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Stella Lessert (M.S.W. ’05)

by Joelle Carson, posted on: May 20, 2016

Stella Lessert earned her Master’s in Social Work after spending thirty years in the corporate environment. She has a wide variety of experiences with leading social skills groups, groups of adults with dementia and early stage Alzheimer’s disease.

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Brian McTaggart (’95)

by Jeff Sutton, posted on: May 13, 2016

If you’re a fan of the Houston Astros, there’s a good chance you’re familiar with the work of Brian McTaggart (’95). McTaggart began working at the Houston Post in 1989 and has been covering Houston sports ever since.

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Stuti Trehan Patel (J.D. ’96)

by Joelle Carson, posted on: May 6, 2016

When Judge Stuti Patel (J.D. ’96) was sworn in as an associate district judge of Fort Bend County, Texas, in July 2015, she became both the youngest and the first Indian-American associate district judge in the district’s history. She lives in Sugar Land, Texas with her husband Hiren Patel (M.B.A. ’95) and two children.

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Shasta’s Story Round-Up: April 2016

by Joelle Carson, posted on: April 29, 2016

For April, here’s a classic photo of Shasta engaged in a little tree-hugging in honor of Earth Day. Rain or shine, Coogs are taking the world by storm!

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John Streeter (’90)

by Sarah Hill, posted on: April 22, 2016

John Streeter (’90) graduated from the UH Radio and Television program at the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication with a knack for making interesting films of all kinds. Employed by the Johnson Space Center, he is the recent recipient of a Lone Star Emmy for his film “Orion: Trial by Fire.”

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Patty Taméz (’07)

by Joelle Carson, posted on: April 15, 2016

Patty Taméz (’07) is campus coordinator at Oracle Technologies and Information Services, and previously worked at UH’s University Career Services post-graduation. A native Houstonian, avid Cougar Athletics fan, yoga-lover and active volunteer, she loves cheering on the Coogs and enjoying the festivals, great food and cultural diversity her home town has to offer.

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Curtis Gannon (’00)

by Joelle Carson, posted on: April 7, 2016

Curtis Gannon (’00) is an artist who uses the pages of comic books as inspiration — and often, as materials — in his work. His next exhibition, “Amazing Adventures in Escapism,” will be on display from May 12 to June 12 at BeDesign in Houston.

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Iliana Rocha (’03)

by Joelle Carson, posted on: April 1, 2016

Iliana Rocha (’03) is the author of the poetry collection “Karankawa,” which won the 2014 AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry. A native of Victoria, Texas, she is currently a Ph.D. candidate in English with a creative writing emphasis at Western Michigan University.


Shasta’s Story Round-Up: March 2016

by Joelle Carson, posted on: March 24, 2016

Coogs are getting ready to kick off one of the University’s most beloved traditions: Frontier Fiesta! Our story round-up didn’t require a lasso — it’s easy to find stories about Coogs who are using their UH education to make a difference.


Alvaro S. Rios (’01)

by Joelle Carson, posted on: March 15, 2016

Alvaro Saar Rios is a playwright who is currently a theater professor at the University of Wisconson-Milwaukee (UWM). His plays have been produced nationwide, and include “The Crazy Mexican Show,” and a one-man show, “One Hot Texican Summer.”