International, national leaders reunite at University of North Texas reception
DENTON (UNT), Texas -- Saudi Arabia Ambassador Prince Turki Al-Faisal invited alumni of the University of North Texas, home to the world-renowned College of Music and the prestigious master of public administration program, to come together for a unique chance to network and reconnect with their alma mater Jan. 22 at the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia.
A group of business and government leaders, educators, musicians, theatre leaders, lawyers, doctors and other notable alumni including Adel A. Al-Jubeir, adviser to the Royal Court of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have been invited to meet at 5:45 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Embassy, 601 New Hampshire Ave. in Washington, D.C., for a reception with UNT's new president, Gretchen M. Bataille (pronounced Bah-tie) .
Congressional representatives including Texas Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn and U.S. Rep. Michael C. Burgess also were invited to attend the reception.
"My goal for this event in our nation's capital is to get to know UNT alumni and supporters outside of the North Texas area so they may connect with our university," said 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 invitation list includes more than 2,300 Washington, D.C.-area residents. Since graduating from UNT, many of these notable alumni have made their mark and home in the Washington. D.C. area, including:
- Al-Jubeir, who earned a UNT bachelor's degree in 1982 - summa cum laude. In addition to his current role, Al-Jubeir has served as foreign affairs adviser to the Saudi Arabian Crown Prince's Court, director of the Saudi Information and Congressional Affairs Office in Washington, D.C., and special assistant to the ambassador at the Saudi Arabia Embassy in Washington. He also has been a regular member of Saudi Arabia's delegation to the United Nations General Assembly.
- Nawal Al-Jubeir, who also is a 1982 graduate and Adel A. Al-Jubeir's sister, serves as academic adviser for the education office of the Saudi embassy. The Al-Jubeirs are among nearly 100 Saudi Arabian UNT alumni.
- Corry Schiermeyer, a 1997 graduate, who is acting deputy national security adviser for strategic communications and global outreach for the National Security Council at the White House.
- Christopher Henson, a 2004 graduate of UNT's honors program, who is enrolled in the School of International Service at American University in Washington, D.C. He plans to pursue a career in the field of international development.
- Nirav Patel, another 2004 graduate of UNT's honors program, who is enrolled in the distinguished master's program in Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Patel is one of three UNT students among the 60 selected each year for the program.
"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," said Greg McQueen, senior vice president for UNT's Division of Advancement. "UNT's impact across the nation is always astounding to see."
Bataille's inaugural tour kicked off Nov. 20 in Chicago. 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.
Bataille's inaugural tour, which is the first of its kind for a UNT president, will take her to several major metropolitan areas across the nation and is a key step to increasing alumni involvement with the Denton campus. In addition to Chicago, she visited New York City in December and Denver earlier this month.
Upcoming public events include:
- Feb. 21 - San Antonio
- Feb. 24 - Houston
- March 8 - Los Angeles.
To learn more about the event or to RSVP, call UNT's Division of Advancement at (940) 565-2900.
UNT News Service Phone Number: (940) 565-2108