The North Texan, Volume 39, Number 3, Summer 1989 Page: 7
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Like enrollment, alumni interest is on the rise at the
University of North Texas, which now has an official
The NT Board of Regents approved the association's
incorporation earlier this year. Dallas attorney and NT
alumnus Walter Abbey filed incorporation papers with
the state, which Abbey said were accepted March 27.
Abbey will become president of the association Sept. I
and will serve a one-year term.
"It's especially important that the alumni association
S in place for the university's 100th birthday in 1990,"
d NT Chancellor Alfred F. Hurley. "We each have
played an important role in the other's development -
the university in the lives of its students, and the
students in the growth of the university - and we still
have much to offer each other. The alumni association
will increase greatly the opportunities for interaction
The alumni association, Dr. Hurley said, is a natural
progression in the growth enjoyed by the university in
More than 7,000 alumni made donations to the
university in 1987-88, compared to 1,000 in 1981.
During the decade, enrollment has grown from about
17,000 in fall 1980 to nearly 24,500 in fall 1988. As
many as 27;000 students are expected this fall.
The incorporation of the University of North Texas
alumni association "establishes the legal foundation on
which this new alumni association can grow and give
(NT) the support financially, as well, as community
support, that it deserves," Abbey said.
Legal work still left is writing bylaws and getting
tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service,
Abbey said, but the incorporation of NT's Alumni
Association is a mile-marker for the two years' planning
the Advancement Advisory Council has put into
organizing the association. Official kickoff for the
alumni association is set for Sept. 1, when Abbey hopes
to have the bylaws and IRS work finished.
The Advancement Advisory Council was formed by
Chancellor Alfred F. Hurley in 1987 to " ... get good,
positive input from respected alumni as to how we can
get the good news (about NT) out," said LaQuita
McMillan, director of special events for the
"We knew, and Dr. Hurley knew, that in order to
achieve the greatness he had envisioned for the
university, we had to get the alumni support," she said.
The council is comprised of 27 members, all alumni
gested by deans and department chairmen to represent
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each school and college. The alumni, when faced with
the question of how to improve NT and how to tell
people about the university, reported that they needed to
be organized into a support group for the university.
North Texas has more than 80,000 alumni on record,
with more than 50,000 of them in the Dallas-Fort
Worth area. Abbey cited the number of alumni in the
region as one of the biggest reasons for organizing an
Alumni can be organized to "get the word out" about
the university, he said. Their efforts will help the
university recruit good students, spread the word of the
university's educational programs, garner support for
special projects and increase funding for scholarships and
Local chapters are organized to help along those lines.
e are really getting so excited about
being part of a larger outreach group.
We've always been a part of NT,
but this makes us an active part.'
Dr. Judith Carrier
Chapter committees are dedicated to career counseling,
student recruitment, athletics, special projects and
alumni records. Chapters organize social events for
alumni, students and friends, attend NT events, bring
speakers and musical groups from NT to their
communities and provide scholarship funds to home-
"The success of this university is dependent upon
alumni involvement, participation and financial
support," Ms. McMillan said.
Abbey added that "the association gives alumni a
voice in the future of the university."
Now that the alumni association has been organized
to provide that kind of support, Advancement Advisory
Council members will become directors of the alumni
In the meantime, the association will act as a support
group, coordinating and providing information for
alumni chapters, which will conduct local "outreach"
projects in their own communities.
Dr. Judith Carrier, chair until the alumni association
kickoff in September, said alumni on the advisory
council decided, "Let's see what it would take to get a
really strong alumni association going."
The group obviously had what it takes. Dr. Carrier
said she expects the alumni association to be very active
because the council has been.
"We are really getting so excited about being part of a
larger outreach group. We've always been a part of NT,
but this makes us an active part."
She encourages new graduates to join the association.
Alumni may join the association without having a
chapter in which to work, but several chapters already
have formed and have opeiAt inforfially without a
central association. There are chapters in Dallas, Fort
Worth, Sherman/Denison, Lewisville, Temple-Belton,
Houston, Laredo, Irving, Tyler, Washington, D.C., and
Ms. McMillan said alumni may start local chapters
"simply by being interested." The Advancement Center
has records on alumni and can provide lists of alumni in
given areas. Chapters are being formed in Denton,
Plano, Abilene, Austin, San Antonio, Lubbock, Fort
Stockton, Midland-Odessa, New York City, Thailand,
Taiwan and Los Angeles.
David Bayless Sr. of Bayless Insurance in Denison is
forming a chapter for' Grayson, Cook and Fannin
counties. Around 24 out of 26 people invited to a
steering committee meeting attended, Bayless said, and
NT alumni in those three counties will be invited to an
organizational meeting. The new group probably will be
called the Texoma chapter, he said.
Bayless wants chapter activities to be fun for the 300-
500 alumni in the area, and to concentrate on getting
recognition for NT.
"There is so much going on at North Texas. The
Sherman/Denison people have too much of a habit of
going directly south, and they don't recognize what's a
little to the west," he said.
The focus of the 68-strong Fort Worth chapter, the
"Cowtown Eagles," is raising money for scholarships,
said Carol Adcock, chapter president.
"The side-effect of (raising scholarship money) is that
we have the opportunity to renew old friendships and
make new ones," she said.
For instance, the group recently held an autograph
party for alumnus-author-journalist Mike Cochran's new
book, "And Deliver Us From Evil." At Cochran's
request, the publisher sold the Cowtown Eagles 400
books at a reduced price to help raise funds.
Helping chapters share ideas with other chapters,
getting information about the university to the chapters
and providing a place for alumni without chapters are the
work of the alumni association. However, "The main
project is to help support Dr. Hurley in whatever
direction he wants to go. He will inform the alumni as
to what areas he would seek our help in," Abbey said.
"We have a way too to become a viable alumni
association, but we're going to work as hard as we can.
Every great university has a great alumni association."
EDITOR'S NOTE: To join - or form - an alumni group in
your area contact the Office of Advancement at P.O. Box
13557, Denton, Texas 76203-3557 or telephone (817)
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