Great Things are Happening

Phoenix Legg
Phoenix Legg visits with UNT President Neal Smatresk and Provost Jennifer Cowley. (Photo by Michael Clements)

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  • Top honor. Jim Cooksey ('71), vice chairman of Newmark Knight Frank and president of Tenant Representation of Texas, was recently named D CEO's Commercial Real Estate Executive of the Year. The publication recognized him for his forward-thinking approach in the evolution of his real estate firm, Jackson Cooksey, particularly related to its acquisition by NKF. "UNT provided a tremendous blend of challenges and opportunities that laid a solid foundation for me to lead a successful company for more than 30 years," he says.
  • Ed tech entrepreneurs. M.B.A. students Michelle Schodowski ('18) and Charles Laws ('18) won first place at the Ed Tech Ascend Pitch Competition -- hosted at UNT in March -- for their startup Radda. The two were awarded $20,000 to support Radda, an online service that enables musicians to seek and give advice on their compositions.
  • Media savant. Young reporter Phoenix Legg was invited to UNT in March to spend the day as an honorary student at the Mayborn School of Journalism. He met UNT President Neal Smatresk and Provost Jennifer Cowley, who surprised him with a special $5,000 scholarship in recognition of his work. The 11-year-old garnered national attention during the 2016 presidential campaign when he convinced his father that the two should travel the nation reporting on political events. During his visit, Legg attended a news broadcasting class, visited with the North Texas Daily, helped in a KNTU broadcast and participated in ntTV's evening news program. He capped off the day by meeting CNN's Don Lemon, who was on campus for the Distinguished Lecture Series.