UNT major gifts officer Stan Walker (from left) visits with UNT alumni Jesús Moroles and Sam Golden at a Feb. 24 reception in Houston as part of President Gretchen M. Bataille's inaugural tour.
Houston city lights provided an upscale urban backdrop for President Gretchen M. Bataille who visited with alumni and friends of the university Feb. 24 at the Petroleum Club as part of her inaugural tour.
More than 135 alumni and friends convened to reconnect with the university and to hear Dr. Bataille's vision for UNT's future. The turnout was the largest to date on the tour, which culminates March 8 in Los Angeles.
The Houston event was not without some drama. Dr. Bataille twice tried to fly that day from Dallas to Houston, but wind gusts as high as 60 mph forced cancellations at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and at nearby Love Field. In the end, the president drove to Houston with staff member Laurea Dunahoe. The two arrived midway through the reception and the president was able to talk with all the alumni and friends of the university gathered. She also took time to meet with three UNT journalism students who were reporting on the event for student media.
President Bataille regales attendees at the Houston alumni reception with an explanation of her late arrival. She drove herself and staff member Laurea Dunahoe to Houston after flights at DFW International Airport and nearby Love Field were canceled because of wind gusts as high as 60 mph. The two arrived a bit late but none the worse for wear.
Dr. Bataille later attended an annual dinner hosted by UNT's School of Library and Information Sciences to celebrate its Houston program and to recognize key staff and contributors. That event also was held at the Petroleum Club.
Among notable alumni who attended the president's reception were Sam Golden, Jesús Moroles and Charles Onstead.
Golden graduated from UNT in 1975 with a bachelor's degree in finance and now serves as an ombudsman in Houston.
Moroles graduated from UNT in 1978. He is a renowned sculptor whose large-scale works in granite are critically acclaimed across the nation. Some of his work is permanently displayed at the National Museum of American Art in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. His work also can be seen at UNT's Gateway Center.
UNT Vice President for Advancement Brent Davison (left) greets Fred and Hulda Schubert at the Houston alumni reception. Fred graduated from UNT in 1949 with a degree in music; he and Hulda support the university by helping to provide scholarships for students in the College of Music.
Dr. Onstead graduated from UNT in 1947 before serving as a radiologist in the military for nearly 20 years. He later opened a private practice. Dr. Onstead was a student at UNT with his sweetheart, Jo Ann Park (Class of 1944), and they were happily married for 57 years until her death. He recently made significant contributions to restoring the mall area between Willis Library and the Eagle Student Services Center. The water fountain in the mall is named Jody's Fountain in memory of his late wife.