Curt Dixon ('86) doesn't work from a script. As founding member of the New York City-based Improvisational Repertory Theatre Ensemble, he spoofs Stephen King novels and night court sessions from the top of his head and audience suggestions.
Clint Richmond learned many things from journalism professor C.E. "Pop" Shuford, but one lesson stuck in his mind.
"The quickest way to fail for Shuford was to let any type of opinion leak into the story assignment," says Richmond, who attended UNT in the late 1950s under the name Gerald Richmond.
As a student, Steve Pietzsch ('73) created an illustration -- featuring three ears emerging from the bell of a horn -- that appeared on the cover of the One O'Clock Lab Band's 1973 album. Pietzsch, an advertising major, didn't know he could make a career out of drawing.
In Popular Perceptions of Soviet Politics in the 1920s: Disenchantment of the Dreamers, Olga Velikanova, associate professor of history, studied the popular opinions of people in post-revolutionary Russia.
The most visible exponent of a grassroots, nonviolent movement that saved Indian's mountain forests from commercial exploitation is the subject of Ecology is Permanent Economy: The Activism and Environmental Philosophy of Sunderlal Bahuguna by George James, professor of philosophy and religion studies.
Kelly Wisecup, assistant professor of English, explores how conversations about illness and healing among European colonists, Native Americans and New World Africans influenced colonial writing in her book Medical Encounters: Knowledge and Identity in Early American Literatures.
William F. Strong ('78 M.S.) and John Cook ('81 Ph.D.) met as students at UNT. Now they host the program "Good Books Radio," which runs on the PBS station in the Rio Grande Valley KMBH 88 FM and has attracted nationally known authors.
Richard DeRosa, jazz composition and arranging professor, has won several prestigious assignments. He will serve as chief conductor of the WDR Big Band, a German government-supported organization in Cologne, for the 2014-16 season.
In 2003, the words "White Only," previously covered by a metal plate, were discovered above the water fountains in the Dallas County Records Building. Controversy erupted over what to do about the markings. A decade later, artist Lauren Woods ('02), who in following family tradition doesn't capitalize her name, has created the multimedia A Dallas Drinking Fountain Project to teach visitors about the significance of segregation.
Marjorie Hayes, managing director of theatre production and associate professor of acting and directing, premiered her one-woman cabaret act Finding Home in Wroclaw, Poland, last fall at the WROSTJA Festival of One Actor.
In Leo Strauss's Defense of the Philosophic Life: Reading 'What Is Political Philosophy?', editor Rafael Major ('02 Ph.D.), a lecturer in the Honors College, and the book's contributors explore the political philosophy of Strauss and its relevance today.