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August 2014
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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.

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The Ring’s the Thing:
Hawk Mascot Logo on UHCL Class Rings

Did you know that when the hawk landed as the official mascot of University of Houston-Clear Lake in 2012, the artisans at Herff-Jones set to work on creating a more spirited class ring for UHCL grads?

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Leadership Award Renamed to Honor Alumna

FeatureRecognizing 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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The Ring’s the Thing: Hawk Mascot Logo on UHCL Class Rings

Did You Know?Did you know that when the hawk landed as the official mascot of University of Houston-Clear Lake in 2012, the artisans at Herff-Jones set to work on creating a more spirited class ring for UHCL grads?

As the provider of the official UHCL class ring, Herff-Jones has been the exclusive designer of UHCL rings for more than 15 years. Alumni can choose from a variety of ring styles and have the option to add gem stones, monograms, class year and school affiliation.

This fall, graduates can take their hawk pride to a new level by adding the official mascot logo to their class ring.

“We are excited to include the official hawk mascot logo on the traditional style rings,” says Herff Jones College Sales Representative and Commencement Consultant Gregg McDonald, who has been the UHCL representative since 2000. “The logo's importance to the university and students of UHCL affords us an opportunity to celebrate accomplishments and successes within the individual ring design.”
The UHCL ring has long been a symbol of pride for the alumni who wear them.

“I wear it proudly to display my affiliation with UHCL and the other alumni who have earned their degrees from UHCL,” says alumna Marilyn Sims, ’88 BS, 2010 Distinguished Alumna. “The ring is a great outward display of the efforts one puts into becoming who they are, and it is a great facilitator of conversation to build a network and share experiences among graduates.”

For more information and to order your UHCL ring, visit https://collegerings.herffjones.com/.


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