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Making the Most of Being Back on Campus


By Sheryl E. Taylor

After more than three months since UHD closed it doors, Phase 1 of the Safe Return to Campus will begin on Monday, June 15.

Before the ‘new normal,’ our workday was filled busy work schedules, plenty of meetings, lunch with colleagues or taking a break to hear about everyone’s weekend.

Social distancing combined with hybrid-scheduled colleagues will call for us to take some campus “Me Time” and experience what our campus has to offer. So, while the O’Kane Gallery, O’Kane Theater, Student Life Center and other facilities remain closed, here are some campus amenities to explore when you return:

UH System Public Art Collection featuring more than 50 unique pieces created by talented and notable artists, the UHD collection can be found in the hallways, meeting rooms and public spaces in every building on campus.

Beloved Peanuts® Snoopy was installed right before the campus closed its doors in March. UHD was selected by the Houston Arts Alliance and the Houston Parks Board. The multi-colored artwork is located on the East side of the Jesse H. Jones Student Life Center.

The return of the Gator Wall, on the wall of the Willow Street Pump Station, by noted artist and muralist Sebastien “MrD1987” Boileau and his Houston-based mural company Eyeful Art.

Stroll the hike-and-bike White Oak Bayou Trail connecting White Oak and Buffalo Bayou, which is at the foot of UHD and winds northwest for 15 miles to West Little Oak Park.

The Gator Mini Mural is the collaboration of Houston’s award-winning UP Art Studio and UHD’s Office of University Relations. Located at the corner of North Main and Commerce, the traffic signal control cabinet mural was created by artist Anat Ronen.


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.