UNT recently honored the University Union on its 75th anniversary.

Every year, Union Fest celebrates having a Union facility at the University of North Texas and the commitment to bringing people together. Union Fest is a day full of events for the UNT community and gives students the opportunity to express their love for the space where they study, socialize, eat and hangout.

UNT’s first permanent Union was established in 1949 using a renovated Army surplus center. The current building, the fourth Union in the campus’ history, opened in fall 2015 and offers students over 300,000 square feet of space to expand their campus experience.

“For the past 75 years, the University Union has been a place on campus where students, faculty, staff and the community can come to connect, find resources and enjoy their time at UNT,” said Molly Orr, Director for Union Programming & Arts. “I love how our current building truly feels like UNT – you see green, the screaming eagle door handles, and can learn about our traditions and history – you know you are at UNT when walk into the building.” 

The celebration of this year’s Union Fest started with breakfast stations around the Union, then the fun kicked off with a carnival where attendees could enjoy games, giveaways, music and cupcakes. Student could also head to the Syndicate in the early afternoon to hear some jazz from the group Uncommon Ground, followed by remarks from Dr. Elizabeth With, Senior Vice President of Student Affairs, about the history of the current Union and this year’s Union Fest celebration. In the afternoon, students were treated to activities such as ice skating, silent disco and a movie showing. A fireworks show with live band karaoke and cupcakes capped off the fun-filled day.

Looking to the future, Orr remarked, “I hope students continue to find their place and affinity for UNT by attending events, joining an organization or connecting with a resource here at the University Union.”

To see photos of this year's Union Fest, click here.

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