Dena McNeill

Dena McNeill (’83)

by Jeff Sutton, posted on: March 11, 2016

Dena Regas McNeill (’83) resumed her education at the University of Houston after a move from west Texas, and within the span of two years she had attained her private pilot’s license, her real estate license and a bachelor’s degree in marketing.

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Ayokunle Falomo (’12)

by Sarah Hill, posted on: March 4, 2016

Ayokunle Falomo, a Nigerian-born psychology graduate and poet, has been featured in a TEDxHouston talk and was in January 2016’s Local Houston Magazine, in the “Houston A to Z” edition, as one of nine Houstonians doing big things in the city.


Shasta’s Story Round-Up: February 2016

by Joelle Carson, posted on: February 26, 2016

We’re celebrating February (and the Coogs’ 20th basketball victory of the season) with a throwback to the 1968 Game of the Century at the Astrodome. And, of course, settling down from the buzz of last night’s Republican Presidential Debate at Moores Opera House! Here’s a few Coogs who definitely have our vote:

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Lori Markel (Pharm.D. ’08)

by Joelle Carson, posted on: February 19, 2016

Lori Markel is the co-founder of Sienna Compounding Pharmacy in Missouri City, Texas, which specializes in compounding medications: preparing customized medications to meet each patient’s specific needs.

Ruth S. McCleskey

Ruth S. McCleskey (’00)

by Joelle Carson, posted on: February 12, 2016

Ruth S. McCleskey is a co-founder of Boiling Point Players, a Houston theater company dedicated to producing female-driven work, and is one half of the improv troupe Ophelia’s Rope. She also works as a web developer at the University of Houston Law Center.

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Kevin Pennell (’98)

by Jeff Sutton, posted on: February 5, 2016

Kevin Pennell is an attorney with Zukowski, Bresenhan, Petry & Piazza, L.L.P. in Houston. A devoted family man and loyal Cougar, Pennell has been enjoying UH football games since his time as a student.

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Shasta’s Story Round-Up: Happy New Year!

by Joelle Carson, posted on: January 29, 2016

Happy New Year, Coogs! The photo for this post is in honor of the Cougars’ Peach Bowl Victory in Atlanta, GA on December 31, 2015. As for us, we’re adding these high-achieving alumni and students to our dream team roster:

Christy Jullien

Christy Jullien (’12)

by Joelle Carson, posted on: January 22, 2016

Christy Jullien realized her love of hospitality at Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management. As sales manager at House of Hough, a specialty linen rental company and Cougar 100 member, she works one-on-one with clients to create memorable events.

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Steven Shannon (’12)

by Joelle Carson, posted on: January 15, 2016

Since the 2015 Memorial Day weekend flooding in Houston, news outlets nationwide have reported on the role Steven Shannon (’12) played in rescuing a woman and her dog only moments before her car was completely submerged in an underpass.

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Maria Gutierrez (’91, M.B.A. ’95)

by Sarah Hill, posted on: January 8, 2016

Maria Gutierrez (’91, M.B.A. ’95), a native Houstonian, is Manager of Tendering and Risk Assessment at Cameron Valves and Measurement and an avid traveler.