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Five things to look forward to this week


Students from Quail Valley Middle School show off their Mars Rover, RBJ-2000, entered in the freeform category. | Aisha Bouderdaben/The Daily Cougar

Students from a previous Mars Rover Celebration show off their Mars Rover, RBJ-2000, entered in the freeform category. | The Daily Cougar file photo.

To start your Monday morning off right, here are five things to look forward to this week including an annual event for elementary and middle school students to design and build a model rover to perform a mission on Mars, a free screening of “Selma” that will follow a discussion about history and social justice movement and a chance to meet our new campus faculty.

January 25: Free screening and discussion of “Selma”

Student Center Theater, Noon, 6 p.m.

The Cougar community will have the opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the legacy and life of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by attending events that educate and empower audiences to break barriers and strengthen communities.

There will be two showings of the award-winning film “Selma” on January 25th. One of the showings will include clips from the movie and a discussion panel consisting of faculty, staff and students.

Panelists will include Jonathan Schwartz, associate dean for graduate studies in the College of Education, the Department of History’s Associate Professor Linda Reed, and student and former Student Government Director of External Affairs Marcus Smith.

Any information can be directed to Niya Blair at 713-743-6047 or by email at [email protected].

January 27: Social Justice: Then and Now

Student Center South Ballroom, Room 210, 6 p.m.

This panel discussion will address the social, political, legal and historical interplay that have helped shape the current dynamic and complicated landscape of social justice in urban communities, as well as discuss how social justice efforts were viewed 50 years ago compared to today.

Panelists will include Associate Professor of Law Anthony R. Chase,  lawyer and Partner at Smyser, Kaplan & Veselka, LLP. Karima Maloney and Samantha Rodriguez, a doctoral candidate in the Department of History.

January 28: New Faculty Meet & Greet

Cullen Building, Floor 4 Foyer, 5 p.m.

The Division of Research and the Saint Arnold Brewery Company brings forward a social event to give students and the community a chance to meet new faculty and stay connected.

For more information please contact Research Liaison Officer Courtney Donica Hunt of the Division of Research at [email protected] or by phone, 713-743-7247.

January 28: Moores Opera Center presents “La Rondine”

Moores Opera House, 7:30 p.m.

Price: Reserved Seating, $20/12

“La Rondine,” or “The Swallow,” is an opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Giuseppe Adami, based on a libretto by Alfred Maria Willner and Heinz Reichert.

In “La Rondine,” when Magda finally finds true love and leaves her fashionable city life for romance on the French Riviera, she discovers that she can’t escape her past. The performance will be sung in the original Italian with English surtitles.

Pre-opera lecture 45 minutes prior to curtain.

To purchase tickets, contact the Moores School of Music Box Office at 713-743-3388, [email protected].

January 30: 14th Annual Mars Rover Celebration

Houston Room, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Mars Rover Celebration is an educational opportunity for elementary and middle school students to design and build a model rover to perform a mission on Mars. The model will be mostly a mock-up, constructed at a minimal cost (estimated cost of less than $10-$25) of mostly found objects and simple art supplies.

It’s anticipated that this year there will be more than 750 participants.

Volunteers are still needed. Opportunities to serve as judges, tour guides or administrative support are available for morning or afternoon slots. Judging is the area of greatest need.

To volunteer, go to the volunteer registration site.

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