Egret nameplate   The magazine of University of Houston-Clear Lake
Fall 2013/Winter 2014 | volume 20 | number 1


Message from the President
Reducing the Distance
Life Below the Sea
Culture and Conflict


Preparing for a New Generation
Crazily Creating Success
Reducing the Distance
Culture and Conflict
Finding Life Below the Sea
The Difference an Hour Can Make


For the Record
What's Online
Class Notes



Message from the President

UHCL President William A. Staples

In only a few months, University of Houston-Clear Lake will welcome its first-ever freshman class as the institution marks its 40th year in service to the Bay Area Houston region.

Established as an upper-level institution in 1974, UHCL received approval from the Texas Legislature in 2011 to add freshman- and sophomore-level coursework to its roster. After completing a feasibility study, university leaders targeted fall 2014 as the semester to launch its four-year undergraduate programming.

Prospective students began submitting applications almost immediately in August 2013 when the university was added to the freshman options on By late October, hundreds of potential students had applied for freshman-level admission to UHCL.

In preparation for this significant change at UHCL, the university has added faculty and staff positions to sustain its high-quality academic programs and ensure success for all students. Administrative offices have been relocated or renovated to accommodate the expansion of services such as those offered by the Math Center, the Writing Center and the Academic Placement and Testing Center. The university also established the Office of New Student Programs and Orientation, and Office of Veteran Services to better serve the needs of students.

As a student-centered university, we firmly believe education is the key to a more promising and rewarding future. Just like UHCL’s official mascot, the Hawk, we want students and alumni to soar in achieving their personal goals and career aspirations.

William A. Staples


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