The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at UH

Summer 2012 News Update

In this issue

Celebrating Spring Commencement 2012

Commencement May 2012

The College graduated its largest class of undergraduates in its history – just under 1,400. Six of those undergraduates completed their studies with perfect 4.0 grade point averages and 37 percent of the class earned Latin honors of summa, magna or cum laude. Our students' academic prowess is recognized throughout the university as evidenced by 47 percent of the Honors College's graduates earning their degrees in academic departments housed in CLASS.

Our number of master's and doctoral graduates continue to rise – to 287 this spring – reflecting the College's commitment to increasing the number of Ph.D.'s it confers every year. The year-old Dissertation Completion Fellowship program is a successful effort toward achieving that goal.

Commencement Photo Journal
Dissertation Completion Fellows
Year in Review

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Research & Collaboration

Experts & Commentators


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Highlights & Headlines

Prof. Gingiss and Prof. Nelson

The College congratulates its newest professors emeriti

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Marta Fairclough

Marta Fairclough, Spanish Linguistics Associate Professor, awarded Fulbright Grant to study heritage language acquisition in Croatia

Department of Hispanic Studies

Paul Dylan

MFA in Acting graduate awarded Fulbright Fellowship to study voices in Trinidad and Tobago

School of Theatre & Dance

Aaron Casey

Aaron Casey, voice major in the Moores School of Music, featured on HBO - twice

Moores School of Music


CLASS congratulates our award winning staff members

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Research & Collaboration


Texas Music Festival presents rising stars in the classical music galaxy

Moores School of Music

Cindy Pickett

Houston Shakespeare Festival features Theatre & Dance alumna Cindy Pickett

School of Theatre & Dance

Nancy Luton

Fund established to make art and an art education more affordable

School of Art


Summer Study Abroad? Not Just a Holiday--Employers Need You!

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Experts & Commentators

Rocket draft pick White

Rockets draft pick White meets anxiety disorder head-on
(Houston Chronicle)
Department of Psychology

Amanda Baumle

Legal recognition of gay families could improve outcome for children
(Houston Chronicle)
Department of Sociology


Taxpayers Increasingly Foot Bill for Bariatric Surgery
(The Texas Tribune)
Department of Health and Human Performance

Tony Hoagland

Poets, Off the Page and Under the Sky
(New York Times)
Department of English

Dr. Freeland - June 2012

Laughing in the art museum
(Oxford University Press blog)
Department of Philosophy


Census count stirs up debate
(Houston Chronicle)
Hobby Center for Public Policy

Dr. Robert Zaretsky

Whose Image Is This, Anyway?
(New York Times)
Department of History


Blindness is no handicap for MasterChef contestant; Christine Ha is reality TV's breakout star
(CultureMap Houston)
Department of English


Make Haste to See SPEED MERCHANT (of Venice)
School of Theatre & Dance

What's happening

in July:

  • Independence Day Holiday is July 4. UH Main Campus is closed.

  • StarTalk logo

    StarTalk Texas Teacher Program on campus
    July 9 – 20.

    This three-credit graduate course leads to a Texas teacher certification in Chinese and is funded through a federal grant for the National Security Language Initiative of critical languages.

    Blood Drive sponsored by the Hobby Center for Public Policy
    Walk-ins are welcomed, but you can save time in completing the paperwork online at or schedule an appointment with The Blood Center at 713-791-6326.

    • Monday, July 16; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
      Location: University Center, Circle Driven, UH Main Campus
      Contact: Mike Angel at 713-743-3976 or e-mail
  • Study Abroad Courses
    International seminars led by faculty that provide students with an academically rigorous and culturally enriching learning experience.
    • Salamanca, Spain: July 2 – August 3, organized by the Department of Hispanic Studies
    • Havana, Cuba: July 14 – 24, organized by the Department of History
    • Accra, Ghana: July 19 – August 5, organized by the African American Studies Program

in August:

  • First Friday Poetry Reading: Radames Ortiz presented by Inprint
    Friday, August 3; 8:30 p.m.
    Location: Inprint House, 1520 West Main,  one block south of the Menil Collection, one block east of Mandell, in the Museum District of Houston
    Price: Free
    Contact: Robert Clark at or 713.521.202

  • Houston Shakespeare Festival - Hamlet

    The 37th annual Houston Shakespeare Festival runs August 4 – 12.
    Each summer, the School of Theatre & Dance convenes the Houston Shakespeare Festival to produce a season of two Shakespeare plays in repertory. This year’s productions are of Hamlet and the Comedy of Errors.

    • Location: Miller Outdoor Theatre, 100 Concert Dr, Houston, 77030 in Hermann Park.
      All performances are free and start at 8:30 p.m.

    • Hamlet: August 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11

    • Comedy of Errors: August 4, 8, 10, and 12

  • First Day of Classes of the Fall 2012 Semester is August 27.


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