President's One Main Message: New Year, New Decade at UHD
Dear UHD Community,
We are starting a new year and a new decade at the University of Houston-Downtown. 2020 is already off to a solid start following last week’s dedication of the new College of Sciences & Technology Building. And this weekend, the momentum continues during GatorServe, the University’s twice-a-year tradition of helping Houstonians in need (see below).
These events reflect the University’s commitment to the growth of our campus and the community. Both are also emblematic of the spirit of teamwork that is prevalent here at UHD.
Working together, Gators stand to achieve tremendous things in the New Year and beyond. This edition of the One Main Message spotlights inspiring initiatives that are driven by UHD’s collaborative environment.
Partnerships between faculty, staff, students and alumni are essential to our institution’s success and will certainly support the development of UHD’s Bridge Plan. As the University looks to the future, the insights and energies of all of its constituents will factor into its ongoing prosperity.
As you return to campus this week, I encourage you to seek out opportunities of engagement alongside your fellow Gators. Collaborate with others on efforts to support our institution and its goals. Your participation can help make 2020 another outstanding year for UHD.
Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz
The Bayou Review
The latest edition of The Bayou Review was published just before the end of the fall semester. Produced by students with guidance from Daniel Peña, assistant professor of English, this literary journal spotlights artists and writers from around the globe. UHD students also have opportunities to showcase their work in this publication. The Bayou Review is indeed an example of the synergy between UHD faculty and students. Likewise, it’s an important asset to our city’s creative community, providing a platform for our students, as well as emerging voices in literature and art.
Among the highlights of each New Year is GatorServe. Led by the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, this year’s spring event is scheduled for Jan. 18 and will honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. UHD Community members will volunteer throughout the day to support Kashmere Gardens Elementary School and Betsy Ross Elementary School with beautification projects (painting, power washing, building shelves and other tasks). I have had the honor of attending past GatorServe events and can attest to the importance of this initiative. UHD Community members still have time to volunteer for GatorServe by registering here. I look forward to seeing you there!
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.