Cougar Milestones Nov. 17, 2022
11/17/2022, 01:00:02 PM

View web version


Dear University of Houston Community, 

One of the best ways to enjoy the changing seasons is simply walking across our impressive campus. The leaves on the University’s collection of trees are turning a beautiful autumn brown while students begin to don their bright Cougar red sweatshirts now that cooler temperatures have arrived. 

Seeing our campus community in high gear is indeed a reflection of where we are in the fall semester. Though the holidays are in sight and Commencement is approaching, all are also clearly focused on the tasks at hand at midterm. 

As busy as we all are, please take care of what matters most … yourselves. 

It is easy to forget that it’s flu season and that the pandemic is still lingering. I encourage you to take advantage of the resources available to you on our campus. The UH Family Health CenterUH Student Health Center and Counseling and Psychological Services offer primary and behavioral care services for our campus community. Additionally, vaccinations and boosters are offered to faculty, staff and students at the UH Student Health Center Pharmacy, where I found these services to be convenient, expedient and delivered with genuine care.  

As well, it is very important to ensure that we all take a moment to step away from our laptops, phones and other devices to simply breathe and enjoy the moment of our shared experience. Go outside for a minute or two. Look around our campus and be inspired by your fellow Coogs. Each day, I see something new happening on our campus, and it reminds me why I have called UH home for more than 40 years. 

Soon, many of you will be headed homeward for Thanksgiving. With that in mind, I extend my deep gratitude to you all. Your determination and drive to achieve your aspirations make UH a special place and a home for so many of our Cougar Milestones. 


Robert H. McPherson
UH Interim Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost



Global Influence

Carlos R. Ordonez has long been an advocate for promoting the sciences within Hispanic communities in the U.S. and abroad. For such efforts, the professor of physics has been recognized with the 2023 Edward A. Bouchet Award presented by the American Physical Society.

City Visionary

Susan Rogers, associate professor in the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, has received the American Institute of Architects Houston Civic Vision Award for her work enhancing the city’s communities.

Provost Student Spotlight - Experiential Learning ExCITEs Cougars

Experiential learning often requires hours, days or even weeks of scholarly activities and full immersion into new environments. Thanks to ExCITE Talks, UH students were able to summarize their experiences in a matter of minutes.

A Career Milestone

Yinliang (Ricky) Tan, associate professor in the C. T. Bauer College of Business, has earned the INFORMS Information Systems Society (ISS) Sandy Slaughter Early Career Award. The award honors professionals who are on a path towards making outstanding intellectual contributions to the information systems discipline.

A Leader Among Hispanic Serving Institutions

For the second year in a row, the University of Houston was named a Hispanic Serving Institution Leader by the U.S. Fulbright Program. UH joins an exclusive group of HSIs that have demonstrated a commitment to its Fulbrighters and continue to promote Fulbright opportunities. 

Insight into UH’s Colleges, Programs

Leading higher education publication INSIGHT into Diversity has acknowledged the University of Houston as a leader in diversity. Recently, the College of Nursing received its sixth Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award, and UH’s Scholar Enrichment Program earned the magazine’s Inspiring Programs in STEM Award.

In case you missed it last month, here is a video look at other recent UH accomplishments. 


International Education Week - Through Nov. 18 

UH’s global programs, international opportunities and cultural diversity will be celebrated during this week of events. 

Follow the Office of the Provost on social media:
Facebook & Twitter


Robert H. McPherson
Interim Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, UH | 832-842-0550


This is an official message sent by the University of Houston. To verify the validity of this message, email