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University of Houston
June 2014

Studying abroad advances career goals

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Summer 2014 Faculty-led Study Abroad Programs Students studying overseas
Jessica Ho, double major in Chinese studies and computer information systems, is enrolled in the faculty-led Chinese study abroad course.
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Jessica Ho
Scott Hoffer, Ph.D. candidate in Political Science will travel to India to learn Hindi through the U.S. State Department Critical Languages Scholarship Program
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Scott Hoffer
Alex Fisher, double major in political science and psychology, is spending his summer interning at the World Affairs Council to earn money to spend for Fall 2014 in Macedonia working in the U.S. Embassy in Macedonia.
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Alex Fisher
Launching a study abroad program: The India Studies Program is offering its first study abroad program during the next winter term, December 20, 2014 — January 14, 2015. The program is recruiting students this summer to participate.
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Recent alumnae working overseas
Chanelle Nicole Frazier, who was awarded her B.A. in Art History in May, has a paid internship this summer at the National Museum of Accra.
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Chanelle Nicole Frazier
Layla Benitez-James, MFA Spring 2014 graduate, has accepted a fellowship sponsored by Spain to spend a year translating the works of a Spanish poet and scholar.
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Layla Benitez-James

Prof. Joseph Pratt

History, Business Professor Joseph Pratt awarded state teaching honor

Pratt, the National Endowment for the Humanities and Cullen Professor of History and Business, has been awarded the 2014 Piper Professor Award from the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation. The prestigious honor recognizes superior teaching at the college level in Texas. read more

Prof. Andrew Davis

Andrew Davis appointed Director of the Moores School of Music

Dr. Andrew Davis, associate professor of music theory, has accepted a three-year appointment to the position of Director of the Moores School of Music, effective June 1, 2014. He will hold the Margaret M. Alkek and Margaret Alkek Williams Endowed Chair at the University of Houston. read more

Prof. Jack Fletcher

Jack Fletcher appointed Chair of the Department of Psychology

Dr. Jack M. Fletcher, the Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor of Psychology, has accepted a three-year appointment to the position of Chair of the Department of Psychology, effective June 1, 2014. read more

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Athletic training master degree program prepares students for growing industry
Long-term childhood poverty contributes to young adult obesity rates
Provost Summer Read Program creates community among first-time students

CLASS faculty members, please register now to lead a one-hour seminar discussion for the Provost Summer Read Program. Your participation will help to launch UH’s inaugural common book program and create a welcoming experience for our first-year students. This year's book is Step Out on Nothing: How Faith and Family Helped Me Conquer Life's Challenges by Byron Pitts. To register, login using your Cougarnet ID and password at Email questions to

CLASS Students in the Media

CLASS’s two oldest graduates last semester, Robert Lincoln Straight and Stephen Doiron, were featured in several media outlets recently:
Two men in their 70s to graduate from UH — KTRK-TV ABC-13
You should go back to school every 50 years,’ says UH gradExaminer (Bellaire — River Oaks — West University edition)
Age 72 Isn’t Too Old to Earn an Art Degree - Houston Matters on KUHF- 88.7FM

CLASS student Cody Miller was featured in the Houston Chronicle for his attempt to break the Guiness World Record for the number of disc golf holes completed in 24 hours. The article, UH student attempting to break Guinness record for disc golf holes in 24 hours, details his attempt.

David Tomas Martinez, Ph.D. candidate in creative writing and author of the recently-published poetry collection Hustle, was featured in a UH Moment spotlight that aired on Houston Public Media’s KUHF-88.7 FM.

CLASS Faculty in the Media

Nancy Beck Young, Chair of the Department of History, discussed the impact of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and why it is still relevant today on ABC 13’s program, CrossRoads.

Marathoner and Health and Human Performance lecturer, Caryn Honig, was featured in the Houston Chronicle article, Houston runners show solidarity for Boston Marathon.

Research conducted by the Hobby Center for Public Policy was featured in a Ft. Bend News article, titled Bigger and bigger in Texas: Demographic study shows substantial growth.

Art Professor Abinadi Meza has received the prestigious Rome Prize which recognizes excellence in arts and humanities, and rewards recipients with fellowships and stipends that support residencies in Rome. An article about the honor ran in Here Entertainment, titled UH Art Professor Abinadi Meza Receives Prestigious Rome Prize.

“Funny Once: Stories,” a book by professor of English Antonya Nelson, was featured in the Houston Chronicle article, 12 New (and New-ish) Books with a Texas Flavor.

The article, Deep reading: 'an island in the sea of technology', which appeared in The Guardian, included a brief review of English professor David Mikics’s book, Slow Reading in a Hurried Age. Mikics’s book was also discussed in the article, Paul Horton: In Defense of Reading III -- Slow Down! which ran in Education Week.

Robert Zaretsky, professor of history, authored several published articles recently:
Professor of History and African-American Studies, Gerald Horne, was featured in the Noozhawk article, Author, Historian Gerald Horne to Deliver UCSB’s Shirley Kennedy Memorial Lecture.

Paul Gregory, professor of Economics, authored an article titled, Paul Roderick Gregory: Putin’s Ukrainian executioners worse than Stalin’s which ran in the Kyiv Post.

Inside Higher Ed ran an article written by professor of psychology, Arturo Hernandez, titled, The Disappearing California Dream. The article compares his college experience with the experiences of his parents, and his daughter.

A new study by assistant professor of Health and Human Performance, Daphne Hernandez, finds childhood poverty reaches into the lives of white, Hispanic and African-American young adult women, contributing to their propensity to be overweight and obese. The study was featured in the RedOrbit article, Long-Term Childhood Poverty Contributes To Young Adult Obesity Rates and in the Medical News Today article, The impact of extended childhood poverty on obesity rates in young adults.

The Texas Music Festival celebrates its 25th season this summer and Houston media outlets have taken notice. CultureMap Houston is publishing a new story each week of the festival, spotlighting its conductors, orchestra fellows and staff. That effort includes the article Texas Music Fest opens with special concert: Recently deceased Houston icon honored by Mahler magic.
Other media mentions include:
Texas Music Festival kicks off celebration with WagnerHouston Chronicle
Texas Music Festival brings together novices and professionals Houston Chronicle
Great Day Houston: Texas Music Festival (video) — KHOU-TV Channel 11

CLASS Alumni/ae Notes

The curator of the Menil Collection’s latest exhibition, "A Thin Wall of Air: Charles James," is Susan Sutton, an art history alumna of the School of Art and a Menil assistant curator. The Menil exhibition offers an intimate take on the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute's big summer show, "Charles James: Beyond Fashion." The Houston Chronicle profiled Sutton recently.

Voxxi recently ran a feature article about Barbara Padilla, who earned her Master’s Degree from the Moores School of Music.  The story details Padilla’s journey from a young student in Mexico, to her repeated battle with cancer, to her graduate work at UH and concludes by describing the upcoming release of her first album.

CLASS alumna Brittaney Wilmore was one of 12 finalists in "My Black is Beautiful," a marketing campaign searching for six women to serve as ambassadors in inspiring other women to be their best selves. The six grand prize winners were selected by public vote through Facebook that was open until midnight on June 1. The new ambassadors will be announced on June 29. Good luck, Brittaney.

Send Alumni/ae career updates and media mentions to CLASS Director of Communication Shannon Buggs —

June 1 — Sept. 6: Candice Breitz: The Woods exhibition at Blaffer Art Museum
The Woods delivers a trilogy of video installations exploring the performance of childhood and capturing adolescent actors on and off camera working in the entertainment industries in Los Angeles (Hollywood), Mumbai (Bollywood) and Lagos (Nollywood.)

June 1 — Aug. 30: Francesca DiMattio: Housewares exhibition at Blaffer Art Museum
Housewares’ paintings and sculpture depict familiar objects within unfamiliar contexts. Furniture, architecture, and household items collide in the paintings, while the sculptures incorporate the traditional and radical to challenge notions of the decorative and femininity.
Brown Bag Gallery Talk on this exhibition at noon, June 18

June 6 — 28: Texas Music Festival: Bringing classical music rising stars to Houston for 25 years
Presented by the Moores School of Music.
The 25th anniversary season is dedicated to the memory of David Tomatz, the festival’s co-founding director. Highlights include the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition finals on June 8, the Classical Minds Guitar Institute and Competition running June 10 — 15, and the Saturday Orchestra Series every Saturday evening in June. Review the month-long schedule of concerts and events and purchase tickets at

For more events, check the CLASS calendar.

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