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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,"

Enrollment Heroes:

  • 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.

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.