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September, 2014

Students Give Back

The Center for Student Involvement and the Metropolitan Volunteer Program hosted the Labor Day, Day of Service on September 1, 2014.  This community project was held in conjunction with Generation One. Eighty-eight staff and students were divided into four groups to clear property, clean playgrounds, and mow grass in the local Third Ward area. This service project gave participants the ability to learn about the community and meet some of the people that live in and around this area. The day concluded with reflection at the Generation One headquarters where participants also learned how to continue their relationship with the organization by becoming mentors, tutors, and general volunteers. For more information on how to get involved with more service opportunities, please visit Metropolitan Volunteer Program website.

October 28th – 31st, 2014

Celebrate UC Octoberfest

Join us in celebrating all the fun things about the month of October. The University Centers is preparing to kick off our annual UC OctoberFest! Beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the UC front circle, enjoy free snacks, such as caramel apples, soft pretzels, sausage on a stick, and lots of candy! Win some awesome prizes as part of our “Guessing Game”, Corn Hole, or Sac Race Competitions. Also, students can capture their scariest faces at our photo booth! Additionally, you will be able to walk away with a Free “UC OctoberFest” stein filled with Barq’s Root Beer and Blue Bell vanilla ice cream.

October 10th, 2014

Snap a Pic and Enter to Win the Citizenship Month Photo Contest

In celebration and preparation for the City of Houston’s annual Citizenship Month held throughout the month of November, the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services is sponsoring a photo contest! Can you capture the essence? With a Snap of a Pic you can enter to win the Citizenship Month Photo Contest:

Beginning Wednesday, October 15 through Friday, November 14, UH students will be given the opportunity to submit campus photos that capture the essence of Citizenship Month. Illustrate what one of these terms mean to you: Citizenship, Diversity, Global Houston, and Fellowship.

Winners will be announced in each category on Friday, November 21 and qualify to win some great prizes.

October 1st, 2014

Make A Difference: The UC is Now Accepting Applications For the UC Policy Board

The University Center Policy Board (UCPB) is searching for a student to serve as an at-large member for a 1-year term (2014-2015). Any UH student is eligible to apply with the exception of current student employees of the University Centers. The 19-member board includes students, faculty and staff.

The UCPB assists in policy development and long-range planning for the University Center and the UC Satellite and advises the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs on programs and services. Recently the UCPB has been involved with the ongoing New UC Transformation Project.

The board meets monthly for approximately 2 hours. The next meeting of the 2014-2015 UCPB will occur in October.

January 20th, 2014

Start Your Week at the UC North Open House

On Monday, January 27th, from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, the departments and student organizations located in University Center North will be hosting an Open House to showcase the services and opportunities to get involved. This is your chance to connect with departments and student organizations while exploring the beautiful new addition to our campus. Grab some friends and come explore what the UC North has to offer! Don't miss your chance to win either an XBOX One, Bowling Party, and or a $50 Starbucks Gift Card. See You at the UC!

January 1st, 2014

Join Us UC Theater Ribbon Cutting & Opening Events

On Thursday January 30th, join us for a day full of events celebrating the official opening of the 450-seat University Center theater. All the fun begins at noon with a Ceremonial Ribbon Cutting and continues until 10:00PM that night with movies, a comedy show, step performances and much more! At 2:00PM, join the UH community as Aaron Parazette, a member of faculty in the UH School of Art as well as an award-winning artist, unveils the first of two brand new murals in the transformed University Center, "Remembering Next Summer". Once the theater festivities are over, make sure to stay for the Games Room Open House from 10:00PM to 1:00AM. There will be FREE play featuring GLOW bowling, billiards, table tennis, and select arcade games. Grab your friends and come out and discover the newest place on campus to unwind and play games.


The University Center Welcomes New Office Coordinator

Please come and give a warm Coog welcome to our new Office Coordinator Renee Cleare! Renee is originally from Trinidad & Tobago, an island off the coast of Venezuela. At the age of 6, Renee moved to New York where she was raised until she moved to Miami at the age of 16. After high school, Renee moved back to New York where she attended Pratt Institute studying Fine Arts in Painting. In 2011, she moved to Houston where she began working for non-profit arts and technology organizations.

Renee has always had a high passion for the liberal and fine arts all her life. Since the age of 3, she has loved to spend her spare time painting and reading. One of her hobbies is to create all kinds of paintings, with abstract being her specialty. Renee also has a great passion for writing poetry about people, relationships, conflicts, and impressions. Before joining the University Center administrative team, Renee worked as a Development & Membership Coordinator at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.

Renee’s responsibilities as Office Coordinator will be to go about and oversee the daily routine of the UC Administrative Services and Operations. She will be performing at the highest standards to ensure the office and department operates in an efficient and orderly manner. As Office Coordinator she will also provide assistance with preparing and executing all UC departmental activities and programs, which include submitting and tracking work orders, creating vouchers for invoice payments, and providing Notary Public services for the UH community. Renee looks forward to meeting and working with students, and also expanding her knowledge of the UH pride and traditions.


New Student Center Meeting and Event Rooms - Available for Reservation for Spring Semester 2015 Dates

Beginning October 1, 2014, the Student Center Conference and Reservation Services Office will be accepting reservation requests for all new meeting rooms and large event spaces from spring 2015 onward. We invite you to host your event or meeting at the NEW UC.

We have (15) additional conference meeting and multi-purpose event spaces available as of January 2015. The renovated Houston Room Ballroom will also be coming back online for use.

For more information about reserving space or resources related to hosting an event visit us online at: Conference and Reservations Services or in person at the Conference and Reservations Services Office, located in Student Center South Room 237.


Now Offering UC Phase II Tours

Phase II construction of the University Center Transformation Project ends January 2015. Don’t miss your chance to get a sneak peek into what’s coming. Beginning Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 4:00 p.m., the university community is invited to take behind-the-scenes tours. Locations visited during the tours include a walk through the newly renovated Houston Room, an introduction to the Legacy Lounge, a preview of the outdoor University Center Plaza, and a stroll through the new retail corridor featuring Cougar Byte, Freshii, and Shasta’s Cones & More.

In addition, tours will be available throughout October on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 4:00 p.m., with the last tour being on Thursday, November 20, 2014.  Spaces are limited to 25 people per tour and one tour per day.

Due to demand, we are requesting you select your available times so we can schedule you for the first available time slot.  We will reach out to confirm your time and date within 48 business hours of your request. If you have any additional date/time constraints, please note this in the “Comments” section of the form.


Name Change Planned for the New University Center

The University Of Houston Division Of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services and the Student Government Association (SGA) are pleased to announce the official name change of the University Center to the Student Center. The name change proposal was initiated when the University Center Policy Board and the Student Government Association advocated for this change to coincide with the completion of the University Center Transformation Project. Since the University Center Transformation Project has been a student led and student funded project, it was only appropriate that the name of these facilities reflect the students’ commitment and dedication to this hub of student life on the campus. The request was officially approved by President Renu Khator, to be effective January 1, 2015.  The facilities will be known as the Student Center North, Student Center South and Student Center Satellite.

The 80-million dollar UC Transformation Project was funded 95% by student fees. The newly renovated Student Center North and Student Center South facilities will continue to serve as the epicenter of campus life. These two Student Center facilities provide nearly 306,000 square feet in a well-designed space that serves as a dynamic hub of activity for the campus community. Phase II completion of the Student Center will usher in new lounge spaces, study rooms, new conference style meeting rooms, a renovated Houston Room and a retail corridor featuring the Cougar Byte Technology Store, Freshii, and Shasta’s Cones & More. Furthermore, the new Student Center will provide the University of Houston with a competitive edge as we continue to strive for excellence as a Tier-One Institution.   

On Wednesday, January 21, 2015 the new Student Center will host its official Grand Opening Celebration at 10:00am in the new Plaza (between Student Center North and Student Center South), followed by a daylong schedule of fun activities that will conclude at 10:00pm. This celebration is intended to introduce the campus community to every space of the completed 306,000 square foot space.