The Aerie, Yearbook of University of North Texas, 1990 Page: 251
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PROGRAM GAINS ATTENTION
his year it wasn't a person
gyp~ who received the highest
honor at Honors Day. Instead, it was
an NT program that received national
attention. The award went to the
Classic Learning Core, a program that
emphasized a broad education rang-
ing from the reading of Plato, Aris-
totle and Voltaire to Charles Dickens
and Mark Twain, and from studying
artists such as Leonardo da Vinci to
"A well-rounded education teach-
es people how to live, and how to live
with others," said NT President Dr.
Alfred Hurley. "Everyone is faced
with the prospect of a constantly
changing world - a world where a
specific emphasis may not be needed.
More employers are hiring people
with liberal arts degrees."
The program was selected for the
President's Award because of this re-
cent national recognition, said Lane
Nestman, Chairwoman of the Presi-
dent's Award and Special Recogni-
"The main criterion for selecting
the President's Award winner is that
the individual or group has brought
regional, state and national recogni-
tion to the university," Nestman, also
a buyer in the purchasing office, said.
"We selected this group because of
The curriculum had been consid-
ered as a model for other universities
to follow. More than 45 universities
and colleges across the country had
inquired about it.
"It's been a long process of getting
us national recognition, but persis-
tence has paid off," NT Public Affairs
Director Susan Wilson said. "The or-
ganizers' accomplishments have given
this university recognition - they be-
gan the program envisioning it as a
model for other major universities,
and that's just what has happened."
The program, which was estab-
lished in fall 1986 with 101 freshmen,
was designed to provide undergrad-
uate students with a solid educational
foundation in the liberal arts with a
strong focus on the humanities, Dr.
Robert Stevens, director of the Clas-
sic Learning Qore said.
Stevens had been the Classic
Learning Core's director for the last
several years. He said the program not
only introduced students to a host of
authors, artists and thinkers, it also
taught them how to relate disciplines.
It correlates language, history, sci-
ence and the fine arts, Stevens said in
During the past eight years, only
two other NT organizations had re-
ceived the President's Award.
In April 1985, the Institute of Ap-
plied Sciences earned the honor, and
in 1984, the Professional Develop-
ment Institute was selected. - byJu-
Bob Stevens and Tom Preston, repre-
sentatives of the College of Arts and
Sciences, leave the stage after accepting
the President's Award. Photo by Craig
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