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May 2013
Let freedom ring

Let Freedom Ring

What other opportunity could you have to associate your name with the Liberty Bell? You have that chance now and the results of this private-funding initiative will have an important impact in the community for years to come. UHCL is moving forward to acquire an exact replica of the Liberty Bell, cast by the original foundry to display in the north reception area of Bayou Building.

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Upcoming Events
AlumNight at Target

AlumNight at Target
Jun. 4 | 5:30 p.m.
Bay Area Target

This AlumNight is a great opportunity to mix and mingle with fellow alumni and upper level management at Target. Target will take a few minutes to discuss the history of their company as well as various career opportunities and the work they do in the surrounding community.


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Campus News

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As One Hawk Lands, Another Flies... Read more.

Career Connections

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Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Do you know Johnny Galaviz, '07 BBA?
Johnny Galaviz, '07, defines the terms "mentor" and "volunteer." The Office of Alumni and Community Relations has become acquainted with Johnny during his involvement as a member of the UHCL Alumni Association Executive Council.

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Let Freedom Ring

Let Freedom RingWhat other opportunity could you have to associate your name with the Liberty Bell? You have that chance now and the results of this private-funding initiative will have an important impact in the community for years to come. UHCL is moving forward to acquire an exact replica of the Liberty Bell, cast by the original foundry to display in the north reception area of Bayou Building.

A brainchild of UHCL Associate Professor of Legal Studies Jim Benson (who has already brought to UHCL the Veterans Day event, Liberty Park and a Mock Trial Court Room), the Liberty Bell Project will fund, acquire and install the bell, and then develop literature, activities and outreach to teach and/or remind others about Constitutional law, the Declaration of Independence and the stories of America’s unique history of liberty.

Scouts, seniors and students will be invited to see and learn. Some area teachers already have expressed interest in incorporating the Liberty Bell in their classes, ranging from history, to government to art. Not only will the bell become a unique aspect of our community, it will also serve to instruct and inspire.

The project is funded completely by donations. You can learn more at www.uhcl.edu/libertybell, and you can donate from there, too. The goal is to raise $100,000 and we need to have $70,000 in hand to order it. The plan is to use to enhance future Constitution Day and Citizenship Day festivities. Please help us make this a reality.

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As One Hawk Lands, Another Flies

Let Freedom RingAs UHCL recently announced its first official mascot—the hawk—the leader of the family of alumni hawks must leave to soar. Charity Ellis, director of alumni and community relations, will be leaving the university to pursue the business interests that she shares with her husband, and to spend more time with their son and her women's ministry work. As she soars, others will soar with her.

Charity took her pride as a UHCL alumna to new levels when she came to the Office of University Advancement as a coordinator in Alumni and Community Relations in August 2006. Her effect was immediate, as all three positions in the office were vacant when she accepted the role of coordinator. Her grace, capabilities and commitment to the university quickly became a force of change and growth as she adopted the vision laid out for the office. When she became director, she had full ownership of the vision, the concept and the purpose, i.e., "contact, engage, serve, empower and acknowledge alumni." The office began to flourish, alumni became more involved, and the course was charted for a talented team of coordinators and committed volunteers to succeed with her leadership.

Charity not only loves her alma mater, but also the people associated with it: students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends. Everyone she encountered through projects, committee assignments (and there were many, including the mascot committee), and simple interactions knew of her passion for UHCL. She promises to continue her connections and commitment in her new role.

Jeff Bowen, a relative newcomer to UHCL quickly noticed Charity's work, "Charity's passionate dedication to the university created a terrific synergy between the campus community and the alumni." Fellow alumnae and colleagues Karen Barbier and Lori Lopez shared thoughts that are repeated by many. Karen said, "Charity's generous spirit and kind heart emanates in all that she does. She maintains a sense of grace and provides a calming presence during chaotic times and offers all her heart to assist in any way that she can. Charity will be missed in all that she does at the university. I wish her much success in her future endeavors. I know that she will be cheering for us from the sidelines." Lori added, "Charity was a true leader for the Office of Alumni and Community Relations; always gracious, eloquent and quick to inform on the latest UHCL alumnus accomplishment in the community!" Of course, the most common response to the news has been, "Don't let her go!"

Her last day will be May 22, and you are welcome to share your thoughts with her at ellisc@uhcl.edu. Already we have heard wonderful stories and mixed reactions of not wanting her to leave while also looking forward to learning of her soaring in the future.

If you are interested in applying for the Director of Alumni and Community Relations position, please visit https://jobs.uhcl.edu/postings/7817.

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Do you know Johnny Galaviz, '07 BBA?

Do you know Johnny Galaviz, ’07 BBA? Johnny Galaviz, '07, defines the terms "mentor" and "volunteer." The Office of Alumni and Community Relations has become acquainted with Johnny during his involvement as a member of the UHCL Alumni Association Executive Council. Johnny participates in alumni events all year such as Welcome Back Bash, Chili Cook-Off, Alumni Coffee Tables and AlumNights. He often offers advice to student groups and recently gave a presentation to The Management Association on "How to Work a Job Fair." He also plays a vital role in many Career Fairs and Networking Nights hosted by the Office of Career Services.

Recently, Johnny was recognized as 2013 Mentor of the Year by the City of Houston Mayor's Office East End Mentoring Initiative. The award was presented to him by the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Houston. This year starts his third year with the mentoring program, having mentored at Jackson Middle School and Thomas Edison Middle School, both in Houston Independent School District. The City of Houston Mayor's Mentoring Initiative discovered Johnny's giving heart through his work as a Council Member for United Way of Greater Houston Interagency Group, where he has served for over three years.

In addition to his mentoring work and giving time to the university, Johnny volunteers at Skills for Living, a Houston-based nonprofit that provides low- and moderate-income adults and at-risk and underserved youth with comprehensive financial education, career guidance, life skills and college planning to empower and transform their lives. In this role, he is able to work directly with young adults as they complete the Game of Real Life, a 20-hour experiential learning event, where students apply what they have learned during real-world scenarios that simulate their future. The Game offers students an opportunity to work with professionals to learn about career opportunities and standards of living that are a result of an education and working smart.

Last but not least, this past April, Johnny was selected to serve as part of the "flight crew," which helped introduce the UHCL Hawk at the Chili Cook-Off and First Flight event.

Discover more about Johnny's background or any of our other AAEC members by visiting the Alumni Leadership and Involvement page on the alumni website.

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