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This season brings us plenty to celebrate – from a record-breaking enrollment of 44,532 students to the graduation of more than 11,000 students this year. We've seen increased research productivity, new corporate partnerships and new degree programs designed to open additional opportunities for our students.

Our alumni are making us proud. Annie Ray ('17), a music teacher in suburban Virginia, walked by a classroom of students with intellectual disabilities and immediately knew she wanted to spread her love of music with them. Amy Blakely Laine ('99) is using her education to share her solutions for caring for older generations. Walter Eagleton ('81 M.M.) is delivering his love of food and travel to others. And Opal Lee ('63 M.Ed.) was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for her tireless work to make Juneteenth a national holiday.

And we have plenty to look forward to. The new year will bring the opening of our first building at UNT at Frisco. We'll be rooting for our alumni who are nominated for the Grammy Awards, music's highest honor, and Aryana Bosh ('21), who is vying for the title of Miss Black USA.

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Let's Go Bowling!

The Mean Green football team is heading to the Frisco Bowl to face Boise State at 8:15 p.m. Dec. 17 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco. You can purchase game tickets here, and the UNT Alumni Association is hosting several events to show your Mean Green spirit.

  • Friday Night Bowl Party: This free event, sponsored by the UNT Alumni Association Denton and Collin County chapters, will feature live music, a taco bar and cash bar at Lava Cantina, 5805 Grandscape Blvd., in The Colony. Doors open at 6 p.m. and a short program begins at 7 p.m.
  • Official Bowl Game Tailgate: Enjoy food and music from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco. Purchase tickets here.
  • Member Terrace: If you're a member of the UNT Alumni Association, join the members-only terrace from 7:30 p.m. to the end of the third quarter at the stadium. If you're not a member, sign up here.


Holiday Cheer

This holiday season, Scrappy and UNT students embark on a quest to discover the essence of holiday cheer in our latest holiday video. They discover that caring for each other is at the core of who we are as a Mean Green Family. May your season be filled with joy!


Adventure Time

Walter Eagleton ('81 M.M.) has always pursued careers that sparked his creativity. His latest career brings joy to travelers as he and his wife take them on guided tours around Europe and he cooks them three-course gourmet dinners. Read how his company, Artistic Gourmet Adventures, gives tourists a taste of the good life.

Alumni Spotlight

Aging with Care

Drawing on her personal experience and her studies in gerontology, Amy Blakely Laine ('99) has developed an online service that aids families in taking on the difficult role of a caregiver for their loved ones. "The work feeds my interest in social family dynamics and nurtures my enthusiasm for technology and health care," she says.

Student Spotlight

Great Grads

Before they cross the stage to pick up their degrees, our students faced many challenges – from health care crises to war. As commencement takes place Dec. 16-18, read our round-up of stories of graduates who have excelled in their academics and persevered through life.


This Way Forward

At this fall's TEDxUNT, the UNT community presented their ideas for how we can transform our lives. It could be as simple as adding more improvisation to your daily routine. Or it could be as ground-shifting as new technology. Watch the videos from the event.

Alumni Spotlight

Platform for Change

Winning the title of Miss Black Texas 2023 isn't all glamour for Aryana Bosh ('21). She intends to use her platform to draw attention to the issues of food insecurity and homelessness. "Earning this title means that I can fully implement the change that I've always dreamed of being able to create," she says.


Universal Language

As a student in the College of Music, Annie Ray ('17) learned how to push boundaries in musical spaces. Now a teacher in suburban Virginia, she has used her creativity to start an orchestra for students with intellectual disabilities.


Artistic Excellence

Our alumni are rocking it this year with the Grammy Award nominations. Norah Jones, Jeff Coffin ('90), Snarky Puppy, Maren Morris, Tobe Nwigwe, Latonia Moore, Rosana Eckert ('95, '99 M.M.) and Vaughn Faison ('19 M.M.), as well as College of Music faculty member Philip Dizack, will be competing for music's highest honor April 3.

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