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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) 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.