THE MAGAZINE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
70 Years of Red & White Join the Alumni Association As We Celebrate Our History We Built This City UH-Educated Architects are shaping Houston Spring 2010
Café Au Cougar Turning Houston into America’s Next Coffee Capital
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Turning Houston into America's next great coffee capital
8 We Built This City
How UH-Educated architects are shaping Houston
12 Take a Hike, Houston!
UH alumna Laurey Roddy ('82) shows us Houston's natural beauty
"Our alumni association does many wonderful things to support our university, and that alone is a good reason to join as a member." - pg.19
22 2009 Year in Review The UHAA kept its chin up in a down economy. Check out these financial highlights.
33 In Memorium Cynthia Woods Mitchell was a loyal Cougar, a tireless philanthropist, and great friend. On the cover: This blanket and pennant, collected in the Athletics/Alumni Center’s Sam P. Douglass Library, serve as just two physical reminders of UHAA’s last 70 years. Did you snuggle under a similar blanket at the 1979 Cotton Bowl? Do you remember hanging a similar pennant the first day you moved into Oberholtzer Hall? Photograph by Andy Rich.
70 Years of Red & White Since 1940, alumni for the University of Houston have had a community to call their own. This year, our 70th, join us as we celebrate that tradition.
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Alumline A note from our Interim President + CEO Connie Fox. Campus News All the university news that's fit to print. By the Numbers A numerical breakdown of UH fun-facts. Leaving Their Print UH grads make their mark on the literary world. CougarCorner Profiling Life Member Marcus Smith. association update See what's new with your Alumni Association. Class Notes Catching up with your graduating class. Cougar Business Connection You've got the hook up. Calendar Upcoming arts, sports, and social events in the UH universe. Paws & Remember Get a snapshot of campus life in 1940.
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Three Cheers for 70 Years by
UHAA Interim President + CEO
Joy Wagman Krohn
David Raffetto ('05)
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UHAA Board of Directors Judie Lilie (’95), Chair Mike Baker (’68, JD ’71), Immediate Past Chair Reece Rondon (’92, JD ’95), Chair Elect Rick Bowen (’88, MBA ’91), Treasurer Ron Page (’80), Secretary Charles Dorn (’80) Stephanie Foy (MSW ’94) Cathy Frank (’80) Jason Fuller (’94)
Carl Glaw (’77) Joe Heard (’80) James Holmes (’86) Janet Hoover President Renu Khator, Ex-Officio Durg Kumar (’82, MBA ’83) Shannon McClendon (JD ’92) Gerald McElvy (’75) Laura Murillo (’89, MEd ’98, EdD ’03) Ricky Raven (’83, JD ’86) Thaddeus “Bo” Smith (’67) Martha Wong (MEd ’76, EdD ’83)
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UHAQ mistakenly listed Marguerite Wells Baxter ('56) in our 'In Memorium' section last issue. As readers will see from her class note this issue, Marguerite is quite well and busy as ever. To Marguerite and any of her friends and family members we may have alarmed, our sincerest apologies.
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The year was 1940, and a group of former University of Houston students decided that the fellowship and rah-rah revelry of their college days didn’t need to end. They decided that Cougars could make an impact long after graduation. They decided to form the Ex Students Association, or as it is known today, the University of Houston Alumni Association. To those early visionaries, we can’t thank them enough. Mirroring the leaders who founded our university, their imagination, determination, and forward thinking provided the solid foundation on which we’ve built the last 70 years of alumni programming in support of our great university. Our relationship with the university started off as symbiotic and remains so today. UH gives us our purpose and shapes our strategy. In return, we offer scholarships to its students, flex our muscles on legislative issues critical to its wellbeing, retell inspiring moments in its history, guard its traditions, and recognize the talents of its alumni. Our university, our association, and our accomplishments aren’t abstract. They’re the fruition of people who’ve decided, “Hey, the University of Houston is something worthy of my attention, is something deserving of my devotion.” Few causes stir the heart more than someone’s alma mater, and when the Class of 1942 composed the final two lines of our own collegiate carol—“And to thy memory cherished, / True we’ll ever be.”—to their sentiment many of you have, indeed, been true. But over the course of 70 years, it’s also to be expected that we’ve lost touch with many of you. Maybe you’re a Life Member who hasn’t made an event in years. Maybe you flip through this magazine but never get around to submitting a class note. Maybe you know a dear friend who’s one of those quiet Cougars—you know, the type who we always encourage to find their growl. Well listen up. My friend and fellow Life Member Jack Stalsby (’49) has said it best: “Come on home, Cou-
gars.” And Cougars should think of their alumni association as a home! We are here to serve and support you just as much as the university you attended. So just come on home. You know how to get here. We’ll even leave a light on. Throughout the year, including in each issue of UH Alumni Quarterly, UHAA members can look forward to special 70th anniversary content. Turn to page 16 for a look back at our early days. And to those who participated in our history, we want to relive those memories with you—share your stories by e-mailing email@example.com, and we’ll collect them on our 70th anniversary webpage. The celebration culminates on April 23, 2010 at our annual Awards Dinner. As we honor eleven of our university’s finest alumni and supporters, we’ll also be celebrating 70 years of red and white. If you’ve attended in past years, expect something that surpasses what has always been a magnificent event. If you’ve never had the opportunity to join us on that special evening, this is the year to do it. Visit www.myCougarConnection.com/AwardsDinner to purchase your table or tickets. Seventy years is a wonderful milestone that all of you should share in. You, our readers, our members, our die-hard Cougars—you are the reason we got here. So by all means, celebrate! While you’re doing that, we’ll get started on the next seventy.
With Cougar Spirit,
Connie Fox UHAA Interim President + CEO Life Member
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UHAQ t Campus News College of Architecture names Patricia Oliver as new dean sion, leadership, and administrative skills, the department more than doubled in size and contributed significantly to Art Center’s outstanding global reputation.” Oliver received a bachelor of arts degree in independent studies from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1974. In 1977, she earned a master of architecture degree from UCLA’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning, earning the Dean’s Award for best thesis and academic performance.
Patricia Belton Oliver, who served as senior vice president of educational planning and architecture at California’s Art Center College of Design from 20012008, was recently named dean of the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture. “Patricia Oliver will bring to the College of Architecture exceptional educational experience, vision, leadership, and administrative skills,” said John Antel, UH provost. “She is an award-winning teacher with a remarkable record of achievement, particularly in environmental design. All of these attributes will serve the University of Houston well as we continue to pursue Tier One status.” Oliver succeeds former dean Joseph Mashburn, who announced plans to step down from the post last year. He remains connected to the college in a teaching capacity. While at the Art Center College of Design, Oliver created the environmental design department to bridge the area between architecture and product design. As its first chair, she brought architecture and related disciplines to one of the world's most prestigious colleges of art and design. She developed a unique curriculum that weaves together architecture, interior architecture, environmental graphics, and furniture design to provide students with a rich diversity of experience. “Patricia exceeded all expectations by building a strong, respected department founded on rigorous academic and artistic foundations,” said Barton Choy, adjunct professor at the Art Center College of Design. “Through her vi-
Cougar Village Construction Underway Cougar Village, the University of Houston’s latest residential construction project, is on track to open its doors for the fall semester. The 284unit, 1,096-bed complex off Wheeler St. will exclusively house freshmen and honors students. Expected amenities like cable television, ethernet connectivity, fully furnished rooms, and laundry facilities are all included in the plans. But perhaps most unique are the themed housing wings, allowing students with similar interests and academic focus the chance to share space: a Business Wing, Engineering/Technology Wing, Communications Wing, Life Sciences Wing, Writer's & Artist’s Wing, and others.
We’re Dancin’ After winning four games in four days to claim the C-USA Tournament crown, the UH men’s basketball team is participated in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 18 years. Congratulations to Coach Penders, his staff, and the players.
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HADP Architects, Inc. is the design firm. Hardin Construction is the general contractor, and Mei Chang and Dean Ruck of Facilities Planning are the project managers.
Athletics Department Begins Facility Evaluation UH athletic director Mack Rhoades announced in February that AECOM, one of the world's largest engineering and architectural design firms, will study plans to renovate and rebuild Robertson Stadium and Hofheinz Pavilion. “The scope of their project list is overwhelming,” Rhoades said. “It's tremendous.” Two options involve varying degrees of renovating of Robertson Stadium, and two options entail varying upgrades to Hofheinz Pavilion. Three involve building a new football stadium on three different sites: at its existing location, on some existing intramural fields adjacent to the Cullen/I-45 intersection, and on recently purchased land next to MacGregor Park. The scope of the proposed projects would go well beyond the $38 million end zone facility plan that the UH Board of Regents approved in 2008, for which the university secured some $10-14 million in verbal commitments. At a cost of $300,000, the study is expected to take 90-120 days. “People have asked me, ‘Is that a worthy investment?'” Rhoades said. “Certainly we wouldn't do it if we didn't think it was, especially with the scope of the project. If you're talking about the renovation of a stadium, it's a $30–60 million project. A brand new stadium is more than that. Depending on what you would do with an arena, to spend that amount of money knowing you only get one chance to do it the right way, this is certainly a good investment.” Respectively, Robertson Stadium and Hofheinz Pavilion debuted in 1942 and 1969.
UH Athletics: Coaching Updates Football When news hit of former UH offensive-coordinator Dana Holgorsen leaving for Oklahoma State, the Cougar nation collectively thought, “Well that was nice while it lasted. Now what?” There wasn’t necessarily a sense of panic, but fans became nervous about changing systems going into quarterback Case Keenum’s final season. Well calm your nerves, football fans. In an effort to preserve the offense that has been so successful the past two seasons, Coach Kevin Sumlin has chosen to promote from within. Jason Phillips (’01) has been promoted to offensive coordinator and will continue to coach the wide receivers, while Kliff Kingsbury will take on the role of co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. The defensive staff will get a makeover too, as former NFL assistant Brian Stewart will serve as defensive coordinator. Stewart comes to Houston after spending last season as defensive special assistant with the Philadelphia Eagles, where he coached the NFL's top cornerback interception tandem of Asante Samuel and Sheldon Brown. He joined the Eagles after a two-year stint as defensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys, where he guided them to back-to-back top-10 rankings in fewest yards allowed. From 2004-06, Stewart served as secondary coach with the San Diego Chargers.
Jason Phillips ('01) Offensive Coordinator
Kliff Kingsbury Offensive Coordinator, QB Coach
Brian Stewart Defensive Coordinator
Volleyball Named just the fourth head coach in the program’s history, Molly Alvey has been selected to lead the UH volleyball team. She succeeds Bill Walton, who coached the Lady Cougars for 24 seasons. Alvey joins UH from Ole Miss, where she spent five seasons as an assisMolly Alvey tant coach, including two as the associate head coach. During that time, she Coach, Volleyball was responsible for recruiting Texas for the Rebels. “You have to get the kids to the program that you need to win and to build upon the system that you want to utilize,” Alvey said. “With my recruiting experience at Ole Miss, half of our roster is from Texas, and that's where I spend a lot of my time. Being able to build a program in Texas, I have the roots and the recruiting contacts that I need.” Alvey's coaching career began at Temple, where she was the graduate assistant for three seasons. There, she was part of the program that finished 72-25, won the Atlantic 10 Championship and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in 2002. As a player, she was a four-year letterwinner at Centre College, holding the college’s career record in assists with 4,340.
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To the three UH alumni living in Chile (according to our records), the alumni association is thinking of you and hopes you fared well after the recent earthquake. Freshman track athlete Errol Nolan posted that blistering, first-place time in the 200 meters at the Conference USA Indoor Championships. Four gold, two silver, and three citations of excellence add up to nine awards won by UH students at the 2010 Houston Addy Awards, given by the American Advertising Federation. Congrats to winners Heather Diaz, Miriam Guessous, Karen Lopez, Laura Martinez, Dwayne O’Brien, Rachel Williamson, and Owen J. Woghiren. That’s how many years Bergmann’s Rule—the rule that asserts animals grow larger at higher, colder latitudes—stood unexplained. At least until UH doctoral student Chuan-Kai Ho published the explanation in The American Naturalist. We’d explain it if it wasn’t so far over our heads. The number of students who attend UH with the help of scholarships from the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. Never was the partnership more obvious than March 3rd for UH Night at the Rodeo. The State of Texas’ Emerging Technology Fund recently awarded a grant in that amount for UH’s Texas Center for Superconductivity to further commercialize products involving hightemperature superconductors.
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_ Turning Houston into America’s next coffee capital
by David Raffetto ('05)
As a young, ambitious engineering student at theUniversityofHouston, CarlosdeAldecoa(’97)wouldsitinthesmall Mexican food restaurant at the corner of Cullen and Milby, textbooks and old patent files strewn across the table, and stare at the Maxwell House coffee plant across the street. Many will remember the plant’s giant, neon coffee cup—a sort of beacon for residents of Houston’s East End neighborhood. But for de Aldecoa, those neon ions were burning their way into his consciousness, illuminating his future. ¶ Today, the de Aldecoa family owns that same plant under the name Maximus Coffee Group—but it’s not really the same plant at all. Within those one million square-feet is the most complex coffee production facility in the world. And one of the largest. So grab a cup of joe, settle in, and read how de Aldecoa is turning Houston into the country’s next coffee capital, one bean at a time.
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In 1928, Carlos’ grandfather and namesake started a coffee roasting and grinding operation in Madrid, Spain. In the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, the family fled to Mexico, where their operation expanded in the 1940s to include farming and milling. In the 1990s, the company moved its operations to Houston, purchasing the old Uncle Ben’s rice plant off Clinton and converting it to a green coffee silo operation. “When our silo facility was up and running, I approached trade houses in New York, England, and Switzerland,” de Aldecoa remembers, “only to find we couldn’t compete with other storage facilities. At the time, Harris County placed a three percent ad valorem tax on all inventory held at year end. So the trade houses would instead store their coffee in places like Antwerp and Barcelona where they wouldn’t have to pay that three percent.” In 2004, de Aldecoa worked with the Port of Houston, the City of Houston, and state legislators to pass a constitutional amendment that exempted green coffee stored in Harris County from that ad valorem tax. 6 | Spring 2010
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“As soon as that tax fell, our business boomed,” de Aldecoa said. “Houston had always been well represented from a roaster's stand point—the Maxwell House plant for 60 years, the Sara Lee plant on Navigation for over 40 years—but despite having the country’s largest foreign tonnage port, we were never considered a viable coffee port. Now, we’ve passed New York and New Orleans as the country’s largest importer of coffee. We’ve grown ten-fold over the past three years alone.” From the moment de Aldecoa and Maximus Coffee Group moved to Houston, they were supplying the Maxwell House plant with green coffee. Obviously, proximity between the facilities—all of five miles—made transporting the product from the silos to the roasting plant quite economical. But de Aldecoa’s company offered Maxwell House a revolutionary way to keep costs even lower. Usually, coffee enters the US in 150-pound, hand-sewn, burlap bags. About 300 bags will fit in a 20-foot container that has to be unloaded by hand, put on pallets, and moved. Instead, take that same 20-foot container, add a liner, and blow in 40,000 pounds of coffee. The increased product per volume and reduced labor made Maximus Coffee Group a force in the coffee importing business. At one point, Maxwell House had 70% of the US market, but as private label brands continued to grow, the plant was only running at 40% of its capacity. Kraft Foods, who then owned the facility, was seriously considering shutting it down. “As far as I’m concerned, this was the Taj Mahal of coffee plants,” de Aldecoa said. “It wasn’t going to shut down as long as I was around. We put together a proposal to buy the plant, acquire the assets, and transfer all of the employees. Kraft accepted. I feel so fortunate to now own a plant that, well, rather literally, I’ve looked up to since I was a young man. And probably most important, we kept over 400 jobs and around twenty million in wages in Houston.”
Sip Down These Specs De Aldecoa wasn’t the first person to have purchased the facility. In fact, Maxwell House originally bought it from Ford, who from 1914-1942 used the space to manufacture automobiles. But it’s been roasting coffee ever since. But roasting is only a small part of what the plant is now capable of. Operating 24 hours per day, it roasts, it grinds, and it packs coffee through its high pressure (up to 4,500 pounds per square inch), high temperature, and high voltage systems. It’s one of only three plants in the US that uses an extraction and spray-dry method to produce instant coffee. Perhaps most heralded by industry leaders, it is the only chemical-free decaffeinated coffee producer in North America. “Most people drink decaffeinated coffee for health reasons, but in most cases, they’re only
trading caffeine for chemicals,” de Aldecoa said. “It’s criminal that the public isn’t better informed of that fact.” Most decaffeinated coffee is processed with either methylene chloride, a degreaser and proven carcinogen, or ethyl acetate— that’s nail polish remover for all us non-chemistry majors. But Maximus Coffee Group uses a process called super-critical fluid extraction where high pressure CO2 and purified water extract the caffeine in a way that is completely chemical free. It is the only American-processed certified USDA organic decaf coffee on the market. On the brink of closure just four years ago, today the plant processes more than 200 million pounds of coffee per year, handling coffee orders for Starbucks, Folgers, Nestlé, Sara Lee, and of course, their old friend Maxwell House. They also produce powder beverages for Kool-Aid, Tang, Country Time Lemonade, and Crystal Light. The company’s own coffee brand, Café Diario, has been a viable option in Mexico since the 1960s, and only recently has it expanded to about 150 stores in the Houston area. “Business is good, no doubt,” de Aldecoa said. “People find out I graduated from the University of Houston and always assume it’s with a business degree. But my time in UH’s College of Engineering has a lot to do with all the innovation we’ve been able to introduce into the company. Coffee is a simple drink that results from a complicated process. You can’t exactly manage these systems if you don’t understand them.”
"As far as I’mconcerned, this was the Taj Mahal of coffee plants. Itwasn’tgoing to shut down as long as I was around."
Drink Up, Houston On the fifth floor of the Maximus plant, behind de Aldecoa’s desk, as might be expected, is a personal espresso machine. “Would you guys like an espresso?” he asked the UHAQ staff that was present. “The coffee was roasted and ground this morning. I usually
start my day with a simple cup of coffee, maybe a little bit of milk in it. But from there on it’s all espressos. Probably about twelve per day.” So that’s where he gets the energy to run the world’s most sophisticated coffee processing plant. We graciously accepted the offered beverage (which was phenomenal) and listened to him wax philosophical. “I’m a purist when it comes to coffee, as I suppose most in the business are. When someone immediately asks for sugar or some hazelnut syrup stuff without even trying it, your pride takes a hit. We put a lot of passion into that cup of coffee. Just try a sip first and appreciate what it has to offer from a flavor, from an acidity, and from a body standpoint. Don’t assume it needs help just because you’ve had bad coffee in the past.” After only oil, coffee is the most traded commodity by volume in the world. And de Aldecoa has transformed Houston into one of the game’s biggest players. So what does he think of Houston as a city of coffee drinkers? “In the beverage world, Texas is the iced tea capital. That’s just the way it is. When it comes to coffee, people think Seattle or parts of the northeast, but just by looking at consumption trends, Houston is quickly climbing the ranks of consumption per capita. And from a sample standpoint, I find that the local quality is drastically improved—places like Café Brasil, Empire Café—they’re offering consumers a local roast with a full bodied experience. A cup of hot black stuff won’t do anymore. Not for Houstonians.” So next time you enjoy a cup of coffee, scoff at the sugar and forego the fancy flavoring. Just remember that Carlos de Aldecoa’s people probably roasted this. And if it’s good enough for that Cougar’s discerning palate, it’s good enough for the rest of us. Salud.
Commercially, coffee is grown in the equatorial belt between the Tropic of Cancer (23° 26’ 22” north of the equator) and the Tropic of Capricorn (23° 26’ 22” south of the equator). Only in the tropics is there enough warmth and humidity to cultivate the sensitive plant. These nations are the top 10 producers by metric tons per year:
1 Brazil 2 249 010 ' ' 2 Vietnam 961 200 ' 3 Colombia 697 377 ' 4 Indonesia 676 377 ' 5 Ethiopia 325 800 ' 6 India 288 000 ' 7 Mexico 268 565 ' 8 Guatemala 252 000 ' 9 Peru 225 992 ' 10 Honduras 159 712 ' Source: Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations
WE BUILT THIS CITY UH-Educated Architects are Shaping Houston
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The 24-column tempietto that crowns the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture at the University of Houston seems a bit out of place. On a campus where art deco and ’60s mod are the two most repeated aesthetics, its neoclassical stateliness stands alone. Visible from Interstate 45, its timelessness transports passers-by to another age. In a city that too often prefers “new and shiny” to “old and historic,” it beckons to an antiquarian set of ideals. Of course, to be both traditional and atypical conjures a certain sense of paradox. But paradox and dualities are exactly what architects design in, about, and around. Form and function. Natural and artificial. Exposed and partitioned. Singularly-purposed and mixed-use. To understand the challenges and direction of architecture in the modern world, we sat down with UH-educated architects Bill Kendall (’67), Rame (MArch’00) and Rusty Hruska (’93), and brothers Chuong (’84) and Chung Nguyen (’85). Collectively, they tell a story of Houston as a city of architectural opportunity. Collectively, their distinctive work is making the most of those opportunities. So we’re rolling out the blueprints for Houston’s architectural future. No need for protractors or graph paper (and honestly, that stuff is done on computers now, anyway). Just bring an open mind and open eyes. These architects certainly do.
all/Heaton with their first major project: 101 California, a 48-story, 1.2 million square-foot building in San Francisco’s Financial District. Kendall/Heaton has continuously worked on something for Hines ever since. Among the close to 80 major projects the firm has completed, these will be especially familiar to Houston residents:
Bill Kendall (’67) Kendall/Heaton Architects, Inc.
Top to bottom: Enron Center (photo credit Joe Acker), Audrey Jones Beck Building at the Museum of Fine Arts – Houston (photo credit Joe Acker), and Houston Industries Plaza (photo credit Richard Payne).
n an article about the future of Houston architecture, it might appear odd to highlight someone who has been in the business for more than 40 years. But Bill Kendall has made his career on approaching the business of architecture differently. After an undergraduate degree from UH, graduate degree from Rice, and time spent in six different internships, Kendall entered the professional world at just the right time. Houston was a boom city in the late 1960s. He first found work at SI Morris and Associates. “In ’78, after I had been partner at SI Morris for several years, all the work seemed to be moving to Saudi Arabia,” Kendall remembered. “I’d watch guys pick up their attachés, walk out the door, and come back ten days later. That wasn’t for me. I got together with a colleague of mine, Hal Weatherford—who’s also a UH alum incidentally—and we decided that there was still enough work in the States to be profitable. So together we started what would become Kendall/Heaton.” The model that Kendall/Heaton Associates, Inc. employs is rather unique in the architectural world. The firm is entirely collaborative and handles the technical side of architecture. Their job is to make projects affordable and timely. For example, an owner or designer (or both) will say, “I want to build on this site. Tell me what the codes are. Tell me what I can build.” Once that understanding is reached, Kendall/Heaton does the drawings and the construction administration, but the designer always stays in the mix. It’s not a handoff. “When I was with Morris, I did several jobs for Gerald Hines that went well. But he was hesitant to do business with us as a start-up firm,” said Kendall. “When we first called on him, he suggested getting an office, getting some people working for us, getting some financial stability, and then to come back and see him. At that time, the Houstonian project here off the loop was a basket case. Owners and architects were talking through lawyers. Prudential, who was financing it, came to us and said, ‘If you guys can get this straightened out and built in 13 months, the project is yours.’ We jumped and got it done. It’s no architectural gem, but it did allow us to build our staff and reputation.” That was the proof Hines needed. He awarded Kend-
Athletics/Alumni Center at the University of Houston Science and Engineering Research Center at the University of Houston St. Luke’s Medical Tower Bank of America Center Enron Center South Houston Industries Plaza Audrey Jones Beck Building at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston Westin Galleria Hotel Shepherd School of Music at Rice University Anne and Charles Duncan Hall at Rice University ConocoPhillips Woodcreek Campus There are firms that would kill for just one project the scope and size of these. Kendall attributes the project windfall to the firm’s model. “This may sound absurd, but we have no real competition,” he said. “No one does what we do—an entirely collaborative model. There are lots of architects who will do a collaborative deal, but it’s just that, a deal. I tell people that we will never compete with designers for a job on the design side, and they trust us for that. In the early days of Kendall/Heaton, owners put us in contact with designers. Now, designers come to us because of our reputation for making their vision into reality.” After 40 years of professional architecture, Kendall is still shaping Houston. His firm’s latest project is Main Place, a 46-story collaboration between Kendall/Heaton, Hines, and world-renowned architect Pickard Chilton. If you’re riding the light rail or walking along Main, look up between between Walker and Rusk. You’ll be treated to a ground-view of Houston’s latest skyline addition—its allglass façade reflecting the city’s surrounding architecture, its prominence reflecting Bill Kendall’s commitment to bringing yet another great building to Houston.
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Rusty Hruska (’93) Rame Hruska (MArch’00) Intexure Architects
There's so much opportunity for transformation here, unlike other cities where it's hard for architects to do their own thing.
hen Rusty and Rame Hruska first met at the College of Architecture’s Blueprint Ball in 1997, little did they know then that they’d be married one year later. That their wedding reception would be in the Architecture Building. That they’d be partners in life and in business. Today, the couple leads Intexure Architects, a small firm doing big things in Houston’s Museum District. The name, meaning to weave and interweave, represents the Hruskas’ commitment to seeing through all facets of the architectural process: design, documentation, construction, interior design, and landscaping. For them, a window isn’t just a window. They think of the window, they think of the furniture someone sits on to look out the window, and they think of the view someone sees from the window. That approach, they say, has roots in their UH education. “The architecture program at UH really challenges students to think critically about our city,” Rame said. “And having the university in such a major urban setting makes your laboratory limitless. Studio projects often play off the city’s needs, dealing with real issues, real sites, and real problems. There’s so much opportunity for transformation here, unlike other cities where it’s hard for architects to break in and do their own thing. Houston feels so much more open.” “And that’s why we decided to stay here and practice,” Rusty agreed. “The UH education is a balance between high, theoretical design and a practical understanding of building. At many universities you just get one or the other. And the camaraderie among UH architects extends from the classroom into the professional world. Though we often are, it doesn’t feel like we’re in competition; it feels like we’re collaborating to make the city better. When you lose a commission to a fellow Cougar, there’s still the satisfaction of knowing the project is in good hands.” Intexure bases its design on principles rather than style. They’re honest to the nature of the materials, they’re honest to time and place—and all this leads them in the direction of contemporary design. Take the Ramchandani residence as an example. Mahesh and Devika Ramchandani first met the Hruskas on a home tour, back when Intexure didn’t have an established record of designing 6,000 square-foot homes (what the final project ended up being). But the home builders and
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the architects had a meeting of values that seemed promising. The Ramchandanis came with a one-page, handwritten ethos of how they wanted to live. Not magazine clippings, not a long list of needed rooms and desired specs. Just that one-page ethos. “The Ramchandani house was such a satisfying project for us,” Rusty said. “Here’s when I knew it was a success. The house once hosted about 200 folks as part of an AIA home tour. Then, just two days later, Mahesh, Devika, Rame and I—just the four of us—were sitting enjoying wine one evening when we realized, this still feels great. Two-hundred people or four, the space works for both.” But the Hruskas need only look out their home/studio window to find the project they’re perhaps the most proud of. Southmore Terrace is a five-home community on enough land that, if designed by anyone other than Intexure, would have been crammed with ten homes. “It’s such a pleasure to live and work in what we see to be our ideal community,” Rame said. “So many architects focus on the building and ignore their responsibility to build community. This is not typical spec development. We develop a concept of community, people buy into it, and then we work together to meet site-specific needs. No one else is doing this.” And the green features! They’re enough to make Al Gore blush:
Geothermal AC systems Rainwater harvesting Locally sourced or recycled exterior materials Reclaimed flooring Access to public transportation Tankless water heaters Interior daylighting strategies What the Hruskas are learning—really, what their instincts have told them all along—is that people are willing to pay for access to green space, light, and views. That people want to live in ecologically responsible ways. All sorts of people: families, singles, and empty nesters if Southmore Terrace is any indication. The cost per square foot isn’t as competitive as those jam-packed townhome “communities,” but then again, not everyone wants to buy an accumulation of square feet. Some people are more interested in buying a "home," in the truest sense of the word.
Top to bottom: Tallichet and Waldrum Exteriors (photo credit Don Glentzer), Ramchandani Residence (photo credit Don Glentzer), Bhutani Residence (photo credit Rame Hruska).
When a client approches us, our method is the same as when we were UH students. Chuong Nguyen (’84) Chung Nguyen (’85) MC2 Architects
n 1975, when the North Vietnamese Army captured Saigon, brothers Chuong and Chung Nguyen, then 12 and 13 years old respectively, boarded a boat as refugees headed to the United States. Their father, a major in the South Vietnamese Army, was held prisoner in a labor camp where he would spend the next 11 years. After settling in Alabama before moving to Houston in the early 1980s, Chuong enrolled at the University of Houston first, and Chung followed a year later. The former immediately pursued architecture, with the latter choosing to do so after a two-year stint as a physics major. This, in fact, would prove be the origin for their company name. Chuong and Chung gets you C2. The physics background supplied the antecedent M. MC2 Architects. But before founding the company, each brother took a graduate detour through the Ivy League: Chuong to Yale University and Chung to Columbia University. From there, Chung spent two years in New York City and two years in Italy before his brother called with an offer. “I called Chong and asked him to come back to Houston to start our own firm,” Chuong said. “We always knew this city was the place to come back to. Start up money and land acquisition is much easier here than in other cities. And we liked that it didn’t have the expectations or pre-conceived notion of East Coast architecture or West Coast architecture. We were free to do our own thing.” “We came back with lots of knowledge, but not a lot of clients,” Chong chuckled. “Those are pretty important. So first we did some competition work, then focused our business on just framing houses. That developed into general contracting work. We gained some confidence and enough capital to do what we really love, developing.” When most of new inner-loop construction was of GeorTop to bottom: Courtyard House, Barer Residence, Nguyen Family Compound.
gian influence, MC2 Architects was one of the first firms to bring modern design to speculative development. After about 30 homes, they started to gain a following. Now for last ten years, they exclusively focus on custom homes. “When a client approaches us, our method is the same as it was when we were UH students,” Chong said. “We were taught to build 3-D models, so that’s what we do. You can twist and turn a computer rendering all day, but it helps to get a physical sense of it.” Their homes have been described as “inventive,” “elegant,” and “inspirational,” but perhaps it was their simplest project that they’re most proud of. After Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, Oprah Winfrey’s Angel Network invited ten architecture firms to design and build housing in Mississippi, her home state. At $65 per square foot, the Nguyen brothers designed two houses for the relief effort. “People like Brad Pitt got the press, but we helped too,” Chong said with a smile. Not only are Chuong and Chong aware of how architecture can help rebuild someone’s life, but they’re acutely aware of how it can help build a city’s reputation. “I’ll be honest—Houston has lost a bit of its adventurous spirit, in my opinion,” Chong said. “As much as it pains me to admit, Dallas and some other cities have taken the lead. Our last real significant building was the Menil or Pennzoil. All that happened in the ’80s. We were a testing ground for Philip Johnson and others, but that was back in the ’80s. We have to get our swagger back. As an architect, I’ll take some of the blame, but the city needs to trust our instincts.” “To explain that to some extent, our reputation as an accessible, rather inexpensive city has hurt our design as much as it has helped our growth,” Chuong added. “Philanthropists and renowned architects don’t want easy, as counterintuitive as that sounds. We need to value our homegrown opportunities; we need to nurture our homegrown talent.” Next up, MC2 Architects is working with the City of Houston at Lake Houston Wilderness Park to design the visitor’s center, cabins, and other public spaces. It’s a surprising gig for practitioners of such high-end modern design. But that two Vietnamese refugees could work their way through college, go on to complete graduate degrees from the Ivy League, and grow a start-up firm into one of Houston’s most avant-garde residential design outlets—well, that’s pretty surprising too. So don’t put it past them. w w w. m y c o u g a r c o n n e c t i o n . c o m
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Asacityofskyscrapersandsuburbansprawlports , andpetrochemicalproduction,Houston doesn’texactlyhaveareputationforitsvarietyofhikingtrails.Butexperiencedhiker,author,andUHalumnaLaurieRoddy(’82)offersasurprisingalternativeinherbook, 60HikesWithin60Miles:Houston.Wewereskepticaluntilwereaditforourselves.“Sixty?Really?Actualhikingtrails?Youdon’tmean,like,circlingtheGalleria, doyou?”Shedidn’t¶ . InadditiontohikingallofGreaterHouston,Roddyhasspent herlifetrekkingthroughtheRockyMountains,SmokyMountains,DavisMountains, BigBend,andpartsofthePacificNorthwest.SheisaLifeMemberoftheUniversity ofHoustonAlumniAssociation,andassuch,agreedtosharesomeofherfavorite Houstonhikingspotswithus.Laceupyourboots,throwonyourbackpack,andgraba compass:hereisyourcityasfewofushaveseenit.-DavidRaffetto
Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Gardens: West Trails 24 miles north of Houston
“For an urban hike through beautiful gardens, try the trails at Mercer Arboretum. The West Trails are only about 2.5 miles long, but they wind through natural landscapes, bald cypress stands, a maple tree collection, and deep woodlands.” FUN FACT: The gardens are named after Thelma and Lt. Colonel Charles Mercer, the latter of whom studied engineering at the University of Houston.
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Brazos Bend State Park: Elm Lake Trail 28 miles southwest of Houston “As one of the best camping, hiking, and day-use parks in the Houston area, Brazos Bend offers miles and miles to explore,” Roddy said. “The park’s Elm Lake Trail is just over five miles of even, all-terrain surface. This hike is ideal for those who want to view alligators in their natural habitat— or run away from them.” FUN FACT: The Capoque band of the Karankawa Indians once made their home along the park’s eastern border. Photos by Rebecca Latson
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Sam Houston National Forest: Stubblefield North Hike 50 miles north of Houston “Located within the 163,000-acre national forest and passing some primitive campground sites, this hike is ideal for backpacking types. Wind your way through the piney woods of East Texas, skirt past the northern edge of Lake Conroe, and learn why Texas’ Uncle Sam loved this state so much.” FUN FACT: Sam Houston National Forest lands provide wintering habitat for our country’s most sacred endangered species, the bald eagle. Photos by Sara Madole (JD ’07)
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Lake Houston Wilderness Park: Peach Creek Trail 33 miles northeast of Houston “Formerly a state park and now operated by the City of Houston, Lake Houston Wilderness Park is New Caney’s best-kept secret. Peach Creek Trail offers hikers 4.7 miles of serene setting and surprising wildlife.” FUN FACT: Lake Houston Wilderness Park is hometown to a large owl rangers even offer owl pellet 59population, 90 8 and 288 dissection seminars, where participants examine the bones of the fowl’s 10 food.610 45 Photos by John Ryder
Memorial Park: Ho Chi Minh Trail West Inside 610 59 90 Loop 8 288 “Right heart of Houston is Memorial Park. But it’s 10 in 610the45 more than jogging paths, tennis courts, and a golf course. The Ho Chi Minh West trails are a system of hilly trails on the south end of the park, offering urban dwellers a variety of daily fitness paths.” FUN FACT: From 1917-1923, the park’s land was the site of Camp Logan, a World War I US Army training camp. Photos by Sara Madole (JD ’07)
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UHAQ t leaving their print Michelle Boisseau PhD ’95
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La muerte me da | The castrated corpse of a young man is discovered at the end of a back alley. Next to it, written in nail polish, are some contextually-enigmatic lines from the Argentinean poet Alejandra Pizarnik. As the bodies (and the poetry) begin to pile up, the narrator, an expert on Pizarnik, becomes a consultant to the detective investigating the case. This literary thriller won Mexico’s Sor Juan Inés de la Cruz national book award.
Minority Rules | In this slim, thought-provoking book, Schlichting argues that Christians are a shrinking minority in America who, despite their fading numbers, act like the majority— much to the detriment of the religion. What is responsible for the religion’s minority status, and what is its foreseeable future? In the book, Schlichting discusses these issues and prescribes some critical ideas for the future well-being of Christianity. Questions at the end of each chapter make it conducive to group study.
Killing Time: One Man’s Race to Stop an Execution | David Dow is a leading death row attorney in Texas, a state where 99% of execution appeals are rejected. He defends convicted murderers for the simple reason that he feels putting them to death is wrong. Yet this routine of resignation is interrupted by the worst thing that could happen to him: the realization that a client is innocent. Not just undeserving of his imminent execution, like his other clients, but actually innocent. Dow’s hauntingly honest memoir will shake your core values to the bone.
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Chocolate Crimes | Developed over the last forty years in the family kitchen of a Texas baker, the recipes in Chocolate Crimes offer a wide range of ways to break the laws of conventional dessert. From Twinkeemisu and S’more Pie to Chocolate Pound(s) Cake and Trufflecious, this cookbook is ideal for both the novice cook guilty of juvenile delinquency, or the experienced pastry chef guilty of a capital offense. Brune is a UHAA Life Member.
The Almost Moon | Helen Knightly, an art class model and mother of two daughters, is the dutiful but resentful caretaker for her senile 88-yearold mother, Clair. One day, traumatized by the stink of Clair's voided bowels and determined to bathe her, Helen succumbs to a life-long dream and smothers her. Jumping between past and present, Sebold reveals the family's fractured past—an insane, agoraphobic mother and a tormented father, dead by suicide.
Girls’ Studies | Professors and students alike are taking interest in girls’ studies—the socialization of girls versus boys—and beginning to analyze the impact of media, pop culture, messaging, and more on America’s girls. The book tackles socialization and gender expectations, body image, and media impact, and gives insight into girl empowerment and how to equip our girls for a brighter future. Lipkin is a research scholar with UCLA’s Center for the Study of Women.
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“And to thy memory cherished…” celebrating 70 years of red & white
David Raffetto ('05)
n a university campus, you might learn that 70 is the atomic number for ytterbium. Or that its factorization makes it a sphenic number, a positive integer that’s the product of three distinct prime numbers. Or maybe in French class you were surprised to hear there’s no word for 70—just say, “Soixante-dix” (60 + 10). UH football fans are reassured that Chris Thompson, who wears #70, will be back next season to hold up the right side of our offensive line. 70. Sure, it’s a number. But in contexts, the number has purposes, attributes, histories, and associations. It’s a number that can represent people and their work. And in that respect, the University of Houston Alumni Association is proud to announce that 2010 is our 70th anniversary year. Our 70 is no different. It’s not a matter of enduring. Letting time tick by isn’t much of an accomplishment. It’s about remembering the many decades of people who gave their time, their money—some, their lives—to our association. It’s about helping thousands of UH students attend college thanks to our scholarships. It’s about rallying around the university when called to action. And it’s about you, our members. So as we walk well-tread hallways, flip through yellowed yearbooks, and retell treasured memories, we invite you to celebrate our 70th anniversary with us. These are the names and faces that you sat beside in class, that you cheered beside at pep rallies, and for some, that you see in the mirror. Here is our story. Here is your story.
Our Early History In 1940, the University of Houston was a very different place. The “campus” consisted of only two buildings, the institution was private, hundreds of high-flyers earned their wings through our civilian pilot training program, and the hockey team was skating circles around the competition. It’s also the year the State of Texas granted 501(c) (3) non-profit status to an upstart group of Cougars calling themselves the Ex-Students Association. “From the beginning, we’ve been a separate entity,” said Life Member Gene McDavid (’65). “The advantage of that became obvious when some of us got involved with lobbying efforts in Austin. The original thought was that communication between the association and the university could become strained, but we’ve always worked very hard to facilitate those relations.” The name, though unfamiliar to many of our members who graduated more recently, made sense at the time. “The association was originally named for ex-students, simply because we didn’t have enough true alumni,” said Welcome Wilson, Sr. (’49), Life Member, Chair of the University of Houston System Board of Regents, and CEO of GSL Welcome Group, LLC. “Many of our male students would attend for a year or two and then go off to war, either because of the draft or desire to serve.” World War II and the Korean War both benefitted from
hundreds of early UH students answering ol’ Uncle Sam’s call. But that’s not to say there weren’t formative developments with the association during that time. Quite the opposite. Four young student leaders and friends—Jack Valenti (’46), Johnny Goyen (’47), the previously quoted Welcome Wilson, Sr., and his brother Jack Wilson (’50)—would dedicate much of their early professional lives to moving the association from a non-profit in name, to an active group with an impactful campus presence. Valenti, as many will remember, was the big man on campus. He and Goyen were elected president and vice president, respectively, of their freshman class, and would go on to dominate student elections over the next four years. The Wilson brothers, who lived in trailer #67 of the military-style student housing village, were quickly identified as the campus’ business-savvy minds.
originally, The association was named for "ex-students," because we didn't have enough true alumni. For its first six years, the association only called upon volunteer directors to drive its early initiatives. Its first fulltime employee didn’t come until 1946, when the association hired Goyen as executive secretary. The office (or his office, really) was tucked in a temporary trailer behind the recreation building. “If you didn’t know where the Ex Students office was, you weren’t going to find it,” smirked Welcome Wilson, Sr. “The year Johnny started, Valenti and I were president and vice president on the board of directors. It’s funny to remember those meetings. We were all committed to the cause and took it very seriously, but looking around the room, we were all kids. The university was so young that we didn’t have the older, professionally experienced members that comprise most boards. But we made up for that with ingenuity and hard work.” The Ezekiel Cullen Building opened on October 31, 1950, and the association was granted office space on the fifth floor (a space that was later occupied by KUHF). In 1953, Judge Roy Hofheinz was elected mayor of Houston and appointed Goyen to oversee the city’s traffic court. Jack Wilson stepped in as executive director and would serve for the next four years. The four friends would remain so throughout their careers, and each would remain an ally of the association w w w. m y c o u g a r c o n n e c t i o n . c o m
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Veterans Village, east side of campus, 1946.
Students welcome "Exes" for Homecoming, 1948.
and the university. Valenti, as most know, became a special appointee for President Johnson, and eventually president of the Motion Picture Association of America. He would often speak on behalf of the university to recruit faculty members and negotiate partnerships with NASA. Goyen, while serving on the Houston City Council, helped orchestrate the university’s purchase of 39-acre Settegest Park in the late 1950s. He also offered his voice as the announcer for all home football games. Welcome Wilson, Sr., as he was credited earlier, is current chair of the UH System Board of Regents. These gentlemen built our foundation, but they did not act alone. Charles Saunders (’45), Tom Menefee, Ora Brown (’34), Ralph Poling (’56) and so many other early alumni association leaders left their own mark. But it wasn’t about leaving a legacy of names; it was about organizing people with the intent of growing an auxiliary arm of the University of Houston.
Contributions over the Years
Dr. Oberholtzer matches contributions to the "Exes Fund Drive" as Jack Valenti and Minerva Black smile proudly. (1950)
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Over the course of 70 years, Cougars have come to expect a lot from the association, and we’ve delivered. From carrying out long-standing traditions to facilitating student experiences and student education, the association and its members have made things happened. Here are a few examples. In the association’s early days, resources were so limited that all involved agreed to focus efforts around two events: Frontier Fiesta and Homecoming. “It’s no coincidence that our association was founded the same year Frontier Fiesta was established,” said Bill Sherrill (’50), Life Member and former university professor. “From the beginning, exes had a visible presence there—organizing activities, assisting with judging, and participating in all the fun.”
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But it was Homecoming where the association torch was lit brightest. Like today, the weekend of activities centered around a football game, but also included a dance, parade along Main Street, and bonfire. “I remember one year when the guys of Alpha Phi Omega, along with a few alumni, decided that our bonfire was going to be taller than the Aggies',” Sherrill said. “Theirs was to be 60 feet, so we were shooting for 62. HL&P (Houston Lighting and Power) helped us with some rigging. But when we were up there building, some Aggies drove by and shot a flare at the wood! Thankfully it went right through and didn’t catch anything on fire, but we sure did climb down about as fast as anyone could imagine.” As early as 1949, the association began recognizing alumni whose professional achievements, commitment to service, and passion for the university elevated them among the top ranks of Cougar faithful. The annual Awards Dinner, now in its 57th year, has honored over 200 alumni in the following categories: Distinguished Alumni, Chair’s Award, Distinguished Service, Outstanding Volunteer, and Rising Star. Join us this year on April 23 at the Omni Houston Hotel to become part of the history. In 1990, the association became one of the founding partners of Operation School Supplies, a program that annually raises approximately $150,000 worth of school supplies for school districts in the Greater Houston area. Last year, this benefited 32,000 students in 330 schools and 31 districts. In 2006, the program won a Grand Gold Medal from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. For most of its existence, the association had bounced around from a trailer, to the E. Cullen Building, to a small annex behind the Health Center—but in 1995, everything changed. When the Athletics/Alumni Center opened on campus, the association found a permanent home. “When we were behind the Health Center, the old joke was that the only people who saw us were sick students,” said Steve Hall (’81), Life Member and former
UHAA's Red Letter Years 1940
The Ex Students Association at the University of Houston is founded as a non-profit organization.
The first Frontier Fiesta is held.
Johnny Goyen (’47) is hired as the association’s first executive secretary.
The first Alumni Awards Dinner is held, honoring Col. James L. Sibley.
Association moves from a temporary trailer into the Ezekiel Cullen Building.
Association changes name to Houston Alumni Organization.
Operation School Supplies marks its inaugural year.
Association moves into the Athletics/ Alumni Center.
president and CEO of the association. “But when we moved to the Athletics/Alumni Center, it communicated a certain legitimacy about us.” Legitimate, indeed. So legitimate, that in 2002, when financing obstacles prevented the university from constructing a Greek housing project, the association stepped in and stepped up. Today, the Bayou Oaks residential project, which has allowed the university’s Greek system to thrive more than ever before, stands because of the association, who recently signed the property back over to the university. Scholarships, scholarships, scholarships. It’s probably the one consistent cause that the association has rallied behind since its founding. If deserving students aren’t given the opportunity to enter college in the first place, then four years later, there aren’t alumni ready to continue the giving cycle. In recent years, the association has given up to $180,000 annually to both undergraduate and graduate students. “Hugh Roy Cullen took 400 acres of swampland and turned them into a university for the common Houstonian,” remarked Dr. William Hawes, long-time professor of communications who has taught over 12,000 UH students. “This has never been a rich kid’s school, and that’s how he wanted it. We’ve always been accessible to students who worked while earning their education. And we have performed that mission beautifully. We all remember what it was like to scrape together tuition money. If you can’t embrace kids like that, you don’t have a heart—you’re not a Cougar.”
Looking Toward Tomorrow With 70 years of history behind us, the obvious question is, “What next?” The answer: our continued support of the University of Houston, more of the same great programming and communication that you already value, plus a few new projects that are sure to grab your attention. Articles in UH Alumni Quarterly are often preaching to the choir. Our readers are already our members, and we thank you for that. But consider upgrading to Life Membership, consider volunteering at the next Operation School Supplies, and consider helping us spread the word on how important joining the alumni association is.
Association board approves the formation of Bayou Student Housing, a limited liability company organized to provide student housing on campus.
Association changes name to University of Houston Alumni Association. University of Houston – all of it – 1940.
“Our alumni association does many wonderful things to support our university, and that alone is a good reason to join as a member,” said Welcome Wilson, Sr. “But people need to also realize that alumni giving percentages count toward the designation of Tier One status. We were at five percent of alumni giving when I was first named chairman. Our alumni have done a great job since of getting that number up above ten percent, but it needs to be closer to fifteen. We need Cougars to tell their friends, tell their coworkers, and sometimes, tell themselves to join the alumni association.”
I remember one year when the guys from Alpha Phi Omega decided our bonfire was going to be taller than the Aggies'. Many of our early leaders referenced herein—Jack Valenti, Johnny Goyen, Jack Wilson, Ora Brown, Ralph Poling—have passed. And there are many of you from the classes of the 1940s and 1950s who remember their spirit, shared their enthusiasm, and remain active members of the alumni association. But there are many of you from those years who we have lost touch with, as well. To you, to some of our original Cougars, I ask you to listen to your former classmate Jack Stalsby (’49): “Most of us entered college for a piece of paper,” said Stalsby, a Life Member and founder of the Stalsby Foundation. “That diploma doesn’t necessarily make you smarter, but it does help you gain acceptance. It gives you access to a world you wouldn’t otherwise be part of, and we owe the university for that. Growing up, our generation was taught to give to the church, but giving to our college was a completely foreign notion. We must accept that as our responsibility. I’ve been through 11 athletics directors, who knows how many presidents, but the one thing that remains constant is that the University of Houston gave me something I couldn’t give myself. Sure, I earned it, but it gave me the access that gave me greater access to a marvelous world. To any Cougars out there who’ve become busy, or distracted, or whatever, I ask you as your classmate to come on home. Come on home, Cougars.”
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Sales Representative, Liberty Mutual In late February, the UH Alumni Quarterly crew drove out to Liberty Mutual’s office in Katy. There, we sat down with UH alumnus and former football player Marcus Smith (’01, ’04), who for the second year in a row was named Liberty Mutual’s top sales representative in the entire nation. It’s a title the UHAA Life Member credits to his educational roots. UHAQ: Marcus, let’s start out with how you ended up at UH. Marcus Smith: UH recruited me out of Dallas Carter High School where I was a blue-chip All-American. It seemed like a program that was rebuilding, and they showed me the most personal attention during the recruiting process. It was a fit for me. My first year was in ’96 when we won the conference championship and played against Donovan McNabb in the Liberty Bowl. That was fun. I also played against Marshall Faulk—which was not fun. That guy had five touchdowns and like 389 all-purpose yards against us. That’s when I knew the NFL was something else. AQ: And you studied in UH’s Bauer College of Business? MS: Yes and no. I started in Bauer but switched to economics so I could graduate with the guys in my class. But I felt bad not finishing my business degree, so after I walked across the stage, I immediately went right back to school. That’s when things clicked academically. My time in the entrepreneurship program gave me the business language and perspective that lets me comfortably talk with company executives today. My time in the Program for Excellence in Selling gave me my performance edge. Just little things like phrasing and psychological theories that help close sales. Sprinkle in some finance, and
that makes me who I am. AQ: We often hear the same metaphor from former UH athletes who have succeeded in business—that the dedication and determination learned from sports is 100% applicable to the business world. Do you agree with that? MS: Absolutely. I think the reason it’s like that is because athletic goals are usually long term. You can see something from afar and work every day toward that goal. The offseason and pain of training gets you prepared for the first game, for conference play, and hopefully for post-season play. We know how to put in the day-to-day work where you watch your body build, your skills improve. Having gone through those experiences gives us an edge. AQ: That makes sense. MS: And for me, it’s about drive too. I always felt like I should have made it to the NFL where the league minimum was $250,000. So when I first took this job, I told my boss that my goal was to make the league minimum. I worked and worked and worked like I did when I was an athlete until the point that I hit the number. It took me three years to get there. AQ: So let’s talk about the title. For the second year in a row, you are Liberty Mutual’s top sales representative in the nation. Congrats, man. MS: Thanks. There are two reasons for my success, and it starts and ends with UH. First, my UH education is unrivaled. Rankings back this up, but I know from personal experience that Bauer has the best specialty programs in the country. We graduate with live sales experience by working events like the golf tournament or sales mixer and become accustomed to talking with executives. When I started with Liberty Mutual, it was like I already had three years experience behind me. As soon as I sat down at my desk, I realized that this is what I’ve already been doing, while live sales were completely new to colleagues who graduated from other universities. AQ: What’s the second reason? MS: Between 40 and 50 percent of my business is from UH alumni because Liberty Mutual offers UH grads with their highest discount. So if I see someone on the street wearing that [he points to UHAQ Editor David Raffetto’s UH polo], I’ll walk up and start a conversation, eventually asking who your insurance is with, to let me quote you. AQ: The title you won, how are the sales rankings calculated? MS: It’s average policies sold per week. In 2009, the typical sales rep sold 5.5 per week. I was at 30, really because of my UH numbers. You know, the #3 seller and the #16 reps on the list are also Cougars. We basically call this Cougar Row [motioning to the many UH banners and pennants hanging in neighboring cubicles]. There are probably 30 UH grads working for the company in the Houston area, so Liberty Mutual clearly believes in our university. AQ: Tell us what Liberty Mutual can offer our readers. MS: Auto insurance and home insurance are offered at a competitive rate for UH grads. We also write life insurance. Liberty Mutual’s motto is to help people live more safe and secure lives. We don’t want this to be a transactional sale, but a consultive sale. We’ll look at your car and home values to make sure you have enough coverage, but not too much. It’s my job to explain your options; it’s your job to take that information and decide the best way to protect yourself and your family. It feels especially rewarding when I can help a Cougar do that. AQ: You’re not hyperbolizing the value of a UH education just for us, are you? MS: Honestly, it seems corny to say, but you don’t realize the value of an education until you’re out there using it. I’ll never forget Dr. Eli Jones, who’s now dean of the LSU College of Business, ringing a bell anytime anyone said ‘ummm’ during a presentation. “You’re losing credibility, you’re losing money every time you do that,” he’d say. And he’s right. Choice clause. Feel, felt, found. All that stuff—I actually use it. You don’t get to the top of those sales rankings by saying ‘ummm.’
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UHAQ t annual report year in review It was a year of new programs, old traditions, and the same University of Houston Alumni Association programs the showcase this university’s and our alumni’s diversity, creativity, and accomplishments. Enjoy these snapshots from 2009 as we re-live our successes and eagerly look ahead to the rest of 2010.
55th Awards Dinner honorees
UHAA Scholarships – Don’t let our name fool you. Though alumni keep us plenty busy, future alumni are just as important. That’s why we gave nearly $150,000 in scholarships to incoming freshmen, transfer students, current undergraduates, and graduate students. 55th Awards Dinner – On April 17, 2008, more than 600 attendees watched Karen Katz (MBA ’82), Miguel San Juan (’74), Alvin L. Zimmerman (’64, JD ’67), Carey Shuart, Perry Pace, and Linda (’64) and Stanley Binion (’60, JD ’62) join the elite company of alumni award winners. In addition to funding scholarships and benefitting our alumni programs, the evening offered its usual air of elegance that makes this a can’t-miss event. Homecoming – Game day started with the third annual Tailgate Spirit Challenge. Category winners included: Fort Bend Club/Technology Alumni Association – Grand Champion Award and Scholarship Fundraising Award; Cougar Band Alumni Association – Most Spirited Award; TKE Alumni Network – Best Food Award. A 38-15 whipping of SMU followed inside Robertson Stadium. The following Monday, our 27th Annual Homecoming Golf Tournament was rained out, but over 100 golfers made the make-up date the following month. Operation School Supplies – OSS 2009 yielded more than $150,000 worth of school supplies to benefit 32,000 youngsters in over 330 Houston-area schools. Thank you to all sponsors, donors, and volunteers for your generous spirit and hard work! President Renu Khator’s Whistle-Stop Tour – In 2009, we saw the continuation of President Renu Khator’s WhistleStop Tour. Regent Nelda Blair (JD ’92) hosted a stop at her home in The Woodlands and UHAA Chair Judie Lilie (’95) hosted a stop in Pearland.
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Operation School Supplies
Mack Rhoades reception
Faculty & Staff Awards – Every year, UHAA honors deserving UH faculty and staff with our Outstanding Faculty Awards and Outstanding Staff Awards. In 2009, winners received $1,500 and were honored at the recent Life Member Circle of Excellence Reception at Wortham House, home to UH Chancellor and President Renu Khator. They were: Andrew Achenbaum, Outstanding Faculty Award; David Bertman, Faculty Impact Award; Ronnie Calhoun, Outstanding Staff Award; George Gamble, Outstanding Faculty Award; Amanda Paul, Outstanding Staff Award; and Jack Young, Outstanding Faculty Award. Mack Rhoades Reception – Life Members were treated to a special audience with then-new Athletics Director Mack Rhoades as he introduced himself to Cougars and laid out his plan and goals for UH Athletics.
Circle of Excellence Reception
Life Member Circle of Excellence Reception – Our Life Member Circle of Excellence members show a special dedication to our association, so we treated them with a special night at Wortham House, home to UH Chancellor and President Renu Khator. More than 200 members enjoyed food, wine, and the company of other committed Cougars, including the President and her husband, Dr. Suresh Khator. Ring Ceremonies – Over 300 students gathered at the close of both semesters to accept their class rings. The ceremony has become a university tradition, as friends and families pack the Great Hall to honor the accomplishments of our soon-tobe alumni. Sumlin Summer Tour – Coach Sumlin and his staff usually spend their summers hitting the road recruiting, but in the summer of 2009, they also made time to meet with alumni in Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, and Beaumont. UHAA and Cougar Pride organized the gatherings, where hundreds of fans heard about season goals, the recruiting process, and some early scoop on possible renovations to Robertson Stadium.
President Renu Khator's Whistle-Stop Tour
2009 Financials at a glance
Sumlin Summer Tour
Alumni Away Game Experience: New Orleans
Alumni Away Game Experiences – We love Robertson Stadium. It's close, it's comfortable, and our Cougars have won a ton of games there. Simply put, it's home. But there's no better way to show your loyalty and passion for the Cougars than to pack up all that spirit and take it on the road. In 2009, UHAA provided spirited away game experiences for fans at Oklahoma State, Tulane, and Central Florida. C-USA Championship Game Alumni Tailgate – The Cougars lost a close one in the end, but the trip to Greenville, NC still proved to be fun for those fans who made the trip with us. The Spirit of Houston Cougar Marching Band, Cougar Dolls, and cheerleaders all made guest appearances at the UHAA tailgate. Armed Forces Bowl – OK, so the outcome wasn’t what fans were hoping for, but UHAA was there to organize travel packages, host a delicious pre-game breakfast tailgate, and distribute commemorative scarves. And with the cold weather, those scarves came in handy! Dinner for 10 Cougars – UHAA’s Student Alumni Connection continued the popular Dinner for 10 Cougars program in 2009, pairing groups of ten ambitious students with an alumni association member who hosts that group in their home or at a restaurant. Engineering students are paired with an engineer, education students with a teacher, and so on. It’s a great chance for students to network with an established professional in their desired career field. Alumni & Friends Travel Program – Last year marked the first for our new travel program, offering UH alumni the chance to travel with fellow Cougars a comfortable, non-rushed, and special access chance to visit some of the world’s most amazing places. Destinations included Peru, Italy, China, and Holland/ Belgium. See this year’s destination by visiting www.myCougarConnection.com/travel.
Dinner for 10 Cougars
Source of Funds 2009
Royalties, Fees and Commissions $ 1,173,271 Contributions and Sponsorships 573,256 Membership Gifts 367,831 Life Membership Pledges 259,962 Programs and Events 183,633 Special Event Fundraising 148,977 Investment Income 793,294 UH Support 44,398 In-kind UH Support 137,600 Other Revenue 107,304 Total Revenue $ 3,789,526
30% 15% 10% 7% 5% 4% 21% 1% 4% 3%
HOW THE FUNDS WERE SPENT 2009 Alumni Programs and Events $ 1,337,988 Scholarships and Awards 242,908 Communications 232,041 Membership Marketing and Services 460,665 Student Involvement 115,278 University and Community Support 154,777 Total Expense $ 2,543,657 Total Net Revenue $ 1,245,869
52% 10% 9% 18% 5% 6%
Net Assets By Fund 2009 Life Member Endowment $ 2,832,620 Scholarship & Other Endowments 1,902,180 Building Endowment 373,388 Constituent Operating 565,093 UHAA Operating Reserve 489,431 Life Member Pledges 262,762 UHAA Operating 98,964 Total Net Assets $ 6,524,438
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UHAQ t annual report Staying Involved Our constituent groups, clubs, and networks enact the grassroots efforts that connect alumni to each other and strengthen the University of Houston name throughout their respective communities. Although it would be impossible to applaud each 2009 accomplishment from all of our groups, we hope you enjoy these few highlights. Bauer Alumni Association – Recipients of a gold banner, Bauer was busy as always. They continued the monthly Bauer Breakfasts, hosting CEOs from Anadarko, the Houston Dynamo, the Houston Texans, and US Oncology; began Cougar Power Hour, a networking event open to all alumni and held at The Lot on Washington Avenue; tailgated at Robertson Stadium and organized watch parties for away games; and held a very successful Ted Bauer Golf Classic.
at the Homecoming game, where they won the Most Spirited Award for the Homecoming Tailgate Spirit Challenge. Engineering Alumni Association – The group’s Distinguished Engineering Alumni Awards Dinner netter nearly $20,000, and the annual Engineers Week Reception & Program, which supports UH engineering students and celebrates how engineers make a difference in our world, awarded $28,000 to 43 students and two student organizations.
Black Alumni Association – Winners of a gold banner, the group hosted such successful events as Night at the Ensemble Theatre for a viewing of The Man Who Saved New Orleans, BAA Wine Tasting at Blaffer Gallery that spotlighted African American Artist Leonardo Drew, and their 20th Anniversary Scholarship Gala.
Fort Bend Club – For the third year in a row, the club defended their title as Grand Champion of the Homecoming Tailgate Spirit Challenge. They also hosted the 13th Annual Bill Yeoman Scholarship Golf Tournament, awarded over $12,00 in scholarships, and continued their Thirst Thursday happy hours featuring guest speakers like Bill Yeoman, Mack Rhoades, and Leroy Burrell.
CenterPoint Energy UH Alumni Association – The group’s 20th anniversary CNP-UH Cougar Classic Golf Tournament netted more than $25,000 to go toward future scholarships, and 15 of the members volunteered at Operation School Supplies Sort & Box Day. The board inducted a new Lifetime Membership Subsidy to encourage alumni members to upgrade to Lifetime Memberships. College of Education Alumni Association – Receiving their third consecutive gold banner, the group awarded six scholarships and honored the following at their Showcase of Stars: Margaret Hawkins Hill, Distinguished Alumna Curriculum and Instruction; Suzanne Mouton-Odom, Distinguished Alumna Educational Psychology; Allen Jackson, Distinguished Alumna Health & Human Performance; Collaborative for Children, Friend of Education; Cameron White, Faculty Service Award. College of Pharmacy Alumni Association – The group’s board hosted the annual Alumni-Student Social at Sawyer Park where over 50 students and alumni attended. In addition, the COP Alumni welcomed 122 new annual members, plus 15 new life members! The group also awarded two new $500 scholarships for pharmacy students. Conrad N. Hilton Alumni Association – Gourmet night, a student-run evening of fine food, wine, and entertainment, was lovely as usual, and Hall of Honor Night featured new inductees M.K. Guertin (founder of Best Western Hotels) and Chris Pappas, Greg Pappas, and Harris Pappas (of Pappas Restaurants). The hotel is undergoing a $12 million renovation and the college is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Cougar Band Alumni Association – Recipients of a gold banner, the group opened the year with a basketball reunion and finished the year with a breakfast tailgate at the Armed Forces Bowl. In between, they held the annual Band Alumni Reunion
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2009 Engineers Week scholarship recipients
Graduate College of Social Work Alumni Association – The group proudly awarded a 2nd year MSW student, Amy Sugeno, with its Charlotte Campbell Alumni Scholarship, and supported a “Self-Care Symposium” for current MSW students and handed out ice cream treats to remind students to “chill out” as they prepared for finals. They also hosted a panel discussion entitled “eSocial Work – Where is the Future Taking Us?” that raised $3,500 towards their scholarship fund. Natural Science and Mathematics Alumni Association – In February, the group hosted students from Stephen F. Austin High School’s Math and Science Club to our UH’s NSM facilities and meet with professors. They awarded an astounding $40,000 in scholarships to UH students!
Technology Alumni Association and Fort Bend Club: 2009 Tailgate Challenge Grand Champions
Technology Alumni Association – The group hosted a rainy, but very fun and successful 13th Annual Technology Golf Classic, awarded $5,000 in scholarships to six College of Technology students, and along with the Fort Bend Club, was once again named Grand Champion of the Homecoming Tailgate Spirit Challenge. TKE Alumni Network – Hosting the TKE Triangle Achievement Awards Banquet and handing out over $4,500 in scholarships, the network won, to no one’s surprise, the Best Food Award at Homecoming Tailgate Spirit Challenge. Thanks to their efforts, TKE is the only fraternity on campus with endowed scholarships available to its members and incoming students. UH Cougars Athletic Alliance – Winners of a gold banner, the group hosted the 3rd Annual UHCAA Golf challenge with Carl Lewis and Gerald McElvy (’75) as honorary co-chairs, participated in the Step Up to the Plate Thanksgiving Food Drive that fed 400+ people, and delivered over 100 toys as part of the Tiny Treasures Holiday Toy Drive.
UH Cougars Athletic Alliance toy drive
UHAQ t thank yous New Life Members Omar G. Aboudaher Stanley Walter Adamski Martina & Larry Aguirre Saim A. Akif Judy & Jeffrey Allen Susan G. Alonso Abigail E. Anastasio Nicole M. Andrews Abbas Arian Janet Baker Brooks Earl Bassler Allen Glenn Bauguss, Jr. Kathi & Charles Beasley Anne & Ryan Bengtson John M. Bevil Faruk Hamid Bhagani James Carl Bollig Amanda K. Brady Elizabeth & Harry Brannan, Jr. William E. Brogan, IV Bruce D. Broussard Cynthia Dawn Bryant Michelle Burkett Rachel A. Cady Thomas N. Cammack Kevin L. Cantrell Angela & Ben Carranza Joseph B. Carvelli Valerie B. Cesari Jason Chapman Chang-Jian Chen Lou Ann & F. Lynn Chesser Jeanette Chevalier White E. Brent Chinn Victor Michael Clark Linda D. Coleman Rick Coneway, Jr. David Walton Connelly Shelley & Alan Corley John W. Dalton Vincent Clemens D'Amico Patrick Nathanial Daniel Karen A. Darmer Jerel G. Davis Timothy R. Davison Frances A. Dawson Candace & Frederick Day Andrew Nicholas Debarbieris Nadia Kathleen Deeb Melissa A. DeLaGarza Alphonso Delaney Delvin Lee Dennis Janea & Jonathan Dennis Marcia & Wayne Dettloff Larry Dewitt Katherine W. Doggett Victoria F. Dunn Humberto Garcia Duran William H. Easter, III William C. Ehlert Gilbert Elizondo Jennifer Emerson Christopher Todd Erdeljac Catina L. Fairweather Harry E. Farley Vicki Schmid Faulkner James Randal Fisher Grayson L. Fitch Eloy Flores, Sr. Paul Anthony Foltyn Jeffrey Foltz Barbara Kay Foots Hattie Sue Forteson Crystal Fox & Bruno Ponce Patricia & Mark Frank Russell T. Frank Charles E. French
Maria L. Garcia Steven Gastrinakis Christopher A. Gibson Olakunle O. Gidado Rudy Gomez Gilberto Gonzalez, Jr. Jacqueline E. Gordon Rachel & Eric Grimmett Arturo Reyes Guerrero George Sadik Haddad James M. Hansel Judy L. Harris Reginald Jamar Harris Sara & Ernest Haynes Angela M. Hazlett Bruce Edward Henrici Barbara V. Hermes Jose Angel Hernandez Jess W. Hines, Jr. Joyce L. Holder Virginia Leigh Hollyer & Joe Douglas Webb David Jea Hong Kenneth James Horne William J. Hughes Kathy Le Huynh Adam A. Hymel A. M. Jarolimek Michael S. Johansen AnnMarie Johnson G. Wade Johnson & Debra A. Campbell Kevin T. Johnson Mark Benjamin Johnson Charles Edward Jones Katheryn & Walter Jones Nikhil B. Joshi Mike Kacal Margo & Craig Kaplan Thomas Arthur Karsten Nichole & Mohammed Kasmani Robert A. Kay James D. Keck Birdie Mae Kelley John R. Kessinger Shazia & Eric Khan Timothy Michael Kirkpatrick Mark K. Knop Timothy M. Koch Mark Linwood Kouwe Forrest Timothy Kroschel Jr. Amanda Anne Landry Scott Eric Leitko Susan G. Lerma Miller J. Loudermilk Jason E. Lovins Edwin John Mackie, Jr. Melinda & Matthew Mallay Tony Darnell Martin Jr. Jeane P. Massey Sandra Louvier Mastren Sonia Mathur Donna B. Matthews Earl Maxwell Vonda G. Mays Jackie & John McKnight Juanita L. Milam Chris C. Miller Johnny M. Miller David Clay Moates Christopher Sean Morris Dawn & Dennis Morris Karen McKibben Morris Mary E. Myers Angela & Robert Neal Anne & Craig Ness Tia L. Newton
Brian Keith Nichols Karen J. Noecker Tony Norris Yvonne & Barry Norwood Samuel Nunez Lisa L. O'Connor Carla Oshman Kenneth Owens Abimbola O. Oyediran Alan S. Paau Elizabeth & Ted Pardee Angela Marie Parker Carl Edmund Pascoe Battist D. Pearson Jim M. Perdue, Esq. Kristi & Donald Person Jock Dennis Peters Dennis W. Petersen David Ray Phelps Marianne C. Phillips Mark A. Picus Sandra Ann Pierce Jennifer & Christopher Pipkin Mark A. Polimeno Ronald D. Pope Jerry Portele Alyson & Joshua Posey Douglas B. Postek Maureen & Sean Powers Justin Thomas Priester Jorge Rafael Quinones Shannon & David Raffetto Simone & Gregory Ralph Lanette & Todd Ramey Fidel G. Ramirez Gary Thomas Randolph Carroll Robertson Ray Avelino Reyes-Alfonso, Jr. Gary Kevin Rice Katrina & Charles Ridley Linda & Mark Robertson Sharon D. Robinson Becky J. Rodarte Terri G. Rogers Sharon Romero Laurie Ann Rutherford Jose L. Saenz Valentina Sarabia & Mark J. Lewin Josh A. Sarkar Michael W. Say Deborah S. Schauman-Bixby Holly P. Scheuer Ralph Schomburg Richard J. Schuhmann Judy L. Schulenberg & Michael F. McCardle Marilyn M. Secrest Roberto Segura Jessie Tung Shieh & Jaikishan V. Panicker Marcus Anthony Smith Blair D. Sorsby Cedric Douglas Spears J. Jeffers Spencer Norman S. Stalarow Angelique Stanley Douglas Russell Stevens Raisha E. Stevens K. Denea Stewart Gretchen M. Stoeltje & Nicole M. Corley Kimberly A. Stoilis Jeremy Michael Sturgill Karen Sweet-Angel Oanh N. Ta, MSW Maebeth Tappin Deepak Thadhani
Rebecca A. Thornton David A. Timmermeyer Alanna K. Travis Lorraine Trevino & Rodrick V. Baldermann Dennis W. Turner Joshua D. Udoetuk David Milton Underwood, Jr. Kristina Von Woglom Natalie C. Waggoner Karen & Andrew Webster Cleveland Douglas White Gary Hampton White Marilyn R. Wilder Damon E. Wilkinson & Tina M. Lee Bruce L. Williams & Linda L. Davis Marsha K. Williams Kevin D. Willis Patrick J. Wong Nancy & Don Woo Matthew L. Woodhill Hong-Nan Wu Ivan A. Yagolnikov Mario Yanez Claudette A. Zaremba Pam Zenick & Billy J. Irvine John E. Zinn Edward Bruce Zuteckinda Zipser Memberships began 1.1.09 â€“ 12.31.09
Life Members Who Completed Pledges Bourjois S. Abboud Kathryn & Warner Abel, Jr. Roberta E. Abelman Stanley Walter Adamski Kelley M. Alexander Abbas Arian Martin C. Bailey Allen Glenn Bauguss, Jr. Peter Boudreaux James N. Bradley Amanda K. Brady Richard W. Brietzke Patricia A. Britton William E. Brogan, IV Mary Therese Brolley Bruce D. Broussard Travis B. Bruns Cynthia Dawn Bryant Pamela Ann Bryson Robin Roy Campbell Allan Cantos Angela & Ben Carranza Charles G. Carter David C. Cheadle Edson H. Cheung Jeanette Chevalier White Henry P. Clauson Shelley & Alan Corley Barbara & James O. Cox, III John M. Craig Dan Currie Patrick Nathanial Daniel Jerel G. Davis Rock Lewie Demarais Will G. Dickey Humberto Garcia Duran Amy R. Dyke William H. Easter, III George Edward Egger Donna A. Ellsworth Loretta Quon Eng
Dean Evans Terri Fiandt Charles A. Fitch Olga Lidia Flores Matthew D. Foley Hattie Sue Forteson Patricia & Mark Frank Russell T. Frank Toby Barton Fullmer Elvia & Rolando Garcia Maria L. Garcia Johnny David Gardner Rebecca A. Ginsburg Hilary & Ronald Green Susan & Stanley Grisham James S. Guinn, II Irene Gulley Daniel Gutschewski Kelly & Kim Hales James M. Hansel Reginald Jamar Harris Nigel J. Harrison Michael P. Hatzfeld Angela M. Hazlett Amanda B. Heath Darryl Wayne Heine Barbara V. Hermes Robert P. Herrmann Jeffrey Patrick Hildebrand Fred B. Himburg Barry M. Honeycutt James Hong William J. Hughes Stephen Luck Hugueley Andrea M. James Charles Edward Jones Nikhil B. Joshi Ronnie Wayne Kaiser Thomas Arthur Karsten Holley Kathryn King Mark K. Knop Mark Linwood Kouwe Peggy & George Lambert Frank James Lathers HaLam T. Le Elisa C. Lippincott Cynthia C. Lopez Mario Isidro Lopez Melinda & Matthew Mallay Tony Darnell Martin Jr. Scott W. Mason Nina & C. G. Mata Earl Maxwell Ann M. McFarland Kenneth Marc Mercado Thomas G. Michalak Juanita L. Milam Jane Minter Mark A. Moore Karen McKibben Morris Kelly A. Mosher Mary E. Myers Andre Napier & Sabrina Culberson Tia L. Newton Nhatthien Q. Nguyen Sandra & James Burke Nichols, Jr. Tena R. Oates Stephen Joseph O'Keefe Carla Oshman Alan S. Paau William A. Parkan, Jr. Angela Marie Parker La Rue & H. A. Pavia John L. Petrosino Theola Petteway Sandra Ann Pierce
Justin Thomas Priester Carroll Robertson Ray Sarah & Norman Reynolds Linda & Mark Robertson Becky J. Rodarte Abner Rodriguez Walter Melton Rosen Merri Juanita Sanchez Ralph Schomburg Gina G. Shannon Nicole M. Small Courtney Elise Smith Jean C. Smith Jeremy D. Smith Marcus Anthony Smith Carrie & Mark Stephenson Alycia & Chad Stewart K. Denea Stewart Oanh N. Ta, MSW Edward C. Taylor Deepak Thadhani Linda N. Thai Desirae Thomas Virgil Tiemann Jorge Trevino Kimberly & Michael Urban Stacy F. Valdes Elizabeth Ann Wade Natalie C. Waggoner Ronald M. Waksmulski, Jr. Joshua Cleveland Watson Carol B. White Gary Hampton White Thomas W. Wiede Adriana & Chandler Wilkerson Diane E. Wilkinson Bruce L. Williams & Linda L. Davis Patience M. Witchet Nancy & Don Woo Mario Yanez Gregory Zepeda Edward Bruce Zuteck Pledges fulfilled 1.1.09 â€“ 12.31.09
Life Member Circle of Excellence Donors Kathryn & Warner Abel, Jr. Richard Abrahams A. Richard Acker & E. Scott Harbers June & Jerry Adair, Jr. Ryon Adams Jake Aleman Amy & Billy Allen, III Gretchen Ariz Karen Babineaux Raymond Bailey Kathy & Jason Bailey Michael Baker Raymond Balch Susan & Gary Ballard Virgil Barfield Maxine Barkan Randall Barta Arnold Battise Ann & James Baughman, Jr. Judy & Ken Baxter Robert Beck Juan Benitez Jennifer & Mark Bennett Henry Birdwell, III Bruce Biundo Ginger & David Blomstrom Karen & Timothy Boates Marcelyn Boone Jeanette & Rick Bowen
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UHAQ t thank yous cont. Circle of Excellence cont. Harry Bowles, Jr. Amanda Boyaki Natalie Boyaki Walter Boyaki Cynthia & Gary Brann Ali & Pete Brayton Kerri & Downey Bridgwater David Brinkley Alan Broussard Paul Broussard Wayne Burns Joseph Carvelli William Castillo, Sr. Wendy & Michael Chan Duane Choate Judy Chong Bryan Clark Terrell Cochran Cynthia Oliver Coleman Judy & Mark Cook Billy Cooke Keys Curry Joseph D'Amico Kerry Davidson John Davis Phil Dolezal David Doll David Duerr Elaine & Tommy Ebner Roger Eichhorn Ralph Elledge Mary & John Espinoza Johnnie Fadal, Jr. Ebrahim Fatemizadeh Jeffrey Flores David Francis Cathy Frank Roy Fransen Gina & Terry Fry Roel Garcia Ruth & Leo Garcia Oscar Garza Gerald Gibson Beverly & Jay Ginsburg Pete Gonzalez Patsy Graham Sheila & Joseph Green James Greer William Griffin, Jr. Mason Gross Joe Gutierrez Clyde Gwin Tom Halbouty Diane & Steve Hall Myrajane & George Hall John David Hammond Nancy Hansel Warren Harris Angela Hazlett Amanda Heath Raymond Heath Steven Hecht Robert Hermann Barbara & Henry Hermis, Jr. Travis & Lester Hewitt William Hickl, III Ron Hilburn Anita Hoffmann C. D. Holmes Regina & James Holmes Richard Hon Janet Hoover Clay Hoster Peggy Howell Marsha & Joe Ickes Mary & Terrance Ivers Jean & Harry Jacobson
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Joe Lee Janssens David Jentho Preston Johnson, Jr. Clara & George Kelt Joel Killingsworth Richard Klodginski Jeff Kmiec Durg Kumar Betty LaRoche Harry Lawler Marcy & Robert Lawless Elwyn Lee Stephen Lezon Judie & Glenn Lilie Soon Duck Lim Robert Livermore Tommy Lott Robin & Matthew Lourie Jasper Lovoi, Jr. Lynn & Marcel Mason Nancy Mathews Jack McCartney James McClellan Shannon McClendon Pamela McCollough Gene McDavid Gerald McElvy Donald McKusker Ron Milio Joyce & William Miller Michelle Miller & Russell Krauss Tara Mize Earl Monk Deloris & T. R. Moore James Moore Karen & William Morris Kitten Muckleroy & Ron Page David Murphy Marvin Nathan Pam & Patrick Newman James Nicholson Jack & Connie Ogg RoDona Oliver Wallace Olson Carla & Raymond Oshman Dean Pappas John Parrish Robert Patterson Peter Pavluk Tom Penders Paul Picard Michael Piwetz Sharron & Bob Planck Lucy Key Price Dutch Quigley Ricky Raven Cynthia Reibenstein Joan Reynolds Sandy & Chris Rhine Sheila & Larry Rhodes Dana Rooks Shirley Rose William Ross Kathy & Austin Ruiz Gloria Salinas Miguel San Juan Milan Saunders Billie & John Schneider Darryl Schroeder Eddie Schulte, Jr. Donna Scott Devra & Alan Shapiro Alice & Charles Sicola Lisa & Steven Simmons Mark Sitterle Randal Sitton Jeff Smith
Josanna & Thaddeus Smith, III Robert Sohns, Jr. Robert Sonfield, Jr. W. A. Speary Frank Staats Hollie Stanley, Jr. Elizabeth & Jerry Starkey Glenn Sternes Sharon & Murray Stinson Jim Stover James Thomas Robert Tolson, Jr. Sandra Troff Johnny Veselka Hildegard & Allen Warner Melanie Wempe Bonnie White James O. "Jim" White, Jr. Analia Wilkerson George Williams Randolph Willoby Stephanie & Russell Wilson Bert Winston, Jr. Melvyn Wolff Martha Wong Robert Zoch, Jr. Gifts received 1.1.09 â€“ 12.31.09
Year-End Gift Donors Wayne Aaron James Adams Robert Adams Samford Aker Marvin Albrecht Elie Alkhoury David Allison Jerry Andress Carleen & George Andrews Michael Applewhite Gene Arnold Elizabeth Ashton Mark Atkins Jack Babchick Theron Baber Malcolm Baker Marilyn Balke Manikiran Bandi Susan Bandy & Russell Gause James Barnhart Robert Barr, Sr. Maribel Barrera James Beam Thomas Beaman Bob Beard Kathleen Becan-McBride & Mark McBride Thomas Beer John Beers Chester Benge, Jr. Austin Bennett Lisa Bennett Kristen Bennington Charles Berry John Bevil Kristin & William Bivin Tommy Blakeman Carrie & Agustin Blanco Claire Blondeau Richard Boazman Kimberly Bors Ronnie Bounds, Jr. Joe Boyd J. James Braden Larry Bradshaw Ralf Brehm
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Bobby Brooks Harold Brown, III Forrest Bruch Billy Buinski Cynthia Burleigh J. V. Burnham Robert Burr John Busscher Salvatore Cali Viviana & Reynaldo Castillo William Cavey, Jr. Juan Cerda Willie Chang Ruben Cheng Jean Cheung-Erter Larry Chien Barry Christen James Clark Jared Clark Elda Coco Harold Codianne Pat & Charlie Coignard Jason Cole Erin Connally Ned Contine Gayann & Robert Corbin Michael Correll Robert Cozens Gail Craig Jonathan Crater Cindy & Kenneth Criss Orama Crosby Timothy Cuff Harold Cunningham, Jr. Alfred Davis, IV Gregory Deatkine Benjamin Deaton Yuanjian Deng John Dennison, Jr. S. J. Depland Angela DeRubeis James DeWitt Ingrid Diaz Sam Dick Cynthia Dillard Dandrea Dixon Sylvia & John Donovan, III Carole Driscoll Kenneth Duchnowski W. D. Eatwell Thomas Ebner Doris Ebo Edward Edson Jane Eixmann Henry Elliott, Jr. Phil Elting, Jr. Johnny Engle David Englet Robert Espinosa Robert Eugene Nora & Wendell Few Kevin Flynn Patrizia Fontana-Stankovich & Joseph Stankovich Don Foster Martha Foster Tommy Foster Aron Frank Lynda Frost Robert Gallivan Eleuterio Galvan, Jr. Carl Gamble John Garcia Frank Garcia, Jr. Deborah Gary John Gee Wayne Gentsch
Carla Glass Robert Glover Helen Gobert Meyer Goldberg Gilberto Gonzalez, Jr. Robert Goodfriend Jennifer Gore Jeffrey Graebert Robert Gregory Allen Griffin Rita Griffin Richard Grimm Sam Guardiola, II Richard Guillo John Guttery Abby & Stephen Ha Jeffrey Hale Bergen Hall Mark Hall Marjorie Hamilton S. N. Hardee, Jr. Jan Harland Richard Harrison Darald Hartfiel William Harwell Ann Hasselmo Camille Haycraft Wanli He Joseph Heffler David Heiligenthaler Dorothy Henderson Floyd Henderson Arthur Henley Pamela Hepola James Hill Christopher Hines Ferrell & Julian Hinton David Hoffman Terence Holmes Christine Hoppe Tom Horner Chung-Suk & Thomas Huang He Huang & Ni Yan Dorothy Hughes & Carl Arp Stephen Hugueley J. B. Humphreville, Jr. Cheryl Huntington-Tegarden Alan Hymel Douglas Inns Timothy Irvine Parvin Jabalameli Carolyn & Thomas Jackson Emma Lou Jacobs Debra James Rebecca & Thomas Jay Joe Jeanes Roger Jeffery, Jr. Gladys & Kenneth Johnson John Johnson Robert Jones Timothy Jones John Jordan Victor Kahanek Sultana Kaldis Marie Kaminski Billy Keeling Joe Kemble Monica Kendall Eunice Kennedy Hilda & Sean Kennedy Edward Kerr Hart King Alfred (Fred) King, III Margaret Kitchen Margaret Kocurek Lora & Floyd Kowalski Carolyn Ladner
Juan Lago Harry Lambroussis Pat Landers Patricia Landwehr Ella & Ronald Lassiter John Leatherman Oscar Leder Craig Lee Lawrence Leung Andrea Lewis-Echols & Roderick Echols Simon Li Wayman Lim Artie Lombard Dorothy Long Edith Longoria James Love Joann & James Lovering Frank Luna Felix Luna, Jr. Elizabeth Lundeen Cynthia & Robert Maddox Marion Maggio Peter Magiros Darlene & Wayne Mahoney Linda & Victor Makris Martha Ann Malone Sara Malone Henricka Manning Christian Marquez Robert Martinez Gladys Mathena Clyde Mayo Sharon McCabe Sandra & James McCauley Natalie McClean Terrance McGill Mary Beth & David McIver, Jr. Stanley McVay Emily Medrano Abdollah Mehdi-Kashi Eugene Mestayer John Michalek Zayda Miranda Shavorrian Mitchell David Mizell, Sr. William Moag Marcia Money Kay & David Moore Kenneth Moore James Moore, III Elizabeth Morgan Mary Morrissey Hugo Moya Wilfred Murray, Jr. David Nargang Ngoc-Chieu Nguyen Mary Ann Nygren Gladys Oakley William O'Fiel Bryan Olivier Rafael Ortega David Ortiz Roz Pactor Anastasios Papavasiliou Nancy Parchois Tae Jin Park Dorothy Parsons Norman Pate Bhavana & Jay Patel Edward Payne August Pearson Walter Peine John Perdue Fernando Pereira Noel Phillips Pascal Piazza
C. W. Pogue Virginia Poling Nathaline Poole Michael Porter Alice Powers Delia Prince John Probst Susie Quintanilla-Pomares & Carlos Pomares John Raia Jose Ramirez Julian Ramos William Ramsey Walter Rapp, Jr. Shelby Rash, Jr. Blair & Richard Read Dee Rebouche Gary Reese Jose Reyes Suzanne Richards Judith & Milton Richter Randa Richter Richard Ring Elizabeth Riordan Kathleen Rioux Ronald Ripley Michael Rivera Candace & Steven Robbins Sonia Rocha Thomas Rodriguez Rodney Rogers Johnny Rollins, Jr. Charles Rosenthal Philip Rummel Donald Rushe Mario Saccomani Della Santos Joetta & Thomas Scarborough Aaron Schindewolf Joseph Schmidt, III Ernie Schneider Paul Schroeder Hilda Scott Dora Scott-Nichols Edward Seastrand Jeremy Seymour Megan Shake Michael Shannon Satish Sharma Jeffrey Shawstad Edward Sheeler William Shinneman Karin Shipman Shahin Shirzadi Ruth Silva Mary Sinkkonen Bruce Slaven Tom Snider Edward Sopko Benjamin Sorrell Laurie Sorrenson Mitchell Sosa Weldon Spies John Stanley Mary Steely James Steffek Ronald Stevenson Michael Stewart Ronald Stidham Eric Stotzer Patricia Strawmyer Connie Sunday Chris Swank Ruth & Timothy Swaty Cedric Tabue Tom Tellepsen, II Martha & Jimmy Theiss
Bradley J. Berry Erum Bhatti Ann M. Blackwood Tommy Lynn Blakeman John L. Boeger Chauncey Lee Bogan Jr. Edgar L. Boran Matthew Gerard Borski Wanda J. Brent Cheryl Ann Brock Fred Douglas Broussard Carol L. & James E. Brown Christopher F. Brown Linda C. Brown Abrahim B. Bushra Carolyn J. Butler G. Michael Cantrell Richard Jason Cantu Homer J. Carney Norma J. & Guadalupe R. Casas Jessica Castaneda Marcelo Castro Sandra L. Caton Collette C. & Alexander J. Charles Audrey Jeanette Christiansen Stephen S. Coffey Samuel E. Coleman Shawn Michael Collier James Lewis Connor, III Linda Sue Cowles Gregory B. Cox Gail R. Craig Nancy LeBlanc Crawley Cindy M. Criss Angela R. Criswell Vincent W. Daniel A. Michael Daughtry Veronica T. Davidson Peter A. Dayton Raymond M. De Tullio O. Keith Dishman Richard W. Dowling Duke Ducoff Dale Dugger Sandy Embesi, Jr. Brenda K. Findley Mark A. Flores Suzy Forcher Vincent D. Foster Gifts received 1.1.09 – 12.31.09 Joe Howard Frey Elizabeth M. Gallimore Mike Gallmeister New Century Club Members Richard Garcia Charlotte & Niels Aalund David Lawrence Garza Barry Lee Adams Jacqueline & Alan Gershenhorn Joe Gilbert Aguilar Tabinda Ghani Troy Toyne Ahrens Teresa & Rick F. Ghinelli Byron C. Alfred Sara Ezat Ghorbanian Alma A. Allen Sydney Gilzow Fausto Almazan, Jr. Carla Grace Glass Charles A. Anderson Annie U. Goedicke Jennifer N. Andreas & Michael Paul Gove James Scott Curtis Joseph Frederick Govreau Marcus Andrepont Jeffrey Gerard Graebert Robert B. Armstrong Stephen L. Graham, Sr. Jeffrey C. Arndt John R. Gray Enrique Rodriguez Arroyo Patricia W. Green Dennis M. Ashworth Gladys & Raymond L. Haak Joan V. Aubrey Sam M. Haffar Patricia E. Aune Jodie L. Haifley Jeff Baek & Mandy Baig Page Calhoun Haines Harold E. Bahr, III Bruce Rayburn Hall Claudia Iveth Balderas John R. Hall Jose E. Barrera, III Kathryn Newton Hansen Joseph T. Barrow Phylis & Paul Kerry Haralson Ashley W. & Clark R. Beecher Christopher Harper William Therivel Gary Thigpen Stephen Tower, II Frank Tracy Nancy Trejo Greg Turner Ronald Turner Raymond Ullrich Aaron Urias Rima Vallbona Mary & Mike Verges Ani Vernor John Vilandos Armando Villena Georgia Vosloh Linda Waldrop Kenneth Walker Rameta Wallace Armando Walle Andrew Walton Jiun-Chung Wang Shaohua Wang Andrea Ward Joseph Ward, Jr. Raymond Watkins Billy Watson Drew Weaver Edward Webber, IV Craig Welch Dick Whipple Larry Whitley Moye Wicks, III Alan Wilkinson Kelli Williams Omah Williams Randy Williams Joseph Williamson Steve Williard Tiffany Willie Lynn Wisda Mary Wiseman Virginia Wolfe Ralph Wortham Fengsong Wu W. G. Wurm Arnetta Yardbourgh Christine Yep Rebecca & Michael Young Fernando Zambra
Donald E. Haude Christopher M. Hayes Xiangmin He & Xuemin Chen Heidi Renee & John R. Heinemann Jennifer K. Hemmick David B. Hendricks Alan Tyson Henrichson Pamela Hepola Katherine M. Herrera Robert Ritchie Herrick Linh N. Hoang Terry J. Holcomb William D. Holt Laurie B. & John R. Hougham Robert Warren Howland Cynthia Hudgins Paul Hudson Travis C. Hyde Delia Izaguirre Kristie A. Jackson Karen Loos Jaggers Sharon James Michael E. Jamison Louis W. Jannasch, Jr. Aldon W. Jenkins, Jr. Kimberly D. Jessup Gloria D. & Michael L. Jines Angela Denise John & Alex B. Poczyniak Jennifer Johnson Robert D. Jolly, Jr. John R. Jonte Linda R. Kaiser Rino P. Kalathil Susan E. Kate Brian Kelledy Vas P. Kenyen Daniel T. Kerr Salman Saeed Khan, Jr. Maribel G. & Michael A. Khayat Bill E. King Robert Douglas Kirkland Lewis E. LaGesse Russell Lloyd Lamm Cara & Craig Lannom Fidela Lanoux Rosabella L. & Wilfred T. Lau Sandy & Donald Lazenby Renee E. & Harry S. Leach, Jr. David G. Lednicky Alan D. Leitko Johne M. Lennon Christian Lenoble Stephanie L. Lester Jayne Louise Leuterman Theodore R. Lewis Angela J. Lipsey Julie M. & J. Casey Lowery Wayne A. Luco Eric C. Mabrie John C. MacFarlane Susan F. Macivor Jeffrey Scott MacKenzie Angelia & Dean Mackey William Stewart Madison Juan Antonio Maldonado Laura N. & Frank H. Mangold Paula A. Maras Edward Lucius Mason David B. Matney Linda & Clifton W. McCullough Lindsey N. McDade Carol A. McDavid Susan M. McJilton Mark K. McMillan Susie Kwong Mehta
John K. Mensah Ricardo Mihaly Lisa A. Mims Timothy Kurtz Mitchell Marcia Crystal Money Jay Monroe Ronald A. Monshaugen John Robert Morris Lee A. Morris William P. Mould, Jr. Wanda Sue Mullen Diane Murphy Joshua Jay Nash Angela R. Neill Walter M. Nelson Greg A. Newman Duong D. Nguyen Quan & Tooanh Nguyen Gladys M. Oakley Spencer U. Obie Shirley P. O'Brien Margaret A. O'Brien-Molina Jodi S. Ogden John B. O'Meara Babatunde Olusegun Omidele Jose Antonio Orozco Patti G. & Larry A. Page Season L. Paquette Tae Jin Park Diana Paz Karen Pearson Kelly B. Perdue Hien T. Pham Chhaya Prasad Phatarpekar Vance L. Phillips Pascal Paul Piazza Lizanna Pierre & Martin Lavergne Robert L. Pietro Wanda M. Polk Michael Allen Poteet Andrew B. Potter Diana R. Prado Kay Eileen Pratt William Edward Prihoda Robert Pruett David M. Puryear Stephen K. Radusch Stellouise M. Ramer Jose C. Ramos Patricia M. Rapp Blaine Elliot Reed George T. Reed, III Debra M. Reeves Matthew R. Reynolds Susan G. Reynolds James W. Rice Craig J. Richard Suzanne & Jeff Riggenbach Aurea I. Rivera Ron Roach Ryan R. Rodriguez Pamela Ann Rogers Rodney Rogers Andrew M. Rossi Kathy & Russell Rudy Ligia A. Saldarriaga Yuki Sato Lawrence Roy Saunders Laura & Charles David Scavone Elliott R. Scheirman Carolee Bauer Schenk Donald A. Scherer Martita M. Schmuck August N. Schott Rise & William J. Schuster Sandra K. Scott
Marianne K. Shaver Amy L. Sheng Farhad Shirazian Jennifer L. Silva Gail S. Smith Ken M. Smith Roxanna L. Smith Russel Franklin Smith Edward Sonak Robert Sopronyi Kathryn Soraiz & Cameron Laird Sonia E. Steinberg Cathy & Henry Paul Stenner, Jr. Michael Keith Stewart Eric James Stotzer Curtis R. Strauss Robert William Sumners, Jr. Sam F. Sundberg Ashley L. Sutton Christin F. Taschery Betty & John Taylor Ed L. Thompson Terry P. Thompson Leland Joseph Thurman & Malcolm D. Page Oluwayomi O. Togunde Joellyn C. Townsend Michelle M. Tran & Daniel Young Corando Rios Trevino Xavier Charles Trevino Howard Tsai Gary J. Tschoepe David Matthew Urban Albert J. Valentas Rodolfo Ramon Vasquez Jr. Craig A. Vickery Donald Douglas Vincent Julie E. Vowell Kenneth W. Walker M. Judson Wallace Rita E. Weathers Craig E. Welch Linda A. West Mike R. West Mark Richard Wheeler Sandra K. White Douglas L. Whitmarsh Wendy E. Willett Lester James Williams Vania M. Willms Brian D. Wilson Craig G. Wilson Mary H. Wiseman Celeste P. Woodfill James E. Wright Donald Luis Ybarra Cynthia & Ricardo Yepez Patricia Louise Yingst Tammy T. Young Linda & Manuel Flores Zamora Janice & Thomas A. Zerecheck, IV Russell W. Zientek Charles E. Zogg Memberships began 1.1.09 – 12.31.09
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UHAQ t alumni association update Upcoming Association Events and Adventures
Alumni Awards Dinner: 70 Years of Red & White
Call for UHAA Board Nominations!
UH Alumni Association Hosts Baseball Weekend
Grab Your Passport, Suitcase, and Plenty of Cougar Spirit!
There’s still time to reserve your place at the alumni association’s most elegant, most exciting, and most remembered event. If you’ve attended in past years, you know what we mean.
The UH Alumni Association is seeking loyal University of Houston graduates and supporters to serve on our Board of Directors. If you know someone who would be interested in serving, complete the online nomination form before the April 15 deadline: www.myCougarConnection.com/board. Our Board of Directors is an 18-person governing body that oversees budget decisions, advises on programmatic offerings, and shapes the association’s strategic plan. Terms last for three years. The board meets four times per year in the Melcher Boardroom inside the Athletics/Alumni Center. “We rely on our board for so much,” remarked Judie Lilie (’95), Life Member and current UHAA board chair, “from the expertise in their respective fields, to their community connections, to their invested judgment on how to shape this organization. These are true Cougars who want to see the university and its programs succeed. Their volunteerism is a big part of that success.”
The crack of the bat, the smell of the grass, the sweet taste of Cracker Jacks. Yep, baseball is back in business, and UHAA is hosting a weekend of fun out at Cougar Field. Join us.
The UH Alumni and Friends Travel Program still has a few spots open on these 2010 journeys:
Student/Young Alumni Connection Grill-on-the-Hill UH vs. Memphis Friday, April 16 at 5:00pm* * Hotdogs and burgers served at 5:00pm, first pitch at 6:30pm
• Italian Lake District June 8-16, 2010
Alumni Awards Dinner Friday, April 23, 2010 Omni Houston Hotel 6:00pm Reception and silent auction 7:30pm Dinner and program, including closing performance by Barbara Padilla (MM ’04) Our 2010 honorees include Distinguished Alumni Award recipients Richard Coselli (’55, JD ’58), Elizabeth Ghrist (MEd ’67), and Jim Perdue (’61, JD ’62); Distinguished Service Award recipients Tommy (’80) and Elaine Ebner (’82), George Hall (’56, ’77), and Robert Planck (’71); Chair’s Award recipient Bruce Williams; Outstanding Volunteer Award recipient Patty Godfrey (’89); and Rising Star Award recipients Katie Kalenda Daggett (’99, MA ’03) and Jim Parsons (’96). To reserve your table or tickets, visit myCougarConnection.com/AwardsDinner.
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Fill the Field Promotion ($3 game tickets) UH vs. Memphis Saturday, April 17 at 6:30pm
• Provence, France May 4-12, 2010
• Greece, The Greek Isles, and Turkey June 17-27, 2010 • Scotland August 1-9, 2010 • Snake River, Idaho Whitewater Adventure August 3-9, 2010
Alumni Family Day (family 4-pack promotion) UH vs. Memphis Sunday, April 18 at 1:00pm
• Germany/Austria Holiday Markets on the Danube November 29-December 7, 2010
All ticket specials must be purchased by Wednesday, April 14 via the UHAA website: myCougarConnection.com. The alumni constituent group that purchases the most tickets for Sunday’s game will have a representative throw out the first pitch!
For more information on any of these trips, or to request a color brochure, contact Shivaughn Batiste, director of special events and stewardship activities, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 713.743.0764. And of course, you can always check out our website at myCougarConnection.com/Travel.
New UHAQ Feature: Facebook Feedback UHAA's official Facebook page has grown to over 9,000 members in just a short time. We've decided to bring your comments directly into the magazine! We'll publish the results from some of our best questions in new issues of the UH Alumni Quarterly. Be sure to 'friend' us and add your two cents to the conversation!
feedback This Valentine’s Day, we asked our more than 9,000 Facebook fans if anyone had found true love while on campus. Here are their rather romantic replies. Live Feed Views News Feed
What’s on your mind? Stephanie Bakkenist Henderson I did...Mike Henderson and Stephanie Bakkenist met at the Sig house in '89. Married almost 15 yrs! 5 minutes ago • Comment • Like
Bucket List? With our 70th anniversary in mind, the UH Alumni Association wants you to help us compile a UH-themed bucket list. We’re talking the must-do things every UH alum and fan should experience. Seventy of them, to be exact.
Over 200 graduating students and young alumni were presented with their Official University of Houston Class Rings at the December ring ceremony. The alumni association is proud to host this event and preserve the ring’s tradition.
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Jordan Mills Well yeah, but she married the other guy. 21 minutes ago • Comment • Like David Raffetto likes this.
Barbara Richards My daughter and her husband both attended. She a Cougar Doll and he a football player. They even got engaged at the fountain on his graduation night! I love UH. And for her, it will always be the most romantic spot as well!!! 22 minutes ago • Comment • Like
Examples: Take a swim in the Cullen Family Plaza fountains
Alyson Posey Yup! I met, got engaged to, and married my sweetie on campus! My profile picture is our wedding at the A. D. Bruce Religion Center 5 1/2 years ago!
University President Renu Khator rides in the Reliant Stadium processional during UH Night at the Rodeo. Thanks to John McCaine Photography for the image.
Polish off a 3-piece meal from Frenchy’s
Michele Harral Reguera My husband and I met in the Cougar Den in 1987. We have been married for 17 years next week. 29 minutes ago • Comment • Like
Kirsten Barrientes My fiancé ('07) & I ('10) met in the spring of 07 working together at the bank in the UC. We will be married within the next year.
Lay red and white flowers on the grave of Hugh Roy Cullen
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Read a novel by UH alumnus Donald Barthelme.
David Del Toro We met at the Satellite in 1990 and have been together ever since!
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Lisa Henley Jones My husband and I met on campus in '92 at a Phi Mu/DU mixer and were married in '98.
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and we’ll publish the best of the best in the next issue of UH Alumni Quarterly.
The Cougar Power Hour is a networking and fellowship event held on the second Wednesday of the month at The Lot (4212 Washington). Bring your business cards, and of course, wear red. Open and free to all UH alumni!
Planning on attending an alumni event this quarter? Send us your pictures and event recapts to email@example.com.
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UHAQ t Class notes 1960s Steve (’65) and Sue Ann Thompson recently traveled to Egypt as part of the UH Alumni Association’s Alumni and Friends Travel Program. Donna Vallone (’67) was named a 2010 Woman of Distinction by ABC – Channel 13. The former Houston Independent School District teacher now helps her husband, Tony, run their group of restaurants.
1970s Judy Bozeman (’70) has been elected as an independent member of HCC Insurance Holdings, Inc.’s Board of Directors. She is founder and current board chair of Woodway Financial Advisors, a trust company that has investment assets under management in excess of $1.1 billion. Michael Burke (’73) has been named president of Milwaukee Area Technical College. He was previously president of San Jose City College. Steven E. Clark (’74, JD ’74) has joined Kennedy, Clark & Williams, PC, a Dallas-based commercial litigation boutique that represents clients in the field of intellectual property, employment, construction, commercial, and business litigation. Sallie Creuzot (MSW ’70), co-founder of Frenchy’s Creole Chicken, was a 2010 honoree at the Black Alumni Association’s 21st Annual Scholarship & Award Celebration. W. Benjamin “Ben” Fry (’72) was recently appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry to the Texas State Board of Pharmacy. He is owner of Fry’s Prescription Pharmacy in San Benito, TX and Small Frys, a pediatric pharmacy in Harlingen, TX. Bernard Harris (’78), former astronaut and CEO of Vesalius Ventures, was a 2010 honoree at the Black Alumni Association’s 21st Annual Scholarship & Award Celebration. Luis Madrid (’76) unretired in August 2009 to start a credit restoration company in Plano, TX that focuses on the local underserved Hispanic community. Larry Matysiak (’76 MEd ’84), director of secondary music for the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, was recognized by the Moores School of Music as its Outstanding Alumnus in Music Education for 2009.
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Joe McDaniel (’72) has been selected chairman of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo's Rodeo Merchandise Committee for 2010-2013. He is the director of community education with Spring Branch Independent School District, where he has been an educator for the past 37 years. Robert Sammis (’74) is the new vice president of finance for BioClinica, Inc.’s eClinical Division. John Stevens (JD ’79) was nominated by President Barack Obama to be US Attorney for Texas’ Eastern District, which stretches from Plano and Tyler to the Gulf Coast. Joyce A. Tipton (’79) was recently appointed by Governor Rick Perry to the Texas State Board of Pharmacy. She is chief pharmacy officer of the Baylor College of Medicine and interim director of quality and patient safety for the Baylor Faculty Group Practice. Penny Westerfeld (MEd ’77) has been named interim chief executive officer for Lone Star Community College – University Park. She has worked for the Lone Star College System for over 30 years. Peggy Jo (MEd ’74) and William Hughes recently traveled to Egypt as part of the UH Alumni Association’s Alumni and Friends Travel Program..
1980s Tammy Bourg (MA ’85, PhD ’86) has been appointed provost of Southeastern Louisiana University. James T. Campbell (’83), senior vice president for Fleishman-Hillard, Inc., was an honorary chair of the Black Alumni Association’s 21st Annual Scholarship & Award Celebration. Scott S. Cramer (JD ’80) was appointed vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary for Magnetek, Inc. Tim Davison (’87), director of supply, trading, and logistics for ConocoPhillips, just completed his 15th marathon, running the last for the especially worthy “Houston Marathon – Run for a Reason” charity, benefitting the Houston Food Bank. Aris (’89) and Hanneke Faber (’90, MBA ’92) moved from Geneva, Switzerland to Indian Hill, OH. Hanneke works for Proctor & Gamble where she is now vice president and global brand franchise leader for Pantene and Herbal Essences shampoos.
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Thomas Cobb (MA ’84, PhD ’86) recently had his novel, Crazy Heart, made into a movie of the same title starring Jeff Bridges. Bridges won an Acadamy Award for "Best Actor" at this year's Oscars for his performance in the film. Paul Falcon (’81) and Masae and Megan Falcon recently traveled to Egypt as part of the UH Alumni Association’s Alumni and Friends Travel Program. Russ Frank (MA ’98) has been named one of Mass Transit magazine’s “Top 40 Under Forty” for his work at the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County. He helped manage the extensive public education campaign that led to the passage of the METRO Solutions transit plan expansion referendum. Jay Fuller (MBA ’84) has joined CPI Card Group as vice president of operations. He will have direct responsibility for all the manufacturing and personalization operations in the US and will also work closely with the operations teams in the international CPI facilities located in Canada and the United Kingdom. Dean Lopez (’88), senior systems engineer for Televent USA, is getting married in June and recently earned his second-degree black belt in Kuk Sool Won. Ricky Raven (’83, JD ’86), partner at Thompson & Knight, LLP, was a 2010 honoree at the Black Alumni Association’s 21st Annual Scholarship & Award Celebration. He serves on the UH Alumni Association Board of Directors.
New Life Members
1990s Summer Amin (’97) has founded NiMA, an integrated marketing and communication boutique based in Washington, DC. Meredith Atwell Baker (JD ’94), an FCC commissioner, will speak during the 2010 National Association of Broadcasters Show at a session entitled “The Washington Face-Off.” She recently served as acting assistant secretary of commerce for communications and information and acting administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Victor Barcot (’95, MBA ’97) was appointed chief executive officer of Agrotech Greenhouses, Inc. Chris B. Brown (MBA ’07) was recently appointed chief deputy controller for the City of Houston. He previously served as chief of staff for former City Council member and current City Controller Ronald C. Green. S. J. “Jay” Brown (MBA ’94) was appointed chief investment officer for Equus Total Return, Inc. Caroline Crawford (EdD ’98) won the University of Houston – Clear Lake’s Outstanding Professor Award. Earl M. Cummings (’91), CEO of BTS Team, Inc., was a 2010 honoree at the Black Alumni Association’s 21st Annual Scholarship & Award Celebration. Debbie Emery (EdD ’98) had an elementary school in Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District named in her honor. She retired from CFISD in 2008 after 30 years of service. Joseph “Tré” August Fischer, III (JD ’93) has joined Jackson Walker’s Houston office. He previously has served as vice president and deputy general counsel for TRC Companies, Inc. and assistant general counsel for Kaiser Aluminum. Ronald C. Green (’93, MBA ’08) was recently elected Houston city controller after serving six years as an at-large member of the Houston City Council. Barise Hatfield (’94) was named director of global human resources at RigNet, Inc., a provider of managed communication solutions for the oil and gas industry. Niki Hertel (’96), soon to finish her doctorate in curriculum and instruction from UH, just started her own company, NDT Educational Services, to help school districts with professional development, curriculum development, and crisis management.
Tim Hill (JD ’92) is the new general counsel for Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP. He has been with the company for ten years and helped merge the two former oil giants. Jarvis Hollingsworth (JD ’93), partner with Bracewell & Giuliani, LLP and member of the UH System Board of Regents, was an honorary chair of the Black Alumni Association’s 21st Annual Scholarship & Award Celebration. Carey C. Jordan (JD ’97) and her patent prosecution team have joined McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s Houston office to focus on intellectual property portfolio management and patent prosecution, with a concentration in chemical, energy, and clean-technology industries. Kent Nelson (MBA ’90) has joined Frontier Resources International, a UK-based oil and gas exploration company, as vice president of business operations. Alfredo (’97) and Janice Perez (’98, ’03) recently welcomed Joaquin Esteban Perez to the world on November 30, 2009. He weighed 9 pounds and one ounce. Kathy Ploch (’94) was named one of “Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women of 2009” by Houston Woman Magazine.
Julie Baumgarten Pradel (’95, JD ’99, MBA ’99) and her husband, Tom, welcomed their son, Jack Thomas Pradel, on November 21, 2009. Darren M. Rebelez (MBA ’96), executive vice president and COO of 7-Eleven, has been elected to the board of life and health insurance company Torchmark Corp. Charlaine Reynolds (’94) recently founded Charlaine Reynolds, LLC as an Eldercare Consultant and Older Adult Specialist. She provides counsel to families regarding aging issues and long-term care placement, and trains staff of long-term care facilities on topics like dementia. Kathryn Tart (EdD ’99) has been appointed the founding dean of the nursing program at the University of Houston – Victoria.
Congratulations and thank you to our newest Life Members! (Dec '09–Feb '10) Rodrick V. Baldermann Charles W. Beasley ('78) Kathi H. Beasley ('79) Matthew R. Bedingfield ('93) Suzanne Schneider Black Gentry Burke ('02) Meredith Collins Michael Gerard Connelly ('90) Vincent Clemens D'Amico (MEd '58) Timothy R. Davison ('87) Cristina C. Dixon ('92) Allan Alexander Dulany ('94) Michelle Dulany ('96) Jesus A. Guerra ('05) Perla Guerra ('07, MSAccy '08) Kelvin L. Hamilton (MFA '99) Reginald Jamar Harris ('01) Kathy Le Huynh ('07) Judith L. Jones Walter F. Jones Thomas A. Karsten ('92) Mohammed D. Kasmani ('99, MA '03) Nichole B. Kasmani ('02) James D. Keck ('95) Nealan Kerwin ('94) Forrest Timothy Kroschel Jr. ('08) Susan G. Lerma ('84) Alison Napoli Michael Napoli ('81, MS '86) Anne G. Ness (MBA '82) E. Craig Ness (MBA '96) Tia L. Newton ('02) Alan S. Paau ('73, MS '74, PhD '78) Carl Edmund Pascoe ('86) Phuong-Thao M. Pham Doan ('07) Noel Grant Phillips ('83) Jeffrey G. Planck ('96) Mayson M. Planck ('91, JD '01) Mackrena L. Ramos ('99) Michael A. Ramos ('00) Carroll Robertson Ray (JD '02) Robert R. Richard, III ('97) Terri G. Rogers (MS '81) Sharon Romero ('04) Laurie Ann Rutherford ('86, MBA '91, MS '04) Kathleen Ann Schenck ('76, MBA '85) Roger Shao ('07, MSAccy '08) Lorraine Trevino Natalie C. Waggoner ('53) Clifton T. Weatherford ('70) Joseph D. Williamson ('73)
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UHAQ t Class notes 2000s Natalie Chaline (’02) has opened Chaline’s Shape, offering customers in-home personal training, nutritional counseling, and airbrush tanning.
Bea Amaya (’07) is pursuing a new business opportunity in Papua New Guinea while pursuing her PhD in technical communications and rhetoric at Texas Tech University.
Kaci Coble (’07) recently opened a College Hunks Hauling Junk franchise in Houston.
Brian Ambridge (’07) was married to Audrey Wiesman on February 20, 2010 in Galveston, TX.
David W. Davis (MS ’06), clinical instructor in the School of Hotel and Restaurant Administration at the College of Human Environmental Sciences at Oklahoma State University, has been promoted to general manager of the Atherton Hotel and Ranchers Club. He is pursuing a doctoral degree at OSU with research emphasis on revenue and sales management.
Wendy Ballard (’01) has joined the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management as its new alumni director. She has spent the last several years working as an assistant manager at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Stephen Bjune (’07) recently joined the staff at Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) – Urban Search and Rescue, a host agency for Texas Task Force – 1.
Kai Freund (’05) has been promoted to client Service Analyst II at Mercer.
Johnny Fusilier (’08) is set to graduate next month with a degree in Christian leadership from the College of Biblical Studies, and he just started a masters degree program at the Dallas Theological Seminary. He and Paola Gonzalez will marry in March at UH’s AD Bruce Religion Center. Aimee Hammerstrom (PharmD ’09) will receive the Texas Society of HealthSystem Pharmacists’ 2009 Leo F. Godley Resident/Fellow Award on April 10 at the organization’s annual meeting. John Holland (’06) has only 2 months left on his deployment to Afghanistan! Angela Carter Iwu (’02) married UH Downtown alumnus Keith Iwu on January 24, 2010. Tiffany Janish (’06) was named 2009 Elementary Teacher of the Year by the Houston Independent School District. Janis Jordan (EdD ’05) was one of seven Corpus Christi area women to be named 2010 Y Women in Careers. She has been assistant superintendent for curriculum/instruction for the Corpus Christi Independent School District since 2005 and is also a national education consultant James Levermann (MBA ’07) has been named CEO of St. Luke’s Sugar Land Hospital and vice president of the St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System. John Matt (PhD ‘04), senior vice president of Gas & Power Health Safety Security & Environmental for Shell Oil Company, was a 2010 honoree at the Black Alumni Association’s 21st Annual Scholarship & Award Celebration.
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Marquis McClean (’03) is pursuing a masters degree in media and communication from Dallas Theological Seminary.
Dylan McCord (’07) is assigned to Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, which recently received the Battle Efficiency Ribbon, given to the most battle-ready carrier in the Pacific fleet. Angela Melchor (’07) and Julio Montalvo (’06) are getting married in June of this year. Jillian Moller (’04) welcomed her daughter Madison last July and is now completing her master’s degree in communication from Spring Arbor College. Cynthia E. Olmedo (’00) started a non-profit organization called Initiatives for All (IFA) to assist individuals interested in pursuing a college degree. David Raffetto (’05) has won two CASE District IV awards in “Publications Writing” for his work in UH Alumni Quarterly. He also wrote this class note. Shannon Raffetto (’05) recently joined Rice University’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies as program coordinator for The Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. James Raines (’02) has begun a doctoral program in literature at the University of Memphis. Jessica Rainey (’08) received an honorable commendation as a first year teacher for Katy Independent School District. Lanre Sewoniku (MBA ’02) won Paymetric Inc.’s inaugural President's Award. Emily Sloan (MFA ’09) recently exhibited “Not the Family Jewels!” at Gallery 124 in the Houston’s Museum District. Her work has been shown at Target Gallery in Alexandria, VA, The Dallas Contemporary, Deborah Colton Gallery, and Lawndale Art Center.
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1940s Mary Ann Squyres (’44)
Jason Spencer (’09) received the 2009 Texas Student Teacher of the Year Award from the Texas Directors of Field Experiences and was selected as the 2009 National Student Teacher of the Year by the National Association of Teacher Educators.
1950s Edward Ewing Bratton (’51)
Edward R. Teitel (JD ’02) was elected chairman of the Board of Directors at Urigen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development of treatments for urological disorders and pain. Kahjuana Williams (’08) welcomed Candace Elle Williams to the world September 15, 2009.
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Elizabeth Murrell Curry (’59) Mildred Jean Frans (’59) Ted Hendricks (’55) Paul Jeffcoat (’55) Carol “Curly” Lewis (’50) Frank Liuzza (’58) Donald Wottrich (’51)
Edwin Frink Block (’63) Edward Laten Clack (MEd ’68) Billy Gene Daniels (MEd ’61) Ronald Nolan Etzel (’65) Elroy Westveer Forbes, Jr. (’69) Dorothy Mae Baker Garner Goodwin (MS ’68) John Herman Jongebloed (’64) Billy Roland (’65)
1960s Ben Bay (’61)
1922 – 2010 This past December, arts patron and former University of Houston student Cynthia Woods Mitchell passed away at the age of 87. But her legacy will continue to inspire UH students, thanks to the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts on campus. A $20 million gift in 2006 funded the center, which provides collaborative outlets for artists from the university’s art, creative writing, music, theatre, and dance programs. The center has commissioned world premieres and hosted a number of world renowned artists for performances and lectures.
Fred Couples (former student) gave $20,000 to the First Tee of Greater Seattle, a portion of the charitable proceeds generated by the 2009 Presidents Cup at Harding Park Golf Course in San Francisco, where Couples served as captain of the U.S. team. Dr. Frazier Wilson, vice president of the Foundation and manager of social investments for the Shell Oil Company, was honored with the 2010 Distinguished Service Award at the Black Alumni Association’s 21st Annual Scholarship & Award Celebration.
“She was a visionary philanthropist whose dedication to the arts was apparent in the founding of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center,” said Karen Farber, the center’s director. “Mrs. Mitchell and her family’s generosity has made dozens of significant new art works possible and left a lasting legacy that will continue to infuse the entire university and city of Houston with creativity and innovation.”
1970s Raymond Earl Fulgham (MS ’70)
William “Bill” Harrison (’72) David Michael Janick (’77) Rose Cornelius Krell (’70)
1980s David E. Bensey (JD ’84)
Joyce Finney Franks (’82, MEd ’88) Clayton Gaskill (’81)
1990s Frank Matcek, Jr. (’92) Friends Leona Pickett Coers
Drayton “Doc” Fults Sandra Holland Dr. William “Joe” Kortz, Jr. Dr. Wilson H. Lane Cynthia Woods Mitchell Bert F. Winston, Jr. Dorothy Marie Woodward
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UHAQ t Calendar UHAA/University Events 04.07 The Honors College Great Conversation, Houston Country Club, 6:30pm 04.12 Fort Bend Area Club’s 14th Annual Bill Yeoman Scholarship Golf Tournament, Sugar Creek Country Club, 10:00am 04.14 Cougar Power Hour, The Lot, 6:00pm 04.16 Student and Young Alumni Grill-On-The-Hill pregame festivities, Cougar Field, 5:00pm 04.17 Katy Coogs Bowl-A-Thon, Times Square Entertainment, 4:30pm 04.17 UHAA Fill the Field, Cougar Field, 6:30pm 04.18 UHAA Family Day at Cougar Field, 1:00pm 04.23 14th Annual Technology Alumni Association Golf Tournament, Woodforest Golf Club, 12:00pm 04.23 UHAA Awards Dinner, Omni Houston Hotel, 6:00pm reception, 7:30pm dinner and program 05.06–05.07 Spring Ring Ceremony, Athletics/Alumni Center – O’Quinn Great Hall, 6:00pm 05.08 The Valenti School of Communication Alumni Association’s Fourth Annual Cougar Saltwater Open Fishing Tournament, Galveston Yacht Basin, 6:00am 05.12 Cougar Power Hour, The Lot, 6:00pm 05.17 Bauer College Alumni Association’s Ted Bauer Golf Classic, Champions Golf Club - Cypress Course, 8:30am
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04.01-04.03 04.01-04.03 04.06 04.06 04.09-04.11 04.16-04.18 04.17 05.07-05.09 05.11
UH baseball at Rice, Reckling Park UH track and field at Texas Relays, Austin UH baseball vs. Sam Houston State, Cougar Field, 6:30pm UH softball vs. Prairie View A&M, Houston, 4:00pm and 6:00pm UH baseball vs. TCU, Cougar Field UH baseball vs. Memphis, Cougar Field UH women’s soccer vs. Texas, Robertson Stadium, 4:00pm UH baseball vs. Tulane, Cougar Field UH baseball vs. Texas A&M, Cougar Field, 6:30pm
PICTURED: Space Elevator (2004) by Tomás Saraceno. Part of his collection titled Lighter than Air, on display at Blaffer Gallery May 14–July 31, 2010.
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Arts Calendar Blaffer Gallery: 713.743.9530 – www.class.uh.edu/blaffer 05.17–07.31
Tomás Saraceno: Lighter Than Air – Organized by the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Saraceno’s installations, sculptures, and photographs reexamine the conventions of art and architecture, suggesting imaginative solutions to complex questions about how we populate and coexist in the world.
School of Theatre and Dance: 713.743.2929 – www.theatredance.uh.edu 4.16 – 04.25
Dangerous Liaisons, by Christopher Hampton (based on the novel by Choderlos de Laclos), directed by Samuel Sparks – In pre-Revolutionary France, an elegant temptress and her ex-lover conspire to corrupt a recently married woman. When bets are made, intrigue and seductive games follow close behind.
Moores School of Music: 713.743.3313 – www.music.uh.edu 04.09 – 04.12
Elmer Gantry, music by Robert Aldridge, libretto by Herschel Garfein, after the novel by Sinclair Lewis – There’s nothing quite like a good old-fashioned revival meeting to inspire some rousing singing! Your faith in opera will be affirmed when you heed the call of Elmer Gantry. But there is a price for those who buy into the charm of this ultimate con man.
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“Paws and Remember” highlights photographs—some funny, some nostalgic—from a single year in Cougar history, to relive the dreams of students eager to make their mark on the world. Please enjoy these selections from 1940.
1. Coach Archie French scolds Captain F.B. Paris—for not fighting.
Ice hockey was the first varsity sport at UH. The team practiced and played games at the Polar Wave Ice Palace on Hutchins Street.
2. Vanity Fair member Patty Nelson. She sure does light our candle, so to speak.
3. No berets? No clutched copies of Proust? What kind of French Club is this?
4. A snapshot of freshmen fashion: Mary Lou Johnson, Bruce Joyce,
Patricia Kietzman (top row), Norma Jean Kluever, Stanford Lane, and Juanita Lansford (bottom row).
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