Well, November is here, so obviously the tendency is to look back at the historic year 2019 was for both UH and UHAA. We celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Graduate College of Social Work, the Hilton College and the University’s role in the 1969 historic lunar landing and our collaborations with NASA on that triumphant day. And we continue to celebrate the beauty and splendor of the 50 years of UH Public Art. 50 years really went by fast, didn’t it?
But if you think about it, those celebrations were just a little over the halfway point of our University as a whole, and now we look forward to 2020 and what comes with that decade, the 100th Anniversary of UH in 2027. That date seems light-years from now, but if you think about how quickly the last 50 went, 2027 feels like it will be here tomorrow afternoon! Not really, but you know what I mean. And we are getting ready for it. While we are putting the wraps on our uber-successful $1B capital campaign this spring, we are putting the finishing touches on our new five-year strategic plan for alumni relations that will take us right up the centennial.
Take a look at all of the ways you can be involved in your alma mater through UHAA in this month’s happenings, on our website at www.houstonalumni.com and in the soon to be released to you, Annual Report. The Annual Report will transparently share our plan for the next five years at UHAA and how we are going about engaging our many generations of alumni.
The year 2020 will bring us the 300,000th graduate of UH, as we are adding more than 7,000 new alumni each year now. A staggering thought to think of the power this Powerhouse on Cullen has become. Nearly one of every five college graduates in Houston is a Cougar, one in five! There are Cougars everywhere. Your job is to be part of the plan, part of the solution and part of helping us find every Cougar to keep them engaged at UH for years to come.
Have a great beginning to the holiday season, join us at an event as we wrap up this historic, celebratory year and get ready for bigger and louder celebrations to come. Go Coogs!
True We’ll Ever Be,
Mike Pedé (’89)
Associate VP for Alumni Relations