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CLASS Event Calendar

Dec. 17: Fall 2015 Commencement
The College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences (CLASS) commencement ceremony is 9 – 11:30 a.m. in Hofheinz Pavilion on Cullen Boulevard

Jan. 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
(federal and state holiday)

Jan. 19: Kristen Yon Faculty Recital
7:30pm-9:30pm at Dudley Recital Hall
Moores School of Music faculty members Kristen Yon, Anthony Kitai and Timothy Hester will perform. For ticket information contact the Moores School of Music Box Office at 713-743-3388.

Jan. 20: Encounters and Discoveries in Literature: Celebrating Arte Público Press and Twentieth Century Latina/o Literature
5 pm - 7 pm in the M.D. Anderson Library Rockwell Pavilion
Opening reception of the new exhibit, Encounters and Discoveries in Literature: Celebrating Arte Público Press and Twentieth Century Latina/o Literature. Materials in the exhibit will include books, archival documents, photographs, and works of art produced or recovered by Arte Público Press and its subdivisions. For more information contact Lisa Cruces at 713-743-9903.

For more events, check the CLASS calendar.

CLASS Expertise in the Media

J. Leigh Leasure
The New York Times included comments by J. Leigh Leasure, associate professor of psychology, in their article The Close Ties Between Exercise and Beer.
   
Todd Romero
Todd Romero, associate professor of history, offered his expertise on Houston’s Food and Dining scene in the following articles:
   
Jennifer Wingard
The Washington Post recently intereviewed associate professor of English Jennifer Wingard for their article, Is our ‘out of control’ political rhetoric really all that extraordinary?
   
Francisco Cantu
Francisco Cantú, assistant professor of political science, co-authored an article for the Washington Post titled, Was Argentina’s election stolen? Here’s how you can tell.
   
Tracy Xavia Karner
Manhattan as Muse: Streetscapes by Harvey Stein, an article that recently ran in the Huffington Post reviewed the book, Briefly Seen: New York Street Life. The book includes essays from sociology department chair Tracy Xavia Karner.
   
Lorenzo Cano
The Boston Globe interviewed Lorenzo Cano, associate director of the Center of Mexican American Studies, for the article, Census considers more race choices.
   
Abdel Razzaq Takriti
Associate professor of modern Arab history, Abdel Razzaq Takriti, was featured in The Cougar article, Head of Arab studies program aims to shape understanding of the Middle East
   
Moores Opera House
For the fifth consecutive year, productions by the Moores Opera Center have earned top honors from the National Opera Association's annual Opera Production Competition. The Houston Chronicle article, University of Houston Moores Opera Center honored, describes the recognition.
   
Paul R. Gregory
The National Review ran an article authored by Paul Roderick Gregory, professor of economics, titled, Russia’s Economic Stagnation. In addition, he authored the article, Why Russian President Vladimir Putin makes a bad ally for Hindustan Times.
   
Stephan Hillerbrand
The work of Stephan Hillerbrand, associate professor of photography and co-owner of the Hillerbrand+Magasamen design studio, was featured in the KHOU story, Festival features flicks with real NASA footage.
   
Richard Murray
Bloomberg interviewed Richard Murray, professor of political science, for their article, Obama Pins Hope on Supreme Court After Latest Immigration Defeat. He was also quoted in the Chicago Tribune article, Obama's loss on immigration case may be political win for party.
   
Emran El-Badawi
Emran El-Badawi, director of Arabic studies, offered comments in the Houston Chronicle article, Survey: Christian Americans view Muslim values 'at odds' with those of America.
   
Veteran broadcaster and host of ABC's "What Would You Do?" John Quiones, was the keynote speaker at the Center for Mexican American Studies' annual Noche Cultural Banquet. The event was covered by ABC-13 in the story 'What Would You Do?' host John Quiñones delivers keynote speech at UH banquet.
   
Brandon Rottinghaus
Associate professor of political science, Brandon Rottinghaus, offered comments in the following articles:
   
Michael D. Snediker
Poetry by Michael D. Snediker, associate professor of English, was featured in The Spectrum article, Poem-A-Day — ‘The Abasement of the Northmores’ by Michael D. Snediker
   
Robert Zaretsky
Professor of modern and classical languages, Robert Zaretsky, wrote the following articles:

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May 21, 2013: Moores Concert Chorale takes top prize in German competition

May 7, 2013: M.A. in Arts Leadership Program Director Appointed

April 18, 2013: Center for Arts Leadership Director Appointed

March 15, 2012: Movie about Creative Writing Professor Nick Flynn opens Friday

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See what’s next at the School of Art Annual Student Exhibition

On display at the Blaffer Art Museum now through May 10

The semester is winding down, but student artists show no signs of slowing down. Their latest efforts are on display at the Blaffer Art Museum as part of the School of Art Annual Student Exhibition.

More than 100 works created by juniors, seniors and graduate students are on view during the exhibition, which runs through May 10. Disciplines represented include painting, sculpture, photo/digital media, graphic communications, and interdisciplinary practice and emerging forms.

“For many School of Art artists and designers, the Annual School of Art Student Exhibition is their first significant exhibition,” said Aaron Parazette, UH art professor and the exhibition’s coordinator. “As an event, this offers the excitement of seeing how one's work looks under the bright lights, and also a keen anticipation for how the viewers will appreciate and respond to the work.”

Exhibition works have been professionally installed in an internationally renowned museum. The displayed art was selected by School of Art faculty in consultation with the participating student artists.

“The exhibition presents a wonderful opportunity to appreciate the talent, ideas and dedication of the artists and designers in their progress towards becoming the next generation of art and culture producers in Houston and beyond,” Parazette said. “Because of the number of participating exhibitors, the Annual School of Art Student Exhibition always has the highest attendance numbers of any exhibition at the Blaffer Art Museum. It is regarded as a look at the present with a view to the future.”

Admission to Blaffer Art Museum is free. Hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Thursday. It is located in UH’s Fine Arts Building (Entrance 16 off Cullen Boulevard).

Blaffer Art Museum opened to the public in 1973. Named for Houston arts patron and collector, Sarah Campbell Blaffer, the museum quickly earned fame as a space for innovative, cutting-edge exhibitions. In addition to hosting artists’ works, the museum commissions art and organizes exhibitions that tour nationally. In 2012, the museum underwent an expansion that included the addition of lounge, new second level spaces (studio, media gallery), front entrance, new signage and redesigned staircase. To learn about Blaffer Art Museum, visit its website.

~By Mike Emery

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Ready… Set… Commence!” Graduation Celebration

On May 3 and 6 get everything you need to cross the stage during Commencement

Mortar Board (UH)

The University of Houston College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences (CLASS) will host, “Ready … Set ... Commence!” All spring graduation candidates are invited to join Dean John W. Roberts at a pre-commencement day celebration of their achievements and future success.

“Ready ... Set ... Commence!” takes place May 3 and May 6. It functions as an opportunity for graduating seniors to pick-up graduation packets, verify pronunciations of names, decorate mortar boards (top of graduation cap) and pick up “walk cards,” the credentials required to walk across the commencement stage.  Attendees also can learn about graduate studies programs at UH and how to join the UH Alumni Association.

“We are excited to have this opportunity to provide our graduates with information and resources that make their graduation day less stressful,” Roberts said. “Being able to take care of the details in a more relaxed atmosphere will surely enhance their enjoyment of commencement.”

The CLASS graduate studies coordinator will be on hand to answer questions about graduate studies programs at UH. Participants will also be able to join the UH Alumni Association.

At 11 a.m. May 3 and 5 p.m. May 6 Dean Roberts will lead a toast to the CLASS of 2013.

WHAT:

“Ready…Set…Commence!"
Dean Roberts hosts new CLASS Graduation Celebration

WHEN:                  

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Friday, May 3
3  - 7 p.m., Monday, May 6, 2013

Please note: Toast with Dean John W. Roberts at 11 a.m.

WHERE:               

Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion, MD Anderson Library, 2nd Floor
University of Houston

Parking at the Welcome Center and Parking Garage
Entrance 1 off Calhoun Road

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New research examines perceptions of wheelchair sports

Health and Human Performance professor studies how to increase resources for wheelchair athletes

Prof. Michael Cottingham

Rugby players are thought to be some of the toughest athletes in team sports.  Wearing minimal padding to protect against the maul, they’re a scrum of toughness and athleticism. 

Does that image, however, get revised when a rugby player’s tough exterior is enhanced by a wheelchair?

 “The way people perceive the sport may be quite different just knowing the athlete has a disability,” said Michael Cottingham, assistant professor in the department of health and human performance. “How do you react to the sport? How do you perceive the athleticism of the individuals?  Do you perceive it as inspiration? Would you be likely to attend an event?”

Cottingham, whose research interests include promotional strategies in sport, is examining consumer behavior and perceptions about athletes with disabilities. He’s trying to determine what steps disability sports can take to increase their support in resources and fans.

“There’s a lower level of expectation of athletes with disabilities, and when they exceed that we often call that ‘inspiration,’” he said.  “How do we raise the expectation in order to perceive them more as athletes, rather than just inspirational stories?”

Cottingham is measuring perception by showing a series of videos to more than 400 students.  Each short video contains the same information about a table-tennis athlete and his national and international successes.  In one video, the champion’s story includes information about his impoverished childhood.  In another, it shows him in a wheelchair. 

“Groups will see one of the videos then fill out a survey that examines their emotional response to the stories,” he said. “They’ll also be asked about their interest in seeing him play or in following his activities on social media.” 

The study also will include focus groups. 

Cottingham says while there is theory about perceptions of athletes and persons with disabilities, there isn’t any empirical data about the issue or about the influences that may lead to increased support.

“Sports has a means to social change and a lot of the research suggests that athletes are on the forefront of disability-culture movement because they’re out there and want to be recognized in society,” he said.

His research coincides with a summer camp he’s directing along with the UH Adaptive Athletics student organization.  The Wheelchair Rugby Camp is planned for June 13-16 at the UH Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. Athletes of all levels are invited to participate but must be 14-25 years old.  For more information or to register, visit:  http://www.uh.edu/class/hhp/hhp_adaptive_athletics/index.php

“It’s important to create opportunities for young athletes with disabilities, especially because there aren’t any true strictly college rugby programs out there,” he said. 

- By Marisa Ramirez

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Marching to his own beat: Earl Ray Monk

UH alumnus supports Moores School of Music and its marching band with $100,000 gift

Earl Ray Monk
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A conversation with Earl Ray Monk is a history lesson wrapped in light-hearted banter. At age 88, the retired Exxon Mobil accountant enjoys talking over a good meal and listening to good music – especially the sounds produced by the UH Spirit of Houston marching band.

“I just think the UH band is as good as anything in the state of Texas,” Mr. Monk said recently. “We may not be as large as some, but we are better than most of them!”

His love of marching band music spurred Mr. Monk to give $100,000 to the Moores School of Music to be used by the band department. In honor of this gift, a conference room in the School of Music was recently renamed the Earl Ray Monk Conference Room.

“Ray Monk truly cares about the university, and his gifts reflect this fact,” said Dr. David Ashley White, Margaret M. Alkek and Margaret Alkek Williams Endowed Chair and Director of the Moores School of Music. “He is a modest and thoroughly delightful man who worked hard all his life and is now willing to share some of his resources with us. The band program in the Moores School is grateful for his generosity!”

Mr. Monk attended UH in the late 1940s and early 1950s as a business student. He established a Tier One Scholarship Endowment at the Bauer College of Business and has made several other generous contributions to UH over the years.

“Mr. Monk is one of the best of the best,” said Lynn Mason, Director of Development. “He gives annually, he leverages his 3-to-1 Exxon Mobil match every year, and he has included significant gifts for UH in his estate plans. He attends all the football games and so many of our other events. At an incredibly spry 88 years of age, he has seen so much during his lifetime and those adventures have turned into great stories that we love to hear!”

When it came to deciding where he would attend college, UH was a natural fit for Mr. Monk because he was born and raised in Houston. His father died when he was two-years-old and his mother supported him and his three older sisters by working at a Houston-area textile mill. After graduating from Regan High School, Mr. Monk joined the military and served during World War II.

“I enlisted with four friends in 1942,” said Mr. Monk. “We were required to serve for what was called ‘duration plus six.’” That meant the soldiers served for the duration of the war plus six months after its end.

Following basic training at Ellington Field, Mr. Monk traveled west, serving in New Guinea, Australia, the Philippines, and other islands throughout the South Pacific.

“I did whatever the U.S. government asked me to do,” said Mr. Monk. “I built everything from latrines to landing fields for airplanes. One of my jobs was to search for downed planes over the islands in the Pacific - looking for the pilots.”

Although Mr. Monk recalls his military experience as interesting, he didn’t particularly enjoy being a soldier.

“I didn’t like the military – I don’t like anything I can’t quit,” he said.

When his military commitment ended on December 27, 1945, Mr. Monk enrolled at UH with financial assistance provided by the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944. The law, commonly known as the GI bill, gave education benefits to World War II veterans that included cash payments to cover tuition and living expenses to attend college, high school or vocational education institutions.

Mr. Monk, however, did not rely completely on the G.I. Bill’s financial benefits. While in college, he started working for the Humble Oil and Refining Company, which is now Exxon Mobil.

“I’ve always been conscious of money, I really have,” said Mr. Monk. “I took the job at Humble Oil and Refining because they had a retirement plan. I worked for 33 years and nine months, and I put 10% in the retirement plan every month.”

Like many of today’s UH students, Mr. Monk balanced full-time work with his class work and extracurricular activities. He recalls Frontier Fiesta, the student-led spring festival that was established in 1940, as being a fun-filled event that students looked forward to annually.

At age 57, Mr. Monk retired from Exxon Mobil. Over the years, he added to his nest egg by owning and operating a pet store in the 1960s that sold everything from tropical fish to birds and dogs. He also invested in residential and commercial real estate and leased his properties to renters and a used car dealer.

Now, he lives in the Montrose area in one of a very few Houston-area homes that has a basement. (He says his basement has never flooded.) He plays bridge, enjoys dining out at local restaurants, and hosts annual holiday gatherings at his home for his entire family.

When asked why he has chosen to be such a strong supporter to UH for so long, Mr. Monk applies his decades of accounting experience.

“When Exxon matches my donation three-to-one, I can’t afford not to contribute to UH,” he said.

- By Monica Byars

College of Liberal Arts
and Social Sciences

The University of Houston
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Houston, TX 77204-3000
Phone: 713-743-4002
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Cougar Comics produces the first edition of Tier One

Prof. Mat Johnson’s graphic novel workshop students publish short-story anthology

Tier One - cougar comics first edition cover

In his course, Graphic Novel Workshop, Professor Mat Johnson helps student writers navigate new creative waters. Although illustrated storytelling is not a new concept to his students, the techniques and craft used to write and design comic books and graphic novels often are.

Prof. Johnson’s experience as a graphic novelist helped the students use what they learned in the classroom to complete five-page stories illustrated by professional artists. Those stories were compiled into the first edition of Cougar Comics’ Tier One. The anthology is the first printed collection of student graphic novel works.

The first 100 attendees at a free reception on May 6 received a copy of Tier One. Student authors, some artists and Prof. Johnson were on hand to sign copies.

“This class has helped me better understand what the reader expects from each page,” said student Olga Feliciano. “I had never thought about that before. Writing for a graphic novel has made me more conscious of a story’s pacing and not spending time being self-indulgent. It’s helped me write more for the audience.”

Feliciano’s story, “The Sacrifice,” was illustrated by artist Jarrod Perez. It details a young woman’s loss of faith after her uncle dies from AIDS. The story takes place as the woman is preparing for her confirmation in the Catholic church.

Just as Feliciano learned from the process of scripting an illustrated story, her classmate Diego Vicent also discovered that graphic novels are more than just developing a good story. Even for someone, who grew up on comics, writing a graphic novel provided many lessons in creativity and collaboration, he said.

“I never thought it was so much work,” he said. “I thought you’d write a story, sit down with someone and draw it. There was a lot of exchange between the artist and me. It was a big process for a five-page story. So, when I look at graphic novels and comics, I have a new appreciation for the people who worked on them.”

Vicent’s story, “One More Drink,” was illustrated by Alex Riegel. It focuses on a failed drunken detective who may be on the verge of finally apprehending the bad guys.

Other stories in Tier One Comics include:

  • Night Study” by Bryan Owens, art by Brett Owen
  • “You Think This Is Your House?” by Dickson Lam, art by Ted Closson
  • “Non Attingre Monstra” by Thomas Frey, art by Maria-Elisa Heg
  • “Tar Feather” written and illustratedby Laura Fletcher
  • “Abraham and Isaac” byZach Martin, art by Annamaria Bryant

Now in its third semester, Johnson’s Graphic Novel Workshop helps students develop their abilities as visual storytellers. It is conducted every other spring in the Creative Writing Program of the Department of English andd is supported by the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts.

A professor of creative writing, Johnson has authored graphic novels Dark Rain: A New Orleans Story, Incognegro and Hellblazer – Papa Midnight. His published novels are Pym, Drop and Hunting in Harlem. He has also published the non-fiction work The Great Negro Plot.

- By Mike Emery

College of Liberal Arts
and Social Sciences

The University of Houston
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Following footsteps to blaze new trails

Phi Beta Kappa member Colt Meier earns a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at UH

Stacey Colton Meier

Colt Meier admires his parents so much that he’s chosen to follow in both of their footsteps.

The son of a father who is a clinical psychologist, Dr. Meier graduates this spring from the University of Houston with a doctorate in clinical psychology.

One terminal doctorate degree, however, is not enough for him.

He’s taking the prerequisite courses for medical school so that he can complete a medical degree, as his mother, an obstetrician and gynecologist, did.

 “In addition to being a psychologist, I would like to be a family medicine physician and provide medical care to the transgender community,” said Dr. Meier.

His professional ambitions underscore his own life journey and commitment to helping others successfully follow his path. Dr. Meier is the first out transgender individual to graduate with a Ph.D. from the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

“In addition to psychological support, the transgender population needs medical care just like anyone else,” said Dr. Meier. “But they want to see a physician who won’t judge them. I believe I can help more people with both of these degrees.”

A Gulf Coast native, Dr. Meier earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rice University in 2006. He graduated with a 4.0 grade point average and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest academic honor society in the United States, and Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology.

He was admitted to several graduate schools and chose the University of Houston over other prestigious opportunities Texas A&M and Tulane universities.

“I’m originally from Beaumont, but after attending Rice, I realized I really enjoyed Houston and wanted to stay in the city,” said Dr. Meier. “With the Texas Medical Center here, there are so many potential training opportunities in Houston.”

Another major factor in his decision to pursue his doctorate at UH’s highly-regarded Clinical Psychology Program was his first meeting with Julia Babcock, associate professor of psychology and co-director of the Center for Couples Therapy.

“When I asked her how my being a transgender student would be handled within the department Dr. Babcock answered, without hesitation, that she was committed to diversity and valued all people,” recalls Dr. Meier.
For his doctoral dissertation, Dr. Meier conducted a longitudinal study on the psychological effects of exogenous testosterone on female-to-male transsexuals.

“Colt designed an ambitious dissertation, following a difficult-to-recruit population over time in a longitudinal study of the effects of testosterone on FTMs,” said Dr. Babcock. “With most graduate students, I would steer them away from having their graduation depend upon completion of a longitudinal study but in Colt's case, I decided just to get out of his way.

“He was passionate about the topic, designed a state-of-the-art study, and has become a leader in the field.”

Under Dr. Babcock’s guidance, Dr. Meier completed his coursework, and is nearly finished with his American Psychological Association accredited pre-doctoral internship at Texas Tech University. He will begin a post-doctoral fellowship this summer at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Administration Medical Center, where he will work with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients.

 “Eventually I would like to open my own practice or be part of a larger organization that promotes transgender wellness in the southern United States,” said Dr. Meier. “I want to continue to be part of the movement.”

- By Monica Byars

College of Liberal Arts
and Social Sciences

The University of Houston
402 Agnes Arnold Hall
Houston, TX 77204-3000
Phone: 713-743-4002
Fax: 713-743-2990

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Post-graduation to-do list includes political office run

Political Science major Mark Solano gives himself 9 years to complete major goals

Mark Solano

Photo by: Houston Style Magazine

Mark Solano has a nine-year plan and a long to-do list.

Celebrate his 21st birthday. Check.

Graduate from the University of Houston this spring with a bachelor’s degree in political science. Check.

Run for a seat on the Pearland City Council. Check.

By his 30th birthday, Solano plans to have served both as mayor of Pearland, the Houston-area suburb where he grew up, as well as a state senator in the Texas legislature. And that is just the beginning of his political aspirations.

“When I was a little kid, I told my parents that I was going to be president one day,” said Solano. “Today, I am doing so much that they often tell me to slow down.”

Solano spent his time at the University of Houston preparing for life after college.

As a transfer student, he quickly identified the Student Government Association as the organization he wanted to join.

“I had to summon up my courage to travel to the basement of the UC and let the individuals in the SGA offices know that I was interested in participating in SGA,” said Solano. “Over the next few months, I met with SGA officers and, eventually, was confirmed by the SGA senate as the Director of External Affairs.”

Cedric K. Bandoh, University of Houston Student Body President said, “Mark is an extremely hardworking student leader that is dedicated to initiatives geared at improving the lives of his fellow students and community members.”

Solano juggled in his senior year his full-time academic responsibilities and his SGA position as a liaison between the university community, other universities, the City of Houston, Harris County, and the State of Texas.

“My job is to let government officials know that UH is the new standard of Tier One universities,” said Solano. “With our proximity to institutions, such as the Texas Medical Center, and the oil and gas industries, UH is a funnel of success for students entering the work force.”

Three assistant directors worked with Solano and, together, the team advocated on behalf of UH students on issues concerning higher education. They also assist UH administration with government and community relations matters.

In February, Solano was part of a contingent of UH students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community supporters that traveled to Austin to meet with legislators at the state Capitol. The group from UH is part of an initiative called “Invest in Texas.”  The movement is a statewide coalition of students dedicated to advocating for higher education across Texas.

“We want to ensure that any budget cuts are fair, equitable and balanced,” said Solano. “We do not want the Texas legislature to cut UH short in terms of funding.”

In addition to his role with SGA, Solano is also very active with the Houston Rotary Club, an organization that he credits for inspiring him to go to college in the first place. He is the president of Rotaract, a Rotary-sponsored service club for people ages 18 to 30.

Rotary’s main objective is service — in the community, in the workplace, and around the globe. The clubs are open to people of all cultures and ethnicities and are not affiliated with any political or religious organizations.

“I first got involved with Rotary when I was in high school,” said Solano. “I graduated from Pearland High School in 2009. After graduating, I began attending San Jacinto Community College and I started the Rotary Club there. This organization has opened so many doors for me – I’ve made some truly meaningful relationships.”

When it was time for Solano to transfer from San Jacinto to a four-year university, he toured several schools throughout Texas.

“I discovered that no other schools had the student diversity that University of Houston had,” said Solano. “In addition, UH just made me feel welcomed... It was like home away from home.”

Solano’s to-do list has some other entries that he’s eager to check off as completed – winning a seat on the Pearland City Council and enrolling in graduate school to earn a Master’s degree in International Relations.

His SGA colleague, Student Body President Cedric K. Bandoh is confident Solano has what it takes to accomplish his goals.

“Mark has a bright future ahead of him,” Bandoh said. “He's intelligent, motivated, and has his heart in the right place in terms of serving his peers. If elected, I know he will continue his good work for the citizens of Pearland.”

- By Monica Byars

College of Liberal Arts
and Social Sciences

The University of Houston
402 Agnes Arnold Hall
Houston, TX 77204-3000
Phone: 713-743-4002
Fax: 713-743-2990

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Living up to her parents’ dreams to become a first

Briseida Gámez earns her family’s first college degree, joins U.S. Army after graduation

Briseida Gamez

Briseida Gámez grew up in Houston knowing the value of hard work.

Her parents, immigrants from Mexico, worked tirelessly to provide Gámez and her brother with basic necessities. Living in a neighborhood where the average income was below the poverty line and many of the teenagers in the area started families while still in high school and/or dropped out before earning a diploma, Gámez worked hard to have a different future.

This May, her persistence paid off.

Her bachelor’s degree in Communications makes her the first person in her family to earn a college degree.

“My father used to tell me, ‘Mija la educacion es importante,” she said. “Pero que no se te olvide quien y de donde eres. Tu eres Mexico-Americana. Siempre ten orgullo en tu patria Chicana.’”

(“Education is important, but don’t forget who and where you are from. You are Mexican-American; always have pride in your Chicana background.”)

For Gámez’s parents, new pencils and erasers were luxuries they did not have in their small rural town in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. When they arrived in Texas, Gámez’s mother worked as a house maid. She was terrified of the washing machine that she was supposed to use as part of her daily duties. Her father has worked as a construction worker for his entire life.

“My family might not have been rich, but we were definitely rich in history and in heart,” said Gámez, who was born in the United States.

As a student at Cesar E. Chavez High School in Houston, Gámez joined the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps.

“JROTC was a mock military class headed by outstanding former Army personnel, many of whom were always there to give advice and offer personal mentorship for students,” said Gámez. “It was during this time, alongside military veterans, that I acquired a sense of wanting to do more, achieve more, and ultimately challenge myself to become something greater than I could imagine.”

Scholarships enabled her to graduate from UH without debt and without having to get a job, which allowed her to fully concentrate on her education. She is a recipient of a Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Scholarship and a Jones Endowment Scholarship.

“I stayed up late many nights during high school applying for every scholarship possible, sometimes asking for free stamps from the finance office to lessen the financial strain,” said Gámez.

While at UH, Gámez worked with the Texas Freedom Network, a civil rights organization. She also joined the Community Emergency Response Team, a disaster-preparedness group.

She selected public relations as the concentration for her Communications major because she enjoys speaking with the media and preparing for events.

Gámez credits the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication faculty, and especially Assistant Professor Dr. Jennifer Vardeman-Winter, with mentoring her and offering her practical experiences through classes as well as internship opportunities.

“Seida brought lots of great energy to our class and she is passionate about social issues like young adult voting, immigration, and health care reform,” said Dr. Vardeman-Winter. “She also impressed me by seeking out additional opportunities to learn about public relations and communication outside of class. I have lots of confidence in the future with students like Seida becoming the next generation of leaders.”

As Gámez neared graduation, she reflected on her time in the JROTC at Chavez, and decided that she wanted to enlist in the U.S. Army. This summer she moves to Fort Jackson, S.C. to begin basic training.

Following basic training, she will take additional airborne training to learn how to jump out of airplanes. During her four-year and six months military commitment, she will develop the skills to become a Human Resources specialist.

“At first, my parents were worried about my decision to join the Army, especially since I am a girl,” said Gámez. “But now they are very supportive.”

After her military commitment is over, Gámez  plans to enroll in graduate school to study public policy. Ultimately, she would like to work for the Veteran’s Administration, helping to eliminate some of the organization’s notorious red tape.

“UH provides students with the opportunity to learn about the world and have positive experiences,” said Gámez. “I feel like I have learned some real world skills at UH that I will use in my future.”

- By Monica Byars

College of Liberal Arts
and Social Sciences

The University of Houston
402 Agnes Arnold Hall
Houston, TX 77204-3000
Phone: 713-743-4002
Fax: 713-743-2990

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Starting over in Houston after Hurricane Katrina

Sociology major Megan Ball Neel completes degree, awarded UH Law Center scholarship

Student: Megan Ball Neel

Three years ago, Megan Ball Neel was a divorced, single mother suddenly unemployed when the company she worked for closed.

Today, she is a newlywed and a Spring 2013 graduate with a bachelor’s of arts in sociology and a scholarship to attend the UH Law Center next fall.

The turnaround in her life circumstances has been a challenging journey that includes uprooting herself and her family from her hometown of Baton Rouge, La. after Hurricane Katrina. The ability of natural disasters and economic slowdowns to throw her plans off course taught Mrs. Neel how to expect the unexpected.

But she was completely unprepared for the unexpected to arrive as good news – a scholarship she didn’t know existed.

“I was surprised when I was contacted about being awarded the scholarship,” said Neel. “This was one of very few scholarship opportunities, and it can be renewed annually if I remain in the top 70% of the class.”

All applicants accepted to the UH Law Center are automatically placed into consideration for a Dean’s Scholarship. No action is required by the student.

These merit-based scholarships vary in number and amount. For Mrs. Neel, the award will cover about one-third of the cost of her law school education.

It’s another twist in a life journey filled with highs and lows.

Neel was juggling a lot when she was living in Baton Rouge. She was married with kids, working various jobs to make ends meet and attending community college.

Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in 2005 and forced residents of New Orleans and other heavily-damaged towns to move to higher land.

“My husband and I moved with our children to Houston after Hurricane Katrina,” said Neel. “At the time, my husband worked for a company that was based in New Orleans, and he needed to find a new job.”

After moving, Neel could not afford to continue her education. She had out-of-state resident status and the cost of community college tuition at those rates was too high. So she postponed college.

 Her plans to go back to school were delayed further when she and her husband divorced in 2008. But she didn’t let the change in her marital status stop her from pursuing her education for long.

“By 2009, I was a single mom with two kids, working full time, and attending San Jacinto Community College full time,” Neel said. “I managed to maintain a 3.0 grade point average. It was a very stressful time.”

Things got worse. In June 2010, the company that she worked for shut its doors, leaving Neel unemployed. She turned that misfortune into her motivation.

“I decided at that time to just finish my education,” said Neel. “With my mom’s help, scholarships, and grants I was able to continue going to school.”

She enrolled at University of Houston – Clear Lake and majored in social work. But, after about a year, she transferred to the flagship campus of the UH System and changed her major to sociology and added a minor in political science.

“I wasn’t passionate about social work,” said Neel. “It’s a great field, but not for me. I wanted to have a career where I could help people. I also wanted to be able to financially support my kids and help them prepare for their future.”

The first step in helping her own children was the college transfer. The courses at the main campus were offered during the hours her kids were in school.

Armed with a new focus at a new school, Neel balanced motherhood, schoolwork, and a relationship with a new man as she pursued her degree.

 “UH faculty and staff are so dedicated and engaged with the students,” said Neel. “I was able to bounce ideas off of my instructors, and they often suggested books for me to read based on my interests. As a result, I believe I learned more.”

“Megan is one of the most memorable students I've had in a long time,” said Dr. Shayne Lee, Associate Professor of Sociology. “Her trenchant comments in class always brought energy and fresh perspective to our discussions.”

An internship with the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill along with a conversation with a friend who worked in healthcare helped her to decide to apply to UH law school with the goal of working in health care law. As luck – and convenience – would have it, the UH School of Law’s Health care law program is nationally recognized. This year, U. S. News & World Report rankings listed the program as being in the top ten in the country.

“Ultimately, I would love to work in hospital administration and ensure that the Affordable Care Act is properly instituted,” said Neel.

Last June, Neel married her new husband, Justin. In addition to being a mother to a 13 and a nine-year-old, she now has twin 12-year-old step children. The entire family has been supportive of Neel and her educational goals.

“I keep ‘finals food’ in the refrigerator so that there is always something for the kids to eat when I am busy preparing for finals,” said Neel. “My husband helps me study and takes care of the kids so that I can do schoolwork. He says that he is going to retire once I finish law school!”

This summer, after graduation and before she begins law school, Neel is going to take a break. She plans to take her kids on a road trip east on Interstate 10, stopping to sightsee along the way. She hopes the time will allow her to relax because in the fall, she will begin her balancing act all over again.

“She has an impressive mind and a wonderful outlook on life,” said Dr. Lee. “I'm expecting great things from Megan. I know one day I will be able to brag that she was my student.”

- By Monica Byars

College of Liberal Arts
and Social Sciences

The University of Houston
402 Agnes Arnold Hall
Houston, TX 77204-3000
Phone: 713-743-4002
Fax: 713-743-2990

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Demand for speech pathologists gives graduate program 98% job placement rate

Communication Science & Disorders Dept. offers only speech pathology master’s degree program in Houston

Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford struggles every day to sound like her old self again.

She works with a speech therapist to relearn how to speak after surviving being shot in the head by a gunman during a January 2011 community event in Tucson, Ariz.

She pushes daily to reclaim the oratory skills that helped her win election to the U.S. Congress even though she stepped down from her seat in 2012 to focus on her recovery.

The month after Giffords was attacked, Colin Firth won the Academy Award for best actor for his portrayal of England’s King George VI and the monarch’s work with a speech therapist to overcome a debilitating speech impediment – stuttering.

“Although both of these events occurred after I applied to the graduate school, the Gabby Giffords tragedy and The King’s Speech both created awareness for my field,” said Kristen Latta, who will receive her master’s degree in Communication Science and Disorders on May 10.

“Rep. Giffords made the public much more aware of aphasia, an acquired language disorder, as a diagnosis, and the importance of treatment for it,” she said. “And The King's Speech, even for me, raised awareness of just how debilitating a fluency disorder (stuttering) can be.”

Ms. Latta is one of several May graduates who have earned master degrees in Communication Science and Disorders and are entering the job market as speech-language pathologists at a time when demand for their skills is increasing as understanding of their field grows.

Speech-language pathologists evaluate and diagnose speech, language, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders and treat such disorders in individuals of all ages, from infants to the elderly, according to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA.)

“UH offers the only Master’s program in Speech Pathology in the city of Houston,” said Dr. Margaret Lehman Blake, associate professor and graduate coordinator for the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

“For the past three years, students who graduate from our Master’s program have averaged a 98 percent job placement rate,” Dr. Blake said.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for speech-language pathologists is expected to grow by 23% from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.

The need for more speech pathologists is partly tied to the aging of the Baby-boom generation. As the Baby Boomers grow older, many will develop health conditions that cause speech or language impairments, such as strokes, brain injuries, and hearing loss.

Another factor is the rising number of autism diagnosis for children, which also creates a demand for speech pathologists to work with autistic children.

“In our program, students begin working with clients in the clinic within the first two weeks of the semester,” Dr. Blake said. “We also offer students the ability to spend equal time working with children and adults, giving them valuable experience with each of these types of clients.”

Following graduation, students are required to participate in a nine-month fellowship which offers them paid, supervised employment as they transition into their professional careers. The fellowship usually rolls into a full-time position.

Ms. Latta’s post-graduation career plan is to work for the Speech and Language Connection clinic. She will work with children in the practice’s two, Houston-area locations.

“I began the Master’s program thinking I would like to work with adults,” she said. “But I really enjoy working with kids. It’s a different feel because you work in short, 25 minute intervals to keep their attention. You have to be creative and make the experience fun.”

She plans to use her life experiences and education to help her connect with the children. She earned her undergraduate degree in Drama and Theater from New York University. She spent several years auditioning and pursing an acting career in New York City while also working in the publishing industry.

Ms. Latta’s background in oral and written communication sparked her interest in helping others struggling to express themselves. Plus, the job security in speech pathology was more attractive than the financial struggles in acting.

 “I had a minor in psychology from NYU,” said Latta. “After living in New York, I wanted to be closer to my family in Houston, so I moved and began researching careers in speech pathology. Psychology and Speech Pathology intersect more than I realized they would. I believe that a career in speech pathology will allow me to make a positive change in the lives of the individuals I work with.”

She won admission to the Communications Science and Disorders master’s program, which limits enrollment to no more than 40 new students each fall. Last year, 315 individuals applied for the 40 available spaces. All of her classmates were women. Only 4 percent of all speech-language pathologists are men, according to ASHA.

“Many women go into speech pathology because it is a low-stress career that often offers a flexible schedule,” said Dr. Blake. “There is a wide range of what we do… you can work for a school district, in a hospital setting, or in a private practice. It’s a good work environment with good salary potential.”

- By Monica Byars

College of Liberal Arts
and Social Sciences

The University of Houston
402 Agnes Arnold Hall
Houston, TX 77204-3000
Phone: 713-743-4002
Fax: 713-743-2990

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CLASS Dissertation Completion Fellows preparing for Commencement 2014

Six scholars awarded stipends to help them finish dissertations and graduate

After years of coursework, the dissertation marks the beginning of the end of a doctoral candidate’s journey to their PhD.

Two years ago, a new fellowship was created to make life easier for those students who are working on their dissertations. Dissertation Completion Fellowships provide stipends of $20,000 to cover students' expenses for up to a full academic year while they complete their dissertations.

The funding for the program came out of a Houston Endowment grant of $5 million to support doctoral education at the University of Houston. A portion of those funds was designated for CLASS and Dean Roberts used the money to establish the Dissertation Completion Fellowships. He also supplemented the Houston Endowment money with additional cash from the Delores Welder Mitchell Endowed Scholarship Fund in the College.

The 2013 cohort of fellowship winners span a wide variety of disciplines, from History to Health and Human Performance.

2013 Dissertation Completion Fellowship Winners

Student: Maria Corsi

Maria Corsi
Medieval History
Dissertation:  “Elite Networks and Material Cultural Exchange in Early Medieval Denmark”

Corsi is exploring colonialism as a major force in cultural integration and change. Her particular focus is on how and why "European" culture spread to Denmark in the Middle Ages as a form of ‘colonialism’ and what the economic and social consequences of this cultural integration were.

“Maria is one of the most intelligent students I have ever had,” said her dissertation director, Dr. Sally Vaughn, professor of History. “She is a fine scholar and researcher she has achieved significant progress in her published articles and her conference papers.”

Student: Marius Dettmer

Marius Dettmer
Kinesiology/Health and Human Performance
Dissertation: “Vibration of the Foot Sole as an Intervention to Improve Older Adults’ Postural Stability”

Dettmer’s dissertation investigates the potential of a new technique that augments sensory feedback from the soles of the foot that is used to maintain stable, upright posture.  The project involves applying mechanical vibration to the feet via specially designed insoles. His research experiments will test whether this technique actually improves postural control mechanisms in the elderly and whether it enables older adults to cope better with demanding postural tasks. 

“During his time as a PhD student at UH, I have been working closely with Marius as his instructor and research advisor,” said his advisor Dr. Charles Layne, professor and chair of UH Department of Health and Human Performance. “As a student he has shown broad academic interest, a high motivation and strong work ethic, while consistently providing high-quality work over the course of his studies.”

Lauren Genovesi
English/Creative Writing
Dissertation Novel: “Positive Space”

Genovesi’s project, a novel, is an attempt to invent a new kind of narration more relevant to contemporary characters than existing models, and to make a significant contribution to contemporary fiction.  As part of her project, Genovesi devised a point of view system to more directly illustrate the process and effects of hyper-conscious thinking.

“Lauren is one of the most talented and dedicated students I’ve ever had the pleasure of teaching,” said her advisor, Dr. Robert Boswell, UH Cullen Chair of Creative Writing. “What makes Lauren’s novel project unique is that she is attempting to radically challenge conventional point-of-view practices. To my knowledge, no one has ever attempted such a point of view before.”

Student: Emily LaVoy

Emily LaVoy
Kinesiology/Health and Human Performance
Dissertation: “The Effect of Exercise on the Expansion and Function of Tumor-Specific T-cells”

Mounting Clinical data indicates that T-cell immunotherapy may be a potent strategy for cancer treatment.  One method, known as adoptive transfer immunotherapy, involves infusing specific T-cells into the patient. LaVoy’s dissertation research will investigate whether exercise can be used to address the challenges of adoptive transfer immunotherapy, providing a simple and cost-effective method to increase the number of tumor-specific T-cells and thus make adoptive transfer immunotherapy more effective.

“Emily has proven to be an extremely dedicated, productive and motivated student,” said her advisor, Dr. Richard Simpson, assistant professor in exercise physiology/Immunology. “Her intellect is substantial and the dedication she shows toward her PhD studies is highly commendable, making her both a pleasure and a challenge to work with.”

Student: Lindsey Rodriguez

Lindsey Rodriguez
Social Psychology
Dissertation: “Problem Drinking and Marital Distress”

Problem drinking affects millions of Americans and is associated with higher rates of depression, anxiety, relationship and family disruptions, and comorbid substance use and dependence.  Research indicates that once both problem drinking and relationship distress exist, they often exacerbate each other, creating a feedback loop with negative outcomes for both the drinker and the partner.  The long-term objective of Rodriguez’s dissertation research is to lay the groundwork for future interventions by increasing empirical knowledge of the reciprocal relationship between heavy alcohol use and marital distress. 

“Linsday came at the perfect time in the perfect place with all the right ingredients for an immensely successful collaboration and integration of ongoing basic and applied research in our department,” said her advisor, Dr. C. Raymond Knee, professor and director of graduate education. “Never before have I encountered a student with so much potential and such an amazing balance of skills.”

Student: Natalie Schuster

Natalie Schuster
US History
Dissertation: “Political Disasters: US Federal Disaster Relief, 1927-2005”

Schuster’s dissertation examines the federal politics of disaster relief from the early 20th century to the early 21st, using as its bookends the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The dissertation seeks to understand why government has often mishandled disaster relief, even as the government’s scope and size has expanded. 

“Natalie possesses a keen intellect and a sharp wit,” said her advisor, Dr. Nancy Young, professor and chair of the department of History. “Moreover, she has the ability to ask penetrating and important questions that cut to the essence of the topic being studied.”

The 2013 fellowship cohort will follow in the footsteps of last year’s fellows who were able to spend 2012 concentrating on completing their dissertations. Among them was Janine Joseph (English/Creative Writing), who completed her PhD and is currently beginning a tenure-track assistant professor position in English/Creative Writing at Weber State University in Ogden, UT.

College of Liberal Arts
and Social Sciences

The University of Houston
402 Agnes Arnold Hall
Houston, TX 77204-3000
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Sociology major with a chance to play in the National Football League

D.J. Hayden

Sociology major D.J. Hayden was drafted 12th overall Thursday night by the Oakland Raiders in the first round of the NFL Draft. A medical miracle after suffering a tear of the inferior vena cava in a practice collision on Nov. 6, Hayden is the 12th first-round pick in University of Houston history and the first ever UH defensive back to be selected in the first round.

Hayden is the first Houston player to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft since running back Antowain Smith was selected 21st overall by the Buffalo Bills in 1997.

After suffering an injury that is 95 percent fatal and had never been seen before in football, Hayden was released from Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston after just six days, much sooner than the expected six weeks originally expected by medical professionals.

Prior to his injury that forced him to miss the final three games of the 2012 season, Hayden recorded four interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns, and eight pass breakups en route to being named first team All-Conference USA.

In his two years at Houston, after transferring from Navarro Junior College, Hayden accumulated 127 tackles, six forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, 19 pass break ups and 6 interceptions.

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Spring 2013 Ph.D.’s getting on the career track

CLASS graduate students leaving with terminal degrees and jobs in their fields

Department of Economics

Doruk Ilgaz has accepted a position as a Senior Product Developer doing fixed-income analytics with Factset Research Systems in Norwalk, Conn.

Olena Ogrokhina has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professorship at Lafayette College in Easton, Penn. beginning this fall.

Gokcen Ogruk has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professorship at Texas Wesleyan University In Fort Worth beginning this fall.

Mykhailo Sitiuk has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professorship in the Graduate School of Economics and Management at the Ural Federal University, in Russia, beginning this fall.

Department of English

Zack Bean, Fiction Writing, has accepted a three-year Visiting Assistant Professorship at Montana State University in Bozeman.

Will Donnelly, Fiction Writing, has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position at Berry College in Mount Berry, Ga. beginning this fall.

Janine Joseph, Creative Writing, has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professorship in Poetry at Weber State in Ogden, Utah.

Michelle Miley, Rhetoric and Composition, has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position at Montana State University in Bozeman beginning this fall.

Moores School of Music

Kevin M. Moody, Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting, has been appointed as the Chair of the Music Department at Alvin Community College.

Department of Political Science

Bianca Easterly has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position at Lamar University in Beaumont.

George Hawley has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. Dr. Hawley graduated in Spring 2012 and was a fellow in the Honors College in the 2012-2013 academic year.

Marwa Shalaby has accepted a fellowship at the Program on Women and Human Rights in the Middle East at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, Rice University.

Department of Psychology

Terri Barrera, Clinical Psychology, has accepted an advanced psychology research fellowship with the South Central Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center affiliated with the Houston Veterans Administration Hospital. Her research will focus on evidence-based treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety among military veterans.

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The University of Houston
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The scholarship of CLASS faculty recognized with major awards

Major grant-making institutions and research-intensive universities have recognized the scholarship of several faculty members in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. These major awards and honors will allow our faculty to broaden their research and share their knowledge with new audiences.

Fulbright Foundation

2013 – 2014 U.S. Fulbright Scholar Grant

Dr. Anadeli Bencomo

Dr. Anadeli Bencomo, associate professor of Latin American Literature and chair of the Hispanic Studies Department.

She will study and teach for one year in Guadalajara, Mexico Guadalajara, one of the epicenters of narco-violence since the late 1980s. Her research has found that Mexico is portrayed by national and international journalists as a country devastated by drug trafficking, organized crime and corruption of elected and law enforcement officials. She will study journalistic and literary writings published in the Mexican Chronicle and other primary news sources to separate urban legend from fact.

2013 – 2014 Fulbright Visiting Research Chair

Dr. Cedric Tolliver

Dr. Cedric Tolliver, assistant professor of English

His research project considers African diasporic intellectuals who traveled across geographical and ideological boundaries as they sought to define the meaning of freedom in the wake of World War II.

2013 – 2014 Fulbright German Studies Seminar

Dr. Susan Scarrow

Dr. Susan Scarrow, Professor and Chair of the Department of Political

Professor Susan Scarrow was recently awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to attend the 2013 Fulbright German Studies Seminar in Berlin, Germany.  Participants in this seminar discuss recent changes in German political and cultural life, and have opportunities to engage in substantive dialogue with political, academic, scientific, and cultural leaders.  In Fall 2013 Professor Scarrow will teach a course on German Politics as the University of Houston that will draw on what she learns at the Fulbright Seminar.  This class will use the German national elections of September 2013 as a tool for understanding Germany’s political and economic system and social conflicts.   Professor Scarrow is an expert on European political parties and elections who sits on the editorial boards of the journals German Politics and German Politics and Society.

2013 Fulbright Greece Summer Classics Seminar

Dr. Sarah Costello

Dr. Sarah Kielt Costello, Instructional Assistant Professor, Art History

Dr. Costello was awarded a fellowship for the 2013 Greece Summer Classics Seminar by the Fulbright Foundation in Greece. She will participate in an intensive travel and study program designed to familiarize the participants with Greece from antiquity through the modern period, and to develop materials for teaching. Dr. Costello will integrate the results of the summer seminar into her classes on Bronze Age and Classical art.

National Endowment for the Arts

2013 Spring Art Works Grant

Claudia Schmuckli - Director of Blaffer Art Museum

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Claudia Schmuckli, director of the Blaffer Art Museum

The Blaffer Art Museum was awarded $50,000 to support projects by contemporary artists and related public programming to complement the exhibition Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art. Artists such as Michael Rakowitz, Mary Ellen Carroll, Theaster Gates, Tom Marioni and others will present projects around the exhibition Feast, which addresses the contemporary art practice of the artist -orchestrated meal.

Houston Arts Alliance

2013 Established Artists Awards

Dr. Alexander Parsons

Alexander Parsons, associate professor of Creative Writing in the Department of English

Alexander Parsons’ first novel Leaving Disneyland was published by Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press after winning the 2001 A.W.P. Series Award for the Novel. His second novel, In the Shadows of the Sun, was published by Nan A. Talese Books and was chosen a 2005 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection.

Dr. Stephan Hillerbrand

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Stephan Hillerbrand, associate professor of Photography and co-owner of the Hillerbrand+Magasamen design studio

Hillerbrand+Magsamen are a collaborative husband and wife visual artist team made up of Stephan Hillerbrand and Mary Magsamen. Based in Houston, Texas their work draws upon the rich Fluxus practice of incorporating humor, performance, video art and everyday objects. Expanding their personal family life into a contemporary art conversation about family dynamics, suburban life and American consumer excess which they call “suburban fluxus”.

White House Appointment

2013 Council of Economic Advisers

Dr. Chinhui Juhn

Chinhui Juhn, professor of Economics.

Chinhui Juhn is a senior economist specializing in labor policy as a Council staff member. She took a leave of absence for the 2013-2013 academic year to work in the federal executive branch.

Visiting Scholar Awards

2013 Killam Visiting Scholar Award at University of Calgary

Dr.Matthew Dirst

Matthew Dirst, associate professor of Musicology and director of Collegium Musicum

Dr. Dirst will spend four months as a distinguished scholar in the Department of Music making significant contributions to the academic life of the University of Calgary through his research and teaching.

2013-2014 Computational Social Science Fellowship at Northeastern University and Harvard University

Dr.Ryan Kennedy

Ryan Kennedy, assistant professor of political science

Dr. Kennedy will be taking a visiting research fellowship in computational social science for the 2013-2014 academic year. The fellowship is jointly sponsored by Northeastern University and Harvard University's Program on Networked Governance. While there, he will be continuing his research on the application of machine learning techniques for political forecasting among other projects.

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Arts Leadership at the University of Houston

Dean Roberts appoints two new directors to start an arts leadership center and M.A. program

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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News from CLASS

CLASS Event Calendar

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

CLASS in the Media

CLASS Alums Making News

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.

   
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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.

   
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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.

   
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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.

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/Half400//class/_images/spiff-images/160622-tmf.pngsite://CLASS/class/_images/spiff-images/160622-tmf.pngCLASS160622-tmf.png160622-tmf.pngJune 18: TMF: Musical Firsts

June 24 & 25:  TMF Orchestra Series: 'The Audience's Guide to the Orchestra'

Mei-Ann Chen, conductor. St. John Flynn, narrator.
Juan Esteban Martinez, clarinet (Winner of 2016 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition)
6:30 - 7:20 p.m., Moores Opera House Lobby - Pre-concert entertainment
6:30 - 7:10 p.m., MSM Room 108 - Settling the Score: Pre-concert lecture
7:30 p.m., Moores Opera House - Festival Orchestra Concert

http://www.uh.edu/class/music/tmf/season-schedule/index.php#festival3
//class/_images/spiff-images/160618-blaffer.pngsite://CLASS/class/_images/spiff-images/160618-blaffer.pngCLASS160618-blaffer.png160618-blaffer.pngSummer: Blaffer Art Museum to Host Exhibitions by Artists Matthew Ronay and Hilary Lloyd

Summer: Blaffer Art Museum to Host Exhibitions by Artists Matthew Ronay and Hilary Lloyd

Works by two artists on the rise will be on view at UH's Blaffer Art Museum throughout the summer months.

http://blafferartmuseum.org/current-exhibitions/
//class/_images/spiff-images/160618-hsf.pngsite://CLASS/class/_images/spiff-images/160618-hsf.pngCLASS160618-hsf.png160618-hsf.pngJuly 29 - August 7: Houston Shakespeare Festival

July 29 - August 7: Houston Shakespeare Festival

Henry V: July 30, August 3, 5, 7
Much Ado About Nothing: July 29, 31, August 2, 4, 6

Each summer, the Houston Shakespeare Festival produces a season of two Shakespeare plays in repertory. All performances by Houston Shakespeare Festival at Miller Outdoor Theatre start at 8:15 p.m.

http://www.houstonfestivalscompany.com/hsf/
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UH Moment: Franz Krager

Franz Anton Krager is Professor of Conducting and Director of Orchestras at the University of Houston Moores School of Music. He has led orchestras around the world, and for 24 years has been instructing musicians at UH.

http://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/shows/uh-moment/2016/06/15/156847/156847/
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June 24 & 25:  TMF Orchestra Series: 'The Audience's Guide to the Orchestra'

Mei-Ann Chen, conductor. St. John Flynn, narrator.
Juan Esteban Martinez, clarinet (Winner of 2016 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition)
6:30 - 7:20 p.m., Moores Opera House Lobby - Pre-concert entertainment
6:30 - 7:10 p.m., MSM Room 108 - Settling the Score: Pre-concert lecture
7:30 p.m., Moores Opera House - Festival Orchestra Concert

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//class/_images/spiff-images/160618-blaffer.pngsite://CLASS/class/_images/spiff-images/160618-blaffer.pngCLASS160618-blaffer.png160618-blaffer.pngSummer: Blaffer Art Museum to Host Exhibitions by Artists Matthew Ronay and Hilary Lloyd

Summer: Blaffer Art Museum to Host Exhibitions by Artists Matthew Ronay and Hilary Lloyd

Works by two artists on the rise will be on view at UH's Blaffer Art Museum throughout the summer months.

http://blafferartmuseum.org/current-exhibitions/
//class/_images/spiff-images/160618-hsf.pngsite://CLASS/class/_images/spiff-images/160618-hsf.pngCLASS160618-hsf.png160618-hsf.pngJuly 29 - August 7: Houston Shakespeare Festival

July 29 - August 7: Houston Shakespeare Festival

Henry V: July 30, August 3, 5, 7
Much Ado About Nothing: July 29, 31, August 2, 4, 6

Each summer, the Houston Shakespeare Festival produces a season of two Shakespeare plays in repertory. All performances by Houston Shakespeare Festival at Miller Outdoor Theatre start at 8:15 p.m.

http://www.houstonfestivalscompany.com/hsf/
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UH Moment: Franz Krager

Franz Anton Krager is Professor of Conducting and Director of Orchestras at the University of Houston Moores School of Music. He has led orchestras around the world, and for 24 years has been instructing musicians at UH.

http://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/shows/uh-moment/2016/06/15/156847/156847/
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