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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)—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 60,000 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 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.