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Job seekers welcome firms
. Planning and Placement Office sponsored a Cen-
tennial Career Day in September.
The career day, free and open to students, alumni and
other interested persons, included more than 135 prospec-
tive employers ranging from Advanced Telemarketing and
Aetna to World Book-Childcraft and Wyatt Cafeterias Inc.
Joyce Allison, Career Day coordinator, said approxi-
mately 1,000 students attended last year's event.
"This is the 16th year, and each year the career day gets
a little bigger," she said.
IV literary journal
Development of the English department's creative writ-
ing program has led to a new national literary journal.
In the first-issue editorial, Dr. James Lee, departmental
chair and editor, wrote, "We hope that the name 'American
Literary Review: A National Journal of Poems and Stories'
will prove to be neither pretentious nor presumptuous. We
hope it will be propitious."
Dr. Lee has edited the first two editions. The third issue
in spring 1991 will be edited by Dr. Scott Cairns, a poet and
new director of the creative writing program. He joins Clay
Reynolds, novelist in residence, and Ken Harrison, screen
writer in residence, in the program.
More than 160 submissions were received for the first
issue, said Kathryn McGuire, managing editor.
"The scheme was to publish material that reflects what's
being written in different areas of the country," Dr. Lee
said. "There's some awfully good writing out there, par-
ticularly in the short story, which had languished for a
while but is making a comeback. We're going to empha-
size the short story and poetry. We're not going to publish
Dr. Lee said that persons can order individual issues or
subscribe. Price for the year is $10; single copies are $5. To
subscribe, or to order issues, write to American Literary
Review. University of North Texas, P.O. Box 13615,
Denton, Texas 76203.
Although Dr. George Morey retired from the UNT
College ofjMusic several years ago, I appreciate this
opportunity to write about the significant impact I believe
he had on me and countless other students during his
career. Dr. Morey was an exemplary musician and profes-
sor, and his willingness to mentor students made him a
unique role model for those of us who became teachers.
Dr. Morey not only shared his musicianship with his
students, he allowed us to share his growth as a performer
and his love of learning as a scholar. His sense of humor and
his enthusiasm for people undergirded all of the above.
I first met Dr. Morey 30 years ago when I was a freshman
music major. I have been grateful ever since to have known
Music faculty, Brookhaven College,
As an "older" student just out of the Army, I attended
UNT during the late '50s and early '60s, graduating in
1963. I obtained my master's degree there also in 1966,
before going on to Baylor to complete doctorate require-
ments in English. I am currently professor of English at
East Texas Baptist University, where I have taught for the
past 23 years, following one year of teaching at Tarleton
University and three years of language arts teaching in the
Dallas Independent School District.
I had several courses under Martin Shockley, who had a
reputation for certain eccentricities, such as keeping the
windows up even in the coldest days of winter, and embar-
rassing coeds who were naive enough to chew gum in his
classes. (He instructed one young lady to take the gum to
the nearest commode and flush it, accompanying the
directive with a five-minute lecture on the nastiness of the
He also took a kind of fiendish delight in reading essays
and examination papers aloud, commenting sarcastically
on grammatical errors, errors in diction and anything else
that caught his attention, prior to returning the papers to the
students. On one occasion he was thumbing through one of
my exams. After turning page after page without finding
any mistakes, he finally drawled: "And Mr. Vaughan-
writes a lot but doesn't say anything." Later in the semester,
however, he accorded me the honor of asking me to read an
essay to the class, complimenting me on its "fine prose
Dr. Shockley's lectures on American literature, Whitman
in particular, were captivating. I think he had written abook
on Whitman. On one occasion, a young man asked the prof
if it were true that Whitman was a homosexual. Dr. Shock-
ley turned several shades of red and purple before replying
that there was never any proof of the accusations, that the
question was absurd.
Martin was my mentor, my tormentor in some ways, but
he inspired in me a great appreciation for literature. In a
sense, I guess I have followed in his footsteps. Sometimes
students have to be shocked or surprised or titillated in
order to gain their attention. On occasion I have sung
ballads, stood in my chair to discuss Emerson's lofty
philosophy, or engaged students in various types.of role-
playing to dramatize the selections they have read. Martin,
wherever you are, this sonnet is for you!
John D. Vaughan ('63)
Professor of English, East Texas Baptist University
I read every word of Michael Ramsey's story (June
issue) about our grand ancient organ (in the Auditorium
I was never an instrumental musician, but I must tell you
a tear came to my eye as I read this story and contemplated
the demise of this instrument. I can only hope and pray it
will (not may, not hopefully, not someday) be replaced by
I would also agree that appropriate farewell ceremonies
should be planned, perhaps during homecoming events so
as to avoid conflict with any other major event, so that we
may attend its departure.
Also, I would hope a bronze plaque would be erected to
recognize its history and its ultimate new home so that we
may know by whom and where it is being utilized and
enjoyed in its new life.
I have extremely fond memories of the beautiful and
majestic performances in the old auditorium from fall '55
Charles G. Oxford ('60)
Hot Springs, Ark.
The first time I saw him was in June 1954. His was an
imposing figure of a man-at least 6'2" tall! His hair, what
there was of it, was a salt and pepperish gray. And his face!
It was a rather stoic one with a paunch on each cheek that
reminded me of a bulldog.
I, a young freshman who had chosen to attend the then-
named North Texas State College summer school to get
away from "parental oppression," was entranced by Dr.
Frank Hall Gafford Sr. The manner in which he paced up
and down was mesmerizing. He was there to do a job! His
task was to offer college orientation to freshmen whose last
names began with E-H. I sensed that he felt displeasure
with this enrollment process.
Time seemed very important to him. As he peered up at
the clock, he seemed to emit a look of disgust toward the
straggling college neophytes who had failed to find the
location immediately. For this session, as with everything
in his life, he expected nothing less than perfection and
punctuality from all.
The integrity of Dr. Frank Hall Gafford I realized to an
even further extent when I was forced to visit the office of
the dean of arts and sciences. Any time I wished to drop a
class Dr. Gafford would wish to go beyond the superficial
to the real reason why I wanted a class change. His ability
to decide on the "proper" and "honorable" decision was
Dr. Gafford gave 110 percent of himself to every project
he ever encountered, whether at home or at work. He
expected no less from his family, from his office personnel
or from those students who took his advanced history class.
He took great pride in everything he did. His students had
nothing but the highest respect for him as a professor.
Surely the spirit of Dr. Frank Hall Gafford will be
present throughout these historical times. ...This great
man of such integrity and high aspirations who was on the
staff for over 20 years is truly missed by all who recall the
role he played as an educator, as an administrator and as a
Mary M. Grimes Gafford ('57)
Las Vegas, Nev.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Mary Grimes later married Frank Hall
Gafford, son of Dr. Gafford. If you have special memories
of' a teacher at UNT who " went the Extra Mile." please
send a typed, double-spaced letter to: Editor. The North
Texan, P.O. Box 5128, Denton, Texas 76203.
University of North Texas
THE ExTRA MILE
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