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Leadership luncheon

George Foreman

George Foreman

George Foreman, former heavyweight boxing champion of the world and a nationally recognized entrepreneur, will speak at the Green Mountain Dallas Leadership Luncheon conducted in cooperation with the UNT Murphy Enterprise Center at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 12, at the Hotel Inter-Continental in Addison. For tickets, call (940) 565-2848 by Nov. 9 or visit the center’s web site at



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Baird bequests


Mary Beth and Mellon C. "Bud" Baird

In a public ceremony on campus in September, UNT announced a bequest of more than $3 million from the estate of Mary Beth Baird ('55, '57 M.S.) and a bequest of $1.2 million from the joint estate of Beth and her husband, Mellon C. "Bud" Baird ('55, '60 M.B.A.).

The gift from Beth Baird's estate will go exclusively to the Department of Biological Sciences. She earned a bachelor's degree in biology and a master's degree in microbiology from North Texas.

Bud Baird earned bachelor's and master's degrees in business and minored in physics as an undergraduate at North Texas. The joint gift will go to the university for unrestricted use.

When making the announcement, UNT President Norval Pohl said, "The gift from the estate of Beth Baird to the Department of Biological Sciences will have a profound effect on the development of the department from this moment forward. It will allow us to invest in our students and faculty through improving undergraduate opportunities, graduate student recruitment and faculty development."

Arthur Goven, professor and chair of the Department of Biological Sciences, says the department's faculty, staff and students are extremely grateful to the Bairds for their generous gifts.

"Their extraordinary generosity will be long felt and remembered by all the undergraduate and graduate students and faculty," Goven says.

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Kennerly gift


Professor Emeritus Sarah Kennerly

In August the university announced a $2.25 million gift from the estate of Sarah Law Kennerly, Professor Emeritus of library and information sciences. Kennerly, who died in 2002, taught children's and adult reading as well as library administration courses at North Texas from 1951 until her retirement in 1977. During that time she also directed institutes for the advanced study of school librarianship, funded by the U.S. Office of Education.

The research and writings of Kennerly, who is remembered as "Miss K" by her students, are considered a required staple in the study of children's literature.

She was an outstanding teacher as well as a demanding one who earned the highest regard from all of her students, says Philip Turner, vice provost for learning enhancement and former dean of the School of Library and Information Sciences.

Kennerly's donation will create up to six professorships to attract and retain the best quality library faculty.

"This bequest will allow the school to achieve a new plateau of excellence," Turner says. "Through her generosity, Dr. Kennerly will impact generations of library and information science students."

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Lewis and Clark exhibit

In conjunction with this year's national bicentennial commemoration of the Lewis and Clark expedition, the Amon Carter Museum is presenting Brent Phelps: Photographing the Lewis and Clark Trail from Sept. 25 to Jan. 2.

Photo by Brent PhelpsFrom 1997 to 2002, Phelps, UNT associate professor of visual arts, made an extensive photographic survey of the trans-Mississippi route explored by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark from 1804 to 1806. Referring to the explorers' journals and using Global Positioning System technology, he located sites visited by the expedition and photographed the locales during the same seasons and under weather conditions similar to those recorded by the explorers. The artist's color panoramas range in width from 3 to 6 feet.

Rather than trying to duplicate each scene as it would have appeared in the early 1800s, however, Phelps turned his camera onto the complex relationship between civilization and nature, capturing the sites as they appear today.

The exhibition juxtaposes selected journal passages with Phelps' photographs, highlighting 200 years of change and drawing dramatic and often ironic parallels between the past and present.

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UNT 'bests'

KNTU-FM, UNT's radio station, and the UNT Observatory were recognized in D Magazine's annual "Best of Big D" issue, which was available in August. The magazine staff named KNTU "Best Radio Station," noting it is the "only true jazz station" available to Dallas listeners and praising its selections and holiday programming.

The UNT Observatory, at 9103 Locust Street north of campus, was recognized for "Best Stargazing" in the Nightlife category. The staff touted the observatory as "a chance to escape the city and head north … where just after dusk, the high-powered telescopes are free the first Saturday of every month."

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Recent deaths

Norma Jean Williams

Norma Jean Williams

Norma Jean Williams

Norma Jean Williams, 58, former professor of sociology and assistant vice president and director of the multicultural affairs office, died Sept. 12. She worked at UNT from 1989 to 1997.

She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from Texas A&I University and her doctorate in sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. She taught at Texas A&M University before joining UNT and had served on the faculty at the University of Texas at Arlington since 1997.

She was an active researcher and a member of numerous organizations, including the American Sociological Association. A specialist in race and ethnic relations and family and social psychology, she was the author of the book The Mexican-American Family: Tradition and Change, used in college courses throughout the United States.

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