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UHCL to break ground on new Pearland Health Sciences building

Written by InsideDP.com Staff. Posted in Schools

UHCL PearlandHS RenderingUniversity of Houston-Clear Lake Pearland Campus will break ground on a $24.6 million Health Sciences and Classroom Building in a ceremony set for 2 p.m. Friday, April 28, 1200 Pearland Parkway. Shown above in an artist’s rendering, the three-story facility is scheduled to open spring 2019.

University of Houston-Clear Lake Pearland Campus will break ground on a $24.6 million Health Sciences and Classroom Building in a ceremony set for 2 p.m. Friday, April 28, at the campus located at 1200 Pearland Parkway, Pearland.

Scheduled to open spring 2019, the new three-story facility will allow UHCL Pearland Campus to expand enrollment to its health-science programs, notably the RN-to-BSN and Licensed Professional Counselor programs. In addition, UHCL has plans to include space in the new building for a satellite office of its Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities.

Construction of the 69,539 square-foot facility was made possible by a bill passed in the 2015 Texas Legislature, championed by state Sen. Larry Taylor, Rep. Ed Thompson of Pearland with support from Pearland Mayor Tom Reid and the Pearland Chamber of Commerce.

“We have become a medically oriented community,” Reid said during an interview earlier this spring, and added that the city’s health care partners look to UHCL Pearland Campus to help train current and future workers in a variety of medical careers. “We have an opportunity to provide for a future trained workforce and additional educational opportunities for personnel already in the workforce,” he said.

Nationwide, healthcare jobs are expected to grow 26 percent to 35 percent by 2020, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported, making it the fastest-growing employment segment.

“The healthcare industry has continued to evolve dramatically over the past few years,” said Karen Alexander, director of the RN-to-BSN Program at UHCL Pearland Campus, said during an earlier interview.

“Having a new Health Sciences and Classroom Building will enable us to meet and exceed the goals of creating a learning environment which fosters, demands, and celebrates high standards and quality of care for the delivery of safe and effective care to the communities we serve.”

The new facility will include simulated hospital rooms, a nurses’ station and a pharmacy station for hands-on training, a 100-seat tiered lecture hall, large classrooms, a conference room, chemistry and biology laboratories, 19 faculty offices and private study rooms and common study areas. Plans also include a vending area for purchase of ready-to-eat and ready-to-heat meals, salads, snacks and drinks as well as basic school supplies.

The Health Sciences and Classroom Building is one of three new academic buildings planned for UHCL. In March, the university broke ground on a STEM and Classroom Building and Recreation and Wellness Center on its Bay Area location. Later this year, it will begin construction on a student housing facility.

Howard announced as SJC commencement speaker

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San Jacinto College has announced Dr. Lonnie Howard will be present the keynote address at its commcencement ceremony May 13. Howard, president at the Lamar Institute of Technology, has taken twists and turns that will be familiar to community college students striving to succeed.

Black Violin to perform at UHCL

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University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Cultural Art Series welcomes Black Violin on Sunday, April 9, 7:30 p.m., at the Bayou Theater, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston. Black Violin offers a distinctive fusion of classical, jazz, funk and hip-hop musical genres, which has gained the duo of Wil B. and Kev Marcus international acclaim.

Violist Wilner Baptiste (Wil B.) and violinist Kevin Sylvester (Kev Markus) met in a magnet school for performing arts in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received classical training in separate colleges and later reunited as Black Violin. In 2005, the duo became a breakout-hit at the legendary Apollo Theater.

Black Violin has shared stages with Kayne West, Aerosmith and Tom Petty. The duo has collaborated creatively with Alicia Keys as well as rappers Wu-Tang Clan and Wyclef Jean. Their 2015 release of the major-label album “Stereotypes” debuted as No. 1 on Billboard’s Classical Crossover Chart and No. 4 on Billboard’s R&B Chart.

With a special emphasis on educational outreach, Black Violin has performed to more than 100,000 students in North America and Europe in the past 12 months.

Tickets are $28 for adults and $15 for any student with a valid student ID. To purchase or for more information, visit www.uhcl.edu/student-life/get-involved/cultural-arts/black-violin.

DP fishing team set to reel in big catch, scholarships

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2017 fishing team picPhoto provided by Marion Fenley.

Deer Park High School is a member of the SETX Fishing organization which is by far the largest organized fishing circuit in the world with an average of 450 teams high school teams per tournament. A season consist of five tournaments where students fish for points in hopes to gain a spot for the championship weekend, which is a two-day tournament.

UHCL to break ground on new buildings

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UHCL GroundBreakingUniversity of Houston-Clear Lake will soon break ground on two new buildings at UH-Clear Lake and one new building at UH-Clear Lake Pearland Campus. Above is an artist’s rendering of a Recreation and Wellness Center, which is expected to open the fall of 2018 at UHCL, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston. Groundbreaking ceremonies for this and a STEM and Classroom Building are 2-3 p.m. Friday, March 31. Later this spring the university plans to break ground on a Health Sciences and Classroom Building at UHCL Pearland Campus, 1200 Pearland Pkwy., Pearland. It is expected to open in the spring of 2019. The facilities are expected to help meet the growing needs of area communities and future workforce.

Be a part of history as University of Houston-Clear Lake breaks ground on two new buildings at UH-Clear Lake and one new building at UH-Clear Lake Pearland Campus. The facilities will help meet the growing needs of area communities and future workforce.

Groundbreaking ceremonies are 2-3 p.m. Friday, March 31, for a $65.7 million STEM and Classroom Building and a $38.2 million Recreation and Wellness Center at UHCL, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston. Both are expected to open the fall of 2018.

Later this spring the university plans to break ground on a $24.6 million Health Sciences and Classroom Building at UHCL Pearland Campus, 1200 Pearland Pkwy., Pearland. It is expected to open in the spring of 2019.

The STEM and Classroom Building will contain 121,575 square feet for the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. A three-story section will accommodate research labs; a two-story section will house offices and classrooms. The building will include 15 teaching labs for mechanical engineering, physics, chemistry, geology, industrial hygiene and environmental safety. It will also house 12 specialty rooms for mechanical-engineering projects, computer-aided drafting, 3-D printing and more. There will be a 100-seat tiered lecture hall, an astronomy observation deck, a 30-seat computer lab – and 13 faculty research labs with room for six more.

The 81,709 square-foot Recreation and Wellness Center will include academic and recreational wings, open study spaces, casual seating, food service and private study rooms. An indoor, elevated three-lane running track will provide runners a campus view while overlooking two regulation-sized basketball courts and a multi-activity court for indoor soccer, hockey and other sports. The entire court space can be converted into an event or dining hall. It will also feature weight and cardio rooms, two multipurpose rooms for yoga and other exercises as well as three teaching labs and two classrooms.

At UHCL Pearland Campus, the three-story, 69,539 square-foot Health Sciences and Classroom Building will include simulated hospital rooms, nurses and pharmacy station, biology and chemistry labs, a computer teaching lab, three large classrooms, a 42-steat active-learning classroom, a 100-seat tiered lecture hall, 19 faculty offices and private study rooms.

The STEM and health-sciences buildings were funded by the 2015 Texas Legislature. In the same session, a bill gave UHCL authority to assess fees for construction of the recreation center, contingent upon approval by student referendum and support from the UH System Board of Regents. The referendum passed in 2016.

Speaking recently at his annual Report to the Community, UHCL President William A. Staples lauded the community partnerships that made the university expansion possible.

“It’s all about partnerships. With who? Everybody. With people, with corporations, with foundations, with legislators, with our alumni, with cities, and obviously, with the many donors who support the many initiatives we have at UH-Clear Lake.” Staples said.

Later this year, the university expects to begin construction on a $22 million 300-bed student-housing project on the Clear Lake campus. Rental revenue is expected to pay for its construction. It is expected to be ready for occupancy in late 2018 or early 2019.