At the University of Houston, we’re not simply training artists for the sake of training artists: we prepare students for twenty-first-century arts careers with curricula grounded in collaboration, critical thinking and craftsmanship.

Where better to put those principles into practice than in Houston, one of only five U.S. cities with permanent professional resident companies in symphony, opera, ballet and theater? Houston’s creative economy is more than $26 billion, and more than 180,000 Houstonians are employed in the arts sector. It’s the perfect place for our world-class arts initiatives.

At UH, audiences can take in performances from world-renowned visiting artists to our own budding student artists at the beautiful Moores Opera House, catch a poetry reading with students in our top-ranked Creative Writing program and see leading contemporary visual art at the Blaffer Art Museum. It’s not even necessary to step foot into a building: with more than 400 pieces of public art by renowned Houston and international artists, all it takes is a stroll around campus to witness UH’s thriving arts community.

Houston’s booming arts scene and UH’s interdisciplinary offerings offer unique professional and academic opportunities for collaboration that students can’t find at other institutions. When you support the arts at UH by providing scholarships, investing in endowed chairs or professorships, funding facilities or founding innovative programs, you don’t just change the life of an artist; you are playing a vital part in the future of arts policy, presentation and performance.

For more information, contact Julie Anderson-Smith, Senior Director of Advancement, at 713-743-6878, or


The Energy Advisory Board takes the student experience to the next level

Phillip Jefferson (’17) founded the multidisciplinary Energy Coalition during his time at UH — and saw the direct benefits of interacting with the Energy Advisory Board, the University’s presidentially appointed volunteer board of experts and leaders in the energy industry. Jefferson spoke to us about how his UH experience has already benefited his life and career, just months after graduation. With new mentorship initiatives, the Board will continue make a difference in the lives of students for many years to come.

Paying it Forward: Dr. Randal Sitton

Dr. Randal Sitton (’85, M.S.I.E. ’88, Ph.D. ’92) comes from a long line of Cougars. He has been an instructional associate professor at the Cullen College of Engineering since 2015, and recently acted as faculty ambassador to CCE for the 2017 Faculty & Staff Campaign. In this Lunar Cougar Q&A, he told us more about why he gives back to his alma mater, what’s changed on campus, and how philanthropy makes a difference in the lives of his students.

In Tempore Legacy Society Members “Get in the Game” at Spring Luncheon

Howard “Howie” (’66, M.Ed. ’68) and Jamie Lorch were among the guests at the In Tempore Legacy 2017 Spring Luncheon at TDECU Stadium. Although there wasn’t a game going on at the stadium during the event, the exemplary support of Society members present is certainly something to cheer about. Their contributions to the University of Houston have made it the powerhouse it is today – and will become in the future.