The UNT Foundation will host the second annual Emerald Eagle Honors: Recognizing a Lifetime of Contributions to the American Landscape on Wednesday, March 5. This Kennedy Center Honors-type stage production celebrates former University of North Texas students who have made a profound impact on American culture and society. The honorees for this year are actor and Academy Award nominee Peter Weller ('69); broadcast pioneer and 1971 Miss America Phyllis George (’70, ‘98), and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and Academy Award-winning screenwriter Larry McMurtry (‘58). The life and careers of these trailblazing UNT alumni will be showcased via career video retrospectives, remarks by speakers significant to their careers, and musical tributes by special guests and the UNT College of Music.

The show will also spotlight the wonderful stories of the evening's beneficiary, UNT's award-winning Emerald Eagle Scholars program, which helps high-achieving but financially challenged students pursue their college dreams. The program provides students with financial and academic support and campus connections to help them succeed in college and earn their degrees. It has allowed almost 3,500 students — most of whom are first-generation college students — to attend UNT. The Scholars will attend and be recognized during the proceedings.

Tickets are $150 and up, and sponsorships are available. All proceeds go to the Emerald Eagle Scholars program. For tickets and additional details, go to or call 940-565-4555.