Students

Betty Lou Clay

Betty Lou Clay (’52), San Antonio. She was an academic advisor at the Lackland Air Force Defense Language Institute. For 32 years, she taught and advised in southeast Asia, Europe, Indonesia, Liberia, Azores, Korea and Vietnam. Residents of the host country nations gave her medals, awards and letters of appreciation, especially for civilian service in Vietnam and the Republic of Korea. For over 25 years, she volunteered at the Lackland Thrift Shop to keep in touch with international students. At North Texas, she was involved in Green Jackets, the Junior Mary Arden Club and Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology.

Bilal Mohammed

Bilal Mohammed, Plano. He was a junior biology major who was hoping to pursue a career in medicine. His hobbies were personal finance and watching sports, and he had volunteered at multiple health care facilities in Canada. He was active in UNT’s Muslim Student Association.

Londyn Tippett

Londyn Tippett, Hurst. She had finished her junior year at UNT where she majored in journalism and minored in Spanish. She recently started working with KNTU, UNT’s radio station, as a reporter and public affairs director. She also enjoyed attending concerts, shopping for vintage clothes and taking photographs.

Gene Bilney

Gene Bilney, 72, who worked in the Science and Technology Library at UNT from 1985 to 2008, died April 12 in Cherokee, Iowa. Born in Nebraska, he attended high school in Spirit Lake, Iowa, and then Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, before heading for Texas. He studied library science, English literature and theology, attending graduate school at UNT from 1981 to 1988. He also enjoyed walking, traveling, genealogy, movies, antique sales, collecting books and listening to audio books.

Sierra McCorvey

Sierra McCorvey, Warren, Ohio. An opera singer, she was a doctoral student in the College of Music. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music.

Sergey Burlakov

Sergey Burlakov, The Woodlands. He was a freshman majoring in psychology in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. Originally from Russia, he could speak three languages, and he was known for his love of football and his newfound passion for learning about the stock market.

David Jara

David Jara, Dallas. He was a senior taking courses in Frisco and in the G. Brint Ryan College of Business. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marines. He enjoyed being with his family, playing video games and traveling.

Jennifer Hestand

Jennifer Hestand, Dallas. She was enrolled as a graduate student in the Toulouse Graduate School. She was working on her dissertation and her doctorate in higher education. She worked as an instructor for Texas Woman’s University and Texas Wesleyan University and had published articles for two medical journals. She loved being with her family and was an avid marathon runner.

Kiara Parguian

Kiara Parguian, Rowlett. She was a junior recreation, event and sport management major in the College of Education. She was known for her love of football and always enjoyed the little things in life.

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