Shasta’s Story Round-Up: August 2016

by Joelle Carson, posted on: August 26, 2016


Photo credit: UH's Facebook account
Photo credit: UH’s Facebook account

The fall semester has officially begun! Which of these student expressions most accurately represents your feelings about that? Get excited for the year to come with these inspiring student and alumni stories:


Bill Sherrill (FS ’50), WWII veteran, co-founder of the Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship and tireless champion of UH, spoke with Bauer College about what his legacy means to him;

Thirteen graduate and undergraduate University of Houston architecture students spent the month of June 2016 in Spain and France studying the remarkable architecture of that part of the world, taking classes, and interacting with local architects. Their work will be on display through August 30;

UH appreciates our emergency first responders! Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology students Colleen Martin and Kelsee Tucker were presented with an Outstanding Service Award from the Houston Fire Department;

Charles A. Beyer, who sadly passed away in May 2016, was named one of the University of Houston’s Distinguished Engineering Alumni in 2001, and his name has been distinguished again – this time with an endowed scholarship. The Charles A. Beyer Houston Contractors Association Civil Engineering Endowed Scholarship was established in honor of Beyer and his many contributions to the Cullen College thanks to the generous donations from the Houston Contractors Association as well as Beyer’s family, friends and colleagues;

Great job, chef! Tyler Henderson, an emerging chef and student in the UH Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, competed on the hit TV show “Chopped.” He came in 2nd place in the episode that aired August 7;

Bauer College of Business students came together to develop a business plan for the only gel technology that filters water using food grade materials, developed by UH researchers. The technology has the potential to improve water filtration systems in residential, municipal and industrial industries around the world;

Two students are collaborating with their counterparts from all over the word in Moscow, Russia, to design projects for space at the Youth Space Center of Bauman Moscow State Technical University. What makes their summer journey truly special is that they were two of only ten students selected from the United States;

After getting some tough love about her academic performance, philosophy major Ariana Peruzzi doubled down and was accepted to not one, but TWO prestigious summer philosophy programs;

It’s great to see Coogs hiring Coogs! Joe Melenric (’83) has spent 33 years supporting NASA, spanning from his entry-level computer science position to his current role as a senior manager at Lockheed Martin. Now, he’s helping bring new UH science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduates into the workforce;

Pharmacy and optometry students helped Houston kids get ready for school at the Mayor’s Annual Back 2 School Fest. The annual event organized by the City of Houston Mayor’s Office drew more than 25,000 attendees, who were provided with school supplies, backpacks, uniforms, haircuts, health and medical services, and other community resources;

Congratulations to Sami Elestwani (M.S. ’15), who was awarded the University of Houston Future Faculty Fellowship (F3)!


Have a student or alumni story you’d like to see linked on the round-up, or know a Cougar we should profile in one of our weekly interviews? Contact us at To read more great alumni and donor profiles, or to make a gift to UH, visit the University Advancement home page.