UHCL president highlights the past year’s accomplishments

UHCL recognizes Exxon Mobil Baytown
Pictured are Baytown Technology and Engineering Complex Site Manager Juan Reinoso receiving the award from UHCL President William A. Staples.

Preparing for first-year students, recognizing veterans and adding new degree programs are just a few of the activities University of Houston-Clear Lake President William A. Staples discussed during the annual Report to the Community breakfast. In addition, Staples awarded the Community Partnership Award during the spring breakfast event.

Staples began by recognizing UHCL’s Distinguished Alumni before looking back at the accomplishments from the past year including:

  • UHCL being named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the fourth consecutive year;
  • The establishment of the Veterans Services Office at UHCL in response to the growing number of veterans moving to the Houston area;
  • Introduction of UHCL’s first official mascot – Hunter the Hawk;
  • Implementation of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in fall 2014 in partnership with San Jacinto College

He continued by providing a few statistics about the university.

“We graduated over 2,300 students last year, surpassing 57,000 in total number of alumni,” said Staples. “And, based on the survey that we ask graduates to complete, the overall percentage of graduating students who would recommend UHCL to family and friends was an overwhelming 90 percent.”

Adding freshman- and sophomore-level courses and the transition from an upper-level to a four-year university highlighted Staples’ speech.

“This will be the second most significant change since the university welcomed students in 1974,” said Staples.

During the breakfast event, Staples awarded the Community Partnership Award to ExxonMobil Baytown, for its significant contributions to the success of UHCL, education partners and the community. Staples described the many ways the company has offered assistance including its support of the Baytown Area Education Recruitment and Retention or BAER2 program, and the UHCL Math Institute, as well as the Texas Envirothon and the School Yard Habitat Program through UHCL’s Environmental Institute of Houston.

Site manager of the Baytown Technology and Engineering Complex, Juan Reinoso, accepted the award on behalf of ExxonMobil Baytown, expressing the company’s pride in supporting programs at UHCL.

Staples closed the program thanking the attendees at the breakfast that included many who have supported the university in a variety of ways for years.

“Thank you for your ongoing support of UHCL and your life-changing investments in our students, faculty, academic programs and our community.”

For more information about how to support UHCL, visit http://www.uhcl.edu/development/give or call the Office of University Advancement, 281-283-2021.

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University of Houston-Clear Lake offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including a doctoral program, from its four schools, which include the School of Business, School of Education, School of Human Sciences and Humanities, and School of Science and Computer Engineering. In 2011, the university gained approval from the state to add freshman- and sophomore-level courses to its roster and is currently planning for its first freshman class in fall 2014. For more information about the university, visit http://www.uhcl.edu.


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