Josie Gallardo Cantu (’63) was a journalism major from San Antonio and
editor for the 1962 Yucca during her junior year. She was tasked with
documenting the excitement of the institution’s “University Year.” Cantu
and her team of Yucca staff diligently recorded all of the momentous
firsts; including the largest fall enrollment of 8,638 students, the
establishment of one-way streets in downtown Denton, the use of student
pictures on ID cards, and the first Big-Little Sister Skit Night.
Cantu was also involved in several campus organizations during her years
at North Texas. In 1962 she was named Top Coed on Campus, and she earned
multiple financial awards including scholarships from Theta Sigma Phi
and the League of Latin American Citizens.
During her senior year in 1963, she was secretary of the Southwest
Journalism Congress Press Club, a member of Theta Sigma Phi, and was the
organization’s president as well as Keeper of the Archives. She was also
a member of the Publications Council, the USNT Beauty Board, and Who’s
Who in American Universities and Colleges.