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UHCL HONORS PHILANTHROPISTS, KICKS OFF CAPITAL CAMPAIGN

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By University Of Houston Clear Lake
SEABROOK, Texas, March 9, 2018 — University of Houston-
Clear Lake administrators, faculty, staff, students and
alumni joined together for a gala evening to celebrate its
partners in philanthropy and to launch the “UHCL Here,
We Go” campaign at Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook
on Feb. 23.
Associate Vice President of Advancement Rhonda
Thompson, who emceed the event, welcomed everyone,
and UH-Clear Lake President Ira K. Blake addressed the
guests, highlighting the invaluable impact that UHCL’s
supporters have made on the university and its students.
She said that the launching of the “UHCL Here, We Go”
campaign illustrated the transformative impact the university
has in the community. “This campaign is our bold
commitment to partner with our alumni and friends to continue
the evolution of UHCL and expand opportunities for
more and more students in Bay Area Houston and beyond,”
Blake said.
The university hopes to raise $20 million by 2020 to
invest in faculty development and research, create more
scholarships and opportunities for experiential learning
and bolster the university’s centers of excellence and the
arts.
“We’re illustrating four priority areas of our campaign:
engaged teaching, inspired learning, fearless imagination
and emerging opportunities,” Blake said.
The president shared stories about UHCL’s professors
and alumni who have transformed students’ futures by
helping them prepare for careers that are the best match
for their interests, talents and skills.
“Thank you all for not forgetting your alma mater over
the years, and for continuing to give back to help us become
a stronger, more relevant university in the 21st century,”
Blake said.
Mary Ann Shallberg, recently retired executive associate
to each of UHCL’s first four presidents over the last
37 years, received the Philanthropy Award. Executive Director
of Education Programs for the Houston Livestock
Show and Rodeo Amy Moroney accepted the Community
Partnership Award on behalf of the HLSR.
About 10 years ago, Shallberg and her late husband
William L. Shallberg updated their wills, including a
provision for a percentage of their estate to establish a
scholarship at UHCL. Following Bill’s death in 2015, she
decided to start the scholarship with an initial donation,
naming it the William L. Shallberg Endowed Scholarship
in International Business in the College of Business as
a tribute to his long career in international business. “I
began working at UHCL in January of 1980, and since
then, this university has been such an important part of
our lives,” Shallberg said. “I have seen first-hand how
scholarships can transform students’ lives, and it is my
hope that this endowment will benefit many students in
the years to come.”
Moroney said that receiving the Community Partnership
Award on behalf of Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
was particularly special because she had also been
a scholarship recipient when she was a student. “I can
attest to the way education changes lives,” she said.
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s contributions
have helped train more 120 teachers and paraprofessionals
on how to implement scientifically supported strategies
for students with autism and developmental disabilities.
“This is the fourth year we have given grant funding to
support the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities,”
Moroney said. “Through our partnership with
UHCL and CADD, we are not only helping teachers make
breakthroughs with developmentally disabled students,
we are changing the lives of their teachers and their families.
We appreciate the opportunity to be the differencemakers.”
For more information about the “UHCL Here,
We Go.” campaign, visit www.uhcl.edu/here-we-go.
For more information about the “UHCL Here,
We Go.” campaign, visit www.uhcl.edu/here-we-go.

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