In January 2017, the University of Houston-Downtown’s Alumni Council welcomed three new members to serve a one-year term. The new slate of board officers are Phillip Ellison, Miriam Morales and Reubenjack Long.
The Alumni Council is the volunteer governing body that advises and guides UHD’s Alumni Association. The Council is tasked with the priority to identify, recruit, engage, track and retain alumni.
Skyline News caught up with the three new officers. Among topics discussed were their motivations seek leadership roles on the council and their visions for the Alumni Association.
Alumni Association Chair: Phillip Ellison (’94)
Executive Director, Procurement Services with Spring Independent School District
“Having been involved as an alum since 1995, I feel that my experience and exposure to the many areas of the University have given me a unique perspective on where our Alumni Association fits in with the vision of UHD. I have been involved with the reaccreditation committee and the curriculum design committee—to name a few. I’ve also been a commencement alumni representative, Cap and Gown Reception event speaker, and a presenter at Meet the Industry events. My vision is to get the word out to our alumni, and inform them of the many opportunities to engage and give back to UHD. I want to provide a conduit
for those of us who want to give back and don’t know how
and enlighten others to know we’re here and can be a strong
presence in the lives of current students.”
Vice Chair: Miriam Morales (’01)
Director of Strategic Analytics, Memorial Hermann Hospital System
“I love UHD, the faculty, the students and the energy. Through the past 15 years, I’ve given back to UHD in many ways, as a speaker, mentor, advisor, creating a Scholarship Endowment Fund and most recently creating an internship agreement between —UHD and the Memorial Hermann Hospital System. It was important for me to become involved with the Alumni Association because I wanted to give back to UHD—in a different way, to help other alums learn about how to give back, what they could do to support current and future students along career paths. It’s also important for me to help our alumni develop opportunities for UHD graduates.”
Secretary: Reubenjack Long (’11)
UHD Graduate Admissions Coordinator
“At some point, your gratitude is made best by action. I ran for office because I simply wanted to contribute in a more direct way, and the growth of our Alumni Association was a perfect vehicle. My vision is like many of my colleagues, to grow and maintain the already 40,000 alumni members toward a more dedicated presence on campus and in the community—and to maintain it. This will happen at the hand of our campus support, the ability of our office to incite action, and our alumni recognizing their power to achieve something extraordinary.”
For more information about the Alumni Association or its Alumni Council governing board, visit the UHD Office of Alumni Relations.