Each year, President Khator delivers a Fall Address assessing the state of the University of Houston. It provides a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge the University’s collective accomplishments and its common goals. This year’s address – her sixth – celebrated what has been achieved and set a bold course for a future committed to transforming a great University into a greater one.
The University of Houston would not be the Tier One institution it is today without the significant contributions of its world-class teachers and researchers. But exactly how does UH consistently recruit a first-rate faculty? It’s more complicated than you might think.
The University of Houston would not be the Tier One institution it is today without the significant contributions of its world-class teachers and researchers. But exactly how does UH consistently recruit a first-rate faculty?
It’s more complicated than you might think.
- Dramatic Club debuts with “Ghost Parade”
- Cullen Performance Hall dedicated on Halloween
- UH begins policy dedicating 1% of construction costs to the acquisition of public art
- Fine Arts Building and Blaffer Gallery open
- UH presents first Houston Shakespeare Festival
- Creative Writing Program established
- First opera performed, Moores Opera House opens a decade later
- Edward Albee joins School of Theatre & Dance
- Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival founded
- $20 million gift establishes Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts
- Spirit of Houston Cougar Marching Band performs at Super Bowl XXXVIII
- Blaffer Art Museum undergoes major renovation
- Courses in electricity, diesel motors and aircraft engines for WWII workers
- Cullen Family donates $5 million for first Engineering Building
- Doctoral programs in chemistry, physics, electrical, chemical and mechanical engineering
- Paul Chu makes high temperature superconductivity breakthrough
- Physics Department named one of 10 most influential in America by Science magazine
- Global Energy Management Institute founded
- Texas Center for Clean Engines, Emissions & Fuels opens
- One of country’s first courses in carbon trading offered
- 74-acre Schlumberger property becomes UH Energy Research Park
- Undergraduate degree in petroleum engineering begins
- DOE funds National Wind Energy Center at UH
- Master’s degree program in subsea engineering launches
- College of Pharmacy founded
- College of Nursing opens (closes ‘56)
- College of Optometry founded
- College of Pharmacy establishes Texas Medical Center location
- Health Law and Policy Program ranks best in the nation
- $81 million Science and Engineering Research and Classroom Complex opens
- 30-year research pact signed with Methodist Hospital
- Jan-Åke Gustafsson launches Center for Nuclear Receptors and Cell Signaling
- Health-related research more than 50 percent of total research expenditure
- Center for Neuromotor and Biomechanics Research member of National Center for Human Performance
- Health and Biomedical Sciences Building opens
- Thursday, November 6
Cougar 100 Luncheon
@ The Bayou City Event Center
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
9401 Knight Road
Join us as we recognize the top Cougar 100 owned or operated companies.
- Friday, November 7
UHAA Celebrity Golf Classic
@ Quail Valley Golf Club in Missouri City
Registration opens at 9 a.m.
Shotgun start at 11 a.m.
- Friday, November 7
Inaugural Class Reunions 2014
Class of '64
@ Hilton University of Houston
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Class of '89
@ University Center Ballroom
7 – 9 p.m.
Class of '04
@ Blaffer Art Museum
7 – 9 p.m.
- Saturday, November 8
Homecoming Football Game & Party on the Plaza
UH vs. Tulane
@ TDECU Stadium
Party on the Plaza
@ the Alumni Center with Curtis Poullard and the CZ Band.
David Levin (’70, J.D. ’73) announced the publication of his latest novel, “Demon Dust,” a paranormal/fantasy thriller set in Galveston. His other published literary works include novels, “Promise” and “The Demons of San Antonio” and a nonfiction guide for youth, “Teen Law.” He and his wife live in Houston and have two sons and a special dog.
W.H. “Bill” Easter III (’71), retired chairman, president and chief executive officer of DCP Midstream, was recently appointed to the Baker Hughes Inc. board of directors.
Michael Hainkel (‘78, M.S.Accy. ‘79) has been named executive vice president and chief tax officer at Lions Gate Entertainment.
Mike Brem (’79, M.B.A. ’81, J.D. ’90) has been elected to the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Board of Directors.
Steve Monks (’84) was elected to serve on the board of directors of the Group Legal Services Association (GLSA), formerly the American Prepaid Legal Services Institute.
Mark Polimeno (’88) published a new cookbook titled, “Mother Teresa’s Fine Foods.”
Shed Boren (M.S.W. ’89) has joined Camillus Health — a leading provider of health care services for persons who are homeless in Miami — as its executive director.
John D’Amico (’91) was installed as the mayor of West Hollywood on April 21. He was first elected to the West Hollywood City Council in 2011.
Patrick Dennis (’01) has been named a partner in the law firm of Doyle Raizner LLP, based in Houston and Phoenix, specializing in insurance, maritime and pharmaceutical law.
Juan F. Vasquez, Jr. (J.D. ’01), attorney with Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry, has been recognized by Chambers USA as one of the top tax controversy attorneys in the United States.
Melissa Krisztal (’03) is now talent acquisition specialist for Hearst Media. She will be actively recruiting entry level sales and marketing candidates in the Houston and San Antonio markets and is hopeful to help UH alumni with their careers.
Jake Donaldson (’06), Three Square Design Group principal, recently saw Three Square named a top design firm by ENR Texas and Louisiana.
Nichala Davidson (’08) received her Master of Arts in counseling from Prairie View A&M University in 2010 and also received her Licensed Professional Counselor Certification from the State of Texas in August 2013.
Isabel Soto (’13) is a presidential appointee and confidential assistant for the U.S. Department of Education – Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education in Washington, D.C.
Paula Santamaria (’14) is a presidential appointee and the special assistant to the chief of staff for the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C.
We invite you to submit your alumni news and updates at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What’s old is new again. The University Center, which opened in 1967, has been undergoing a major transformation, which concludes with the grand opening of Phase 2 in January 2015. The original (left) and the renovation (right) still share some reassuring similarities.