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Senior baseball, softball athletes graduate

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Schools

baseballsoftballgradsPhoto by Travis Young/Deer Park Photos

Take Me Out to the Ballgame gave way to Pomp and Circumstance following the Deer Park baseball and softball teams' victories Thursday night.

With both teams playing Friday while their senior classmates graduate at Abshier Stadium, the teams held a graduation ceremony for the 17 graduating student athletes at the University of Houston.

Adorned in graduation robes, baseball caps and eye black, the student athletes marched down the third base line, received their diplomas and congratulations from DPISD administrators and crossed to the first base line.

UHCL to break ground on new Pearland Health Sciences building

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UHCL PearlandHS RenderingUniversity of Houston-Clear Lake Pearland Campus will break ground on a $24.6 million Health Sciences and Classroom Building in a ceremony set for 2 p.m. Friday, April 28, 1200 Pearland Parkway. Shown above in an artist’s rendering, the three-story facility is scheduled to open spring 2019.

University of Houston-Clear Lake Pearland Campus will break ground on a $24.6 million Health Sciences and Classroom Building in a ceremony set for 2 p.m. Friday, April 28, at the campus located at 1200 Pearland Parkway, Pearland.

Scheduled to open spring 2019, the new three-story facility will allow UHCL Pearland Campus to expand enrollment to its health-science programs, notably the RN-to-BSN and Licensed Professional Counselor programs. In addition, UHCL has plans to include space in the new building for a satellite office of its Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities.

Construction of the 69,539 square-foot facility was made possible by a bill passed in the 2015 Texas Legislature, championed by state Sen. Larry Taylor, Rep. Ed Thompson of Pearland with support from Pearland Mayor Tom Reid and the Pearland Chamber of Commerce.

“We have become a medically oriented community,” Reid said during an interview earlier this spring, and added that the city’s health care partners look to UHCL Pearland Campus to help train current and future workers in a variety of medical careers. “We have an opportunity to provide for a future trained workforce and additional educational opportunities for personnel already in the workforce,” he said.

Nationwide, healthcare jobs are expected to grow 26 percent to 35 percent by 2020, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported, making it the fastest-growing employment segment.

“The healthcare industry has continued to evolve dramatically over the past few years,” said Karen Alexander, director of the RN-to-BSN Program at UHCL Pearland Campus, said during an earlier interview.

“Having a new Health Sciences and Classroom Building will enable us to meet and exceed the goals of creating a learning environment which fosters, demands, and celebrates high standards and quality of care for the delivery of safe and effective care to the communities we serve.”

The new facility will include simulated hospital rooms, a nurses’ station and a pharmacy station for hands-on training, a 100-seat tiered lecture hall, large classrooms, a conference room, chemistry and biology laboratories, 19 faculty offices and private study rooms and common study areas. Plans also include a vending area for purchase of ready-to-eat and ready-to-heat meals, salads, snacks and drinks as well as basic school supplies.

The Health Sciences and Classroom Building is one of three new academic buildings planned for UHCL. In March, the university broke ground on a STEM and Classroom Building and Recreation and Wellness Center on its Bay Area location. Later this year, it will begin construction on a student housing facility.

Howard announced as SJC commencement speaker

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San Jacinto College has announced Dr. Lonnie Howard will be present the keynote address at its commcencement ceremony May 13. Howard, president at the Lamar Institute of Technology, has taken twists and turns that will be familiar to community college students striving to succeed.

Black Violin to perform at UHCL

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University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Cultural Art Series welcomes Black Violin on Sunday, April 9, 7:30 p.m., at the Bayou Theater, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston. Black Violin offers a distinctive fusion of classical, jazz, funk and hip-hop musical genres, which has gained the duo of Wil B. and Kev Marcus international acclaim.

Violist Wilner Baptiste (Wil B.) and violinist Kevin Sylvester (Kev Markus) met in a magnet school for performing arts in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received classical training in separate colleges and later reunited as Black Violin. In 2005, the duo became a breakout-hit at the legendary Apollo Theater.

Black Violin has shared stages with Kayne West, Aerosmith and Tom Petty. The duo has collaborated creatively with Alicia Keys as well as rappers Wu-Tang Clan and Wyclef Jean. Their 2015 release of the major-label album “Stereotypes” debuted as No. 1 on Billboard’s Classical Crossover Chart and No. 4 on Billboard’s R&B Chart.

With a special emphasis on educational outreach, Black Violin has performed to more than 100,000 students in North America and Europe in the past 12 months.

Tickets are $28 for adults and $15 for any student with a valid student ID. To purchase or for more information, visit

DP fishing team set to reel in big catch, scholarships

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2017 fishing team picPhoto provided by Marion Fenley.

Deer Park High School is a member of the SETX Fishing organization which is by far the largest organized fishing circuit in the world with an average of 450 teams high school teams per tournament. A season consist of five tournaments where students fish for points in hopes to gain a spot for the championship weekend, which is a two-day tournament.