UNT celebrated excellence in teaching, student success, notable alumni and generous donors March 25 at the annual Wingspan Gala at the University Union. Performers at the "Mean Green Country" event included UNT's Country Western Dance Club, the Ginny Mac Trio, Raised Right Men and College of Music students. Speakers included Eric Sudol, Dallas Cowboys vice president of corporate partnership sales and service. And Midland, alum Macy Maloy and alumni headliner Eli Young Band gave a concert at Apogee Stadium for the UNT community.
This year's Presidential Excellence Award honorees were Richard DeRosa, professor of jazz arranging and director of jazz composition and arranging studies, and Marisa Nowicki ('17), a Terry Scholar who earned degrees in applied behavior analysis and psychology. The Wings of Eagles Presidential Award, presented to an alum or friend who has made a transformative impact on the university, was given to G. Brint Ryan ('88, '88 M.S.), chair of the UNT System Board of Regents.