The University of Houston has announced a $17 million gift from Houston philanthropists Andy and Andrea Diamond, which will be used to offer financial, academic, mentoring and other support for students aging out of the foster care system.
Gifts Pay for Scholarships, Professorships and State-of-the-Art Facilities
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.
Dominic Ng (’80), Chairman and CEO of East West Bank, remembers tutoring University of Houston student-athletes in the University’s tutorial center and earning just over $3 an hour during the late 1970s. He was soon given a considerable raise with a move to the Athletics Department, and became one of only two students hired to tutor the football players.
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.
Dr. Michael A. Olivas and Dr. Augustina “Tina” Reyes, Co-Chairs of the 2017 Faculty & Staff Campaign, challenged UH employees by pledging to match up to $100,000 of their contributions to their university — and UH faculty and staff responded! All funds raised will strengthen UH priorities, including scholarships and faculty support.
January 19 was dubbed “Community Day” to celebrate the launch of the $1 billion Here, We Go campaign — but with so many UH alumni, faculty, staff and donors gathered together in support of their University, it seems that “Family Day” would also have been an appropriate name!
I hadn’t associated the word “launch” with much more than its standard definition before last week. However, after attending the “Launch Talks” on January 19, 2017 for the University’s $1 billion campaign and getting the chance to hear faculty members and administrators from the different colleges discuss what the word “launch” meant to them, I now have an abundance and variety of definitions.