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At UNT, grit isn't just a quality our students, staff, faculty and alumni share: it's a promise. On our creative, innovative campus — just reaffirmed as a Tier One research university by the Carnegie Classification — we are dedicated to bolstering and championing the determination displayed each and every day by those in our UNT family.

In this issue, you can read about the alums who have capitalized on that promise, carving out success in their various undertakings. There's G. Brint Ryan ('88, '88 M.S.), who rose from humble beginnings to become founder of tax services firm Ryan, and recently as the donor of a historic $30 million gift — the largest in university history — to the UNT College of Business, now known as the G. Brint Ryan College of Business. There are alums of UNT's art museum education program and College of Engineering who are shaping the future of their fields. And there are alums such as businessman Jim McIngvale and ventriloquist Dennis Lee ('86) who persevere in their desire to make the world a better, kinder place.

And then there are our readers, who continually inspire us with their own stories of grit. Do you have one you think we ought to know about? Email us at

Spring 2019 Issue
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G. Brint Ryan

Cover Story

Journey of Transformation

G. Brint Ryan ('88, '88 M.S.) spent his childhood in the hardscrabble West Texas oil town of Big Spring. Now a business mogul and chairman of the UNT System Board of Regents, the accounting alum has gifted $30 million to the G. Brint Ryan College of Business to help transform the lives of students who yearn to soar high.

Featured in this issue
Samudyatha Chakki


Fourth Industrial Revolution

Many UNT College of Engineering alums are on the frontlines of the Fourth Industrial Revolution — the fusion of artificial intelligence with emerging technologies like robotics, additive manufacturing, autonomous vehicles and fifth-generation wireless technologies — which is serving as a catalyst for unprecedented change.

Mary Burke

Program Feature

Behind the Exhibitions

Alumni of the College of Visual Arts and Design's art museum education program land positions in some of the country's most prestigious museums and institutions, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Disney's Animation Research Library and more. They are driving the art world from coast to coast.

Jim McIngvale

Alumni Spotlight

Jim McIngvale

The business alumnus, former Mean Green linebacker and Houston-based entrepreneur, best known as Mattress Mack, has made it his business to help people and communities in need.

Dennis Lee

Story & Video

A Voice of Acceptance

After recovering from a near-fatal car accident, alum Dennis Lee ('86) learns life-changing lessons — and uses ventriloquism to spread a message of kindness.

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2019 UNT Grad Block Party
This year's Grad Block Party, set for 5:30 p.m. May 10, will feature all the great things you see above, as well as the singing of the alma mater and a mock champagne toast at dark. UNT alumni, faculty, staff and students are invited to attend — and to stop by The North Texan tent to play trivia and win prizes. See you there!
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