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MaryRoss Taylor Gifts $1M to UH Institute for Research on Women, Gender & Sexuality
MaryRoss Taylor, a longtime supporter of the University of Houston and pioneer for feminist causes, says her father instilled in her the value of “doing good within your community.” Motivated by his words, Taylor has gifted the University $1 million to establish an endowed professorship in the Institute for Research on Women, Gender & Sexuality, as well as fund future IRWGS projects.
Cullen Trust for Health Care Gift to Launch Direct Primary Care Clinic
With a $1 million gift from The Cullen Trust for Health Care, the University of Houston College of Medicine (UHCOM) will open a low-cost direct primary care clinic on the campus of Memorial Herman Southwest Hospital, the first in a planned network of clinics aimed at increasing access to care for those without health insurance. The Greater Houston region has the highest rate of uninsured residents in the nation, a challenging issue that increases the overall costs of health care for everyone.
Holdeman Legacy Gift Supports UH College of Medicine Future Success
Long-Time UH Leaders Establish an Endowed Professorship/Chair and Endowed Scholarships for Future Medical Students.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Gives $1.35M Grant to Arte Público Press
The University of Houston has received a nearly $1.35 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to establish a free, open-access digital portal for anyone to learn about or teach Puerto Rican literature.
UH Research Team Receives Sloan Foundation Grant
The University of Houston has received a $177,000 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to examine the role of external review letters in the promotion and tenure process. “This work contributes critically to the national discourse on diversity, equity and inclusion among higher education faculty,” said Paula Short, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost.
UH Receives $10 Million Legacy Gift from Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
More than 50 years after hotel industry icon Conrad Hilton gifted $1.5 million to build the first hospitality school in Texas – the University of Houston Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management – his legacy of giving lives on today.
UH Men’s Basketball Advances to Final Four
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kelvin Sampson stood atop a ladder and yanked loose the remnants of the net from the rim. He turned toward the red-clad Houston fans and started pumping his right fist, the net clutched in that hand the entire time.
The Leatherwood Family Makes $1 Million Gift to Houston Women’s Golf
The Leatherwood family has made a $1 million gift to the Houston Cougars women’s golf program in memory of Carolyn Macow Leatherwood, a longtime University of Houston supporter and lover of golf. Carolyn passed away last summer at the age of 73 after a long battle with Crohn’s disease.
UH System Possibly Impacted by Blackbaud Data Security Incident
August 5, 2020 | The University of Houston System may have been impacted by a data security incident involving Blackbaud, one of our service providers. No UH System encrypted data (like social security numbers, bank account or credit card information) were involved in this incident. At this time, we do not believe any further action is required by individuals. For more information, please visit the UH System website by clicking “Read More” below.
UH Cougar Emergency Fund to Support Students Facing Hardship
The University of Houston has relaunched its emergency fund to assist students facing unexpected financial hardships due to COVID-19. The Cougar Emergency Fund is designed to offer as much as $1,500 in support to eligible students for school-related costs to keep them enrolled and on track despite financial hardship caused by the pandemic.
UH College of Medicine Receives First Scholarship Endowment
The University of Houston College of Medicine has received a $25,000 gift from The Indian Doctors Association (IDA) of Houston to establish its first scholarship endowment. Administered by the University of Houston Foundation, The Indian Doctors Association of Houston Endowed Scholarship will be given to students of Indian descent or who are members of an active student South Asian organization.
The College of Medicine will accept its inaugural class on July 20.
The University of Houston College of Medicine has been granted preliminary accreditation, a monumental milestone that allows the new medical school — the city of Houston’s first in nearly 50 years — to immediately begin recruiting and enrolling students. The first class of 30 medical students will begin July 20, each receiving $100,000 four-year scholarships through philanthropy to cover tuition and fees.
BCBSTX Commits $5 Million to College of Medicine, Joins Vanguard Society
The University of Houston College of Medicine has received a $5 million gift from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX). The gift will provide $3.5 million for scholarships to at least 35 medical students and $1.5 million to create a pipeline program to attract and retain students from diverse backgrounds who have an interest in practicing primary care medicine.
The UH College of Medicine Revealed
The architectural renderings of the new $80 million University of Houston College of Medicine building were revealed as the ink dried on a ceremonial bill signed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott. Boldly modern, the approximately 150,000 square-foot facility will feature the signature limestone of the University and broad glass accents to foster an open and bright learning environment.
State Funding Approved for UH College of Medicine, New Law Center Building
The Texas Legislature has approved strong support for continued growth and student success throughout the University of Houston System, including startup funds for the UH College of Medicine, funding for new facilities for the UH Law Center and Hobby School of Public Affairs, and increased funding for general operations and hurricane recovery at all four UH System universities
UH System Launches $2 Million Technology Bridging Fund
The University of Houston System has launched a $2 million research fund to help faculty inventors bridge the gap between research and commercialization.
HCA Houston Healthcare Donates $3.5 Million to UH College of Nursing
The University of Houston College of Nursing received a transformative $3.5 million donation from HCA Houston Healthcare to benefit faculty, staff and students at the college’s future location in Katy and its current home in Sugar Land.
University of Houston System surpasses $1 billion campaign goal ahead of schedule
At its Thursday Board of Regents meeting, the University of Houston System announced it surpassed its $1 billion fundraising goal 18 months ahead of schedule.
UH System Fundraising Campaign Surpasses $1B Goal, Reaches ‘Beyond the Billion’
Eighteen months ahead of schedule the University of Houston System fundraising campaign, ‘Here, We Go,’ has raised $1.003 billion, surpassing its goal of $1 billion. The campaign will continue to build on this momentum to go ‘Beyond the Billion’ before it concludes in 2020.
H-E-B Donates $250,000 to UH College of Medicine
A generous $250,000 donation from H-E-B will help the University of Houston College of Medicine build healthy communities in Texas – a mission shared by both organizations.
Major Milestone: UH College of Medicine Approved by Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) unanimously approved today a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree for the University of Houston, moving the College of Medicine one step closer to training more primary care doctors to practice in underserved urban and rural communities.
UH System Raises Nearly $145 Million in Fiscal Year 2018
The University of Houston System raised nearly $145 million in private support in fiscal year 2018, the second largest total in UHS history, trailing only the previous year when the public phase of the historic $1 billion “Here, We Go” Campaign was launched.
University of Houston and Humana Announce Long-term Strategic Partnership
Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM), one of the nation’s leading health and well-being companies, and the University of Houston announced today a long-term strategic partnership to train the health care leaders of tomorrow with a focus on advancing population health, improving health outcomes and expanding the use of value-based payment models.
UH Receives Anonymous $4 Million Gift to Support Creative Writing and Other Liberal Arts Programs
The University of Houston College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) has received a $4 million anonymous gift in support of its Creative Writing Program, among multiple CLASS initiatives.
Anonymous Gift Pays Tuition for Entire First Class at UH College of Medicine
The University of Houston College of Medicine has received an anonymous $3 million gift, which will fund the full tuition for the college’s inaugural class of 30 medical students in fall 2020.
UH System Board of Regents Approves Doctor of Medicine Degree
The University of Houston System Board of Regents Thursday approved the new doctoral degree in medicine, to be offered by the University of Houston College of Medicine.
A New Type of Medical School
From his office at the center of the University of Houston campus, Stephen Spann, M.D., offers a thoughtful assessment of the challenges facing modern medicine in the United States, and in Houston in particular. – TMC Pulse
$1 Million Gift Will Support Center for Student Success at UH Hilton College
A generous gift from alumnus and retired CEO, president and chairman of the board of the Dallas-based Brinker International Doug Brooks and his wife, Holly, will play a crucial role in better preparing students from the University of Houston Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management for leadership careers in the hospitality industry.
Gerald and Barbara Hines Donate $1 Million to Build Advanced Media Technology Lab
Global developer Gerald D. Hines and internationally known artist Barbara Hines have made a leadership gift of $1 million to the University of Houston to support construction of a new Advanced Media Technology Laboratory at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design.
“Here, We Go” Campaign Takes UH to New Heights
The University of Houston System raised a record $154 million in fiscal year 2017, signaling an extraordinary start to the public phase of its $1 billion “Here, We Go” Campaign.
UH Creates College of Medicine to Address Shortage of Primary Care Physicians
The UH System Board of Regents has approved establishment of a College of Medicine at the University of Houston focused on preparing primary care doctors to practice in underserved urban and rural communities in Houston and across Texas and ultimately improve health outcomes.
Coca-Cola Foundation Supports First-Generation Students at UH
The University of Houston has been awarded a $200,000 grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation to fund the Coca-Cola First-Generation Scholarship Program. The program awards individual scholarships of $1,125 per semester to 40 full-time undergraduate students who are the first in their families to attend college.
Coogs Care: Students hold Donation Drives on Campus for UH Harvey Victims
As campus life returns to normal after Hurricane Harvey, University of Houston students are finding time between classes to donate much needed supplies to fellow Cougars who are victims of the storm.
UH Football Spearheads Donations From Texas Schools
Student-athletes from the Houston football program collected items including non-perishable food, personal care products, cleaning supplies, clothing, baby supplies and more. The players loaded them into the trucks for a Friday convoy to Houston.
UH Receives $3.3 Million from State Cancer Research Program
The University of Houston has received $3.3 million from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, including $2 million to hire Rohith Reddy, a post-doctoral researcher at Harvard Medical School who focuses on next-generation technologies for detecting gynecological cancers, and $1.3 million to allow the College of Education’s Lorraine Reitzel to expand a tobacco cessation program to substance abuse treatment centers.
UH Receives Funding to Establish First U.S. Digital Humanities Center for Latino Studies
The University of Houston has received a grant to establish the country’s first center in digital humanities specializing in U.S. Latino Studies.
UH Undergrads to Receive Support for Research
The University of Houston has received a $500,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to establish an undergraduate research program in the humanities.
UH College of Education Receives Grant to Fund Scholarships for Teachers in Training
The University of Houston College of Education has earned an inaugural grant from the Raise Your Hand Texas and H-E-B Chairman and CEO Charles Butt to provide scholarships and mentoring to aspiring teachers.
Bauer College Senior Earns $15K from Texas Business Hall of Fame
A student from C.T. Bauer College of Business was recently recognized as one of the strongest rising entrepreneurs in the state by the Texas Business Hall of Fame.
MSACCY Student Earns $10K Scholarship for Academic and Leadership Excellence
A student from the C.T. Bauer College of Business was recognized as one of the country’s top future accounting professionals by the nation’s leading accounting oversight board.
From a Shipping Container to a Solar Powered Computer Lab
Engineering technology students at the University of Houston College of Technology used their ingenuity to design and construct a mobile computing lab that is totally solar-powered.
Transforming the Landscape
More than $1 billion in construction projects have been completed at University of Houston System institutions over the past six years; even more transformation is on the horizon. Here are a few projects of the projects that will continue to change the physical landscape of campus on the coming years.
CLASS’ Oldest Graduate Completes Degree Alongside Son
It’s a father-son milestone that will take place on Mother’s Day and perfectly exemplifies that the University of Houston is an even playing field for all.
Doctoral Student Lands Prestigious National Fellowship After 165-Year-Old Walt Whitman Discovery
Dr. Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress, personally congratulates Turpin on his findings. A discovery that has left literary scholars reeling with amazement.
Bauer Senior Recognized for Community Contributions
One of the nation’s largest professional marketing organizations recently recognized a Bauer College student for extraordinary leadership and philanthropy efforts within the college and the Houston community.
Prosthetic Hands Printed by Students Bring Hope to Kids
Thanks to the UH chapter of e-NABLE, a national non-profit organization that prints 3-D mechanical prosthetic limbs for children and adults missing portions of their hands or forearms, one Houston third grader can go forth in his life with confidence and new found hope.
UH to launch health program for Third Ward
A $2 million grant awarded to the University of Houston’s HEALTH Research Institute will help a new program that aims to help prevent and treat obesity and type 2 diabetes in the Third Ward. With the university calling the Third Ward it’s home, it is no stranger to the economic and health difficulties that it’s residents face; the HEALTH Institute hopes to offer some relief.
Hadi Ghasemi Creates New Material, Breaks Limits of Leidenfrost Phenomenon
UH engineer Hadi Ghasemi, Bill D. Cook Assistant Professor of mechanical engineering, is set to change history with his invention of a new material that provides efficient heat dissipation at high temperatures and eliminates a 250-year-old scientific event known as the Leidenfrost Phenomenon.
UH College of Nursing Reaches its Number-One Strategic Goal Ahead of Schedule
In just over a year since its move to the University of Houston System’s flagship university, UH’s nursing school has reached its number-one strategic goal on its ambitious timeline.
University of Houston Libraries Revampes Group Study Rooms
The MD Anderson Library recently revamped 12 group study rooms located on the 2nd & 3rd floor of the Red Wing. The renovation includes Tempered glass whiteboards, 60-inch monitors with wireless keyboards, wall-mounted AV panels and colorful new furniture among other upgrades. All of this was possible through a generous donation.
UH Among Top U.S. Universities for Return on Investment and Upward Mobility
Stellar academics, strong career prospects for graduates and affordability are among the reasons the University of Houston has been featured in The Princeton Review’s 2017 edition of “Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck.” In addition, a recent study by the Equality of Opportunity Project shows UH is among the best universities in the U.S. at turning low-income students into top earners.
UH Engineers Create New Ice- Repelling Materials
University of Houston Cullen College of engineering Assistant Professor Hadi Ghasemi and his team created a material that repels ice. This “smart” material can be applied to any solid surface, giving it many potential uses, such as on aircraft’s, infrastructures and in energy
I-Corps Team Wins NSF Grant to Pursue Commercially Viable Technology
A team of UH researchers is actively working on an Automatic Data Capture System that will cut time and costs while increasing productivity for businesses like banking, manufacturing, healthcare and government.
Engineering Alumnus Funds $1M Scholarship for Teachers
In his continued spirit of generosity, UH engineering alumnus William A. Brookshire has donated $1 million to the Cullen College of Engineering to create the William A. Brookshire Teaching Excellence Award Endowment. The annual distributed income will honor faculty members in the Cullen College “who demonstrate an unwavering commitment to exemplifying the highest levels of teaching excellence inside the classroom.”
Planting the Seeds: Family Honors Late Son with Endowment for Bauer Students
For Ken and Diane Kiecke, the decision to honor their late son’s memory through a scholarship endowment was simple – the only way to grow is to give.
UH Launches $1 Billion Fundraising Campaign: ‘Here, We Go: The Campaign for the University of Houston’
The University of Houston has launched the public phase of a $1 billion capital campaign, the most ambitious in the institution’s 90-year history, and the first public university billion-dollar campaign in Houston.
Save the Date!
The University of Houston is launching publicly its $1 Billion Campaign. We’re celebrating all the ways that philanthropy makes Houston’s University go! Immerse yourself in a day that celebrates past achievements, involves you in our present-day transformation and looks forward to our collective future.
UH College of Education Earns Top Ranking for Online Master’s Program
The online graduate degree program at the University of Houston College of Education is among the best in the nation, according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings released Tuesday. The influential rankings listed the college of education programs at No.2 among 278 colleges that offer online graduate programs in the education field.
Generous Engineering Alumnus William A. Brookshire Funds $1M Scholarship For Teachers
UH Engineering alumnus William A. Brookshire has donated $1 million to the Cullen College of Engineering to create the William A. Brookshire Teaching Excellence Award Endowment. The annual distributed income will honor faculty members in the Cullen College “who demonstrate an unwavering commitment to exemplify the highest levels of teaching excellence inside the classroom.”