Welcome to our April issue of Happenings. For those of you who do not know me, my name is Joe Rera, and I serve as Program Director at the UH Alumni Association. While I oversee several areas, the majority of my time is spent working with our Constituent Association volunteers. I have to commend our dedicated volunteers for their patience and understanding during this time, as we have postponed and canceled many of our events in response to COVID-19. To date, we have 40 active groups who together put on a combined total of 216 events last year, both in and out of Houston. If you would like to get involved with our Constituent Associations, please click here.
I also manage the scholarship process, along with my dedicated associate, Lindsey Allison. Most of the funds raised in this effort are attributed to the time and energy that our volunteer leaders channel into their events. Last year, over $125,000 in scholarships were awarded, If you have a son or daughter who will be attending UH next year, please click here to learn more about our scholarships.
Another area that I am responsible for is our infamous Party on the Plaza, the official tailgate spot for UH Alumni. Alumni and guest can enter for free right outside gate 1. This area is also comprised of our Constituent Associations, although we do have the Life Member tailgate right across the way.
Finally, one of my new ventures is engaging more Young Alumni. To start this, we have established a Young Alumni Council from across colleges and affinity groups. We would like more volunteers to participate in this exciting program. For more information, click here.
As for my personal life, I am originally from Buffalo, New York and am a huge Bills fan. I was beyond excited to see Ed Oliver end up there to combine two of my favorite things! I have been with the University of Houston since October of 2015, after previously working for the Astros and also served as an Athletic Director for St. Mary’s High School in Buffalo. I like to golf, read, mess around on my guitar and hang out with friends and family.
If you have any questions on how we can help enrich your engagement with the University, please feel free to email me and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks and Go Coogs!