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Employee Recognition - July 2022

Alexcis Mendoza

UH Dining’s Alexcis Mendoza Wins Chartwells President’s Circle Award

Congratulations to UH Dining and Chartwells District Marketing Manager Alexcis Mendoza on being awarded the Chartwells President’s Circle Award for her outstanding contributions to ‘Living the Brand.’

Mendoza started her career at Chartwells as a Marketing Intern in 2012 and worked her way up to District Marketing Manager through hard work and dedication. Read more about Mendoza and Chartwells President’s Circle Award

 Departmental Recognition - July 2022

HUB Award

Historically Underutilized Business Department wins Houston Business Journal Award

The University of Houston’s Historically Underutilized Business Operations Department recently got a jolt of good news when the Houston Business Journal announced the department had won the Diversity in Business Award.

HUB is the award recipient within the Outstanding Supplier Diversity category, recognizing companies that successfully seek to do business with minority suppliers. HOD Operations Director F. Linelle Clark, Ph.D., said the recognition means a tremendous amount because it signifies that the department is on the right track. Read more about HOD’s award from the Houston Business Journal.

 Employee Recognition - June 2022


Dr. Emily Messa Selected for Fulbright Specialist Roster

Dr. Emily Messa, University of Houston System Senior Associate Vice Chancellor and University of Houston Senior Associate Vice President for Administration has been recommended for the Fulbright Specialist Roster for a four-year term. As a member of the Fulbright Specialist Roster, Messa is eligible to be matched with projects designed by host institutions in over 150 countries globally. Read more about Dr. Messa's selection to the Fulbright Specialist Roster.

Professional Development & Events - June 2022

Auxiliary Services Re-Launches the Auxiliary Services Professional Symposium with a Focus on Creating Connections, Collaborations with Student Affairs


The University of Houston’s Auxiliary Services revived its Auxiliary Services Professional Symposium by hosting this year’s event on June 7th at the M.D. Anderson Library. The event was attended by colleagues from across the UH System. The focus of this year’s program was collaboration and connecting – highlighting the important role of auxiliary services in impacting the student experience and helping to make connections between auxiliary services professionals and student affairs programs and services.

Key note speaker University of Houston-Clear Lake President Dr. Richard Walker, who also previously served as Vice Chancellor and Vice President for the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services at the UH System and University of Houston, led a group discussion with attendees about lessons learned in supporting students during the pandemic. Participants discussed how student basic needs became more visible during the pandemic and the importance of flexibility in student learning and programming. Read more about the Symposium’s revival.

May 2022

  • F/CM Continues to Recognize Employee Contributions with Excellence Awards

    On May 24, F/CM hosted their annual department lunch. During this time together appreciation wasfacitites employee award given for the hard work accomplished through the fiscal year. The inaugural Strategic Teams were acknowledged for the projects they proposed in 2021. The 2022 Strategic Teams were also announced.

    The Building Futures, Maintaining Excellence Awards were given by Senior Associate Vice Chancellor/Associate Vice President David Oliver. There are four awards distributed in total including individual and team awards.

    The top nominated employee finalists were individually emailed to let them know they had been considered for the award. The finalist’s included Miguel Elizondo, Rudy Jimenez, Michelle Le, Nguyen Ngo, Richard Pace, Jai Ranganath, Jim Regan, Nabil Sanmiguel, Brad Schmidt, and Bill Wilkins.

April 2022

  • 2022 TAPPA Educational Conference

    tappa-confrence.jpgUniversity of Houston staff members from the Facilities/Construction Management department hosted the 2022 TAPPA Educational Conference and Business Partner Fair in Spring, Texas. TAPPA is a non-profit organization that promotes common interest, proficiency, and professionalism in college and university facilities operations. The organization’s annual conference allows attendees to get educated and informed on better managing the facilities department in their respective colleges and universities.  The 2022 TAPPA Conference was attended by 33 higher education institutions with close to 400 participants. And there was a sea of red across the conference as over 40 UH staff members attended — some for the first time. Read more about the TAPPA Conference here.
  • 2022 Diversity Institute Summit

    uhpd-summit-highlight.jpgTeam members from the University of Houston Police Department enhanced their skills this month by attending an on-campus training and leading an educational session at a regional safety summit. On April 1, UHPD attended the 2022 Diversity Institute, Good Trouble: Allyship in Action summit presented by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion in collaboration with the Center for Student Involvement and the Women & Gender Resource Center. The diversity summit is held annually with each year offering a different theme. The goal is to offer participants transformative sessions to enhance their cultural knowledge. 
  • Las Comadres College Mentoring Program

    LasComadres-1.jpgEsmeralda Valdez, Executive Director of University Services, participated with staff colleagues in the Las Comadres College Mentoring Program, by leading an educational session at the 2022 Diversity Institute’s Good Trouble: Ally Ship in Action conference to bring awareness to the University of Houston’s largest subpopulation of students – Latina undergraduates. The session, titled Uplifting Latina Undergraduates: The Significance of Mentorship Latina Student Success at a Hispanic Serving Institution, provided recommendations to faculty and staff on how they can support Latina students in balancing their intersectional identities and navigating the structures of higher education
  • Preparedness Response Innovation Mitigation Recovery (PRIMR) Conference

    ginger-walker.jpgGinger Walker, Director, Emergency Management with the Office of Emergency Management, presented to the Preparedness Response Innovation Mitigation Recovery (PRIMR) Conference at the University of North Texas on March 7th. The PRIMR Annual Conference focuses on catastrophic disaster preparedness. Catastrophic disasters leave a trail of destruction from staggering financial costs to widespread societal disruption and human suffering. In recent years, Texas has been impacted by a worldwide pandemic, a massive winter storm, hurricanes, floods, wildfires, droughts, induced earthquakes, offshore oil spills, and chemical explosions.
  • UH Police Chief visits TLIM Program in UH Sugar Land

    University of Houston Police Chief Ceaser Moore and Officer Markenna Pharr visited the Technology Leadership and Innovation Management program in Sugar Land to speak about leadership in law enforcement. Chief Moore and Officer Pharr shared with students the best practices and success strategies for their careers in the public or private sector.  



  • TPTA Parking Employee Award

    TPTA Parking Employee Award

    The Texas Parking and Transportation Association (TPTA) has named Parking and Transportation Services Assistant Director Allen DeForde as the winner of its 2022 Parking Employee Award of Excellence.
  • Campus Safety Magazine Recognizes Ginger Walker

    Campus Safety Magazine Recognizes Ginger Walker

    Ginger Walker is a finalist for Campus Safety Director of the year Award.