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Paving The Way: New Alumni Brick Plaza Is Here


By Sheryl E. Taylor

On a chilly day in December, UHD’s Alumni Association celebrated a first—the new Alumni Brick Plaza with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Dr. Liza Alonzo, director of UHD Alumni Relations welcomed a small gathering of the UHD Community, including faculty, staff, friends and alumni.

“Thanks to the vision of our 2020 Alumni Board, hardworking UHD Advancement team, and generous donors, we are standing here today to celebrate phase one of our Alumni Brick Plaza,” Alonzo said. “With more than 130 bricks installed and over $15,000 raised for our newly endowed scholarship fund.”

Alonzo introduced UHD Alumni Council Board Chair Laolu Davies-Yemitan who offered a few words on the lasting impact of this new plaza.

“I’m proud to be here today as we unveil this new plaza. Not only are each of these bricks an indication of your Gator pride, but the funds raised from this brick campaign have allowed our association to endow our first-ever alumni scholarship fund,” Davies-Yemitan said. “Our new UHD Alumni Legacy Scholarship Fund, allows us to award a $500 scholarship each fall to a student who is a relative of a UHD alumni. The first recipient has already benefitted from your generosity this past fall. These gifts have made a permanent investment in scholarships and I thank each of you for instilling a lasting impact. I challenge you to help us grow the alumni association endowed scholarship by telling your fellow alumni friends and family about this brick opportunity so we can make an even bigger impact on current students and the family members of our alumni.”

Phase 2 of the Alumni Brick Plaza is now underway, get your brick or paver to Pave The Way. Give today to the UHD Alumni Legacy Scholarship Fund or a program, department or college of your choice to make a difference in the lives of Future Gators!

See the UHD Alumni Brick Plaza ribbon-cutting ceremony here.


About the University of Houston-Downtown

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.