UHD Staff Council: Honoring Our Veterans
By Marie Jacinto
For Veterans Day this year, the UHD Staff Council recognized the contributions of our active military personnel and veterans with display boards across from the O’Kane Gallery in the Girard Street Building.
“I am very appreciative this display was created by Staff Council, and I added my dad’s photo to honor him,” said Lynnette Gulley, MHM, Academic Advisor/Academic Success Coordinator for the Marilyn Davies College of Business. “I hope it remains up for a few weeks to allow more time for the photos to grow as people hear about and see the display and we continue to show our thanks to those who served.”
“Two of my colleagues, Jamie Guzman and Helen Figueroa, contributed photos to honor and memorialize multiple veterans in their families,” added Gulley. “It was very meaningful and emotional for them to pin those photos to the boards. I was moved by the ceremonial reverence created in their simple act of remembrance.”
Gulley’s wish came true. The Military Wall stayed in place for the month of November, inviting others to add photos in reverent memory of those who served. The Staff Council plans to continue this tradition each November to show appreciation for those who served in the United States Military.
Gulley is on the board of Honor Flight Houston (www.honorflighthouston.org) and wants to let WWII, Korean, and Vietnam veterans living in our region know they can apply for a free, two-day trip to visit their monuments and memorials in Washington, D.C. She may be reached at email@example.com.
The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.
U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.