Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the moon, the price of a gallon of gas was 35 cents and the last episode of the original “Star Trek” aired. At the University of Houston, history was also being made. It was the year UH became the first university in Texas to create a public art collection.
Fifty years later, Public Art at the University of Houston (PAUHS) has matured into one of the most impressive public art collections in the country, with nearly 700 objects on view throughout the University of Houston, University of Houston Sugar Land, University of Houston Downtown, University of Houston Clear Lake and University of Houston Victoria. The scope of these projects has increased dramatically over time, and the collection continues to expand through commissions, site-specific installations, temporary public art projects, purchases and gifts. Artists include Frank Stella, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Alyson Shotz, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Andy Warhol, Margo Sawyer and Dorothy Hood. To learn more about Public Art at the University of Houston System: publicartuhs.org
When Conrad Hilton donated his $1.5 million naming gift to establish the Conrad N. Hilton School of Hotel and Restaurant Management on October 28, 1969, he could not have imagined the impact that his gift would make in the world of hospitality education. From the first class of 39 students and three professors to standing today as a world leader in hospitality education, Hilton College’s progress is undeniable. With an alumni network of 8,200 strong, Hilton alumni hold hospitality leadership positions from around the corner, around the country and around the world. Congratulations on turning 50! To read more about Hilton College: www.uh.edu/hilton-college
This fall, The UH College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) offered undergraduate students the option to declare a major in African American Studies for the first time. The addition of a Bachelor of Arts degree in African American Studies (AAS) coincides with the 50th anniversary of the program and reflects growing interest from students and faculty in the study of black culture throughout space and time. “The African American Studies major exemplifies the commitment CLASS has made to intellectual diversity, offering students well-rounded academic experiences,” said Dr. Antonio D. Tillis, dean of CLASS. To learn more about the African American Studies Program: uh.edu/class/aas.