The Aerie, Yearbook of University of North Texas, 1990 Page: 33
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Offices Aid Students
Throughout College Career
Leah Kunck, of the Registrar's Office, looks through the handwrit-
ten North Texas State Normal College records from 1918 which are
stored in the Administration Building's attic. Photo by Daniel
Don Palermo talks to Jacqui Jubert about the many functions of
the Office of Admissions. As Director of Admissions, Palermo
often counsels prospective students when they come to tour the
campus. Photo by Daniel Gibson
n the dusty attic of the Administration Building
lay age-old records of every student who had
attended NT since the year 1890. In those
days, records were painstakingly entered by
hand, thus constituting an early version of
the Registrar's Office.
Since then, the number of NT students
increased by the thousands, making it neces-
sary for the Registrar's Office to maintain a
staff of 27 full-time employees. On a con-
tinuous basis, the staff managed over 300,000
active and inactive student records which
included microfilming and indexing those
dating back to 1890.
Besides record management, the staff
oversaw the registration and scheduling pro-
cess. That process, which was usually only a
nuisance, caused even more discontent dur-
ing fall registration when the administrative
computer overloaded and significantly
slowed down procedures. "It caused exten-
sive waiting time for students," said Regis-
trar Joneel Harris.
Although registration was a hectic proce-
dure that many dreaded, up until a few years
ago it was even more complicated. Early
registration was introduced during fall 1984
for spring 1985. On-line computer registra-
tion began first in spring 1985 and telephone
registration was first used in spring 1987 as a
pilot project for the College of Education,
and later opened up to the whole school.
In the Office of Admissions, the most
noticeable changes occurred in the form of
entrance requirements and deadlines. Direc-
tor of Admissions Don C. Palermo, who
had held the position for the
past twenty years, saw many of
those changes take place.
Since 1969, entrance require-
ments had increased steadily.
According to Palermo, these
Iey ~ changes seemed to spur the in-
terest of those considering at-
tending NT. "Every time we in-
crease requirements, more peo-
pie apply to come here," Paler-
Deadlines stiffened this year
also. Many applications that
were received late were not pro-
cessed. "A lot of people got
upset with us for that," Palermo
said. Occasionally, though,
some situations called for a
slight bending of the rules.
"You have to be a little human
about these things," Palermo
said. - by Kristi Nelson
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