UC offers aid for Valentine's
Cougar News Services
The season of love descended just after
the New Year. With Valentine's Day looming on the horizon, some are exploring
any and all options for
alternatives to boxed chocolates and teddy
bears. But they may not have far to look.
The University Center may be lovers' one-stop
destination to alleviate the pressures of buying that perfect gift for
that special someone, or to find
a special someone with whom to celebrate.
Students, faculty and staff are encouraged
to stop by the UC from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 13 and 14 to take advantage
of an opportunity to
strengthen relationships, gain valuable
health information and have fun while purchasing Valentine's Day gifts
for significant others.
On Feb. 14, the UH Health and Wellness
Center will provide information on topics including how to protect oneself,
how to be sexually
responsible, selecting good partners and
learning what it means to have a healthy relationship.
The Valentine's Gift Mart will run for
both days and will include tables selling popcorn and arts and crafts.
There will also be seasonal gift items
available, such as chocolates, candy,
flowers, balloons, gift baskets, teddy bears, make-up and cosmetics from
Mary Kay and Sephora. More
than 25 vendors and businesses from the
UH community and greater Houston area will be on hand.
There's also a chance for lucky participants
to win tickets to see r&b ingenue Alicia Keys and a trip to RodeoHouston
to see a performance by
popular singer/songwriter Brian McKnight
and hip-hop diva Mary J. Blige.
The UC and Associated Facilities, the Wellness
Center and Campus Activities will sponsor the health-oriented portion of
the two-day event with
the "Matters of the Heart" informational
session. Gifts aren't the only things that can address "matters of the
Gail Gillan, director of the Wellness Center
and Karen Nelson, a University counselor, will give a presentation titled
"Are You a Fool for Love?"
from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 14 in the
World Affairs Lounge.
The presentation will address problems
people often encounter in their relationships. It's meant for people who
may not know they are in bad
relationships. It may even help people
meet the right kind of people — and know what they should be looking for.
"Some people either hate Valentine's Day
or they love it," said Lauren Johnson, coordinator of UC marketing and
programs. "Here they can sit
back and listen to the music, see the
art or listen to one of the speakers. You can find out how to find a healthy
relationship. There will be more
there than just flowers."
For more information on the Wellness Center's
presentation, call (713) 747-0355 or visit www.las.uh.edu/wc. For more
information on health
information to be presented, call (713)
A complete list of all Valentine's Gift
Fair participants will be available the days of the event and online at