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UH Merchandising Star Awards to Salute Retail Leaders Nov. 16Neiman Marcus’ Bob Devlin, H.E.B.’s Scott McClelland, PaperCity’s Holly Moore Honored During Luncheon

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October 25, 2011-Houston-

In Texas, the stars shine big and bright, and that will be especially true when the University of Houston celebrates three legendary luminaries of fashion and merchandising.

On Nov. 16, UH’s Merchandising Star Awards will recognize members of the retail community for their contributions to the industry. Presented by the UH human development and consumer sciences department (HDCS), this luncheon event kicks off at 11:30 a.m. (doors open at 11 a.m.) at River Oaks Country Club (1600 River Oaks Blvd.). The theme for this year’s event is “A Salute to Retail."

Honorees will include Robert “Bob” K. Devlin, vice president and general manager of Neiman Marcus - Houston Galleria; Scott McClelland, president of H.E.B.’s Houston division; and Holly Moore, founder and editor-in-chief of PaperCity. In addition to these industry veterans, the event will recognize standout HDCS students Calixto Mejia and Camille Simmons.

Proceeds from this event will benefit HDCS’ retailing and consumer sciences (RCS) program that prepares UH College of Technology undergraduates for retail and human resources careers.

“This event provides educational outreach and benefits our students,” said Shirley Ezell, associate professor of HDCS. “All of the proceeds from the event go into our permanent endowment that provides scholarships for retailing and consumer sciences students to complete their undergraduate degrees or to attend graduate school. The event provides an incredible network for our students and showcases those leaders who represent the very best in our industry. That combination is hard to beat.”

Dominique Sachse, UH alumna and anchor for KPRC Channel 2, will host this event. The event’s chair is Dance Perugini Ware, and the co-chair is Paige Fertitta. Sheridan Williams is serving as honorary chair.

The Merchandising Star Award Endowment was established in 2004 to provide funds for RCS undergraduate and graduate scholarships, continuing education programs, program and student enrichment, and the expansion of the first online merchandising degree in the nation.  Previous recipients include fashion designer Victor Costa, philanthropist Rose Cullen, Artisan Designs owner Arlene Baranda, television personality Roseann Rogers, Harris County judge Ed Emmet and jewelry designer Emily Armenta. For ticket details or to volunteer, contact Lisa Burns at 713-743-4886 or lcburns@uh.edu. More information is available at http://www.tech.uh.edu/starawards/.

HDCS is a part of UH's College of Technology. The multi-faceted department offers a unique curriculum focused on merchandising and human resources. Working with professionals in the retail communities has provided the UH program with educational opportunities for students to expand their creative retail intelligence. Students are challenged to reinvent retail processes, to build entirely new markets that meet untapped customer needs and to execute the right ideas and bring them to market in record time.

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