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UHD Alumni Assemble for Night of Art, Theater

University of Houston-Downtown alumni gathered for an evening of art, theater and up close conversations with UHD President Loren J. Blanchard. 

During the first in-person UHD Alumni Association event in more than a year, alums gathered for a reception in the O'Kane Gallery where they met University President Loren J. Blanchard. Attendees also heard from Mark Cervenka, Director of UHD's O'Kane Gallery, who provided an overview of the gallery's current exhibition Lydia Bodnar-Balahutrak's "The Ties That Bind" and introduced the artist. 

Also on hand were alum and acting lecturer Luke Feddell and fellow alumnus Benito Vasquez, who directed a recent production of "The Stories of Us."

"All of you are among the 60,000 UHD graduates who proudly call themselves Gators," President Blanchard said. "And you all are  living proof that a UHD education stretches to far places. I look forward to getting to know you now that we are finally back on campus … and I look forward to future engagements with more Gator alumni"

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.