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COPING WITH COVID

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Color Field - UHS Public Art

PoP Goes the Campus

UH is no stranger to art adorning its campus, but it has taken on an even brighter, bolder look with the arrival of “Color Field,” a temporary installation of a dozen or so vibrant, large-scale sculptures scattered across the University grounds courtesy of Public Art UHS. This whimsical blue whatchamacallit, titled PoP, is the work of Nacogdoches artist Jeffie Brewer.

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Pop Goes the Campus

UH is no stranger to art adorning its campus, but it has taken on an even brighter, bolder look with the arrival of “Color Field,” a temporary installation of a dozen or so vibrant, large-scale sculptures scattered across the University grounds courtesy of Public Art UHS. This whimsical blue whatchamacallit, titled PoP, is the work of Nacogdoches artist Jeffie Brewer.

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UH President Renu Khator

LET’S TALK ABOUT RESILIENCE

Dear Cougars and Friends

Last year at this time, I was talking to you about momentum. We were celebrating our new medical school, a generous faculty-enhancing gift to develop four world-class “Aspire” institutes and our fundraising campaign exceeding its $1B goal.

Today, I find myself focusing on a different UH value – resilience. As you know, the University of Houston has been confronted with immense challenges during the past year. We all have. The COVID-19 pandemic’s impact has been omnipresent, threatening the world and endangering everyone.

At UH, our overall response has been guided by safety, flexibility and compassion as we determine how to keep moving forward. But key to that approach has been that we continue operating. That is what I mean by resilience. Have we faced numerous difficulties? Yes. Have we adjusted to them? Yes.

Our rapid transition to effective online instruction and a productive remote work force reflects our commitment to doing our best under the circumstances. It’s been demanding – physically, mentally and financially. But the record enrollment we have enjoyed this fall is an inspiring indication of the success of our efforts to respond. And if the ongoing COVID-19 calamity weren’t enough to deal with, understandable concerns about racial equality and social injustice have also demanded our serious attention.

You can read about the University’s remarkable response to these ordeals in this “Coping with COVID-19” issue of the magazine, as well as our University looking ahead to its centennial in 2027 and developing a strategic plan. Even though we have our hands full right now with the pandemic, we haven’t let that stop us from focusing on the future of the institution – another clear indication of our resilience. The “Dare to Dream” program is a yearlong planning process to set new goals and find new ways to serve our mission. COVID-19 has complicated matters for us, but let me echo what one of the program’s co-chairs said: “Don’t tell me why you can’t; tell me how you can.”

As we move forward and determine what the New Normal should be, we have an opportunity to learn from this experience.

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RENU KHATOR
PRESIDENT, UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON

  • Coach Bill Yeomann

    Coach Bill Yeomann (1928-2020)

    The first representative from Houston to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, Yeoman coached the Cougars for an amazing 25 seasons from 1962 to 1986, and his 160 victories are the most in the program’s history.

  • Gerald D. Hines

    Gerald D. Hines (1925-2020)

    Hines leaves behind an indelible legacy of altruism, a keen appreciation of higher education and an unflagging commitment to cultural and community improvement at the highest level.

Pulitzer Prize Winner - Jericho Brown

UH Alumnus Wins
Pulitzer Prize

Poet Jericho Brown credits prestigious Creative Writing Program Fellowship for introducing him to legendary writers who have influenced his work.

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UH Alumnus Wins
Pulitzer Prize

Poet Jericho Brown credits prestigious Creative Writing Program Fellowship for introducing him to legendary writers who have influenced his work.

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Illustration of College of Medicine building

First Class Students

Medical School’s Inaugural Group Receives White Coats, and New Building Gets Underway.

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First Class Students

Medical School’s Inaugural Group Receives White Coats, and New Building Gets Underway.

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When COVID-19 Came Calling

An Inside Look at UH’s Fight Against the Pandemic

When COVID-19 came calling, UH joined the collective fight. From a swift move to remote operations, to a search for a vaccine, donations of PPE, and an air filter to catch and kill the virus – the pandemic has revealed our best as we fight against the worst crisis of our time.

Registered Nurse Raul Silva

Registered Nurse Raul Silva is fitted with personal protection equipment (PPE) to care for recovering COVID-19 patients at Mamonides Medical Center in Brooklyn. During New York’s COVID-19 surge, the College of Nursing student paused his professional and academic life to join the frontline fight against the pandemic.

  • Vaccines & Preventive Drugs

    Meet Three UH Researchers Working on COVID-19 Preventives

  • Shields of Protection

    When COVID-19 hit Houston, UH makers, crafters and givers sprang into action providing critically needed protective equipment to health care workers.

BY THE NUMBERS

UH's COVID-19 Response

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Black Lives Matter mural

Seeking Social Justice

UH Takes a Stand Against Systemic Racism

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Seeking
Social
Justice

UH Takes a Stand Against Systemic Racism

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  • Book Report

    English Professor Looks at Famed Filmmaker’s Work from a Personal Perspective

  • Student sitting on hammock at quad

    The Quad Comes Full Circle

    A Contemporary Version of the Vintage Dorm Opens Its Very Modern Doors

Professor Richard Evans teaching a television psychology class

Last Look

Everything old is new again? Long before the current pandemic sent professors Zooming into the digital ether with electronic instruction, there was something called Educational Television. And UH was a trailblazer for that early version of remote learning. In fact, KUHT is credited as the first educational television station in the country. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, the station broadcast more than 100,000 semester hours of telecourses, including this social psychology course taught by Professor Richard Evans, a noted scholar and frequent guest on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show, another use they found for TV.