A family legacy of #UNTLove and giving back

By: 
Teresa Love

Janet and Rob Pittman have been consistent UNT supporters since their graduation. “The University of North Texas has been a big part of my family’s life for the last 40+ years,” Janet says. Janet’s father, Marvin Berkeley, was the Dean and a professor of management in the College of Business, and her mother, Betty Berkeley, received her Ph.D. from UNT in 1980. Janet met Rob while they were both pursuing master’s degrees in 1982. They married in 1984.

Janet learned the value of giving back from her parents. Janet’s father established the Dr. Betty Berkeley Graduate Award in Interdisciplinary Studies in the Toulouse Graduate School in 2003.

“When my father passed away in 2009, my family wanted to establish a scholarship to honor his contributions to the College of Business and support the students,” Janet says. “The Division of Advancement was very supportive and quickly established the Dean Marvin Berkeley Scholarship. They made the process so easy for us during a difficult time in our lives.” Janet’s mother also arranged for memorial contributions to benefit students.

In 2012, UNT dedicated a tree at the new Business Leadership Building in honor of her parents. Janet has served as a mentor with the Professional Leadership Program. She is passionate about supporting the College of Business because of the opportunities afforded to her as a result of her education. “When I graduated, I had several job offers in the IT industry that I wouldn’t have been offered with an undergraduate degree in Psychology,” Janet says.

Through giving back, Janet has been able to honor her family, and her memories, in perpetuity. “You don’t have to be a multi-millionaire to support our students,” she says. “You can be someone like me or a member of my family who has a heart for the university.”

You too can share your heart with UNT by contributing to the Inspire UNT Fund. Your investment strengthens the future of our university by enhancing students’ educational opportunities. A gift today impacts the future of our students and transforms our university for years to come.