UNT System to host second annual community luncheon to benefit the new University of North Texas at Dallas

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

DALLAS (UNTS), Texas -- The University of North Texas System will convene the second in an annual series of community luncheons to benefit the future University of North Texas at Dallas on Oct.18.

The event, "Building New Opportunities Through Education," will begin at noon at the Adam's Mark Dallas Conference Center (400 North Olive Street). Receptions prior to the luncheon will begin at 11:15 a.m.

UNT System Chancellor Lee F. Jackson will report on progress at the 265-acre UNT at Dallas campus at Camp Wisdom Road and Houston School Road in the city's southern sector.

"Our first permanent Dallas building is almost finished and classes will begin on the Dallas campus in January. Enrollment in southern Dallas has grown every year since 2000 and the UNT System is confident that we will develop a comprehensive and independent new university in Dallas by 2009," Jackson said.

Dr. Ruth J. Simmons, president of Brown University, who Time Magazine named as America's best college president in 2001, will present the main address at the luncheon.

In her years at Brown, Simmons has earned considerable respect and acknowledgment for her successful initiatives to enrich the academic atmosphere at a university that already was counted among the top institutions of higher learning in the nation.

Prior to Brown, when Simmons was president of Smith College, her accomplishments included launching the first engineering program at a woman's college in the U.S.

Event co-chairs are Bill Blase, executive vice president of AT&T, and Thomas M. Dunning, chairman and CEO of Lockton Dunning Benefit Company.

Tables of 10 are available for $10,000, $5,000, $2,500 and $1,200 and individual tickets for the event are $100. For tickets or tables call (214) 969-0090.

The UNT System's first luncheon was held on Feb. 11, 2005.

UNT News Service Phone Number: (940) 565-2108

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