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Student News 2017

UHD History Alumna is Admitted to PhD Program

Lori Beth Martinez (’15) has been admitted into the History PhD program at Arizona State University (ASU) beginning in Fall 2017. She has received five years of full funding and a Teaching Assistant position. Her concentration will be in twentieth-century US history with specializations in Native American and military history. Prior to being admitted into the PhD program, she also completed her Master’s degree in history at ASU as well. During the fall of 2016, she completed an internship at UHD that involved shadowing the faculty and designing courses she plans to teach.

Northside History Collaborative’ s Oral History Project

Jason Rivas (‘15) and Courtney Stevens ( ‘16) are part of the Northside History Collaborative’ s oral history project.  Together, they filmed and edited interviews of long-time residents who recollect changes that have taken place in Houston during the past half century.  The "Stories of the Northside" is a partnership between Avenue CDC's GO Neighborhoods Northside program; the Houston Metropolitan Research Center; and the University of Houston-Downtown  (Webb Society, Phi Alpha Theta, and the University Honors Program).  The videos are being archived by the Houston Library.

Webb Society and Phi Alpha Theta Visit Goliad

Students from the Webb Society and Phi Alpha Theta, along with Drs. Jose Alvarez and Nancy Lopez, went camping in Goliad over Spring Break. After evenings of campfires, burgers, and s’mores, they were awakened early the first morning by a noisy fox, and early the second morning by rain soaking their tents...and sleeping bags…and clothes. Oh, and they also visited some historic sites, including the Fannin Battleground; the Presidio La Bahia, a Spanish fort established in 1747; and Espiritu Santo, a Spanish mission established in 1722.

Dr. Jose Alvarez camping with members of the Webb Society and Phi Alpha Theta. UHD Students in front of statue in Goliad

Phi Alpha Theta Visits USS Lexington

Phi Alpha Theta students, along with Dr. Nancy Lopez, traveled to Corpus Christi to tour the USS Lexington, an aircraft carrier that saw extensive action in the Pacific Theater during World War II. While on board the ship, history major Victoria Pearson presented a talk to the group on the history of the Lexington.

Phi Alpha Theta society visits USS Lexington 
Phi Alpha Theta members touring the USS Lexington

Dr. Ryden, history faculty  and student at First year history major event 

First year History majors have pizza and engage with History faculty and answer questions about spring 2017 courses. Phi Alpha Theta and Webb Society members also attended.

History Major, Travis Carter, Helps Houston’s Homeless Animals

History Student Returns to UHD for Masters in NonprofitPhotograph of UHD History graduate, Amanda Salvador
My name is Amanda Salvador. I began attending the University of Houston-Downtown in the fall of 2011. My objective was to take my basic courses at UHD and then transfer to another university that carried the nursing degree that I thought I desired at the time. After a few semesters of taking basic courses, I realized that I did not like biology as much as I thought I would. Instead, I seemed to enjoy my history courses more. I decided to major in History at UHD instead and focused my studies specifically in European history and the World War I and World War II eras. I had the opportunity to present a video at the University of Houston-Downtown Gender Conference and then a research paper at the University of Houston-Downtown World Wars Conference. I also joined various organizations around campus such as Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society, Phi Sigma Tau International Honor Society in Philosophy, Pre Law Association, UHD’s UN Association, the UHD Texas Freedom Network Chapter, for which I served as secretary and also the UHD Feminists, for which I served as vice-president. I graduated from UHD in the fall of 2015 with my bachelor’s degree in History with minors in philosophy, Spanish, and gender studies and decided to enter the non-profit sector in search of employment. I began working in a nonprofit called Escape Family Resource Center in January of this year as a Program Support Assistant, and I decided to continue my education at the University. I am now working towards my Masters degree in Non-Profit management. I hope to become a grant writer for Escape Family Resource Center in the near future and then one day run a non-profit with the education I am receiving from UHD.


This spring, UHD's curriculum committee approved a number of new graduate history courses, listed below. During the nine-week Summer II session, HIST 5321 History and Nostalgia and HIST 6304 Slavery and Freedom in the United States will be offered, online. Interested UHD students and prospective students should contact CHSS advising at
713-221-8460 for registration information.

  • HIST 5302 – The Historian’s Craft
  • HIST 5304 – From Colonization to Revolution, 1607 – ca. 1800
  • HIST 5311 – Studies in the History of American Education
  • HIST 5321 – Studies in Mexican-American History
  • HIST 5331 – History and Nostalgia: Historical Interpretation and the Culture Wars
  • HIST 6303 – Seminar in Texas History
  • HIST 6304 – Slavery and Freedom in the United States
  • HIST 6320 – Slavery in the Americas Proseminar
  • HIST 5310 – Nazi Germany

Former History Major Now Teaches Texas History

Photograph of former History major, Elizabeth Quijada
Elizabeth Quijada (BA History, 2013) has just taken
a new position in Pasadena’s Independent School District. She is teaching, in Spanish, seventh grade Texas history. While at UHD, Elizabeth was a member of the History Honor Society and the Philosophy Honor Society.

History Alumnus David Buie Presents Paper

David Buie (BA '10 and MAT '13) recently presented a comparative paper at the annual Texas A&M Graduate Student Conference. His paper, "Slavery and Slave Agency-Houston and Charleston," emphasizes that each city provided a different context in which enslaved people built their lives.  David is presently finishing his masters degree in History at Sam Houston State; working as a graduate teaching assistant; and completing a book-chapter project on WWI veterans and Montgomery County, Texas."


Web Historical Society Named Chapter of the Year

Photograph of the Web Historical Society student members  of UHD with Dr. Gene Preuss 

On Saturday, March 5, the University of Houston-Downtown’s Garna Christian Chapter of the Walter P. Webb Historical Society received the 2015 University Chapter of the Year Award. The award ceremony took place during the annual meeting of the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) at the Omni Mandalay Hotel in Irving, Texas.

The chapter’s president, Francisco Delgado, accepted the award with members Aimee Soto, Helen Martinez, and Juan Leija also present. Chapter advisors Dr. Gene Preuss and Dr. Mari Nicholson-Preuss accompanied the Webb Society members on the trip. Read more about the award.



Johnny Dilworth (History, BA 2015) is now working for HISD at McReynolds Middle School.  In Fall 2016, he will be teaching 7th and 8th grade Social Studies. Johnny is also working at Youth Development Center  (YDC), an after school program geared at improving literacy for elementary students.

Last updated 1/29/2021 2:32 AM