Thursday, February 7, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 88



UC offers aid for Valentine's Day

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 heart."

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 For more information on health
information to be presented, call (713) 743-5455.

A complete list of all Valentine's Gift Fair participants will be available the days of the event and online at

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