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First Lecture 2013

President Renu Khator
UH President, Renu Khator welcomes attendees and introduces key note speaker, Bonnie Dunbar at the First Lecture on August 23, 2013 at Cullen Performance Hall.

The Fall 2013 College of Education First Lecture was a great success!  UH Student Government Association (SGA) President, Cedric Bandoh opened the First Lecture and President Renu Khator introduced keynote speaker Bonnie Dunbar.  Dunbar, a retired NASA astronaut and leader of the new University of Houston STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Center was a NASA mission specialist astronaut and is a veteran of five space flights.

Dunbar inspired students with her story, from her humble beginnings in rural Oregon, to her prestigious place in history.  At the end of the lecture, she fielded questions from COE students.

Bonnie Dunbar and Robert McPherson
Retired Astronaut and Director of the UH STEM Center, Bonnie Dunbar (left) and Robert McPherson address student questions at the First Lecture on August 23, 2013 at the Cullen Performance Hall.

Dunbar has logged more than 50 days in space and influences young people everywhere she goes. She is committed to improving STEM education and increasing underrepresented student participation and success. Her legacy is a testament to how STEM can impact education at all levels and how our future educators can inspire their students. 

The First Lecture exposes students to leaders with a national voice in order to motivate and challenge them to set the bar for expectations high -- and then to exceed those expectations.

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After the lecture, attendees participated in a party to launch the new year with icy refreshments, photo opportunities, and out-of-this-world festivities.  UH Band members and Cheerleaders along with our Mascot, Shasta, graciously provided the entertainment!  Please enjoy a slide show of the festivities below.