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University of Houston - Clear Lake
News Release
Monday, December 20, 2010

UH-Clear Lake archivist seeks photos

Once nestled on the north side of University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Bayou Building, the Outdoor Amphitheater was the site of music concerts, impromptu meetings, a poetry reading and a sidewalk circus during the early years of the UH-Clear Lake’s history. Now, the university archivist is searching for photographs, documentation and information about the amphitheater from the public to add to the Alfred R. Neumann Library archives located on campus, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston, TX, 77058.   

Archivist Shelly Kelly says donated photographs, maps or documents are processed into UH-Clear Lake Archives and are used by researchers seeking such information.

“Records donated will be appraised for evidentiary and informational value about the university, arranged and described in finding aids/online catalog for researchers to find and identify, preserved in acid-free enclosures, folders, boxes, to prevent their deterioration,” Kelly said.

The university currently maintains an archive collection on its campus history, a Human Space Flight Collection, a Timber Cove Collection and a Clear Lake City Collection, as well as the Johnson Space Center History Collection on loan for access and preservation.

In 2003, the old amphitheater site was converted to what is now Alumni Plaza, a courtyard with tree-lined stone walkways, a fountain and outdoor seating that serves as a gathering place for many university events. But Kelly also wants to safeguard the history of the campus as well.

“We have quite a lot already about the university, but as our community ages – and as people leave Johnson Space Center and move away – they will either discard or carry with them many important founding documents,” Kelly said.

For more information about donating, contact Archivist Shelly Kelly at 281-283-3936 or More information about the Alfred R. Neumann Library archives is available at

UH-Clear Lake’s Autism center receives program grant

UH-Clear Lake’s Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities recently received a $96,000 grant from the Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority of Harris County for the program, “Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.”  The grant marks the second year of a two-year contract agreement with the mental health agency and funds will support the university program’s Applied Behavior Analysis Skills Intervention Program (ABA-SkIP) services to children with autism and their families.

Demand for the program continues to be high, with approximately 85 families currently on the waiting list.

The center conducts a Community Lecture Series which offers monthly presentations by experts in the field of autism research and treatment who provide information for parents and educators seeking effective ways to teach children with autism. Lectures include a question and answer session.  For more information on the center or its programs, e-mail or call 281-283-3437.

The Vagina Monologues seeks volunteers and donors

Get involved and make the world a better, safer place for women and girls by sharing your time and support through UH-Clear Lake’s production of Eve Ensler’s play, “The Vagina Monologues,” performed Feb. 25, at the university, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston, TX, 77058.

Tryouts for cast members held in November filled the available acting roles, but UH-Clear Lake Coordinator of Women’s and LGBT Services Julie Smith says the search is on for volunteers to help behind the scenes, working backstage, building props, acting as house manager, and other assorted jobs.

She also says companies, organizations or individuals interested in sponsoring the production can send donations to: University of Houston Clear-Lake, Office of Intercultural and International Student Services, Attn. Julie Smith, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., SSCB 1.203 MC 194, Houston, Texas 77058-1098. Ad space is also available on the production’s program.

Tickets to the performance are now on sale and can be purchased at the university’s International and Intercultural Student Services office, Student Services and Classroom Building. A collaborative effort between the university’s International and Intercultural Student Services office and Student Leadership, Involvement and Community Engagement, proceeds from the play will go to Bay Area Turning Point and the V-Day Campaign to help end violence against women and girls. 

For more information contact Smith by calling 281-283-2578 or e-mailing To learn more about the Office of Intercultural and International Student Services, visit For more information about SLICE visit

Science education workshops open to area teachers

Take your students’ study of science beyond the classroom by gaining helpful teaching ideas and techniques through a free workshop for teachers offered by the university’s Environmental Institute of Houston and UH-Clear Lake in cooperation with Texas Regional Collaborative from Jan. 8 through April 30 at various times and locations, including the university’s Arbor Building, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston, TX, 77058.   

Students from kindergarten to 12th grade will benefit from the lessons teachers will learn while experiencing the thrill of hands-on science with a variety of workshops designed to help teachers enhance classroom learning as well as teaching the concepts and applications of science. Areas of study include physics, geosciences, biology, chemistry, astronomy, environmental science and technology. Courses offered include bird study and conservation, the technology behind gaming, light and optics, climate, electricity and more.

Pre-registration is required and a waiting list is possible, so early sign-up is suggested.  Interested participants can register directly with the Environmental Institute of Houston through Candy Allison by e-mailing or calling 281-283-3945.

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