Your Gifts at Work

John and Elena Zaccaria

Salute! A Toast to the University of Houston with John and Elena Zaccaria

“Why take out the IRA money and be taxed at a higher rate, when I can transfer the full amount to the University of Houston?” John Zaccaria asks. UH is the Zaccarias’ “university-away-from-home.” Tending to see UH as the cultural center of Houston, they both love to take in theater, dance and opera at the University. They give generously to Houston Public Media and the Moores School of Music, but their deferred gift to a permanent endowment is the one they are the most excited about. “Managed properly, the University will get more out of this gift in years to come,” John says. In his view, the possibilities are endless.

Frank (’60, M.Ed. ’64) and Betty Lemmon

Frank (’60, M.Ed. ’64) and Betty Lemmon: Lifetime Cougars

After forty plus years as a respected school administrator, Frank Lemmon (’60, M.Ed. ’64) and his wife, have decided to give an IRA Charitable Rollover gift to the Office of Gift Planning at the University of Houston. “Hugh Roy Cullen envisioned the University as a ‘working man’s college’, and it was that. I worked fulltime during my bachelor’s degree and for years while I earned my master’s degree in education,” Lemmon reflects. “University of Houston is such a different school now. There have been so many positive achievements and the number of kids living on campus now is so high—it’s great to see!”


Exxon’s 3:1 Matching Gifts Make an Impact

Exxon Mobil employees and retirees — along with the ExxonMobil Foundation — contributed nearly $931,000 in gifts and matches this past year. Such a substantial contribution is possible only through ExxonMobil’s industry-leading matching program, one which matches gifts three-to-one. One of our many donors, Al Vela (’62) shares with us his reasons for giving to the generous matching program.


Philanthropy brings top minds in engineering to UH faculty

A world-class faculty brings prestige to our University, facilitating innovative research projects and helping to recruit students. Philanthropy plays a key role in bringing these professors to UH through the funding of endowed chairs and professorships. In the field of engineering, the number of National Academy of Engineering (NAE) members on faculty is a direct reflection upon a school’s reputation, and your gifts to endowed professorships and endowed chairs attract these distinguished faculty members to our Houston campus. In this article, we spoke to Ph.D. students at the Cullen College of Engineering about how NAE professors — many of whom receive funding from endowed professorships or endowed chairs — make their UH educational experience stand out.

sarah cortez

Sarah Cortez: Poet, Cop, Teacher

Some people know where their passion lies and what they want to be when they grow up from the time they’re children. For others, that realization may come during college or even later during their adult years.

Frison Scholars

Celebrating Student Success: The Paul and Barbara Frison Scholars

“Thank you all for coming today,” Paul Frison addressed the long table at Eric’s Restaurant in the UH Hilton. “It means a great deal to us.” It is rare that a group of busy students and professionals, some not having been on campus since graduation, are all able to attend a midweek lunch at their alma mater.