UHAA is pleased to introduce our new webinar series that brings programs of interest to our alumni. The opportunity to engage online provides a great avenue for us to connect while expanding our knowledge. As part of this new initiative, dynamic presenters will provide education and insight into a variety of topics, sure to stimulate and inspire. Check out our upcoming webinars below and register to reserve your place – space is limited! If you cannot attend one of our webinars, we will have recordings available for later viewing.

Questions? Contact us at alumni@uh.edu.


Exclusively for Everyone

Public Art of UHS
Thursday, February 18 | 6:00 PM

NSM Movie Night

Hidden Figures
Friday, February 19, 2021 | 6:15 PM CT

Holiday Retail Reimagined

with C.T. Bauer College of Business and College of Technology
Wednesday, Dec 2 | 10:00 AM CT

2021 Webinars Coming Soon!

Exclusively for Everyone

Public Art of the University of Houston System

About the Event

Join Maria C. Gaztambide, PhD, director and chief curator of Public Art of the University of Houston System as we discuss one of UH’s and the City of Houston’s most unique cultural gems. We’ll touch upon Public Art UHS’s storied history, the evolution of its collection and recent projects, including the temporary exhibition Color Field. On view through May 31, the exhibition is the first curated exhibition of outdoor sculptures at UH and among the largest ever presented in Houston.

Date & Location

Thursday, February 18 | 6:00 PM
Via Zoom – instructions to join will be sent to all registrants prior to the webinar

About the Panel

Maria C. Gaztambide, Ph.D.

is the inaugural director and chief curator of Public Art of the University of Houston System. Her work over the years has focused on the intersection of art, technology, and the public realm.

Prior to joining UH, Dr. Gaztambide served as associate director of the International Center for the Arts of the Americas at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston  a research center focused on twentieth century Latin American and U.S. based Latino art. During her nearly 13-year tenure at MFAH, her work spanned administration, research, publications, and long-term exhibition projects such as Contesting Modernity: Informalism in Venezuela, 1955–1975 (2018), Contingent Beauty: Contemporary Art from Latin America (2015); and Intersecting Modernities: Latin American Art from the Brillembourg Capriles Collection (2013). There she also directed a continentally-scaled collaborative program centered on the archival retrieval and massive dissemination of primary sources and critical documents from Latin America and Latino U.S. that are made available to the global learning community through a web-based platform. Previously, she was a curator and taught at Tulane University; worked for the Smithsonian Institution (Archives of American Art) in Washington, New York, and Puerto Rico; as well as for the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico during its gestational phase.

Dr. Gaztambide has been at the forefront of deploying digital imaging and online technologies in the visual arts since the onset of related breakthroughs, spearheading landmark projects for the MFAH and Tulane. She also publishes regularly on modern and contemporary art and recent books projects include El Techo de la Ballena: Retro-Modernity in Venezuela (University of Florida Press) and On Site: 50 Years of Public Art at the University of Houston System (Scala Arts & Heritage Publishers), both from 2019. Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Dr. Gaztambide holds M.A. degrees in Art History and Arts Administration as well as an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Latin American Studies (Art History) from Tulane University.

NSM Movie Night: Hidden Figures

About the Event

Tune in for a special edition of NSM Movie Night. You’ll hear from a panel including Mathematics Professor Garret Etgen, who worked at NASA during the time of Hidden Figures, and Dr. Camille Wardrop Alleyne, Elizabeth S. Smith and Jennifer Scott Williams, all of whom currently work for NASA in various official capacities.

Movie Night Schedule

6:15 pm
Live movie introduction and panel discussion

7–9:10 pm
Watch the movie on your own

9:45–10 pm
Interactive Q&A about the movie.

Accessing the Movie

Hidden Figures is free to watch with a Disney+ or Hulu subscription. You can rent the movie starting at $3.99 from a variety of sources. We’ve listed some popular sites below:

You’ll receive the Zoom link via email two days before the event.

If you have questions, please contact Jasmine Harrison at 713-743-7952 or jkharris@central.uh.edu.

Date & Location

Friday, February 19, 2021 | 6:15 PM
Via Zoom – instructions to join will be sent to all registrants prior to the webinar

The Panel

Woody Williams (FS ’88)

Wade Phillips (’70)

Jolanda Jones (’89, JD ’95)

Alois Blackwell (’78)

Billy Ray Brown (’85)

Erik Barajas (’99)

Wade Phillips (’70)

A linebacker at the University of Houston from 1966-68, Phillips began his coaching career with his alma mater as a graduate assistant in 1969. He is a veteran of 40+ NFL seasons, and became a Super Bowl Champion as a defensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos. Phillips has been a part of 20+ different top-10 defensive units during his NFL career and has coached a total of 30+ Pro Bowlers, including a few Pro Football Hall of Famers. He is one of three individuals in NFL history to be named Assistant Coach of the Year multiple times by the Pro Football Writers of America. Phillips also received the Paul “Dr. Z” Zimmerman Award from the PFWA in 2016 (lifetime achievement as an NFL assistant coach).

Holiday Retail Reimagined

with C.T. Bauer College of Business and College of Technology

As we near peak shopping season, have you ever been curious about the ins and outs of retail or are you part of the retail industry? Join us, along with experts from University of Houston’s C. T. Bauer College of Business and College of Technology, as we dive in to retail from the sides of both the corporate supply chain and consumer behavior, along with how this year’s retail industry has been and will be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Date & Location

Wednesday, Dec 2 | 10:00 AM CT
Via Zoom – instructions to join will be sent to all registrants prior to the webinar

About the Speaker

Dr. Barbara L. Stewart

Dr. Barbara L. Stewart is Professor and Coordinator of Retailing and Consumer Science at the University of Houston in the College of Technology. She has served as an academic administrator and in leadership positions for numerous professional organizations and has authored approximately 240 professional papers and presentations.

Dr. Olivia Johnson

Dr. Olivia Johnson is Assistant Professor in Retailing and Consumer Science in the department of Human Development and Consumer Sciences in the College of Technology at the University of Houston. Her research focuses on social movements on social media as well as the consumption behavior of cultural subgroups. She has presented her research at a variety of conferences and has published in journals such as the Journal of Consumer Behavior, Social Media and Society, and the International Journal of Retail and Distribution Management.

Dr. Powell Robinson

Dr. Powell Robinson, a graduate of the University of Texas, is a Professor of Supply Chain Management in the Bauer College of Business where he has served as the coordinator for the supply chain management degree programs.  Prior to joining UH he was the Head of the Department of Information and Operations Management and the Tenneco Professor of Business at Texas A&M University.  He a former President and Interim Executive Director of the Decision Sciences Institute and served as an Associate Editor for Decision Sciences and Journal of Business Logistics.

His research and teaching center on logistics management, supply chain network design, forecasting and inventory systems and e-commerce oriented supply chains. His current interest are in sustainable supply chains, supply chain analytics and oil & gas supply chains. His research is published in leading research journals and received national recognition from the Decision Sciences Institute for its contribution to enhanced decision making.

Dr. Robinson has consulted with a variety of companies on supply chain issues and offered focused training in supply chain management, including network design, and forecasting and inventory planning.

Dr. Funda Sahin

Dr. Funda Sahin is an Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management at the University of Houston. Prior to joining the UH faculty. Dr.Sahin served as an Assistant and Associate Professor of Logistics at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Sahin earned her Ph.D. in operations management from the Mays Business School, Texas A&M University. She also holds an MBA degree from Texas A&M University and BA in accounting and finance from Marmara University, Istanbul-Turkey. Dr. Sahin’s teaching and research interests are in logistics, operations and supply chain management, inventory planning and control, and information technology applications in supply chain management. Her research publications have appeared in leading operations and supply chain management journals. She also co-authored book chapters. She has been recognized for her research work and received various awards. Dr. Sahin consistently presents in academic/professional societies. She has been an invited speaker at many academic conferences and industry sponsored meetings. Dr. Sahin has consulted with various firms including Nissan, Peerless Pump, Estee Lauder, Cummins Filtration, Tyco Electronics and Boise Paper among others. She was also a research associate for the Information Systems Consortium for Supply Chain Integration, Thomas A. Read Center, Texas A&M University. She also served as an active member and a faculty advisor for the Supply Chain Forum of the University of Tennessee. Dr. Sahin is an active member and Immediate Past President of Decision Sciences Institute (DSI). She is also an active member and a Vice-President of the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS). Dr. Sahin has taught/teaches at the undergraduate, graduate (masters and doctoral) and executive levels. She also served as the Supply Chain Management Doctoral Program Coordinator at Bauer College of Business.

Grad School 101

About the Event

In partnership with the UH Graduate School, this webinar will provide tips about choosing a graduate program and school, preparing a strong application, and funding your graduate studies.  Includes Q&A time for answering specific questions.

Date & Location

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 | 5:30 PM CT
Instructions to join will be sent to all registrants prior to the webinar.

About the Panel

Sarah C. Larsen
is the Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Houston and a Professor of Chemistry (2018-present). At the University of Houston, she oversees all graduate and professional programs. She has focused on increasing graduate enrollment and on promoting and implementing professional development opportunities for graduate students.   Currently, she is also the chair of the Association of Texas Graduate Schools.

Dr. Larsen earned her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Mathematics from Bowdoin College and her PhD in Chemistry from Harvard University. She was a Department of Energy Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory prior to starting a faculty position in Chemistry at the University of Iowa where she also served as Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Graduate College.

Susan E. Scarrow
is Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.  In this capacity she oversees recruiting, admissions and student success for the college’s 12 doctoral programs and 16 master’s degrees.  She is a Professor of Political Science and former chair and graduate director in the department of Political Science.  She holds a University of Houston Moores Professorship.


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