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UHD in the News: September 10, 2015

Here's how UHD students, faculty, staff and alumni are making headlines this week:

Associate Professor Gene Preuss to Speak at Lamar University's Constitution Day Conference

Gene Preuss, associate professor of history and president of the East Texas Historical Association, will speak at Lamar University's annual Constitution Day conference, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m., in the LIT Multipurpose Center Auditorium.

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky Celebrates Poetry in Houston

Pinsky gave a public reading from his "Selected Poems" Tuesday, Sept. 8, in the Robertson Auditorium, followed by a book signing.

Larry Karson Discusses the Meaning of a Police Funeral for a Grieving Community

A police funeral such as that held in honor of Deputy Sheriff Goforth last week is "a way for the community - our community - to cope with a senseless and tragic death of one who is both our symbolic and actual guardian," said Larry Karson, UHD assistant professor of criminal justice. "Deputy Sheriff Goforth's murder tears at the very fabric of our society and his funeral helps us all deal with that break, officer and civilian alike," continued Karson, who is a retired U.S. Customs Service agent. "It's not only the funeral of a spouse and a son, it is a funeral of one of our [society's] sons - a son who stood between the innocent and the evil that sometimes befalls a community."

Friend of UHD Myron Fuller Steves, Sr. Passes Away at Age 103

Myron Fuller Steves, Sr., noted Houston businessman and supporter of UHD, died Aug. 29, 2015 at 103 years old. The full obituary is available at myronsteves.com. In lieu of flowers, the Steves family invites contributions in remembrance, made to the Myron Steves Endowed Directorship in the Insurance and Risk Management Program at University of Houston-Downtown, Insurance and Risk Management Center, College of Business, One Main Street, Suite 488, Houston, TX 77002; or use the Giving Page.

UHD Ranks on U.S. News & World Report's List of Best Regional Colleges in the West

The prestigious rankings divide schools into four categories and ranks the best ones. UHD ranked as a regional university, the publication's designation for institutions which offer a full range of undergraduate programs and some master's programs.

'Build Up Houston' Program to Help Small Local Construction Companies

Owners of small businesses in Houston's construction service industry are invited to participate in the second cohort of Build Up Houston, an award-winning program designed to build their operational capacity, increase revenues, and create sustainable jobs in the Houston-region. The initiative is co-sponsored by the City of Houston, Interise and UHD.