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Michael Clements, Ahna Hubnik

The university transformed into the Big Apple during this year's Wingspan Gala -- themed "The Bright Lights of UNT" -- which celebrated excellence in teaching, student success, and the support of alumni and friends. Tony Award-nominated singer and actress Carmen Cusack, who attended UNT in the early 1990s as an opera student, performed at the event where she also received an honorary bachelor's degree. Business alum Jim McNatt ('66) received the Presidential Wings of Eagles Award for the transformative impact his support has made on the university. Art history professor Nada Shabout and recent UNT Honors College graduate Krystin Rodriguez ('17) both received Presidential Excellence awards for their significant accomplishments.

"Wingspan provided wonderful opportunities to celebrate UNT's excellence," President Neal Smatresk says. "We could not be the caring, creative university our students expect and deserve without support from our friends and donors."

Carmen Cusack performs
Singer and actress Carmen Cusack, who attended UNT in the early 1990s, performs in the "Limelight Lounge."
Krystin Rodriguez
Presidential Excellence Award honoree Krystin Rodriguez ('17).
Professor Nada Shabout with Smatresk
Professor Nada Shabout with Smatresk.
Attendees pass by Broadway posters that bring a touch of Bright Lights to the Union.
Attendees pass by Broadway posters that bring a touch of "Bright Lights" to the Union.
Cusack receives an honorary bachelor's degree from Smatresk, Wolf and College of Music Dean John Richmond.
Cusack receives an honorary bachelor's degree from Smatresk, Wolf and College of Music Dean John Richmond.
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