Monday, April 8, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 125


UH to celebrate its 75th birthday

Cougar News Staff

Cougar Pride Week, starting today and ending Saturday, marks UH's 75th anniversary celebration. The campus will be adorned with red and white
throughout the week.

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Cullen Family Plaza will be the site for UH's 75th anniversary celebration from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. The event, called "UH Through the
Decades," will feature music, food, refreshments and historical exhibits.

The campus will be home to live bands, dance performances, disc jockey appearances and other activities. Food and refreshments will be provided by
student organizations, faculty and staff. Each decade of the University's existence will be represented by music, photographs and exhibits.

"It's important that the students, faculty and staff come and participate in the celebration. This is a once-in-a-lifetime event that was a collective effort
from the staff, faculty and students," said Wendy Adair, associate vice president for university relations.

UH began as Houston Junior College with summer sessions June 5, 1927. The faculty consisted of 12 faculty members on loan from other colleges
and universities. The small number of students at the time attended classes in borrowed facilities throughout the city.

The first university president, E. E. Oberholtzer, envisioned the institution becoming a commodity to the city and its primary higher education resource.

Today, UH is home away from home to approximately 33,000 students from more than 120 countries and multiple ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

"Throughout our 75 years, we have been blessed with extraordinary people who have lead us to exceptional achievements," said Arthur K. Smith, UH
System chancellor and UH president. "We began as a university for Houston's working people, and we evolved into a university that educates the
people of Houston and the world, and one that has emerged in many fields at the frontiers of discovery."

Unity Day initiates the festivities and will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the University Center. The Council of Ethnic Organizations sponsors
the event and will feature art displays, food samples and entertainment.

Music and refreshments will be the highlight of the Buzz Buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at Lynn Eusan Park. The event is sponsored by
KTBZ-FM 94.5, James Coney Island and the UH Office of University Marketing.

Wednesday has been designated as "Wear Red Day" and will be the high point of Cougar Pride Week, the day the University actually celebrates its
anniversary. Students, faculty and staff can gather at Cullen Family Plaza from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Good News Gospel Choir and UH's jazz
orchestra will perform. Students can win one of two reserved parking spaces for the coming school year during the event.

From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, people may go to the UH Bookstore to have copies of Our Time signed. The Houston Alumni Organization will
hold an awards dinner at 7 p.m. in the UH Hilton. The Student Program Board will also kick off its "Wet and Wild, UH Style Spring Fest 2002."

SPB's event continues from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the UC's Arbor Room. The Spring Fest will head to Robertson Stadium from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday
and will include a fashion show, local bands, dunking booths and other activities.

Adair encourages everyone to participate in this fun-filled week. 

"It's our birthday party. Come and celebrate," she said.

with additional reporting by Christina Flowers, Daily Cougar Staff

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