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Instant CLASSic event aims to bring the college together

Three students in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences are organizing an event called "An Instant CLASSic" that will offer an all-day opportunity for departments and other organizations within the college to spread their message to the UH community. The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 7 at the Cullen Family Plaza outside the E. Cullen building.

As of Sept. 28, senior English major Ryan Johnson, senior print journalism major Julian Jimenez and senior history major Mike Nguyen have recruited more than 28 different student organizations, programs and departments within the college to participate.

"We simply are three students in CLASS who decided that our college deserves more at UH," Johnson said.

When the CLASS Dean's Office heard about the students' efforts, the students and Dean John W. Roberts decided to work together. The Dean's Office is financially supporting the event that will be used as an opportunity to announce a new scholarship for students.

"We are very pleased to see students take an interest in promoting the programs of the College," Dean Roberts said. "Their passion for the liberal arts and social sciences was evident in our earliest conversations about their plans and has continued to be so in the hard work that they have put into the organization of the event. They deserve the gratitude of the entire CLASS and university community for the for their efforts to call attention to programs that stand at the core of the curriculum for all students at U of H."

During the event, CLASS departments, programs and other organizations are invited to set up tables for distributing information about their services and activities. The Student Government Association, where Nguyen serves as a senator for the college, will also participate in the event.

Nguyen was quoted in an article printed in The Daily Cougar titled "SGA senators seek co-sponsor for CLASS event," written by reporter Jourdan Vian.

"It was our love and pride of our college, in what it is and what it can be, that motivated us," Nguyen told The Daily Cougar.

Nguyen told that he hopes to teach History after graduating, and he said he hopes to pursue advanced degrees as well.

"What I enjoy most about being part of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences is that what I study can be used to help humanity," Nguyen said. "For example, my History major; I believe in learning from past mistakes and using it to help us make a better future."

See a list of all Instant CLASSic participants, as of Sept. 29.

To participate in the event, or for more information, please contact Ryan Johnson at, or stop by the CLASS Dean's Office in Room 402 Agnes Arnold Hall.

—Brandon Moeller