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Mentorship, Prestige and Health Innovations: Endowed Professorships Make It Happen

Posted on: December 8th, 2016

jeff rimer

By Joelle Carson

One may not immediately associate the importance of crystal engineering in the treatment of kidney stones. But in 2016, researchers in the lab of Dr. Jeffrey Rimer, Ernest J. and Barbara M. Henley Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the Cullen College of Engineering, found evidence that a natural fruit extract is capable of dissolving calcium oxalate crystals, the most common component of human kidney stones. This finding could lead to the first advance in the treatment of calcium oxalate stones in 30 years.

Rimer, who started teaching at UH in September 2009, was granted the Henley endowed professorship in 2012, and the unrestricted research funding it provides has been invaluable to his research. “The funds from the professorship help support existing projects, and give me the freedom to explore new topics that otherwise would not be funded by other agencies,” he explains. “To this end, we have the ability to be creative.”

However, the freedom to be creative is only part of the advantage of the named position; the prestige associated with the title not only benefits Dr. Rimer and his research, but the reputation of UH as a whole. “There are few named positions, so it is an honor to have the Henley Professorship,” he says. “When I give talks at conferences or seminars, I am always introduced as the Henley Professor, which makes a strong impression.”

Crystallization is a common process with many different applications, from medicine to energy: with Houston being the energy capital of the United States and home to the world’s largest medical center, his research group — which comprises post-doctoral, graduate and undergraduate students — has many opportunities for collaboration and translational research.

Students benefit from that type of hands-on industry experience, and from Rimer’s dedicated instruction and mentorship. “As a professor, you get to witness the impact of your mentorship firsthand,” he reflects. “It is a very satisfying feeling to, in some small way, help students succeed. I love having the opportunity to have a positive impact on people’s lives.”

For more information about creating or contributing to an endowed chair or professorship, click HERE.

“A Stepping Out Into the World”: Author Wendy Paris on Writing, Relationships and her UH Experience

Posted on: April 8th, 2016


By Joelle Carson

There was a strong sense of UH pride when Wendy Paris (’89) visited the University of Houston Honors College to discuss her new book, “Splitopia,” last month. As Dr. Chris Brunt (‘06) introduced her to the group of students gathered to hear about her new book and creative life, he recalled how he signed up, almost arbitrarily, to receive a mentor when he was an incoming freshman at the Honors College. Paris, who was living in New York at the time, was his assigned mentor. The mentorship grew into a friendship, which strengthened through “epic” email exchanges, and blossomed over the years. It’s amazing to realize that it started via one chance UH sign-up sheet.

Paris included a piece of her more recent correspondence with Brunt within the book, which she read aloud. “Over the years, we wrote our way through some crises,” Brunt explained to the audience. Those “crises” include Paris’ divorce from her husband, with whom she has one son: the subtitle of “Splitopia” is “Dispatches from today’s good divorce, and how to part well.” She describes the non-fiction book as one-third memoir, one-third journalism, and one-third research. In addition to her extensive journalism experience — her work has been published the New York Times, Psychology Today and the Guardian, among many others — Paris also brings her own personal experience as a child to the process; in addition to her own divorce, she recalls her parents’ divorce when she was five years old.

But, as she explains in the book through her “Seven Principles of Parting,” divorce does not have to be a wholly destructive experience for families. “I realized that I didn’t have the same negative view of divorce as my friends and so many others did,” she said, explaining her inspiration for the book. “I realized that it has been a huge part of my life and personal history.” She notes that while there are books about the legal side of divorce and the psychological side of divorce, hers is currently the only one that covers both angles, in addition to her own personal experience and interviews with 200 people in positive, post-marriage relationships. Though the book is well-researched, her background as a personal essayist drives the tone and approach of it. “I wanted to give a voice to the feelings that readers may be embarrassed or feel too vulnerable to talk about themselves,” she said.

While earning her M.F.A. in non-fiction creative writing at Columbia University in New York, Paris honed her skills in not only deciding what to include in her writing, but also what to leave out. “Writing non-fiction is about finding patterns, meaning and metaphor,” she said. “You have to decide, what does the personal say about the universal?” The question of what to include and leave out from her personal experience was a central challenge to writing “Splitopia.” One student asked if the writing about her divorce was therapeutic for Paris. She replied that it intensified the experience, for good and bad. Writing it in the moment allowed her to capture the intense emotions about divorce; if someone asked her to write the book now, she wouldn’t be able to.

Attending UH and the Honors College gave her a firm foundation in inquisitive thinking. After touring UH as a high school student with her father, she moved across the country from Michigan to enroll, motivated by a sense of adventure and intellectual curiosity — not to mention warmer weather. After graduation, her first job was as an arts reporter at KUHF-FM, and her knowledge was immediately put into play. “I felt, in a way, as if I’d majored in Cocktail Party Conversation,” she said. “This was not explicitly a work skill, but it let me feel comfortable in very erudite or sophisticated settings. As a journalist, I’ve had the opportunity to interact with highly accomplished people in all sorts of fields. The education I got in the Honors College really carried me through, and shaped my view of the world and our place in it more broadly.”

Paris also received a full academic scholarship from the Honors College, which cemented her desire to attend. “The scholarship also made me feel like the Honors College had faith in me,” she said. “They extended themselves to me — their trust in me as a student and thinker — and that fact made me want to work harder and prove them right.” Recognizing how it benefited her, she has become a donor herself. “I don’t want students to have the weight of debt over them,” she said. “I am very aware of the money I got from the school, and how valuable the education was. Graduating without student debt made me incredibly grateful.”

Since finishing “Splitopia,” Paris is helping couples in another way: through divorce coaching, “which is a form of life coaching,” she explained. “Coaching can help people connect with and remember their personal strengths during a tough transition, and really be the best, most compassionate version of themselves.” More books may be in her future as well: “I think it would be great to write a book about co-parenting, and how to have a fabulous second marriage!” While she explores the changing American family, she continues to support her UH family. She recalled how she felt as a new UH student: “I had the idea that college should be a stepping out into the world.” Now, like Brunt, she continues to hold the door open for the next generation of Honors students.

Celebrating Student Success: The Paul and Barbara Frison Scholars

Posted on: March 22nd, 2016

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. However, every Coog who has benefited from the Paul and Barbara Frison Scholarship over the years seized the opportunity to come to their UH home and visit with their benefactors, celebrating generosity, student success and the Cougar ties that bind.

“It is a thrill for us,” said Mrs. Frison. “It gives us pride that we are able to help out, especially since most of the students worked and went to school at the same time.” Their hard work has been rewarded, not only with the Frison scholarship, but in the professional world.

A luminary in technology-based business and founder of the Houston Technology Center, which serves as a business incubator and accelerator for entrepreneurs, Mr. Frison has been a board member at the University of Houston’s College of Technology since 2000. He brought up the idea of establishing a scholarship to Mrs. Frison, who is also his high school sweetheart, a few years after joining the board, and the couple agreed that helping young people finish their education was an essential part of their mission.

The first recipient, Gloriella Gonzalez (’06) has had a flourishing career at Chevron ever since graduation. “The Frisons not only provided me with the scholarship,” she recalled, “but also allowed me to intern for the Houston Technology Center.” She added that Mr. Frison recommended her as Marketing Chair for the Houston chapter of Women In Technology International (WITI), and she served in that capacity for several years after graduating.

Other recipients report similar experiences, citing that the scholarship led to connections for their first internships and jobs. Many were grateful to have graduated debt-free, and others stated that they would have had to take time off to earn money for tuition without the scholarship. The Frisons’ generosity has even inspired many of them to give back to UH in the future to help afford the same opportunities to other students.

Originally from California, Mr. and Mrs. Frison have made their home in Houston since 1975, although Mr. Frison’s career has taken them all over the country and the world. Mrs. Frison recalls keeping an overnight bag packed at all times in case there was a sudden opportunity to accompany him on a business trip. Some of their extraordinary adventures include Hollywood acting (Mr. Frison decided to give it up at age 14 to have a “real” childhood) and playing competitive tennis (that was Mrs. Frison). Now, they focus on spending time as much time as possible with their children and grandchildren — who can catch one of their grandfather’s classic movies on TV now and then.

The dedicated Coogs who gathered at Eric’s Restaurant have, in a way, also become a part of the Frison family. “I have pictures of the scholarship recipients in my house,” said Mrs. Frison, “and I feel good whenever I look at them.” As the Frisons’ generosity sets students on track for success in their technological careers, it also gives them the foundation for their own life adventures — the chatter around the table includes new hobbies, babies on the way, work promotions, marriages and travel plans. With new recipients every year, it won’t be long before the Frison scholars need to reserve a bigger lunch table.

Highlight Houston

Posted on: December 4th, 2015


Cougar pride is sweeping the nation during our Highlight Houston events! Check out our Highlight Houston blog for event details and profiles of attendees. We just posted Christine Argao-Voutsinas (’05), who manages events at one of NYC’s premier restaurants, and Steve Harris (’79), who was so inspired by President Khator’s message at our Dallas event, he became a Life Member almost immediately afterward.

The Lunar Cougar

Posted on: November 2nd, 2015

Introducing the Lunar Cougar

Cougars are making moves — read all about it in the Lunar Cougar, a new alumni blog that will be updated every Friday! To celebrate the launch, we’ve posted two alumni profiles and one story round-up, featuring J.L. Clark (’02), psychiatrist and YA author, and Woody Witt (’92, D.M.A. ’00), award-winning saxophonist and UH professor. More information about the Lunar Cougar’s mission can be found here.

Measuring the Results

Posted on: August 10th, 2015

Dr. Nathan Fowler

By Joelle Jameson

In his position as director of the largest lymphoma clinical research program in the world, located at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Dr. Nathan Fowler (’96) sees patients who have traveled from all over the world. “Half my job is connecting with a patient,” he says. “When you’re convincing them to try a certain therapy or to change their lifestyle, you have to be able to connect with them on a personal level.” When considering how he does this, Fowler recalls not only his scientific education as an undergraduate at UH, but the art, sociology and language courses that he still remembers. “Broadening your experience and background will allow you to connect with people in that way.”

As for the other half of his time at work: “We’re at the forefront of developing non-chemotherapy based approaches to treat lymphoma by harnessing the power of a patient’s immune system to target and destroy cancer cells. It’s a whole different way of thinking about treating cancer.” More literally, it involves researching and developing new cancer drugs, traveling to lecture about that research at Universities from Houston to Melbourne to Tokyo, and teaching students at M.D. Anderson, whether in the classroom or as they shadow him on his rounds. It’s the promise of those life-saving discoveries that captures Fowler’s enthusiasm and passion. “We’ve made spectacular advances in the past few years, and are really changing the way people think about treating lymphoma,” he says. “I’m lucky to be in a position at the cutting edge of what’s being developed for cancer therapy — I have to pinch myself sometimes when I think about it.”

Many of the next generation of treatments are particularly exciting because patients remain cancer-free for much longer, with minimal side effects — a huge benefit over the chemotherapy normally used. “By combining immune-based therapies and antibodies targeting cancer cells, we have been able to eradicate lymphoma using a patient’s own immune system. My ultimate dream is to get rid of chemotherapy and cure lymphoma, and I believe we’re getting closer and closer to that goal,” Fowler explains. “That’s something we never could have imagined five years ago.” The immunological treatment he developed involves employing an antibody to flag the cancer cells, then bolstering the immune system cells to find and destroy the cancer. “We used this combination for the first time ever with slow-growing lymphomas, and we saw 98 percent of patients responding,” he says. “It’s very, very exciting.” Despite high success rates, the process for trials for FDA-approval is extremely long. Fowler recently led the first International study to compare this approach to chemotherapy and hopes to have preliminary results in the next two years. “If positive, this study will lead to a paradigm shift in the way we treat many lymphomas worldwide”

Fowler is also the president and co-founder of Halo House, a non-profit that provides affordable housing to blood cancer patients as they receive treatment. That inspiration struck in his second year at M.D. Anderson, when he worked with a patient about his age from Florida who was married and had a daughter. “Surprisingly, one of the things that he thought about most was the potential of leaving his family without any money, regardless of how the cancer turned out,” Fowler recalls. “He worried that he would be leaving them not only without a father, but without most of their savings.” The source of the drain, despite having a full-time job and health insurance, was traveling from Florida every other week for treatments for two years — a typical scenario for most patients. “I found that unacceptable. It’s ridiculous that folks either don’t come here or end up losing everything they have just based on travel and lodging.” In response, he and about six others decided to start leasing out apartments to blood cancer patients for $20 per night. The project grew from six to 60 volunteers, apartments continued to be added, and now Halo House is conducting a capital campaign to build a 22-unit building near the M.D. Anderson campus. “I never would have dreamed it would take off the way it has, but everyone we’ve approached has been so enthusiastic about helping us out, from local businesses to architects to nurses and patient advocacy groups,” he says, adding that they’ve provided over 9,000 days of housing for hundreds of families, and the wait list is usually two to three months. “We have been able to accomplish so much by simply pointing out a need, and asking the community for help — it really is the definition of ‘grassroots.’”

Between keeping busy with his research, seeing patients, traveling and heading up Halo House, Fowler is happy to be home in Houston. He moved here during high school from Youngstown, Ohio, and joined the army after graduation, studying nuclear biological chemical defense. “My job was to defend the unit against chemical and biological attacks,” he explains. “So, gas masks, protective chemical suits, decontamination: that’s when I first had the idea that medicine was something I could do.” He graduated as valedictorian of his class, which is understandable for someone who would “rather read about biology instead of watch TV.” He’d heard great things about UH, and applied while he was still in the service. Fowler developed an interest in cancer treatment at the University of Texas Medical branch in Galveston, Texas — which is where he met his wife, an occupational therapist — and during a fellowship at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., began working with a doctor who was researching lymphoma. When a position in lymphoma research became available at M.D. Anderson in 2007, he jumped at the chance to apply and move back to what he considers his hometown. “I still have family in Houston and keep in touch with lots of my UH classmates,” he says. “And it doesn’t hurt that the world’s largest research hospital for cancer is here.”

The Fowlers now have three children, ages seven, three and one, and recently paid a visit to the UH main campus — “They liked the fountains,” he says with a smile — which has changed significantly since Fowler’s time as an undergraduate. “I really enjoyed the campus experience, especially after being in the army,” he says, naming football games and Frontier Fiesta as stand-out memories. As for classes: “My experience with the basic sciences was first rate and prepared me very well for medical school,” he says. “I felt that in my first few years, I was well-equipped to handle the classes, often better than students who’d gone to other colleges. But UH also allowed me to get a really broad experience, and I really enjoyed a lot of the arts and history classes I took.” Fowler worked 34 hours per week as a server at Pappasito’s Cantina to pay for the part of his education that the army didn’t cover, and also volunteered to teach officers Spanish at the Houston Police Department. Even now, he speaks with Spanish-speaking patients without an interpreter, thanks to his Spanish minor. “Your undergraduate years are one of the few times in your life you can and take diverse classes and participate in activities that will broaden your outlook,” he says. “I would advise students to take advantage of the opportunities at UH. Try different things, because they will benefit you in the long term.”

Another piece of advice for students? “Don’t give up — that’s the most important thing,” he says. Not only does that mantra hold fast in clinical trials, but it plays into his first year at UH. “I had just come out of the army, and my study habits were not good,” he recalls. “I had a low GPA my first year, so the pre-med counselor suggested I try a different field.” That realization would be discouraging for any student, but Fowler took it as a call to action. “It motivated me; I was determined to prove I could do it. I taught myself how to study better, and I’d worked up to a 4.0 by my senior year.” In light of that experience, he advises students to pay close attention to their G.P.A.s . “Focus on subjects that you’ll do well at. It’s more important to show that you can focus on a task and complete that task successfully than take some upper level chemistry class and get a C.” That concentration ties into the home-printed statement taped to his office wall, which he says he saw in a hardware store: “We are measured by our results, not activity.” That laser-focused motivation is evident in Fowler’s work, with patients and in the classroom: accuracy, patience and working toward a concrete goal can lead to amazing results.

Giving Locally, Thinking Globally

Posted on: May 14th, 2015


By Joelle Jameson

Houston Public Media Foundation’s three main concentrations, or “pillars,” are arts and culture, education, and news and information. Talking to Barrett Sides about his priorities and activities, it’s easy to see why he’s a board member there: each of those areas play a huge part in his life and giving. Education, news and information, and arts and culture? “Those are headstone things,” he laughs.

“You can go through life paying as much attention as you want: that’s what we say about media these days,” he says from his home near Memorial Park in Houston. “You tend to choose what you want to hear and stick with it, because there’s so much out there, you can’t take it all in.” Sides’ choice is clear; he advocates for all three Houston Public Media (HPM) platforms — KUHT Channel 8, News 88.7 FM and Classical 91.7 FM — as often as possible. “The information is broad, credible, thorough and unbiased. It’s like a coffee table full of great magazines.”

Sides has been a consistent supporter throughout the years and a fan of weekend and evening radio and television programming, but increased his involvement after leaving his long finance career in international investments at Invesco in Houston. “My relationship with the news at that point was all about information, whether it was the market, geo-politics or economics,” he explains. “It was very academic. But the natural curiosity of wanting to learn persisted, and HPM filled that void.” The platform nearest and dearest to his heart is News 88.7. “When I started to take in more of the daytime news radio and realized what was there, I saw how much it enriched my life,” he says. “During one of the station’s pledge campaigns, I realized that I was the person they were talking to. Giving to HPM, for me, is almost a matter of fairness.”

Born in New Orleans, Sides lived in Chicago before moving to Houston during his high school years. He attended college at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, but soon made his way back to Houston to begin his career at Invesco, and also earned his M.B.A. from the University of St. Thomas. His philanthropic focus is on the city and its residents, whether it’s cleaning up litter in Memorial Park, supporting Houston’s artistic institutions or helping to found an innovative new middle school. He has also created a scholarship at Bucknell University, and served on their alumni board. His first experience with philanthropy goes back to childhood: “My weekly allowance was 50 cents; in the interest of instilling good values, my parents encouraged us to save ten cents, and give another ten cents to a charity or church,” he recalls. “Both saving and giving were imprinted on me at an early age.”

Currently, Sides also serves on the board of Healthcare for the Homeless – Houston. “It’s a nice bookend, in a sense, to HPM involvement,” he says. The organization operates a series of clinics, mostly in downtown Houston, serving homeless men, women and children with basic and advanced healthcare, including mental health and dental. “It serves many purposes, not least that it is a more personal and patient-centric environment than the emergency room, and it also unburdens that system,” he explains. Sides is excited about their current expansion to a new building, which they just purchased and will now begin to renovate. “It’s a different way of giving back to the Houston community to contribute to the quality of life here.”

Caring for residents most in need is only one measure of quality of life in a city, in Sides’ view. Besides green public spaces, libraries, parks and other standards, “I think that one of the measures of quality of life in a city is often what kind of public radio and television they offer. HPM is a jewel for Houston.” He also names the University of Houston — which is the license holder and home to Houston Public Media — as a point of pride. “The University of Houston is ascendant,” he says. “It’s a short list of cities that have great city universities, and Houston is on it.” Although he earned his degrees elsewhere, Sides has appeared in Dr. Charles Guez’s classroom at the C.T. Bauer College of Business to lecture on international finance in evening classes, and also mentored one of their undergraduate business students.

He tries whenever possible to take an active approach to philanthropy and community involvement, and that activeness is reflected in his love of travel. With family in Colorado, California and Costa Rica, great destinations are never too far away, but Sides also recently fulfilled a childhood dream of traveling to Antarctica. “My fascination as a kid reached a point that I wanted to be a scientist, because back then they were the only people who got to go!” he laughs. Their modest boat held about 100 passengers and included scientists and experts who explained the various aspects of the ecosystem, wildlife and history of Antarctica. “I call it my Antarctic Safari,” he says. “It was about the wildlife and adventure of it.” Adventure was certainly a promise, especially since, the year before, a similar ship had gotten packed into the ice while docking overnight. Thankfully, no such complications arose during Sides’ 25-day journey; just pristine wildness to be explored in hiking, penguin and albatross rookeries, and even a polar plunge when they reached the Antarctic Circle. “I purposefully didn’t try to imagine too much of what it would be like,” he recalls. “I wanted it to unfold as a surprise.”

That high level of involvement — and sense of adventure — is something he appreciates in his role as a board member at Houston Public Media Foundation. “We get to hear about some of the station’s plans as they’re being formed, strategies, and decisions as they’re being made,” he says. “It’s not a huge time commitment, but I consider it a privilege to be mixed into such an interesting group — not only the other board members, but the management and on-air staff.” Sides is especially passionate about Houston Public Media’s unique local programming, such as Houston Matters. “Life is local,” he says. “Life is global, but on a day to day basis, you have to be in touch with your community.” He may have literally traveled to the ends of the earth, but Barrett Sides’ reality is planted in Houston — and probably has 88.7 playing in the background.

The Williams Foundation Supports Future Teachers

Posted on: March 19th, 2015

Jack and Diana Miles

A Gentle Push

Jack Miles (’62) has a file drawer in which he keeps all of the letters he’s received over the years from grateful teachHOUSTON scholarship recipients. He is excited about their future plans, tenacity, and “gumption.” These students don’t necessarily have to have the highest grades or tread the traditional college path, according to Jack and his sister Diana Miles, trustees of the Elizabeth P. and Harold R. Williams Foundation, but they do have to have goals and the resolve to move into a challenging and vital career in education. When asked what makes a perfect teachHOUSTON scholar, Diana quickly answers, “Determination.”

The Williams Foundation’s teachHOUSTON endowment supports University of Houston undergraduate students who are studying to become high school math and science teachers. It places them in real-life classrooms during every undergraduate year, instead of just one year of student teaching, and helps them garner enthusiasm for the challenge of teaching high school math and science.

For Jack and Diana, acknowledging the value of a UH education has always been a family affair. In fact, at one time during the 1950s, five members of their family were attending the University of Houston at the same time! Their aunt and uncle, Harold and Elizabeth Williams, established the Williams Foundation, and Jack and Diana became Trustees when their aunt and uncle passed away. “Uncle Harold pushed us as far as education was concerned, and we want to be there to support the next generation,” says Jack. “Oftentimes, students today don’t have someone pushing them.” And a push in the right direction is sometimes all it takes.

Putting a UH Education to Work

As business majors at the University of Houston, both Jack and Diana learned many valuable lessons. Jack was a nontraditional student who took classes at night. This meant he was taught by many industry professionals whose classes were in the evenings.

After graduating from UH, Diana went on to teach high school business classes in Spring Branch ISD. Her 30-year tenure at the school district brought with it a changing demographic of student and interesting challenges, improving math and science scores being one of them. She also holds a position as a city councilwoman in Rosebud, Texas, a role she hadn’t anticipated playing, but which makes perfect sense after the long time she spent serving the community as a teacher.

Jack, on the other hand, was always aware of what he wanted to do, and that was run a company. However, he had not necessarily seen himself as what he also became — a rancher. Since around 2001, he has been the co-owner of the Brazos River Cattle Company, a working ranch between Temple and Waco. The only regret he has is that he didn’t take an agriculture class while at UH. Above and beyond their careers, both Diana and Jack’s passion is supporting education, and the University of Houston provided them the perfect outlet for the Williams Foundation’s philanthropy.

Keeping Kids On Track

Diana Miles says, “Math is a logical science and hard to teach. It’s not a soft science. The answers are the answers.” Jack Miles muses, “A lot of kids in our society are coddled. Can they balance a checkbook? You don’t have any real life skills if you can’t do math!” Quality math and science teachers are what teachHOUSTON is intent on providing to the community. Houston benefits greatly, as 75 percent of teachHOUSTON graduates go on to teach in high-need high schools in the Greater Houston Area.

Jack balks at the notion that teachers are the only ones responsible for encouraging and helping students succeed, though; he holds the parents responsible, as well. Most teachers are underpaid and this fact, coupled with the lack of engagement on some parents’ ends, results in a lot of students “falling through the cracks.” The Foundation’s endowment – a partnership between the College of Education and the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics – is making sure students have the math and science skills they need to succeed by providing much needed support to the teachers of those subjects.

The Determination to Make a Difference

So, why the University of Houston? “This younger generation will make the decisions for us as we grow older,” Jack says. “I want them to have the best education possible!” They know, firsthand, that teachHouston students’ education will be stellar, and that these future professionals are already shaping Houston’s next generation of decision-makers and innovators. This family of alums is proud and eager to give back to the University that launched their careers and taught them a lot about life, as well. Whether considering teachHouston students, the teachers-in-training at UH or the Miles siblings’ own experiences, Jack perhaps sums it up best: “Life is continuing education.”