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Photos from UHCL Alumni Association's post 10/31/2023

We had a wonderful time yesterday playing golf with our alumni and friends as we returned for the second annual Alumni Hawk Golf Tournament! 🏌
Thank you to all who stopped by despite the windy weather. We had a great time reconnecting over friendly competition, delicious food, and prizes!
Your donations truly make a difference in shaping a better future for generations to come. Go Hawks!


We're so excited to celebrate all of our 2023 honorees tomorrow at the Alumni Celebration! 💚💙


Our last honoree for Alumni Celebration goes to Brenda Cothran! She is the recipient of Marilyn S. Sims Leadership Service Award. 🌟

Cothran moved with her family to the Pasadena area from her hometown of Amarillo, Texas. After graduating from Sam Rayburn High School, she began attending classes at the University of Houston main campus. She continued her studies at University of Houston–Clear Lake and received a Bachelor of Science in Education from the College of Education in 1980. Shortly thereafter, Cothran married her husband, Gerald. When not attending Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, and church functions with Gerald, she taught 2nd grade at Parkwood Elementary School in Deer Park ISD while taking night classes at UHCL to complete her master’s degree in 1985.

The Cothrans raised two children, both of whom are now grown. While she intended to return to the classroom to teach after her children were in school, she realized the importance of a parent’s attention and involvement in a child’s life, so she continued volunteering in school activities and clubs, enhancing the experiences of her children’s formative education years. Her daughter, Laura, is now a state-recognized hearing and deaf specialist teacher with DPISD. Her son, Andrew, is a geologist in the petroleum industry in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Cothran served as a board member of the Deer Park Education Foundation for more than 20 years and is currently serving as an ex-officio member, after her appointment as a member of the DPISD Board of Trustees in 2016. She currently serves the school district and community in that position, making decisions that touch so many young students and community members’ lives.

During her years of service, Cothran has encountered community members in need who lacked support, so she helped find ways to provide food, supplies, counseling, and funding for these basic services. This eventually led her to assist in the formation of a grass roots organization for citizens in need, which officially became a community supported non-profit organization in 2010, the Deer Park Opportunity Center.

In 2008, Cothran was recognized as the Deer Park Christian Lay Woman of the Year for her devotion to her church and community activities. She continues this active support to the community with her work through the Opportunity Center and as an active member of the Deer Park United Methodist Church. She also spends many hours staffing and obtaining donations for the Deer Park Food Pantry and visiting and assisting the elderly of the community.


Kate Lightfoot is our next spotlight for Distinguished Alumni. 🎉
She is the Global Marine Manager and President of Sea River Maritime in ExxonMobil’s global Supply Chain organization. Kate recently transitioned to this role after serving in the Site Manager roles at ExxonMobil’s Baytown Olefins Plant and previously the Baytown Chemical Plant. She was the first female to hold both Site Manager positions as well as two prior Process Manager positions in Baytown.

Kate holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Arkansas and received her MBA from the University of Houston-Clear Lake in 2003. She joined ExxonMobil in Baytown in 2002 as an experienced hire.

Kate is a wife to Ronny and has three children, Ally (19), Will (17) and Gavin (6). Away from ExxonMobil, Kate spends time supporting her children in school and sports activities and simply being a mom. She and her family enjoy outdoor activities, and family vacations are normally planned around being in the fresh air snow skiing, fishing, and water skiing.


The celebration continues as we spotlight our next Distinguished Alumni, Dr. Marci Contreras.

🔹Dr. Contreras, a native of the Clear Lake area, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology with a minor in biotechnology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake (2005). She graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) PA Program in 2008 and later became a faculty member in 2014. With almost 16 years of experience as a Physician Assistant (PA), she specializes in Neurology, Behavioral Medicine, and Preventive Medicine.

🔹 Her career path includes roles in general neurology, with a focus on movement disorders and headaches. She accepted a faculty position at Baylor College of Medicine, specializing in multiple sclerosis, where she excelled as a clinician, educator, and researcher. Dr. Contreras has been actively involved in educating the public on multiple sclerosis and volunteering at St. Vincent’s clinic in Galveston, serving the homeless and underserved.

🔹 Dr. Contreras is passionate about social determinants of health, anti-trafficking efforts, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. She earned her Doctor of Education in Health Professions degree in May 2022 from A.T. Still University. Currently, she serves as the founding Program Director for Franklin Pierce University’s Hybrid PA Program in Arizona. She has been in PA education for ten years. Recognized for her teaching excellence, Dr. Contreras was inducted into the Academy of Master Teachers and received the TAPA Outstanding PA Educator of the Year Award in 2019. She is an active member of professional organizations, including the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA). Residing in Phoenix, Arizona, Dr. Contreras enjoys reading, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her three dogs. She is the proud mother of twin daughters, Mya and Isabella, who attend Baylor University and Texas State University, respectively.


Dr. Mary Short takes the next spotlight as the 2023 Oustanding Professor! She is a professor of clinical psychology. She has served as the Program Director for Clinical Psychology from 2006 – 2016, and she currently serves as the Program Director of the Doctoral program in Clinical and School Psychology. Since 2016, she has also served as Department Chair for Clinical, Health, and Applied Sciences. Finally, she also served as the interim associate dean for the College of Human Sciences and Humanities from June 2022 to January 2023.

Dr. Short received her doctorate from Western Michigan University. She completed her internship training in clinical psychology at Boys' Town in Omaha, Nebraska and post-Doctoral training at University of Texas Medical Branch.

Dr. Short's most important contribution as a professor has been to her devotion to the training and development of her students for the last 18 years. She has advised/supervised 100’s of Master’s and Doctoral students. In these programs, there have been over 400 graduates, who are now working in the community providing mental health services. Finally, she is a nationally recognized researcher in the area of the pediatric health psychology, and through this lab, she has mentored over 100 students, including publishing and presenting with at least 50 of them.


Our next honoree for the Alumni Celebration is Myrna Jones Baker! 🎉
She is a a healthcare professional with over 35 years of experience, earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from UHCL in 1985 and later obtained a Master of Business Administration from the University of Houston Executive MBA Program in 1995. Currently serving as the regional development director at the Houston Methodist Hospital system, Baker has held various roles at prominent medical institutions such as Humana Hospital Corporation, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, and CHRISTUS Health.

🔹 In her current position, Baker has been pivotal in decision-making for the Houston Methodist Hospital system, contributing to initiatives that benefit the community. Notably, she established "Helen’s Table," honoring her mother, to support UH-Clear Lake students with food, nutrition counseling, and household budgeting. In her role, she has raised over $4 million for Houston Methodist community hospitals, supporting research, education, and patient care.

🔹Baker's commitment to community service extends beyond her professional role. For over 30 years, she has been actively involved in various organizations, including the Association of Business and Professional Women, Bay Oaks Country Club, Bay Area Turning Point, Inc., Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership, The Arts Alliance of Clear Lake, and local Chambers of Commerce. She served on the UHCL Alumni Board from 1996-2000 and continues to provide philanthropic support to these organizations.

🔹 Originally from North Carolina, Baker has been a resident of the Clear Lake community since 1983. Married for 37 years to Allen Baker, she is the proud mother of three daughters. In her leisure time, Baker enjoys cooking, playing pickleball, kayaking, traveling, gardening, and hiking.


With the upcoming Alumni Celebration, we want to recognize our Early Achievement Awardee, Jennifer Cervantes. 👏

🔹Jennifer Cervantes is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-S) who graduated from the University of Houston- Clear Lake with her Bachelor of Social Work. She received her Master of Social Work in Direct Practice with Children and Families from the University of Texas Arlington in 2017.

🔹 Jennifer has extensive experience working with children and families in various school and non-profit settings, but her passion and area of expertise lie in direct practice with families of children who have received developmental or behavioral diagnoses. She currently serves as a full-time Assistant Professor and Director of Community Outreach and Education at the Meyer Center for Developmental Pediatrics and Autism with Baylor College of Medicine at Texas Children’s Hospital. She also currently serves as co-chair of the Advocacy Committee for the Society of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. She was recognized in 2019 as Field Instructor of the Year for the University of Houston Clear Lake Social Work program. Jennifer was also recognized in 2021 by the Latino Social Workers of Greater Houston as the Latino/x Social Worker of the Year.

🔹 Throughout her time at the Meyer Center, she played a vital role in developing and delivering educational programs for families, community professionals, and medical and social work learners. Notably, she led the creation of a Waitlist Informational Workshop for families awaiting developmental evaluations, a concept now sought after by over 35 developmental centers nationwide. She has also co-authored two peer-reviewed publications and contributed to various presentations at local, regional, national, and international levels.

🔹 Jennifer has been married to her husband Eduardo for the past 15 years and they are parents to Eduardo Jr., who services in the United States Marine Corps, Gabriel, who currently attends the University of Houston main campus, and Roxana, who is in middle school.


🏈 Join UHCL alumni and friends to see the Houston Texans take on the Arizona Cardinals on November 19!

🏈 Purchase through the link below to receive:
-Exclusive discounted tickets
-Pre-game warm-up viewing opportunity
-Post-game on-field photo

🏈 Purchase tickets at https://fevo.me/uhcl.

🏈 Head to our Instagram stories for a chance to win 2 tickets!


⛳ There is still room to join us for UHCL's Hawk Alumni Golf Tournament! Bring your love of golf and friendly competition, and connect (or reconnect) with other alumni and friends of UHCL during this annual event.

Visit https://www.uhcl.edu/alumni/events/golf-tournament for more information on registration, sponsorship and volunteer opportunities.

Thank you to our sponsors:
Houston Tents & Events
Big Star Cadillac & Big Star Hyundai
Bullpen Marketing - Texas
UHS Office of Government and Community Relations


💙💚❤️ UHCL is excited to be a part of the annual American Heart Association Bay Area Heart Walk focused on overall health and saving lives. It will be held on Saturday, November 11, at 9 a.m. at the Kemah Boardwalk and you're invited to join the UHCL team! Those who sign up will receive a free UHCL Heart Walk shirt prior to the day of the event.

💙💚❤️ To kick off the Heart Walk festivities, we'll be participating in the Heart Walk Rally Day on Wednesday, October 4, a special day to register walkers for the event, wear red, and get everyone excited about the upcoming Heart Walk.

💙💚❤️ Visit the UH-Clear Lake Team page at https://tr.ee/rrBXwA9o0q and select the "Join a Team" tab. If you can, donate to help us reach our goal of $4,000.


👻🧟‍♂️ Reminder to join us for Scare on the Square at UHCL Pearland on October 14! This event promises an afternoon of fun-filled activities for all ages, including: Face Painting, Costume Contest registration 2pm – 3pm, Exciting Giveaways, Delicious Food Vendors. Admission is FREE and open to the public, so be sure to spread the word and invite your friends and family to join us.


📗📘 Join the College of Human Sciences and Humanities for their 2023-2024 Scholar Series, kicking off on Tuesday, October 3 with Dr. Dorothea Lerman. The conversation will explore neurodevelopmental disabilities and employment, and will cover current research and practice at UHCL. Register today at https://tr.ee/xHRUrXqqj3.


Looking for your next job? 💼 Join UHCL Career Services tomorrow for the annual All Majors Career Fair. Alumni Welcome!


📣 LAST DAY to visit the Herff Jones representatives in Atrium I! They'll be on site today from 11am-5pm. Place your University of Houston-Clear Lake ring order in person today, or online by Sept 26 to have it arrive in time for the Ring Ceremony on November 30.


👻 One month away! Scare on the Square returns to UHCL at Pearland on October 14 and all are invited! Join us for games, a costume contest, giveaways and more!
👻 A little ghoul told us the Alumni Association might be providing some sweet treats!


Remembering and honoring the lives lost on September 11th, a day that forever changed our world.


Time to celebrate! 🎉 The UHCL Alumni Association recognizes outstanding alumni and professors for their achievements and service to the community. Click the link to learn more and register. 🔗


🎭 UHCL's Bayou Theater is thrilled to present its 2023-2024 Season!
🎤 Prepare to be captivated by over 20 outstanding performances.
🎼 Offering flexible ticket packages that cater to your preferences.
💃 Find the schedule and buy your tickets today at https://www.uhcl.edu/bayou-theater/.

Photos from UHCL Alumni Association's post 08/24/2023

✈️🌎 Ready for adventure in 2024? Join UHCL Alumni Travel for Great Trains and Grand Canyons in March. See the beautiful red rocks of Sedona, the breathtaking views of the Grand Canyon and get the Old West nostalgia of two train rides!
All are welcome. Find more info and sign up at www.uhcl.edu/alumni/events/travel-program.

Photos from UHCL Alumni Association's post 08/23/2023

🏌️‍♂️ Tag a golfer!
⛳ ...and then join us for UHCL Alumni Association's Hawk Golf tournament on October 30th at South Shore Harbour! All are welcome, find more info at www.uhcl.edu/alumni/events/golf-tournament.


Each year the UHCL Alumni Association honors our very best alumni and professors by recognizing their extraordinary accomplishments and service to the community. Please save the date, October 28th, for the award presentation at this year's Alumni Celebration. We hope to see you there! 🏆


📢 Welcome back Hawks, and have a great first day!

Alumni, do you remember your first day on campus? Any advice for students as they start the semester?

Photos from University of Houston-Clear Lake at Pearland's post 08/02/2023

We saw lots of alumni faces with their future Hawks!


⛳️⛳️ The UHCL Hawk Alumni Golf Tournament returns on October 30 to South Shore Harbour Country Club. Join fellow UHCL alumni and friends for friendly competition while supporting alumni programs and initiatives. We hope to see you there!

Sponsorships and registrations are now open at https://bit.ly/uhclgolf.

Interested in volunteering? Tell us here - https://bit.ly/uhclvolunteer.


Ring in 2024 with us in beautiful Southern California! This tour features beach towns, the Tournament of Roses Parade from a reserved grandstand, a Harbor Cruise in San Diego and MUCH MORE! More info at https://www.uhcl.edu/alumni/events/travel-program.


We 💚 our alumni volunteers! With various opportunities and no minimum commitment, you decide how and when you choose to help. Sign up today to hear about volunteer opportunities as they become available!



Alumni, you and your families are invited to UHCL at Pearland for Reading Around the Bases with The Astros Foundation. This event is free to attend and children in grades K-5 will go home with a free book and other goodies! ⚾📗📘


The Friday Morning Continuing Education Summer Series starts tomorrow, with two exciting classes! Come hear about beautiful St. Croix, 🏝 and then stay to explore, and try your hand at, the works of Matisse. 👨‍🎨🎨 Remember that all are welcome, regardless of age, residency or previous academic background.

Please visit https://www.uhcl.edu/academics/extended/friday-morning-ce/ or contact [email protected] to register or for more information.


Happy Fourth of July from the UHCL Alumni Association!

Photos from UHCL Alumni Association's post 12/14/2022

Congratulations to our Hawks for closing this well earned chapter of their lives. As they prepare to embark on a new journey, we want to remind them they will forever hold a place here at UHCL. Welcome, UHCL Alumni!

Timeline photos 01/27/2022

Mitchell Jefferies knew he couldn't have gone from intern to full-time avionics engineer at Intuitive Machines without the guidance and support from his professors in the program at . Read full story: http://ow.ly/hPbt50HG1fr.

Timeline photos 01/25/2022

Artist Floyd Newsum's upcoming exhibition will open Jan. 31 and an opening reception will be held on Friday, Feb. 4 from 5-7 p.m. in the Art Gallery. This exhibition spotlights 13 paintings and two sculptures, each with its own individual meaning. Read more: https://blog.uhcl.edu/news/houston-artist-floyd-newsum-showcases-works-in-uhcl-art-gallery.

Houston artist, Floyd Newsum showcases his artwork in the UHCL Art Gallery opening Jan 31st. Check out what inspires him to be an artist. Read more: http://ow.ly/z5Ex50HBLBk

Timeline photos 12/24/2021

We wish you and your loved ones a restful holiday season and success in the year ahead!

Timeline photos 12/13/2021

Congratulations to the summer and fall 2021 grads! Welcome to the UHCL Alumni Association!

Timeline photos 12/08/2021

Join us for the Soaring Hawks Car Parade this Saturday at 2 p.m.! Immediately following will be an after-party hosted by UHCL Deans. Food and refreshments will be served. Don't miss the celebration! If you plan to attend, be sure to register using link below.

Join your fellow Summer & Fall 2021 graduates for a UHCL Soaring Hawks Car Parade on Saturday, December 11. UHCL alumni, faculty and staff will celebrate and welcome you into the Alumni Association!!
Click the link for more details: https://www.uhcl.edu/alumni/events/soaring-hawks

Timeline photos 11/30/2021

Happy Giving Tuesday! This international day was created to spark generosity around the world. We are thankful for not only our , but our volunteers, mentors and others that give their time, money and resources to create a one-of-a-kind experience. UHCL is committed to serving a diverse body of students in every aspect of their educational journey. Join us on our mission to provide a transformational education to all Hawks with a gift today. A gift of any amount that is meaningful to you can truly make a difference! Visit https://giving.uh.edu/uhcl/ for more information.

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