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) 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.