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June
2022
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An Event To Be Remembered: Alumni & Friends Celebration Dinner

Summary

By Sheryl E. Taylor

The Investiture celebration for UHD’s seventh president, Dr. Loren J. Blanchard, culminated with a joyous and exciting Alumni & Friends Celebration Dinner.

“The UHD Community was honored to celebrate the Investiture of President Loren J. Blanchard and our extraordinary alumni,” said Jay Zambrano, Vice President of Advancement & University Relations. “For almost 50 years, our organization has uplifted and empowered alumni across industries, many of whom are leaders in the community. Each Gator Alumni honoree is an inspiration to our community and a testament to UHD’s contribution to our city, state, and nation.”

Close to 500 guests, alumni, and friends joined together at the Four Seasons Houston on May 24th for an evening honoring outstanding alumni and dedicated supporters of UHD. Guests kicked off the evening with a fun filled cocktail hour complete with a silent auction, wine pull, fun photo booth mirror and artwork exhibited by UHD artists. The  special event supported the UHD Compass Points Fund, an investment in the success of UHD students guided by the UHD Institutional Compass.

Univision's Grace Olivares, who served as emcee,  introduced a special welcome from UHD President Blanchard, a presentation of this year’s alumni award recipients, and a special moment of recognition and appreciation of UHD Alumni Council Chair Laolu Davies-Yemitan (’05, MBA ’22) .

The special event honored outstanding alumni and dedicated supporters of UHD:

Visit the hyperlinked names above to hear words from all our award recipients.

“Now UHD means so much more to me as an alumni. After graduation so many years ago, UHD has come so far in providing added student services, facilities, and added degree programs," said Phillip Ellison (’94), who received the Alumni Service Award.  “It’s really created a legitimate footprint in the Houston community.”

The Honorable Paula Mendoza (’95, MBA ’17), who received the Distinguished Alumna Award, shared, "We do things because we love it. We do things because we want to provide others with the same opportunities that you had, but to be recognized tonight by my University, by my alma mater, it touched my heart.”

After the dinner, all guests were treated to a special Compass Points lapel pin and a commemorative wine tumbler to remember the special evening.

Congratulations to all our honorees. 

 

 

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) – the second-largest university in Houston – 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 more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 61,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and awarded UHD a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.