Posts Tagged ‘Accomplishment’

Judy Haveson Cohen (’86)

Judy Haveson Cohen (’86) released a new book on September 28, 2022.

The publisher description follows:

Growing up in 1970s and 80s suburban Houston, Judy Haveson is funny, sarcastic, and fiercely loyal, especially to her family, friends, and big sister, Celia. When she suffers a series of unimaginable traumatic events, her seemingly idyllic childhood comes to a halt, changing her life forever.

In Laugh Cry Rewind, Judy takes readers on her journey of self-discovery, sharing funny, touching, and heartbreaking stories from her childhood all the way to the birth of her son. Her experiences serve as a reminder that while life is not always fair, ultimately, the choice to surrender or keep on living is ours. Her message to others who have experienced loss or tragedy is this: stop waiting for the other shoe to drop. Let life go on, and good things will be waiting for you on the other side of the pain.

On November 10, 2022, Judy returned to UH to share her story with a class at Valenti School of Communications.

Thomas Moy (’71)

The Arizona Historical Society was pleased to announce that this year’s winner of the Don Bufkin Award for best conference paper on territorial Arizona is Thomas B. Moy’s submission, “Solving a Riddle: Uncovering Chinese Monopoly of Tombstone Laundry Industry.” Moy is a former teacher, principal, and warden with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. His articles have appeared in the Journal of the Wild West History Association.

Ricky Lenz (’75)

I am in my 47th year as a pharmacist. I am the pharmacist in charge of Rogers Pharmacy #3. I work there on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. On Wednesdays, I work as a consultant
pharmacist for the South Texas Eye Surgicenter. I have been working at the South Texas Eye Surgicenter for 35 years. I work at Rogers #6 (in Edna, Texas) from 9-1. I am a long-time member
of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (50 years), and I am a member of the Texas Pharmaceutical Association (50 years). I am Fellow in the Academy of Consultant Pharmacists.
I turned 70 this year and am still work full-time. I plan to keep working as long as my health holds out.
I have been married for 44 years to Carol Ann Lenz. We have one son, Joseph, who graduated (magna cum laude) in 2006 with a double degree in Classics (Latin & Greek), and German. Joseph
is a Phi Beta Kappa.
The University of Houston College of Pharmacy prepared me well for my pharmacy career. UH is a great university which I support financially every year. I am proud to be a graduate of UH.
Keep up the great work.

Royce Heslep (’77)

Cougar Pride at the top of Texas
The trip to the top was a 8.4 mile round trip hike. It took about 9 hours. We stayed at the top for over an hour flying the UH flag. Kathleen Heslep MBA 1990 / Blake Heslep BSEE 2018 /Royce Heslep BBA 1977

Lyle Oelfke (’55)

UH graduate Lyle Oelfke, at the age of ninety, has written a very interesting book
about his life’s adventures and his accomplishments. He did this all during
this pandemic. A book of 190 pages all typed with one finger. It’s titled :
WHAT A BOOK an Extrtraordinary Life Relived for You IN Bits and Pieces.
It takes you from horse drawn transportation to the jet planes of today.
Stories of adventures from the 21 countries he has visited…his many death
defying close calls…his military service and what he has done for his
country and his community….his business career…how he acquired in his
life a four story castle mansion over looking a lake and how he owned a
restaurant in Fort Worth. The book is now available on Amazon.

Marla-Tiye Vieira (M.Ed. ’03)

Celebrated Author’s Bittersweet Pilgrimage To South Africa
When celebrated American author Marla-Tiye Vieira recently made a pilgrimage to Cape Town to celebrate her mother’s life, she reached out to White Shark Projects to rekindle a friendship that began 13 years ago.

A Mother And Daughter’s Adventure With White Shark Projects Remembered
Marla had travelled to South Africa with her late mum way back then, and after her death six years ago vowed to return to the place where they had shared wonderful adventures, which included shark cage diving in Kleinbaai with White Shark Projects.

Rekindling Friendships After 13 Years
When White Shark Projects’ Jessica Smit received the call, she was so blown away by the story that she invited Marla to Kleinbaai as a special guest of the company. It was a bittersweet reunion, one where an emotional farewell took place out at sea when Marla released her mum’s ashes into the ocean.

The White Shark Projects team wishes Marla safe travels wherever life may lead her and look forward to seeing her again one day.

Jasmine Breeze (a story by Marla-Tiye Viera)
Marla-Tiye Vieira’s inspirational book Jasmine Breeze deals with oppression caused by gender and race inequality in modern-day society. The work has been described by critics as a great international love story and has received five-star reviews.

“This is a story about Jasmine from Southern Louisiana, her mother a third-generation Irish American, her father an African American, his grandmother a Chippewa Native American, and his grandfather who was the first African American in Louisiana to start his own law firm. Jasmine is studying in Spain where she meets Jose all the while holding secrets about her life and who she really is inside, afraid to share her true self with her family. She learns there are people close to her in her family holding their own secrets as well, this is a story about racism, secrets, love, and the struggles of finding your true self with twists along the way. I enjoyed this read along with appreciating the writing style, was an easy read and I would recommend it to anyone. I definitely will be looking forward to other books from this author.” Phyllis Watson (Rated Five-Stars)

“This author really encapsulates human suffering and guides us on how to make authentic connections. I enjoyed reading every page and I did not want the story to end. Vieira writes with inspiration and excitement. Her travel descriptions make you feel that you are actually a part of the setting. I highly recommend this text to one and all.” Carol (Rated Five-Stars)

Recommended Reading
The White Shark team highly recommend Marla’s book, which is available in paperback and Kindle and can be ordered via Amazon here.

Thomas Fenske (’76, ’77)

Thomas Fenske is the author of of six novels and one cookbook. He is originally from Texas but currently lives in North Carolina. His TRACES OF TREASURE Series follows Sam Milton and Smidgeon Toll, somewhat reluctant treasure hunters. THE HAG RIDER is civil war historical fiction about a young boy’s experiences after enlisting in the Confederate Cavalry, all the while under the protection of a slave’s witchcraft. HARMON CREEK explores a decade’s-old murder in rural Texas and the sordid conspiracy that follows. HARMON CREEK is his first novel in the crime/true crime genre, inspired by the mysterious death of his wife’s great-uncle. HARMON CREEK will be available from Amazon or any local bookstore in June 2022

Thomas Fenske

Howard Joe (’75)

My 1st and 2nd edition books “Essential Guide to Treat Diabetes and to Lower Cholesterol” now have been verified and confirmed by more than 20 clinical trials of correct books’ methods as cited on Facebook, Amazon, and Linkedin. The clinical trials verify and confirm that soluble fiber and magnesium lower blood glucose and A1C and soluble fiber decreases cholesterol.

Demetrius Pearson (’90)

Dr. Pearson, associate professor in HHP and lifetime alumni association member, recently published a book titled Black Rodeo in the Texas Gulf Coast Region: Charcoal in the Ashes. The work is the culmination of a 20-year study on Black rodeo.

Larry McClaugherty (’72) and Kathy McClaugherty (’70)

On Tuesday, February 22nd at 1 p.m., the McClaughertys, CAMP leadership and its Board of Directors will unveil the new  monument—a huge boulder embossed with “Children’s Association for Maximum Potential” and its colorful logo, in honor of their son Neal who enjoyed ten years there, as a Camper.  CAMP’s summer camp is located in Centerpoint TX, in the Texas Hill Country.

 Neal’s life story is eloquently captured in the book “Neal:  Champion,” written by Larry & Kathy McClaugherty “and 21 of Neal’s closest friends” including Hope de Lemos, a former CAMP Director and daughter of a CAMP Co-Founder, who says she “became absolutely smitten with a young man with an infectious smile and charming disposition….Neal was an extraordinary testimony to intelligence and wit.  He knew how to command a room, and without fail, was one of the biggest flirts known around our little slide of heaven.” Neal’s short bio is below.

Larry said this to me about CAMP:  “Quite simply, the culture at CAMP is love.  Being at CAMP is like a religious experience.  It gets in your blood and changes you; you measure things differently.  It changes how you see kids….and life.”

Just as Neal spread joy while at CAMP, so have his parents.  Besides this incredible welcome monument (which is such a fitting tribute to Neal who welcomed everyone with his huge infectious smile), Larry and Kathy have been involved at CAMP for years:

  • coordinated the CAMP golf tournament for 11 years at Tapatio Springs,
  • engaged pharmacist friend Trang Le in Pearland who helped provide over-the-counter medications and whose daughter attended CAMP several summers as a counselor
  • established summer rotation with Pharmacy students who did rotations with Larry, starting with U of Houston and growing to UT and Texas Tech.  Two former students still work at CAMP:  Genee Nguyen Santiago, Pharm. D.  (who has brought students) and Sara Wisecup Kubes, Pharm.D., Clinical Assistant Professor at UT Health San Antonio (who also brings students)
  • served for a number of years on CAMP Board
  • has annually supported CAMP through all memorials and giving at the yearly Gala
  • recognized by the United Way in San Antonio as the Volunteer Family of the Year (even though they lived in Friendswood TX at the time but traveled six hours to bring Neal to CAMP)
  • honored in 2012 with the CAMP Heroes Award for their unwavering support of CAMP