Women's Hoops Set to Launch Mentor Program

    June 12, 2014

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    HOUSTON--- The University of Houston Women's Basketball program is set to launch its original student-athlete mentor program, kicking off with an introductory luncheon, Thursday, June 19th from noon to 1 p.m. in O'Quinn Great Hall inside the Athletics/ Alumni Center on campus.

    The program will allow members of the women's basketball team to foster personal relationships with successful businesswomen in the Houston area, in hopes of gaining personal experience, tips, and knowledge as athletes prepare for life after graduation.

    As of now 19 mentors are signed up to pair up with each one of the Cougar student-athletes. During the welcome luncheon players will enjoy a meal as they introduce themselves to their mentors. The afternoon will then conclude with a student-led campus tour immediately following the luncheon.

    The mentorship program will focus on critical developmental areas such as life skills, problem-solving skills, self-control skills, stress management skills, and conflict skills. Student-athletes will meet with their mentors every few weeks as they strive to not only succeed on the basketball court, but off the basketball court as well.

    Interested in getting involved? Contact Director of Student-Athlete Services Kassen Gunderman at kgunderman@uh.edu or call her at 713-743-9463.

    A full list of the mentors already involved is shown below...

    Janelle Brown - Housing Manager, Division of Student Affairs (UH)
    Debra Castleberry - Assistant Principal (Retired)
    Kim Clarke - Senior Vice President, Administration & Chief People Officer, Key Energy Services, Inc.
    Terri Daniels - Attorney
    Sandra Edwards - Senior Tax Specialist, Buckeye Partners, L.P.
    Sonya Ellis-Clark - Customer Service Supervisor, Houston Parks & Recreation Department
    Phoebe Hawkins - Healthcare Administrator, Buckner
    Stacie Hawkins - Accounting Manager, Texas Southern University, Department of Human Resources and Payroll Services
    Becky Hyatt - Finance Manager, David Taylor Cadillac
    Valerie Jackson - Educator, HISD
    Claudette Jackson-Newsome - Entrepreneur/ Business Owner, ZAR Business Management and Consulting Group
    Athena Laster - Owner/Operator, Circle of Peace Natural Nair Space
    Patricia Laster - Librarian, Austin High School (HISD)
    Rozina Lee - Retired Educator/Consultant, LEEdership Plus/ Creative Memories by Rozina
    Wendy Lowery - Loan Broker & Realtor, Nationwide Finance Group, Inc.
    Sharon Spillman, Ed.D. - Assistant Vice President, Collaborative for Children; President of UHCAA
    Gretchen Wiggins, J.D. - Director, Academic Center for Excellence (UH Athletics)
    Winfreya Wiggins - Human Resources Agent, British Petroleum
    Yolanda Williams - College of Social Work (UH)

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