President's One Main Message: Homecoming 2019
This week is Homecoming, a celebration of our University and an opportunity for faculty, staff, students and alumni to come together for any number of pride-filled events. The theme of this year’s Homecoming is “Gators Throwback Mix Tape,” a nod to the University’s rich history and the accomplishments of past and present Gators. A few highlights are featured below, but other notable events include the Office Decorating Competition, the President’s Barbecue that I am hosting on Oct. 15; Throwback Thursday at UHD Northwest on Oct. 17; and sporting events throughout the week at the Student Life Center.
Homecoming wouldn’t be possible without the efforts of Student Affairs, Student Activities, Sports & Fitness, and many other departments and organizations. I thank those involved for supporting ever-growing school spirit on campus, as well as all Gators for making UHD a university to be proud of.
Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz
This year, UHD hosts its first Homecoming events in UHD’s eSports Lounge (an alumni tournament on Oct. 17 that begins at 7 p.m.) and at the new Sports Fields (flag football and kickball on Oct. 15, and alumni soccer games on Oct. 17). These Homecoming firsts are a reflection of UHD’s commitment to enhancing our campus and providing faculty, staff, students, and alumni with new spaces to socialize and grow as Gators.
Tail-Gatoring – Oct. 19
Homecoming isn’t complete without this annual tradition. UHD’s Gator Community will transform the city parking lots on Girard Street into an unforgettable festival experience. Games, refreshments, cook-off contests, and a Gator Kids Zone are just some of the reasons to bring your family to this event. And, it’s just the warm-up for UHD’s big men’s basketball game against Lone Star College-Cy Fair at 4 p.m. in the Student Life Center and The Gathering, our concluding Homecoming party at 8 p.m. in A300.
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.