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Scene at UHD: Campus Events and Gator Wall Update

UHD was on the scene of the return of a familiar production to the O’Kane Theatre’s stage and the Black History Women’s Empowerment Brunch this week. We’re also keeping an eye on the progress of the new Gator Wall.

The curtain was raised for Greg Allen’s “Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind: 30 Plays in 60 Minutes” on Monday, Feb. 17. The original play was the longest running show in Chicago history. In 2018, there 94 productions worldwide. Once again, the playwright and director has returned to UHD since its premiere on the O’Kane stage in 2018. The production continues with at 1:30 p.m. on Friday and closes at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. All performances are free.

UHD’s Black Student Association (BSA) and the Student Government Association (SGA) hosted the Black History Month Women’s Empowerment Brunch on Tuesday, Feb. 18 in the W.I. Dykes Library. Several guest speakers, including community leaders, elected officials and students participated in group discussions addressing a wide variety of topics. The BSA hosts this event annually with the intent of empowering and inspiring those in attendance.

Progress on the new Gator Wall near the Willow Street continues as artist and his crew from Houston-based mural company Eyeful Art have added some three dimensional touches that make it more visible from the east side of the One Main Building and the Main Street Bridge. One of the effects is a portion of the Gator’s snout poking over the edge of the bayou. We will continue to post regular updates of this addition to the UHD campus.

You still have an opportunity to view Intersections: A solo exhibition of art created from spalted wood in the O’Kane Gallery through March 4. The exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The works combine the art and science of Dr. Seri Robinson that consists of 19 artworks created of spalted wood. With a background in woodturning, Robinson's intense curiosity in the mechanisms that create the visual dynamic of various woods led to a Ph.D. in Forestry Science in 2010 and to their current position as Associate Professor of Anatomy of Renewable Materials at Oregon State University's College of Forestry.

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.