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Moores School of Music Alumnus Roger Kalia Receives Career Assistance Award from the Solti Foundation U.S.

Roger Kalia
UH Moores School of Music Alumnus Roger Kalia.

Roger Kalia, co-founder and music director of Lake George Music Festival and alumnus of the University of Houston Moores School of Music was recently awarded the Career Assistance Award from the Solti Foundation U.S. "To be recognized by an organization that is affiliated with the legacy of the great Sir Georg Solti, a conductor whom I admire greatly, is very special and meaningful to me" said Kalia.

Hailed as a conductor who conducts with "vigor" and "commitment" by the Charlotte Observer and for bringing a "fresh view to classical music" by The Republic, Roger Kalia is currently the assistant conductor of Pacific Symphony and the music director of Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra. He recently led the group on a highly successful tour of China, which marked the orchestra's second international tour and its first to Asia. The orchestra performed sold-out concerts in Beijing's Forbidden City Concert Hall and Shanghai's Oriental Arts Centre as well as a cultural exchange concert with the Shanghai Nanyang Model School Orchestra, which was broadcasted worldwide on International Channel Shanghai.

"This funding from the Solti Foundation U.S. will help me open new doors in the field and further build my career as a conductor" said Kalia. A native of New York, Kalia received his Doctorate from Indiana University, where he served as an associate instructor and assistant conductor of the IU Opera Theater and New Music Ensemble. He also holds degrees from the University of Houston and SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music.

UH Student Group Wins Imperial Barrel Award

UH AAPG Student Team
UH AAPG Student Team recently won the Imperial Barrel Award. The team consisted of Walter Reed, Eric Lunn, Delaney Robinson, Andrew Steier (not pictured), and Leiser Silva. Photo via

A UH student team won the Imperial Barrel Award (IBA) at the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Annual Convention, held in downtown Houston. The team had previously come in third place in 2012, 2013, and 2014, and placed in second place in 2016. The students, which won a collective prize of $20,000, will allot $2,000 to each team member and devote the remaining funds to their student AAPG chapter, the Wildcatters, to support invited speakers, field trips, student travel, and other activities.

"Almost all of our UH IBA team members since 2012 are working in the oil and gas industry and demonstrate the practical value of the 'IBA experience' at UH. Our challenge now," said Paul Mann, earth and atmospheric sciences professor, "is to continue to produce consistently strong UH teams year after year - and attempt to win the Gulf Coast region and world finals for a second time."

The team consisted of five Earth and Atmospheric Sciences doctoral and graduate students, including Delaney Robinson, Walter Reed, Eric Lunn, Andrew Steier, and Leiser Silva. The team was supported by faculty advisors Paul Mann, John Castagna, Julia Wellner, and Kurt Rudolph. Read the full story

Take Your Child to Work Day a Success

Approximately 200 students participated in Take Your Child to Work Day with their parents on Friday, June 9. Take Your Child to Work Day was sponsored by Staff Council, and included five areas across campus where children could participate in hands-on activities. The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics shared demonstrations on chemical reactions, superconductivity, and gaming. At the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, children had the opportunity to make cupcakes and participate in a dodgeball game in Lynn Eusan Park.

Take Your Child to Work Day - Gaming

Take Your Child to Work Day - Cupcakes

Take Your Child to Work Day - Lemonade

Children at NSM participated in a demonstration on gaming from the Computer Sciences Department.

Children saw the kitchens and decorated cupcakes at the Hilton college.

At Bauer, children made and distributed their own lemonade.

The program was open to faculty and staff across the entire university, and children ages 8-13 were able to choose the activities best suited to their interests. At the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts, kids visited the Blaffer Art Museum and saw musical and dramatic performances by current UH students. At the C.T. Bauer College of Business, children managed their own lemonade stands and enticed passersby to try their product. Children participating at the M.D. Anderson Library had the opportunity to make their own book and strike a pose in a photo booth.

Staff Council is already planning next year's activities, and numerous colleges have indicated they wish to participate.

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University News

Maria Honey, assistant director of marketing and communications for Auxiliary Services recently received the 2017 Distinguished University Staff Award from the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education. The award, presented in March in Austin, recognizes superior professionalism and accomplishments in teaching, research, or service to Chicano students. Honey is also pursuing a master's degree in higher education at UH's College of Education. Read the full story

Jan Bergmanson, Brien A. Holden Professor of Optometry and founding director of the Texas Eye Research and Technology Center, was recently awarded the Americas Contact Lens Educator of the Year award from the International Association of Contact Lens Educators. His award will allow him to travel to Liverpool to attend the British Contact Lens Association conference in June.

Geology Doctoral Student Lucia Torrado recently won the Student Poster Competition at the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Convention and Exhibition. Torrado's poster was "Similarities and Differences Between the Late Cretaceous Fan Complex and the Overlying Neogene Amazon Cone in the Foz do Amazonas Basin, Northern Brazil - Implications for Future Hydrocarbon Exploration," which studied the northernmost basin offshore Brazil, the deep-water portion of the Foz do Amazonas basin, including the Amazon delta (or Amazon Cone). Read the full story

College of Optometry Student Rachel Reed was chosen as the American Optometric Students Association's National Liaison to the World Congress of Optometry. She has been selected to attend the 2nd World Congress of Optometry in Hyderabad, India.

Travels with Shasta

Shasta in Paris

Shasta's visiting Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France as part of the C.T. Bauer College of Business' learning abroad program.

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