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UNT comes together in song, dance for holiday greeting

Happy Holidays! 2011

"Life is best in the home of happiness," sang hundreds of students, staff and faculty who lip-synched and danced across campus to Brave Combo's The Denton Polka for UNT's annual end of the year message in which the university says thank you and kicks off the holiday season.

Participants were part of a lip-dub video that is the centerpiece of President V. Lane Rawlins' electronic holiday card that is sent each year to the university community, alumni, friends and peers. The card also features student artwork. 

The electronic holiday card was sent by email the first week of December.

Created and filmed by the Division of University Relations, Communications and Marketing, the video was prepared in one continuous take with students, staff and faculty lip-synching and dancing along a route that started at the new Business Leadership Building and wound around the Hurley Administration Building to the Life Sciences Complex. The video ends with everyone gathered with President Rawlins on the front steps of the administration building, above, to say, "Thank you" and "Happy Holidays."

The video features a variety of students, staff and faculty who represent UNT's diverse community. Participants have uniforms, flags, books and other accoutrements that show their Green Pride and areas of expertise. Featured groups included Honors College, Student Government Association, student leadership, Talons, Eagle Ambassadors, academics, music, Staff Council, Athletics, Intramural Sports, Housing, Dining Services and many more. Alumnus Carl Finch, Brave Combo's lead singer, joined the crowd.

The holiday card features a design by Kim Pham, a junior fashion design major and business marketing minor. The president and his wife Mary Jo selected Pham’s artwork as the winner in the president's annual holiday card design contest for students. The top three winners are:

  • First-place ($250 prize) – Pham
  • Second-place ($150 prize)  – Helen Oldham, sophomore, new media
  • Third-place ($100 prize) – Jessie Knirsch, senior, painting and drawing

- Ernestine Bousquet, University Relations, Communications and Marketing

Photos by Jonathan Reynolds; below, from left, URCM's Landon Sloan, Brad Holt and Michael Clements capture Honors College students for the holiday video.

Camera operators capture Honors College students for the 2011 video holiday greeting.

Posted on: Wed 07 December 2011

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