Journalists Abby Phillip of the Washington Post, Tim Carney of the Washington Examiner and David Jackson of USA Today discussed the first 100 days of President Donald Trump during a luncheon benefiting Leland Fellows. Julie Mason, host of Sirius XM radio’s Press Pool and former White House correspondent for Politico, moderated the Hobby School of Public Affairs’ annual luncheon.

Houston Rockets’ James Harden, who signed the biggest contract in NBA history in 2017, and Rockets’ shooting guard Eric Gordon were regulars on the sidelines of Houston Cougar basketball games throughout the 2016-17 season.

Award-winning documentary filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick hosted a preview screening and discussion of their latest project, “The Vietnam War,” a 10- part, 18-hour documentary film series set to air this fall on Houston Public Media TV 8 and PBS stations around the country.

UH alums and NBA superstars Hakeem Olajuwon and Elvin Hayes were among numerous other letter winners during the final game at Hofheinz Pavilion.

JaNeika and JaSheida James, sisters and story editors on FOX’s award-winning show, EMPIRE, talked about the entertainment industry with UH students during the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication “Big Talk on Race, Gender and Hollywood.”

2017 commencement speaker Arnold Schwarzenegger tells graduates, “Turn the ‘me’ into ‘we,’ and I guarantee you that you can change the world.”

Bassem Youssef, often called the “Jon Stewart of Egypt” and one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” (TIME Magazine, 2013), joined Icelandic actor, writer and comedian Jón Gnarr for a conversation on political satire at UH’s Wortham Theatre. The event was hosted by the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts and UH School of Theatre and Dance.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Matthew Desmond spoke about social, racial, economic and political justice to students in the UH Graduate College of Social Work during the inaugural “Speaking of Social Justice, Maconda Brown O’Connor Distinguished Lecture.” Desmond’s book, “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City,” won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in general nonfiction for the story of eight American families on the edge.

PGA Champion and two- time winner of The Players Championship, Steve Elkington teed up with Major Applewhite during the 2017 Major Applewhite Golf Classic. Elkington, three-time All-American with the Cougars, and his wife Lisa are UH alumni. Their son Sam is on the UH golf team.

97-year-old super-virtuoso pianist Abbey Simon made a triumphant return to the stage during the Moores School of Music (MSM) International Piano Festival, an event he founded more than 30 years ago. Simon severely injured his hand in a car accident in 2016. The festival was his first concert in more than a year. Simon, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor of Music at MSM, picked up the piano at the age of three. His career has taken him to stages around the world.

UH hosted Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, Cougar alumni Elandon Roberts and the entire Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots for practices at TDECU Stadium prior to Super Bowl LI.