Alumni of UNT, home to the world-renowned College of Music and award-winning College of Business Administration, will come together for a chance to network and reconnect with their alma mater Aug. 31 as they prepare to cheer on the Mean Green football team, four-time Sun Belt Conference Champions.
A group of Oklahoma City's business and civic leaders, educators, musicians, lawyers and doctors have been invited to a State of the University reception with UNT President Gretchen M. Bataille. The group will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the S.B. "Burk" Burnett Board Room at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd St. in Oklahoma City, Okla. Reception guests also will be invited to tour the museum until 10 p.m.
Alumni also are invited to a pre-game tailgating party from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Sept. 1 at the Lloyd Noble Center on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman. The Mean Green kick off against the Sooners is set for 6 p.m.
"My goal for this event is to get to know UNT alumni and supporters outside of the North Texas area so they may connect with our university," says Bataille, who joined the university in August 2006 and has made it a priority to engage alumni with the university. "Our alumni are an important part of our legacy, and I want to personally update them on the exciting work happening at our student-centered public research university as we have numerous outstanding programs with national and international prominence, as well as numerous others on the verge of such distinction.
"I aim to develop new partnerships that will help carry us into the future, and I want our alumni to be a part of this effort."
The State of the University receptions for alumni also will take Bataille to Atlanta, Ga., Santa Fe, N.M. and Seattle, Wash. The series of receptions, which build upon the success of several alumni receptions that took place during the 2006-07 academic year, allow her to share her vision for UNT's success and hear from alumni and university friends who are vested in UNT's past and future.
Bataille says it is important that alumni are aware of the strides the university has made as a student-centered public research university, and she intends to reinforce their pride as they hear of large numbers of Barry M. Goldwater Scholars and the new money the university is attracting for ground-breaking research in energy production and nanotechnology.
The university has invited more than 1,500 Oklahoma City-area residents. Since graduating from UNT, many of UNT's alumni have made their mark and home in the Oklahoma City area. Notable alumni who plan to attend the event include:
- Bob Kimmel serves as president and chief executive officer of Davis H. Elliot Company Inc., which has operations in several states and installs high voltage power lines, and underground power lines, and contracts with major cities such as Nashville and Baltimore to handle maintenance. Kimmel graduated from UNT in 1961 with his bachelor's degree in accounting and continues to serve the university as a member on the UNT Foundation Board.
- W. Arthur "Skip" Porter, Ph.D., the founding director of the Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth at the University of Oklahoma, received the overall 2007 Journal Record Innovator of the Year award. He has been instrumental in helping the Norman university spin off more than 30 start-up companies that have generated nearly $12 million in revenue. As the state's first Secretary of Science and Technology and as vice president of technology development and dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Oklahoma, he helped pass legislation and put the process into motion that for the first time permitted state universities and faculty members to commercialize their innovations. Porter earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in physics from UNT and his Ph.D. in interdisciplinary engineering from Texas A&M University.
- Junetta Davis previously served as an instructor at the University of Oklahoma's Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communications. Prior to that, she was employed by the Denton Record-Chronicle. Ms. Davis began her career as an instructor at North Texas from 1966 through 1972. She is widely known for her 1982 landmark article, "Sexist Bias in Eight Papers," in Journalism Quarterly. Davis graduated from UNT in 1952 with her bachelor's degree in journalism.
"Many of our alumni are highly successful individuals who are making their mark in business, civic and social endeavors, financial investments, education and the fine arts, and they are making a difference all over the world," says Greg McQueen, senior vice president for UNT's Division of Advancement. "UNT's impact across the nation is always astounding to see."
Bataille says the receptions are a key step to increasing alumni involvement with the Denton campus. During the 2006-07 academic year, Bataille visited with hundreds of alumni at receptions during her inaugural year. The receptions allowed her to reconnect with alumni in several major metropolitan areas across the nation, including Chicago, Denver, New York City and Washington, D.C.
To learn more about the event or to RSVP, call UNT's Division of Advancement at (940) 565-2900.
UNT News Service Press Release
Rafael McDonnell can be reached at RMcDonnell@unt.edu.