Giving Stories

UH Giving Day More Than Doubles Previous Year’s Earnings

Event Raises $3.37 Million from 22,441 Donors  The University of Houston’s 2022 Giving Day concluded as its most successful yet, with $3.37 million raised to strengthen the University’s status as a premier public research institution. Generous UH family members and friends participating in the fourth-annual event more than doubled last year’s Giving Day total of [...]

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A Fitting Legacy

Kendall/Heaton Associates, Inc., an architecture firm in Houston, made a generous $250,000 gift to the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design at the University of Houston to create its first ever endowed professorship within the College.

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Pulling Ahead: The Newman Family Is On UH’s Team

The Cougars were down by several points when Patrick (’69) and Pamela (’74) Newman traveled with the University of Houston football team to Temple University. Once they were escorted down to the field end zone, the game began to change in the Cougar’s favor

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Remembering Fredell Lack, Virtuoso Violinist and Beloved Professor

One great teacher can make an indelible difference on a student’s life: for many, that person was Fredell Lack, who passed away on August 20, 2017 at the age of 95. An acclaimed international soloist, she taught violin at the University of Houston for more than 50 years. She was also a dedicated philanthropist, and her legacy will continue to make an impact on students for generations to come.

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Phillip Jefferson (’17), President Renu Khator, and Kevin Mitchell

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.

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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.

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The Power of Public Service: Mickey Leland’s Transformative Legacy at UH

During six terms in Congress, six years as a Texas state legislator and Democratic National Committee official, Mickey Leland focused much needed attention on issues of health and hunger. He passed away too soon, but his legacy lives on in the accomplishments of the Leland Fellows: UH students who complete internships in Washington, D.C. that transform their lives and careers in public service.

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All the World’s a Stage for Scholarship Recipients

Endowed scholarships created in the memory of a great professor or mentor make a difference in the lives of students for generations to come. The pride that Shunté Lofton (’15) felt when she was awarded a Cecil J. Pickett Endowed Scholarship inspired her to work even harder in her acting studies at UH.

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Endowments Create Legacies for Women in Pharmacy

To honor the impact of women have made and continue to make in the pharmacy profession, endowments have been created in their name to support scholarships and new facilities. In particular, facilities in the new Health and Biomedical Sciences Building II (HBSB II) will showcase their legacies. Contributions can be made to all three endowments directly, or a similar gift can be made in honor of someone important to you.

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Tier One Scholars: In Their Own Words

When the University of Houston (UH) became a Carnegie-designated Tier One public research university, it was a turning point for the institution. In the same way, receiving a Tier One Scholarship is a turning point in a talented student’s life. Your gift attracts these bright, driven individuals to UH, and empowers them to whole-heartedly pursue their studies and campus activities.

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Alumnus James Hong (’05) gives back to UH and Future Coogs in the Community

James Hong (’05) has made a profound impact on the UH Athletics programs, as well as scholarships, through his generous giving. He continues to make a difference to Coogs, whether it’s through teaching adjunct courses at Bauer College of Business or revitalizing on-campus businesses like Pink’s Pizza. The following profile appeared in the Spring 2016 issue of the UH Magazine.

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Exxon’s 3:1 Matching Gifts Make an Impact

Exxon Mobil employees and retirees — along with the ExxonMobil Foundation — contributed nearly $931,000 in gifts and matches this past year. Such a substantial contribution is possible only through ExxonMobil’s industry-leading matching program, one which matches gifts three-to-one. One of our many donors, Al Vela (’62) shares with us his reasons for giving to the generous matching program.

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Sarah Cortez: Poet, Cop, Teacher

Some people know where their passion lies and what they want to be when they grow up from the time they’re children. For others, that realization may come during college or even later during their adult years.

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Frank and Betty Lemmon: Lifetime Cougars

It’s not just the University of Houston birdhouse hanging in their front yard tree, or the Cougar Red Betty sports as she opens the door. It’s a pervasive attitude that includes calling Coach Yeoman a “hero” and President Renu Khator “remarkable.” It’s a love of UH that Frank and Betty Lemmon have that can hardly [...]

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Remembering A Renowned UH Benefactor

Robert E. Sheriff, professor emeritus in the University of Houston’s Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and long-time departmental benefactor, left a tremendous legacy to the University of Houston. Through endowments and scholarships, he and his wife ushered in a new generation of geophysicists. He worked with pure passion in his field, of which he [...]

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Zine Fest Houston Records

University of Houston is excited to announce its procurement of the Zine Fest Houston Records! The collection consists of zines (self-published, small circulation, non-commercial booklets or magazines), ephemera, and print items, documenting zine culture in Gulf Coast region and throughout the country.

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New Health Sciences Librarian at UH Libraries

The University of Houston Libraries welcomes Rachel Helbing into her new role as health sciences librarian. “I am part of the team that will develop new services for the forthcoming health sciences library, which is an exciting prospect,” she says. “A major professional goal is to help make the new library a successful and integral part of the University’s Health and Biomedical Sciences Center.”

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Intervention Helping New Moms Battle Postpartum Depression

A University of Houston researcher from the Graduate College of Social Work has developed a home-based intervention specifically for low-income moms and it’s already been used to help Houston-area women cope. Research shows mothers from lower socioeconomic backgrounds are twice as likely to suffer from postpartum depression.

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