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CLASS faculty in the news


How’d you spend the summer?



New course, new degrees



Do you know this alumna?
She’s a world champion


Powell and Carp

Tier One for Psych
Carp on the Courts

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Arts and More


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Padilla’s got talent



As we write this, Barbara Padilla (M.M. ’04 Applied Music) is still in the running on NBC’s America’s Got Talent. She successfully auditioned July 8 here in Houston.

Padilla, originally from Guadalajara, Mexico, found out she had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma while studying at the University of Guadaljara. Her treatment nearly killed her on several occasions, and she was told that her chemo might irreparably damage her vocal cords. But, now she’s in remission and wowing fans around the world!

Padilla on stage

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She auditioned to get into the master’s program at the Rebecca and John J. Moores School of Music while she was in Houston for medical consultation following treatment. When you hear her, you’ll know why she received a full scholarship.

Warning: better have some tissues handy when you watch the clip from her Houston audition for the show. We didn’t, but we should have.

UH, inspiring excellence

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You may have seen this ad, but if not, here’s your chance. And, what a good time to do so, what with alumnae Barbarba Padilla and Anastasia Pozdniakova thrilling television and athletics fans around the world in recent weeks. After you watch this short spot about Arts and Energy at UH, make sure you check out the Graffit-e features on Padilla and Pozdniakova.

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In the news



Robert Carp, Professor of Political Science, is proof old stories live on. He’s quoted in an article in the May 31, 2009, edition of The Philadelphia Inquirer headlined: “Beyond the Spin: Ideology plays key role in high court picks.” The reporter picked up a 2006 UH news release about his study, The Voting Behavior of George W. Bush’s Judges: How Sharp a Turn to the Right?, which found that GWB appointed the most conservative judges on record in terms of civil rights and civil liberties issues. “Our findings are significant because the general consensus is that President Reagan is the most modern conservative president on record, and yet the judges appointed by George W. Bush are even more conservative than the Reagan judges,” Carp said.

Visit the Discovery section of this month’s Graffit-e to watch John David Powell’s interview with Carp.




Aimee Chin, Associate Professor of Economics, in July 27 edition of The Tribune of Tomball, Texas, discussed the economic effects of the federal minimum wage going up from $6.55 an hour to $7.25. Chin said “there will be winners and losers.” The concern is whether the increase will cause employers to hire fewer workers, she said.




Helen Ebaugh, Professor of Sociology, quoted in the July 30, 2009, edition of the Houston Chronicle in a story about Buddhism, particularly in the Houston areas. “Buddhists are such a small group in America. They're not a big proselytizer,” said Ebaugh.



Alison Leland, Visiting Professor of Political Science, wrote an op-ed piece with State Sen. Rodney Ellis for the Aug. 6 edition of Houston Chronicle in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the death of her husband, Congressman Mickey Leland.




Richard Murray, the Bob Lanier Professor of Public Policy in the Department of Political Science, quoted in the July 15 edition of the Houston Chronicle regarding fund raising in Houston’s mayoral campaign. Murray said council member Peter Brown (’58 French) may need more money than his opponents, who include another CLASS alumnus, Gene Locke (’69 Political Science). Murray said City Comptroller Annise Parker probably will get the support of Houston’s progressive community, while Locke will get the backing of African-Americans. Brown’s base, according to Murray, is not as clear. “This is a very up-for-grabs race,” Murray said.




Barton Smith, Professor of Economics and Director of the Institute for Regional Forecasting in the Center for Public Policy, is a member of a research team awarded a grant by the Rice University Shell Center for Sustainability to develop a methodology to measure sustainability using Houston as a case study.




Karen Stokes, Associate Professor of Dance and Head of the Dance Division in the School of Theatre and Dance, quoted an Aug. 5 story in the Houston Chronicle about a film tribute to the late Merce Cunningham. “Don't try to ask, ‘What does it mean?' Just let the visuals speak for themselves. It's almost a stream-of-consciousness experience,” Stokes said.





Jack Young, Associate Professor, Head of Graduate Programs, and Coordinator of Graduate Acting and Directing in the School of Theatre and Dance, got a mention on the Web site about his direction of a one-woman show for the New York Fringe Festival.

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How’d you spend your summer vacation?

Well, maybe that’s how some students spent their summer. We can’t say. The photo features School of Theatre and Dance students Adam Van Wagoner and Chris Egging in the UH production of Sam Shepard’s True West.

The folks over at T&D tell us their students had a productive summer. Here are a few examples:

Crystal Smith and Kate Samure-Jones helped coordinate the first D.E.C.K. (Deluxe Entertainment Camp for Kids) in the 5th Ward.

Chelsea Stanley completed her internship with Clear Channel Media and The Buzz 94.5 FM.

Nicole McNeil attended the Dallas Black Dance Theatre intensive workshop.

Jonathan Colunga performed in Twelfth Night and Pericles as part of the 35th Houston Shakespeare Festival.

Abby Debolt helped recruit future students at the National Thespians Convention in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Stephen Jones mentored young theatre artists at the Alley Theatre's HYPE program.

Grad students present at national and international conferences

Natalie Schuster, a Master’s candidate, will present “Hurricane Andrew and the Failure of the 20th Century American State” at the U.S. Intellectual History Conference in New York City in November. Her work will be part of a panel titled “The Intersection of Conservative Ideas and Federal Policy in the 'Age of Reagan.'“ 

Jason Theriot, a Ph.D. candidate, will present a paper at the first World Congress of Environmental History in Copenhagen, Denmark, this month. Only 250 papers were accepted from more than 600 proposals. His paper is titled “Energy and Environmental Crossroads: Oil-led Activities and the Impact on South Louisiana’s Wetlands.”

Giroux exhibition

Jay Giroux, an M.F.A. student in the School of Art, got to show a small example of his work, and when we say small, we really mean it. Gallery One Three Seven at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston is a 1.37 square-foot gallery that celebrated an opening of Giroux’s 99¢ Jesus on July 23 in conjunction with the No Zoning: Artists Engage Houston Exhibition.

Here’s what the gallery wrote about Giroux:

With a background firmly rooted in skate and street culture, Jay Giroux has developed a creative process and product which reflects his desire to connect the disparate aspects of the pop continuum–music, skateboarding, fashion, and club culture–to a fine art aesthetic informed by the relation of form and function, and theory and practice. In addition to pursuing his MFA at the University of Houston, Giroux currently runs Pep Rally Inc, a design and consulting firm, as well as Read & Write Editions, an art multiple company. Giroux has shown at spaces such as Objex Artspace, Miami, FL; USF Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, FL; Berkeley Art Center, CA; and Sanctuary Artsite, Burlington, VT.

Volunteers wanted for student success

UH is a very intimidating place for new students.  That’s the reason for PALS, a new program designed to help make incoming freshmen feel a little more comfortable.

A PAL (Personal Access Liaison) is a university employee who will keep in touch with a student by email five times during the student’s first two semesters. The PAL will ask if the student is doing OK or has some problems or concerns.  The PAL will have a list of answers for Frequently Asked Questions and information about university resources.  For more complicated issues, the PAL will have a special person to contact.

PALS needs volunteers.  Simon Bott, Instructional Professor and Undergraduate Chair in the Department of Chemistry, who’s coordinating the program, would like to have enough volunteers so each PAL will have just four to six students.  So – if you feel you can send out 20-30 emails during a semester to help our students get through the toughest time of their college career, contact Bott at to sign up.

Vets have new GI Bill

Thousands of veterans come home to Texas each year, ready to take advantage of the new GI Bill that, in some cases, will pay for nearly all college expenses. The University of Houston’s Veterans’ Services Office provides resources to more than 1,200 vets on campus. The office assists with admissions, referrals for credit evaluation of military training, referrals for Veterans Affairs health benefits, and with transition and adjustment to civilian life.

Here’s a story aired by KIAH TV in Houston

Econ’s Honors College graduates

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The Economics department sends out congratulations to its Spring 2009 graduates from The Honors College.

Jack Najarian received a thesis award at the Spring 2009 Honors Banquet. Najarian graduated with University Honors and Honors in Major. Here’s what they said about his accomplishments:

Jack Najarian, an economics and political science double major and member of The Honors College, conducted a thesis supervised by Steven Craig who stated, “It is difficult to imagine a more perfect undergraduate thesis than what Jack has accomplished. He uses ‘state of the art’ statistical methodology. He combines the analytical and statistical elements with the added bonus of applying his work to an important local problem. The resulting paper is close in quality, or perhaps equal, to a graduate student paper. Despite his focus on a local problem, the scope of Jack’s project is huge because it inventively uses the Westpark Tollway to infer changes resulting from the Katy Freeway expansion. Jack’s paper was accepted into an undergraduate research conference sponsored by the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank, and the conference organizer was full of praise for Jack’s work (not to mention they paid for his trip).” His thesis is entitled, “For Whom the Road Tolls: The Effect of Toll Roads and Forecast of Katy Managed Lanes on West Houston House Values.”

Paul Brokhin graduated with University Honors and Honors in Major. His thesis was “Is Ethanol the Problem, or the Solution?” directed by Steven Craig.

Kyle M. Jones graduated with University Honors and Honors in Major. His thesis was “Accountable if You Qualify: How TAKS Accountability Qualification Criteria Affect The Black-White Testing Gap” directed by Scott Imberman.

Stacey Joldersma graduated with Honors in Major. Her thesis was “Contextual Utility: An Experimental Study of Its Relevance as a Choice Probability Model” directed by Nathaniel Wilcox.

Fidel A. Menjivar graduated with Honors in Major. His thesis was “The Effects of Capital Inflows on Employment and Personal Investment: An Example of Salvadorian Remittance Utilization” directed by Adriana Kugler.

Elizabeth Murray graduated with Honors in Major. Her thesis was “Roots of Conflict: An African Perspective” directed by Adriana Kugler.

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U.S. Latino Literature

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Prof. Marc Zimmerman in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages will teach a new World Cultures and Literatures course this fall, U.S. Latino Literature, WCL 3362 (34795). The course will emphasize Latino Writing and the City with English-language works of Puetro Rican, Chicano, Cuban, Dominican, and Central American Latino literatures related to U.S. and Latin American literatures and their theoretical frames. You can get more information by contacting him at or by calling 713-743-3044.

Regents to decide on new CLASS degrees


The University of Houston System Board of Regents will decide on four new degrees for CLASS when it meets Aug. 19.

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

Students wishing to pursue a degree in this interdisciplinary program must complete all requirements for an approved set of minors in three areas. It’s believed this degree will be attractive to students who have not chosen a major or who seek a broad-based, yet rigorous curriculum in preparing for a wide array of professional pursuits. The University of Texas at Austin, the University of Arizona, the University of Central Florida, and the University of Oklahoma also offer this degree.

Bachelor of Arts in Dance

As of now, UH offers Dance as a field of study through a B.A. in Theatre-Dance. The proposed degree provides for a fully separate degree program that would more accurately reflect the curricular requirements of Dance students while allowing the School to recruit a consistently higher level of Dance students. It more fully acknowledges the centrality of chorography to the Dance curriculum. The degree will enhance career opportunities in dance performance, dance teaching, and dance administration.

Master of Arts in Art History

This advanced degree would be attractive to students wishing to pursue careers in museums, arts organizations, galleries, and arts publications. The rich urban arts scene, with a significant number of major visual arts institutions in Houston and the surrounding region, creates a steady demand for art historians, art critics, and museum docents, among other careers. Students would specialize in either Curatorial and Theoretical Perspectives or Arts Criticism and Writing.

Master of Arts in World Cultures and Literature

This program will provide advanced training in specific languages and cultures, including French, German, Chinese, and Italian. CLASS already offers a comparable program in Spanish. Core courses will integrate the curriculum using multicultural, comparative literature, and cultural studies approaches to the study of language and culture. The program responds to the national priority of improved foreign language competence, and contributes to the University’s mission to prepare students for an increasingly diverse and globally interdependent world.

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Nastia continues collecting medals



Anastasia Pozdniakova (’09 Studio Arts/Interior Design), continues to dominate the diving world just a few months after her graduation from the University of Houston. Nastia came away from the World Swimming Championships in Rome, Italy, last month with the gold in the women’s 1-meter springboard, her first individual title in the World Championships or Olympics in nine years.

She, again, teamed with fellow Russian and former UH Olympic and World champion Yulia Pakhalina (’05) for a bronze medal in the 3-meter synchronized springboard, the event in which the pair took the silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games. Third ain’t so shabby, even at their level, considering their total score of 98.833 included all 9.9s for technical merit and 9.9s and 9.8s for artistic impression.

Here’s a list of some of the accomplishments of the Elektrostol, Russia, native while at UH:

2008 Olympics Silver Medalist, 3-meter synchronized springboard
2008 World Cup Silver Medalist, 3-meter synchronized springboard
2008 European Championship, first place, 3-meter synchronized springboard

2007 NCAA 3-Meter Diving National Runner-Up
2007 NCAA 1-Meter Diving All-America
2007 NCAA Zone D Meet, 1-Meter Diving Champion
2007 NCAA Zone D Meet, 3-Meter Diving Champion

2007 Conference USA Diver of the Year
2007 C-USA 3-Meter Diving Champion
2007 C-USA 1-Meter Diving Champion
2007 All-Conference Third Team (Platform Diving)
2006 All-Conference Second Team (3-Meter Diving)
2006 All-Conference Second Team (1-Meter Diving)
2006 All-Conference Second Team (Platform Diving)
Seven-time Conference USA Diver of the Week

Litt runs for Council

Herman Litt (’67 General Arts and Sciences), is running for the At-Large Position 1 seat on the Houston City Council. Litt is the Chairman of the Houston Community College Board of Trustees, where he also is the trustee for District V.

DeRosa runs for Senate

Marshall DeRosa (M.S. ’81 Political Science, Ph.D. ’87 Political Science), is a Professor of Political Science at Florida Atlantic University, and a Constitution Party candidate for U.S. Senate from Florida.

Milstead new principal

Michael Milstead (’81 Sociology) is the new principal of Lamar Consolidated High School in the Lamar Consolidated Independent School District. Milstead was principal of an Atlanta, Ga., middle school. He also has served as principal and assistant principal at Fort Bend ISD.

Bertrand now in S.D.

J. Mark Bertrand (M.F.A., ’00 Creative Writing) lectures at Worldview Academy and is the author of Rethinking Worldview: Learning to Think, Live, and Speak in This World (Crossway, 2007). After spending most of his life in Houston, he now lives with his wife Laurie in South Dakota. While at UH, he worked as production editor of our Gulf Coast. For several years, he served on the board of Strange Land Literacy Foundation, a non-profit promoting literature, theology, culture studies and fellowship in Houston. Until recently, he was the fiction editor at Relief Journal, where he now serves on the advisory board.

Haynes new director of cartography history



Sam Haynes (Ph.D., ’88 History), Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas at Arlington, is the university’s new director of the Center of Greater Southwestern Studies and the History of Cartography.

Buzzard’s new posting



Patrick Buzzard (’92 History and Anthropology) is the new chief of NASA’s Moscow Liaison Office.

Shelton named to advisory board



Jodi Shelton (M.A. ’02 Political Science) is on the new advisory board for Silicon Border, the science and technology park in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico. In addition to serving as president and CEO of Shelton Group, she is the co-founder and president of Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA).

Berlanga on state board of education



Mary Helen Berlanga (’70 Drama) of Corpus Christi, Texas, is the senior member of the Texas State Board of Education, first elected in 1982. She is a member of the Committee on School Initiatives, the State Bar of Texas, and the Corpus Christi Bar Association.

Castillo and Leal promoted, hired at Freed

Sugar Land’s Freed Advertising recently promoted one CLASS alumna and hired another.

Janaile Castillo (’07 Public Relations/Advertising) was promoted to account coordinator. She earned her degree while interning in the marketing and communications department at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Houston.

Mayra Leal (’09 Public Relations/Advertising) is the newest member of the agency’s account service team. She earned her degree while working at A+ Actors Talent Agency in Houston.

In memoriam

Beverly Jean Barrows (’74 History) passed away on July 16 in Grass Valley, Calif.

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Psychology Tier One

Before we get to this month’s featured interview, we have some great news to pass along. As you may know, CLASS researchers play a big part in the University’s drive to increase external research funding by 50 percent, which will boost our national standings and help attract the next generation of research faculty and graduate students who will enrich the learning environment for all UH students.

Our Psychology department learned last month that it ranks in the Top Tier at #5 among the nation’s colleges and universities in the amount of total and federally financed research-and-development expenditures in that discipline. At nearly $15.95 million for FY07, that’s more than the University of Texas at Austin and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill combined. Also, more than Stanford and Harvard combined. (OK, one more) And that’s more than Princeton and the University of Chicago combined. Oh, yeah!

There’s more research funding news, but first our regular feature.

Carp on the Courts

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As we taped our discussion with Prof. Robert Carp, the Senate continued its debate on the confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. The Senate confirmed her nomination the next day, making her the third female and the first Hispanic member of the Supremes.

Prof. Carp has been on our Political Science faculty since 1969.

He’s written more than thirty articles in refereed journals, and he is the author of several books, including The Federal Courts and Judicial Process in America.

A recent study by Prof. Carp found that judicial appointees of President George W. Bush are, on the whole, the most conservative on record.

More CLASS research numbers

Sponsored research numbers through June released by the UH Division of Research show all UH research proposals, federal and non-federal, to date for FY09 come to $410.9 million, a 29-percent increase over last year at this time. Federal proposals totaled $294.8 million. CLASS had a combined total of $29.2 million, of which $17.2 million was federal.

So far, UH has received $86.2 million in federal and non-federal awards, of which $36.8 million was federal. CLASS totals came to just over $10.2 million, of which just under $4 million came from federal sources.

Among the recent major proposals from CLASS:



$9.9 million to the National Institutes of Health from David Francis, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Distinguished Professor of Psychology; Chair of the Psychology department; and Director of the Texas Institute for Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistics, to establish laboratory and research office space for the Complex Systems Biomedical Research Center, an interdisciplinary biomedical research center comprising five research divisions, including neuroscience, neuroengineering, neuropsychology, computer science, and quantitative psychology. This Center is part of the Health and Biomedical Sciences Center, the $70 million addition to the optometry building.



$1.24 million to the National Institutes of Health from Jack Fletcher, Distinguished University Professor in Psychology, for the Texas Center for Learning Disabilities, a multi-disciplinary center that focuses on brain structure and function, and evaluates instructional methods that may prevent or remediate learning disabilities.

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Arts and More

Farber new Community Arts Liaison



President Renu Khator, last month, appointed Karen Farber, Director of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, to the position of Special Assistant to the Provost and Community Liaison, UH Arts.

Farber will develop a strategic plan that brings together UH art programs, addressing such issues as outreach, marketing, facilities, programs and curriculum.  She will work with the directors of all UH arts programs and with community and UH leadership. Farber became the director of the Mitchell Center for the Arts in 2005, and she will continue in that position. 

“When President Renu Khator declared the arts one of her strategic priorities for UH, it was clear we needed a plan to develop a clear and cohesive plan for the arts on campus,” Farber says.  “Ultimately, I hope to establish a holistic identity for UH arts, one that reflects the diversity and strength of our arts programs and makes UH a cultural destination for residents of our city and beyond.” 

The Mitchell Center presents interdisciplinary programs that foster collaboration among the Creative Writing Program; Blaffer Gallery, the Art Music of the University of Houston; the School of Art; the Rebecca and John J. Moores School of Music; and the School of Theatre and Dance.

Farber says the arts lend themselves to interdisciplinary and community collaboration.  Through those connections she expects to raise the visibility of UH locally, nationally, and internationally.

“The university has strong arts programs, and now we have the chance to build on our successes,” she says.  “We want to better communicate with the public our many fantastic offerings. For example, on a given evening during the fall or spring, a visitor could attend an exhibition opening at the Blaffer Gallery, and then walk over to an opera at the spectacular Moores Opera House or a play in the Wortham Theatre, or even a world premiere of a work by a visiting artist-in-residence with the Mitchell Center. Houston does not have many concentrated arts districts like ours at UH.”

Prior to coming to the University of Houston, Farber served as major gifts officer for the Houston Grand Opera and as director of development for Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. She also was a management fellow at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. Farber has worked in administration and development for several cultural institutions in New York, including the 92nd Street Y, the Eldridge Street Project, and International Production Associates.
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Brevity has its rewards


Gulf Coast, a journal of literature and fine arts wants your really, really short literary work for its Second Annual Donald Barthelme Prize for Short Prose. Named in honor of Gulf Coast’s founder, the Donald Barthelme Prize awards $500 and publication in the upcoming issue of Gulf Coast for one prose poem, micro-essay, or piece of flash fiction. Mary Robison, author of Why Did I Ever and One D.O.A., One on the Way, is this year’s judge.

Submit up to 3 unpublished prose poems, short stories, or micro-essays, each no longer than 500 words. Your name and address should appear on the cover letter only. All entries will be considered for publication, though only one will receive the $500 prize. Include an SASE for results. Manuscripts will not be returned.

Your $15 reading fee, payable to Gulf Coast, will include a one-year subscription. Postmark deadline is Aug. 31, just a couple of weeks away. Send your entries to:

Barthelme Prize
Gulf Coast Journal
Department of English
University of Houston
Houston, TX 77204-3013

2009 Gulf Coast Contest Winners and Judges:

Dana Kinstler, Bird in My Throat, selected by Antonya Nelson
Honorable Mentions: Rashad Harrison, Agavé; Dionne Irving, The Gifts; Lee Strickland, Same Day Siblings

Kelly Blikre, On Our Skin, selected by Dinty W. Moore
Honorable Mention: Sara Lieber, Poser

Patricia Murphy, Why I Burned Down Namdaemun Gate, selected by Brigit Pegeen Kelly
Honorable Mention: Robert Thomas, Salt, Towel, Knife

Second Amendment fall back?


So, Bunkie, you say you’re concerned you may not get to keep that big 50-caliber mounted on the hood of your Prius, and you’re thinking about alternative self-defense methods? Well, we have just the ticket for you.

The School of Theatre and Dance will offer the Texas Intensive Stage Combat Workshop: For Actors over Labor Day Weekend (Sept. 5-6) from 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. This is sanctioned by the Society of American Fight Directors.

Makes no difference if you’re a beginner or an advanced actor/fighter. The workshop offers classes in stage fighting techniques and performance principles and introductory classes in weapons skills, such as single sword; rapier and dagger; knife; broadsword; sword and shield; rapier and buckler; and quarterstaff and unarmed. Instructors’ specialties include whips; knife and tomahawk throwing; kung fu animal forms; forensics of violence; Suzuki broadsword; scrappy fighting; instant battles, and others.

The Fight Directors Forum is free and open to the public on Friday, Sept. 4, from 7-9 p.m.

The workshop will cost you $175, but you’ll get two days of classes; a t-shirt; continental breakfast; snacks; and a sandwich bar at lunch.

For information, call 713-419-9321 or send an email to Ann Harlan at

President Khator goes to Pearland



Thursday, September 24 at 6:30 p.m.
Golfcrest Country Club
2509 Country Club Drive, Pearland
Hosted graciously by Glenn and Judie (’95) Lilie.

President Renu Khator continues her series of whistle-stop engagements throughout Texas this fall with a visit to the Golfcrest Country Club in Pearland on Thursday, Sept. 24, at 6:30 p.m.

She’s met with UH alumni, friends, and supporters during similar visits in Fort Bend county, The Woodlands, San Antonio, Austin, and Dallas.

Join The Houston Alumni Association as President Khator speaks about her plans for UH, and learn how you can help in the success of the University.

Register online or call 713-743-0828.

Rocky Horror Show on the slab for 2009-10 UH Theatre season


The University of Houston School of Theatre and Dance is geared up for a season of firsts. Local theater favorites Paul Hope and Leslie Swackhamer will direct productions with the school for the first time. And, in a season first, plays directed by two of our master of fine arts candidates will bookend the season in fall and spring.

Also during the 2009-10 performance season, the school will present the UH debut of cult classic The Rocky Horror Show (Oct. 21- Nov. 1) and the Houston premiere of Charles Mee’s Big Love (Feb. 26 - March 7). The school’s student choreographers will produce, for the first time, their fall dance concert in the 190-seat Jose Quintero Theatre.

The season will also highlight the Theatre for Young Audiences program touring a newly commissioned play to local schools and community centers.

This season will also be the first to offer an affordable Pick 3 subscription option, which offers three shows for $42. Cheap!

“The process of selecting a season for an academic theater is always interesting. Our season is essentially a ‘lab’ to train student actors, designers, dancers, choreographers, dramaturges, technicians, and stage managers,” explains Steve Wallace, SOTD director. “As a result, our audiences get to enjoy a very eclectic and entertaining season ranging from classics to more adventurous, contemporary offerings.”

Among the other highlights of next season are Christopher Hampton’s seductive Dangerous Liaisons (April 16 - 25) and MFA directing projects of Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler and John Guare’s Landscape of the Body.

Season subscriptions will go on sale June 1. Details on pricing options and dates can be found at or by calling 713-743-2929.

Sept. 18 - 20 (Date changed from Sept. 25-27)
Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen; directed by Clinton Hopper, second-year MFA director. This production is part of the MFA Studio, which offers free performances of full-length plays.

Oct. 2 - 11
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde; directed by Jonathan Gonzalez.

Oct. 16 - 18
Landscape of the Body by John Guare; directed by Cheramie Howe, second-year MFA director. This production is part of the MFA Studio. Innocent small-town folk move to New York City in the 1970s and quickly find that murder, crime and porn are the standard of life.

Oct. 23 - Nov. 1
The Rocky Horror Show by Richard O'Brien; directed by Paul Hope.
Sex, aliens, and rock ‘n’ roll.

Dec. 4 - 6
Emerging Choreographers Showcase; produced by the UH Center for Choreography. Energy and space, form and beauty. There’s always something dramatic, interesting, and fun to see at this annual concert of up-and-coming choreographers. Performed in the intimate 190-seat Quintero Theatre.

Program:Best Christmas

Theatre For Young Audiences: Nov. 20, Dec. 4
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson. It’s 1972, and the rag-tag kids of the Herdman family are about to discover the true meaning of Christmas. Don’t miss the hilarious mayhem that ensues when they participate in a church play about the birth of Jesus.

Feb. 26 - March 7
Big Love by Charles Mee; directed by Leslie Swackhamer. Not to be confused with the HBO series about sister wives in Utah. This spectacular, inspiring production tells the story of 50 brides who flee to an Italian villa to escape their arranged marriages. Inspired by Aeschylus’ The Suppliant Woman, and fused with Mee’s bold and visceral theatricality, Big Love is a wild celebration of the transcendent power of love and human connection through song, dance, and an unforgettable throw down.

April 16 - 25
Dangerous Liaisons by Christopher Hampton; directed by Samuel Sparks. Not to be confused with, well, never mind. In pre-Revolutionary France, an elegant temptress and her ex-lover conspire to corrupt a recently married woman. When bets are made, intrigue and seductive games follow close behind. This elaborately costumed play brings us through passion, cruelty, innocence and revenge.

April 30 - May 2
Spring Dance Concert; produced by the UH Center for Choreography. Dance aficionados look forward to this annual show featuring contemporary works by faculty and guest artists that is set on the pre-professional dance company, the UH Dance Ensemble.

The School of Theatre and Dance offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in theater and teacher certifications in dance. Its graduate program consists of a master of arts in theater and masters of fine arts in theater with specializations in acting, directing and design. The school has benefited from notable faculty such as Pulitzer Prize winners Edward Albee and Lanford Wilson, Royal Shakespeare Company founder Sir Peter Hall, and Tony-award winning Broadway legend José Quintero. Among current faculty are Tony Award-winning playwright Mark Medoff, Tony Award-winning producer Stuart Ostrow, and Broadway dramaturg Mark Bly.

Moores Fall Concert Calendar

The Rebecca and John J. Moores School of Music has another full Fall Concert Calendar, beginning Sept. 1

All programs are subject to change. You can get updated information on the Moores events calendar page.

Unless otherwise indicated, all performances are open seating at the Moores Opera House, and performed by Moores faculty.

Call the Moores Concert Information and Ticket Line at 713-743-3313.

Single ticket prices:

             $10 general admission
             $7 UH faculty, staff, and alumni
              $5 patrons over age 55 and students with a valid ID

Season subscriptions:

              $70 general admission
              $60 UH alumni
              $50 patrons over age 55 and students with a valid ID
              $40 UH faculty and staff



Tuesday, September 1, 7:30 pm $10/5
Robert Bates, organ
Works by Buxtehude
Organ Recital Hall

Thursday, September 10, 7:30 pm Free
Annual season preview of our faculty, students, and performing ensembles, including a world premiere of Review: a satire, an opera, a party by Jeremy Beck.

Sunday, September 13, 3 pm $10/5
Traditions and Transitions
Nancy Weems, piano
Works by Mozart, Chopin, Ives, Bernstein, Prokofieff

Tuesday, September 15, 7:30 pm $10/5
20th-Century Flute
Aralee Dorough,  flute
Judy Dines,* flute
Robert Atherholt,* oboe
David Peck,* clarinet
Rian Craypo,* bassoon
Colin Gatwood,* English horn
Timothy Hester, piano
Works by Gaubert, Messiaen, Stravinsky, Muczynski, Villa-Lobos

Sunday, September 20, 3 pm $10/5
Tali Morgulis, piano
Works by Brahms, Beethoven, Maroney, Ginastera

Tuesday, September 22, 7:30 pm $10/5
Sean Wang, violin
Brian Suits, piano
Works by Beethoven, Suits, Janá?ek, Ravel


Thursday, October 1, 7:30 pm RS $15/10
Damaged Romanticism
Melvin Chen,* piano
Works by Tower, Ligeti, Brahms

Friday, October 2, 7:30 pm RS $15/10
Rob Smith, David Bertman, directors
Jaemi Blair Loeb, + assistant director
Jeremy Justeson*, alto saxophone
Andrzej Grabiec, violin
Tim Hester, piano
Jeffrey Lerner,** clarinet
Members of the WIND ENSEMBLE
David Bertman, director
Tower: Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, Noon Dance, Petrushkates, Wings,
Tres Lent, Rain Waves

Saturday, October 3, 7:30 pm RS $15/10
Franz Anton Krager, conductor
Blake Wilkins, percussion
Melvin Chen,* piano
Tower: Made in America, Strike Zone, Rapids for Piano and Orchestra
Strauss: Don Juan, Op. 20

Festival in collaboration with the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts.


Monday, October 5, 5:15 pm Free
Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem (two-piano version)
Betsy Cook Weber, conductor
In Memoriam: a tribute to those members of the UH community who have passed on

Monday, October 5, 7:30 pm $10/5
Choral Showcase
Betsy Cook Weber, Kelly Turner
, conductors

Tuesday, October 6, 7:30 pm $10/5
David Bertman, director
Randall Griffin, clarinet
Works by Hutchison, Shanefield, McAllister, Strauss, Flagello, Pann

Wednesday, October 7, 7:30 pm $10/5

Noe Marmolejo, director
Ryan Gabbart, ++ assistant director
Works by Mahoney, Nestico, Kelly, Miley

Thursday, October 8, 7:30 pm $10/5

David Bertman, director
Works by Zanielli, Mackey, Dello Joio, Holst, Torke, Sousa

Friday, October 16, 7:30 pm Free
Alison Luedecke, ** organ
Moores Brass Quintet++
Works by D.A.White, Phillips, J.K. Hirten, J.S. Bach, Sanders, Bennett
Organ Recital Hall

Buck Ross, producer/director
Ted Taylor, music director
Friday, October 23, 7:30 pm RS $15/10
Saturday, October 24, 7:30 pm RS $15/10
Sunday, October 25, 2 pm RS $15/10
Monday, October 26, 7:30 pm RS $15/10
Il viaggio a Reims (The Journey to Rheims)
by Gioacchino Rossini
An international group of VIPs converges for a coronation only to find they are trapped in their hotel and won’t be able to make the ceremony in time. Undaunted, they create their own party instead. The triumphant return of one of our most successful comedies includes a rollicking climax for 14 soloists! Sung in the original Italian with English surtitles.


Monday, October 26, 7:30 pm Free
Danny Driver,* piano
Dudley Recital Hall

Tuesday, October 27, 1 pm Free
Danny Driver,* piano
Dudley Recital Hall

Wednesday, October 28, 7:30 pm Free
Invention and the Aftermath
(Sam Houston State University Contemporary Music Ensemble)
Dudley Recital Hall

Thursday, October 29, 7:30 pm Free
Choong-Ha Nam,**piano
Works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Bartok
Dudley Recital Hall

Friday, October 30, 7:30 pm $10/5
Franz Anton Krager, Dominique Røyem+, Jaemi Blair Loeb+, conductors
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90 “Italian”


Monday, November 2, 7:30 pm $10/5
Hot Off the Presses
Blake Wilkins, director
New music including a world premiere by David Crumb

Tuesday, November 3, 7:30 pm $10/5
In Sweet Music
Lawrence Wheeler, viola
Aralee Dorough, flute
Paula Page, harp
Cynthia Clayton, soprano
Works by Schuman, Devienne

Sunday, November 8, 3 pm $10/5
Vagram Saradjian, cello
Andrzej Grabiec, violin
Tatiana Gerasimova, piano
Trios by Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky

Monday, November 9, 7 pm Free
with Bellaire, Clear Lake, Mayde Creek, Spring high schools*
Betsy Cook Weber, Amy Solberg,* Larinda Horan,* Michael Madrid,*
Denise Eaton,*

Tuesday, November 10, 3 pm
Betsy Cook Weber, conductor
FACE Promenade Concert Series
The Centrum, 6823 Cypresswood Drive, Spring, TX

For info:

Friday, November 13, 7:30 pm $10/5
Charles Hausmann, director
Works by Bernstein, Copland, Barber, Bloch

Sunday, November 15, 7:30 pm
Noe Marmolejo, director
Billy Stritch,* piano
Miller Outdoor Theater
100 Concert Drive, Houston, TX
For Info: 713-533-3276

Monday, November 16, 7:30 pm $10/5
Rob Smith, director
Jaemi Blair Loeb,+ assistant director
Karyn Olivier,* visual artist
Students from the UH Creative Writing Department*
Premieres by Love, Suits, Wadle
In collaboration with the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts.

Tuesday, November 17, 7:30 pm $10/5

Noe Marmolejo, director
Ryan Gabbart, ++ assistant director
Works by Mahoney, Stone, Moresi, Richmond, Mastroianni

Friday, November 20, 7:30 pm

Underwritten by Sterling Bank
David Bertman, director
Come support the “Spirit of Houston”
Cougar Marching Band in a fun-filled,
exciting evening of music and dance. All
proceeds benefit the Cougar Marching
Band/Cheer/Dance scholarship and
program funds.

Sunday, November 22, 6 pm
A Handel and Haydn Commemoration
Matthew Dirst, director
Works by Handel and Haydn on the 250th and 200th anniversaries of their deaths
Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church, Parish Hall
2535 Rice Boulevard
For info: 713-523-2864

Tuesday, November 24, 7:30 pm $10/5

David Bertman, director
Works by Whitacre, Holsinger, Fillmore, Galbraith, Dello Joio, Alford


Tuesday, December 1, 7:30 pm Free
Christmas in the Chapel
Betsy Cook Weber, Kelly Turner, conductors
UH Main Chapel, A.D. Bruce Religion Center

Thursday, December 3, 7:30 pm RS $15/10
Transcriptions in Reverse

Franz Anton Krager, David Bertman, conductors
Works originally composed for orchestra and transcribed for band, and visa versa – a unique concert!

Sunday, December 6, 3 pm RS $15/10
I Saw Eternity: The Music of David Ashley White
Betsy Cook Weber, director
Performing Artists from the Moores School of Music and Houston community.

* Guest Artist/Group
** Alumnae/Alumnus
+ MSM DMA Student
++ MSM Student
RS Reserved Seating


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