The North Texan, Volume 40, Number 3, September 1990 Page: 4
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Chapter growth positive
alter Abbey looks at a mailing list of 83,000
North Texas alumni and imagines what the year-old alumni
association will be like in the future.
"It's a matter of getting the good news out about North
Texas," said Abbey, the UNT Alumni Association's presi-
dent. "With 50,000 alumni in the Metroplex — more than
SMU, TCU and Baylor combined in the Metroplex — we
have a substantial base of support to draw on."
About 1,800 new members have joined the alumni asso-
ciation since its re-establishment in September 1989 after
a 10-year hiatus. In addition to the 200 or so lifetime alumni
association members from past groups, the new members
comprise a core of active supporters who will help recruit
other alumni, Abbey said.
"Under Dr. (Alfred F.) Hurley's leadership, we have
grown to be the state's fourth largest university, behind
only Texas, Texas A&M and Houston." he said. "It's quite
a shock to some of our alums when they are told that, but
what's impressive is that we haven't sacrificed the excel-
lence of our teaching and facilities to accomplish that
To continue to manage that growth requires the time and
money of UNT alumni, said Abbey, who recently was
elected to his second one-year term as president.
"Every great university needs a great alumni association
to support its programs and students," he said.
Abbey, a Dallas attorney, also wants participating alum-
ni to benefit from their relationship with the university.
"We don't just want their (the alumni' s) money, we want
them to be involved in the progress of the university," he
Progress can be measured in the increasing respect for
UNT's teaching and research programs, but the social life
of a university also is important to students and alumni.
"Athletics is part of the social life of the university,"
Abbey said. "Attending athletic events binds students to
the university. There's nothing like cheering for the univer-
sity teams to build enthusiasm, camaraderie and loyalty."
One of Abbey's goals is to have an alumni chapter in
every Texas city that has a large enough population to
support both a Dairy Queen and a McDonald's. The asso-
ciation has chapters mostly in Texas, but also in Washing-
ton, D.C., Oklahoma City and Hong Kong. Chapters in
Southern California and New York City probably will be
added to the rolls this year.
Although not all alumni in far off towns can make it back
'Every great univer-
sity needs a great
to support its pro-
grams and students.'
— Walter Abbey
to campus often, Abbey believes they still have an incen-
tive to stay in touch.
"UNT grads have a common bond," he said. "They want
UNT to be recognized as a great university; it enhances the
value of their degrees. People want to be associated with
tell UNT news
EDITOR'S NOTE: The Houston alumni chapter is one
example of how alumni chapters are spreading the word about
North Texas. For other chapter news, please see the alumni
pages in this issue.
By Will Helixon
The University of North Texas Houston alumni
chapter has finalized plans for a Centennial celebration,
which will take place at the Johnson Space Center near
Houston. The day-long activities, scheduled for Oct. 13,
will include a general tour of space operations, a pre-ar-
ranged intensive guided tour of the NASA facilities and
a catered lunch.
A special Centennial presentation by UNT Chancel-
lor Alfred Hurley also is expected. A portion of the pro-
ceeds from the celebration will establish the Houston
Scholarship for Houston area high school students
planning to attend UNT.
Michael Leiser, president of the Houston chapter
said, "NASA will serve as a perfect backdrop for
reflecting on our great past and symbolizing the future
direction of our university."
The Houston chapter invites all former and current
students to join the celebration. There will be activities
Anyone interested in obtaining tickets to the Centen-
nial celebration at the Johnson Space Center or addi-
tional Houston chapter alumni activities should call
Leiser at (713) 552-0027 or write: UNT Alumni -
Houston Chapter; Michael Leiser, President; 4640
Ivanhoe; Houston, Texas 77027-4710.
San Antonio Houston
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