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May 2013

Arts Leadership at the University of Houston

Two recent appointments by Dean Roberts advance the UH Arts initiative launched by President Renu Khator. As one of the “big rocks” that serve as cornerstones of our Tier One institution, the UH Arts leverages creativity and innovation in the performing and visual arts.

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Sixto Wagan appointed inaugural Director of the Center for Arts Leadership

CLASS Dean John W. Roberts has appointed Sixto Wagan as the Director of the newly created Center for Arts Leadership, an inaugural program of the UH Arts initiative at the University of Houston. Read More

Fleurette Fernando appointed Director of M.A. in Arts Leadership Program

CLASS Dean John W. Roberts has appointed Fleurette Fernando as the Director of the new Master of Arts Degree in Arts Leadership Program. Read More
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Glass Mountain, the undergraduate literary journal edited by our Creative Writing students, has won one of two Associated Writing Programs’ 2013 National Program Directors' Prize for Undergraduate Literary Magazines. The UH publication claimed the Content Award.

According to one of the judges, Glass Mountain is "edgy, funny, smart, [with] top shelf fiction and poetry."

The Associated Writing Programs is the national professional organization for creative writing programs. The award includes a cash prize of $500 for the journal. The editors of Glass Mountain for the 2012-2013 academic year are Scott Chalupa, Brett Forsberg, and Steven Simeone.

More in the News

The scholarship of CLASS faculty recognized with major awards
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences congratulates University Award winners
New research examines perceptions of wheelchair sports
Dallas Morning News Book review: ‘Oleander Girl,’ by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Marching to his own beat: Earl Ray Monk
Cougar Comics produces the first edition of Tier One

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The research and professors in the Department of Health and Human Performance are the subjects of UH study aims to find out why astronauts get sick published in the Houston Chronicle.

Susan Scarrow, an associate professor of political science, is quoted in Internal democracy: Parties found wanting published in the Zimbabwe Independent.

Creative Writing Professor Tony Hoagland is quoted on the role of poetry in Texas Monthly magazine’s weekly GTT feature on the most interesting things to do in Texas that appears in the New York Times.

Samantha Kwan, associate professor of Sociology, discusses women and workplace anxieties in The last office taboo for women: Doing your business at work published on the Women in the World Internet channel sponsored by Newsweek and The Daily Beast.

Brandon Rottinghaus, associate professor of political science, was quoted in Historians, WH reporters: Press shouldn't "whitewash" Bush record in library reports featured on the Media Matters for America blog.

History Professor Robert Zaretsky wrote French Chief Rabbi's fall from grace in plagiarism scandal published in the Jewish Daily Forward.

Buck Ross, director of the Moores Opera Center, was named and profiled in the Houston Press as one of the 100 Creatives 2013.

The UH Concert Chorale performed during the Celebration of Reading gala hosted by former First Lady Barbara Bush and covered by Culture Map Houston.

The School of Art’s first Dollars for Scholars scholarship fundraiser is called The ultimate art auction: A who's who of Space City artists step up for the University of Houston by Culture Map Houston.

Photo gallery that appeared on the Houston Chronicle’s website featuring the Spirit of Houston marching band performing “En Masse” by composer Daniel Bernard Roumain, a work commissioned by the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts.

Nerd Scholar website applauds the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program as one of NerdScholar’s Five Favorite Colleges who Teach Women Salary Negotiation Skills.

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Wilson Chang

Wilson Chang has been awarded the Fulbright Fellowship to Teach English in Macau for the 2013-2014 academic year. He completed his bachelor of art degree in English Literature and Film Studies in December 2011. After graduation, he served as a cross-cultural guide in the Conversation Club Program, a partnership between the UH Fulbright office and the Language and Culture Center in CLASS.


Dennis Quaid, an award-winning actor and humanitarian, will be honored during the CLASS afternoon commencement ceremony. He will receive the President’s Medallion in recognition of his creative contributions and his work on behalf of children’s charities in Austin, New Orleans and Central America.  While Quaid was a student at UH in the 1970s, he studied drama under the tutelage of legendary professor Cecil Pickett in what is now called the School of Theatre & Dance.


Cecilia Pham, M.A. in Sociology 2009, delivered an April 2013 talk as part of the Department of Sociology’s “Life After the M.A.” series. Pham is the Individual Giving Manager at Project Row Houses, a Houston cultural arts nonprofit that presents contemporary art, and offers arts education, artists & curatorial talks, symposiums, art performances, film screenings, music performances, and art workshops. Along with the arts component, PRH supports the community through its social services with the Young Mother's Program, the PRH Arts & Education After School Program, and the PRH Teen Program., and develops and manages commercial property in Third Ward.


Katherine Pannill Center’s new novel, The Lost Husband, is being released by Ballantine Books this month. She taught freshman English and earned a master’s of art in fiction through the Creative Writing Program in the Department of English.


May 10: – College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Commencement
Morning Ceremony: 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in Hofheinz Pavilion
Departments Represented:

  • School of Art
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Jack J. Valenti School of Communication
  • Comparative Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Liberal Studies
  • Economics
  • English
  • Hispanic Studies
  • History

Afternoon Ceremony: 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. in Hofheinz Pavilion
Departments Represented:

  • Health and Human Performance
  • Modern and Classical Languages
  • Moores School of Music
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Theatre and Dance

May 17 – Public opening and reception for Andy Coolquitt: Attainable Excellence at the Blaffer Art Mseum Blaffer, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

May 31 – June 29The Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival

For more events, check the CLASS calendar.

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