and service to the university

photo of Lee JacksonLee Jackson of Dallas has served as Dallas County judge since 1987. From 1977 to 1986 he represented Dallas County in the Texas House of Representatives. As chair of the Dallas County Juvenile Board, he has led efforts to improve juvenile justice services. He guided the creation of the Alternative Education Program for youth expelled from the school districts within Dallas County and a new charter school for youth in Dallas County facilities. In 1991, he proposed that Dallas County acquire the Dallas North Tollway from the state of Texas and later led the legislative effort that established the North Texas Tollway Authority. He played a key role as an advocate for the UNT System Center at Dallas and the planned UNT at Dallas campus.

photo of John D. MontgomeryJohn D. Montgomery of Richardson is former chief financial officer for Mercury Motors Outboard and a retired accountant and business manager. He established a scholarship at UNT as a memorial to his wife, Frankie Martin Montgomery ('51), an elementary school teacher in the Dallas Independent School District who spent most of her career as a special education instructor. The scholarship provides financial assistance for students in teacher education. He also recently pledged $750,000 to establish the John D. and Frankie E. Montgomery Scholarship in special education. He is a life member of the UNT President's Council.

photo of Paden NeeleyPaden Neeley of Lewisville has been an accounting professor in the UNT College of Business Administration since 1960. From 1973 to 1999, he served as the founding director and president of UNT's Professional Development Institute, a not-for-profit education corporation specializing in continuing education and certification for business professionals. In 1961, he became the first person to obtain a doctorate in accounting from the University of Arkansas. Currently on modified retirement, he is the author of four accounting textbooks and serves on the board of directors of several Metroplex businesses and organizations.

Outstanding Alumnus/Alumna Service Award

Presented to individuals who have provided exceptional volunteer service to UNT

photo of J. Russell CrewsJ. Russell Crews ('86 M.B.A.) of Dallas is senior vice president and chief financial officer of Snelling Personnel Services. He received a master of business administration in finance from UNT. He is a lifetime member of the North Texas Exes and currently serves on the UNT President's Council and the College of Business Administration Advisory Board. Other honors include his listing in Marquis' Who's Who in Finance and Industry and inclusion in the UNT College of Business Administration's Hall of Honor. Snelling provides the facilities and other assistance for the UNT Executive M.B.A. program.

President's Citation
Presented to individuals who have given extraordinary service and support to UNT either in enhancing its reputation or in helping the university to accomplish its mission

photo of John C. CreuzotJohn C. Creuzot ('78) of Dallas is a state district judge presiding over Dallas' Criminal District Court No. 4. Creuzot, who received his bachelor's degree in philosophy from UNT, became the youngest criminal judge in Dallas County when he was appointed in 1991, at age 33. He was elected to the post the following year and was re-elected in 1996. He is also the project director for the Dallas Initiative for Expedited Rehabilitation and Treatment (DIVERT), a program that allows first-time, nonviolent offenders who are drug addicts to go into immediate treatment instead of waiting to have their cases presented to a judge. Creuzot received his law degree from Southern Methodist University. He is a member of the UNT President's Council, and a scholarship in his name provides $1,000 annually to an undergraduate philosophy major.

photo of Tito Guerrero IIITito Guerrero III ('71 M.Ed.) of Nacogdoches is president of Stephen F. Austin State University. He received his master's degree in secondary education from UNT and a doctoral degree from Harvard University. Before being named Stephen F. Austin president last year, he had served as president of the University of Southern Colorado and provost of Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi. He is a member of the board of visitors of Air University and a board member of American Humanics Inc. He also serves on the boards of the Society for the Advancement of Management, the Nacogdoches Economic Development Corp. and the East Texas GEAR UP Project. He served as honorary president of Weifang University in the Shandong Province of China in 2001.

photo of Tom HaywoodThe late Tom Haywood ('63 M.S.) of Wichita Falls represented District 30, including a portion of Denton County, as a state senator from 1995 to 2001. He received his master's degree in physics from UNT and earned a doctoral degree from the University of Alberta. While at North Texas, he served as a teaching assistant and instructor in the physics department. At Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls he served as director of university affairs and associate professor of physics. In the late '70s he left the education field to become executive vice president of North Texas Oil and Gas Association. Despite an ongoing battle with a Parkinson's-like disease, he was acknowledged by his colleagues as an able leader and a key player in his last legislative session. He died at his home in Wichita Falls on July 12, 2001.

Ulys Knight Spirit Award
Presented to an alumnus, alumna or group that has made noteworthy efforts to sustain spirit among the UNT family. Named for a 1928 graduate who was also a member of the North Texas championship basketball team and was also known as "Mr. North Texas"

photo of Rick HeroldRick Herold ('84, '85 M.S.) is director of parks and community services and general manager of the Texas Star Golf Course and Conference Centre in Euless. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in recreation and leisure studies from UNT. He was a member of the UNT Recreation and Leisure Studies Advisory Board from 1994 to 2000 and currently serves on the board of directors for the North Texas Exes. He also is a member of the UNT President's Council and the Mean Green Club. Herold founded the Don C. Bailey Scholarship and the Julia Wakeley Scholarship in the UNT Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation.

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