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Suela LeeSuela Lee, above, senior performance major, can spend up to 10 hours a day rehearsing the violin.

That dedication has led to numerous honors — including winning UNT’s annual Concerto Competition in 2013 — and placed her toward her goal of playing the violin as her career.

But Lee said her success wouldn’t be possible without the donors who support scholarships that fund her education and competition travel.

Donors, including both UNT alumni and outside supporters, have coalesced around UNT's push to greater excellence in a powerful way that has culminated in the comprehensive fundraising campaign called The light is green. The time is now. The Campaign for UNT.

So far, the campaign has raised 85 percent of its $200 million goal. Not only is it raising money, but it is promoting faculty excellence, engaging alumni and supporters in the life of the university and developing a stronger culture of philanthropy.

The campaign is featured in a cover story in the Summer 2013 issue of The North Texan, the university’s 180,000-circulation quarterly alumni publication.

The story also features:

  • Yong X. Tao, an internationally known expert in sustainable energy research and technologies, whose positions as PACCAR Professor of Engineering and the director of the PACCAR Technology Institute are supported by a $1.5 million gift from PACCAR, the parent company of Peterbilt Motors Co. headquartered in Denton.
  • Public administration recent graduate Chelsea Gonzalez, who has pursued a career in city government thanks to the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation Scholarship and the Debra Brooks Feazelle Internship Award.
  • Alumnus Brian Heldebrandt, a regional manager for supply chain operations at Verizon, who gives back to UNT through a monthly gift to the UNT Annual Fund.

The summer edition of The North Texan also includes articles, photos and links to videos:

  • Learn how the English Department's creative writing program is gaining prestige and recognition with its alumni, who are getting its novels and poetry published, and its faculty members, who help them get there.
  • Meet alumnus George F. Jones Jr., the CEO and founding executive of Texas Capital Bank and its parent company, Texas Capital Bancshares Inc., who credits his experience at UNT for making him one of the most influential men in Texas banking.
  • Learn more about the UNT Alumni Association and how to join.

(Photograph by Jonathan Reynolds/URCM)

Posted on: Thu 11 July 2013

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