Posts Tagged ‘Accomplishment’

Silky Malik (’09)

Silky Malik, who is an alumnus of University of Houston, has written a new book.

The Total Nobody Who Ran for Office and Lost ish, penned by Silky, will be released Monday, October 12th.

Silky is a native Houstonian and the first woman to run for the U.S. House of Representatives in Texas’ 2nd Congressional District (and a proud alumnus of UH! ). The Total Nobody Who Ran for Office and Lost ish, chronicles her run for office and shares personal anecdotes and life lessons she’s learned along the way.

As a minority female, she’s using her voice to fight for change during election season by sharing her experience running for office to inspire others.

For more information, Silky’s website can be viewed here

Brenda Beust Smith (’65)



. . . but Brenda Beust Smith is also:

* a national award-winning writer & editor
* a nationally-published writer & photographer
* a national horticultural speaker
* a former Houston Chronicle reporter

When the Chronicle discontinued Brenda’s 45-year-old Lazy Gardener” print column, it then ranked as the longest-running, continuously-published local newspaper column in the Greater Houston area.

Brenda’s gradual sideways step from Chronicle reporter into gardening writing — first as a just-a-fun side Chronicle assignment in the early ’70s — led first to an 18-year series of when-to-do-what Lazy Gardener Calendars, then to her Lazy Gardener’s Guide book which morphed into her Lazy Gardener’s Guide on CD. which she now emails free upon request.

A Harris County Master Gardener, Brenda has served on the boards of many Greater Houston area horticulture organizations and has hosted local radio and TV shows, most notably a 10+-year Lazy Gardener specialty shows on HoustonPBS (Ch. 8) and her call-in “EcoGardening” show on KPFT-FM.

For over three decades, Brenda served as as Production Manager of the Garden Club of America’s BULLETIN magazine. Although still an active broad-based freelance writer, Brenda’s main focus now is THE LAZY GARDENER & FRIENDS HOUSTON GARDEN NEWSLETTER with John Ferguson and Pablo Hernandez of Nature’s Way Resources.

A native of New Orleans and graduate of St. Agnes Academy and the University of Houston, Brenda lives in Humble, TX, and is married to the retired Aldine High School Coach Bill Smith (1965 / UH Alum/member of Coach Bill Yeoman’s first UH team/Texas Bowl Gridiron Legend). They have one son, Blake.

John E. Kolb (J.D. ’55)

The Honorable John E. Kolb, Law Grad 1955, former Chairman of the Board of Regents (1981) celebrated his 92nd birthday at his Rincon Ranch in Goliad County, Texas.

Zachary J. Turpin (Ph.D. ’17)

UH alum Zachary Turpin co-authored Every Hour, Every Atom: A Collection of Walt Whitman’s Early Notebooks and Fragments. Zachary is assistant professor of English at the University of Idaho. His previous work includes Life and Adventures of Jack Engle: The Lost Novel of Walt Whitman (Iowa, 2017).

Gracie E. Villarreal (M.Ed. ’16)

College of Education Alum Gracie Villarreal was recently featured in online magazine Shoutout HTX. Gracie hopes that by sharing her story, other UH alumni may be encouraged with whatever challenges they may be going through.


Meet Gracie Villarreal, M.Ed.: Advocate, Researcher & Writer

David Lawrence Levin (’70, J.D. ’73)

UH Law Center Alum David Levin has recently released his latest novel, Fabulous, a comedic spoof about college athletics with a serious social twist.

Mary Shannon MacMichael (’76)

Mary gives a life update:

Graduating in 1976 first job was as a Physical Education instructor with the Houston Independent School District at the Roberts Elementary Magnet School. I was hired with 3 other young Phys.Ed. teachers Pat Sutton, Tom Brewer and Andre Hornsby and supervised by our experienced coordinating teacher, Marion Kirk. I taught for 3 years at Roberts and then worked with my best friend, Valerie (Schneider) Reis, UH ’76, in the Alief Independent School District. Marriage came along in 1980, baby girl in 1981 and moved to Roanoke, VA in 1984. Full time wife and mother occupied most of my time as well as substitute teaching and part time youth work! Covenant Presbyterian hired me for what was to be a 2 year term as Youth Director/Church Activities Director, as my husband returned to school. That 2 years turned into a total of 31 at the Church and I retired in 2016. After my husband retired in 2017 we moved to Mentone, Alabama to be near our only daughter, her husband and our granddaughter and to become involved community members in this beautiful area of the country.

Mae Woods (’14, M.S. ’15)

Mae was highlighted by the Houston Chronicle for her new website built to avoid lines during COVID-19. More…

Lohit Datta-Barua (M.S. ’76)

Dr. Lohit Datta-Barua has turned his life story into a memoir. The Cullen College of Engineering has written an article on his newly released memoir. More…

Trinh Mai (M.S.W. ’00)

UH alumna, Trinh Mai wrote an article on the benefits of practicing mindfulness and how to apply these practices during the pandemic. More…