Leadership Award Renamed to Honor Alumna
Recognizing the strong and stoic leadership qualities of a longtime university friend, University of Houston-Clear Lake announced the renaming of its Alumni Association Leadership Service Award as the Marilyn S. Sims Leadership Service Award. The renaming of the award recognizes and honors the many gifts and talents of UH-Clear Lake Distinguished Alumna Marilyn S. Sims, whose lead-by-example approach to supporting her alma mater has strengthened the university.
“I was a part-time (night) student,” explains Sims about her transition to UHCL from San Jacinto Community College in the ’80s, a common path for many UHCL students. “It was close to work/home and the classes were convenient for my work schedule.”
She found her niche at the university and has remained connected to UHCL by sharing her time and leadership skills with students, alumni and the rest of the university community.
“Marilyn exemplifies leadership service,” says UHCL President William A. Staples. “She represents the qualities that we admire in our community leaders, and continues to make the world a better place by her words and her actions.”
Sims graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from UHCL in 1988. She returned to school to receive her law degree from University of Houston and, since 1993, has applied her considerable accounting and legal skills to benefit the clients of Weycer, Kaplan, Pulaski and Zuber P.C.
She served on the university’s Alumni Association Executive Council for three years and says, “I wanted to give back to the university that enhanced my career by recognizing and advertising the great people UHCL has and the great things it is doing to enhance the lives and careers of its students and the community.”
The Leadership Service Award was created in 2004 to honor an alumnus/a whose exceptional contributions to UHCL and its community strengthen and support the values and the mission of the institution. It is presented to persons whose special qualities and accomplishments merit university recognition. Recipients of the award have included 2010 recipient Joyce Delores Taylor, ’04, ’06, ’08; 2007 recipient Cheryl Evans, ’82; 2005 recipient Kimberly Barfield, ’01; and the first recipient in 2004, Marilyn Lunney, ’93.
Nominations are accepted throughout the year with the deadline of April 30 for that year’s award ceremony.
To find out more about the award, visit http://www.uhcl.edu/alumnirelations/Honors_Awards or call the Office of University Advancement, 281-283-2021.
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