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The University Center (UC), located just inside Entrance 1, is the heart of student activity and 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 :
The University of Houston Bookstore is the official campus bookstore. It is located on the main level of the University Center and offers:
The UH Bookstore also operates a substation post office and textbook buy-back service.
Bookstore hours vary according to campus needs and the semester schedule of classes.
Catalogs and textbooks for Distance Learning classes are also available at the University of Houston Bookstore.
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 two viewing areas with 2 big-screen TVs. Other available services include a quiet study lounge with Internet connections, two meeting rooms available for reservations, a C-store and the popular Satellite Games Room.
Cullen Performance Hall
Cullen Performance Hall, built in 1948 and completely renovated in 1988, is a 1,544 seat Proscenium Theatre located near Entrance 1.
Although it is equipped with modern sound, lighting and rigging systems that accommodate all but the largest productions, the theatre still maintains the historic charm of the original structure. The hall routinely handles a wide variety of events sponsored by departments and organizations at the University of Houston in addition to contemporary music concerts, opera, modern dance, and theatrical performances put on by groups outside the Houston area.
Blaffer Gallery, The Art Museum of the University of Houston
Blaffer Gallery, the Art Museum of the University of Houston, celebrates artistic imagination, stimulates creativity, and inspires independent thinking through a lively dialogue about art and artists. Blaffer Gallery's goal is to promote a spirit of investigation that extends beyond the museum's walls to include artists, the University community and the people of Houston in the discovery of contemporary culture and the visual arts. Serving a broad and varied audience, Blaffer Gallery has strong local ties and a global outlook, bringing regional, national and international contemporary art to its public.
Blaffer Gallery presents six to eight exhibitions each year, many of them conceived and presented at Blaffer Gallery before traveling the globe. Blaffer Gallery is dedicated to both artistic excellence and original scholarship in the arts. Capitalizing on its campus location, Blaffer Gallery not only serves as a resource for the study of art and art history, it also brings the University's educational programs to the community. As part of Houston's largest institution of higher learning Blaffer Gallery offers a variety of educational programs for children and adults.The Museum is located in the Fine Arts Building and is free and open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., closed Sunday and Monday.
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 6000 students. A major art work by the American abstract artist Frank Stella is located in the foyer and performance hall.
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 200 recitals each year. These concerts feature faculty, student, and guest performers.
Organ Recital Hall
The Organ Recital Hall contains 110 seats and is located in the Fine Arts Building just across from the Moores School of Music Building. This reverberant auditorium contains a three-manual tracker action organ built by the Rudolph van Beckerath Organ Company of Hamburg, Germany. The hall is used for daily organ teaching and practice, and for organ concerts performed by undergraduate and graduate organ majors, visiting artists, and the University of Houston faculty.
Wortham Theatre Building
Two 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 José 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 productions in both facilities.
KUHT-TV, Channel 8 (HoustonPBS)
On May 25, 1953, KUHT-TV made television history when it signed on the air for its premier broadcast. As America's first educational television station, KUHT has served as a model for other educational television stations and systems throughout the country. A Houston institution, the station pre-dates the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and the Public Broadcasting System (PBS).
KUHT, licensed to the University of Houston, has proven the value of educational television over the years. It began with a mission to expand the reach of the university's classroom offerings and to provide programming that would interest and enrich not only students and faculty, but also the community at large. Today the station works in concert with the University of Houston's distance learning program "Television with Class," to air college courses during the overnight hours. Students interested in taking courses offered on Channel 8 can call 281-395-2810 or 1-800- OUR- UHTV.
KUHT has a long history of quality, award-winning local and national productions, including a national EMMY Award. Its original productions feature the rich history, culture, and extraordinary achievements of the Southeast Texas Gulf Coast region with programs like The Texas Rangers, The Ranchers, Love Of The Game: The History of Baseball In Houston, Liberty Texas, In Search Of La Salle and the five-part series Houston: Remember When. National productions include Live At The Woodlands with B.B. King, Brother, Can You Spare A Billion? The Story Of Jesse H. Jones, The Houston Symphony: A Maestro's Farewell, To Heal A Heart, Space Station, and most recently, Mary Lou's Flip Flop Shop, the first series for children produced in HD (high definition).
KUHT is leading public television stations into the digital age through the recent construction of the LeRoy and Lucile Melcher Center for Public Broadcasting located at 4343 Elgin, on the northeast corner of the main campus. This new state-of-the-art broadcast facility increases the station's capabilities to produce and broadcast programming using progressive digital technologies.
Upper level production course labs are held in Melcher Center. The station has a professional staff, however it uses student interns, paid student employees, and volunteers in a variety of technical, production, programming, promotion and administrative support positions.
To learn more about KUHT visit the web at www.houstonpbs.org
KUHF 88.7 FM, Houston Public Radio, 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.
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 8,917.
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 2.3 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. Recently, a new state-of-the-art, wall-to-wall floor was installed complete with 21st century technological upgrades.
John 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 "John 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 3,500. However the stadium can accommodate up to 5,000 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, as well as the Conference USA Tournament this past spring .
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