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February 2011

Revolution: 1848 and 2011 Honors Prof. Robert Zaretsky connects the recent revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt and beyond to France in 1848. Related articles on the revolutions and their impact include Across centuries, the urge for dignity remains in The Houston Chronicle and Egypt and the Longue Durée in Foreign Affairs.

Gladiator-epic fans give genre a fighting chance Honors Prof. Richard Armstrong is quoted in this article about the gladiator-epic genre and the new movie The Eagle.

Noted Political Scientist Michael Zuckert Visiting UH for Lence Master Teacher Residency The Honors College brought Prof. Michael Zuckert from the University of Notre Dame to be the 2011 Ross M. Lence Master Teacher. Also covered in The Daily Cougar.

January 2011

Honors College Professor Robert Cremins blogs for Inprint about novelist Peter Carey and will serve as the on-stage interviewer during Carey's reading in Houston.

Rising French nationalism portends shift for Sarkozy Honors College Professor Robert Zaretsky discusses French nationalism and the National Front's new leader Marine Le Pen. 

Career Fridays at UH's Honors College Connecting Students with Business Community, Professional Seminars Honors College Career Fridays continue in the spring semester (February 4, March 4, and April 1). Also at the Cypress Times

December 2010

Honors Program Students Make First Excursion The new Honors Engineering Program takes students to see the world of professional engineering.

November 2010

UH Moment: Presidential Proclamations Honors College professor Jeremy Bailey is featured in this UH Moment on the Presidential Proclamation Project.

Noted International Professor Visits Theology Classes Honors College Visiting Scholar Mient Jan Faber visited classes at Strake Jesuit high school.

Long Named IEEE Life Fellow Associate Dean of Undergraduate Research and of The Honors College Stuart Long has been named a Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. 

Noted Peace Activist Serving as Visiting Faculty Member for UH Honors College Mient Jan Faber returned to the Honors College this fall to teach a seminar, deliver public lectures, and participate in Honors' Scholars in Schools program.

Honors College Fellow Cynthia Freeland speaks at UNLV.

October 2010

Last-minute efforts to rally youth in full swing: But with midterm elections on the horizon, young voters less engaged this time around This Houston Chronicle article on the midterm elections features comments from Honors College professor Christine LeVeaux-Haley.

UH's Erica Fletcher named to Glamour magazine's list of top college women in the U.S. CultureMap covers Honors College student Erica Fletcher's big Glamour win.

The French do get off their derrieres Honors professor Rob Zaretsky spoke to Kai Ryssdal on Marketplace about the French perspective on work and living...and so-called laziness. The piece follows a related article written by Zaretsky in Foreign Policy magazine. Also on the CLASS website.

Student's Film Focuses on AIDS in Latin Culture As part of their Hispanic Heritage month series, KPRC filmed this story about Honors College student Erica Fletcher and her work.

Youth Vote: Obama Boost or Backlash Honors College political science professor Christine LeVeaux-Haley and her Honors College class commented for this story on Fox 26 News.

September 2010

Student Kristen Flack Shares Experience as Inprint Intern Honors junior Kristen Flack writes for the Houston Chronicle's Creative Pride blog about her experiences as an intern at Inprint, a position she got as part of Honors' Center for Creative Work.

Honors College professor Richard Armstrong spoke at the unveling of The Statue of Four Lies on the University of Houston campus. His picture and remarks were featured in various publications including the Houston Press, Houston Chronicle, and Culturemap.

National recognition within reach, UH chief says The Honors College is mentioned prominently in these Houston Chronicle articles recapping President Renu Khator's fall address. Also in NewsWireHouston.

Meet the Top 10 College Women of 2010: Amazing Women You Haven’t Heard of…Yet! Honors student Erica Fletcher was selected as one of Glamour magazines top 10 college women of 2010.

2010 Texas Book Festival Professor Tamler Sommers' recent book A Very Bad Wizard (McSweeny's Press) was selected for the 2010 Texas Book Festival in Austin, October 16-17.

France and the Gypsies, Then and Now In this New York Times editorial, Honors professor Robert Zaretsky and his colleague Olivia Miljanic consider the implications—and history—of the French laws aimed at the Roma.

Scholars in the Schools Taking High Schoolers on Academic Odyssey One program in The Honors College's community outreach initiative Honors and the Schools—Scholars in the Schools—launches a lecture series for students at Sam Rayburn high school, introducing them to college and the Iliad simultaneously. 

August 2010

UH Moment: Creative Work Minor The new, interdisciplinary Creative Work minor is open for business starting Fall 2010.

HoustonPBS UH Moment: Students Develop iPhone Apps Recent Honors graduate Kaleb Fulgham is featured in this video moment about the new UH iPhone application.

July 2010

'Sarkogate' casts shadow over France's president In recognition of Bastille Day, Honors professor Robert Zaretsky draws connections between France's politics of today and those of 1789. Also featured: Le roi Sarkozy

SURF's Up: Undergrads Hone Research Skills in Summer Program Undergraduates like Honors student Jasmine Patel will stand out from their peers thanks to the opportunity to do research with real results.

June 2010

ACCY Duo on Fast Track for Big Four Leadership Bauer Business Honors student Melissa Hernandez explains how The Honors College has helped her on her way to success in elite accounting programs.

Klein Forest student heads to UH on scholarship Incoming Honors student and Terry Scholar Edgar Rivera is featured in this article.

France's love affair with football Honors professor Robert Zaretsky comments on le foot, the World Cup, and how they connect to Camus.

College to Launch Honors Engineering Program With The Honors College, the Cullen College of Engineering launches the Honors Engineering Program (HEP) to support high-achieving students and "promote innovative thinking."

New minor merges arts, cultural studies The Honors College offers a new Creative Work minor to students in all majors. Related press release: UH Launches Creative Work Minor This Fall

ECE Professor Steps Into Interim VP Role Associate Dean of Undergraduate Research and of The Honors College Stuart Long was named the interim vice chancellor/vice president of research and technology transfer.

America's Coolest College Start-ups 2010: The Tracker Recent Honors grad Alfonso Olvera made the Inc. magazine list of cool college start-up businesses with his company, RailTronix, which creates software to help rail shippers track their shipments in real time.

Berry, and radio, have lost art of conversation The Human Situation course's goal is to "maintain the 'conversation of mankind'" and Honors professor Robert Zaretsky wonders how the internet and talk radio may impede conversation, as Socrates once suggested writing would.

May 2010

UH Student Erica Fletcher has a passion for learning Honors student Erica Fletcher is featured on the You Are the Pride site for her dedication to her studies, activities, and research. Also read the longer story, UH Student Lets Curiosity Guide Her to New Experiences.

Gulf Oil Spill: Could NASA come to the rescue? Honors professor Rob Zaretsky suggests to the Christian Science Monitor that NASA's expertise make it a candidate to help with the Gulf oil spill.

What's New Around CLASS? Creative Work Minor The Honors College's new minor from the Center for Creative Work is highlighted in May's Graffit-e.

White noise, black clouds revisited In the Times Higher Education, Honors professor Rob Zaretsky connects the Gulf oil spill to Don DeLillo's novel White Noise.

Top 40 Alumna: Robin Tooms Honors alumna Robin Tooms was recently honored as part of the Houston Business Journal's 40 Under 40 awards for her work as Managing Director and Web Strategist for Savage, a Houston-based branding firm.

More than meets the eye in France's Burqa ban This Houston Chronicle op-ed piece by Honors professor Rob Zaretsky examines how we turn others into "the other" through a discussion of France's recent ban on the burqa and how it may be reminiscent of the anti-Semitic legislation of Vichy France and an 18th-century epistolary novel, The Persian Letters.

Advice to graduates: Embrace uselessness While Honors professor Rob Zaretsky knows that our graduates have learned practical skills, he urges them also to embrace the impractical fields that can enrich life.

April 2010

Long Receives Farfel Award, Other Faculty Members Honored Associate Dean Stuart Long is the winner of the 2010 Esther Farfel Award - the highest honor awarded to UH faculty.

2010 AA Awards Dinner Honors alumna Katie Kalenda Daggett was honored with the Rising Star Award for Service at the 2010 University of Houston Alumni Association annual awards dinner.

UH Professor Remembers Albert Camus on the 50th Anniversary of His Death Honors professor Robert Zaretsky joins activities worldwide to honor Albert Camus.

UH Physics, Math Student Matthew Reichl Named 2010 Goldwater Scholar Honors student Matthew Reichl joins the ranks of the top science students in the country.

Student Advisor Honors student Krystafer Redden serves as student voice on the Texas Higher Education Board's Undergraduate Advisory Committee.

MU Professor Awarded 2010 Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence Honors College alum Michael Barnes was awarded a 2010 William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence.

A daughter batting cleanup: What dad wouldn't boast? Honors professor Rob Zaretsky writes commentary for the Houston Chronicle connecting sports and history.

Seeking happiness? Think big thoughts. Based on recent happiness research, the Human Situation, our "great books" course, may be a key to a happier life, suggests Honors professor Rob Zaretsky.

March 2010

Physics Undergraduate Student is One of the 2010 Goldwater Scholars Honors College student Matthew Douglas Reichl is named the second Goldwater scholar in UH history.

Albert Camus: Elements of a Life by Robert Zaretsky Review on PopMatters of Zaretsky's new book on Camus, suggests that Zaretsky's writing "manages to reach a narrative quality equal to that of Camus."

The Asthma Files: Creating a Portrait of Asthmatic Spaces in New York and Beyond Article on the Asthmatic Spaces classes, including Honors College professor Dan Price and the round table hosted at UH.

Breakthrough Ideas Honors and engineering alumnus Joe Zinecker is the brains behind the MULE robotic vehicle. (see page 9, video)

UH Sophomore to be Voice for Texas Undergraduate Students Honors college student Krystafer Redden is appointed to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Advisory Committee.

This Weekend & Next Tuesday: Tragic Greeks + Cool Music, For Free A description of the Electra and Dionysia 2010 events, with special attention to the music.

Culture on the cheap The Center for Creative Work's Electra is featured in this article about inexpensive options for cultural outings in Houston.

UH needs to call on 'The General' Honors student Derek Goodwin dissects possible replacements for Tom Penders.

Documentary shines light on HIV/AIDS Honors students Erica Fletcher describes her process and findings for her documentary Marianismo.

UH Moment: Student Success Honors College sophomore Krystafer Redden is the student representative to the Undergraduate Advisory Committee of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

March Artful Thursday: Erica Fletcher's Marianismo KUHF's Eric Ladau interviews Honors College student Erica Fletcher about her short film Marianismo.

Tamler Sommers Honors College professor Tamler Sommers discusses moral psychology at a reading from his book A Very Bad Wizard.

Student's film to launch at Houston screening Galveston's The Daily News covers the screening of Honors student Erica Fletcher's film Marianismo.

The Asthma Files: Creating a portrait of asthmatic spaces in New York and beyond Honors College professor Dan Price and the Asthmatic Spaces class are discussed in this article on its partner classes.

KUHF Conversations: UH History Prof Examines New History Teaching Standards Honors College professor Rob Zaretsky speaks with KUHF about new Texas standards for teaching social studies.

University of Houston Presents ELECTRA 3/26-28 describes the new version of Electra.

Classic Family Feud Comes to Life in UH Production of 'Electra' March 26-28, 30 The Center for Creative Work at The Honors College presents the play in a new translation by Honors College professors Richard Armstrong and John Harvey.

Latest cell phone applications let you know where it's at Honors student Kaleb Fulgham is featured in this article about mobile applications such as the UH Guide iPhone application.

State education board keeps itself in the news Honors College professor Rob Zaretsky offers opinions on Texas standards on social studies.

SGA honors two groups for work Honors students Kaleb Fulgham and Nick Prescott are two members of the team who developed the UH Guide iPhone application.

Tiger Woods' true self Honors College professor Rob Zaretsky connect Woods' confessions to "Rousseau's invention of the confessional mode."

Educational reform should start with new leadership Forum hosted in The Honors College is part of the larger discussion about Texas state social studies standards.

February 2010

Artists and their day jobs John Harvey and Elliott Cole (composer for Electra) mentioned in this article about what artists do for a living.

Panel discusses death penalty Panel discussion hosted in The Honors College fosters debate about this difficult subject.

Dean aims to promote Honors program The Daily Cougar profiles Dean William Monroe and his vision for The Honors College.

Documentary video to show at UH Latin American Studies and other campus groups, including The Honors College, bring the film "In the Shadow of the Raid" to campus in March.

The Tea Party Last Time In The New York Times, Honors College professor Rob Zaretsky compares the tea party protestors to the Poujadist movement in 1950s France.

January 2010

Building Good Will: UH group to put problem-solving skills to test with project abroad Honors engineering student Rhys Forgie helps the UH chapter of Engineers Without Borders. Also in Parameters.

UH Moment: Asthmatic Spaces Honors professor Dan Price examines how different disciplines approach and define problems.

UH professor creates asthma research class Honors professor Dan Price developed a new class that brings together students from all disciplines to research asthma in creative ways.

Earthquake isn't the same as a man-made cataclysm Honors College professor Rob Zaretsky connects disasters and adds perspective.

A lesson in civic idealism Honors College professor Rob Zaretsky connects the movie Avatar with views on civic values and virtues.