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Spring 2015 Edition

Spotlight News

  • Recognizing the support of longtime university friends, UHCL President William A. Staples presented the 2015 President’s Cabinet Leadership Award to Distinguished Alumna and Professor Emeritus Pat Wilson and her husband, former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot and Delta Airlines Capt. Wendell Wilson and the 2015 President’s Cabinet Philanthropy Award to retired CCISD Superintendent Sandra Mossman and her husband, CEO and director of PLx Pharma Gary Mossman.

University Highlights

  • After experiencing record-breaking enrollment in fall 2014, UHCL data for spring 2015 shows an 89 percent persistence rate for first-time freshman college students. This academic year marks the first that UHCL has offered freshman- and sophomore-level coursework. Established in 1974 as an upper-level institution, it previously specialized in programs only for junior, senior and graduate students.

  • UHCL has been named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to community service, for the fifth consecutive year. An estimated 2,123 UHCL students participated in some form of community service during 2013-2014.

  • President William A. Staples presented the 2015 Community Partnership Award to Flow-Cal Inc. during the annual Report to the Community breakfast. UHCL alumnus and Flow-Cal President and CEO Michael Squyres accepted the award. UHCL alumni represent 38 percent of Flow-Cal’s workforce and, in 2013, the company sponsored a charter interview room in the university’s Office of Career Services.

  • In spring 2015, UHCL’s School of Education welcomed members of the first cohort of its new Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, which has a STEM-related focus.

  • UHCL’s School of Business has maintained its business and accounting accreditations by AACSB International–The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees in business and accounting. AACSB Accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business and accounting education, and has been earned by less than five percent of the world’s business programs. UHCL first received AACSB accreditation for its undergraduate programs in 1981 and, in 1986, received undergraduate and graduate accreditation in business and accounting.

Faculty and Staff Highlights

  • For the first time in its history, UHCL presented 40-year service awards during the 37th annual Faculty and Staff Awards Ceremony. Honorees included Professor of Literature John Gorman, Professor of Psychology David H. Malin, Professor of Mathematics Frank F. Matthews, and Professor of Management and Public Policy Grover Starling. Each of these charter faculty members has served the university since 1974. Top faculty awards presented during the ceremony by President William A. Staples included the President’s Distinguished Service Award to Faculty Chair and Professor of Management Information Systems Naveed Saleem, the President’s Distinguished Research Award to Professor of Mathematics LieJune Shiau, and the President’s Distinguished Teaching Award to Associate Professor of Psychology Beth Hentges. Additionally, the Outstanding Lecturer Award was presented to Kathleen Garland, lecturer in Environmental Management in the School of Business, and the Outstanding Adjunct Award was presented to Christine Callahan, adjunct faculty member in the School of Education. Senior Academic Advisor Leticia Sanchez-Retamozo received the 2015 Hugh P. Avery Prize – The President’s Distinguished Staff Service Award. Staff Merit Awards were presented to Director of Career Services Chuck Crocker, Coordinator of Library Instructional Services Susan Steele and Scheduling Assistant Tiffany King.

  • Associate Professor of Industrial Hygiene and Safety Magdy Akladios has been appointed as a member of the 2015-16 ABET Applied Science Accreditation Commission.

  • “Bridges/Mosty,” a sculpture series by retired Professor of Fine Arts Nick de Vries, is on permanent display between the Arbor Building and the Arbor North Building as a representation of the time that de Vries spent as a professor and founding faculty member in the Applied Design and Visual Arts Studio program.

  • The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board selected UHCL Professor of Mathematics LieJune Shiaua for a Fulbright award to Germany during the 2015-16 academic year.

Students Highlights

  • Graduate student Michael Bustamante received a Saudi Arabia Exchange Fellowship, an opportunity sponsored by the National Council on U.S. – Arab Relations in collaboration with the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission to the U.S. and the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Higher Education. Bustamante had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study abroad for two weeks and then bring that experience back to the UHCL community.

  • Undergraduate student Kevin Cromwell and graduate student Amber Kaiser featured their work at the Universidad Veracruzana in Xalapa, Mexico, as part of UHCL’s International Art Consortium. Cromwell and Kaiser also traveled to the University of Arts in Belgrade, Serbia, with Professor of Fine Arts Sandria Hu for a series of lectures and workshops.

  • Graduate student Erica Piper and undergraduate student Nam Dihn were named the 2014 recipients of the Dr. Patricia Potter Wilson School of Education Outstanding Graduate and Undergraduate Student Scholarships for their academic performance and leadership capabilities.

Alumni Highlights

  • Carolyn Sunseri ’93 BA, vice president of administration for South Land Title LLC was elected to the Galveston City Council – District 6.

  • Laura Hodges, ’78 MA, has published her third book, “Chaucer and Array: Patterns of Costume and Fabric Rhetoric in the Canterbury Tales, Troilus and Criseyde and Other Works.”

  • Joseph Rozman, ’82 BS, has retired from the Pennsylvania Air National Guard. During his service, he was awarded the Air Force Accommodation Medal, Defense Medal and Global War on Terrorism Medal.

  • Mya Carroll, ‘11 BS, is the CEO and founder of Phoenix Women’s Outreach Inc., Houston.

  • Katherine Becker, ’06 MHA/BBA, ’03 BS, is an administrator at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health) School of Nursing.
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