Dear UNT supporter,
During Homecoming Week, I find myself reflecting on the tremendous progress UNT has made since I arrived in 2014. We've completed numerous building projects, added in-demand degree programs, increased enrollment, retention, fundraising and research productivity, earned Tier One, Minority-Serving and Hispanic-Serving designations, and so much more. I know our alumni must be overwhelmingly proud to know that as we transform, we remain committed to our mission to help students thrive in our rapidly changing world.
Thanks to the Texas Legislature's recent decision to authorize the use of tuition revenue bonds, UNT will build a 167,700-square-foot research facility to continue fulfilling the needs of our Tier One researchers and students. This $113.4 million project will provide additional state-of-the-art space for faculty and student researchers to carry out solutions-based research. This construction project will increase our research capacity, and thus our ability to impact the state and beyond.
Our progress also extends to the fields, courts, pools, and tracks where our student-athletes compete. UNT's acceptance into the American Athletic Conference is the result of many years of focused progress for Mean Green Athletics. Joining The American, a Power 6 conference that is home to schools with great academic reputations, will provide UNT with greater exposure and our student-athletes opportunities to shine nationally.
I invite all of our Mean Green Nation to participate in Homecoming Week with us, embrace our traditions, and celebrate our university. In addition to honoring many great alumni at the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards and hosting the traditional Homecoming Bonfire, we are welcoming the Eli Young Band back to campus for a concert at the Coliseum. Concert tickets are $30 and all proceeds will go to student scholarships. Homecoming festivities wrap up Saturday, Nov. 13, when the Mean Green face off against UTEP at Apogee Stadium. Kickoff is at 3 p.m., so get your tickets now and plan to join us for the festivities!