|The magazine of University of Houston-Clear Lake
Fall 2013/Winter 2014 | volume 20 | number 1
The UHCL School of Education has been recognized for excellence by the Quest for Quality Teacher Preparation in Texas project for two of its programs, the Two-Semester Internship and the Early Childhood Model Classroom and Practicum.
A collaborative effort between the Center for Research, Evaluation and Advancement of Teacher Education and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the project identifies and highlights exceptional students and faculty, exemplary instructional and programmatic practices, and applicable research. It is designed to support the goals of Closing the Gaps, a state initiative to help strengthen Texas’ economic base and overall work force for the future; among its goals are increasing student participation and success in higher education.
“It offers the student hands-on experience related to every aspect of the teaching profession,” says Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction Denise McDonald, program coordinator of teacher education.
UHCL’s Early Childhood Model Classroom and Practicum was cited as an Exemplary Faculty Practice. The early childhood model classroom was designed by former UHCL Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education Donna Kirkwood and Assistant Professor of Special Education Elizabeth Beavers.
During the annual I HEART UHCL festivities, the name of the UHCL Hawk mascot was revealed as Hunter the Hawk.
“This is historic – it is a major milestone in the development of UHCL,” says UHCL President William A. Staples.
“Announcing the name is very important to the closure of the university’s search for a mascot, and I’m glad this important announcement was made during the annual I HEART UHCL festivities,” says Coordinator of Student Life – Student Organizations Patrick Cardenas.
I HEART UHCL is an annual celebration that began in 2009 and allows students, faculty, staff and community friends to show their university spirit by wearing, sharing and decorating with the university’s colors.
Art Gallery Coordinator travels abroad for consortium
UHCL Art Gallery Coordinator of Audience Development Jeffrey Bowen traveled abroad this summer to share information about the art gallery in Slovakia and Serbia and to meet with members of UHCL’s International Arts Consortium.
Specifically, Bowen met with arts faculty of the University of Arts in Belgrade, Serbia and the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava to exchange creative works by consortium artists, and share information about UHCL’s art gallery events and facilities.
“When our faculty and artwork travel abroad, UHCL positions itself as a dynamic university with state-of-the-art facilities and a terrific atmosphere for learning,” says Bowen.
He returned with artwork from the University of Arts in Belgrade for an exhibition in 2014. In January, UHCL will present “A Snapshot of Serbia: Faculty and Student Photography.”
UHCL mourns the loss of two charter professors
UHCL mourns the loss of charter faculty members Calvin Cannon and Professor of Accounting Donald Kyle.
Cannon joined the university as dean of the School of Cultural Studies in 1973, a year prior to the start of UHCL’s first classes. He played a key role in the initial conception of the university and went on to serve as founding dean of the present-day School of Human Sciences and Humanities. He remained in this role until leaving the university in 1980. Cannon passed away in September.
Of his time at the university, Cannon was quoted as saying, “My days in Clear Lake were among the most beautiful of my now long life. I felt immense pride and satisfaction seeing the campus, serenely beautiful as founding Chancellor Alfred Neumann and the rest of us had dreamed it would become.”
Kyle joined UHCL as a charter faculty member and was a professor of accounting in the School of Business at the time of his passing in September. He was a past Minnie Stevens Piper Program nominee and an Institute of Management Accountants Academic Mentor of the Year and contributed to numerous articles in academic journals throughout the years.
“Don was instrumental in the development of the accounting program for our School of Business,” says UHCL President William A. Staples. “He touched the lives of students, faculty, staff and alumni throughout the university community.”
UHCL Pearland Campus adds news degree program
UHCL Pearland Campus students can gain the knowledge for careers in systems and network administration, technical management, technical support, website development and more through the addition of the Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Technology beginning this fall.
“The new degree program will help address the technology-based career needs of the area,” says UHCL President William A. Staples. “It is the first degree opportunity for UHCL Pearland Campus from the university’s School of Science and Computer Engineering.”
Adding this degree program brings the total number of complete undergraduate degree programs offered at UHCL Pearland Campus to seven. Other offerings include the School of Business bachelor of science degrees in accounting and management; School of Human Sciences and Humanities, bachelor of science degrees in criminology and general behavioral science as well as the bachelor of arts degree in psychology; and School of Education, bachelor of science degree in interdisciplinary studies with various certifications.
San Jacinto College and UHCL students fight fires while weightless
Students from San Jacinto College and UHCL flew aboard NASA’s “Weightless Wonder” aircraft, while conducting a scientific experiment on suppressing flames in microgravity as part of NASA’s Microgravity University program.
The San Jacinto College/UHCL team was one of 14 teams selected from universities and colleges nationwide to participate in the program, and it includes three San Jacinto College students and four UHCL students, along with a faculty adviser from each institution.
UHCL students include team lead Ryan Page, Jarrett Lockridge, Alexander Smith and Megan Burns. UHCL Professor of Computer Science Kwok-Bun Yue is the UHCL faculty adviser.
The team participated in the Microgravity University’s Minority Serving Institutions and Community Colleges program, which competitively selects proposals submitted by student teams from schools across the country. The goal of the program is to provide an educational opportunity for the students involved, as well as meet existing needs within NASA.
The team’s project, “Acoustic Flame Suppression Mechanics,” experimented with suppressing or extinguishing a small flame using sound waves in a microgravity environment.
Million Dollar Club created to recognize faculty
Eleven UHCL faculty members and two staff members were recognized through the creation of the Million Dollar Club, a special honor for those who have been awarded one or more grants totaling a million dollars or more in the past 10 years.
“We enjoy celebrating the hard work of our professors and staff who are committed to achieving excellence in teaching, research and service,” says UHCL Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Carl A. Stockton. “By receiving record amounts of grant money from external agencies, and by conducting cutting edge research, UHCL has established itself as a leading master’s university in the state of Texas.
“Our professors and staff members have not only worked hard in their respective fields and received grants for their work, but they have also shared their knowledge and research with our students, future teachers, scientists, doctors and more.” In addition to providing financial resources for academic research, the grants provide scholarships and resources for numerous educational initiatives.
New members welcomed to the Million Dollar Club include School of Education faculty members Associate Professor of Literacy, Language and Library Science Jane Claes; Professor and Chair of Educational Leadership Program and Chair of the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership Larry Kajs; Professor of Bilingual and Multicultural Studies and Chair of Foundations Judy Marquez; Associate Professor of Counseling Cheryl Sawyer; Professor of Bilingual and Multicultural Studies Laurie Weaver; Emerita Associate Professor of Literacy, Language and Library Science Maureen White; and Associate Professor of Teacher Education and Instructional Design and Technology Jana Willis.
School of Science and Computer Engineering members include Program Chair and Associate Professor of Mathematics Tom Fox; Executive Director of the Environmental Institute of Houston and Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Science George Guillen; Division Chair of Computing and Mathematics and Professor of Computer Science and Computer Information Systems Kwok-Bun Yue; and Program Chair of Computer Science and Professor of Computer Science and Computer Information Systems Sharon Perkins Hall.<<Top
The UHCL community mourns the loss of Officer Joe Segovia, who joined the UHCL Police Department’s patrol division on Jan. 9, 2013. He was killed when his vehicle was struck while traveling to work on June 10, 2013. A U.S. Army veteran, Segovia had integrated quickly into the campus community and was regarded as an exemplary officer.<<Top
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