President Bataille meets Jennifer and John Kelly at the presidential tour stop at Shutters on the Beach outside Los Angeles. John Kelly, a 1976 UNT graduate, is a well-known civic leader in the Los Angeles area. The Kellys devoted time and financial resources to make this last stop in the national tour a success.
President Gretchen M. Bataille wrapped up her nationwide inaugural tour with about 60 Los Angeles-area residents at the March 8 alumni reception.
The reception, which was at Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica, Calif., was the last stop in a seven-city inaugural tour, which was designed to reconnect alumni and university friends with UNT and give President Bataille the opportunity to share her vision of UNT's future.
Among notable alumni who attended the president's reception were:
President Bataille visits with 1970 UNT graduate Peter Weller. Weller, an actor, is best known for his lead role in the RoboCop movies and The Adventures of Buckaroo Bonzai.
Bataille's inaugural tour kicked off Nov. 20 in Chicago. The goal of the tour was 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 precedes Bataille's inauguration as president, which is scheduled for April 12-14 in Denton and will focus on raising scholarship money.
Bataille's inaugural tour, which is the first of its kind for a UNT president, took her to several major metropolitan areas across the nation and is a key step to increasing alumni involvement with the Denton campus.
To learn more about the other tour stops, visit President's Inaugural Tour.