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July 2013
Go Hawks!

Go Hawks!

Who are hawks? What sounds do they make? And why are they so cool?

With the launch of the university's mascot and costumed character, the hawk now helps color UHCL with pride and gives our alumni, students and community members a connection to rally around. Here are a few facts about the hawk...

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Did you know that Vogue featured alumnus Kevin Kwan, '94 BA?
Just in time for the summer reading season is the debut novel by UHCL alumnus Kevin Kwan, "Crazy Rich Asians" (Doubleday). Released in June 2013, it has captured interest and attention on a national scale, including features in recent issues of Vogue and Vanity Fair.

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Go Hawks!

Go Hawks!Who are hawks? What sounds do they make? And why are they so cool?

With the launch of the university's mascot and costumed character, the hawk now helps color UHCL with pride and gives our alumni, students and community members a connection to rally around. Here are a few facts about the hawk:

  • Hawks are birds of prey, having short hooked beaks and curved claws.

  • UHCL's hawk is a red-shouldered hawk or "Buteo lineatus." It's the rust-colored feathering on the tops of its wings that give the hawk it's characteristic "red shoulders."

  • Baby hawks are called eyas. The female adult hawk is called a hen and a male adult hawk is called a tierce. A group of hawks is called aerie, cast or kettle.

  • Red-shouldered hawks measure 16.9-24 inches in length, have a wingspan of 37-43.7 inches and weigh 17.1-27.3 ounces. Female hawks are larger than the males.

  • The red-shouldered hawk's rising, whistled "kee-rah" is a distinctive sound in its habitat and is the loudest of all hawks.

  • Red-shouldered hawks mate for life and return to the same nesting territory each year.

  • Hawks were named among the most intelligent birds.

  • Hawks make their kill with its claw, or talon, as opposed to other predator birds that use the claws to catch and then kill with its mouth instead.

  • Red-shouldered hawks feast on smaller birds, like doves, and bugs, like grasshoppers and crickets.

  • Red-shouldered hawks live in deciduous woodlands, often near rivers and swamps, moving during migration along ridges or the coastline.

Credits

  • Crocoll, S. T. 1994. Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus). In The Birds of North America, No. 107 (A. Poole, and F. Gill, eds.). The Birds of North America Online, Ithaca, New York.

  • Benyus, J. 1989. Northwoods Wildlife: A Watcher's Guide to Habitats. NorthWord Press, Minocqua, Wisconsin.

  • Dunne, P. 2006. Pete Dunne's Essential Field Guide Companion. Houghton Mifflin, New York.

  • Sibley, D.A. 2000. The Sibley Guide to Birds. Alfred A. Knopf, New York.

  • USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. 2011. Longevity Records of North American Birds.

  • Photo by Brent Goucher.

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2013 Alumni Association Award Honorees Announced

The UHCL Alumni Association and UHCL President William A. Staples are pleased to announce the following honorees for the 2013 Alumni Association Awards.

Distinguished Alumni Award Honorees

E. Michael Fincke, '01 MS
Col. USAF (Ret.)/NASA Astronaut

Charles F. Hall, '97 MBA
Principal and Fixed Income Portfolio Manager, Matterhorn Capital Management, LLC

Natalie V. Saiz, '91 MA
Director of Human Resources, NASA/Johnson Space Center

Diane H. Vest, '87 BBA
Founder/Owner, Travel Dreams

Early Achievement Award Honoree

Shane Spees, '97 MHA
President/CEO, Baptist Health System of Alabama

Outstanding Professor Award Honoree

John T. Gorman
Professor of Literature
UHCL School of Human Sciences and Humanities

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Did you know that Vogue featured alumnus Kevin Kwan, '94 BA?

Did you know you can be a Belle of the Bell?Just in time for the summer reading season is the debut novel by UHCL alumnus Kevin Kwan, "Crazy Rich Asians" (Doubleday). Released in June 2013, it has captured interest and attention on a national scale, including features in recent issues of Vogue and Vanity Fair.

We caught up with Kwan to learn a little more about how UHCL helped him prepare for his career.

Kwan was drawn to the Media Studies program at UHCL (now known as the Bachelor of Arts in Communication) because of the variety of options within the curriculum.

"I always had a diversity of interests," says Kwan. "From journalism and creative writing to photography and filmmaking, this (the Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies) was the only degree program that allowed me to pursue all these passions at the same time while also giving me a good dose of liberal arts."

He credits his three favorite professors, Professor Emeritus Jib Fowles, Professor of Literature John Gorman and retired UHCL instructor and student publications adviser Gloria Morris, for inspiring and motivating him.

Kwan thrived as a student at UHCL and believes the non-traditional setting helped him prepare for his life after graduation.

"It gave me a great foundation from which to build," he says. "The amazing thing about the student body at UHCL is its amazing diversity and demographic mix. It was so beneficial to go to school with people of all ages and backgrounds, many of whom lived these incredible lives and already had well-established careers. If I had gone to some other college where everyone around me was 18 years old, I don't think I would have been as prepared, focused and determined when I moved to New York."

Prior to writing "Crazy Rich Asians," Kwan co-authored "Luck: The Essential Guide" (HarperCollins Publishers) in 2008, which is a study of the many facets and aspects of luck.

In addition to being a writer, Kwan is a creative consultant living and working in Manhattan. His projects include publishing, design and new media for clients like Oprah Winfrey, The New York Times and TED.com.

Follow Kwan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KevinKwanBooks.

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