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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

Mayra Hernandez: Leading in Education, Transforming Teaching

Mayra Hernandez has gathered many takeaways during a long career that has spanned teaching, instructional coaching and educational administration. One in particular, however, has a powerful lasting effect–relentless progression...Continue reading

Keeping the Peace: Sheriff Ed Gonzalez Shares His Story at UHD

The University of Houston-Downtown’s Center for Public Service and Community Research debuted its vitalalumni speakers’ series last week with Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez as its inaugural guest. He spoke to criminal justice students, faculty and staff about how his time at UHD paved the way for his current role as leader of the largest sheriff’s office in Texas, and the third largest nationwide...Continue reading

Alumni Association Board Elects New Officers

In January 2017, the University of Houston-Downtown’s Alumni Council welcomed three new members to serve a one-year term. The new slate of board officers are Phillip Ellison, Miriam Morales and...Continue reading

UHD Alum Overcomes Obstacles on the Road to Success

University of Houston-Downtown alumnus Terence O'Neill is the definition of confidence and perservance; however, this wasn't always the case. There were many...Continue reading

Q&A With UHD Alum Denise Hernandez

If anyone is qualified to give you nutrition advice, its Denise Hernandez. Hernandex has been studying healthy and wellness for eight years; and aside from being...Continue reading

City Hall Communicator Getting the 'Write' Stuff From UHD

The road to success hasn't always been a smooth one for Janae Steadham. Regardless of any bumps, the corporate communicator is grateful that her professional path...Continue reading

UHD to Launch All-New Alumni Association

Spring 2017, has been set for the official kick-off of the University of Houston-Downtown Alumni Association, according to Director of Development, Jaha Williams...Continue reading

UHD Alumni Give Back

University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) students of all backgrounds have major opportunities to reach educational and career goals. Accomplished University alumni assist in this mission through...Continue reading

From War Zone to Classroom

Veterans interested in attending college have more resources available than ever, but veteran students face unique challenges. University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) veteran student Terran Fontenot reached out for support...Continue reading

UHD Names Liza Alonzo Director of Alumni Relations

The Division of University Advancement announced Friday, July 1, that Liza Alonzo has accepted a new position at the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) as Director of Alumni Relations. As a UHD alumna, Alonzo brings enthusiasm...Continue reading

UHD Alumnus Elected to Houston City Council

Mike Knox, UHD alumnus (’90) and councilman for At-large Position 1 of the Houston City Council in Texas, has a long history of honorable public service. He is a veteran who served in the United States Air Force...Continue reading

Houston Business Journal Names UHD MBA Program No. 1 in Houston

UHD received news this week that our Master of Business Administration Program in the College of Business now ranks at the top of Houston Business Journal’s (HBJ) annual Largest Houston-Area MBA Programs list. In only two short years..Continue Reading

World Youth Foundations Honors Alumna with Community Impact Award

UHD College of Business alumna, and President and CEO of Fuzion Apps, Laquitta DeMerchant was honored by the World Youth Foundation, Inc. at their annual brunch on Saturday. DeMerchant was honored with the 2015 Community Impact Award for her work as an outstanding volunteer...Continue reading

Alumnus Shares His Journey from Petroleum Landman to Sports Executive

For UHD alumnus Doug Thornton (’82), the unconventional path from petroleum landman to major sports executive was paved by leaps of faith, overwhelming challenges, and good and bad choices. In a packed auditorium with students watching by live stream from two overflow rooms Tuesday, he told his story...Continue reading

Alumni Relations Hosts Most Successfu​l Social Series Event

More than 200 alumni and their guests reunited Oct. 22 at Saint Arnold Brewery for the fall edition of UHD’s Alumni Downtown Social Series. Alumni who graduated as early as the 1980’s reunited to enjoy food and friends, and to celebrate the University’s 40th anniversary. Dr. Flores spoke about the programs and current events going … Continue reading​

Inaugural Homecoming Week Closes w​​ith Tailgating, Basketball Victory

The University of Houston-Downtown celebrated the culmination of its inaugural homecoming week Saturday, as UHD Sports & Fitness hosted the first ever homecoming tailgate, otherwise known as “Tail-Gatoring.” Nineteen Tail-Gatoring teams began arriving as early as 8 a.m. to prepare for the day-long event. Groups consisted of university club sport teams, student organizations, fraternities, sororities, university departments … Continue reading

Alumn​​a, Entrepreneur Sarah Johnston Wins Houston Culinary Award

About 350 of Houston’s most popular and passionate foodies gathered in the ballroom of The Houstonian Hotel on Sunday, Oct. 5  for My Table magazine’s 18th Annual Houston Culinary Awards. My Table readers nominated and voted on the city’s top chefs, establishments and entrepreneurs in diverse categories, from “Best Interior Design” to “Favorite Mom & Pop Ethnic Restaurant.” … Continue reading

UHD Criminal Justice Cadets Volunteer at ‘National Night Out’ Events

Cadets from the University of Houston-Downtown Criminal Justice Training Center participated in Tuesday’s National Night Out by handing out literature about personal safety and home and vehicle protection at several loca​tions in Harris County Precinct 2. Precinct 2 Constable and UHD alumnus Chris Diaz has invited UHD cadets to assist with this community service project each year since he was elected … Continue reading

Major Opportunity Alumni Models Honored

Recently, UHD invited the successful alumni, who serve as models for the University’s most recent installation of the award-winning Major Opportunity marketing campaign, to a reception on campus. The alumni were able to mingle with administrators, faculty and staff, as well as unveil miniatures of their billboards, which will soon appear across the Greater Houston … Continue reading

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Last updated 11/14/2018 7:48 AM