Short Takes

June 1, 2018 | Katherine Adams

Short Takes

Bird watching, fishing, nature walks and more in kids’ summer program

Starting June 5,  University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Environmental Institute of Houston offers day, half-day and evening camps featuring nature walks, bird-watching, fishing, dip-netting, games and more as first- through eighth-grade students learn about the environment and their place in it.

Themes include Discover Nature Camp, Citizen Science Camp and Hunger Games Camp. Prices range from $100-$250 per child depending on the session. For more information, call EIH, 281-283-3045 or visit

Movie Night: ‘Black Panther’

Watch one the biggest superhero blockbusters of the year Saturday, June 9 at 7 p.m. in the Student Services and Classroom Building Lecture Hall at University of Houston-Clear Lake, 2700 Bay Area Blvd, Houston.

“Black Panther” follows the story of T’Challa, king of the African nation of Wakanda. However, his claim to the throne is challenged by a vengeful outsider. Admission to the film is free for students with a UHCL Student ID and $4 for all others. Parking is free and available in Visitor Lot D.

Center for Executive Education: PCAT preparation class

Conquer the PCAT to be ready for pharmacy school with this prep course taught at University of Houston-Clear Lake, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston. The course, which meets June 9-24 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sundays 9 a.m. – noon,  covers areas of chemistry, biochemistry, biology, reading comprehension and the essay portion of the exam.

All course material is up-to-date to meet the requirements of the current PCAT exam. Students are asked to bring a pen and notebook. Fee for the six-session course is $725, which covers all review materials. For more information, visit 

Register for foreign language courses

Learn a new language and get personal attention from expert teachers in University of Houston-Clear Lake’s non-credit Foreign Language Program. Course registration is through June 11 for classes held June 11-July 20.  

Small classes and private tutoring are available for Spanish, Chinese, German, Japanese, Russian and more. Group courses cost $156, or 10 hours of private instruction costs $600, or five hours for $300. To learn more or to register, visit or call the Foreign Language and English Enhancement Program at 281-283-3033.

UHCL prof wins Whitehill Prize for history article

University of Houston-Clear Lake Assistant Professor of History Neal Dugre has been awarded the 2017 Walter Muir Whitehill Prize in Early American History for an article published in one of his areas of expertise: 17th century New England.

The Whitehill Prize is among the most prestigious article awards in American history, and is given by the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, which supports research and students in New England history.

Dugre’s article, “Repairing the Breach: Puritan Expansion, Commonwealth Formation, and the Origins of the United Colonies of New England, 1630-1643,” discusses ways in which the New England Puritans reformed their approach to government in order to better meet the practical challenges facing their young and rapidly growing colonies. He won $2,500 for the award, and his article will publish in New England Quarterly in September 2018.

For more information about UHCL’s History program, visit