The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at UH

May News Update


Upcoming Events

April 25 - Exhibition
Elaine Bradford: The Sidereal, part of the Window into Houston series
Now through Wednesday, June 22
Location: 110 Milam Street in downtown Houston
Price: Free


April 25 - Exhibition
School of Art Master Thesis Exhibition
Now through Saturday, May 14; 10 a.m. 5 p.m.
Location: Blaffer Art Museum
Price: Free
Contact: 713.743.9521


May 6 - Book Launch
You Don't Have a Clue: Latino Mystery Stories for Teens, editor Sarah Cortez and contributors Gwendolyn Zepeda and Diana Lopez
Friday, May 6; 6:30 p.m.
Location: Murder by the Book, 2342 Bissonnet
Price: Free
Contact: 713.524.8597


May 6 - Scholarship Banquet
in support of the African American Studies Program
Friday, May 6; 6 p.m. Reception, 7 p.m. Dinner
Location: Hilton University of Houston Hotel
Price: $100 individual tickets, tables starting at $1,000


May 6 - Reception
TLC2 Artists in Residence
Friday, May 6; 6 p.m
Location: Wortham Theatre lobby, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts
Price: Free
Contact: 713.743.5749


May 13 - Exhibition
Biennial Graphic Novel Workshop
Friday, May 13; 7 p.m.
Location: The Joanna, 1401 Branard
Price: Free
Contact: 713.743.5749


Pre-commencement reception
CLASS Pre-Commencement Reception
Friday, May 13; 7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Location: O'Quinn Great Hall, Alumni/Athletics Center
Price: Free
Contact: Register at


CLASS Commencement
Friday, May 13; 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Location: Hofheinz Pavilion
Price: Priceless
Contact: 713.743.4001


May 21 - Cinema
Tex Hex Pop-up Cinema: Past Forward
Saturday, May 21; 8:30 p.m
Location: Offices of CultureMap Houston, 1011 Wood Street
Price: Free
Contact: 713.743.5749


May 21 - Opening Reception
Museum of Broken Relationships and Love is a Many Splintered Thing art exhibits
Saturday, May 21; 6 9 p.m.
Location: Blaffer Art Museum
Price: Free
Contact: 713.743.9521


May 21 - Fundraising Walk
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Great Strides 3K hosted by Department of Health and Human Performance
Saturday, May 21; 8 a.m.
Location: Lynn Eusan Park, UH Central Campus
Price: Set your own goal
Contact: Register through the Texas Gulf Coast chapter at

Dear Readers,

Welcome to the May issue of CLASS, the college's monthly update of news and events.

I take this opportunity to extend my sincere congratulations to all of the students who will receive degrees in the liberal arts and social sciences at commencement ceremonies in Hofheinz Pavilion on May 13. All of us in CLASS are delighted by the accomplishments of these students whom we have advised, taught, and mentored to this proud moment. We wish them the very best as they begin a new phase in their lives.

Our graduates this year will leave us with particularly strong feelings of pride both in their personal accomplishments and in the University that they will henceforth call alma mater. This issue of CLASS news highlights many of the personal accomplishments that make graduates of this class special. As you read their stories, you will come to appreciate our extraordinary pride as administrators and faculty in the students who make up the Class of 2011.

The special pride that these students feel for the University of Houston stems not only from the ways in which it has transformed them but also the ways in which it has changed itself during their tenure here. They will be the first class of Cougars to graduate from a Carnegie-designated Tier One public research university—an institutional recognition for their university that can be claimed in Texas only by students at the University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University and Rice University. This is also the first class to graduate from a UH recognized by the Princeton Review as one of the best undergraduate universities in the country. In essence, member of this class will always be able look back on their time here as one of incredible personal and institutional transformation.

Dean John W. Roberts signature


CLASS salutes the spring 2011 graduates

The college's graduates leave UH with degrees in humanities, social sciences and creative arts and Tier One status

Commencement - Students and Auditorium

Nearly 1,500 students have completed their studies within the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and will be awarded degrees on Friday, May 13.

They are among the first class of University of Houston students to graduate from a Carnegie-designated Tier One research university – a distinction bestowed on UH at the start of these students' last semester of study. Read more.

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Katy Newman

Katy Newman

Department of English

Sara Neuman

Sara Neuman

Department of Anthropology

Allen Miller

E. Allen Miller

Moores School of Music


Elisabetta Gentile

Elisabetta Gentile

Department of Economics

Cecilia Marrugo Puello

Cecilia Marrugo Puello

Department of Hispanic Studies

Chuck Ivy

Chuck Ivy

School of Art

Albert Mancilla

Alberto Mancillas

Department of Sociology


Faculty Excellence Awards


CLASS and UH Faculty Excellence Awards

Blaffer Renovation

Blaffer Art Museum renovation by Work AC (Architect's Newspaper Blog)

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Renu Khator: The TT Interview (The Texas Tribune)



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