Ulys Knight Spirit Award

Members of the Geezle fraternity (Photo by Gary Payne)Members of the Geezle fraternity were honored this spring at the Alumni Awards 2014 with the Ulys Knight Spirit Award. Presented since 1975, the award is given to any individual or group that has made noteworthy efforts to sustain spirit among the UNT family.

Founded by a small group of men in 1927, the Geezle fraternity joined the campus in 1929. Members made it their mission to promote school spirit, and the group became known as a letterman's fraternity. Geezles count among their alumni business and civic leaders, professional athletes, UNT regents, university professors and scores of coaches, athletic trainers, administrators and teachers.

The Geezles were instrumental in installing "Spiriki," the eagle statue at UNT's Apogee Stadium. The name is an old fraternity greeting believed to be the combination of the words "spirit" and "kee," the cry of an attacking eagle.

"The Geezle organization was built on honor, dedication and service, and love for the university," says C. Dan Smith ('62), former chair of the UNT System Board of Regents and a Geezles member.

Read about other 2014 UNT Alumni Award recipients. >>