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 UC Administrative Services and Operations Office is located on the second floor and is responsible for the overall operation of the University Center, University Center Satellite, Student PRogram Board, and the Child Care Center.
The UC Food Court is an open food court located on the first floor of the University Center presenting foods from around the world while maintaining local and regional tastes. Restaurants include Wendy's, Chick-Fil-A, AFC Sushi, Capeesh?, Subway, and Java City.
Chili's Too Slightly smaller than traditional Chili’s restaurants, Chili’s Too offers a casual, colorful environment to enjoy lunch, dinner or an after work cocktail. Counter service allows customers to order promptly, and for those really in a hurry, call-in take out orders may be placed by calling 713-743-4947. The menu includes appetizers, sandwiches, salads and Chili’s favorites such as Big Mouth Burgers and Baby Back Ribs. Chili’s Too also offers the campus community catering options. Chili’s Too can cater meetings, conferences and other campus functions. Information on Chili’s catering is available by calling 713-743- 3663. Food is obviously a primary reason to visit Chili’s Too, but the fun factor is also a draw for the campus community. Equipped with six 42-inch plasma televisions, the restaurant serves as a prime spot to watch events, particularly Cougar football and basketball games, while having dinner and drinks.
The University Center is also the home of numerous student-services offices:
In the UC Underground, the Department of Campus Activities offices are home to the Student Government Association, fee-funded umbrella student organizations, over 280 registered student organizations, and their professional advisors. Also in the UC Underground, the Metropolitan Volunteer Program offers opportunities to improve the world at the local level.
UC Administrative Services and Operations Office
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University Center Retail and Student Services:
Cougar 1Card Office
The Cougar 1Card Office issues all official University of Houston identification cards. But the Cougar 1Card is much more than an ID. The Cougar 1Card is a debit card, not a credit card, which requires an advance deposit. Students are able to buy books, buy meals, pay for laundry services in the residence halls, buy snacks, gain access to buildings, activate library privileges, buy tickets to UH athletic events, and much more.
Cougar Byte Computer Store
The Cougar Byte, a computer store located on the Arbor level of the UC, has computers, calculators, computer-related supplies, printers and a wide variety of software and hardware available for discount sale to students, faculty, and staff. The Cougar Byte is also the authorized computer repair service center for the University of Houston.
UC Creation Station
Located in the UC Underground, the UC CreationStation is a multi-service center on campus offering computer graphic services (flyers, brochures, logo designs, etc.), buttons, banners, t-shirts, and balloons (both latex and mylar). The UC CreationStation also works with digital photo restoration and photography. The UC CreationStation is the campus center for graphic solutions.
A professional full-service hair salon, Jonorr's Hair, Nails, and Body Salon is located on the lower level of the UC. Open to the UH community and the visiting public, Jonorr's offers the latest techniques and trends in hair care, nail care, tanning and massage therapy.
Woodforest National Bank
Woodforest is a full-service bank that provides personal and business savings and checking accounts, student loans, personal and corporate VISA and MasterCard credit services, personal and commercial loans, mortgages, individual retirement accounts, direct deposit, international services, travelers checks, brokerage services and payroll services. Woodforest also has twenty-one locations within the Houston metropolitan area.
UC Business Office
Located on the second floor of the UC, the UC Business Office offers services to students, faculty, and staff. Locker rentals are available for on-campus storage. The UC Business Office also sells Metro (local city-wide bus system) packages at discounted prices and International Student IDs for students traveling abroad.
UC Games Room
The UC Games Room is where fun and games are found on campus. The UC Games Room, located on the Arbor level, has bowling lanes, pool tables, table tennis, pinball and the latest video games, all for a small charge. Table games are also available for use at no charge. The UC Games Room is available for individual or group usage/reservations. Leagues are formed each semester with tournaments taking place throughout the school year.
UC Conference and Reservation Services Office
The UC Conference and Reservation Services Office is where meeting room space can be obtained by university student organizations registered with the Department of Campus Activities, by university administrative or academic departments, or by any legitimate off-campus group.
The event planning staff can arrange accommodations for the following locations at the university:
University Copy Center
Located in the UC Underground, the University Copy Center is a full-service copying facility. Services include course packets, self-serve copies, color copies, fax services, lamination, binding, dissertation copies, resume copies, and much more. For class presentations, the Copy Center can provide handout copies and report binding. Black and white or color transparencies enhance presentations.
The Veterans' Services Office (VSO)
The Veterans' Services Office offers a computer lab, facsimile services, copy privileges, a scholarship guide, and sponsorship of the annual Veteran's Day Celebration. Knowledgeable student-veteran counselors assist student-veterans and benefits eligible dependents in processing educational benefits and on Department of Veterans' Affairs and Texas veterans' benefits as well as Federal Financial Aid. Recertification for Department of Veterans' Affairs educational benefits is necessary each semester.
UH Wellness, a university-wide wellness center and clearing house, promotes a supportive environment for achieving a healthy lifestyle. This service provides information, referral and educational programs on stress management, prevention of alcohol and other drug abuse, sexual health, healthy relationships and related issues. Outreach programs may be arranged for campus/community groups. The Peer Education Program (credit course offered) provides the opportunity for students to be trained in providing wellness programs for their peers. Students and others are welcome to visit.
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Web site: www.las.uh.edu/wc
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 textbook buy-back service and a specialty store for law at the law center and at UHSSL.
Bookstore hours vary according to campus needs and the semester schedule of classes.
Textbooks for Distance Learning classes are also available at the University of Houston Bookstore.
For information, contact: 713-748-0923
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.
The Satellite food court offers:
Satellite Games Room
The Satellite Games Room has pool tables, video games, and a board game section with eating areas and TV facilities.
UC Satellite Games Room
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.
Cullen Performance Hall
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 Sundays, Mondays, and university holidays.
For information, call 713-743-9530, or visit
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.
For concert information, contact the Moores School of Music at 713-743-3313.
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 and listening center for the school's nearly 600 students. A major art work by the American abstract artist Frank Stella is located in the foyer and performance hall.
Dudley Recital Hall is a 300-seat auditorium located in the Fine Arts Building just across from the Moores School of Music building. It is operated jointly by the Moores School of Music and the School of Art, and is the venue for more than 200 recitals each year.
For concert information, contact the Moores School of Music at 713-743-3313.
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.
For concert information, contact the Moores School of Music at 713-743-3313.
Two theatres are housed in the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts.
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 and Dance 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 and Dance offers a season of productions in both facilities.
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 to air college courses during the overnight hours. Students interested in taking courses offered on Channel 8 can call 713-743-3327.
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 Mary Lou's Flip Flop Shop, the first series for children produced in HD (high definition).
KUHT is housed in the LeRoy and Lucile Melcher Center for Public Broadcasting located at 4343 Elgin, on the northeast corner of the main campus. This 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 also broadcasts in HD1 and HD2, making 24 hours news and 24 hour music possible. KUHF's staff consists of paid professional broadcasters, with a student internship program in news, public relations, business, and audio production. 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, call 713-743-5843 or visit our Web site at www.kuhf.org.
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 2.9 million fans have seen the UH men's basketball teams play in the venue. The Houston women's basketball has 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.
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. A new scoreboard complete with a state-of-the-art videoboard, was added prior to the 2006 season.
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 in 2004. During the spring of 2007 a new scoreboard and video board was added to enhance the game day experience.
The Hilton University of Houston Hotel and Conference will be undergoing a $12.5 million renovation that is expected to be complete by February 2010. This unique facility serves as the training hotel for students attending the world-renown hospitality school. Here, students work with hotel professionals to gain hands-on experience in guest service, hotel operations and banquet service. The hotel offers 86 hotel guest rooms and six suites. Room rates start at $99 per night and go up to $249 per night for one of the suites. And with 40,000 square feet of convention and meeting space, 22 meeting rooms, three ballrooms and business casual dining in Eric's Restaurant, the Hilton University Hotel is the ideal destination for meetings, banquets, receptions, video conferencing and special events. Many wedding receptions have also been held here. Accommodations can be made at any level and underground parking is available to guests.
For hotel room reservations, please call 713-741-2447.
Eric's Restaurant, located just off the lobby of the Hilton University of Houston Hotel, is open seven days a week from 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Eric's is also a popular spot to meet for happy hour. Bar service is available from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. For reservations, please call 713-743-2512.
Barron's Restaurant is a lunch-only operation and is managed and staffed entirely by Hilton College students. Located in the South Wing of the Hilton College, hours are 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday during the fall and spring semesters. The food is fresh, tasty and inexpensive and service is quick, making it a favorite lunch spot among students, faculty and staff. Call 713-743-2558 for more information.
Cougar Grounds, located next to Barron's Restaurant, is a student-run coffee shop and the newest campus hotspot for gourmet coffee, tea and fresh-baked pastries. It is the first university coffee shop in the country managed and staffed by students as part of an educational experience and the gourmet coffee brewed here is second to none. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 713-743-2882 for more information.
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