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September 2013
Celebrating UHCL

We Celebrate You

The UHCL Alumni Association honors its very best at the annual UHCL Alumni Celebration by recognizing extraordinary accomplishments and service in four award categories: the Distinguished Alumni Award, the Leadership Service Award, the Early Achievement Award and the Outstanding Professor Award.

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Upcoming Events
AlumNight at HomeTown Bank of Pearland

AlumNight at HomeTown Bank
of Pearland

Mix and mingle with fellow alumni at the upcoming AlumNight on Oct. 9 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., brought to you by the UHCL Alumni Association and HomeTown Bank of Pearland. This AlumNight is free and open to the community, so please bring family and friends.


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Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Did you know that two former
UHCL international students
recently became U.S. citizens?

Kanchana Weerasinghe, '98 BS, '00 MS, outgoing chair of the UHCL Alumni Association Executive Council, and his wife Keshani, '00 BS, '02 MS, first came to UHCL in the spring of 1997.

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Consider including UHCL in your will! UHCL accepts first freshman and sophomore applications

Don L. Kyle Scholarship

We Celebrate You

Celebrating UHCLThe UHCL Alumni Association honors its very best at the annual UHCL Alumni Celebration by recognizing extraordinary accomplishments and service in four award categories: the Distinguished Alumni Award, the Leadership Service Award, the Early Achievement Award and the Outstanding Professor Award.

During the 2013 UHCL Alumni Celebration, fellow alumni, students, faculty and community friends will gather together to celebrate the university and one another, as well the alumni and professor honorees and the difference they are making in our community and in our world. The 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients are E. Michael Fincke, '01 MS; Charles F. Hall Jr., '97 MBA; Natalie V. Saiz, '91 MA; and, Diane Davies Vest, '87 BBA. The 2013 Early Achievement Award honoree is M. Shane Spees, '97 MHA, and the 2013 Outstanding Professor Award honoree is Professor of Literature John Gorman.

We hope you will join the Alumni Association on Sat., Oct. 19, at Space Center Houston at this year's Alumni Celebration for an evening of celebration, camaraderie and awards.

For complete ticket and event information, visit www.uhcl.edu/alumnicelebration.

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Show Your Spirit for UHCL

Show Your Spirit for UHCLI Heart UHCL Day is the perfect opportunity for UHCL Hawks to show their love and pride for their alma mater, no matter how far away they may be. Faculty, staff, students, alumni and community partners are all invited to participate in this special day, whether on campus, their office or across the globe, by displaying their true blue and green spirit for UHCL.

Festivities for I Heart UHCL Day festivities will transform the Bayou Building's Atrium II into a sea of blue and green on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 12-7 p.m., with a variety of games, activities and excitement. This year's event will also feature the announcement of the new name for the UHCL's Hawk mascot.

However, you do not have to be on campus to spread the I Heart UHCL spirit. Alumni can get involved by decorating their home, desk or office, or by dressing in blue and/or green. Then, post a picture to the UHCL Alumni Association's Facebook page or with the I Heart UHCL Day hashtag, #iheartuhcl. The most creative photo entry will receive a special I Heart UHCL Day giveaway. Best of luck!

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Did you know that two former UHCL international students
recently became U.S. citizens?

Did you know that two former UHCL international students recently became U.S. citizens?Kanchana Weerasinghe, '98 BS, '00 MS, outgoing chair of the UHCL Alumni Association Executive Council, and his wife Keshani, '00 BS, '02 MS, first came to UHCL in the spring of 1997. After both completed their associate degrees at the Institute of Technological Studies in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Kanchana and Keshani looked to further their education in America. Institute of Technological Studies and UHCL have a transfer agreement, similar to the agreements that the university has with many local community colleges. With this transfer agreement in place and after taking classes at the institute from a few visiting UHCL professors and meeting with visiting UHCL administrators, the choice was clear on which U.S. university to attend.

Continuing their education in America was a foregone conclusion, but staying in the U.S. after graduation was not. Originally both Kanchana and Keshani planned to simply obtain bachelor's degrees and gain some "real world" experience.

"However, by the time we graduated with our master's degrees, we had gotten accustomed to life in the U.S. and wanted to follow the American dream of finding a rewarding career, raising a family and buying a home," Kanchana states.

Becoming U.S. citizens, a process that began in 2002, was an important part of their American dream and a way to thank their families for the sacrifices they made to ensure that all of their children could achieve a better education and a brighter future.

"When we became parents ourselves, we wanted to do the same for our daughter," Kanchana says. "Becoming U.S. citizens was a step towards achieving that."

Since their graduation, both Kanchana and Keshani have stayed involved in the life of UHCL, particularly with the UHCL Alumni Association. It is their way to thank their alma mater for the solid education they received and the lifelong friendships they have cultivated. But, UHCL is important to Kanchana and Keshani for another reason; a very personal one. "Both of us knew each other before we came to UHCL; however, it was while we were at UHCL that our friendship grew into love and blossomed into marriage," Kanchana explains. "Staying involved with the university and the alumni association is our way of preserving our friendships, our history and most importantly it is how we give back to UHCL and serve our UHCL family."

Your UHCL family is grateful for the impact you have had on your university and welcomes you as new citizens of the United States of America.

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Consider including UHCL in your will!

We hope you'll consider including a gift to University of Houston-Clear Lake in your will or living trust. Called a charitable bequest, this type of gift offers these main benefits:

  • Simplicity.
    Just a few sentences in your will or trust are all that is needed. Visit the bequest link to find the official bequest language for University of Houston-Clear Lake.
  • Flexibility.
    Because you are not actually making a gift until after your lifetime, you can change your mind at any time.
  • Versatility.
    You can structure the bequest to leave a specific item or amount of money, make the gift contingent on certain events, or leave a percentage of your estate to us.
  • Tax Relief.
    If your estate is subject to estate tax, your gift is entitled to an estate tax charitable deduction for the gift's full value.

Contact Planned Giving Coordinator Carol Bornstein at 281-283-2039 or bornstein@uhcl.edu with any questions about naming University of Houston-Clear Lake in your will or living trust. We're happy to help, without obligation.  For your free guide about making your first will, visit:

http://www.gftpln.org/stelterweb/EbrochuresRequest.do?orgId=126&ebrochureId=24

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