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A trip down memory lane as I visit the University of Houston

This was one of the few images that hasn't changed from my days here; when I came to UH in August 1982 I had never been to Houston before much less seen the campus (and the neighboring area was unlike anything I had experienced in NC)

This was one of the few images that hasn't changed from my days here; when I came to UH in August 1982 I had never been to Houston before much less seen the campus (and the neighboring area was unlike anything I had experienced in NC)

UH is the 3rd largest university in TX with 46,000  students; U.S. News   World Report ranks UH as the 2nd most ethnically diverse research university in the nation; in 1953, UH established KUHT—the first educational television station in the nation

UH is the 3rd largest university in TX with 46,000+ students; U.S. News + World Report ranks UH as the 2nd most ethnically diverse research university in the nation; in 1953, UH established KUHT—the first educational television station in the nation

I lived on campus all 4 years at UH (90 % of students lived off-campus) with my first 2 years being here at Moody Towers; I remember the rooms were small with a large shared bathroom in the center of each floor

I lived on campus all 4 years at UH (90+% of students lived off-campus) with my first 2 years being here at Moody Towers; I remember the rooms were small with a large shared bathroom in the center of each floor

Today you can take Houston's light rail network to campus; even in 2020, only 2.6% of UH students are from outside of TX with an additional 7% of students being international

Today you can take Houston's light rail network to campus; even in 2020, only 2.6% of UH students are from outside of TX with an additional 7% of students being international

The Fertitta Center is home to UH basketball but we knew it as Hofheinz Pavilion; my first two years at UH the team was a combined 63-8 finishing national champion runner-up both years

The Fertitta Center is home to UH basketball but we knew it as Hofheinz Pavilion; my first two years at UH the team was a combined 63-8 finishing national champion runner-up both years

Much of the credit for UH's improvement rests with Renu Khator who has been president and chancellor here since 2008; she's the first Indian American to lead a major research university in the US

Much of the credit for UH's improvement rests with Renu Khator who has been president and chancellor here since 2008; she's the first Indian American to lead a major research university in the US

Double Physichromie, Carlos Cruz-Diez, 2009; the colors do not exist on the surface itself but are perceived by the eye as a result of the parallel lines of color that intersect on the plane

Double Physichromie, Carlos Cruz-Diez, 2009; the colors do not exist on the surface itself but are perceived by the eye as a result of the parallel lines of color that intersect on the plane

The Hines College of Architecture is named for Gerald Hines (died in 2020 at age 95) who developed iconic buildings including the Houston Galleria, Transco (Williams) Tower, Pennzoil Place and many others around the world

The Hines College of Architecture is named for Gerald Hines (died in 2020 at age 95) who developed iconic buildings including the Houston Galleria, Transco (Williams) Tower, Pennzoil Place and many others around the world

Albertus Magnus, Gerhard Marcks, 1970; Elizabeth Warren completed her BA at UH in speech pathology, graduated from law school at Rutgers before returning to teach at the Bates Law School for 5 years

Albertus Magnus, Gerhard Marcks, 1970; Elizabeth Warren completed her BA at UH in speech pathology, graduated from law school at Rutgers before returning to teach at the Bates Law School for 5 years

In high school I spent more time on tennis than studying so I knew freshman year at UH I needed to apply myself; I spent almost every day here at the MD Anderson Library studying until closing time

In high school I spent more time on tennis than studying so I knew freshman year at UH I needed to apply myself; I spent almost every day here at the MD Anderson Library studying until closing time

The inaugural class for the UH College of Medicine started in 2020; the new buildings occupy land that was just barren fields when I attended

The inaugural class for the UH College of Medicine started in 2020; the new buildings occupy land that was just barren fields when I attended

I wish the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center had existed back in the 1980s; alums include Kenny Rogers, Tom Landry, Hakeem Olajuwon, Lizzo, Carl Lewis, Clyde Drexler, Jim Nantz, Jim Parsons and Dennis and Randy Quaid

I wish the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center had existed back in the 1980s; alums include Kenny Rogers, Tom Landry, Hakeem Olajuwon, Lizzo, Carl Lewis, Clyde Drexler, Jim Nantz, Jim Parsons and Dennis and Randy Quaid

Many hours were spent in the University Center where I started the College Bowl program, worked in student government and was one of the inaugural UH Ambassadors; the experience with campus activities greatly enhanced my time at UH

Many hours were spent in the University Center where I started the College Bowl program, worked in student government and was one of the inaugural UH Ambassadors; the experience with campus activities greatly enhanced my time at UH

I'm amazed that the old building where Mary and I worked for the Alumni Association is still there; it is surrounded now by large, new construction so the options for this land are pretty limited

I'm amazed that the old building where Mary and I worked for the Alumni Association is still there; it is surrounded now by large, new construction so the options for this land are pretty limited

I spent my last 2 years at UH as a resident advisor in the Quad which I much preferred to Moody Towers; the Quad had been built in the 50s and was recently torn down (these new buildings are still called the Quad)

I spent my last 2 years at UH as a resident advisor in the Quad which I much preferred to Moody Towers; the Quad had been built in the 50s and was recently torn down (these new buildings are still called the Quad)

UH plays its home football games at TDECU Stadium; when I was a student, we played at the Astrodome but few students attended so there was always a push to move the games back to the campus

UH plays its home football games at TDECU Stadium; when I was a student, we played at the Astrodome but few students attended so there was always a push to move the games back to the campus

There are so many new buildings on campus that it's easy to get lost; when I visited, there were long lines of parents and students as they moved into the dorms despite the ongoing pandemic

There are so many new buildings on campus that it's easy to get lost; when I visited, there were long lines of parents and students as they moved into the dorms despite the ongoing pandemic

The Calhoun Loft Apartments are emblematic of residential life as universities have tried to keep housing on par with nice apartments in town; I'm sure the quality of food has vastly improved (I still remember my first chicken fried steak!)

The Calhoun Loft Apartments are emblematic of residential life as universities have tried to keep housing on par with nice apartments in town; I'm sure the quality of food has vastly improved (I still remember my first chicken fried steak!)

Landscape with Blue Trees, Jim Love, 1982-83; I went into the book store in the University Center and they were selling Phi Slama Jama gear taking me back to the fun years when I was a student here

Landscape with Blue Trees, Jim Love, 1982-83; I went into the book store in the University Center and they were selling Phi Slama Jama gear taking me back to the fun years when I was a student here

UH now has the Bauer College of Business with modern facilities but, as a marketing major in the 1980s, my classes were all in the Heyne (yes, pronounced like the childish term for butt) Building

UH now has the Bauer College of Business with modern facilities but, as a marketing major in the 1980s, my classes were all in the Heyne (yes, pronounced like the childish term for butt) Building

Standout programs at UH include the Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management and the new Hobby School of Public Affairs; UH is one of four public universities in Texas with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter

Standout programs at UH include the Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management and the new Hobby School of Public Affairs; UH is one of four public universities in Texas with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter

The University Center Satellite closed this year due to years of flooding damage and will be replaced with a new dining center; I remember seeing live coverage of the Challenger disaster here

The University Center Satellite closed this year due to years of flooding damage and will be replaced with a new dining center; I remember seeing live coverage of the Challenger disaster here

Life Members of the UH Alumni Association have their names engraved on these pillars so I had to find mine; I worked for UH Alumni from 1986-88 publishing a quarterly newsletter, managing some of the alumni groups and putting on our annual awards dinner

Life Members of the UH Alumni Association have their names engraved on these pillars so I had to find mine; I worked for UH Alumni from 1986-88 publishing a quarterly newsletter, managing some of the alumni groups and putting on our annual awards dinner

UH made it to the Final Four in 2021 before losing to eventual champion Baylor; given the small number of students living on campus, I thrived at UH and especially enjoyed my last 2 years

UH made it to the Final Four in 2021 before losing to eventual champion Baylor; given the small number of students living on campus, I thrived at UH and especially enjoyed my last 2 years

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Great "tour," Bobby. I visited the campus only a few times in my eight years in Houston, so this was really fun to see.

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