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A Year in Review: The Viral Sensations of 2019

As 2019 draws to a close, we look back on the viral videos, stories and memes that had Coogs talking throughout the past year. From the robot invasion, celebrities and pop culture to major milestones, March Madness and mariachis, there was no shortage of viral topics in 2019. Read more …

UH Law Center Celebrates Dean Baynes’ Five Years of Service with Portrait Unveiling

UH Law Center alumni, faculty, staff, friends and families filled the Albertus and Hendricks Heritage rooms on Saturday for the annual Holiday Coffee event. The celebration also marked the five-year anniversary of Leonard M. Baynes’ deanship and his dean’s portrait was formally presented. The portrait was painted by Jon R. Friedman. Read more …

Academic Advisor Reminds Students of the Power of Perseverance

Stephanie Martinez, who advises health majors in the College of Education, understands that transitioning to college can be challenging. She draws on her own academic experiences to help struggling students get back on track. Read more …

UH PROMES Scholars Give Back This Holiday Season

The PROMES faculty, staff and scholars gathered together 140 pounds of non-perishable food and personal care items to donate to the UH PEEPS Pantry, a free food pantry to help students in need. Minerva Carter, senior PROMES program manager as well as founder and manager of the Women of PROMES, initiated the drive. The Women of PROMES is also conducting a holiday personal care item drive in partnership with Houston’s Star of Hope Women/Family Emergency Center. Read more …

Our People

    • This week nearly 5,000 UH students will receive their degrees during the fall 2019 University Commencement. Among the graduates are Curtis Mooney, a 72-year-old former CEO, and our youngest graduate is Marko Jovanovic, an 18-year-old wunderkind. Mooney earned his second Ph.D. – a doctorate in American history with a concentration in health care. Jovanovic is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in computer science with cum laude status. Read more.
    • Terry Rooney has been promoted to associate head coach for UH Baseball. He was hired in June 2017 and serves as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for the Cougars. His impact was felt right away, as Houston won The American regular-season title and made a berth in the NCAA Chapel Hill Regional in 2018. Read more.
    • C. T. Bauer College of Business Assistant Professor Zesong “Zack” Liu examined how the collapse of the housing market and the unprecedented decline in household wealth impacted job decisions and long-term career trajectories. Liu and his co-authors collected the work histories and property values for actors, writers, and directors in the film industry to draw conclusions about how people reacted to changes in their housing wealth. Read more.
    • The Houston Airport System-Hilton College Customer Service Student Partnership was developed to give graduate students a real-world consulting experience. The students, under the direction of Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management Professor Carl Boger, Clinton L. Rappole Distinguished Chair, examined the customer service quality of Houston’s airport terminals. The students provided their findings to HAS Director Mario Diaz in December. Read more.
    • Olivia Johnson, assistant professor of human resource development in the College of Technology, published, “Are You Connected Through Consumption? The Role of Hashtags in Political Consumption,” in Social Media + Society. Johnson cites the usage of social media during the debate surrounding kneeling during National Football League games that began with Colin Kaepernick’s response to claims of increased violence toward people of color by police. Read more.
    • Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer appointed UH Law Center Professor Renee Knake to fill a vacancy on the Michigan State University Board of Trustees. Knake, professor of law and Joanne and Larry Doherty Chair in Legal Ethics, taught at the MSU College of Law for a decade prior to joining the Law Center faculty in 2016. She will serve on the MSU board until December 2022. Read more.
    • The Student Housing and Residential Life marketing team was recognized at the 4th annual Marketing Awards and Showcase at the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International Operations Conference. The team was awarded third place in the Website category for their redesign of the SHRL website. Read more.

Our Campus

    • Students from the Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship were on hand as Cyvia Wolff and UH President Renu Khator signed an agreement marking a historic gift from the Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff Family Foundation. The gift will ensure the Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship remains a priority at UH and continues as a source of leadership and expertise on the topic. The gift is expected to have a total impact of $15 million. Read more.
    • Relaxed parking rules will start Monday, Dec. 9 and continue through Sunday, Jan. 12. During this time, anyone with a valid UH parking permit will be allowed to park in any ungated lot on campus, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Normal restricted parking hours resume promptly at 7 a.m. Monday, Jan. 13. Read more.
    • As the fall semester comes to an end, UH is preparing to host nine commencement ceremonies from Thursday, Dec. 12 through Saturday, Dec. 14. For information on live streams of the ceremonies, parking, gown distribution and UH’s special traditions, visit the UH commencement website. Read more.