The North Texan, Volume 39, Number 3, Summer 1989 Page: 11
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It pays to be an NT alum
By Julie Scherer
What would you do with a sudden fortune, with
millions of dollars won in a state lottery or a
peepstakes? Two North Texas alumni are facing that
quandary, one having won $26 million in the New York
state lottery and the other winning $10 million in the
Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes. Several
university administrators, who are more used to coping
with shortfalls in funding than with windfalls, were
asked what they would do if the university held a
winning lottery ticket.
Dr. Al Hurley, chancellor, said he would use part of
the money to meet the university's need for monetary
support in many areas. "The two most fundamental are
academic scholarships and faculty support," he said.
FOR THE STUDENTS
Dr. Clovis Morrisson, NT's director for planned giv-
ing and a political science faculty member, agreed. With
$26 million on hand, Dr. Morrisson would allocate $1
million for an endowment to provide scholarships for
national merit scholars.
"North Texas has about seven or eight (national merit
scholarships) that are funded only about halfway," he
Dr. Thomas Hoemeke, director of the International
Studies and Programs Office, said he would spend part of
the money on scholarships for Texas students to study
"Now North Texas has none," he said.
In addition, he said, "We'd want to allow highly
qualified international students to come here with fi-
nancial aid. There are a lot of really good students around
About 8 percent of the students at NT are international
students, Dr. Hoemeke said. "That provides us with a
good mix on campus, but we need some support
FOR THE FACULTY
V . Hurley said faculty support includes salary in-
ses beyond what the state is able to provide and.
money for travel around the world.
"We have a faculty that's very active internationally
now," he said, "but we need to attend more professional
meetings and conferences."
To increase faculty support, Dr. Morrisson said, a $10
million endowment could be allocated for merit salary
"That would provide from $800,000 to $900,000 an-
nually to be used to get our average salary up to what it
should be," he said.
In addition to all-around raises, Dr. Morrisson would
like some endowed chairs and professorships to bring in
new outstanding faculty members and to help keep
excellent faculty here.
The main difference between a chair and a professor-
ship is the price: chairs take $750,000-$1 million to set
up, and professorships take $350,000.
Most often, the money is used to supplement an ex-
isting salary line with more pay and other benefits, such
as travel and research money. Chairs for the natural and
physical sciences and music are more expensive than for
the humanities and social sciences because more equip-
ment is needed.
It is expected that faculty members holding chairs or
professorships will research, but another way to encour-
age research is to provide research grants.
Dr. Henry Hays, associate dean of the College of
Business Administration, said, "There's a tremendous
need for faculty research funds for summer research
grants. I think that's the highest priority."
Dr. Jim Miller, dean of the College of Education, said
he would fund the interdisciplinary research centers on
"I'd spend it all there. I think that would provide the
greatest return to the university for the dollar invested,"
Dr. Hoemeke said he would like to establish a Center
for International Education. "I would like to change the
perception on campus that international education is
Dr. Hurley said, "The long-term goal for North Texas
is that the university will become a major national re-
search university during the next century."
FOR MINORITY RECRUITMENT
Dr. Hurley also has called it a "moral obligation" of
the university to recruit and retain minority faculty and
North Texas was the first college in Texas to inte-
grate, and the tradition lives on in the wishes of its ad-
Dr. Morrisson would like a $1 million endowment to
help pay for affirmative action hiring for minority fac-
ulty and staff members.
"There is a difficulty in attracting minority candidates
because they can command a much higher salary than we
can pay them, and this would help to overcome that
Dr. Morrisson said he also would create a $1.5 mil-
lion endowment for direct financial assistance grants for
minority students. "These would be based only on fi-
nancial need when students are able to meet the univer-
sity's minimum requirements," Dr. Morrisson said.
FOR THE ARTS
Dr. Stephen Farish, associate dean of the School of
Music, said he would spend the $26 million to "build a
fantastic performance hall - something the university
doesn't have - a place where opera and symphony can
"Thatis such an overwhelming need for the School of
Music," he said.
Dr. Morrisson said he would set aside $2.5 million to
be matched by a private gift to build such a hall.
-Dr. Hurley said, "There's a long list of programs
which do so much to enhance the reputation of our uni-
"Our primary concern must obviously be to meet the
needs of the area, and, where possible, to increase the
quality of the educational experience for every student."
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Jombo wins $26 million
NT can add the name of alumnus Augustin Jombo
to the world's list of millionaires. He won $26 million
in the New York State Lottery in January.
Jombo, a native Nigerian, graduated from NT with
an MA in political science in 1986. He now attends
Fordham University in the Bronx, N.Y.
Apparently on the advice of his new financial ad-
visers, Jombo has virtually disappeared from public
view since winning the millions and was unavailable
Dr. Stanley Thames, graduate adviser for the political
science department, was reported as saying in an inter-
view with the student newspaper, The North Texas Daily
"I about fainted at my desk when a New York Times
reporter called and told me about the prize Jombo had
Swe reporter also told Dr. Thames that on the way to
fl ress conference, Jombo asked the limousine driver
to stop so that he could buy a new pair of shoes.
University of North Texas The North Texan
Photo by Jay Racz
Castleberry wins $10 million
By Stephanie McCollum
Bob Castleberry, 1949 NT graduate, thought he was
being paid to evaluate a commercial for Publisher's
Clearing House, which paid him $100 up front and
promised him another $100 when he gave his evalua-
He got the other $100-plus $9,999,800 more.
Castleberry, a salesman at Moore Business Systems in
Denton, is this year's $10 million Publisher's Clearing
The letter the company sent Castleberry, 59, to re-
mind him to "evaluate the commercial" to be run on TV
March 29 also had his winning number printed on it "for
convenience," the clearing house told him. The
commercial happened to be the same one that announced
the winning numbers.
When the number was announced, "My eyes went
from the TV to the letter, from the TV to the letter,"
Castleberry said. When he saw the clearing house van
race into his driveway, he knew he'd won something.
"My life hasn't been the same since," he said.
The first year Castleberry will get $500,000, followed
by $250,000 a year for 30 years. A balloon payment of
$2.3 million will come at the end. "I'm going to live it
up when that ($2.3 million) comes," he said.
However, Castleberry foresees few changes in his
lifestyle. He plans to keep working and to live where he
does now. The only difference is that he purchased a new
car-for several months he had been looking at Cadil-
lacs. Castleberry said the prices didn't look so high after
he'd won the money.
He also plans to buy a ranch, preferably with a small
house on it for weekends and evenings, but primarily for
an investment. Castleberry said he has always invested
Of course, his life is lived more in the public eye. He
said he gets 150 telephone calls a day, and the mail is
piling up. He said Moore Business Systems has been
very understanding, because people call him there and
send facsimile messages and mail there. He said Some
people are asking for money, but some call to say, "You
don't know me, but I want to congratulate you. ryve been
entering these contests forever."
Then there are the interviews. Castleberry said media
all over the United States and Canada have shown in-
terest in the story, but he doesn't care how big the
newspaper is. "If they want my story, and they think the
readers will want to hear it, then I'm happy to doit," he
The first round of interviews began with a press con-
ference the night he won. "I felt like George Bush there
for a second or two," he said. He said the reporters, like
his family and friends, seemed happy to know that
someone had won the contest.
And Castleberry seems happy himself, even when he
figures to lose $3 million to the federal government in
taxes. While he figured his taxes for the next 30 years,
he mumbled, "I tell you what, there are so many zeroes.
Isn't it great?"
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