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UNT President’s News Roundup: Eagle Advantage, new billboards, preserving the past

Eagle Advantage
One of my priorities as president is to ensure that UNT remains a university of opportunity and a strong regional partner as we continue to grow in quality. We’ve launched new initiatives to open up UNT to more college-bound students. Our latest is Eagle Advantage, a program that gives high school juniors in participating school districts who are in the Top 20 percent of their class guaranteed admission to UNT. Arlington ISD is the first school district to partner with us on the initiative and we’re excited to partner with more districts around the region. The program launch received great media coverage from WFAA Channel 8, KERA, Denton Record-Chronicle, the Arlington Citizen-Journal and others. We want to show schools that UNT is the best university partner in the North Texas region through programs like Eagle Advantage and the Eagle Express Tuition Plan, which 4,700 students are taking advantage of to manage their costs and graduate in four years.

UNT unleashes its ad potential
As you’re driving around DFW, look up and you’ll see our new billboards, which are located throughout the metroplex from downtown Dallas all the way north to Gainesville. We’re letting people know what a creative university we are and about one first that really matters — we offer more degree choices than any university in the region. If you know a student who wants to earn the best education in Texas, invite them to tour UNT. Our #UNT19 class is looking sharper every day.

Q&A with North Texas Commission
I’m proud to serve as a board member of the North Texas Commission, an organization dedicated to promoting and supporting economic development in the region. In my Q&A with the commission, I talked about our legislative priorities to encourage the legislature to support higher education funding. As I noted, we must invest in public higher education because universities produce the workforce of tomorrow.

Preserving the past
UNT Libraries has partnered with NBC 5/KXAS-TV to preserve almost 30 years of the station’s news footage from 1950 to 1979 and original broadcast scripts on the Portal to Texas History, which the libraries created to provide online access to historic materials from all areas of Texas. Footage of the first newscast in Texas and the Southwest are part of the archives. With 10,000 reels of film and approximately 219,000 pages of scripts, the NBC 5 archive has the potential to become the largest online repository of local television news in the country.

Gen. Wesley Clark next up in UNT’s Distinguished Lecture Series
Gen. Wesley Clark, former NATO supreme allied commander, presidential candidate and author, will speak at UNT as part of our Distinguished Lecture Series. The four-star general will speak at 8 p.m. Feb. 4 in UNT’s Auditorium Building. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online.

Don’t worry, be happy: Bobby McFerrin is coming to UNT
Grammy-winning vocal innovator Bobby McFerrin will join our Grammy-nominated One O’Clock Lab Band and our jazz choir for the spring Glenn E. Gomez Endowment concert. Join us at 8 p.m. Feb. 5 at Winspear Hall in the Murchison Performing Arts Center for this one-of-a-kind musical collaboration. Mr. McFerrin also will mentor our student musicians in the days leading up to the concert. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online.