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October 31 (The Daily Cougar) - Students trembled in anxiety as the elevator doors opened to the Haunted Penthouse. Even the entrance to the pitch-black room proved to be intimidating, as students were greeted with a maniacal “Hello!” from a startlingly creepy clown.
October 30 - Students who don’t currently live on campus but want to do so in the spring semester can now start booking their rooms. Most of the university’s seven residential facilities have space available.
It's that time again! Join us in celebrating all the fun things about the month of October. The University Centers and other departments around campus are preparing to kick off our annual OctoberFest! Students will have opportunities to win some great prizes like Ticketmaster gift cards and a beautiful Schwinn Bicycle! You don't want to miss out on this fun week of events!
October 22 (The Daily Cougar) - The Mentorship Series, hosted by the Urban Experience Program and Institutional Access, invites prominent local and national figures to speak to business-minded students and showcase what it means to be successful.
October 15 (The Daily Cougar) - The Department of Student Affairs represents everything that has to do with student life – from housing to student organizations – yet many students don't realize how much the staff does...The panel featured six staff and six student leaders with UH Student Affairs, all sharing their experiences and what got them interested in working with college students.
How Was Your UH WOW 2013 Experience?
The first two weeks of the semester, known as the UH Weeks of Welcome (UH WOW 2013), aimed to celebrate and welcome new and returning students back to campus. It was also a chance to highlight the many different services and resources on campus. Additionally, these two weeks featured many student organization and department sponsored events, which encouraged students to get more involved on campus.
In an effort to help enhance the UH WOW experience, please take the UH WOW 2013 survey.
October 4, 2013 - In September 2013, Dr. Scott J. Spear joined the University of Houston as Executive Director/Chief Physician of the University of Houston Health Center. Dr. Spear obtained his B.A. at the University of Texas at Austin and his M.D. at Baylor College of Medicine.
October 2 (NACAC) - Jeff Fuller, director of student recruitment at the University of Houston (TX), was voted president-elect of the 2013-2014 Board of Directors of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) at the organization’s 69th National Conference in Toronto.
Host your next big event or meeting at the NEW UC. Once Phase I of the UC transformation project is complete in January 2014, new spaces will be available to host your next event. Beginning October 1, 2013, the University Center will be accepting reservation requests for the new meeting rooms and event spaces for Spring 2014.
Constitution day is celebrated on September 17th, the anniversary of the day the framers signed the document. The week of observance at the University of Houston will begin Monday, September 16, and continue through Friday, September 20. The purpose of this week is to encourage the UH community to continue learning and appreciating this living document which, despite its birth over 200 years ago, still plays an integral role in our everyday lives.
September 13 (UH News) - Recent legislative initiatives have placed a growing emphasis on performance funding models for higher education – shifting the emphasis to graduating students, not just enrolling them.
Ladies, are you looking for a way to grow as a leader or do community service? Joining a Panhellenic Sorority will give you the opportunity to grow as a leader throughout your college career and after graduation.
September 9 (The Daily Cougar) - Cougar Place pulled out the stops as it formally celebrated its re-opening Thursday morning with food, speeches and a ribbon-cutting ceremony, all to welcome students back to campus.
September 4 (UH News) - Provost Paula Myrick Short announced today that the University of Houston recently was selected by the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education to participate in a national higher education project known as "Foundations of Excellence®."
August 29 (The Daily Cougar) - Two UH students cycled across the country this summer in support of people with disabilities — of which about 37 to 56 million reside in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Senior supply chain management major Matthew Docimo and construction management junior Michael Brooks said their journey was meant to teach others to empathize with people living with disabilities.
August 27 (The Daily Cougar) - From video to news, entertainment to education, UH’s student-run media covers it all. Now, the Student Video Network, Coog Radio and The Daily Cougar have come together in one entity to create the Center for Student Media.
August 26 - For the 2013-2014 school year, the University of Houston is transforming into a more residential campus. Beginning this fall, two new residence halls will open to accommodate the growing population of students enrolling at the university and choosing to live on campus. The University continues to expand its resources, faculty, staff, and programs to ensure that students receive high quality education and an impactful college experience.
August 25 (Houston Chronicle) - Move-in day at the University of Houston was special this year, especially for the many students lucky enough to get a suite in one of the new residence halls outfitted with sleek lounges, flat-screen TVs and state-of-the-art washers and dryers - which, by the way, are free.
August 23 - Earlier this summer, President Khator announced a reorganization in the Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs/Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. A component of the reorganization was the realignment of Enrollment Services with Student Affairs. From this point forward, under the leadership of Dr. Richard Walker, Vice Chancellor/Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Services, the Division of Student Affairs will be known as the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services.
August 22 - The Children's Learning Centers (CLC) has two convenient locations on campus that provide quality childcare to University of Houston faculty, staff, and students. The CLC's staff development training, held on Friday, August 16, 2013, comprised of staff recognition and awards. See below for award descriptions and winners.
August 20 - The University of Houston Weeks of Welcome (UH WOW 2013), which begins Thursday, August 22 through Friday, September 6, is set to kick-off. These two weeks of activities are designed to enhance student success and student engagement. Some types of events highlighted through UH Weeks of Welcome include mixers, luncheons, athletic events, concerts, interest meetings for student organizations, department open houses and major traditions like the Cat's Back Event.
The University Center Circle, which has been closed for construction throughout the summer, will re-open to vehicular traffic on Thursday, Aug. 22.
August 15 - Edward “Eddie” Davis will be the University’s first director of advancement for the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services effective August 26, 2013. Eddie garnered excellent experience at Eastern Michigan University (EMU), earning three promotions from development associate to assistant director of development, first with the College of Arts and Sciences and then with Athletics, and was most recently the regional development officer with the EMU Foundation.
July 31 - Larger, more comfortable buses will carry students, faculty and staff around campus this fall on the university's shuttle service. The new fleet for the Cougar Line replaces the smaller temporary shuttles that were put into place last semester when Groome Transportation took over as the new service provider.
July 23 - James Mable joined University Career Services as the Assistant Director of Alumni Career Services in May 2013. His role is to serve as liaison between University Career Services and the UH Alumni Association by assisting recent grads and Alumni with employment.
June 7 - As you know, on May 13, 2013 President Khator announced a reorganization in the Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs/Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. A component of the reorganization was the realignment of Enrollment Services with Student Affairs.
June 6 - Jennifer Skopal has been selected as the new Director for the UH Children's Learning Centers (CLC) effective Monday, June 10, 2013. In her role, Jennifer will direct the daily operations/activities of the Children's Learning Centers to provide instruction and care for children in a safe, healthy, nurturing environment.
June 3 - We are pleased to announce that Student Housing & Residential Life has been nominated for the American Marketing Association (AMA) Higher Education (Team) Marketer of the Year Award. The award honors a professional team who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and achievement in the field of higher education marketing.
Director of Assessment and Planning Announced for the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services
May 23 - Pamelyn K. Shefman will join the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services as the Director of Assessment and Planning effective July 8, 2013. Pam brings more than 15 years of experience in Student Affairs work to the position.
May 10 - On Monday, May 6, 2013, the University of Houston’s Division of Student Affairs held its second annual Division of Student Affairs Awards Program and Luncheon at the University Center. In an effort to honor those who exemplify the Division’s commitment to supporting student success, staff members from the 15 departments were encouraged to nominate colleagues and student employees for 16 award categories, including four new categories this year, that highlight advancing the UH community.
Walkways Between University Center and M.D. Anderson Library Impacted by UC Utility Work for Two Weeks in May
Houston, April 30 – Two consecutive projects will take place in the area, first on May 13 and May 14, the second on May 20 through May 24, 2013. Work will be conducted daily roughly from 6:30AM through 4:00PM. Pedestrian pass-through by the work sites will be available at all time. Steel plates will be available to cover work area for emergencies.
On Saturday, April 27th, 2013, members, alumni, and guests gathered at the University of Houston Hilton Hotel and Conference Center to celebrate the re-chartering of the Zeta Chi chapter of Sigma Nu fraternity at the University of Houston.
The Dean of Students Office at The University Houston (UH) is developing a new program to support commuter students’ success. We recognize that commuter students may face unique and different challenges than those students who live on campus.
On Saturday, April 20th, the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity was officially welcomed to the University of Houston Fraternity & Sorority Community as the Upsilon Eta chapter.
The end of the semester is approaching. During this time, final exams become the main priority for most students and can be quite stressful. Your stress-free release is here. Enjoy a week of activities that will surely ease the frustration that comes with this time of year.
All of the fun begins on Monday, April 22nd through Tuesday, April 30th. All UH students are invited to take a break from studying for final exams. This stress free week will include bubble wrap, puppies, free pancakes, crawfish, $1 cones, Spring Fest, FREE T-shirts, and much more! For a complete calendar of stress free final events visit www.uh.edu/uc/stressfreefinals.
Early this spring the Lynn Eusan Park Stage received a major ‘facelift’ and is now set to open. [...]
Student Maria Alfaro is a winner. Double majoring in political science and Spanish, she's a regular on the dean's list, a champion on theUniversity of Houston Forensics Team and a dedicated mentor to other students. For her all her efforts, Alfaro was recognized by the prestigious Pi Kappa Delta society with their newest honor "Brightest Star Award."
The University Center Transformation Project continues at a breakneck pace toward the opening of Phase 1 at the beginning of 2014. [...]
As we approach the end of the semester and begin to reflect on the academic year, it has become a tradition to acknowledge and celebrate the lives of UH community members who we’ve lost during the year [...]
April 1 - At the Student Government Association’s inauguration banquet for the 50th administration on Friday, SGA President Cedric Bandoh was sworn into office for a second time — something that has happened only a handful of times at UH. Bandoh is also the youngest student body president to be elected at UH. More notable is not his fact sheet, but his undeniable dedication for the university he serves.
Mar. 27 - The UH Forensic Society was awarded its first National Championship win as a team since its first competition 62 years ago.
Mar. 20 - UH is now home to the Association of College Unions International 2013 president of the year. [...]
Mar. 20 - The Campus Recreation and Wellness Center celebrated its 10th anniversary Monday. [...]
Mar. 3 - To jump start your Spring Break and to allow you to relax after all those mid-terms, the University Center wants to help YOU to not only enjoy your break, but to also return safe and sound. [...]
SGA Elections have finally arrived! Vote for your UH SGA representatives February 26th- 27th from 9am-7pm . [...]
Due to the continued power outage at the University Center, the 2013 UC Valentine’s Day Gift Mart will be cancelled. However, those wishing to Stuff-A-Bear with SPB, will still have an opportunity on February 14th as part of the Coca Cola Free Movie night. Animals will be available for stuffing beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Cullen Performance Hall just before the showing of Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2.
Feb. 8 - You’ll never forget your FIRST TIME . . . at the “Can I Kiss You?” show! On Valentine’s Day 2013, Coogs Get Consent will present “Can I Kiss You?” - one of the highest attended events on college campuses across the country by both males and females of all backgrounds and sexual orientations.
Feb. 7 - Although noise from construction around campus has been ongoing, the commotion and excitement for the projects being built have just begun. Don Yackley, the director of Student Housing & Residential Life, revealed the features and amenities of Cougar Village II and Cougar Place, the new student dorms being built on campus.
Feb. 7 - As part of a series that aims to be a forum for UH leaders to share their stories with students, the assistant vice president for Student Affairs – Health and Wellness spoke Wednesday of the trials he faced and how he over came them in order to inspire students.
Feb. 6 - Worried about what to give that special someone? Don't be! Various off-campus vendors along with campus organizations will be available on Wed., February 13 in the UC Houston Room from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. to provide several gift and service options, making the UC your one-stop-shop for Valentine's Day.
Feb. 4 - The Center for Fraternity & Sorority Life hosted the 1st Annual Fraternity and Sorority Night of Celebration on Tuesday, January 29, 2013. Nearly 300 students, faculty, staff and advisors were in attendance to celebrate the many accomplishments of the fraternity and sorority community over the 2012-2013 academic year.
Feb. 1 - It's easy to be motivated when the going is easy. When adversity and challenge rear their heads, the road to success can seem blurred. [...]
Jan. 30 - Join the University of Houston System on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 for Houston Day in Austin! [...]
Jan. 23 - Dr. Richard Walker, Vice Chancellor/Vice President for Student Affairs, was recently charged with co-chairing the search committee for the next Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs/Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. [...]
Jan. 22 - Come out to the University Center this January and February, and compete for your chance to represent the University of Houston by participating in one of three tournaments co-sponsored by Association of College Unions International (ACUI). [...]
Jan. 17 - With the nation facing the worst influenza epidemic in years, physicians are urging people to get the flu shot to protect themselves and others. [...]
Jan. 14 - The campus is set to welcome students back for the 2013 spring semester. [...]
Jan. 2 - Staff Council believes that all University of Houston staff are Tier One staff. [...]