The UH Alumni Association 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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Mental Health & Wellness

in partnership with the
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 | 6:30 PM CT

Shasta and Friends

with the Houston Zoo
Thursday, July 16 | 12:00 PM CT

Alumni Town Hall

with UH President, Renu Khator
Monday, August 10, 2020 | 7:00 PM CT

Back to School

Navigating the Road Ahead
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 | 6:00 PM CT

Mental Health & Wellness

About the Event

Now, more than ever, our mental wellness needs to be a priority.  Join Dr. Rheeda Walker, from the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences for a conversation on our mental health during the current climate, and tips to protect your mind.

Date & Location

Wednesday, July 15 | 6:30 PM
Via Zoom – instructions to join will be sent to all registrants prior to the webinar

About the Presenter

Rheeda L. Walker, Ph.D.

Dr. Rheeda Walker is Professor of psychology at the University of Houston and a fellow in the American Psychological Association. She is also a licensed psychologist and researcher who has published more than 60 scientific papers on African American adult mental health, suicide risk, and emotional resilience. She has appeared or been cited in The Washington PostLos Angeles TimesEbony magazine, CNN Health, the Houston Chronicle. Most recently, she appeared on Good Morning America. Her book, The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health explores the Black mental health crisis and gives a comprehensive road map to getting the care that so many deserve in an unequal system.

Antonio Tillis, Ph.D.

Effective July 2, Dr. Antonio Tillis has been appointed as interim president of the University of Houston-Downtown. Dr. Tillis previously served as the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) and the M.D. Anderson Professor in Hispanic Studies at the University of Houston (UH). As the chief academic and administrative officer of CLASS, he oversees 13 academic departments, 10 academic areas and programs, 13 academic centers, six clinical service units, and over 688 faculty members. CLASS is the largest and most diverse of the 15 academic colleges on the UH campus, with an annual graduating population of nearly 12,000 students.

This webinar is presented in partnership with
the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

Shasta and Friends

with the Houston Zoo

Join us as our friends at the Houston Zoo share updates and fun facts on our beloved cougar, Shasta! Also, learn about a few other animals (and babies!) that the Houston Zoo would like to share updates on, upcoming exhibits and how you can support.

Date & Location

Thursday, July 16 | 12:00 PM CT
Via Zoom – instructions to join will be sent to all registrants prior to the webinar

About the Speaker

Jillian Day

Jillian Day, CFRE is a fundraising generalist with eight years of experience, predominantly in individual giving. As a Director of Development at the Houston Zoo, she works closely with individuals, foundations and corporate partners to facilitate their generous support. Previously, she spent four years building out the volunteer and fundraising programs at Vita-Living, Inc.

Prior to fundraising, Jillian worked in healthcare consulting for seven years. She specialized in team effectiveness and program evaluation first at UTHealth, then at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center. While not a native Texan, she got here as quickly as she could by marrying her husband, a native Houstonian. Though she works at a zoo, Jillian also manages one at home as the proud mom to seven cats.

Robert Flores (’92)

is currently a studio host for MLB Network and NHL Network. During the MLB regular season, Flores co-hosts MLB Network’s weekday morning show, MLB Central. Previously at ESPN, Flores anchored SportsCenter, ABC’s college football studio updates and ESPN2’s Fantasy Football Now.

Bill Worrell (’69)

One of the most familiar faces within the Houston sports scene, Worrell’s broadcasting career spans 40+ years. For more than 30 years, Worrell has served as the play-by-play announcer for the Houston Rockets telecasts. Over his career, Worrell has also covered telecasts for the Houston Astros, Houston Oilers, a variety of college sports, the Super Bowl, Kentucky Derby, and the Indianapolis 500.

Alumni Town Hall

About the Event

On behalf of the UH Alumni Association Foundation Board of Directors, we invite you to join us for a special Alumni Town Hall featuring President Renu Khator on August 10th. Learn how the University is navigating during this unique time and its plans for the future.

Date & Location

Monday, August 10, 2020 | 7:00 PM CT
Instructions to join will be sent to all registrants prior to the webinar.

About the Panel

LeChauncy Woodard, M.D., M.P.H.

LeChauncy D. Woodard, M.D., M.P.H. is director of the Humana Integrated Health System Sciences Institute at the University of Houston and a University of Houston College of Medicine professor. Woodard is responsible for leading the Humana Institute’s mission and contributes to paving the future of research and innovation for UH College of Medicine.

Woodard is nationally recognized for her extensive research aimed at understanding and medically serving ethnically diverse patients and the socioeconomic factors that influence health outcomes. Her passion for exceptional health care is evident in her active contributions to medical journals, peer-review workshops and published research in over 35 publications. Woodard’s track record of primary care research, teaching and student mentorship highlight her passion for equipping future primary care providers with the latest advances in medicine to ensure their career success.

Back to School: Navigating the Road Ahead

About the Event

Join our experts from the UH College of Medicine as we discuss keeping peace of mind as school approaches and how you can support your children and work/life balance.

Date & Location

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 | 6:00 PM CT
Via Zoom – instructions to join will be sent to all registrants prior to the webinar

About the Panel

Kristin Kassaw, M.D.

Kristin Kassaw, M.D., is a psychiatrist and co-director of the Behavioral Medicine course for the University of Houston College of Medicine. Kassaw contributes to the educational programs in behavioral health and psychiatry in the curriculum. She is also a psychiatrist who practices at the Lone Star Circle of Care Clinic at the University of Houston.

Dr. Kassaw received her undergraduate education at Baylor University in Waco, TX. She attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school and her psychiatry residency. Upon completion of her residency, she joined the faculty at Baylor College of Medicine.

She was a Baylor faculty member for 15 years. During that time, Kassaw served as director of medical student education in psychiatry, directing both the pre-clinical behavioral science course and the psychiatry clerkship. She also served as associate director and, later, director of the Baylor Psychiatry Clinic. She left Baylor for two years of private practice in Sugar Land, Texas prior to joining the University of Houston College of Medicine faculty.

Omar Matuk-Villazon, M.D., MBA, FAAP

Omar Matuk-Villazon, M.D., is a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Houston College of Medicine. He is responsible for the pediatric pre-clinical and clinical curriculum and the development of a direct primary care model for the uninsured population. He is also a practicing pediatrician at the Lone Star Circle of Care Clinic at the University of Houston.

Matuk-Villazon received his medical degree from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico in Mexico City. He then trained in Integrative Medicine and Homeopathy at Homeopatía de Mexico, before completing his pediatrics residency at the University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Health Center.

Upon completion of his pediatrics training, Matuk-Villazon joined Legacy Community Health — a federally qualified health center — as a pediatrician at their busiest clinic in southwest Houston. He also served as the clinic’s associate medical director. He is a board-certified pediatrician in Mexico and the U.S. He is currently a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Mexican Pediatric Society. In addition, he earned a master’s in business administration from Rice University. He is actively involved with the health care entrepreneurial community and serves as an advisor and consultant at the TMC Innovation Institute.

Prior to coming to the U.S., Matuk-Villazon founded a contract research organization in Mexico City focused on health economic evaluations and digital health. He has years of experience building interprofessional collaboration teams to address complex problems in the health industry and academia. Matuk-Villazon is an active member of the National Hispanic Medical Association, Texas Pediatric Society, American Academy of Pediatrics and American College of Healthcare Executives.

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