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Dan Rice

A call on our social media pages for UNT love stories brought sweet tales from alumni of several different decades. Send us your own stories.

In 1972, I was a Student Government Association officer. Bill ('73) was on the Supreme Court. We only talked on the phone. I scheduled court cases and occasionally chatted with him. I had no clue what he looked like. Life went on: SGA, music degree, Bill's start on a master's. In May 1973 we met outside of the 7-11 and talked for what seemed like hours but was actually only 30 minutes. We met for dinner and it was love from the beginning even if Harmon Killebrew stole home base on our first date. Bill proposed to me under the biggest oak tree in McKenna Park and we went to the local jewelry store where he spent his entire monthly G.I. bill on my engagement ring. In July of 1974, we were married. We are still married with two children -- 45 years and still going strong.

-- Shirley Ohlhausen Derryberry ('74)


I met Cathy Evans Westurn ('87) in class at North Texas State University in the fall of 1985. Two years later we were married and both graduating with our B.B.A. degrees. Now, almost 34 years after meeting, we are still madly in love with each other. We have two sons (one attending UNT who will graduate in August, the other attending Texas Tech). Cathy has been accepted into the graduate program and will be returning to UNT this summer to fulfill her lifelong goal of earning her M.B.A. UNT means a lot to our family and we are actively involved with the Alumni Association, mentoring students and giving back through scholarships.

-- Stephen Westurn ('87, '91 M.B.A.)


Zach ('07) and I met at a party on his 20th birthday. He asked for my number and I turned him down. In my defense, he asked my entire group of friends so we could all hang out some other time. We were just friends at first, until we realized how much we really enjoyed each other's company. He used to IM me jokes when I had some downtime in my dorm room, and I was pretty hooked after that. (IM stands for Instant Message for anyone younger than 30 -- the original texting.) We both competed for the Mean Green. I swam and high jumped, and Zach played wide receiver. It was comforting to have someone understand the commitment you had for your sport, and push you to always strive for your best. We have the greatest memories from UNT and love sharing that with our three little Eagles. This summer, we'll celebrate 10 years of marriage!

-- Amanda Neal Muzzy ('08)


My husband, Tom ('14 M.M.), and I met at UNT when I was a senior, and he was a first-year master's student. We play the same instrument and were in the same studio in the College of Music. One of the guys in our studio threw a party with a prom theme. We all got dressed up in gowns and tuxes, had dinner and took pictures on the Square, and went to the "prom" at some students' apartments. At the time, we were just friends, but we stayed up all night talking and started dating a few weeks later. He proposed the day I graduated with my master's, Friday the 13th. We got married 7/7/17 to keep the luck going.

-- Alison Miserendino Mahovsky ('13, '16 M.M., '16 M.M.Ed.)


My husband, Blake ('12), and I met at UNT in the fall of 2010. He was a cadet in the Air Force ROTC program majoring in ancient history, and I was an active member of Kappa Delta and majoring in development and family studies. We started dating and eventually got engaged in February of 2012. That May, he was commissioned on a Friday, we graduated that Saturday, and two weeks later we got married in Denton. A month after that, we moved to Pensacola, Florida, so he could begin his military career. Fast forward seven years: We are an active duty Air Force family, have moved five times to four states, have two beautiful daughters and still have UNT decals on our cars! It's fun to think about where we came from and what UNT still means to us.

-- Megan Brooks Fischer ('12)


Pictured: Melissa LeRitz ('10) and Justin Umberson ('10) met in their last class of their last semester at UNT. They later reconnected, and when she left for law school in Oregon, he followed. They are now planning their May wedding.

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