Wingspan Week to celebrate UNT's past, present, future

Monday, March 21, 2016 - 13:29
Car traffic in front of UNT's Hurley Administration Building.
Car traffic in front of UNT's Hurley Administration Building.

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- The University of North Texas is hosting a weeklong series of events in April to celebrate the institution's past, present and future. Events include the grand opening and dedication of UNT's new University Union, tours, a concert series, Wingspan Gala and more. A full list of Wingspan Week events can be found online.

Highlights include:

125th Anniversary Book Reception & Brave Combo Performance
6-8 p.m. April 12 (Tuesday) in the Willis Library Forum, 1506 W. Highland St. Free. 
To celebrate the launch of the book Independent, Original and Progressive: Celebrating 125 Years of UNT, the UNT Libraries will feature a live performance by Brave Combo, a two-time Grammy-winning band with UNT roots that is featured in the book, as well as a series of live readings and short lectures on UNT culture and history.

Union Fest
8 a.m.-midnight April 14 (Thursday) in the University Union, 1155 Union Circle. Free.
Union Fest will include come-and-go coffee cake and coffee, morning yoga on the rooftop garden, mariachi music and face painting in the Campus Chat, Scrappy appearances, a tea party, a movie marathon, fireworks and a '90s dance party. Visit the Union Fest webpage full list of events, including times and locations.

Scrappy Exhibit and Ice Cream
An exhibition featuring historical mascot uniforms along with today's Scrappy will on display in the University Union Art Gallery, located on the second floor. Free.
The gallery is open from 7 a.m.-midnight (Monday-Saturday), noon–midnight (Sunday) April 9–18 (Saturday-Monday). UNT's Talons student organization will be on site 1-4 p.m. April 14 (Thursday) to answer questions about Scrappy's history and hand out free Scrappy ice cream.

University Union ribbon cutting and dedication
1:30 p.m. April 15 (Friday) on the Library Mall. Free.
The UNT community will gather to celebrate UNT's new University Union with speeches, food and more.

Wingspan Gala
6:30 p.m. April 16 (Saturday) in the University Union ballroom. Ticket prices begin at $175.
The Wingspan Gala is a green tie formal event honoring excellence in teaching, student success, notable alumni and generous donors. Featured will be UNT's archive exhibit From Normal to Now and the orchestral premiere of Richard DeRosa's 125th anniversary composition for UNT, Suite for an Anniversary, performed by UNT's Concert Orchestra. Special presentations and performances include UNT's Four Tenors and the One O'Clock Lab Band followed by dancing and entertainment by the Emerald City Band All Stars.

For more visit UNT's 125th anniversary website.

Wells Fargo is a presenting sponsor of Wingspan.