It was a week of honors and awards as well as announcements of new positions for colleges in the University of Houston System. Here are some highlights:
The Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) has chosen the University of Houston (UH) Graduate College of Social Work (GCSW) as one of seven graduate programs in the U.S. to help China build its social work education program over the next five years. The government of China aims to have two million social workers by 2020.
“To be invited to assist the country of China in developing a professional work force of social workers to meet the needs of its people is a great honor,” said Darla Spence Coffey, president of CSWE.
“This is a momentous and system-changing event in the history of China, and we are certain to learn as much or more from our Chinese partners and the process as they will learn from us. It truly is a mutual and reciprocal collaboration that will reap many rewards for all involved.”
(Permission: University of Houston)
This past week, UHD President William Flores named Michael Fields as the new Dean of the University of Houston Downtown's College of Business.
Fields comes to UHD from Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where he served as dean of the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship. In this role, he prepared the school for initial accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and introduced a school-wide process improvement program employing Lean Six Sigma.
Fields received a doctoral degree in marketing, a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Arkansas.
Noël Bezette-Flores, Ph.D., noted community leader and assistant dean of UHD’s College of Public Service, recently was named by Mayor Annise D. Parker to the board of directors of Houston Media Source (HMS). She will be providing administrative direction for HMS, a non-profit organization that provides cable television to Houston.
In addition to her role at HMS, Dr. Bezette-Flores serves as the co-chair of Houston’s Citizenship Week, the advisory committee for Houston’s Office of International Communities, is a METRO Academy Community Partner and a member of the education committee for Texan French Alliance for the Arts.
Trevor Jones, an undergraduate advisor at UHD founded UHD’s African-American Male Mentorship Program (AAMMP). His mission: to offer disadvantaged African-American male students the necessary support and encouragement they need to succeed in academic work. Since AAMMP has been available at UHD, students enrolled in the program have raised their GPAs significantly.
This past week, UHD’s AAMMP mentors and members gathered to celebrate the academic achievements and distribute awards to students who have demonstrated academic improvement this past semester.
UHD’s Environmental Club has participated in some of Houston’s most demanding clean-up projects including Japhet Creek restoration, Discovery Green beautification, and Ed’s Bayou Clean-up. The group works in sustainability projects throughout the Houston area.
Last week, UHD announced that the Environmental Club is a finalist for a Texas Environmental Excellence. Recognized by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the group will appear at an awards banquet May 1 in Austin.if selected to receive the award.