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Scene at UHD: Art, Undergraduate Research & A Visit from China

Spotlight on Arts + Communication Festival, Student Research Conference and a Visit from Ambassador Su Ge

In this week's Scene at UHD, we look back at last week's campus activities, including the Arts + Communications Festival, the Scholars Academy Student Research Conference and a visit from Su Ge, one of China's leading foreign policy experts.

The Arts + Communications Festival provided the UHD Community with a range of creative activites and events on campus, including "Gator Chalk Day" on April 11. Faculty, staff and students used the South Deck as a canvas to create temporary works of art. Among those participating was student and noted mural artist Angel Quesada

On April 12, UHD's Scholars Academy hosted the 18th annual Student Research Conference. Throughout the day, students from a range of disciplines showcased projects and high impact initiatives through oral and poster presentations. The event was sponsored by Citgo.

Also on April 12, Dr. Su Ge, an ambassador from China, visited campus. He served consecutively as Minister Counselor in the Chinese Embassy in the USA (2003–06), Ambassador to the Republic of Suriname (2006–09) and Ambassador to the Republic of Iceland (2009–13). He is the author of "American China Policy and the Taiwan Issue, and International Situation in the New Century and China’s Response." The ambassador met with Dr. Charles Gengler, dean of the Marilyn Davies College of Business; Dr. Doveanna Fulton dean of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences; Dr. David Branham, professor of political science; Dr. Eric Carl Link, senior vice president for Academic & Student Affairs and Provost; and Dr. William V. Flores, professor of political science. The visit was coordinated by Dr. Peter Li, associate professor of political science.

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.