Scenes from Inaugural Gator-Con
The University of Houston-Downtown's (UHD) first Gator-Con was well-attended by students, faculty and staff on Thursday, Oct. 25.
The daylong event celebrated comics and related genres such as fantasy, science fiction and horror. Panels and discussions were led by faculty, staff and students—additional events included a video game tournament, cosplay contest and movie screenings. Participating faculty members included Dr. Krista Gehring, associate professor of criminal justice; Dr. Michael Dressman, professor of English, Dr. Mari Nicholson-Preuss, director of UHD's Honors Program; Dr. Heather Honore Goltz, associate professor of social work; and Dr. Jerry Johnson, assistant vice president for Research & Sponsored Programs. Other presenters included student Brad Gilmore, announcer for Houston's Reality of Wrestling. Student organization Fandom UHD coordinated activies such as the video game and cosplay contests and created decorations for the event.
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 Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz. Annually, UHD educates more than 14,000 students; boasts over 50,000 alumni and offers 44 bachelor’s and eight master’s degree programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service, Sciences & Technology; and University College). In 2018, UHD grew its First Time in College student population by 11 percent and transfer students by 14 percent.
UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston. It also is ranked among 15 U.S. universities with lowest net price to students (according to the U.S. Department of Education). The University is noted nationally as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Minority-Serving Institution. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.