Join President Bataille in San Antonio

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

More than 75 UNT alumni and friends joined President Bataille at the Marriott Plaza in San Antonio for the president's Feb. 21 inaugural tour stop. She has been touring the country to reconnect with alumni and supporters and to share her vision of UNT's future.

More than 75 San Antonio-area residents joined President Gretchen M. Bataille for an alumni reception Feb. 21 at the Marriott Plaza Hidalgo Ballroom in San Antonio.

The reception was designed to give alumni and university friends the opportunity to hear Dr. Bataille's vision of today's UNT, which is poised to rise to national and international prominence as a student-centered public research university.

UNT's well-known alumni who attended the event included:

Artist Bill Worrell, who earned his master's of fine arts in 1974, enjoys a long, successful visual art career and is best known for his three-dimensional, modern interpretations of the drawings made by primitive people of an ancient American culture who began painting in the caves of Texas and the southwest around 3500 B.C. He runs his business, Shaman Arts, with his sister, B.J. Worrell DelMonte. He presents many one-man shows of new work each year and is represented by eight galleries across the nation. Dennis Kalk, who came to UNT to continue his pre-med studies after a brief stint at the University of Oklahoma, graduated with a bachelor's in chemistry in 1973. In 1974, he began working for Ayerst Labs, an American Home Products pharmaceutical company. And by 1980, he was the southwest area military manager for Ayerst. Ayerst merged with Wyeth Pharmaceuticals in the 1990s. He currently is the federal manager for the large Veteran's Administration and military accounts in Texas, coordinating programs and promotions from their local office and the federal office in Collegeville, Penn.

President Bataille pauses for a picture with Sarah Donehy

President Bataille met Sam Dibrell (left) and Giovanni Vizza at her inaugural tour alumni reception in San Antonio. Both young men have signed letters-of-intent to play football at UNT in Fall 2007. Dibrell was a wide receiver at Alamo Heights High School and Vizza was a quarterback. Both were recruited by UNT's new head coach, Todd Dodge.

Victor Rodriguez served in San Antonio's schools for 36 years before retiring as superintendent from the San Antonio Independent School District in 1994. Like so many of our alumni, he has led a distinguished career in education, which played a critical role in his life. His book, The Bell Ringer, chronicles his memories and the role education played in his life, including being among the first Mexican American children in Edna to attend high school and becoming the first Hispanic to receive an athletic scholarship at North Texas, in 1952. He lettered three years in track and field and last year was inducted into our Athletic Hall of Fame. He graduated from UNT in 1955 with his bachelor's degree in art and again in 1962 with his master's in secondary education.

Rick Shaw, who earned his BBA in marketing from UNT in 1974, announces the games for Alamo Heights' Mules. He is one of the most recognizable faces in the Alamo Heights community, especially after serving as King Antonio during the 2006 Fiesta. He also owns the popular La Fonda in Alamo Heights as well as the Alamo Heights Swimming Pool. If you are in San Antonio, you can regularly find him at either location.

Dr. 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. Dr. 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.