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Tom Herman

Tom Herman

This award-winning coach is determined to lead the Cougar football team to monumental victories.

Leadership

Message From The President

Here at the University of Houston, we often talk about the importance of community. It is mentioned prominently in our official Mission Statement, in our Strategic Principles and in our UH Goals. And we have two different offices with “community” in their titles…

Dean Leonard Baynes

Armed with a business background and a deep commitment to community outreach and creating job opportunities for students, Leonard M. Baynes assumed the reins of the University of Houston Law Center in fall 2014 as its ninth dean…

Dean Dennis Reynolds

Dennis Reynolds is a scholar, seasoned hospitality executive, prolific researcher and author, gifted teacher and, now, the next dean of the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management. He is expected to begin July 1…

Dean Alan J. Dettlaff

For the first time in a decade and a half, the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work will have a new leader. Professor Alan J. Dettlaff of the University of Illinois at Chicago has been selected to serve as dean of the GCSW…

Regent Durga Agrawal

After growing up in rural India, he earned a Ph.D. in Engineering at UH and now serves on the board that oversees his alma mater’s future…

Making an Impact

Well Red

Texas legislators were seeing red – literally – on Feb. 23. On that date, hundreds of Cougar faculty, staff, students, alumni and supporters converged on Austin for UH System Day at the Capitol…

Enlisting Change

For Torey Powell, Graduate College of Social Work alum and Army reservist, public service is in his nature. It is a quality cultivated through experiences with Houston nonprofit organizations and the Texas Legislature. And in the future, Powell hopes to work professionally with fellow veterans…

UH Center ADVANCING Women in STEM Fields

A new Center for ADVANCING UH Faculty Success, created with a $3.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation, is working to increase the number of female faculty members in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), as well as to make sure they have opportunities to move into leadership roles…

Getting In Deep

Strengthening its reputation as “the Energy University,” the University of Houston will lead a key national research center for subsea engineering and other offshore energy development issues, including research and technology to improve the sustainable and safe development of energy in the Gulf of Mexico…

Rooted in the Community

The University of Houston is growing something other than bright, young minds on campus…

Wheel Deal

Bikes are a popular and convenient mode of transportation at the University of Houston. Too often, however, abandoned bicycles are left chained to racks across campus…

Campus Affairs

Center of Attention

Several years and $80 million later, the UC has completed its amazing transformation — it’s bigger, it’s better and it has a new name…

Aria Kidding?

UH Opera Program celebrates an amazing 30 years of providing students with first-hand experience and Houston with first-rate productions…

#HappyBdayUH!

On March 7, the University of Houston celebrated its 88th birthday…

Learning & Leading

From Tehran to Texas

Doctoral student switches paths, trading engineering and asphalt for ‘touching’ consumer research at UH…

Revving Up Students with UH Redline App

Keeping cougars tuned in and turned on to campus events…

Ready … Set … Write!

Good writing, it’s been said, is its own reward … but University of Houston undergraduates now have the chance to win a considerable cash award as well…

Game Changers

Behind Cougar players and coaches is another University of Houston team that is geared toward high scores and winning. This team, however, is committed to the victories that happen off the field…

Taking Big Steps

New coach Tom Herman has plans to put the cougar football program on a path to championships…

Honorable Intentions

At the heart of the University of Houston is a center of undergraduate excellence called the Honors College. An Honors education encompasses both great books and grand challenges; it inspires students not only to read and reflect but also to act and create – to build contacts and community within the college itself, across the entire campus, and out into the city and the world…

Feature Stories

Going Coastal

Once the site of a WWII base, the UH Coastal Center serves as a special research facility and one of the country’s key prairie grass preserves…

Branching Out

In early 2008, the University of Houston was an unexpectedly verdant campus, pleasantly surprising first-time visitors with a lush array of trees far greater than you’d imagine at an “urban” institution. By the middle of September, that had changed dramatically…

Innovation & Insight

Microfinance and Mentors at UH Profit the Community

Monica Valadez needed $5,000 for a better sewing machine and an upgraded workspace. Mostly, though, she needed a mentor…

A Rose Is A Rose Is A Rosé?

“This is the only one of its kind between the two coasts,” says Chris Taylor, surveying the gleaming stemware, handsome décor and state-of-the-art lab equipment. It’s a place guaranteed to make any wine lover’s nostrils flare with delight…

Scientist, Teacher, Entrepreneur, Humanist

Zhifeng Ren’s research group has doubled in size since he arrived at UH two years ago, driven by the desire to make a difference…

On The Faculty

All Work is the Play…

When asked what they do in their spare time, UH professor – and married couple – Oomman Varghese and Maggie Paulose share a look of amusement and simply counter with “What’s spare time?” …

Making History

History is filled with interesting accounts, intriguing anecdotes, ripping yarns and even a few tall tales. For nearly five decades, Lawrence Curry has happily shared such material – plus a few of his own devising – with countless students at the University of Houston. Sometimes, those lectures even take on a life of their own…

Alumni & Friends

Counting On Success

If people didn’t know just how many successful area businesses are run by UH alums, they certainly do now — thanks to the inaugural Cougar 100…

Class Notes

News and announcements from UH Alumni…

In Memoriam

The University of Houston’s annual Day of Remembrance took place March 10 in the University Chapel. Each year a simple ceremony, open to the entire community, honors the students, faculty, staff and members of the community who passed away in the prior calendar year…

Shasta 6

Last Look

Shasta VI relaxes on a stony perch in his spacious habitat at the Houston Zoo, where he has been on duty as UH’s live mascot since March 2012. It’s a continuation of a tradition that began in 1947 when Shasta I was brought to UH. Keeping the big cats on campus continued until 1989, when Shasta V became the last Cougar resident of “Shasta’s Den,” a 10’ x 12’ enclosure near Lynn Eusan Park. Inset is a photo of two earlier Den‑izens – Shasta III taking stock of the curious cub that would become Shasta IV in 1977.

Photo by Stephanie Adams, Houston Zoo