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Scene at UHD: NBC Town Hall, President Muñoz’s Address, Gator Grit Speakers

UHD was on the scene for a busy week on campus. 

The first Gator Grit Speaker Series for the Fall Semsester was held Sept. 24. Sen. Carol Alvarado and Rep. Christina Morales joined a panel to discuss the past legislative session. 

NBC, KPRC, and UHD hosted "Education Now," a town hall discussion on education Sept 24. NBC education correspondent Rehema Ellis talked with HISD Interim Superintendent Dr. Grenita Lathan, Houston-area principals, non-profit leaders, and community members about issues facing Houston schools.

President Juan Sánchez Muñoz gave his third annual Presidential Address to the UHD Community Sept 26. He discussed the opening of the College of Science and Technology building, plans for construction of a new Wellness and Success Center. He also spotlighted the university's record enrollment of more than 15,000 students and the largest group of incoming freshmen.

A retirement celebration was held for former Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic & Student Affairs, Ed Hugetz immediately afterward the President's Address. Faculty, staff, and students thanked Ed for his years of service to UHD.

Have you been on the scene for anything at UHD? Let us know at christiansene@uhd.edu.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

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.