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Volume 69, Issue 47, Wednesday, October 29, 2003

News
 

Students set to hear astronaut

Program seeks to increase African-American enrollment

Cougar News Services

To help increase African-American enrollment, 1,000 black area high school students will visit UH on Thursday, where they will meet with African-American alumni, faculty, staff and students and learn about college life.

The annual one-day conference, simply called "The Event," has been held for seven years and is presented by the admissions office, the Black Leadership Network, the African-American Studies Program and the Black Alumni Association. 

Students will hear from UH alum Dr. Bernard A. Harris Jr., a black astronaut who has logged more than 438 hours in space.

"We bring black professionals to our event so students will meet people they can relate to," said Jeff Fuller, assistant director of admissions. "Dr. Harris will surely inspire and help motivate these kids to pursue a higher education."

Born in Texas in 1956, Harris earned his bachelor's degree in biology from UH and later earned a medical degree from Texas Tech University's School of Medicine. Harris also holds a master's degree in business administration from UH.

Harris was chosen to be an astronaut in 1990 and flew his first mission three years later. He retired in 1996 and currently heads The Harris Foundation, a non-profit organization he created in 1998 to help create math and science education and crime prevention programs for America's youth.

"The Event" begins at 9 a.m. Thursday and Harris will speak at 9:30 a.m. in the Houston Room of the University Center.
 

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