The North Texan, Volume 39, Number 3, Summer 1989 Page: 13
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To join the alumni association in your
area, please call (817) 565-2900 for
Alumni in Southern California met for a reception in
Los Angeles April 15. This was the first "get together"
in several years. Rose Marie Wilkinson, executive
director of development at the University of North
Texas, met with them to bring an update on the
university and to outline plans for the Centennial.
Lori and Evan Stone coordinated plans for the
occasion. If you are interested in being involved and
want to be advised of future plans; please contact the
Stones at (818) 244-5422 after 6 p.m.
George and Verna Hall were hosts to the Tyler Area
alumni on Feb. 23. Stan Thomas, new president of the
group, was introduced.
He announced that Verna Hall has agreed to chair the
Centennial planning committee. Anyone interested in
assisting her shdbld call her at (214) 531-7111.
Approximately 50 people attended and enthusiasm was
high for a major event in Tyler in 1990 showcasing the
University of North Texas.
Greater Washington, D.C.
The second annual "Spring Fling" took place in May
at Norwood Park in Chevy Chase, Md. Officers for the
new year were elected and plans for a Centennial event to
Ibeld in 1990 were discussed. For further information,
ehron Azarmehr at (703) 522-9011 and watch The
h Texan for details.
The steering committee met with Rose Marie
Wilkinson of the North Texas advancement staff March
Plans were made for future programs and for a major
Centennial event in 1990. If you would like to be
involved, please call Brad Searcy at (713) 521-0459, or
Sue Schechter at (713) 665-6089.
All volunteersare welcome.
The Southern Denton County Eagles will celebrate
the chapter's first birthday and a year's worth of achieve-
ments in August.
The group held its organizational meeting in the
home of R.L. and Brenda Crawford. The group has 73
paid members from Lewisville, Flower Mound, High-
land Village and the surrounding areas.
This year, the group will award a $500 scholarship to
a graduating senior from the Lewisville Independent
School District to study at NT. The chapter plans to
make this an annual award.
Members of the chapter attended a November football
game, had lunch together at the Advancement Center and
participated in a leadership conference at NT.
Plans for a Centennial breakfast in 1990 are under-
Officers are Betty Degan, president; Dennis Pappen-
fus, vice president; Brenda Crawford, secretary; and Judy
Kay Ferguson, treasurer.
The Austin Alumni Association Executive Commit-
tee has planned an organizational meeting for early
chairman is Kyle Baker president of Capital City
s and Loan. Please call NT staff coordinator Bar-
baraiJester at (817) 565-2900 for further information.
University of North Texas The North Texan
"Down the Corridor of Years: A Centennial History
of the University of North Texas in Photographs, 1890-
1990" by Robert S. La Forte and RichardL. Himmell is
the Centennial book due out from the newly formed
University of North Texas Press in the fall.
Alumni are urged to reserve their copies now as
printing of the pictorial history will be limited.
To reserve your copy, fill in the coupon below and
return it along with your check or VISA/Master Card
number to the University of North Texas Press, P.O.
Box 13856, Denton, Texas 76203.
Please send me cop(y/ies) of "'DOWN THE
CORRIDOR OF YEARS" at $35 per copy.
Texas residents add 7.5% ($2.63 per book)
Postage and handling: U.S. $1.75
for first book
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Reunion conjures image
of past, thoughts of today
By Robert Neil Jones
The time is 1951. The fall semester begins at North
Texas State College with an enrollment of 4;145.
Women move back into Chilton Hall because of space
needs. The Women's Gym and the Education Building
are completed and turned over to NT, Dr. Joseph W.
McConnell retires as president and Dr. J.C. Matthews is
installed as his successor.
A Campus Chat poll of students predicts a victory for
Dwight D. Eisenhower in the 1952 presidential election,
the Eagle football team plays its last game at Eagle Sta-
dium and it is the last year that campus Greeks will be
independent - next year they will receive national
Those days came alive again when members of the
Beta Alpha Rho Beta (today's Lamda Chi Alpha),
Falcons (Kappa Sigma), Geezles (disbanded), Talons
(Kappa Alpha), Trojans (Phi Kappa Sigma), Phor-
effs/Delta Chi Delta (Alpha Delta Pi), Kappa Kappa
Kappa (Zeta Tau Alpha), Kappa Theta Pi (Chi Omega),
Phi Sigma Alpha (Alpha Phi), Pi Phi Pi (Pi Kappa
Alpha) and Zeta Pi Gamma, pre-1952 Greek organiza-
tions, attended a reunion Sock Hop in Denton recently.
Stories of days gone by, of the Blue Goose, of formal
dances, Wednesday night dances and the 'Fessor Graham
stage show abounded.
Weldon H. Wright, ('34) of Mitland, Fla., told of
washing dishes in a boarding house for 25 cents an hour
for food and paying $5 a month for a room in the Talons
house. "We had dances back then for 50 cents. They were
in Harris Gym, the girls' gym, and the Aces of College
Land would play for the dances.
"There were more girls than boys in those days and
the dances were all tag dances."
The campus of the University of North Texas is much
different from the campus of the days of Wright. It also
looks different from the way it was in 1951. As H.T.
Torgerson, Class of '48, put it; "The place where the
(University) Union is today is way off of what the cam-
pus used to be."
Everybody knew everybody else in those days, at the
small closeknit campus.
Herman Vaughn of Denton, Class of '50 and a Falcon,
said, "North Texas was a closeknit campus, we all knew
There were fond memories of people and fond memo-
ries of some of the things those people used to do to-
gether. Ruth Ann Torgerson, Class of '50, said, "We
used to go to Mr. Jimmies restaurant for supper a lot,
and we used to hang out at Periman's drug store."
Carolyn Cox ('52) reminisced, "Yes, Periman's used
to have the best sweet rolls."
Some things-may change, but some things remain
constant. Take "girl watching," for example. Wright
remembered that sport vividly. "We used to meet at the
fountain in front of the library, and the boys hung
around there to do some girl watching." The fountain
may be gone today, but if you venture to the Union
Portico on the west side of the Union or Greek Square
on the east side of the Union you still can observe boys
engaged in a relaxing game of "girl watching."
Gone are the blanket parties at the lake. Weekly
dances don't exist anymore, and Periman's is long gone.
But if you stand by the old Administration Building
and look long enough you can see the pond with its park
benches and trees where Kenneth Matthews proposed to
his wife Betty. And if you look long enough, you can
imagine Imogene Bentley (Mohat) walking across cam-
pus to make sure students were where they were sup-
posed to be..
To join the alumni association in your
area, please call (817) 565-2900 for
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