Monday, April 15: Those University of North Texas folks really know how to celebrate their graduates who have “made a profound impact on our culture and society.” About 1,800 are expected at the Meyerson for the “2013 Emerald Eagle Honors: Recognizing a Lifetime of Contributions to the American Landscape.” Formerly called “The Emerald Ball,” it was started in 2007 and has raised more than $1 million.
Along with Honorary Chairs Margaret and UNT Chancellor Lee Jackson, Ann and Ken Newman (’66), Amanda and Brint Ryan (’88) and Gay (’66) and Jack Wall (’64), this year’s Event Chairs Kelly (’88) and George Durnham (’88), Tanya Foster (’87), Jenny and John Kirtland (’94), Robert Nickell (’68) and Mary Jo and UNT President V. Lane Rawlins have arranged for quite an interesting and diverse group of UNT grads including:
- Former Pittsburgh Steeler and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame “Mean” Joe Greene (’69)
- Rock and roll icon, the late Roy Orbison (’55), who will be represented by his family
Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm (’74 and ’84).
Serving as co-hosts for the evening will be reality TV star Melissa Rycroft Strickland (’05) and actor/director/history lecturer Peter Weller (’69).
The evening will benefit the UNT Foundation “to make a UNT education possible for more than 2,4000 high-achieving students from low-income families.”