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The Denton chapter of the North Texas Exes received the 2007 Outstanding Chapter Award at the annual alumni awards dinner April 20 for exceptional growth, scholarship support and outreach efforts that strengthen the mission of the Exes and the university. Accepting the award from President Gretchen M. Bataille were, from left, Wes Davis ('77) and Alfred Winder ('88). In addition to the chapter, a total of 12 people, chosen by a universitywide committee, received awards at the dinner.

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Lasting Faculty Memory 


David McGuire, Professor Emeritus of music, 1962-1987, with his children

David McGuire, retired chair of the music education division, was one of the three people on this earth who have had the greatest influence on my long professional career. He was the first person to suggest I should consider seeking the doctorate. After I completed the doctorate, he asked nagging yet important questions, such as "What have you written lately?" or "What is your research agenda?" One day he called out of the blue and suggested — that is, demanded — that I apply for a faculty position at North Texas. To my delight, he hired me and was my chair, my colleague, my mentor until he retired. We spent long hours discussing the future of our profession, the politics of higher education and the notion that we were in the business of serving people.

I was convinced I must have been one of Professor McGuire's all-time favorite students. I have learned through conversations with countless other "McGuire students," however, that everyone shared my belief. That was the way he made us all feel. In the process, his caring, competence, courage and commitment inspired us all. I know I speak for hundreds of students when I say, "Many thanks, my friend, many thanks."

William V. May ('75 M.M.Ed.), dean of the Baylor University School of Music




North Texas Exes News

NT Exes logoA joint effort of the boards of the North Texas Exes and the UNT Foundation Inc. has freed up $278,000 of investment money to provide scholarships for UNT students. The foundation researched its archives and prioritized accounts according to which needed the least amount of funding to reach endowment levels. (The amount required to endow a scholarship has varied over the years — $10,000 is the level for current accounts). The two boards directed more than $72,000 — in addition to $10,221 provided by anonymous foundation board members — to boost 31 accounts to endowment levels. The investment income can be distributed as scholarships a year after endowment levels were reached.

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

Gulf Coast award

  Candace and Richard Faulk (photo by Shirley Griffey Barr ('55))

Houston attorney Richard O. Faulk ('77) received the 2007 Martha Turner Award of Distinction as outstanding Gulf Coast alumnus of UNT on April 15 in Houston.

The award was established in 2004 to recognize Houston and Gulf Coast residents who have received acclaim in their profession and have been unusually supportive of their alma mater. Recipients are chosen by the North Texas Exes Gulf Coast board of directors.

Faulk, who holds a bachelor of music degree in composition from North Texas and a law degree from SMU, is partner and head of the Environmental Practice Group of the law firm Gardere Wynne Sewell. As lead counsel for toxic tort, he has argued cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.

He and his wife, Candace, are donating $50,000 over a five-year period to support the Faulk Scholar program in the composition division of the UNT College of Music.


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