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President Bataille launches nationwide inaugural tour

From a UNT News Service press release
Inaugural Tour At a Glance

Dr. Bataille's inaugural tour includes the following stops:

To learn more about a particular event or to RSVP, call UNT's Division of Advancement at (940) 565-3480.

Stay tuned: The UNT Insider will provide you with updated information about the inaugural tour stops, as well as event recaps, each month.

UNT President Gretchen M. Bataille kicked off her nationwide inaugural tour Nov. 20 in Chicago to give university alumni the opportunity to come together in a series of unique events to network and reconnect with their alma mater.

Bataille's inaugural tour, which is the first of its kind for a UNT president, will take her from New York City to Los Angeles and is a key step to increase alumni involvement with the Denton campus. More than 80 alumni attended the Chicago event in the International Foyer at the Fairmont Hotel.

"My goal for this tour 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 after serving as the senior vice president for academic affairs at the 16-campus University of North Carolina System. "I want to personally update them on the exciting work happening on campus as we emerge as a national and international presence, and I aim to develop new partnerships that will help carry us into the future."

The guest list for each tour stop includes hundreds of alumni representing various colleges and schools and professions.

map of Dr. Bataille's inaugural tour stops

"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."

The tour is designed to bring alumni outside the North Texas region up-to-date on the strides the university has made as a student-centered public research university and reinforce their pride as they hear about UNT's rising SAT scores (despite dips in national and Texas scores), large numbers of Barry M. Goldwater Scholars and the new money the university is attracting for ground-breaking research in energy production, cancer treatments and nanotechnology.

The tour leads up to Bataille's inauguration as president, which is scheduled for April 12-14 in Denton and will focus on raising scholarship money.

If you would like to attend one of the events and have not received an invitation, please contact Karen Selby, UNT special events director, at (940) 565-2900 or

UNT News Service Phone Number: (940) 565-2108
Contact: Julie Elliott Payne (940) 565-4892