August 2015

Welcome Back Coogs!

As we begin a new semester, I want to welcome back our faculty, staff, and returning Cougars, and also welcome our freshman and transfer students.  This is a great year to be at the University of Houston.

Provost Paula Myrick Short
Provost Paula Myrick Short

We have outstanding new faculty joining our ranks, as well as, a very strong first year class of students. Each of you is a great asset to our University and we are honored you are part of the Cougar family.

I also invite you to join me on September 23 at Cullen Performance Hall to hear Sarah Lewis, the author of our oustanding Provost Summer Read book, "The Rise".  Ms. Lewis will speak more about her journey and reflections, and also personally answer student questions.

Again, welcome back to the University. I wish each of you a very productive and meaningful semester.


Hilton College Student Wins National Scholarship

HRM Student Cody Taylor

Hilton College student Cody Taylor will take the Cougar spirit to Thailand.

Hilton College junior, Cody Taylor, will embark on a global hospitality adventure this September, thanks in part to a prestigious national scholarship. Taylor, who will spend the semester at Mahidol University near Bangkok, was awarded a $5,000 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, part of a national program created to offer study-abroad and internship opportunities to students who might otherwise not be able to participate due to financial constraints. At Mahidol, one of Asia’s top universities, Taylor will take hospitality marketing, lodging and housekeeping management, and human resources management. He is the only student from UH to participate in the Thailand program this year. “I want to learn about the culture and see a different side of hospitality. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me. I never thought I would be able to experience something like this … It will be incredibly enriching, and I can’t wait to get there,” he said. Taylor also said he is looking forward to sharing his experiences with fellow Coogs when he gets home—and, of course, helping promote the University’s amazing study-abroad programs. Safe travels, Cody!

Pharmacy Students Earn National Honors

Pharmacy Student Group

The University of Houston College of Pharmacy chapter of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association claimed the SNPhA/Rite Aid Chauncey I. Cooper Chapter Excellence Award at the organization's 2015 Annual Meeting July 24-27 in Orlando.

The chapter not only won the Overall National Chapter of the Year title, but also the top-ranked Large Category Chapter. There are more than 90 SNPhA chapters across the nation, including 14 large chapters with more than 100 members each. This year's victory is even sweeter as the chapter was a finalist for the Large Category Chapter and Overall Chapter for the prior three consecutive years.  


Sarah Lewis to speak to students September 23

The Rise book jacket
Provost Summer Read Book, "The Rise" by Sarah Lewis

Students will have an opportunity to personally discuss their thoughts on "The Rise" with author Sarah Lewis on September 23.  Lewis will be at the University and speak with students in Cullen Performance Hall followed by a question-and-answer session.  "The Rise" was the book selected for the 2015 Provost Summer Read, and was the subject of faculty-led discussion groups on August 23.  The lecture will begin at 12:30 p.m. and is open to all University students, faculty, and staff. 

UH Welcomes New Deans

Dean Alan Dettlaff Dean Lisa German Dean Dennis Reynolds

   Deans Alan J. Dettlaff, Lisa A. German, and Dennis Reynolds

The University welcomed three new deans to campus during the summer. 

Dean Alan J. Dettlaff comes to the University of Houston from the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he recently has been honored with induction into the 2015 Class of Fellows of the Society for Social Work and Research. He has broad experience in higher education, and has served in various roles in child protective services. Dean Dettlaff serves as Chair of the Commission on Educational Policy for the Council on Social Work Education, which is responsible for policy that will shape the future of social work education over the next decade. He has published extensively in the area of children’s services for immigrant Latino children.

Dean Lisa A. German comes to the University of Houston from The Pennsylvania State University where she served as Associate Dean for Collections, Information, and Access Services since 2011. She is internationally recognized as an author and presenter, having held numerous leadership positions in the American Library Association. Dean German has also served as a consultant to institutions and universities throughout the United States.  She additionally holds a position on the Editorial Board of Library Resources and Technical Services, the official journal of the Association for Library Collections Technical Services.

Dean Dennis Reynolds comes to the University of Houston from Washington State University where he served as the Ivar Haglund Endowed Professor of Hospitality Management and director of the Wine Business Management Program. He is ranked 15th among the world’s most prolific hospitality management authors. He is author, or co-author, of five textbooks, with his latest in its 10th edition. Dean Reynolds specializes in global service management issues and has lectured on this subject around the world. He is also a former J. Thomas Clark Professor of Entrepreneurship as well as a two-time graduate of Cornell University.

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