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August 2013
UHCL Welcomes You Back with a Bash!

UHCL Welcomes You Back with a Bash!

One of UHCL's longest-standing traditions, Welcome Back Bash, has been welcoming students back to class for 15 years.

While the event has gone through several incarnations, including a name change from Back to School Bash, the purpose has remained the same. It has always been the culmination of Welcome Week, which is a series of events designed to help new and returning students get the academic year off to a great start.

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UHCL Welcomes You Back with a Bash!

UHCL Welcomes You Back with a Bash!One of UHCL's longest-standing traditions, Welcome Back Bash, has been welcoming students back to class for 15 years.

While the event has gone through several incarnations, including a name change from Back to School Bash, the purpose has remained the same. It has always been the culmination of Welcome Week, which is a series of events designed to help new and returning students get the academic year off to a great start.

But Welcome Back Bash is more than just a way to celebrate the start of the new academic year. For many students, this is their first taste of student life and first opportunity to get involved on campus. The event gives student organizations a chance to reunite returning members by hosting an activity booth and showcasing their organization to new students and recruiting new members.

Through the different changes and evolutions over the years, Welcome Back Bash underwent one of its more significant updates three years ago, when it expanded to include alumni.

Welcome Back Bash is UHCL's homecoming event, bringing alumni and their families back to campus for an afternoon of fun and activity as they reunite with their classmates and professors. It is the ideal social environment for bringing students and alumni together and to celebrate UHCL.

Alumni participation continues to grow each year, both with the Alumni Association booth participation and alumni attendance. Much like the students, alumni can return to UHCL during Welcome Back Bash and find ways to be involved. Whether you attended Back to School Bash or Welcome Back Bash or have never attended the event, now is your chance to reconnect with your alma mater and learn more about how to be involved. This year's event is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 30, 5-8 p.m., in Alumni Plaza. For information on how to participate, please contact Coordinator of Special Events Kris Thompson at thompsonk@uhcl.edu.

We look forward to seeing you on Aug. 30!

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Summer Travels Recap

UHCL faculty and staff stay busy all year, including summer, when they get an opportunity to build new partnerships and create valuable international learning experiences.

Strengthening Ties and Making New Connections

School of Science and Computer Engineering Dean Zbigniew Czajkiewicz spent two weeks traveling through Thailand and Vietnam meeting with the faculty and administration of several universities to reinforce partnerships or establish new connections between the institutions and UHCL.

Summer Travels RecapHis trip began in Thailand, where he met with the deans of both the School of Business and School of Engineering at Kasetsart University in Bangkok, which is the largest university in Thailand. Kasetsart University enjoys a good relationship with UHCL and the talks were centered around ideas for future partnerships and collaborations.

Other stops in Bangkok included King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi and Stamford International University, where Czajkiewicz met with the leaders at each university in the hopes of establishing future partnerships with UHCL.

From there, he moved on to Vietnam, where he had a non-stop week touring universities all over the country. In all, he visited seven universities in Vietnam, including one of the oldest, Hue University (located in Central Vietnam) and Petrovietnam University in Hanoi, which has been open for only two years.

Summer Travels RecapOne meeting was with President of the System of Vietnam National University in Hanoi, Phung Xuan Nha, whose position is equivalent to UH System Chancellor Renu Khator. This was an opportunity for him to explore computer engineering opportunities. During the meeting, they began working out details for a formal partnership between the two universities.

Summer Travels Recap Czajkiewicz' last meeting of the trip was with University of Danang President Tran Van Nam, who expressed interest in developing academic programs with UHCL as well as faculty exchange and research, most likely associated with computer science. University of Danang boasts the Danang Software Park, a kind of Silicon Valley of Vietnam, where companies from all over the world come to develop software.

Czajkiewicz believed it was a productive two-week tour and is looking forward to the opportunities these partnerships will mean for students and faculty on an international scale.

Walking the Paths of History

UHCL Associate Professor of Sociology Mike McMullen and 10 university students headed to the Emerald Isle, where they spent 12 days touring Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The trip began in Shannon, in the southwest part of Ireland. From there, the group moved north, touring cities along the east coast, which included a stop at Blarney Castle to kiss the Blarney Stone.

History came alive in Dublin as students toured locations significant to the Easter Uprising of 1916. McMullen's Social Conflict and Mediation class had studied the agreement that had been mediated between the Protestants and Catholics during the conflict, and now the students were able to see for themselves the first-hand result of those issues that shape life in modern-day Dublin.

The tour of key landmarks of the Protestant-Catholic conflict moved north to Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland. Students were able to walk Shankill Road, which saw some of the most violent and bloody activity during the on-going unrest between the two sides. Though relatively peaceful today, murals on the houses lining Shankill Road and Falls Road are a reminder of the underlying unrest that continues.

Upon returning to UHCL, the students participated in a five-week summer course to discuss what they had learned and had seen about how the aftermath of the Easter Uprising of 1916 had shaped the day-to-day lives of the two countries.

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Did you know our alumni find creative ways to give back to UHCL?

Did you know you can be a Belle of the Bell?UHCL alumnus Jamie Davis, '03 BA, '05 MA, '12 MBA, former president of the Student Government Association and active member of the UHCL community, established the Todd Davis Memorial Scholarship Endowment in 2011 to honor his son who was killed in a car accident at the age of 17.

Jamie's leadership and affinity for UHCL was shared with his son Todd who spent countless hours volunteering his time at the university with his dad even though he was not a UHCL student. Todd volunteered at New Student Orientation, Open House, Chili Cook-off and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk. He also manned tables for SGA, Phi Theta Kappa Alumni, Legal Studies Association and the Office of University Advancement.

Jamie continues to think of creative ways to continue honoring his son and contributing to the endowment to grow it for the benefit of current and future UHCL students. Jamie recently came up with an idea for a silent auction. Silent auctions are not uncommon but this one includes items from Jamie's extensive collection of pop culture memorabilia. Jamie's movie posters, movies, lithographs, NASA collectibles, and autographed copies of rare books will be auctioned off to raise money for the endowment.

This pop culture auction will take place Sept. 18-21 in conjunction with the university's comiCulture events. The comiCulture events (two exhibitions, two panel discussions and portfolio reviews) will highlight the art of comic illustration as well as sequential storytelling. The panel discussions will include nationally renowned artists and writers.

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