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Tier One Dinner: An Evening of Recognition and Celebration

By Allison Monroe
March 22, 2013

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Luis Nambo (Tier One Scholar), Renu Khator (President), Juan Medina (Tier One Scholar)

The Tier One Scholars Reception and Dinner was held on March 22, 2013 at the University of Houston Hilton Hotel. The purpose of the event was to recognize the achievements of current Tier One Scholars, welcome the new class of 2013 Scholars, and acknowledge the generous donors who play a vital role in the Tier One Scholars Program.

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Alicia Nichols (Tier One Scholar), Cara Riffe (Tier One Scholar), Carl Boger (Assoc. Dean of Hilton College of HRM), Robin Pham (Tier One Scholar)

Campus tours and information sessions were among some of the activities held to inform the 2013 Scholars about the University. There was an Honors and Academic Information Session, as well as a Campus Life and Student Affairs Info Session which gave 2013 scholars insight on the benefits of the Tier One scholarship, The Honors College, and the convenience of campus life.

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Paula Newman (Tier One Donor), Jessica Chew (Tier One Scholar)

The Donor Reception and Tier One Showcase took place simultaneously before dinner. This gave scholars an opportunity to meet and mingle with the givers who make their education at the University of Houston possible. Current scholars who participated in research and/or study abroad used the Tier One Showcase to share their experiences with incoming scholars, parents, and donors.

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Nickolas Willis (Tier One Scholar) Paula Short (Interim Provos), Alison Patrick (Guest Musician)

There were a total of 270 attendees; among them were 125 of the 2013 Scholars and their parents.  The dinner featured several speakers including: President Renu Khator, Interim Provost Paula Short, and Tier One Scholar Waqaar Diwan. The event concluded with a Saturday morning brunch hosted by the Fellowship of Tier One Scholars (FOTOS).

Tier One Scholars Portrait

Tier One Scholars, teaching and learning the 'Cougar Paw'