Colleges and Schools
Facilities and Resources
The University Center (UC), located just inside Entrance 1, is the heart of student activity. The UC offers a wide variety of useful products, services, and opportunities to meet and connect with other people. Once at the University Center, students have access to dining facilities; clean, comfortable lounges for studying, visiting, and watching television; and meeting rooms for conducting organization meetings, social events, and educational programs. The University Center offers the following offices, services, and programs:
Located on the northwest side of campus, near the liberal arts colleges, the UC Satellite offers services similar to those at the University Center. For TV breaks the Satellite has four viewing areas: a large screen TV in the lobby, two separate TV lounges, and a TV with closed captioning in the Satellite Games Room. Other available services include an ATM, a notary public, and a study lounge.
University BookstoreThe University Bookstore, managed by Barnes and Noble Bookstores, Inc., is located on the main level of the University Center. The bookstore is headquarters for all textbooks, school supplies, general interest books, gifts, and sportswear. The bookstore also operates a post office and textbook buy-back service at this location. Bookstore hours vary according to customer needs and the semester schedule of classes. Catalogs, class schedules, and textbooks for Distance Learning classes are at the UH Main Bookstore. For information, contact: 713-748-0923 or http://www.bkstore.com/uh/
Cougar ByteCougar Byte is a full-service computer center, operated to help maintain UH's goal of implementing a computer-intensive academic environment.
Cougar Byte sells computer hardware and software and accessories. Training and assistance are also offered to help users choose and use computer equipment.
Cougar Byte is located on the lower level of the UC.
For information call 713-743-5310.
Blaffer Gallery, The Art Museum of the University of Houston
Through exhibitions, programs, and publications, Blaffer Gallery presents art that is intellectually stimulating to the university and the community. The current exhibition policy focuses upon art of the past 100 years and its artistic, cultural, and intellectual antecedents. The museum originates and/or presents between six to ten exhibitions annually. The schedule may include major traveling exhibitions that have a particular relevance to Houston audiences; mid-sized retrospectives of national and international artists; exhibitions of regional artists; thematic surveys which place artists' work into new contexts; and special projects by local artists.
Blaffer Gallery serves as a resource for the study of art, art history, and other related disciplines, and extends the educational and scholarly programs of the university to the community. Related events are scheduled in conjunction with each exhibition, including guided tours, lectures, and symposia that are free and open to the public. Classes are welcome and tours may be arranged by appointment.
The museum is located in the Fine Arts Building and is open on weekdays from 10-5, and on weekends from 1-5, closed Mondays and university holidays. For information, call 713-743-9530, or visit www.blaffergallery.org/
Moores School of Music
The University of Houston's Rebecca and John J. Moores School of Music is housed in a 144,000 square-foot structure completed in 1997. The building, located off Cullen Boulevard, includes the 800-seat Moores Opera House, a full stage performance hall, equipped for musical theatre productions as well as large ensemble performances. In addition to rehearsal rooms, practice rooms, music classrooms, faculty office studios, and music administration offices, the facility also includes a 7,100-square foot music library, a listening center, and an electronic composition laboratory for the school's 550 students. A major art work by the American abstract artist Frank Stella is located in the lobby of the Moores Opera House.
Dudley Recital Hall
Dudley Recital Hall is a 300-seat auditorium operated by the Moores School of Music, in which the school presents more than 100 recitals each year. These concerts feature faculty, student, and guest performers. For concert information, contact the Moores School of Music at 713-743-3009.
Wortham Theatre BuildingTwo theatres are housed in the Wortham Theatre Building. The Lyndall Finley Wortham Theatre is a proscenium theatre with plush seating for an audience of 566. It is the home of major School of Theatre productions as well as the Children's Theatre Festival.
The Jose Quintero Lab Theatre is a teaching and performance facility for students taking classes in production or acting. Its flexible seating allows for intimate interaction between audience and actor. The School of Theatre offers a season of production in both facilities.
KUHT-TV, Channel 8, the very first public television station in America, serves Houston and the surrounding area from its new home, the LeRoy and Lucile Melcher Center for Public Broadcasting at 4343 Elgin. The station has a professional staff, but uses student interns, paid student employees, and volunteers in a variety of technical and production support positions.
The Association for Community Television (ACT), Houston PBS's volunteer support organization, manages a number of fund-raising activities.
The station is on the air 24 hours per day except for a brief period after midnight Sunday. KUHT-TV broadcasts the program Television with Class during late-night hours. Television with Class consists of courses taught live on the University of Houston campus and videotaped for later broadcast.
Upper level production course labs are held in Melcher Center, KUHT-TV and KUHF-FM's new state-of-the-art broadcast facility on the northeast corner of the campus.
KUHT-DT, Channel 9, is Houston Public Television's new digital broadcast channel. It provides 24-hour credit course delivery to students who enroll in UH Distance Education classes. A number of other program streams are also available on KUHT-DT, Channel 9. For further information on schedules, registration for credit, or other aspects of
Television with Class, call the hotline, 281-395-2810 or 1-800-OUR-UHTV.
KUHF 88.7 FM, "Houston's Classic Choice," is located at the University of Houston in the Melcher Center for Public Broadcasting.
KUHF, a classical music/news format, is affiliated with both National Public Radio and Public Radio International. KUHF is the radio voice of the Houston Symphony, the Houston Grand Opera, and the Houston Ballet Orchestra.
The 100,000 watt station serves the Houston area and the surrounding Gulf Coast region 24 hours a day. KUHF's staff consists of paid professional broadcasters, with a student intern program.
KUHF's financial support comes from the Houston community through corporate underwriting partnerships, individual memberships, and special events. A grant is also received from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
KUHF consistently ranks in the top twenty of all Houston radio stations, according to Arbitron surveys. For more information, the number is 713-743-5843.
Since the doors opened on December 1, 1969, Hofheinz Pavilion has provided University of Houston teams with a decided home-court edge while giving fans an outstanding view for top-flight NCAA action. With the addition of luxury suites to the top rim of seats in 1998, capacity of Hofheinz stands at 8,500.
In addition to its convenient location on the corner of Cullen Blvd. and Holman Street, Hofheinz' low ceiling allows the fans' decibel levels to get high. Theatre-style cushion seats encircle the court without any obstruction, providing excellent sight-lines from any seat. Recent improvements, such as a state-of-the-art scoreboard and full-color replay screen, have modernized the facility without losing any of its original charm.
Over 2.2 million fans have seen the UH men's basketball teams play in the venue. The Houston women's basketball and volleyball squads have a similar winning tradition in the arena. The pavilion houses racquetball and handball courts and is used for an active intramural/recreation program.
The multipurpose facility is also used for concerts, special events, convocations, and student-sponsored activities. It has been the site for numerous university functions, such as commencement exercises and professional seminars and forums.
O'Quinn Field at Robertson Stadium
The Cougar football and soccer teams enjoy a distinct home field advantage playing their games on campus at the newly renovated O'Quinn Field at Robertson Stadium.
Thanks to a generous gift from the John and Julie O'Quinn Foundation, a second phase of a massive renovation project was completed at Robertson Stadium in the summer of 1999. The stadium capacity was increased to 32,000 by some innovative architectural changes to the original 1941 design. The old running track was removed and the playing surface was lowered nine feet. A ring of tiered, chair-back seats was installed in its place, and seating added to both endzones. These renovations increased the capacity while putting fans "on top" of the action. A total of 20 luxury boxes were also added to the facility, providing some modern amenities without losing any of the stadium's classic look.
It was officially renamed "O'Quinn Field at Robertson Stadium" on September 4, 1999, the day of the 28-3 win over crosstown rival Rice. The UH student body, however, has simply adopted the nickname of "The Quinn," displaying a proud sense of ownership for its very own on-campus stadium.
It may be located on basically the same site as the old baseball grounds, but Cougar Field, the University of Houston's on-campus baseball stadium, is a dramatic move to the future. A great baseball program at the University of Houston has a great ballpark to match.
The Cougars'beautiful home, which opened in 1995, is a scaled-down version of a major league park. The seating capacity of the park, containing a fully lighted, grass playing surface, is 2,500. However the stadium can accommodate up to 5000 fans with a pair of grass berm areas located along the outfield lines. A canopy roof covers most of the stadium seats.
Seating and access for disabled fans is extremely convenient. Netting encompasses the reserved seating area so fans can be close to the action, yet safe from sharply hit foul balls. The stadium houses the Cougars'clubhouse and locker rooms. There is also a batting cage and training area for on-site sports therapy as well as rooms for equipment, storage,and laundry.
Located on the upper deck behind home plate is perhaps the best college press box in the country. The press box features booths for radio and television, a 28-seat working press area for writers, and ample room to operate the public address and scoreboard. Accommodating the media is an important criteria for Houston to continue hosting future NCAA Regional events as it did in 1999 and 2000.
Hilton University of Houston and Conference Center
This 86-room, on-campus hotel with underground parking accommodates university guests, parents, and friends. Room charges range from $65 to $195 per night. Accommodations include 12 spacious suites ranging from $150 to $250 per night when available.
Eric's Restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and also offers happy hour Monday through Friday.
With over 40,000 square feet of meeting space, including 22 meeting rooms, the Hilton University of Houston has the flexibility to provide ideal facilities for meetings, product launchings, exhibitions, video conferencing, quinceañeras, weddings, and birthday parties.
In addition to serving the public with a professional staff, the hotel acts as the laboratory for the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management. Please call 713-741-2447 for the Hilton; 713-743-2512 for Eric's; or 713-743-2500 for sales.
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