UH Celebrates Black History: Dr. Bernard Harris

UH Celebrates Black History: Dr. Bernard Harris

Feb 10, 2014

UHBAA celebrates Black History Month with our own living legend and distinguished alumni honoree, Dr. Bernard Harris Jr. Harris graduated from Sam Houston High School in San Antonio, Texas. He received a B.S. degree in Biology from University of Houston in 1978. He earned his MD degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine in 1982. Harris completed a residency in internal medicine at the Mayo Clinic in 1985. Harris is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. Harris first became interested in being an astronaut watching the Apollo 11 mission on TV in 1969. Selected by NASA in January 1990, Harris became an astronaut in July 1991, and qualified for assignment as a mission specialist on future Space Shuttle flight crews. He served as the crew representative for Shuttle Software in the Astronaut Office Operations Development Branch. Harris was assigned as a mission specialist on STS-55, Spacelab D-2, in August 1991. He flew on board Columbia for ten days, (26 April 1993 – 6 May 1993); on the mission the Shuttle reached one year of accumulated flight time. Harris was part of the payload crew of Spacelab D-2, conducting a variety of research in physical and life sciences. During this flight, Harris logged over 239 hours and 4,164,183 miles in space. His second mission was as the Payload Commander on STS-63 (2 February 1995 –11 February 1995), the first flight of the new joint Russian-American Space Program. Mission highlights included the first rendezvous (but not docking) with the Russian space station Mir and retrieval of Spartan 204 satellite. During the flight, Harris became the first African-American to walk in space, while fellow astronaut Michael Foale became the first British-born spacewalker.[2] (It was also on this flight that Eileen Collins became the first female Shuttle pilot.) On this mission, Harris logged 198 hours, 29 minutes in space, completed 129 orbits, and traveled over 2.9 million miles. Harris completed a National Research Council Fellowship at NASA’s Ames Research Center in 1987. While at Ames, he conducted research in musculature physiology and disuse. He also trained as a flight surgeon at the Aerospace School of Medicine at Brooks Air Force Base in San Antonio in...

Cougars & Connections Happy Hour Social, February 25th 5-8PM

Cougars & Connections Happy Hour Social, February 25th 5-8PM

Feb 5, 2014

Please join the University of Houston Black Alumni Association for our Cougars & Connections Happy Hour Social at Mosaic Bar & Lounge on Tuesday February 25th from 5-8PM. 5927 Almeda Rd. Houston, TX 77004. Join the University of Houston Alumni Association to network with other University of Houston alumni, corporate supporters, family and friends. Spread the word and bring a...

Yolanda Green to Host 24th Annual Scholarship & Awards Gala

Yolanda Green to Host 24th Annual Scholarship & Awards Gala

Feb 3, 2014

  We are excited to have Yolanda Green join the University of Houston Black Alumni Association as our emcee for the night.     Green’s career in the media spans nearly two decades and includes work in both radio and television.  Early in her career, she spent time as a radio announcer at Great Gospel Radio KYOK-AM. Serving as a gospel radio announcer allowed Yolanda to merge her love of music and media savvy to elevate the station’s presence in the community. Yolanda Green is currently the Manager of Community Investment for Comcast Houston. Ms Green is responsible for all the company’s philanthropic efforts in Houston and the surrounding area. Prior to joining Comcast she was a television personality.   In 1994 Green joined KIAH-TV Channel 39’s Public Affairs/Programming Department. In less than two years she rose to the position of Community Relations Director and Host of “Outlook Houston”.   During her tenure as Community Relations Director with KIAH-TV (CW39) Green spearheaded activities of the  CW39 Cares for Kids Fund, facilitating the distribution of more than nine million dollars to local non-profit agencies.  As head of the stations philanthropic efforts embodied the presence of CW 39 in the community while managing the entire grant process including application distribution and collection, reviewing financial information, leading site visits and making recommendations for...