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The Sky’s The Limit for UHD Alumna Esperanza Martinez

Esperanza 'Cindy' Martinez is truly a proud Gator alumna. ​In fact, she credits her alma mater for having a positive influence on her life’s trajectory. Even though it’s been a few years since she’s graduated, Martinez still exudes excitement and pride when telling her story about UHD​...Continue reading


UHD Alumni Jeff Handojo: A Laid Back Lager

Handojo (pronounced just like its spelled) is a native Texan who grew up in the Cypress suburbs. His dad immigrated from Indonesia to Jacksonville, Texas in 1972, moved to Houston in 1975/76 and worked for Texas Instruments back when 290 was a two-lane highway​...Continue reading


Discovering Her Strengths: Alumna Krystal Westmoreland Chooses UHD Again

I​​​n her early 20s, Westmoreland transferred to California with her job as a Transportation Security Officer for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) from her hometown of Queens, New York.​..Continue reading


One of Texas ​Top Teachers Gets Her Start at UHD

She was close to graduating, but Sarah Sutar’s family’s legacy was calling her to make a change. As an undergraduate at the University of...Continue reading


Engaged Gators: Alums Put a Ring on It ... on the South Deck

UHD Alumni Irene Nuñez and Ramiro Ojeda are set to tie the knot after getting engaged on the campus where they met in 2017. The couple celebrated the ...Continue reading


UHD Alumni Brittany Perez Is A Voice For The Unseen

Beginning in her early teens, Brittany Perez was becoming a statistic that is all too familiar these days. She was homeless....Continue reading


Alumni Profile: Randall Kelley​​

The third of four siblings, Randall Kelley, Jr. was born and raised in Houston’s Third Ward, a graduate of Jack Yates High School, the first in his family to graduate from college … and is a proud Gator Alum...Continue reading


UHD Alumni Shares R.A.M.A.L. Motto​

​​​​Most people say they can pinpoint a pivotal moment or memorable time in their lives that shaped the person they are today....Continue reading


A Matter of Principals - Part 1

UHD produces many teachers and administrators serving school districts throughout Greater Houston and the state of Texas. Two alumnae whose passion for teaching led them to their positions as principals for Houston Independent School District (HISD)...Continue reading


A Matter of Principals - Part 2

Michelle Turek graduated from high school in a class of just 32 students. The Moulton, Texas native had a completely different experience when she attended UHD’s commencement ceremony. In fact, she described her graduation in one word. “Mind-blowing,” said Turek, who earned a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from the College of Public Service...Continue reading


Laolu Davies-Yemitan: Real Estate Broker and Industry Guru

Laolu Davies-Yemitan, a University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) biotechnology alumnus, discovered his calling—beyond the sciences—as an advocate for families looking for affordable housing in Greater Houston. Davies-Yemitan is a commercial real estate broker and developer with Five Woods Realty...Continue reading


MBA Offers Alumna Ticket to Success at Museum of Natural Science

On any given day, Angel Hernandez-DeLeon might walk past dinosaur bones, rare gems or Egyptian artifacts on her way to the office. Such scenery is just one of the many benefits of working at the Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS). Of course, Hernandez-DeLeon has experienced countless scientific wonders at the museum. After all, she’s worked there for 19 years...Continue reading


Alumna Elizabeth Ruiz Inspires Tomorrow's Leaders

UHD Alumna Elizabeth Ruiz will be embarking on a six-month global speaking tour through the Golden Key International Honour Society to present leadership development workshops. As part of the Society’s 2018 Global Leadership Summit Tour in Montreal, Canada, Ruiz will join nine other CANCON speakers, who were selected to inspire tomorrow’s leaders...Continue reading


UHD Alumni Elected to HISD Board of Education

It was a banner year for two UHD alumni who were elected to the Houston Independent School District’s Board of Education. Elizabeth Santos defeated Gretchen Himsl to win the District I seat being vacated by Anna Eastman. Santos attended HISD’s Janowski and Herrera elementary schools, Burbank Middle School, and Sam Houston Math, Science and Technology Center...Continue reading


UHD Alumni Participate in Interdisciplinary Studies Panel

In November, UHD’s Career Development Center and Alumni Relations hosted a BSIS career panel for students. The 2017 Fall Interdisciplinary Studies panelists featured UHD alumni: Jennifer Burch (’13); Regina Coyle (’17); Mia Davis (’16); Andrea Shiloh (’95); and Abhi Sreerama (’17)...Continue reading

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