The 80-Year History of UHAA
The Ex-Students Association, now UHAA, was founded as a non-profit organization.
The official debut of the University of Houston alma mater.
The first UH class ring was awarded.
The debut of “Shasta;” the first live cougar to serve as the UH mascot.
The Frontiersmen was established to promote school spirit and the infamous Frontier Fiesta.
UHAA moved from its trailer location to the Ezekiel Cullen building.
The Cougar Hand Sign was adopted.
Frontier Fiesta was dubbed “The Greatest Show on Earth” by Life Magazine.
The University of Houston becomes a state, public institution.
The UHAA Life Member program was established.
The Buggy Beauties were introduced to serve as spirit ambassadors for UH year-round. After each touchdown, the buggy is driven around the stadium.
The Cougars win the Cotton Bowl Classic against the Maryland Terrapins.
The University of Houston celebrates its 50th anniversary.
Phi Slama Jama, the name given to the UH men’s college basketball team, dominated the national sports scene. The team was coached by Guy V. Lewis and featured NBA Top 50 players Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler and Elvin Hayes.
Frontier Fiesta was restarted.
Named after avid UH supporter, David Carl Blazek, the Blaze tradition was born, with the sounding of the siren that echoes after each score during a football game.
UHAA moves into the Athletic-Alumni Center.
Dr. Renu Khator begins her tenure As UH System Chancellor/President at the University of Houston.
The live cougar, “Shasta,” is reinstated at the Houston Zoo.
UHAA merges into the University of Houston.
UHAA hosts the first Cougar 100 Luncheon, recognizing the top 100 fastest-growing Cougar-owned or operated businesses.
The Legend of Cougar Paw begins where students rub their hands on the paws of the Cougar statue, outside of TDECU Stadium right before a football game.
The first Class Ring ceremony to be held in the Fertitta Center.
UHAA unveils the UH Class Ring statue in the Student Center.
UH welcomes 300,000 graduates.