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Lonnie G. Bunch III's Graduation Speech to the Class of 2020
Lonnie G. Bunch III is the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. He served as the founding director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture from 2005 to 2019, and as president and director of the Chicago History Museum (Chicago Historical Society) from 2000 to 2005. In this video, he speaks to the history majors graduating in spring 2020.

UHD Alumni David Tohill (elft) and Taylor DIcken
UHD Alumni David Tohill (left) and Taylor DIcken

Alumni with Soul - UHD alumni David Tohill and Taylor Dicken, are a dynamic duo. Dicken earned her first undergraduate degree in music performance as a classically trained French horn player from Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music in 2008. She decided to attend the University of Houston-Downtown and work in between at Nadeau. In 2016, she earned a bachelor’s of arts degree in history. “UHD’s faculty is absolutely amazing,” Dicken said. “I enjoyed the level of scholarship in the history department. They provided individualized attention and encouraged me to present at conferences. They were fantastic. The level of education at UHD is indicative of a much larger university. “It’s very cool…I was a beaver in high school followed by a penguin…and now, I’m a Gator.”

Tohill’s educational journey began at The University of New Mexico. But life’s changes deferred his collegial plans until 2008 when he earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in political science and political economics history from UHD. “I loved it [UHD],” he said. “The thing I most appreciated and enjoyed is that the classes were challenging and engaging, which I assumed wouldn’t be the case going from a flagship university to UHD. I was so surprised by the faculty’s relatability regarding their students…if you made the effort, they were there for you.” Two UHD alumni David Tohill and Taylor Dicken want to ensure that every potential customer who visits Nadeau experiences the one-of-a-kind furniture, Furniture with a Soul. Read more about Dicken and Tohil's success.

General Consul of the Republic of Poland in Houston Robert Rusieki
General Consul of Poland
Robert Rusieki
People attending First to Fight Presentation
Students Attending "First to Fight" Presentation
From left, Drs. Ryden, Bielakowski, Linantud, and Consul of Poland, Robert Rusieki
From left, Dr. Ryden, Dr. Bielakowski, Dr. Linantud and Robert Rusieki

UHD is pleased to host the traveling display, First to Fight, which recounts the start of World War II in Europe. Sponsored by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Houston , the collection of over a half-dozen panels explains some of the ideological motivations that led to war though the painful legacy of Soviet occupation. The opening, on Wednesday, December 4, included two presentations on the geopolitical and military history of Poland, given by UHD’S Dr. John Linantud (Political Science) and Dr. Alexander Bielakowski (History). The General Consul of the Republic of Poland in Houston, Robert Rusieki, thanked UHD and provided insight into contemporary Poland and the painful legacy the war left in Europe; he emphasized the importance of remembering the catastrophe of war as a way to recall the importance of serious analysis and discussion of international affairs.

The opening was sponsored by the Dr. William Brigman Endowment. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences thanks the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Houston for picking UHD to help commemorate the 80th year since the start of WWII. The panel display will remain open to the public in the Welcome Center foyer of the Girard Street building, until December 13, 2019.

UHD students in front of a large Star statue

Phi Alpha Theta and the Webb Society toured Central Texas over Spring Break, camping at Bastrop State Park, and visiting sites such as the State History Museum (the Bob Bullock Museum) and the Texas State Cemetery. The clubs were joined by UHD Alumni Jason Rivas and Courtney Stevens who are presently pursuing Masters in History degrees at Texas State University.

Outstanding Freshman of the Year and Outstanding History Student of the Year - 2017

Congratulations to Alondra "Julie" Morillon, who was awarded Outstanding Freshman of the Year, and David Hale, who was awarded Outstanding History Student of the Year.  (L to R are Drs. Gene Preuss, Mari Nicholson-Preuss, Nancy Lopez, David Ryden, and Jose Alvarez).  

Alondra Morillon Receives Scholarship

University of Houston-Downtown History major Alondra Julie Morillon received the 2017 East Texas Historical Association’s Dr. Archie P. McDonald Scholarship in History


Last updated 5/20/2020 9:12 AM