President Bataille engaged students in an open discussion during her first Really, Let's Talk Oct. 31 in the University Union Syndicate.
This month, I will begin a national tour that will take me from New York City to Los Angeles to meet with alumni and friends and spread the word about our innovative research and creative activities.
My goal for this tour, which is the first of its kind by a UNT president, is to reconnect individuals outside of the North Texas area with our university and personally update them on the exciting work happening on campus as we emerge as a national and international presence.
My first stop is set for Nov. 20 in Chicago, where more than 1,200 alums living in the area are invited to a reception. I hope they all plan to attend and will bring with them other former students we may have lost touch with through the years. I also would enjoy seeing many of our music alumni, who surely will be in Chicago at that time for the National Association of Schools of Music conference. It's important that we re-establish our connection to all of our alumni and develop new partnerships that will help carry us into the future.
The tour leads up to my inauguration as president April 12-14 in Denton, which I intend to use as an opportunity to raise money for student scholarships while bringing our alumni and supporters back to campus.
As an alum, you are part of our university's past. But you also are an integral part of strengthening our future as a student-centered public research university. And we need each of you to continue to be involved with UNT and advocate for your alma mater.
You can learn more about upcoming tour dates and locations on the UNT Insider homepage. Also, if you plan to attend, please RSVP to UNT's Division of Advancement at (940) 565-3480.
With green pride,
Gretchen M. Bataille