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UHCO's See to Succeed Program Serves 11,000 Children

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  UHCO's See to Succeed program provided 11,000 eye exams to children in the Greater Houston area.

The UH College of Optometry's (UHCO) See to Succeed program, established in 2011, provides screenings, eye exams, and other vision resources to children in the greater Houston area whose families cannot afford access to traditional healthcare. Children ages 6 to 18 are referred to the program because they have failed a prescreen vision test or are identified as a student with vision problems by a school representative. This academic year, the See to Succeed program provided 11,000 eye exams, exceeding its annual goal of 10,000!

The program is a partnership between UHCO, San Jacinto College, Berkeley Eye Center, Essilor Foundation & Corporation, Eye Care for Kids, Kids Vision for Life, and Walmart. Pat Segu, OD ('92), is the program director for See to Succeed and also serves as the Regional Director of Houston Community-Based External Clinics for UHCO.

Recent CCLA Graduates Reflect on Experiences

CCLA Class of 2017 
30 faculty graduates from the Cougar Chairs Leadership Academy Class of 2017.

The Cougar Chairs Leadership Academy (CCLA) was developed in 2013 by Provost Paula Myrick Short out of her passion to help UH cultivate and develop its own leaders. The one-year program requires participants to commit to one day per month to attend workshops that cover topics ranging from personal leadership style and conflict resolution to communication skills.

"We talked many times about the difficulties of leading - dealing with problems that come up and how to navigate those problems when someone is tenured," said Margaret Hale, who became associate chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education in August 2015. "I appreciated that we talked about developing shared meaning with people and learned specific tools to help us develop shared meaning with colleagues."

Dr. Andy Hines, assistant professor in the College of Technology, is already applying what he has learned in his role as coordinator for the University of Houston Foresight graduate degree program. "I am really glad I did it. I learned a tremendous amount about being an effective leader. Even in areas where I had some previous knowledge or experience, I found useful perspectives."

"I'm very proud of our efforts to build a network of change agents and strategic leaders across the university," said Provost Short. "By cultivating leadership skills and expertise among faculty, we are contributing to greater student success."

Since 2014, 87 faculty members have graduated from the CCLA program. This past January, 30 participants graduated from the third CCLA class, and 32 are in the current cohort, which will graduate January 2018.

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University News

UH Librarian Melody Condron recently had a book released, Managing the Digital You: Where and How to Keep and Organize Your Life. This comprehensive guide provides users tools to managing and preserving digital items. Read the full story.

Dr. Jan Bergmanson, the Brien A. Holden Professor of Optometry at the UH College of Optometry and founding Director of the Texas Eye Research and Technology Center, was named the 2017 Contact Lens Educator of the Year by the International Association of Contact Lens Educators. Read the full story.

Visiting Fulbright scholars Dr. Mohamed Riduan Abid and Hanaa Talei from Al Akhawayn University bring innovation to cloud computing technology by continuing their research experiences with Dr. Driss Benhaddou, associate professor of engineering technology in the College of Technology. Read the full story.

Gareth Hastings, a Ph.D. candidate in the UH College of Optometry, received an award for the Best Free Paper at the recent Wavefront & Presbyopic Refractive Corrections Congress. The title of his talk was "Implications for the Correction of the Eye."

Maria Honey, a M.Ed. student in the College of Education and assistant director of marketing and communications for Auxiliary Services and Student Housing and Residential Life at UH, won the 2017 Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education Distinguished University Staff Award.

Out and About with Provost Short

UH GURI Recipients  Hidden Figures Panel  UH College of Nursing   

From a reception held for the Governor's University Research Initiative (GURI) grant recipients with Governor Greg Abbott (left), welcoming Houston's own "Hidden Figures" (middle), and the UH College of Nursing name-change reception (right), Provost Short has been busy!

But don't worry, our favorite Coog will be back in the next newsletter for Travels with Shasta! Send us your photos of Shasta's spring break travels, in Houston and abroad, to, tweet them @SashaProf , or share them on Facebook ! In the meantime, view all of Shasta's travels on the Office of the Provost website .

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