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July 30, 2019

Faculty & Staff Breakfast 2019

Please join me at the upcoming breakfast, catered by Le Peep, to honor our colleagues who have reached service milestones, earned promotions or tenure, or received College awards for teaching, research and staff excellence.

Please see the list of honorees below and let’s celebrate them next month!

Date: Aug. 16, 2019
Time: 9 a.m.
Place: Rockwell Pavilion (second floor of M.D. Anderson Library)
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After the breakfast, we’ll head to Cullen Performance Hall for First Lecture, featuring Nic Stone, a New York Times bestselling author who earned accolades for her debut novel, “Dear Martin.” Doors open at 10:30 a.m. The event begins at 11 a.m.

Also, as we gear up for students to return, please consider bringing non-perishable food items or monetary donations to support our PEEPS Pantry for students in need (make checks payable to “The University of Houston” and in the memo write “PEEPS Pantry”). Donations will be accepted throughout the week of August 12 in the Office of Undergraduate Studies, Farish Hall 160, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., or in the lobby of Cullen Performance Hall before First Lecture.


Five Years of Service

  • Teresa Brummit-Dunn (CMCD)                                                        
  • Jane Cooper (CUIN)                                                            
  • Jorge Gonzalez (PHLS)                                                       
  • Bianca Hall (UH Charter School)                      
  • Kiara Henley (UH Charter School)                   
  • Miranda Jasso (Office of Finance)                   
  • Rosenda Murillo (PHLS)                                              
  • Lauren Snead (CUIN)        
  • Shelley Townsend (Parent Education Project)            
  • Aimee Young (Office of Finance)                     
  • Qiong “June” Zhou (Institutional Effectiveness)

10 Years of Service

  • Shea Culpepper (CUIN)
  • Milena Keller-Margulis (PHLS)
  • Kathy Patnaude (Office of Communications)
  • Jaime Questell (Office of Communications)                                                         
  • Jahnette Wilson (CUIN)

15 Years of Service

  • Jennifer Chauvot (CUIN)
  • Sheng Kuan Chung (CUIN)           
  • Catherine Horn (ELPS)                                                   
  • Mimi Lee (CUIN)             
  • Anitra Wright (Undergraduate Studies)                 
  • Jeylan Yassin (Undergraduate Studies)  

20+ Years of Service

  • 25 years: Yali Zou (ELPS)                                                  
  • 30 years: John Ramsey (CUIN)      
  • 40 years: Kimberly Zainfeld (Undergraduate Studies)                         
  • 45 years: Laveria Hutchison (CUIN)            

Teaching Excellence Awards

  • Carrie Cutler (CUIN)       
  • Marcel de Dios (PHLS)                                                  
  • Kristen Hassett (ELPS)                                                   
  • Lyle McKinney (ELPS)    

Collaborative Research Excellence Award  

  • Lyle McKinney (ELPS) 

Staff Excellence Awards

  • Paula Canada (Office of Communications)
  • Thu Nguyen (Office of Finance)

Staff Spirit Award

  • Nicole Switzer (PHLS)   

Staff Promotions

  • Erwin Handoko - Program Director 2
  • Daniella Heysquierdo - Office Assistant 2           
  • Tracy Markovich - Assistant to the Dean
  • Abigail Palomino - Office Coordinator
  • Jasmine Payton - Program Manager 2
  • Greta Ralston - Academic Advisor 2
  • Paul Roch - Executive Director of Business Operations
  • Aimee Young - Assistant Business Administrator           

Faculty Promotions

  • Sarah Mire – Associate Professor (PHLS)
  • Lorraine Reitzel – Professor (PHLS)  

Congratulations to all the honorees!                                                                      

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