Aug. 27, 2012
Dear UNT faculty and staff,
Whenever I meet with community and business leaders here in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, I always remind them that UNT is the home team for the entire North Texas region. We're a world-class university that offers the best of many worlds, whether its academics, the arts or athletics.
The Mean Green is our home team and I hope you will take every opportunity to cheer them on this year. A football game at Apogee Stadium is a great experience. We want to end our last season in the Sun Belt Conference on a high note and let the momentum carry us on to Conference USA, which will bring us bigger and better things.
I know this will be a great season of competition, starting with football in the first-of-its-kind green Apogee Stadium. You can see student-athletes such as linebacker Zach Orr, who puts as much heart into the game as he does into his studies and his future.
We hope to see you at all of the home football games because there’s something to celebrate at each one, including the Oct. 16 game against University of Louisiana-Lafayette, which will air nationally on ESPN2, and the Nov. 3 Homecoming game against Arkansas State University. You can find information about Mean Green football in 2012 here or in the new fan guide. I'm pleased to note that we have several affordable options for our UNT family.
The new pedestrian bridge over Interstate 35E is under construction and will ease access to and from Apogee Stadium and the main campus. The Texas Department of Transportation is working quickly to open the bridge in time for games this season.
When basketball season starts in early November, come support our new head men's basketball coach Tony Benford and our new head women's basketball coach Mike Petersen. The men’s basketball season will be highlighted by the return of Tony Mitchell, a projected first-round NBA draft pick. You also can enjoy watching our other Mean Green championship teams, from tennis to soccer to men's golf.
That's the beauty of UNT. There is something for everyone. So let's show off our Mean Green pride. Don't forget to don your green on Mean Green Pride Fridays. Wearing green is especially important on College Colors Day Aug. 31, when we want students, faculty and staff to show off their green pride on campus, at work and in our communities.
See you at the games!
V. Lane Rawlins
Posted on: Mon 27 August 2012