Alumni reunite at UNT's Washington, D.C. reception

From a UNT News Service press release
President Bataille pauses for a picture with Sarah Donehy

President Bataille pauses for a picture with Sarah Donehy at the Jan. 22 reception in Washington, D.C. Ms. Donehy traveled from Pennsylvania to the reception to deliver her mother's scrapbooks to university representatives. Ms. Donehy's mother, Charlotte Bohlin, graduated from UNT in 1948 with a degree in library science. Ms. Bohlin is seen in the picture that Dr. Bataille is holding. The scrapbooks and other photos were brought back to UNT for archiving.

More than 80 UNT alumni and friends joined President Gretchen M. Bataille for an alumni reception Jan. 22 at the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, D.C.

Those who joined the reception said the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia provided a beautiful venue in which Dr. Bataille could share her message of the university's future.

Some of the UNT notables who were able to attend included:

  • Christopher Henson, a 2004 graduate of UNTís honors program, now enrolled in the School of International Service at American University in Washington, D.C.
  • Travis Richmond, who now serves as a legislative aid to U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison.
  • Barbara Blakistone, a 1969 graduate who is now recognized as a leading researcher in aseptic sterilants and packaging technology. Dr. Blakistone currently serves as director of technical and regulatory affairs for the National Fisheries Institute and is the author of more than 30 publications and a fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists, the international association for food professionals.
  • Marguerite Coomes, a 1973 graduate in biology, is now an associate professor in biochemistry and molecular biology at Howard University College of Medicine.

The evening before the reception, Saudi Arabia Ambassador Prince Turki Al-Faisal welcomed Dr. Bataille and about 30 UNT and Saudi guests to his home for dinner, including 1982 UNT graduate Nawal Al-Jubeir, who now serves as academic adviser for the education office of the Saudi embassy.

President Bataille in Washington, D.C.

UNT alumni and friends mingle at a Jan. 22 alumni reception with President Bataille in Washington, D.C. The reception, hosted by the Saudi Arabian embassy, was the fourth of seven stops in the president's nationwide inaugural tour.

The Washington, D.C. event is part of Dr. Bataille's inaugural tour, which is the first of its kind for a UNT president. The tour will take her from New York City to Los Angeles and is key in her efforts to increase alumni involvement with the Denton campus while also putting UNT on a map bigger than North Texas. The tour kicked off in November in Chicago.

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


To learn about other dates, visit President's Inaugural Tour.