The Southwest Conference: The Good, the Dirty, the Greed By Auston Fertak When people reminisce about college athletics, only a few select conferences cause them to think, “What a powerhouse!” The Southwest Conference (SWC) was one such conference. For much of its eighty-two year history, the SWC gloried in its distinction as the most tightly-knit […]
“With Love and Bananas”: Houston Gorilla Girls Seek Equality for Female Artists By Vince Lee At a time when female artists continued to lack the full recognition they deserved, four Houston women banded together as the Houston Gorilla Girls in protest against the status quo. The group organized in May of 1987 as the local […]
Houston History and the UH Alumni Association have teamed up for this commemorative issue celebrating 85 years at the University of Houston. Check out the Table of Contents below and don’t forget to renew or subscribe to receive this great issue!
Chancellor and President Renu Khator discusses the road to Tier One and the future of the University.
Joe Pratt, who has watched the UH campus evolve for over two-thirds of its existence, reflects on 85 years of UH history.
The growing number of former students who wanted to maintain contact with and sustain the University led to the formation of the University of Houston Alumni Association (UHAA) in 1940. Today it has over 18,000 members who subscribe to the organization’s core values: commitment, leadership, integrity, inclusiveness, fun, and teamwork.
The 1940 Selective Service registration affected 77,177 men in Harris County alone, and since UH enrollment drew largely from commuter students, the University experienced record growth.
Whenever the University of Houston has mustered the will and the resources to compete at a higher level, Honors education has helped “move the needle”— President Renu Khator’s metaphor for positive change. “At its best, Honors has served the institution as a whole,” said William Monroe, dean of the Honors College since 2009. “Academically, Honors […]
Houston Independent School District Superintendent Dr. E. E. Oberholtzer’s concept for Houston Junior College was arguably the University of Houston’s first great visionary aspiration. In 1951, UH President Dr. Walter Kemmerer brought another visionary concept to the university, a proposal for an educational television station.
I did not realize it at the time, but my childhood was made special by the place my family lived: University Oaks, a small neighborhood separated from the University of Houston campus by Wheeler Street. The campus was our country club, and the kids of University Oaks were our social circle. We led average lives […]