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Gators Help Houstonians During Day of Service


By Mike Emery

On Sept. 14, hundreds of University of Houston-Downtown faculty, staff members, students and friends lent a hand to seniors in Houston's Fifth Ward during GatorServe.

GatorServe is a twice-a-year event aimed at helping Houstonians. This fall's day of service was conducted to honor the heroes and victims of Sept. 11.

The day kicked off at Boyce-Dorian Park, where volunteers gathered to hear remarks from UHD President Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz and Houston City Council members Jack Christie and Jerry Davis. Groups of students then dispersed to assigned homes in the community to assist residents with general chores such as gardening, yard work, general cleanup and painting.

In addition to members of the UHD family, Houston's Roof Repair Squad provided complimentary services to selected homes, and TDECU employees volunteered their time.

GatorServe takes place each fall as a tribute to Sept. 11 and each spring in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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 60,000 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 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.