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Fall 2020 A Magazine for UH Alumni


A Look Back in Time

Houstonian, 1979 - Sports. 1979. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 24, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/20342/show/20072

Coach Bill Yeoman and Danny Davis (’80) featured in the 1979 edition of Houstonian, the official yearbook of the University of Houston. Learn about Yeoman’s life as told by his players on page 8.


Greetings Cougars, So excited to bring you our fall edition of Alumline. As you can see on the cover, the University of Houston Alumni Association (UHAA) is celebrating 80 years!

Alumni Association Foundation Board of Directors

That’s right — 80 years of connecting Cougars. We hope you enjoy journeying

Drue DaSilva (’93, M.S. ’99) President

back in time and seeing how far our great university has come. As always, we

Wayne Luckett (’74) Incoming President

have feature stories on alumni who are making a difference and impacting their communities in unique and meaningful ways. Beyond that, I am delighted to be serving as the President of the UHAA Foundation this year. We welcomed ten

Laurie Rutherford (’86, M.B.A. ’91, M.S. ’04) Immediate Past President Shazia Khan (’84) Secretary

new Board Members in September who are ready to up the game in terms of

Richard Whiteley (’93, J.D. ’99) Treasurer

alumni engagement — so get ready.

Michael Sachs (’97) Member at Large

I know that this past year has presented its share of challenges, but being the Cougars we are, we will manage to overcome and be the better for it. To this

Erik Barajas (’99) Member Katy Caldwell (’78) Member

end, the health and safety of the UH community is foremost in our minds as we

Edward Carrizales (’13) Member

move forward amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. For this reason, we have decided

Judy Chong (’69, ’76) Member

to reschedule our Alumni Awards Gala for April 24, 2021. As we continue to navigate within our new normal, we do encourage you to engage with us virtually in our UH2U Webinar series and other events. Now, more than ever, it is important that we maintain our special connection.

Kelly Coleman, M.D. (’98) Member Keith Cornelius (’83) Member Lisa Cushing (’01) Member James Hong (’05) Member

In the meantime, I look forward to leading my fellow alumni as we look ahead to what I know will be an extraordinary year! Go Coogs!

Charlene Johnson (’91) Member Margo Kaplan (’03) Member Sandy Lee (’84) Member Thomas May (’88) Member Amanda Montag (’02) Member Alex Obregon (’09, M.B.A. ’14) Member

Drue DaSilva (’93, M.S. ’99) President, University of Houston Alumni Association Foundation Board

Trent Perez (’05) Member Scott Rando (’83) Member David Roland (’83) Member Eugenia Vance (’90) Member Agnes DeFranco (’83, M.B.A. ’89, Ed.D. ’93) Ex Officio Darren Randle (’12, M.A. ’14) Ex Officio Young Alumni Chair Eloise Brice Ex Officio Vice President for University Advancement Mike Pedé (’89) Ex Officio Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations & UHAA


University of Houston Alumni Association Staff

Table of Contents Paying Tribute

Chuck Arnold (’94) Executive Director of Alumni Relations cwarnold@uh.edu Miguel Cabrera (’05) Affiliated Alumni Associations Director mjcabrer@uh.edu Justin Carrier Graphic Designer jcarrier@uh.edu Nancy Vecera Clark (’76), CFRE Alumni Legacy Programs Officer nvclark@uh.edu

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Remembering the legendary Coach Bill Yeoman who impacted the University as well as his players.

Elaine Duke Program Coordinator evduke@uh.edu

Connecting Cougars for 80 Years

Pamela Gibbs-Smith Program Manager plgibbs@uh.edu Kendra Hakanson Program Director kahakanson@uh.edu Carolyn Hartmann Communications Director cwhartma@uh.edu Ashleigh Hildreth Program Coordinator ahildret@uh.edu Mike Pedé (’89) Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations & UHAA mlpede@uh.edu

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Joseph Rera Program Director jfrera@uh.edu

Journey back through time as UHAA celebrates an exciting milestone.

A New Chapter Begins

Anneka Roberson Executive Administrative Assistant arroberson@uh.edu

Unveiling a new chapter in the life of the renowned Quad.

Kirstyn Speich (’16) Life Member Manager klspeich@uh.edu

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A digital version of Alumline is available online at HoustonAlumni.com/Alumline.


BECOME A LIFE MEMBER!

Clint Kirchhoff

Linda Villarreal

Kayla Nash

(’16)

(’04)

(’20)

Favorite aspect of being a Life Member?

Why did you join?

Favorite aspect of being a Life Member?

“I currently live in Austin, and I love being able to flash my Life Member memorabilia to all the ‘Texas Exes’ here!”

“I became a Life Member because I just love UH. That’s it. I wanted to give a little back to a place that gave so much to me: opportunities, education and lasting friendships.”

“My favorite thing about being a Life Member is exclusive access to the tailgates and other UHAA events.”

Learn more by visiting HoustonAlumni.com/LifeMember


We Did It! On August 31, the University of Houston System marked the end of its historic “Here, We Go� Campaign. Over the course of this unprecedented endeavor, we exceeded our $1 billion goal, transforming every facet of the University. From student scholarships, endowed faculty positions, cutting-edge research to academic programs and facility enhancements, the entire UH community came together and rallied behind Houston’s University. This extraordinary achievement is a testament to the enduring loyalty and commitment so generously demonstrated by our alumni, volunteers and stakeholders. While we celebrate the many in-roads that have been accomplished, let us continue the momentum so we envision a stronger, more vibrant University of Houston for our city, our state and our world.

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Answering the Call some time prior to the pandemic and felt it was necessary to continue when she saw the number of COVID-19 cases on the rise. “This virus knows no boundaries; everyone, regardless of age, is at-risk,” said Maddox. “Due to the increase of patients during this time, physical and mental exhaustion among healthcare professionals is very real. I am so grateful that I can relieve those that need it.” When asked how she handles the physical and mental strain, Maddox is quick to answer. “My education was quite thorough in the area of infection control so I know

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how to minimize the risk for both my patients and myself. uring the COVID-19 pandemic, many have

This confidence allows me to concentrate and keep things

stepped up to the plate to help those in need. One

in perspective. I also believe that daily exercise is important.

of these dedicated individuals is UH College of Nursing

I recently bought a spin bike, and find that it really helps

professor, Shermel Edwards-Maddox (UHD ’07, UHV ’12).

me unwind.”

In addition to her instructor role at the College of Nursing,

When not imparting knowledge to the next generation

Maddox also serves as a relief charge nurse at the Houston

of nurses or serving patients, Maddox enjoys spending

Methodist Sugarland Hospital in the COVID-19 unit.

time with her family. “I have a toddler and a teenager, and

“Due to the long hours inherent in the nursing profession,

we spend quite a bit of time outside, playing and

there is a definite need for relief charge nurses to come in

appreciating nature,” said Maddox.

and let the regular nursing staff recharge and regroup,” said Maddox. Maddox had been serving as relief charge nurse for

Shermel Edwards-Maddox received the Good Samaritan Foundation Excellence in Nursing Award in 2019.

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Bill Yeoman D e c e m b e r 2 6, 1 9 2 7 – Au g u st 12 , 2 0 2 0

When describing Bill Yeoman’s influence in football, the words, transformed and revolutionized are often used. Creator of the famous Veer Option Offense, Yeoman became the winningest coach in UH history, with an overall record of 160–108–8. While he is no longer with us, the memories of what he brought to UH sports and his players lives on.

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Bailey

10 Not too many people can say that they witnessed the making of Bill Yeoman’s legendary Veer Option Offense first-hand. “We were able to beat Tulsa 100–6 back in ’68, in large part due to Yeoman’s ingenious play,” said Ken Bailey (’69, J.D. ’72). “No one saw it coming.” Coming to UH in the late sixties, Bailey remembers Yeoman for his innovativeness, leadership and compassion. “Coach Yeoman was fearless,” said Bailey. “His goal was to put the

Above and below: Bailey and Yeoman

best players on the field; the question of race never entered the equation. He broke down barriers at a time when it

Yeoman and would often meet up with him to play golf.

was unpopular to do so.” In addition to Yeoman’s smarts

“Coach was always happy to see his past players; and we

on the field, Bailey also credits Yeoman for his life-teach-

always sought him out when we had an opportunity,” said

ing skills. “Coach Yeoman wanted us to do well, not just

Bailey. “He impacted all of us, and we had the greatest of

while we were playing, but long-after,’’ said Bailey. “I went

admiration for his coaching; but also for his tutoring us for

through some hard times while I was at UH, and Coach’s

life after football, stressing that getting an education while

door was always open to help me strengthen my resolve

we had the opportunity would pay off in huge dividends.

and move on.” Bailey continued his relationship with

Bill Yeoman was our Coach, but he was also our friend.”

Coach Yeoman was fearless. K e n B a i l e y ( ’ 6 9 , J. D . ’ 7 2 )


Blackwell

32 If you were to look up the 1977 Cotton Bowl Classic where the Houston Cougars defeated the Maryland Terrapins 30-21, you would no doubt come across Alois Blackwell (’78) who earned offensive MVP honors, contributing to the University’s number 4 national ranking. “I remember when Coach Yeoman came to my high school,” said Blackwell. “Yeoman said that if we were to come to UH, we would be the first to compete in the Southwest Conference. That was a huge selling point.” Under Yeoman’s leadership, Blackwell learned lessons both on

Above: Blackwell and Yeoman

and off the field. “I would describe Yeoman as a very mental guy, meaning that he taught us to handle adversity with strength and tenacity,” said Blackwell. “I remember one time he called me off to the side and told me not to get caught up in the noise (distractions); that if I concentrate on what I have to do, I would be just fine.” Blackwell took Yeoman’s advice to heart and practices his advice to this day. “If you have a positive attitude, believe in your goals and treat people right, you will be okay,” said Blackwell. After Blackwell graduated from UH, he kept up his relationship with Yeoman. “We would get together from time to time and play golf,” said Blackwell. “I do not think people know how funny Yeoman actually was. He would never say a bad word in front of the players, and instead, make up these funny words or sayings. It was a great time.”

He taught us to handle adversity with strength and tenacity. Alois Blackwell (’78)

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Chinn

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us competitive with the larger and well-funded schools that we played.” After his football career, Chinn remained close with Yeoman and would occasionally meet up to have lunch or play golf. “As I got to know Coach differently, being much later in life for both of us, I was able to see just what type of man he was, mainly by observing how he cared for his lovely wife, A.J.,” said Chinn. “When A.J. became ill, Coach was so loving and supportive of her

Coming off a Cotton Bowl-winning 1979 season, the

until her passing. He would spend so much time bragging

Houston Cougars started 1980 ranked in the top 10. Quite

about her and how she supported him all those years that

impressive to a high school student from Edna, Texas. “I

he coached, and how much that meant to him. His loving

remember being in awe of Coach Yeoman when I first met

and affectionate manner toward his wife really made an

him,” said Brent Chinn (F.S. ’82). “At that time, Yeoman was

impression on me and sticks with me to this day.”

a legend in football to me.” Upon arriving to UH, Chinn remembers the excitement surrounding the UH athletics scene. “Everything was about football and being new to the Southwest Conference,” said Chinn. “I remember our practice facilities being about a quarter of the size they are now and coming from a small town; I didn’t know any different.” As quarterback, Chinn was able to have deep conversations with Yeoman that he fondly recounts. “Coach was extremely disciplined and highly intelligent,” said Chinn. “He would always tell me to set goals, remain focused and to just get it done. With Coach, there was no playing around and no excuse-making. That was the attitude that kept

I remember being in awe of Coach Yeoman. B r e n t C h i n n ( F. S . ’ 8 2 ) Below: Chinn and Yeoman


UHAA wants to see all Coogs succeed.

database of Cougar led businesses so

This is the very reason why we help

alumni far and wide can easily find

promote Cougar-owned and oper-

and support their fellow Coogs. In

ated businesses through our Cougar

this issue of Alumline, we would like

Business Network. Last spring, we

to shine a spotlight on some of our

enhanced our online searchable

Cougar Business Network members.

BAO TRAN (’15) State Farm www.baohiemsf.com Sometimes in life, you are asked

not quite ready to retire. Running his

a question that changes everything.

own agency since 2018, Tran attri-

Such was the case for Bao Tran (’15)

butes his UH education to his success.

when he interviewed with State

“At the Bauer College, I was enrolled

Farm. “During my interview, they

in the Program for Excellence in

asked me the one question that no

Selling that prepares students for

one had ever asked before; what is

careers in selling,” said Tran. “The

important to you, and what do you

training I received from that course

want in life?” said Tran. For Tran, he

laid the foundation for everything

wanted a job that would allow him

that I do. If you truly love helping

to do three things: help people, have

people and giving back, State Farm

flexibility and eventually retire his

is the company that allows you to do

mother. Since 2015, State Farm has

just that and more.”

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AVI KATZ (’97) Katz Coffee www.katzcoffee.com Since 2003, Katz Coffee has

customers’ loyalty has been invalu-

served some of Houston’s most high-

able during this time. Our online

ly-acclaimed restaurant and coffee-

sales have really been climbing as a

house owners. Their ingredient for

result.” Katz’s appreciation for his

success is rooted in what owner Avi

customers carries over to his phi-

Katz (’97) describes as the golden

losophy of giving back to others.

rule. “We operate by doing unto

“In the early stages of the pandemic,

others as you would have them do

we gave out free coffee to the

unto you,” said Katz. This credo has

frontline workers for their selfless

allowed Katz Coffee to thrive even

service to the community,” said Katz.

in the face of adversity. “While we’re

“By nature, our business is highly

not where we were prior to COVID-

interactive and communicative. “We

19, the relationships that we have

want our customers to be success-

built over the years have allowed us

ful and work very hard to make the

to stay the course,” said Katz. “Our

process as seamless as possible.”

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DAMIEN NELSON (’96) Nelson & Co., LLC www.nelsonandco.net Founder of Nelson & Co., LLC,

to create user-friendly, timely and

continues to elevate his business

Damien Nelson (’96) has been able

functional business tools has served

to new heights. Soon, N&C will be

to merge technical and creative

us well.” Nelson credits this success

moving into a new office building in

savvy to create a formative presence

to his great team and their mission

Sugar Land.

in the print and web-based services

to deliver client-based solutions.

industry. Since its inception in 2002,

He also believes his persistence to

If your business would like to

N&C, has been recognized by the

always push forward has come in

be added to our online Cougar

Houston Print Association, Yahoo,

handy. “I had to self-fund my UH edu-

Business Network directory, visit

and The Addy Awards. “I like to

cation, which taught me how import-

houstonalumni.com/business-network

help others solve their challenges,”

ant it is to accomplish your goals,’’

to submit your information or contact

said Nelson. “I believe our ability

said Nelson. Nelson’s determination

Chuck Arnold at cwarnold@uh.edu.

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GET YOUR UH LEGACY SWAG

Coogs far and wide can now show off their Cougar pride by sporting exclusive line of apparel and merchandise from the new online UH Alumni Store. UHAA, in partnership with Follett, is pleased to provide alumni with the opportunity to purchase officially branded UH legacy logo gear. Whether you’re partial to the UH Legacy or Elongated Cougar logo, belong to a constituent group or are a Life Member, the choice is yours.

You will be able to find hundreds of products available with the logo you want. A portion of the proceeds from each purchase will help support UHAA services and programs. “We are thrilled to offer our alumni the chance to get their UH swag on,” said Mike Pedé (’89), Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations. “Coogs, more than anybody, are our best and most enthusiastic ambassadors.”

Start shopping by visiting UHAlumniStore.com

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Cougars On Tour

Trips Planned for 2021 Great Trains & Grand Canyons Mar. 7 – 12

Are you ready to experience a journey of a lifetime? With UHAA’s Cougars on Tour, you can do this and more — all in the company of other

Italy & the Adriatic

Coogs! Whether by land or sea, our travel program offers alumni and

Apr. 12 – 23

friends the opportunity to explore amazing places, different cultures and the natural world. Through our special connections, travelers are treated

California Rail Discovery

to unique excursions while gaining rare insights into exotic sites and

Apr. 21 – 27

locations. Our tours are open to everyone so alumni are more than welcome to invite friends and family We hope you will take advantage of one or more of the wonderful travel opportunities available in the coming year. Space is limited, and some

River Life Along the Dutch Waterways Apr. 24 – May 2

of our travel partners have discounts for early bookings, so act soon to reserve your spot.

The Kentucky Derby Apr. 28 – May 2 Tapestry of Culture May 10 – 28 Ancient Empires May 30 – Jun. 7 Cape Cod & the Islands Jul. 10 – 16 The Majestic Great Lakes Aug. 16 – 26 Normandy, France Aug. 28 – Sept. 5 Morocco Sept. 24 – Oct. 3

A portion of the cost for each traveler goes to UHAA

Albuquerque Balloon Festival

to help fund student scholarships, events and programs.

Oct. 8 – 13

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CONNECTING COUGARS FOR 80 YEARS

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or many, the number 80 could

need to ask — who volunteers at UH

communities in meaningful and sub-

indicate someone’s age, the

events?; who sings UH praises?; who

stantial ways. This anniversary cele-

anniversary of a marriage,

mentors UH students?; who hires

bration is a testament to the enduring

friendship or a special event.

UH graduates?; who contributes to

legacy that our alumni have built and

For UHAA, the number 80 com-

UH philanthropic causes?; and who

the engaging student experiences and

memorates the anniversary of its

connects UH to the community?

traditions that they have championed

founding in 1940. While reaching this

If you answer UH alumni, you are

for future generations of Coogs.

significant milestone is impressive,

correct. With a network now of over

we have to ask — who is responsible

300,000 strong, UH alumni continue

for getting UHAA to where it is

to leave their mark wherever they are

today. To answer this question, we

planted and impact their neighboring

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THE 80-YEAR HISTORY OF UHAA n 1940, the State of Texas

forward to 2020: UHAA has become

scholarships, UHAA is committed

granted non-profit status to

a crucial part of the University’s

to cultivating a rewarding alumni

an upstart group of former

ongoing journey to excellence, with

experience. In the 80 years since its

UH students calling them-

expanded programs and services that

founding, UHAA has been shaped by

selves the Ex-Students Association.

connect and engage alumni from

memorable people and events. See

Their goals were to maintain con-

around the globe. From constituent

how the past has paved the way to an

sistent contact with the University

groups, events, volunteering and

extraordinary present.

and sustain its enduring legacy. Fast

networking opportunities to student

1940 The Ex-Students Association, now UHAA, was founded as a non-profit organization.

1942 The official debut of the University of Houston alma mater.

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1946 The first UH class ring was awarded.

1947 The debut of “Shasta;� the first live cougar to serve as the UH mascot.

1948 The Frontiersmen were established to promote school spirit and the infamous Frontier Fiesta.

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1950 UHAA moved from its trailer location to the Ezekiel Cullen building.

1953 The Cougar Hand Sign was adopted.

1958 Frontier Fiesta was dubbed “The Greatest Show on Earth� by Life Magazine. Screenshot of article from books.google.com


1963 The University of Houston becomes a state, public institution.

1969 The UHAA Life Member program was established.

1970 The Buggy Beauties were introduced to serve as spirit ambassadors for UH year-round. After each touchdown, the buggy is driven around the stadium.

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1977 The Cougars won the Cotton Bowl Classic against the Maryland Terrapins.

1977 The University of Houston celebrated its 50th anniversary.

1982–1984 Phi Slama Jama, the name given to the UH men’s college basketball team, dominated the national sports scene. The team was coached by Guy V. Lewis and featured NBA Top 50 players Hakeem Olajuwon (’84), Clyde Drexler (’03) and Elvin Hayes (’85).


1991 Frontier Fiesta was restarted.

1991 Named after avid UH supporter, David Carl Blazek, the Blaze tradition was born, with the sounding of the siren that echoes after each score during a football game.

1995 UHAA moved into the Athletic-Alumni Center.

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2008 Dr. Renu Khator began her tenure as President of the University of Houston and Chancellor of the UH System.

2012 The live cougar, Shasta VI, was reinstated at the Houston Zoo.

2013 UHAA merged into the University of Houston.


2014 UHAA hosted the first Cougar 100 Luncheon, recognizing the top 100 Cougar-owned or operated businesses ranked by growth.

2017 The Legend of Cougar Paw begins where students rub their hands on the paws of the Cougar statue, outside of TDECU Stadium right before a football game.

2018 The first Class Ring ceremony to be held in the Fertitta Center.

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2019 UHAA unveiled the UH Class Ring statue in the Student Center.

2020 UH welcomed 300,000 graduates.

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Helping UHAA Continue Its Commitment to You During our 80th anniversary, it is a great time to support

We invite you to demonstrate your Cougar spirit and

UHAA. UHAA relies on contributions to operate our

deepen your connection to the University that ignited the

programs and provide scholarships to the next generation

journey to the individual you are today. To make a gift to

of Coogs. Your investment ensures that we actively and

UHAA, please visit http://igfn.us/vf/UHAA.

effectively inform, involve, and inspire all alumni to stay connected to the University and to each other. When each of our over 300,000 alumni give a gift of any size, it adds up to something monumental. Your impact allows us to bring you:

Want to take your investment to the next level? Become a Life Member and help create a lasting legacy by visiting houstonalumni.com/life-member.

• Engaging Events • Signature Programs • Volunteer Opportunities • Student Scholarships • Constituent Group Resources and Support • Award-winning Publications • And Much More!

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THE QUADRANGLE Built in 1950, The Quadrangle has

men and women. All five buildings,

a storied past. Originally constructed

Bates, Law, Oberholtzer, Settegast,

out of necessity, The Quadrangle was

and Taub, were officially completed

a solution to the numerous WWII

in December of 1951.

soldiers returning home and hoping to take classes at the University of

Hall. In September of 1950, The

“I was a five-year resident of Taub Hall where I was a resident advisor for several years, and then I became the associate director of programming. My time here at the University of Houston in the residence halls were five of the best years of my life. I think the best way to demonstrate that is that the best friends I have today, many years later, are my buddies from the dorms at the University of Houston.”

Quadrangle opened with only Taub

Joe Pogge (’79)

Houston under the GI Bill. There were not enough residence halls to accommodate this surge of students, resulting in a “Veterans’ Village,” full of temporary trailers, forming where the UH Law Center now stands. University of Houston’s first president, E. E. Oberholtzer, requested the Board of Regents appoint a committee to assess the need for more residence halls. In 1949, the construction began on Oberholtzer

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In April 2015, the University announced that The Quadrangle, the oldest building on campus, would be demolished to construct a new residence hall with additional beds. During its 68 years on campus, The Quadrangle was home to thousands of residents.


PRESERVING HISTORY In 2018, Student Housing and Residential Life (SHRL) began to rebuild the historic community to support the growing population of students at the University of Houston. A distinct feature of The Quadrangle was the limestone walls and foundation, which was mined from Indiana Bedford Limestone, a Mississippian grain stone. To preserve The Quadrangle’s spirit, SHRL secured pieces of the

“Living on campus added so much to my experience at UH, so I was very pleased to be able to purchase limestone from the Quad. I am excited that the new Quad will be available to future students. With all of the great amenities that the new Quad offers, I am certain that their future memories of living on campus will be as fond as mine.”

SHRL raised over $21,000 in donations from the campaign and the funds collected were used to develop and expand the outdoor amenities for students living in the new residence hall.

Scott Eastman (’92, M.A. ’95)

original limestone to be installed in the new building near the elevators and shared spaces. Because those who lived, studied, and socialized in The Quadrangle had strong ties and fond memories in the hall, SHRL launched a donation campaign in 2019 to allow former residents and alumni to own a piece of The Quadrangle. A small quantity of four-by-four-inch limestone cubes and building-specific mailbox doors from the original construction was made available for purchase by donation.

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THE NEW QUAD Under its new name, The Quad,

Although the original Quadran-

adds 1,197 beds to housing's port-

gle no longer exists on campus, the

folio and features suite-style living

history remains. The Quad seeks to

with private bedrooms, modest

honor that history, while also looking

kitchens, and shared common areas

forward to the future, hoping that it

in each suite. The Quad is also home

will be called home by generations

to seven townhomes, which house

of University of Houston Cougars to

several Living Learning Communi-

come.

ties, where students with common interests benefit from high levels of interaction and faculty engagement outside of the classroom. As a tribute to the original Quadrangle, five unique outdoor courtyard areas were designed and named after the original residence halls within the Quadrangle: Bates Courtyard, Law Courtyard, Oberholtzer Plaza, Settegast Courtyard, and Taub Courtyard. 32 Alumline


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