At UNT, we truly are turning promise into progress.
We now have a clearly defined state program that will help support our transformation from an emerging research university into a top-tier institution with even more high-quality students and faculty. The state’s program matches from 50 percent to 100 percent of what we secure in gifts that support research activities. We hope it will be a powerful incentive for people to continue investing in UNT.
As we build our research profile, this program will help us expand our impact by making every dollar go farther. We are bolstering our programs and creating more opportunities for students and faculty, which enhances the UNT experience and increases the value of every UNT degree. This year, we also will award more scholarships and financial aid to do our part in helping students fulfill their dreams.
We will soon add to our campus three facilities designed to foster success and achieve one of the highest green building standards by being certified LEED Gold. In June, the Life Sciences Complex will open with our first LEED-certified building. And we’ll break ground on our second, the Business Leadership Building, this winter. Perhaps the most visible will be our future stadium, which could become the nation’s first collegiate LEED Gold-certified stadium. We expect it to open in time for the 2011 season. I look forward to your continued support as we build a new home for our UNT community to cheer on the Mean Green.
Our campus is rich with opportunities that challenge our students and community to learn. I hope you join us as we look at America’s energy future by reading Jeff Goodell’s Big Coal for our One Book, One Community program. The author will speak on campus Oct. 6.
I also look forward to having you join us for Homecoming Oct. 17. When you visit, you’ll see for yourself our continued commitment to excellence.
With green pride,
Gretchen M. Bataille