News from CLASS
- Commencement: Same Place, New Time - Student Success Stories
- Senior shoots for disc golf world record to spotlight human trafficking
- Spelling bee bug bites CLASS faculty
- University of Houston Excellence Awards
- CLASS 2014 Ross M. Lence Awards for Teaching Excellence
- Faculty Advisor of the Year: Jing Zhang, Modern and Classical Languages
- Student Organization of the Year: Adaptive Athletics @UH
- Guggenheim Fellowship for Poetry – Ange Mlinko
- Rome Prize for Visual Arts – Abinadi Meza
- North American Academy of the Spanish Language Award – Nicolás Kanellos
- American Psychological Association Book Award – Hannah Decker
- Fulbright Fellowship – José Angel Hernández
- 2014 Piper Professor Award – Joseph Pratt
May 9: CLASS Commencement
Mid-day Ceremony is 2 – 4 p.m. Evening Ceremony is 7 – 9 p.m. Both ceremonies are in the Hofheinz Pavilion
May 9 and 10: Last days to view the School of Art 2014 Annual Student Exhibition
Blaffer Art Museum
May 30 – June 28: The Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival celebrates its 25th Season.
Presented by the Moores School of Music. Review the month-long schedule of concerts and events and purchase tickets at http://www.uh.edu/class/music/tmf/
For more events, check the CLASS calendar.
CLASS Students in the Media
According to the Daily Cougar article, Communications class gets featured in Houston hospitals eight graduate students and Assistant Professor of Communications Jill Yamasaki have photography on display at Ben Taub and Lyndon B. Johnson hospitals.
Journalism major Elizabeth Rhodes wrote an article titled, Is the University of Houston campus really among the most beautiful in the nation?, for CultureMap Houston.
Zach Martin, editor the UH creative writing program’s literary magazine Gulf Coast, appeared on the Houston Matters program titled, Is Houston the Starting Point for the Next Great American Writers?
In a head-to-head comparison of music on campus, the Moores School of Music was positioned against Rice’s music school in the Houston Press article Rice vs. UH: Who Has Musical Bragging Rights? Moores alumnus Matthew Keever made the case for Moores and fellow Coog (with Rice affiliations) Jeff Balke spoke for Rice. Naturally, we won.
School of Art undergraduate painting majors in courses taught by professors Aaron Parazette and Gael Stack were invited by Fiesta Mart to mount a supermarket exhibit that was featured in the Papercity article, High + Low, Menil + Fiesta.
Creative Writing PhD candidate David Tomas Martinez was featured in the article, English professor publishes book on hustling past, which appeared in The Daily Cougar.
Caitlin Maling, a graduating MFA candidate, will have her first collection of poems, Conversations I’ve Never Had, published by Freemantle Press (Australia) in 2015.
CLASS Alumni/ae Notes
Tony Diaz, the first Chicano to earn a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program, wrote a piece for NBC News titled, Voices: The American Dream Through Our Books.
Bernice Heilbrunn, 2012 PhD in History, has been invited to participate in a conference at Goethe University in Frankfurt, commemorating the founding of the university 100 years ago. She will give a talk on Jacob Schiff (1847-1920), a famous Frankfurt-born Jewish American citizen who was a banker, businessman, and philanthropist prominently involved in major Jewish issues and problems of his day. Dr. Heilbrunn is on the Adjunct Faculty of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, teaching in the Jewish Studies program.
CLASS Faculty in the Media
Scott Basinger, assistant professor of political science, commented in the Washington Post article, Should a little corruption matter to voters?
Texas Monthly recently ran a feature article about Chitra Divakaruni, professor of English, titled, Calcutta-on-the-Bay.
Assistant professor of political science, Ryan Kennedy, was mentioned in the New York Times article, Google Flu Trends: The Limits of Big Data and in the Information Week article, Twitter Posts Betray Illness.
Arte Público Press has published all by one of Rolando Hinojosa-Smith’s 20 novels and books of short stories and essays. The National Book Critics Circle has honored Hinojosa-Smith with the a lifetime achievement award. Nicolás Kanellos, director of the UH-based publishing house and professor of Hispanic studies, spoke about the author and his achievements in Chronicle of Higher Education story, Creator of Fictional Texas County Wins Book Critics’ Lifetime Award.
Brandon Rottinghaus, associate professor of political science, appeared in several news outlets recently:
Media's Love of Obama Waning – KTRH-740AM
McAllister video offers up another iconic scandal image – Washington Post
Obama’s tricky balancing act â€” fundraising and governing – Washington Times
Candidate in Democratic runoff likes LaRouche, not Obama – Dallas Morning News
At the fourth annual Foodways Texas Symposium, Todd Romero, associate professor of history, gave a talk about an ex-samurai who became a successful rice grower in South Texas according to the Austin Chronicle article, Recap: Foodways Texas Fourth Annual Symposium.
Professors of Communication Beth Olson and William Douglas’s study, “The Family on Television: Evaluation of Gender Roles in Situation Comedy,” was discussed in the Daily Toreador article, Professor studies how sitcoms affect gender roles.
Gerald Horne, professor of history and African American studies, was quoted in The Final Call article, America's diplomatic double standard with Palestine-Israel exposed.
Barton Smith, professor emeritus of economics, was quoted in the Houston Chronicle article, Area job growth settles down.
The Center for Arts Leadership director Sixto Wagan was quoted in the Houston Chronicle article, Rice student advances in Met contest.
Garth Jowett, professor of Communications, participated in the discussion of How Does News Coverage Affect Our Perception of Crime in Houston? on KUHF-88.7FM’s Houston Matters talk show and was quoted in KTRH-740AM’s NBC Comedy Playground Could Be Looking for You.
Hosam Aboul-Ela, associate professor of English, is mentioned in the Houston Chronicle article, Popular protest song part of concert.
Karen Farber, director of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, comments in the Houston Chronicle article, Organizations stage events across city that challenge what arts can be.
Assistant Professor of Art Abinadi Meza and his participation in the Mitchell Center’s CounterCurrent Festival was featured in CultureMap Houston’s article, When the earth talks: Ground-breaking Hermann Park project brings the sounds of the planet to the surface.
Elizabeth Gregory, director of Women's Gender & Sexuality Studies Program, authored and opinion piece and was quoted in an article in the Houston Chronicle:
Public officials, advocates rally for equal pay for women – Houston Chronicle
Ed Hirs, a lecturer in Economics, appeared in the Pittsburgh Post –Gazette article, Shale plays push out oil imports.
"Funny Once: Stories" by professor of English Antonya Nelson is highlighted in the Houston Chronicle article, 13 new books with a Lone Star flavor.
Michael Zvolensky, professor of psychology, and his research were mentioned in the Brown Daily Herald article, Exercise may help treat alcohol dependence, study shows.
Offshore Magazine featured comments by Joseph Pratt, professor of history, in the article Offshore at 60: history in the making.
Steven Craig, associate dean of faculty and research, commented in the Houston Chronicle article, Council expands subsidy for downtown development.
Research being conducted by Carla Sharp, Director of the Developmental Psychopathology Lab, was featured in the BioNews Texas article, Professor of Clinical Psychology at UH Creates a Diagnostic Tool for African Children with Emotional Behavior Issues.
The CultureMap article, University of Houston's first-ever art school scholarship dinner has everyone talking, highlighted the event hosted by the School of Art.