Enrollment Heroes Supporting UHD's Growth
By Mike Emery
This summer, the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) launched its ambitious 14,500 Enrollment Challenge. The campaign began with a kick-off event, which inspired faculty and staff members to do their part in supporting UHD's growth this fall.
While the combined efforts of faculty and staff have supported the University's enrollment goals, the Office of the Registrar recognized a select group of Enrollment Heroes.
These heroes, nominated by co-workers, were rewarded with reserved parking spaces and gift packages from Enrollment Services.
“The Enrollment Hero initiative complemented UHD’s 14,500 Campaign," said Daniel Villanueva Jr., assistant vice president of enrollment management. "Our staff really enjoyed the benefits of the parking spaces and more importantly, the recognition among their colleagues,"
- Laura Waits, director of web and digital marketing
- Sherrigo McNeil-Boudreaux, coordinator of transfer articulation
- Debora Evans, manager of shipping, receiving and mailroom
- Branden Kuzmick, University College program coordinator
- Janelle Frazier, coordinator of customer service
- Gabriela Kardoud, assistant director of enterprise and data warehousing services
- Tremaine Kwasikpui, director of student activities
- Percy Sandel, coordinator of client relationship management
- Elvia Rodriguez, assistant director of customer service and outreach
- UHD Academic Advising Center (entire department)
“Each of these individuals played an important part of the 14,500 Campaign," Villanueva added. "There were more than 53 submissions and the Enrollment Hero initiative really showed the cultural spirit of UHD while highlighting specific individuals going above and beyond.”
UHD's Enrollment Heroes an examples of the University's commitment to the Houston Guided Pathways to Success (Houston GPS) initiative. This multi-institutional partnership fosters collaboration among area colleges and universities with the goal of helping students graduate on time with less debt. Additionally, Houston GPS is focused on streamlining the transfer process between local community colleges and universities.
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.