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ACES Institute

Advancing Community Engagement and Service Institute Launches at UH

Seeking to expand real-world learning experiences while improving the quality of life for fellow Houstonians, the Advancing Community Engagement and Service (ACES) Institute was established to serve as a hub for service learning at UH. The ACES Institute team will work with faculty and staff across disciplines to develop experiential learning courses and opportunities for students, as well as offer training, data collection and research to promote high-quality programs for replication.

In a ceremony formally launching the rollout of the institute, Provost Paula Myrick Short remarked, "Today heralds a new era in service learning. I have very high expectations for our Advancing Community Engagement and Service Institute. It is going to take us to the next level at the University of Houston and also engage us in extraordinarily useful ways with our larger community." Read more.

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2017 GRaSP Day on November 10

The Graduate School and the Office of the Provost would like to invite you to the 3rd Annual Graduate Research and Scholarship Projects (GRaSP) Day on November 10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Student Center. UH graduate students from a rich array of disciplines will showcase their research in a series of events including: posters, TED-style talks, demonstrations/performances, and publications. Register to attend.

International Education Week 2017

UH Celebrates International Education Week November 13-17

Celebrate the global cultures that enrich the University of Houston community during International Education Week (IEW)! Various units, departments, and student organizations will showcase their international initiatives through free events and activities across campus. We hope to see you at the IEW Opening Ceremony on November 13 at the Student Center Plaza from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

Learn more and see the full calendar.


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UH Creative Writing Program Promotes an Accomplished Writing Community

The UH Creative Writing Program has met great success this year, promoting an accomplished writing community at UH and in the city. Fifteen students and recent graduates published their first books this past year, a number of whom also garnered various literary awards. Jenniger Grtoz (Ph.D., Poetry), Michelle Boisseau (Ph.D., Poetry), and Professor David Mikics were named 2017 Guggenheim Fellows. Professor Robert Boswell will have a short story published in the Atlantic and Professor Tony Hoagland will release two books of poems.

In the community, creative writing workshops are offered by the program in Houston-area homeless shelters. Organized by doctoral candidates, staffed by graduate students, and funded by Inprint and Mitchell Center for the Arts, this program will serve as a model for further community outreach.

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Katrina Madrinan Named Most Promising Minority Student by AAF

Congratulations to Jack J. Valenti School of Communication advertising major Katrina Madrinan who was named by the American Advertising Federation as a "Most Promising Minority Student." The 50 winners from across the nation will be honored at the Most Promising Multicultural Student (MPMS) program held in New York in February 2018, where they will participate in an industry immersion event that includes networking opportunities, agency visits, and workshops.

Since MPMS' inception in 1997, more than 800 students from 220 colleges and universities have participated, with 74% of these students attributing their success in landing a job after graduation to their participation.

Homecoming Spirit Bell Challenge

Congratulations to the Winners of the Homecoming Spirit Bell Challenge

Hard work, creativity, and Cougar Spirit were on full display in various offices across campus for the Homecoming Spirit Bell Challenge hosted by the UH Alumni Association and Staff Council. Faculty and staff were encouraged to decorate their workspaces using this year's theme, "There's No Place Like Houston."

Congratulations to the first, second, and third place winners:

1st Place: UH Office of Intercollegiate Athletics / Alumni Athletic Center
2nd Place: Office of Real Estate Services
3rd Place: Graduate College of Social Work

Thanks to all the participants who took great care to display their UH pride. View photos from the competition on the UHAA's Flickr.


Shasta in Boston, MA

Shasta tries on a medallion for the Public Relations Society of America's (PRSA) College of Fellows Class of 2017. The College held its annual Induction Dinner on a cruise of Boston Harbor. The Jack J. Valenti School Instructional Assistant Professor Julie B. Fix, APR, who serves as the College of Fellows chair this year, presented the medallions to the fellows.

Be sure to tag @uhprovost and add #travelswithshasta on Instagram, tweet @SashaProf, or email to share your experiences - in Houston or abroad - with our favorite Coog! View all of Shasta's travels on the Office of the Provost website.


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