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Pat Colonna Collection | Manuscripts

By Rachel Motes, Catherine Keenan

Collection Overview

Title: Pat Colonna CollectionAdd to your cart.
ID: 01/AR073
Extent: 15.0 Boxes
Arrangement: This collection is arranged into three series reflecting stages of Pat Colonna's life.  Each series is further arranged by subject.
Date Acquired: 04/07/2008. More info below under Accruals.
Languages: English, Mongolian

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Abstract

Patricia Lou Colonna (November 8, 1939 -    ) is a University of North Texas (then North Texas State University) alumna.  Her collection concerns her employment as an information writer in the Office of Public Affairs and Information Services (now known as University Relations, Communications and Marketing) at UNT as well as for her time spent in the Peace Corps teaching English in Mongolia and as the business owner of Yoga Denton in Denton, Texas.

This collection contains artifacts, papers, photographs, and publications focusing on the time Pat spent in North Texas at UNT, in Mongolia with the Peace Corps, and as a business owner in Denton, Texas.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Pat Colonna was an Information writer in the Office of Public Affairs and Information Services at University of North Texas and taught English in Mongolia when serving in the Peace Corps.  She was also the owner of Yoga Denton, a business that was located in Denton, Texas.  This collection contains artifacts and photographs from her UNT employment and Mongolian travels as wells as papers and publications related to her career as an information writer, Peace Corps volunteer, and business owner.

Collection Historical Note

Patricia “Pat” Lou Colonna was born on November 8, 1939 to Henry Peter Colonna and Lenora Mildred Colonna nee Gillespie in Denison, Texas.  Several years later, on March 27, 1942, her brother, Henry “Hank” Melvin Colonna, was born.  He was killed on October 27, 1954, during the year in which Pat turned fifteen.

Most of Pat’s early education was spent within the Bells school system in Texas.   On May 28, 1953, Pat received a certificate of completion from the Bells Elementary School that granted her admission into the Bells High School.  During her time spent in high school, Pat was active in several school organizations.  In her junior year, she was elected president of her class, associate-editor of the school paper, and was given a part in her class play.  Then in her senior year, Pat was elected editor of the school yearbook [a school publication], head of the program committee, and to the student council.  On May 24, 1957, Pat Colonna graduated from Bells High School.

Pat’s post-secondary education was spent at multiple institutions; Rutherford-Metropolitan School of Business in Dallas, Texas (June 10, 1057 to January 6, 1958), Austin College in Sherman, Texas (September 7, 1960 to Summer 1961), Rider College in Trenton, New Jersey (January 29, 1962 to Spring 1968), and North Texas State University (August 24, 1977 to 1981)

While enrolled in night classes at Rider College in Trenton, Patricia “Pat” Colonna became engaged to Kenneth “Ken” L. Fake.  They were married on November 1, 1963 by the Reverend Thomas E. Carney in the Rectory of the Holy Angels Church in New Jersey.  During their time spent married, Pat and Ken had two sons; Gregory Leverne Fake (born July 21, 1964) and Mark Colonna Fake (born May 27, 1967).  The exact date is unknown but it is assumed that by some point prior to 1971, Pat became divorced from Ken and moved back to Texas.

When Pat moved back to north Texas, she was employed at first with the Denton Record Chronicle and then at the North Texas State University (1972-1974) as an Information Writer within the Office of Public Affairs and Information Services.  After a several year break in which Pat did freelance work, she was re-employed by the University of North Texas (1977-1987) once more as an information writer within the same office.  During this time, Pat did publicity for the School of Music, drama, art, Fine Arts Series, and Union programs as well as serving as an associate editor of the NTSU Today magazine.  She also wrote articles for the NTSU Today magazine, The North Texan (an alumni publication), and other UNT publications.

Approximately six years after Pat left UNT, she became a member of the Peace Corps.  From June 1993 to June 1995, Pat worked in Ulan Bataar, Mongolia as an English teacher sponsored by Confederation of Mongolian Trade Unions.  During her time spent as an English teacher in Mongolia, Pat organized the English Department and trained teachers at a then new college-level institute.

Upon her return to the United States, Pat Colonna became a Denton, Texas business owner.  Her business was called Yoga Denton and she served as one of its instructors.

Administrative Information

Repository: Manuscripts
Accruals: 2011-011, 2016-032
Access Restrictions: This collection is not restricted.
Use Restrictions: Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collections department. Copyright restrictions may apply.
Physical Access Note: Portions of this collection are stored off-site and require a minimum of 24 hours notice prior to use.
Acquisition Source: Pat Colonna
Separated Materials: In addition to archival material, books were donated and are available through the UNT Library Catalog.
Related Materials: The Portal to Texas History, a free online gateway to Texas history materials, has scans of articles written by Pat Colonna. For more information please see http://texashistory.unt.edu/.
Preferred Citation: Pat Colonna Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections.
Finding Aid Revision History: An accretion was processed by Catherine Keenan on 4/24/17, with additions to Series 3, Box 11 and Series 4, Box 17.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:


Series 2: Professional PapersAdd to your cart.
This series contains materials from Pat Colonna's career at the North Texas State University (NTSU) and the University of North Texas (UNT) during different eras.
Box 2: PapersAdd to your cart.
 
Barcode: 642239
Folder 1: Trash Bash, 1980-1981Add to your cart.
Contains articles and information related to Pat’s work with the Denton Trash Bash.
Folder 2: Union Gallery, 1988-1991Add to your cart.
Contains articles and information related to Pat’s work with the Union Gallery.
Folder 3: CASE Competition, 1981Add to your cart.
This is Pat’s submission to the 1981 CASE Southwest District Communications Awards Competition.  CASE stands for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.  Her submission include copies of articles that she has written over Golden Eagle Homecoming, Dormitory Dining, African Janitor is a Prince, Really, Two-Can-A-Day Man Breaks Habit, and Ken Havis.
Folder 4: ACPRA Honors Competition, 1975Add to your cart.
This is the submission that Pat sent to the American College Public Relations Association (ACPRA) Honors Competition in 1975 that contains copies of her NTSU International Student Series.
Folder 5: Article Hard Copies, 1972-1997Add to your cart.
Article subjects are: Dr. Cecil D. Adkins, Denton’s Student Art Theater, Dr. Martin Mailman, and the Bells’ Class of ’57.
Folder 6: Article Hard CopiesAdd to your cart.
Article subjects are: Playwright John Gibbson, Fort Worth Rodeo Trip, Denton Squirrels, Robert Castleberry for Mayor, Joyce Elrod, City Council, Municipal Court, and a Henry Colonna Memoir.
Folder 7: Article Hard CopiesAdd to your cart.
Article subjects are: the West Dallas Project, Henry Whiddon, Beulah Harris, General Academic Building, Mike Cochran, Dr. Terry Jordan, Blind Machine, Scott Joplin’s Piano teacher, Fashion Collection, International Student Series, and the curse of the NTSU Lyceum.
Folder 8: Article Hard CopiesAdd to your cart.
Article subjects are: B. F. Maiz, Ken Havis, Denton Building Code Board, Safari Moja, Texas Association of Schools of Art, Speaker Vassilis Vassilikos, NTSU Music Student Invents Reed Holder, Being an overage student, and Lou Marini Profile.
Folder 9: Articles by Pat, 1970-1990Add to your cart.
Articles written by Pat for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Denton Record-Chronicle, and the Daily Register.  Topics include: Old Denton buildings, miscellaneous news, University of North Texas International Students, a Nigerian prince at NTSU, and NTSU dormitory dining.
Folder 10: Ann’s Haven Hospice Herald Newsletter, 1990Add to your cart.
Newsletter from Ann’s Haven Hospice that Pat has an article published in.
Note: Pat was a Community Liaison at Ann’s Haven Hospice.
Box 3: PapersAdd to your cart.
 
Barcode: 642240
Folder 1: Public Affairs and Information Services Work, 1974-1999Add to your cart.
Contains documents retained from Pat Colonna’s time spent working at UNT under their Public Affairs and Information Services department.
Folder 2: NTSU Certificates, 1983-1989Add to your cart.
Certificates received by Pat Colonna during her time working at NTSU.
Item 1: CASE Grand Award for Interpretive Writing, February 23, 1983Add to your cart.
 
Item 2: Five Years of Service, April 1, 1983Add to your cart.
 
Item 3: Outstanding Service to the Association For Retarded Citizens, October 23, 1989Add to your cart.
 
Folder 3: UNT Related, 1980-1990Add to your cart.
Contains UNT documents of interest.
Item 1: Inauguration, November 13, 1980Add to your cart.
 
Item 3: Service Recognition Awards Program, October 17, 1983Add to your cart.
 
Item 2: All-Male Calendar of the NTSU Art Faculty, 1984Add to your cart.
 
Item 4: Annual Alumni Awards Dinner, 1990Add to your cart.
 
Item 5: The Centennial Poem of the University of North Texas, December 1990Add to your cart.
"A Memory of the Academy by Richard B. Sale."   Contains a personal message from Richard "Rick" Sale to Pat Colonna: "For Pat - a good friend who has written kind words about folks at our house.  Love, Rick.
Item 6: Alumni Association Annual Member Card, 1993Add to your cart.
 
Folder 4: UNT Mini-course Teaching Yoga, 1988-1991Add to your cart.
Documents pertaining to the time Pat Colonna taught a Yoga Mini-course at UNT.
Folder 5: Photographs from NTSU, 1977-1985Add to your cart.
Contains photographs from Pat Colonna’s time spent at working NTSU in the Public Information Office (PIO).
Folder 6: ReSource NTSUAdd to your cart.
This folder contains two Research Magazines of North Texas State University.  Pat Colonna is cited as a Writer in both issues and has an article in each.
Item 1: ReSource Volume 1 Number 1Add to your cart.
"Aging America: Who Will Care for our Elderly?"
Item 2: ReSource Volume 3 Number 1Add to your cart.
"NTSU enters a new era in research"
Folder 7: North Texas Today, 1986-1999Add to your cart.
This folder contains a selection of the Advancement Magazine of the University of North Texas also known as the Advancement Magazine of North Texas State University.    They each contain articles written by Pat Colonna and the January 1986 issue even mentions her as the Associate Editor.
Item 1: NTSU Today, January 1986Add to your cart.
 
Item 2: NTSU Today, June 1986Add to your cart.
"A New Era: Sheraton Opens at North Texas"
Item 3: North Texas Today, 1989Add to your cart.
"Music in Motion at North Texas," Volume 6, No. 1
Item 4: North Texas Today, 1989Add to your cart.
"In Step with Technology," Volume 6, No. 2
Folder 8: The Green Fuse, 1980Add to your cart.
The NTSU literary magazine spring 1980 issue that contains “Memoir” by Pat Colonna
Folder 9: The North Texan, 1974Add to your cart.
The North Texan publication featuring B. F. Maiz.  Photograph used by Pat Colonna for this article is located in Series 1/ Box 1/ Folder 10 of this collection.
Box 4: PapersAdd to your cart.
 
Barcode: 642241
Folder 1: Articles of InterestAdd to your cart.
Contains articles of interest pertaining to the Denton area.
Folder 2: Senior Leaders, 1997-1999Add to your cart.
Awards and Certificates from the Denton County Senior Leaders Program sponsored by the Chisholm Trail RSVP to Pat Colonna.
Folder 3: Unity of Denton, January 30, 2000Add to your cart.
Award for service from the Unity of Denton as well as information about Unity.
Folder 4: Warren Norwood, October 15, 1984Add to your cart.
This is a letter from Warren Norwood to Pat Colonna.  In the letter, it was stated that Warren Norwood gave a copy of his then new book to Pat Colonna in thanks but the book was not donated along with the collection.
Note: Warren Norwood was a North Texas alumnus and an American science fiction novelist whose collection of manuscripts and related materials are housed in the UNT Special Collections.
Folder 5: Leon Breeden, 1979-1985Add to your cart.
Correspondence from Leon Breeden to Pat Colonna
Note: Leon Breeden was the director of UNT’s One O’Clock Lab Band from 1950-1981 and it was under his direction that the One O’Clock Lab Band became internationally famous.
Folder 6: Kenneth Havis, 1982-1993Add to your cart.
Contains documents about Kenneth Havis.
Note: Kenneth Havis was the director of the UNT Art Gallery from 1969 to 1984 as well as the vice president of the Greater Denton Arts Council from 1973-1975.
Folder 7: Polo, 1980-1982Add to your cart.
Documents relevant to Pat Colonna’s plan to get a NTSU Polo program instated.
Folder 8: Exhibits, 1987-1993Add to your cart.
Contains advertisements for exhibits at Oak Street Gallery, 500X Gallery, and various University of North Texas locations and for exhibits done by Kenneth Havis or David Blow.
Folder 9: Responses to Pat’s work in the Office of Public Affairs and Information Services, 1972-1989Add to your cart.
Correspondence from various individuals in response to work done by Pat Colonna while working in the Office of Public Affairs and Information Services.
Folder 10: Responses to Pat’s work with the Denton Record-Chronicle, 1990Add to your cart.
Correspondence from individuals in response to work done by Pat Colonna while writing for the Denton Record-Chronicle.
Folder 11: North Texas FootballAdd to your cart.
 
Item 1: NTSU Football '83 Game Card, 1983Add to your cart.
North Texas State University 1983 football game schedule on the back of a NTSU Football ’83 game card.
Item 2: North Texas Football Paper Fan, 1988Add to your cart.
North Texas Football paper fan with a wooden handle that has the 1988 Game Schedule on the back
Box 5: PublicationsAdd to your cart.
Newspaper articles written by Pat Colonna for the North Texas State University Update (1977-1981), the UNT Union Gallery (1990-1991), the Denton Record-Chronicle (1974-1990), the Texas City Sun (1990), the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (1974), the Lake Area Argus (1988), Ann’s Haven Hospice (1992), and the Getzen Gazette (1973).
Barcode: 642242
Box 6: ArtifactsAdd to your cart.
Artifacts collected by Pat Colonna during her time working for the University of North Texas and while living in the North Texas area.
Barcode: 642186
Item 1: Denton County Friends of the FamilyAdd to your cart.
Wooden plaque with metal plate bearing the caption, “With Grateful Appreciation for your Support to Denton County Friends of the **Family**.”
Item 2: NTSU TurtleAdd to your cart.
A worn green and yellow bean-bag turtle with the acronym “N.T.S.U.” printed on its torn felt shell.
Item 3: Dallas Trekkers, 1985 MarchAdd to your cart.
A shaped medal hanging from a brown ribbon with a pin attached to the back engraved with the image of the Little Chapel-in-the-Woods located at Texas Woman’s University.  The words “Dallas Trekkers” can be found engraved into the foliage of the front tree while “Little Chapel-in-the-Woods/ Texas Woman’s University/ Denton, Texas March 1985” can be found engraved across the bottom banner.
Item 4: Ann's Haven HospiceAdd to your cart.
An Ann’s Haven Hospice name tag with “Pat Colonna/ Community Liaison/ Ann’s Haven Hospice” engraved across it.
Item 5: The Campus Theatre, July 6, 1995Add to your cart.
A Campus Theatre pin advertising “Grand Opening/ Friday Premiere/ July 6, 1995.”
Item 6: Kennedy Presidential Campaign PinAdd to your cart.
A Presidential campaigning pin displaying the side portfolio of Kennedy that states, “Kennedy For President.”
Item 7: Johnson Presidential Campaign PinAdd to your cart.
A Presidential campaigning pin displaying the front portfolio of Johnson that states, “Johnson For President.”
Item 8: Anderson Presidential Campaign PinAdd to your cart.
A Presidential campaigning pin that states, “Anderson For President.”
Item 9: "Flying Worm" BandanaAdd to your cart.
A dark lime green bandana with a mid-1970’s stylized flying eagle printed in white on it.
Item 10: Howdy Week PinAdd to your cart.
A green pin with the words “I Love NTSU” printed in white along the top half of the pin with the “o” replaced by a watermelon slice and the words “Howdy Week” printed in red along the bottom half of the pin.
Item 11: Centennial Pin, 1990Add to your cart.
A green on white University of North Texas school seal pin with two ribbons attached.  One ribbon is a cream color with “1890 Centennial 1990” printed upon it and the second ribbon is a gold color with “Homecoming Oct. 18-19-20” printed upon it.
Item 12: “Where We First Met” Homecoming Pin, 1987Add to your cart.
A green on white NTSU pin with “North Texas State University/ “Where We First Met”” in green print along the top and below that is the Bell Tower with an eagle flying in the background.  Along the bottom of the pin is “Homecoming ‘87/ October 9-10/ Interstate Batteries” in green print.
Item 13: " A Texas Tradition" Homecoming Pin, 1986Add to your cart.
A white on green NTSU pin with “North Texas State University/ “A Texas Tradition”” in white print along the top and below that is the Bell Tower with an eagle soaring in the background.  Along the bottom of the pin is “Homecoming ‘86/ November 7-8/ Compliments of Texas Bank of Denton” in white print.
Item 14: "It's Good To Be Home" Homecoming Pin, 1984Add to your cart.
A green on white North Texas pin with “"It's Good To Be Home"/ North Texas Homecoming” in green print along the middle and below a cartoon sketch of Scrappy the Eagle mascot.  Along the bottom of the pin is “Nov. 9-10, '84” also in green print.
Item 15: University of North Texas Centennial Celebration Extravaganza Medal, 1990Add to your cart.
This is a golden medal attached to a green and white two-striped ribbon.  On one side, the medal has “Centennial Celebration Extravaganza 1890-1990” while on the other is “University of North Texas Centennial 1890-1990”

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