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March 15: Last day to see Anton Ginzburg: Terra Corpus and Tears and Politics: Works by Phil Collins and Christian Jankowski exhibits at the Blaffer Art Museum.

March 27 — 30: "Nineteenth-Century Energies" — The Interdisciplinary 19th Century Studies Conference at Hotel Zaza. Go to incs2014.org for more information.

March 28 — 30: UH Ensemble Dance Works 7:30 p.m.performances at Wortham Theatre on campus. School of Theatre & Dance ticket office: 713-743-2929.

March 31: Center for Public History Lecture: “Garbage, the Civilized Dark Side” by Song Tian, Ph.D., a Fulbright Visiting Scholar in the Department of History of Science at Harvard University and Professor in the College of Philosophy and Sociology at Beijing Normal Unviersity. 10 a.m. in Room 317 of McElhinney Hall. For more information, call 713-743-3039.

For more events, check the CLASS calendar.

CLASS Students in the Media

Andrew Joseph Pegoda is currently completing his Ph.D. in history. His article, Teaching Writing Intensive Courses, was recently featured in Inside Higher Ed.

Creative Writing PhD candidate David Tomas Martinez was featured in the article, Saving lives with words: Celebrity poet preaches the power of prose at Houston's Writers Ball, which appeared in CultureMap Houston.

The research of doctoral candidate Markie McBrayer and Political Science Assistant Professor Ling Zhu was cited in two recent news articles. They found that that Texas and California, two large, racially and ethnically diverse states with high rates of uninsured residents, are headed in opposite directions in health insurance enrollments because of politics. Their findings appeared in the Houston Chronicle article, Politics affects California, Texas health insurance enrollments, research finds and The Daily Beast's article, Texas: Where Crazy Gets Elected.

A series of paintings by undergraduate painting majors were recently installed in the frozen food section of a local Fiesta grocery store. The collection was highlighted in two Glasstire articles: Menil/Fiesta: Paintings by University of Houston Painting Majors and UH Art Students Hit the Big Time: The Frozen Food Aisle!

Gulf Coast, the literary journal published by CLASS creative writing graduate students, was mentioned in .Behold, someone has written poetry about Tim Riggins. which appeared in the The Philadelphia Inquirer. The publication was also mentioned in. Give In to Tim Riggins–Inspired Poetry. which appeared in Vulture.

“UH Goes to the Barn”, a dance recital choreographed, produced, and performed by School of Theatre & Dance students, was recently held at The Barn Theatre. Students Lauren Burke, Bryan Peck, and Katrina Woods were participants in the event according to the article, University Dance Theatre presents UH Goes to the Barn., in the Guidry News Service.

The Paper article, Hermann Park Celebrates 100 with Art in the Park., includes information about ReFRAME x FRAME, a collaboration between the UH Graduate Design/Build Studio in the College of Architecture, the Graphic Communications Program in the School of Art and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts. The semi-permanent, open-air micro pavilion demonstrates the principles of sustainable design and construction using Allsteel System frames and incorporates lighting and a motion-activated sound installation by Houston-based artist Abinadi Meza.

The Houston Press featured the School of Theatre & Dance’s production of “Our Country’s Good” in the article, Actors Play Convicts Playing Actors in Our Country's Good at UH.

CLASS Faculty in the Media

History professors Robert Palmer and Catherine Patterson offer 10 things to know about Magna Carta and its Houston appearance in the Houston Chronicle article, 10 things to know about Magna Carta. See it in Houston!

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education recently ran an article about the racial and ethnic makeup of UH faculty. James Conyers, director of African American Studies, is quoted in the article, An Examination of Faculty Diversity at the University of Houston.

Professor of English, Mat Johnson, was recently part of a Twitter exchange which was featured in the article #yonoveljokes: The Texas tie to the funniest literary hashtag on Twitter in The Dallas Morning News.

NewsFix recently ran a story about the way people move in and out of Houston titled, Census data on people that leave Harris county. Luis Salinas, professor of sociology, commented in the piece.

Garth Jowett, professor of communications, was interviewed on KHOU-CBS Channel 11’s Great Day Houston in a segment titled, Origin of Valentine’s Day.

Assistant Professor of Health and Human Performance, Daphne Hernandez was quoted in the NewsFix article, Big Drop in obesity among preschoolers.

The Santeria faith is featured in the Houston Chronicle article, An often misunderstood faith, Santeria community thrives here. Keith McNeal, assistant professor of Comparative Cultural Studies, is quoted in the piece.

A bilingual mystery series that features a kid detective is published by Arte Público Press. The series was featured in Dromgoole: Bilingual mystery series features kid detective by the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

Christine Leveaux, assistant professor of political science, commented about the issues discussed during the President’s recent State of the Union address that affect Texas and Houston during the Houston Matters program, What Are the Implications for Houston & Texas in State of the Union Address?

According to the Houston Chronicle, the Mayor recently released audit letters detailing weaknesses in the city’s financial accounting. Steven Craig, Associate Dean of Faculty and Research, commented on the letters in the article, Mayor releases audit letters that controller kept secret.

Craig also commented in the NEWSFix article, Should the dollar be replaced by a global currency?

Shayne Lee, associate professor of sociology, appeared on KTRK’s Crossroads, to discuss his recent book which is about Bishop T.D. Jakes and the role of the church in a post-civil rights era.

Arturo Hernandez, associate professor of psychology, appeared in a number of media outlets recently:

He is featured in the Texas Medical Center News article, Study May Change the Way Foreign Languages are Taught.

He was also interviewed for KUHF’s story, How A UH Professor Maps Brain Activity While A Bilingual And Monolinguals Process Words.

Hernandez also authored an article for the OUPblog titled, Why nobody dreams of being a professor.

WNYU also featured Hernandez in the program, The Doppler Effect.

Offcite, recently ran an article titled, Holding Ground: A Look at University of Houston’s “Environmental Past” Exhibit. Teresa Tomkins-Walsh, Director of Houston History Archives, was mentioned in the piece.

Political Science professor, Richard Murray, was quoted in a story about political campaign’s advertising during the Olympic games in the Houston Chronicle article, Candidates hope to capture some Olympic glory.

Ed Hirs, a lecturer in Economics, appeared in the Texas Monthly article, The Generation Gap. The article discusses whether Texas is producing sufficient electricity to meet our needs.

Political Science professor, Richard Murray, appeared in several media outlets recently:
In the Houston Chronicle’s article, Dem primary: Ogg on campaign trail, Oliver on the couch, Murray commented on the Democratic nomination for Harris County District Attorney.

He was quoted in the Austin American Statesman about the rapidly changing demographics of Houston – and the United States – in the article, The face of Houston is changing.

Murray commented in the Guns & Patriots article, Texas GOP poll: Cornyn 43% leads Stockman 28%; Failure to garner 50% triggers run off.

The Texas Tribune quoted Murray in the article, A Small Subset of Voters Holds a Lot of Sway.

Friends of Women’s Studies recently hosted the 17th Table Talk luncheon. The event was announced in the Houston Business Journal article, Meet the speakers: 17th UH Table Talk luncheon to honor 50 women.

Associate professor of political science, Brandon Rottinghaus, was quoted in the article, Feeling pressure from the left, Obama backs off of Social Security cuts, for now, in the Washington Times.

Rottinghaus also commented in the Politico article, The Clinton library's secret files.

The Master of Public Administration program recently hosted their annual Public Official of the Year event. The Pasadena Citizen announced the honorees in the article, UH MPA program announces honorees for public service.

Demetrius Pearson, Professor of Health & Human Performance, was the featured guest on KTRK’s Crossroad’s program. The topic was African American cowboys.

The Houston Press announced a photography competition in the article, Are You Houston's Best Music Photographer? Richard Carson, lecturer in the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication, will be a screener for the contest.

Robert Zaretsky, professor of history, appeared in several media outlets recently:
He wrote a piece for The Jewish Daily Forward titled, Martin Heidegger's Black Notebooks Reignite Charges of Anti-Semitism.

Zaretsky authored The Great French Gender-Bending Panic of 2014 in Real Clear World.

Times Higher Education featured his article, Turbocharge teaching with a team of rivals.
Franz Anton Krager, director of the Orchestra of the Moores School of Music, was quoted in the Bellaire-River Oaks-West University Examiner article, Treble Choir preparing for trip to Carnegie Hall.

The Guidry News recently announced that Jeronimo Cortina, assistant professor of political science, will be the keynote speaker at the College of the Mainland Symposium. The article, Call for papers at second COM symposium, details the event.

Nicolás Kanellos, professor of Hispanic studies, was quoted in the San Antonio Express News article, Telling Latino stories 'way too long untold'. The article details the need for the history of Latinos in the U.S. to be better documented and preserved.

A recent study from the Hobby Center for Public Policy examines the factors that contribute to foreclosures in Houston. Jim Granato, Chair of the Center, recently appeared on Houston Matters in the show titled, Despite a Strong Housing Market, Foreclosures Are Still a Problem in Houston, to discuss the issue.

Professor and Director of the Center for Forensic Psychology, John Vincent, was recently quoted in the Time Warner Cable News story, Understanding the legal definition of 'bullying'.

The Alley theatre will be moving to UH’s Wortham Theatre for the 2014-2015 season while their buildings are being renovated.
KTRK-TV detailed the move in the story, Alley Theatre plans major building renovation, forcing relocation for season.

The Houston Business Journal also announced the move in the article, Alley Theatre relocates 2014-15 performances to begin renovation work.

The move was featured in KHOU’s story, Alley Theatre moving shows to UH during renovation.

The Houston Chronicle mentioned the move in This week's ups and downs.

Broadway World also mentioned the move in the article, Alley Theatre Announces Renovation Plans.

The Daily Cougar covered the move in Prestigious theatre shines spotlight on UH.

CLASS Alums in the Media

Christine Ha
Christine Ha, who earned a master’s degree in creative writing last May, was featured in the Houston Chronicle article, Blind chef Christine Ha guest of Lunar New Year event. Ha, who won the third season of the television reality series MasterChef, recently teamed with Boheme Cafe and Wine Bar chef Rishi Singh on a tasting menu for the Asia Society Texas Center Young Professionals' Lunar New Year celebration.
Photo by: Marie D. De Jesus / Houston Chronicle
   
David Stuart MacLean
In 2002, David Stuart MacLean woke up on a train platform in India with no idea of who or where he was. The CLASS writing program graduate was suffering from amnesia. His journey of figuring out where he belonged is detailed in his book, The Answer to the Riddle is Me, according to the Houston Press article, David Stuart MacLean and The Answer to the Riddle Is Me, A Memoir of Amnesia.
Photo by: Heather Eidson Photography
   
Bao-Long Chu
Bao-Long Chu, a Houston poet and author, wrote the text for "Bound," an opera that premiered by Houston Grand Opera. Chu graduated from CLASS’s creative writing program. According to the Houston Chronicle article, Family is at the heart of 'Bound', the production is based on the story of Diane Tran, a straight-A student at Willis High School who was working two jobs to help support her family. Tran missed so many days of classes a judge jailed her for truancy.
Photo by: Karen Warren / Houston Chronicle
   
Jim Parsons
Former theatre student, and current star of The Big Bang Theory, Jim Parsons recently hosted Saturday Night Live. His appearance was featured in the The Loop article, ‘Big Bang Theory’ star headed to ‘SNL’. A story about his SNL appearance also ran in CultureMap Houston in the article, Houston humble: Jim Parsons insists he doesn't deserve to host Saturday Night Live.
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CLASS Announcements

May 21, 2013: Moores Concert Chorale takes top prize in German competition

May 7, 2013: M.A. in Arts Leadership Program Director Appointed

April 18, 2013: Center for Arts Leadership Director Appointed

March 15, 2012: Movie about Creative Writing Professor Nick Flynn opens Friday

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CLASS project gets National Endowment for the Arts grant

$100,000 grant to support Third Ward Arts Initiative project led by CLASS research professor

The University of Houston (UH) has received a prestigious Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), one of only 51 grants of this kind awarded nationwide. The university will receive $100,000 to support the Third Ward Arts Initiative, a series of public art installations, new media initiatives and cultural planning activities in the neighborhood surrounding the central campus.

"We are tremendously excited that the Third Ward Arts Initiative has been selected to receive the Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts," said Renu Khator, president of the University of Houston.

CLASS research professor Carroll Parrott Blue is the Third Ward Arts Initiative project director, as well as executive director and president of The Dawn Project, one of the collaborating organizations in the NEA-funded project. The Initiative’s partners, in addition to UH and The Dawn Project, include:

  • College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
  • City of Houston
  • Old Spanish Trail/Almeda Corridors Redevelopment Authority (TIRZ #7)
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Carroll Parrott Blue, CLASS research professor
and project director for the Third Ward Arts Initiative.

Blue said, “The Third Ward Arts Initiative has a fine set of ingredients to honor the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts' Our Town award: the City of Houston's boundless optimism and can-do attitude, the University of Houston's dedication to cultivating university-community partnerships, the OST/Almeda Corridors Redevelopment Authority's bold commitment to honor the arts by employing creative placemaking to build strong communities, and The Dawn Project's goal to creatively use art, architecture, design and new media for community development."

The Third Ward Arts Initiative teams artists with architects, engineers, urban planners, developers and community residents to create new media, technology and arts projects designed to inspire and educate communities, generate tourism and other economic opportunities, and serve as integral elements of Houston's larger civic revitalization effort.

"We are proud of the many arts, humanities and architecture projects coordinated by UH faculty with Third Ward cultural and arts organizations, the city of Houston and the Old Spanish Trail/Almeda Corridors Redevelopment Authority,” said Dr. Khator. “Not only have our campus and our neighborhood benefited, but most important, each individual involved in this initiative, whether a Third Ward resident or a member of the UH community, has been enriched by the shared experiences learned as they planned, dreamed and worked side by side."

The Third Ward Arts Initiative will use the NEA grant to develop the Park at Palm Center (PAPC), a new park next to Houston's first shopping mall to provide an outdoor educational laboratory featuring natural and environmental sciences, community gardens and a new-media playground. The effort will later extend to the forthcoming Southeast Transit Corridor station slated for a location adjacent to the park.

Park at Palm center ilustrative masterplan

Houston Mayor Annise Parker expressed her support for the project as well: "The artwork and creative way-finding system that will result from the NEA's grant support will be a perfect complement to the other improvements the city is planning. I have no doubt that this work will exert a distinct, positive impact on local residents' lives, will draw more visitors to the area and enhance its transformation into a cultural center."

The initiative calls the Park at Palm Center a SMART park, and collaborators already are designing a new media technology package for future implementation. The specific goals of new media development will be based on the results of a community survey asking residents to consider the options conceptualized by the initiative and make choices about what they consider most appealing.

Judge Zinetta A. Burney spoke on behalf of Old Spanish Trail/Almeda Corridors Redevelopment Authority (TIRZ #7), a key partner in bringing this project to the fore. "The OST/Almeda Corridors Redevelopment Authority looks forward to working in partnership with the University of Houston, city of Houston, local arts organizations and other entities to leverage our resources to help revitalize our community. By engaging artists through the Third Ward Arts Initiative to work with our design professionals, we believe our public spaces projects, specifically the Park at Palm Center, will be greatly enhanced."

This is community engagement at its best, with some of the city's most creative minds innovating new ways to use public spaces and including residents in the process, according to Blue. This project closely matches the purpose of the Our Town awards, and the outcome will enhance the daily experiences of Third Ward visitors and residents for many years to come, she said.

Our Town is the NEA's new leadership initiative focused on "creative placemaking" projects. In creative placemaking, partners from both public and private sectors come together to strategically shape the physical and social character of a neighborhood, town, city or region around arts and cultural activities.

"Communities across our country are using smart design and leveraging the arts to enhance quality of life and promote their distinctive identities,” said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. “In this time of great economic upheaval, Our Town provides communities an opportunity to reignite their economies."

Snapshot of Video clip where Ann Markusen is speaking::Ann Markusen on “Creative Placemaking,” a white paper for The Mayors’ Institute on City Design, a leadership initiative of the National Endowment of the Arts in partnership with the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the American Architectural Foundation.

- by Melissa Carroll, UH Media Relations, mcarroll@uh.edu, 713-743-8153

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Undergrad researchers explore liberal arts and social sciences

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program funds 16 research projects in the College

Every summer, the university provides $3,500 fellowships to rising sophomores, juniors and seniors to spend 10 weeks working a full-time research project under the direction of its faculty.

Although participation in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program does not earn students course credit, it does allow them to sample a small portion of life as a graduate student. The experience concludes with the students presenting their findings during Undergraduate Research Day.

This year, 54 undergraduate researchers were awarded SURF fellowships and 16 of those undergraduates are working with CLASS faculty.
The following is a list of the CLASS-affiliated scholars and the topics they are exploring:

  • Safa Ansari –Bayegan is examining capital sentencing schemes in Texas, paying particular attention to the question of future dangerousness.
    Faculty mentor: Alison Leland lecturer in Political Science and Special Assistant to the Provost
  • Brittney Connelly is investigating the impact ephemeral items have on cultural consciousness through various photographic and performative mediums.
    Faculty mentor: Stephan Hillerbrand, assistant professor of photography and digital media in the School of Art
  • Rachel Farhi is analyzing factors that influence federal district court judges' decision making for federal crimes committed by corrupt public officials, prosecuted by the Department of Justice's Public Integrity Section.
    Faculty mentor: Lydia Tiede, assistant professor of judicial politics and law in the Department of Political Science.
  • Emilie Glass is investigating the impact of medical tourism on Panamanians from the viewpoint of local Panamanian medical professionals.
    Faculty mentor: Samantha Kwan, assistant professor of sociology and women’s studies in the Department of Sociology
  • Kimberley Harrison is exploring the role religion played within political thought of the founding times in the American colonies by studying political sermons and influential.
    Faculty mentor: Liberal Studies Program Director Thomas Behr
  • Shannon Harrison is investigating the acquisition of fricatives by bilingual Spanish-English-speaking hearing impaired children who use listening devices.
    Faculty mentor: Ferenc Bunta, assistant professor of speech and hearing science in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.
  • Catrina Kim is researching the nature of civic virtue through ancient accounts of the Spartan regime and its citizens.
    Faculty mentor: Susan Collins, associate professor of ethics, Ancient thought and political theory in the Department of Political Science.
  • Kim Catrina doing research at the library
  • Chelby King is examining the original influences, national context, and long-term legacy of curator Dr. Jermayne MacAgy’s exhibition methods.
    Faculty mentor: Sandra Zalman, assistant professor of art history in the School of Art
  • Lauren Lovings is researching Teotihuacan masks and implementing new tool to evaluate and understand visual culture of Teotihuacan based on formal analysis.
    Faculty mentors: Honors College faculty member Dan Price and Rex Koontz, associate professor of art history in the School of Art
  • Shon Mandragon is investigating limitations of information transfer from a level of brief visual storage to a more durable level available for higher processing.
    Faculty mentor: Bruno Breitmeyer, professor and director of the Psychology Department’s Visual Cognition Lab Developmental Psychology
  • Prof. Breitmeyer and Shon infront of computer at a desk
  • Joshua Paek is analyzing the effects of a perturbation training system on adults in order to improve the walking stability of humans.
    Faculty mentor: Jian Liu, assistant professor of biomechanics in the Department of Health and Human Performance
  • Luke Patterson is discovering connections between Romantic thought on the imagination's role in self-creation and the works of Carl Jung.
    Faculty mentor: Jim Pipkin, professor of British literature, Romanticism and life writing in the Department of English
  • Iman Sahnoune is partnering with the Texas Obesity Research Center to develop a methodology for academic-community partnerships used to combat the obesity epidemic.
    Faculty mentor: Rebecca Lee, associate professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance and founding director of the Texas Obesity Research Center
  • Jonathan Sanford is analyzing LGBT Irish literature to explore psychological and cultural similarities between LGBT Irish and American communities.
    Faculty mentors: Robert Cremins, novelist and Human Situation instructor in the Honors College, and Margot Backus, associate professor of British and Irish literature and gender and sexuality studies in the Department of English
  • Andrew Sapp is investigating Ancient Sparta’s educational theory through a comparative analysis of Xenophon’s historical and fictional works.
    Faculty mentor: Susan Collins, associate professor of ethics, Ancient thought and political theory in the Department of Political Science.
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The history of getting water to America’s cities

History Professor Martin Melosi examines urban struggles with locating and allocating water

In the 1970s, when environmental issues focused on nature and the wilderness, Martin Melosi, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Professor of History and director of the Center for Public History, felt cities were being left out of the environmental discourse.

Martin Melosi

“Martin Melosi has been a pioneer scholar in the fields of environmental and energy history and especially in the history of the urban environment,” said Joel A. Tarr, Richard S. Caliguiri University Professor of History and Policy, Carnegie Mellon University.

“Melosi started working in the field of environmental history in the 1970s. He is one of the earliest people in the area of urban environmental history,” said Joseph A. Pratt, Cullen Professor of History and Business. “There are two people really considered the ‘fathers’ in that subfield, Martin Melosi and Joel Tarr."

Melosi adopted an interdisciplinary approach that incorporated work from geographers, city planners and other social scientists. He challenged the standard discourse in the young field of environmental history that frequently focused on wilderness or agriculture and argued that cities should be viewed as ecosystems with a physical, biological and social structure.

“He has an uncanny instinct to focus on historical issues that have great contemporary significance, as is reflected in his most recent book, Precious Commodity: Providing Water for America’s Cities,” Tarr said. “Through his research and writing, Melosi has provided us with insight into some of the most pressing issues facing cities today and laid out a major path for graduate students and environmental history and studies to follow.”

Precious Commodity: Providing Water for America’s Cities is a book of essays on water use and management based on 40 years of extensive research into contemporary periodicals, government reports, city publications, and the proceedings of several engineering and public health associations. Melosi provides a historical background on construction, administration, and adaptability of water supply and wastewater systems in urban America. He cites budgetary constraints and the deterioration of existing water infrastructures as factors leading many municipalities to seriously consider the privatization of their water supply.

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“There are concerns for fresh water in the United States as demand for water has tripled and the population doubled. Fresh water is a finite resource with demand on the rise and higher prices to follow,” said Melosi. “There is enough freshwater on the planet for six billion people, but it is distributed unevenly and too much of it is wasted, polluted and unsustainably managed.”

Research shows that every year millions of people, most of them children, die from diseases associated with inadequate water supply, sanitation and hygiene. According to the United Nations, water scarcity affects approximately 1.2 billion people in the world, and it estimates another 1.6 billion people face an economic water shortage where countries lack the necessary infrastructure to take water from rivers and aquifers.

In Precious Commodity, Melosi explores the role of government in management, development and legal jurisdiction over America’s rivers and waterways for hydroelectric power, flood control, irrigation, and transportation access. Looking to the future, Melosi compares costs and benefits of public versus private water supply, examining the global movement toward privatization.

“With domestic and international conflicts over water destined to intensify during the 21st century, Melosi’s historical insights will help all of us argue in a more informed manner about our collective future,” said Jeffrey K. Stine, curator for environmental history at the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History.

Melosi dedicates a chapter in his book to the historical significance of Buffalo Bayou, a water artery running through the City of Houston. It was designated as the National Highway of the Republic of Texas in 1840, as early settlement occurred and the bayou became an essential means of transport and commerce, as well as a recreational focal point. Another chapter addresses Houston’s public sinks, noting the city is unique in that private businesses rely so much on public systems in a place that prides itself on individual initiative.

“Growth in Houston has been a relentless adversary in providing adequate sanitary services,” said Melosi. “Developing an adequate water supply for Houston meant seeking sources of water many miles from the urban core and creating delivery systems that impinged on areas outside of Houston.”

Melosi does not consider the water crisis to be about supply, but rather about location and allocation.

“These are really questions of geography, location and circumstance, as much as they are the question of abundance, he said. “You can’t divide the total amount of fresh water into pieces allocated according to population size. It just doesn’t work that way.”

- Melissa Carroll

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Associate Dean of Faculty and Research position created

Dean Roberts appoints Kathleen Brosnan, associate director of the Center for Public History, to new job

Kathleen Brosnan

Dean John Roberts has created within the leadership team of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences the position of Associate Dean for Faculty and Research and appointed to the job Kathleen Brosnan, associate professor of history and the associate director of the Center for Public History.

“To enhance our profile as a research faculty in line with the expectation of being a Tier One university, we need to increase external research funding, the production of high quality scholarship, and the number of doctoral graduates annually,” Dean Roberts said. “I believe that in order for us to achieve these objectives we must provide faculty with the kind of support that they need to be successful.”

The primary responsibility of the Associate Dean for Faculty and Research is to work with the College’s faculty to promote research excellence.

Prior to Brosnan’s appointment, the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies was tasked with encouraging a rise in the level of scholarly productivity by the faculty, while at the same time working to increase College’s graduate program offerings and graduate student population.

“By separating the current duties of a single associate dean into two positions, we will be able to offer better assistance to faculty who are key to enhancing our research profile,” Roberts said. “We will also be able to provide graduate programs and graduate students with additional services that will insure their successful matriculation and timely graduation.”

Associate Dean for Graduate Studies Cathy Patterson will return to her full-time duties as the chief administrative officer for the College’s graduate programs on August 1.

Art History Associate Professor Rex Koontz, who has been serving as the interim associate dean for graduate studies during Dr. Patterson’s leave to research write a book, will start his new position as Director of the School of Art on August 1.

Dr. Brosnan joined the faculty in the Department of History in 2003 after four years at the University of Tennessee. She received her J.D. from the University of Illinois in 1985 and her Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago in 1999.

A specialist in the environmental, urban and legal history of the American West, Brosnan is the author of Uniting Mountain and Plain: Cities, Law and Environmental Change along the Front Range. She also is the editor of the four-volume Encyclopedia of American Environmental History, the leading reference work in the field with nearly 400 contributors.

Brosnan has been a National Endowment for the Humanities consultant on exhibits at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Newberry Library in Chicago, and conducted research on behalf of the National Park Service and the American Library Association. She has received grants from the National Science Foundation, the American Historical Association, the Government of Canada, and Humanities Texas, among others.

“Kathy brings to the position well-developed skills as an administrator and a record of success as a scholar,” Roberts said. “Of equal importance, she has a proven record of success in securing external funding to support her research and other scholarly activities. Her experience and genuine interest in working with faculty will be tremendous assets in achieving the goals that I have set for this position.”

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Instant CLASSic, lifetime connections

Undergraduate students create College-wide open house to promote CLASS pride

Instant CLASSic oganizers

CLASS seniors Mike Nguyen and Ryan Johnson wanted to take their cougar pride to the next level.

The two who met during a College-sponsored event decided they need to help others connect with each other and the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences as they had.

So they planned Instant CLASSic, a college-wide open house to introduce students to what CLASS offers beyond a full-course load.

“We wanted to showcase the college’s departments, organizations, and students to the rest of the university,” said Johnson, a creative writing major. “And create a place where students could meet fellow CLASS students in different majors.”

Now in its second year, the Instant CLASSic is scheduled for October 27. Unlike other events individually managed by departments, the Instant CLASSic is an opportunity for every organization associated with the College to introduce themselves and what they offer to the entire campus.

To put on the event, Johnson and Nguyen sought out the support of two of the College’s top administrators, Dean John W. Roberts and Dr. Sarah Fishman, associate dean for undergraduate studies.

“We are an asset to the university and we felt too quiet and unorganized on campus, we wanted to do something about it,” Johnson said of the College and its undergraduate majors.

After being awarded a small budget from the Dean’s office, Nguyen and Johnson heavily recruited other students to assist them in organizing and participating in the open house. Last year’s first Instant CLASSic featured 29 faculty-led programs and student-led organizations, including the Student Government Association.

One aim of the open house is break barriers separating CLASS’ many majors in the disciplines of creative arts, humanities and social sciences. Another is to generate student pride in learning in, affiliating with and, eventually, graduating from the College.

“History students hang out with history students, psychology students hang out with other psychology students,” said history major Nguyen. “What most students do not realize is that at one point or another, they have been a part of CLASS.”

Last year’s event was a prototype to see how things officially work on campus. For the second year, they hope the Instant CLASSic son will bring even more attendees and participants that will make the event a legacy for current and future CLASS students.

“The best way to bring 12000 students together is to show them how much we all have in common,” said Johnson. “Let’s dedicate a day and put all these schools and departments together to showcase that we are nationally-recognized award winners and to recruit more students to help us achieve even more that what we have already done.”

- Luis Zelaya

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Class of 2015 Gets Started

College’s Office of Academic Advising assists incoming freshmen before first day of classes

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Class of 2015 is not just a name for this year’s incoming freshman class - it’s a goal the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences wants to help its students achieve.

But graduating with a bachelor’s degree four years after starting college is no longer a straightforward task for most students. Oftentimes work obligations, misguided major selection and other obstacles detour students from the path of completing their coursework in the shortest amount of time possible.

To keep students on track, the College offers extensive academic advising options that aid students in charting an engaging and achievable academic course. It all begins with the summer-scheduled New Student Orientation and the optional CLASS Learning Communities.

“We are the people behind the scenes,” said Janie Graham, director of CLASS Office of Academic Affairs. “We are the ones that link the student to the university, then to the college, and, lastly, with their departments.”

First-time freshmen attend a university-wide, two-day orientation offered on selected Thursdays and Fridays in the summer with the last one this year scheduled for August 11. In those sessions, they learn how to transition into college life; pay for tuition, fees and books; and become successful students.

“The goal is to give the students a chance to become better acquainted with the university and its resources” said academic advisor Christina Williams. “They will enroll, buy textbooks and tour the campus, and meet their major advisor, which will prepare them for the anticipated first day.”

The CLASS office of academic affairs greets students on the second day of orientation. Advisors assist the incoming freshmen with completing paper work before meeting with their major advisors to discuss degree completion plans and chart out a course schedule for the upcoming year.

After a one-on-one counseling session with their major advisors, they return to academic affairs for a registration session with the academic advisors. They make sure that all their transcripts are in order and help the student find the transition into college life much easier.

“I fulfilled my English and math requirement in high school” said Rafael Avila, a communications major. “I was lost when I sat down to register for classes and Ms. Lewis helped me find the courses I needed along with a drawing class I was eager to take.”

Student may not register for orientation if they have not fulfilled two university testing requirements, the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) examination and a math placement exam offered at the CASA testing center. Registration can be access through their myUH account 24 hours after their examination scores are reported.

Frequently, students come to orientation decided on the major they want to pursue. Within CLASS, the most popular departments among freshmen are Art, Communication, English, Health and Human Performance, and Psychology.

Paul Espinoza plans to major in kinesiology in the Department of Health and Human Performance and will take a 15-hour course load during his freshman year. He also wants to join the university’s Metropolitan Volunteer Program (UH MVP) because he says keeping busy helps him to stay focused on his school work.

“My focus is physical therapy because it is a field of high demand and endless job opportunities” said Espinoza. “I volunteer in hospitals and I feel good knowing I will be able to help people.”

Incoming freshmen also use the college’s orientation sessions to get a jump on meeting other CLASS students and others pursuing the same major.

Lydia Rockson, Chelsea Johnson and Natalie Andrepont are all registered as psychology majors and met while staying at Cougar village during their Student Orientation.

“The conferences were extremely informative and helped more than I thought they would” said Lydia Rockson. “I did not know what to expect since I am the first member of my family to attend UH.”

Chelsea Johnson is studying psychology and public relations because she wants to better understand criminals with mental disorders. She hopes her passion and effort will land her a job with the FBI as a profiler.

Natalie Andrepont is studying substance abuse but has not made up her mind if she wants to be a psychologist or a psychiatrist.

“I want to learn the reasons why people gear towards that type of lifestyle,” Andrepont said. “A degree in psychology will introduce me to my future profession.”

- Luis Zelaya

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Music major featured in HBO documentary series

Sophomore Aaron Casey selected for “Masterclass” with vocalist Bobby McFerrin

Sophomore Aaron Casey learns from some of the best music professors in the country at the Moores School of Music. Recently, his education took a new turn while receiving lessons from vocal legend and Grammy Award-winner Bobby McFerrin as part of the HBO documentary series “Masterclass.”

“Masterclass” pairs young creative spirits with award-winning artists for lessons in an intimate classroom environment. Casey was selected by McFerrin to participate in the program following his performances during 2011 Young Arts Week in Miami in May. Casey and four other students worked with McFerrin within the Germany’s largest opera house Festspielhaus Baden-Baden. The next season of “Masterclass” is scheduled to air in spring 2012.

“Working with Bobby McFerrin was great,” Casey said. “He was very humble and easy to work with. We focused mainly on improvisation. He wanted us to feel the music and told us not to practice repetitively to get something correct. Instead, we were instructed to engage our minds and souls with the music. He said that when we let go and live in the music, our art will be perfect. As long as we don’t worry about being perfect, we’ll be perfect.”

Improvisation is not a new concept for Casey, who grew up singing in church. He admitted, however, that applying improvisational skills to classical music was a fresh concept.

“It was fun to think outside of the box and just sing,” he said. “I learned that any mistakes made while singing can be transformed into corrections.”

Casey’s musical goal is to perform opera, so learning in German’s noted Festspielhaus Baden-Baden was particularly special. With its rich history, he admitted that he felt right at home on stage.

Before meeting McFerrin, Casey was mainly familiar with his talents through the 1988 pop hit “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” He also knew about the popular singer’s musical lineage.

“I know that his father Robert McFerrin was a famous opera singer,” Casey said. “I also know that Bobby McFerrin worked on a version of ‘Porgy and Bess’ to honor him and that he has worked with numerous orchestras.”

A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Casey came to UH to take advantage of the opportunities within the Moores School of Music. He is a member of the school’s award-winning Moores Concert Chorale and plans to audition for upcoming Moores Opera Center productions.

“I looked at other universities and conservatories and felt that UH was the best place to learn and grow as a musician,” he said. “I researched several schools and I saw opportunities for me within the vocal program at UH. It’s not too big, but it’s still very competitive. It’s the place for me to be right now.”

HBO’s “Masterclass” debuted in 2010. Each half hour episode details a young artist’s interaction with a star mentor. Previous “Masterclass” teachers have included UH Distinguished Lecturer and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Edward Albee, UH alumnus and acclaimed filmmaker Julian Schnabel and opera legend Placido Domingo.

- Mike Emery

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News from CLASS

CLASS Event Calendar

  • Through July 2: Immanuel & Helen Olshan 2011 Texas Music Festival Moores School of Music
  • Through Nov 27: Anton Ginzburg: At the Back of the North Wind Blaffer Art Museum
  • July 5-Aug 7: Summer Program in China Department of Modern & Classical Languages
  • July 15-July 31: Summer Program in Ghana African American Studies
  • July 29-Aug 6: Houston Shakespeare Festival: Othello School of Theatre & Dance
  • July 30-Aug 7: Houston Shakespeare Festival: The Taming of the Shrew School of Theatre & Dance

CLASS in the News

Aristotle and the Higher Good Aristotle and the Higher Good
A review of  “Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics” co-translated by Susan Collins, associate professor of political science
New York Times Sunday Book Review: July 3, 2011
(illustration credit: Vivienne Flesher – New York Times)
Indo American News Youth Leadership Development Program Session on Art and Culture
On-campus youth program features Creative Writing professor Chitra Divakaruni
Indo American News: June 24, 2011

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TMF annually hosts students from various musical disciplines and helps them develop their talents under the watchful eyes of master musicians. The festival also spotlights both student and professional musicians during concerts at UH and throughout the Houston area. This year the festival will take place from May 30 to June 28, 2014.

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For its 40th anniversary, the festival will present “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” and “Henry IV, 1” Aug. 1 – 10 at Miller Outdoor Theatre. In the tradition of past festivals, noted guest artists will contribute their talents to this year’s performances:  Mirron Willis  and  Brendon Fox.

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UH Ensemble Dance Works | April 5-7

Annual show featuring contemporary works by faculty and guest artists with our pre-professional dance company, the UH Dance Ensemble.

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7 p.m. on Sunday, April 14 at Heights Church of Christ, 16th Street and Heights Blvd. Kemper Crabb brings to life music that blends medieval and Celtic traditions using the mountain dulcimer, recorder, tin whistle, bells, mandolin, and bazouki.

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5:30 – 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 17 at Honors College Commons, M.D. Anderson Library. Featuring undergraduate Creative Writing students with work appearing in Glass Mountain literary magazine.

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4 – 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 20 in Discovery Green Park in downtown Houston. A participatory outdoor performance event with newly commissioned music by Artist in Residence Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR.) Directed by Marc Bamuthi Joseph in collaboration with Troy Bennefield (UH Cougar Marching Band.)

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TMF annually hosts students from various musical disciplines and helps them develop their talents under the watchful eyes of master musicians. The festival also spotlights both student and professional musicians during concerts at UH and throughout the Houston area. This year the festival will take place from May 30 to June 28, 2014.

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For its 40th anniversary, the festival will present “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” and “Henry IV, 1” Aug. 1 – 10 at Miller Outdoor Theatre. In the tradition of past festivals, noted guest artists will contribute their talents to this year’s performances:  Mirron Willis  and  Brendon Fox.

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Mario Diaz, director of the City of Houston Department of Aviation and a leading authority on the future of commercial aviation, was named the 2014 Public Official of the Year by the UH Master of Public Administration Program.

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