Cougar Milestones June 1, 2022
06/01/2022, 01:00:01 PM

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A Message From the Provost

Dear UH Community,
May was indeed a month of memorable moments at the University of Houston. In recent weeks, we celebrated UH's nearly 6,000 spring graduates, honored our outstanding faculty members, and recognized so many other achievements at our institution.

Yes, it was a busy month, and a fitting close to the spring semester. Summer, however, will prove to be productive as well with classes resuming very soon and a flurry of activity taking place across campus.  

In this edition of Cougar Milestones, we’ll recap just some of May’s highlights, and look ahead to other faculty, staff, and student accomplishments.  

As always, thank you for making our University a truly special place, and one that is home to so many Cougar Milestones. 

Paula Myrick Short
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost


Meet UH's Newest Student Fulbright Scholars

Ariel Durham (above) is one of 10 University of Houston students who will live and learn abroad thanks to support from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

And the Award Goes to ...

Faculty accomplishments were in the spotlight during the recent Faculty Excellence Awards. Among this year’s honorees was Wynne Chin, who received the 2022 Esther Farfel Award.

Another First

In other faculty award news, Nouhad Rizk became UH’s first woman instructional faculty member to become a Piper Professor and is the University’s 13th professor to receive this honor from the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation.

Student Athlete Earns Phi Beta Kappa Scholarship

Sondos Moursy is among just 20 students nationwide to be selected as a Key into Public Service Scholar by The Phi Beta Kappa Society.

Coogs Around the Globe

More Cougars will have the opportunity to learn abroad thanks to the U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. This spring, 21 UH students were named as Gilman scholars. 

Coogs Spring Into Commencement

Nearly 6,000 degrees were conferred during Spring 2022 Commencement ceremonies. Among those graduating was College of Nursing student Maria Espinoza, who credits UHin4 in helping her complete her degree.

Global Citizens Recognized

UH’s Institute for Global Engagement awarded Global Citizens Credentials to 18 students who developed cultural competencies that contributed to their academic experiences. 


Upcoming Events


June 7 - 26  – Texas Music Festival
Moores Opera House and other venues. Full schedule with times, dates, and venues is online.

June 8 - Staff Council Meet and Greet

Staff members can chat over lunch at Moody Towers with Staff Council representatives.


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Paula Myrick Short
Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, UH System
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, UH | 832-842-0550

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