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Winter 2014 Edition

Spotlight News

  • UHCL received approval for a new Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in late October and will begin the new program in fall 2014. The program is didactic, which means that the clinical aspect of nursing will have already been completed before attending UHCL. It allows RNs to sharpen their managerial and leadership skills and to advance as nurse managers in health care organizations.

University Highlights

  • The U.S. Department of Education has awarded University of Houston-Clear Lake a $1.7 million grant that will give the university an opportunity to strengthen programming initiatives. Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Carl A. Stockton is the principal investigator.

  • Flow-Cal Inc., a privately-owned gas and liquid measurement software development company, became a UHCL Office of Career Services partner by offering $21,000 to become a charter sponsor. An interview room has been named for Flow-Cal as a result of the partnership.

  • Affordable Colleges Online has ranked UHCL seventh out of 53 in the state of Texas as one of the most affordable colleges offering online degree programs. The organization analyzed online degree programs from more than 2,000 accredited colleges and universities across the nation and then ranked them within their prospective states and looked at not only affordability, but also quality and flexibility.

  • The George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation awarded $10,000 to UHCL’s Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities. The grant will provide vocational training for adults with high-functioning autism. Specifically, the funds allow CADD to support a graduate student trainer and materials with the center’s new “Vocational Training Program for Adults with High-Functioning Autism.” It also will allow the center to provide a stipend for clients to attain appropriate job interview apparel.

Faculty and Staff Highlights

  • The American Association of Adjunct Education named Lecturer in Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Technology Michelle Giles as its 2013-14 Adjunct of the Year.

  • Three professors were awarded University Faculty Fellowships for the 2013-14 academic year. Those honored include Professor of Accounting Cynthia Heagy, Associate Professor of Anthropology Christine Kovic and Associate Professor of Computer Science and Computer Information Systems Andrew Yang.

  • Division Chair of Natural Sciences and Associate Professor of Biology and Biotechnology Larry Rohde received additional funds of $172,715 for a total award of $319,432 from NASA’s Johnson Space Center for his proposal, “Dependence of Radiation Quality on Charged Particle-Induced Early and Late Damages in Chromosomes and Investigation of Intrachromosome Rearrangement as a Biodosimeter for Radiation Exposure.”
  • School of Science and Computer Engineering Dean Zbigniew Czajkiewicz and Associate Professor of Computer Science and Computer Information Systems Andrew Yang received Silver Achievement Medals from NASA Johnson Space Center. The two were honored for their work with area organizations and companies in establishing the UHCL Cyber Security Institute.

Students Highlights

  • Graduate student Adela Bider and undergraduate Jennifer Morrow were named recipients of the prestigious Dr. Patricia Potter Wilson School of Education Outstanding Graduate and Undergraduate Student Scholarships.

  • School of Education students Dawn Rodriguez and Deena Davis delivered $3,500 worth of school supplies to Clear Creek Independent School District McWhirter Elementary School Principal Michael Marquez. Rodriquez and Davis, working on behalf of several UHCL School of Education organizations including Texas State Teachers Association- Student Program, the Student Council for Exceptional Children and the World Organization for Early Childhood Education, collected donated items from multiple locations in Houston and Galveston.

Alumni Highlights

  • Elaine Parker Adams, ’00 MA, published the biography of her great-grandfather, “The Reverend Peter W. Clark: Sweet Preacher and Steadfast Reformer.”

  • Charles “Ed” Bailey, ’81 MS, ’79 BS, is the executive director of Global Institute for Scientific Thinking and published “Mind Code: How the Language We Use Influences the Way We Think.”

  • Jody Cone, ’06 BS, was voted Teacher of the Year for 2012-13 school year at Harlem Elementary, Goose Creek Consolidated ISD.

  • Amber Gell, ’10 MS, is a spacecraft systems engineer for Lockheed Martin in Colorado and was named the 2013 Women in Space Science Award Honoree.

  • Joyce Zongrone, ’86 MA, retired from the U.S. Navy after 35 years of service. In recognition of her lengthy and distinguished service record, Zongrone’s name was read in to the Congressional Record.
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