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SCHOOL o LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCES
UNIVERSITY f NORTHTEXAS
III _ll iimom. I
August 31, 2002 marked my
completion of twenty-five years
in library and information science
education, the last fifteen of which
I have had the privilege of serv-
ing as dean. Looking back on
those years, I can easily conclude
that the School of Library and
Information Sciences at the
University of North Texas has
the best faculty, staff, enrollment,
alumni, and endowment that I
have experienced in that quarter of a century.
The faculty never ceases to amaze me with
their innovation, hard work, and student
centered attitudes. They have transformed
the curriculum and the methods by which it is
delivered. Dr. Norval Pohl, UNT's President,
featured SLIS in his Convocation speech as a
model program imbued with the entrepre-
neurial spirit, breaking ground for the 21st
Century. We closed our fiscal year on August
31st with close to $1,000,000 in externally
funded research and development, an out-
standing amount for any program the size of
SLIS, but truly extraordinary given the enroll-
The SLIS staff were selected last year to be
recognized by the President for their work with
an unwavering spirit of service to serve an
enrollment that has grown by over 150%. A vis-
itor recently was transfixed by the activity in the
office during registration week. They comment-
ed that it reminded them of a cross between the
Futures Market and a day-care center!
Yes, the 150% is not a typo. This fall, we
broke yet another record for enrollment in
the Master's Program. What is also impressive
is the wide geography these students cover.
The 166 students attending the Web-Institute
in late August to start their studies came from
throughout Texas, with eleven of them out of
state, including two from Anchorage, Alaska.
To teach these students, SLIS has hired three
new faculty members, Drs. Maurice Wheeler,
Shawne Miksa, and Guillermo Oyarce. We
are blessed that we have been
able to call upon the extraordi-
nary talents of Dr. Don Cleveland,
who is serving in modified service
to SLIS and Dr. John Corbin,
who has retired. We also have
over twenty "clinical faculty"
serving on instructional teams
with our full-time faculty. These
twenty are all outstanding practi-
tioners who bring their innova-
tive practice to the classroom.
The Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Information
Science, of which SLIS is the flagship pro-
gram, continues to thrive. The entering class
for this fall was so large that we have decided
not to admit a class for the spring.
Our alumni have supported us in so many
ways. Last year's BA Program reunion was a
resounding success as was the Houston
Program reunion last spring at which over
half of the graduates attended. The UNT
telethon yielded the highest percentage of
gifts per call for SLIS and allowed us to
continue to award scholarships despite hard
I will close my column on a mixed note.
We are very proud that Dr. Herman Tottten
was selected by UNT President Pohl to serve
as his Executive Assistant. While Herman
will continue to teach for SLIS, he can no
longer serve as Associate Dean. No one can
replace Herman, but we have hired Dr. Arlita
Hallam as a Visiting Assistant Professor and
Associate Dean. Dr. Hallam and I will be
holding information sessions and meeting cur-
rent students and alumni in San Antonio, El
Paso, and the Valley this Spring. We hope to
see many of you at those meetings.
In closing, I continue to be very grateful
for the opportunity to serve an outstanding
faculty, staff, student body, and alumni group.
Please let me know if there is anything I can
do for you.
! FROM D .......... .1
TOTTEN SCHOLAIHIP ...........i
Margaret Irby Nichols, Editor
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