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 Center, UH 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