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December 16 and 17: Ready… Set… Commence!
Dean John W. Roberts invites all 2013 summer and fall graduation candidates to attend pre-Commencement Day celebrations of their achievements and their future success. “Ready… Set… Commence!” is a two-day event created to give students all the information they need for graduation day, as well as encouragement to continue their educations. The festivities are from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 16th and 3 – 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17 in Rockwell Pavilion, M.D. Anderson Library.

December 20: Fall 2013 Commencement
The College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences (CLASS) commencement ceremony is from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. in Hofheinz Pavilion at UH.

For more events, check the CLASS calendar.

CLASS Students in the Media

Gulf Coast, the literary journal produced by the English Department, shared selected works at an event held on Nov. 15. MFA candidates Sara C. Rolater and Claire Fuqua Anderson shared their writings according to the Katy News article, UH Writers Close the Book on 2013 Gulf Coast Readings.

Kinesiology junior Lashone Garrett and sociology junior and Halle Salmond are both part of a steering committee planning to bring the Black Student Union back to campus in Spring 2014 according to the article, Black Student Union makes a comeback, in The Daily Cougar.

James Lee, a political science senior and current SGA CLASS senator, wrote an opinion piece in The Daily Cougar titled, CLASS Senator reflects on trials and self-improvement brought on by 2012 SGA election controversy.

One of the newest organizations on campus is the Afghan Student Association. Political Science junior Hakim Jan is the organization’s president according to The Daily Cougar article, New organization on mission to change perceptions.

Theatre student Vic Shutee’s play was featured in the Houston Press in their story, 100 Creatives 2013: Vic Shuttee, Comedy Writer and Performer.

CLASS Faculty in the Media

Paul Gregory, professor of economics, wrote an article titled Lee Harvey Oswald Was My Friend which appeared in the New York Times magazine.

The NPR article, How Texas Changed, And Changed the Nation, Since JFK includes comments by Nancy Beck Young, history department chair and professor.

CLASS department of Economics lecturer Ed Hirs made comments about the oil and gas industry in several media outlets:
He commented on advertising during the Houston mayoral campaign in, Experts say Hall's new ad is ill-timed which appeared in the Houston Chronicle.

After Houston voters rejected a proposal to renovate the astrodome, Rottinghaus, offered insight to the election results in the Houston Chronicle articles, Dome, Katy stadium brought down by anti-spending sentiment and Dome's support was closest at home plate.

Rottinghaus also commented about the mayoral election on News Radio 92.1 in the story, Mayor Parker’s Political Rising Star.

He was mentioned in the Houston Chronicle article, Parker’s third term to include new council, challenges.

News 92.1FM included comments by Rottinghaus in their piece, Political Professor Breaks Down Why Voters Didn’t Save The Dome.

Graphic communications students from the School of Art were featured in the The Katy News. Cheryl Beckett, associate professor of art, and student John Reamer appeared in the article, UH Artists Peddling Messages of Sustainability with Bike Trailers, which was about an environmental awareness project called Re(cycle): Pedal Powered Pop Ups.

Nancy Weems, professor of piano, was featured in a recital announcement in the article The Moores School of Music proudly presents Bits & Pieces – A Celebration of Smaller Musical Treasures, in The Katy News.

Recording artist Terence Blanchard joined the Moores School of Music Jazz Orchestra in a concert announced in the article, The Moores School of Music proudly present special guest Terence Blanchard with our Jazz Orchestra . Associate professor, Noe Marmolejo, and lecturer, Ryan Gabbart, were mentioned in the article which appeared in The Katy News. The performance was also featured on KHOU in Grammy-winning jazz musician Blanchard shares experience with UH students.

Peter Norton, director of the Anxiety Disorder Clinic, was quoted in Prevention Magazine’s article, 9 Highly Effective Solutions for Anxiety. Norton was also featured in the Houstonia article, Anxiety Attacked: Fear Embraced is Fear Erased. The clinic was the first nationwide to try Transdiagnostic Group Behavioral Therapy.

The Houston Chronicle published an editorial by Kyle Scott, a lecturer in Political Science. Scott’s piece, College system shift plays on our racial stereotypes, discusses a lawsuit brought against the Lone Star College System on the grounds that the at-large election system deprives minorities of representation on the board of trustees.

The Moores School of Music announced their latest production in the Katy News. The article, The Moores School of Music announces “Napoleon and the Battle of Nations” CONCERT CHORALE mentioned a coordinating symposium which will feature Jeffrey Sposato, associate professor of musicology, Bailey Stone, professor of history, and Hildegard Glass, director of German studies.

Larry Kelley, professor of advertising, commented about how early retailers are promoting holiday shopping in the article, Christmas Is Coming Earlier But Americans Don't Like It, on KUHF-FM.

The Daily Cougar printed an article about the lecture series, “Kabbalah & Jewish Mysticism” which featured visiting professor Daniel Horwitz as the speaker. Dean John Roberts, Marie-Theresa Hernández, professor of world cultures and literatures, and Bernice Heilbrunn, professor of modern and classical languages, were all mentioned in the article, Series delves into Jewish mysticism.

David Bertman, director of bands and associate professor of music, was mentioned in the Daily Cougar article, Media, Arts present at second day of SFAC. Bertman fought to keep student-fee funding for the Spirit Squad.

“Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art,” the exhibit currently at Blaffer, received mention in various media outlets:
The Daily Cougar ran an article titled, Artists create feast of flavorful galleries, about “Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art.”

The exhibit was also mentioned in the Houston Chronicle article, Artists use food as a metaphor for life and in Eat Your Art: There's a Feast Going on at Blaffer Art Museum in the Houston Press.

The C-SPAN bus recently visited campus thanks to Jack J. Valenti School of Communication assistant professor Arthur Santana. The Daily Cougar featured the bus’ visit in Bus brings Congress to campus.

Professor of Sociology, Russel Curtis, is quoted in The Daily Cougar article, This Halloween foregoes racy, opts for racism. Curtis comments on some racially charged Halloween costumes that appeared on social media.

Jim Granato, head of the Hobby Center for Public Policy, is quoted in the article, NSF Advises Political Science Applicants to Pay Heed to Senator's Amendment, which appeared in Science.

The Moores School of Music announced various performances in the media last month:
A faculty recital was announced in the Katy News article, Moores School of Music presents a Faculty Recital featuring Kirsten Yon. The recital featured Kirsten Yon and Hal Grossman on violin, and Brian Suits on piano.

Another faculty recital was also announced in the Houston Chronicle article, UH faculty recital is Nov. 12. This recital featured Wayne Brooks and Suzanne Lefevre, guest violinists Sophia Silivos and Miran Kim, guest cellist Kevin Dvorak, oboist Anne Leek, and pianist Timothy Hester performing works by Bach, Bowen and Haydn. The Daily Cougar also announced the recital in Moores faculty performs classical viola pieces.

A wind ensemble concert was announced in the Houston Chronicle article UH wind ensemble performing Nov. 22. This performance was directed by David Bertman, associate professor of music.

Composer Gabriela Ortiz’s visit to Moores for two concerts was promoted in the Katy News article UH’s Contemporary Ensemble Aura Celebrating Music of Gabriela Ortiz.

The Katy News also announces a concert featuring the Moores Concert Chorale, Concert Women’s Chorus, University Women’s Chorus, ManCorps, ManChoir and student-led a cappella groups in Moores School of Music proudly announces Joy to ALL the World.

Robert Zaretsky, professor of History, published several articles about 1957 Nobel Prize winner Albert Camus last month:
He penned an op-ed piece for the Los Angeles Times titled, Albert Camus—forever modern.

He wrote an article titled, Reading Camus in Tunisia, for In These Times.

Zaretsky also wrote 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Albert Camus for the Huffington Post.

For Los Angeles Review of Books, Zaretsky wrote the article, Camus at 100.

The article, Camus, at 100, a prophet of human rights, published in Global Post, quotes Zaretsky and his book about Camus.

Blaffer Art Museum curator Claudia Schmuckli was mentioned in the Houston Chronicle article, Courrèges luncheon for Blaffer stars mod looks at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Lynn E. Mitchell, director of Religious Studies, was a guest speaker at an event promoted in the article Reservation deadline is Thursday for Dialog and Friendship Dinner in the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.

The Center for Mexican American Studies recently hosted its annual banquet which featured actress Eva Longoria. The Daily Cougar published the article, Red carpet star Eva Longoria comes to campus for a cause, about the event.

Daniel Bernard Roumain, artist in residence at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, was featured in an article in the Daily Cougar, Artist inspires, motivates Cougars.

A historical look at the Fine Arts Building appeared in the Daily Cougar article, Flashback: Arts flourish, past and present.

In the Houston Chronicle article, U.S. employment report could bolster Houston jobs, Barton Smith, economics professor emeritus, commented on how Houston is dependent on the national and international economy.

The challenges faced by local newspapers was the topic of discussion in a recent broadcast of Houston Matters. Garth Jowett, professor of communications, was a panelist during the broadcast of State of Community Newspapers in Houston.

The Center for Mexican American Studies was featured in the Deer Park Broadcaster article, UH Center for Mexican American Studies presents Film & History Symposium of Spanish Texas.

CultureMap Houston also featured the Center for Mexican American Studies in the article Eva Longoria for President! How this Desperate Housewife could win the White House. Longoria’s visit was also included in KHOU’s story, Eva Longoria serves as keynote speaker at UH banquet.

Lynn Mitchell, director of religious studies, was a featured guest on the Houston Matters program, Why Religious Charities in Houston Wish More People Were in Church.

The lives of three stand-up comedians are explored in the stage production of “Brick Wall” which is written by CLASS student Vic Shuttee and directed by Robert Shimko, associate professor of theatre history & dramaturgy, according to the article Brick Wall at UH Explores the Lives of Three Stand-up Comedians in the Houston Press.

Professor of history Hannah Decker’s book was highlighted in the Jewish Herald-Voice article, When psychiatry became the practice we know today.

CLASS Alums in the Media

Jessica Wilbanks
Jessica Wilbanks, a 2011 graduate of the MFA program in creative writing, has won a Pushcart Prize for her essay, "Father of Disorder," published in Ruminate magazine. A personal meditation on entropy and family life, the essay will be included in "Pushcart Prize XXXVIII: Best of the Small Presses 2014 Edition," which gathers the year's best essays, short stories and poetry from hundreds of presses. Her recent achievements were noted by the Houston Press and the Houston Chronicle .
Dr. Bernadette Pruitt
Dr. Bernadette Pruitt’s book, The Other Great Migration: The Movement of Rural African Americans to Houston, 1900-1941, was included in a holiday gift guide curated by Texas Monthly magazine and published in the New York Times Texas Sunday edition. Dr. Pruitt earned her doctorate in the Department of History and is an associate professor at Sam Houston State University. The African American Studies Program hosted her on the UH campus in November for a reading and book signing in support of The Other Migration.
Nandita V. Berry
The Houston Chronicle has named Sarah Slamen as one of Houston’s 43 Most Fascinating People in 2013. Alumna Slamen earned her bachelor’s degree in political science in 2008. She got national media attention this year after her she testified in the Texas State Senate about women’s reproductive rights and was reprimanded and forcibly removed from the chambers by state troopers.