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The North Texan, University of North Texas, Office of University Communications and Marketing, P.O. Box 311070, Denton, Texas 76203-1070.

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KudosSpring 2003 North Texan

The North Texan continues to get better and better! The spring issue exudes creativity. What a great source of information and a fabulous vehicle to display the pride we have in the University of North Texas. I can't wait for the next edition.

Kudos to everyone!

Rick Herold ('84, '85 M.S.)

Missing faculty

On page 26 of the spring issue (“Research Report”), you begin the article with “faculty members” and yet, in the first item, you fail to mention the director and faculty member, Dr. Kris Chesky, who heads up the Texas Center for Music and Medicine. I think he should be acknowledged and recognized for his supreme efforts and achievements in this area.

Arleen Sugano
via e-mail

Editor's note: Kris Chesky, research assistant professor in the College of Music at UNT and the School of Public Health at the UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth, and Bernard Rubin, chief of rheumatology and professor of medicine at the Health Science Center, are co-directors of the center.

Worrell friend

Bill Worrell and I became friends through intramural sports at Texas Tech in the fall of 1956. It has been enjoyable to witness his very successful and rewarding career throughout the years. Thank you for the nice article in your winter issue.

John Nichols ('61)

Special place

I enjoyed your fall issue with the warm obituary about James Carrico.

I knew Jim well for many years, both as a friend and as a surgical colleague. I visited him as a visiting professor in Dallas on three different occasions.

I am puzzled by your not mentioning Jim's father, another Dr. James Carrico. He was chair of UNT's Department of Chemistry in the 1940s, retiring some time in the '50s. He was an outstanding man, both as a teacher and as a warm human being. I entered his freshman chemistry class as a somewhat frightened 15-year-old from West Texas in 1941. A few months later I was fortunate enough to receive a student teaching position in his department. He remains one of the outstanding role models as teacher.

Were you simply unaware of this remarkable father-son legacy?

It speaks for itself about the strong influence of North Texas on both the faculty and students. I personally have always had the highest regard for North Texas because it combines the ideal qualities of the university, superb teaching combined with a collegial semi-paternal attitude that treats students as junior colleagues and creates a marvelous excitement for learning.

Frank C. Spencer ('44)
New York City

Editor's note: Thanks for bringing this point to our attention.

Proud alum

It was a pleasure seeing a photograph of my father, Kenneth Keathley, in your spring 2001 issue. Dad was a proud alum of North Texas and an even prouder former member of 'Fessor Graham's stage band. He taught band and biology at the high school and college levels for more than 30 years and taught guitar virtually all his life until his death at age 78 (in 1994). I'm sure I have a copy of the photograph you published, but it has been a long while since I have seen it.

Ken Keathley
via e-mail

Soldier sketches

After reading in the spring issue about Army Capt. Paul Berg ('93, '95 M.B.A.) and the UNT flag he took with him to the Middle East, Betty Lou Switzer ('79) had her second-graders at W.E. Chalmers Elementary School in Gainesville make cards for him and others in his company.

Click on any of the images to open in a new larger window

open full scan of Denzel's drawing of eagle

From Denzel
Dear Captain Paul Berg
Your our hero
I'm proud to be an American
Thank You Paul Berg


open full scan of Justin's  drawings of Texas and U S flags

open full scan of Justin's  drawing of U S flag

From Justin
Front: We spout you Paul Berg
I'm proud to be an America

open full scan of Megan's  letter

From Megan
I'm Proud to be an American

I'm proud to be an American inleast I know my name and I'm proud for the Americans that died who gave that right to me so I stand up be proud for the red, white and blue and there's no dow't because I love this land
God bless the U.S.A.

open full scan of Amanda's Drawing of a geometric shape with hearts

open full scan of Amanda's letter and drawing of hearts

From Amanda
Front: Dear Army Captin Paul Berg

Inside left: I am prood to be an America. Where at least I know I am frea. Tell all the solgjers that I sed I Love you and them and I am prowd to be an America. And we mis you! I am eight and my name is Amanda
on the back

Inside right: Army Captain Paul Berg




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