Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards

Michael Friedman (Photo by Gary Payne)Each year, the UNT Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards recognize the outstanding career achievements, service and support of UNT alumni and friends. The UNT Alumni Association is now accepting nominations for the 2016 awards, which will be presented at an event during Homecoming Week this fall. Nominations can be submitted in five categories: Distinguished Alumni Award, Distinguished Young Alumni Award, Ulys Knight Spirit Award, Outstanding Service Award and Generations of Excellence Award.

"As a student, UNT provided me with a great education, a fun campus life and the ability to be a part of something bigger," says Mike Friedman ('72), who received the Outstanding Alumni Service Award in 2013 for his service to the community and university. "This award was one of the most meaningful honors in my life and has made me so proud."

Friedman is a senior vice president of retail brokerage services for CBRE Group Inc. and for many years also was known as "Smiley the Clown," bringing laughter to terminally ill children at Children's Medical Center of Dallas and Medical City Dallas.

"With more than 225,000 graduates as part of the UNT family, our alumni are changing the world for the better," says Robert McInturf, executive director of the UNT Alumni Association. "They are entrepreneurs, business leaders, innovators, artists, teachers, scientists and change agents who inspire us all."

The deadline to submit nominations is April 15. Download a nomination form at untalumni.com/AA16nominationform.