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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1996 - Random Access Memory. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 19, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/15484/show/15389.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1996 - Random Access Memory. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/15484/show/15389

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Students of the University of Houston, Houstonian 1996 - Random Access Memory, Houstonian Yearbook Collection, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries, accessed September 19, 2014, http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/15484/show/15389.

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Title Houstonian 1996
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  • Students of the University of Houston
Caption The Houstonian is the official yearbook of the University of Houston.
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  • Students of the University of Houston
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  • University of Houston
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Transcript akment: NOT JUST SPORTS, BU7LE■ ADEBSHIP, The mission of the University of Houston's Athletics Department is to develop the leadership skills of student- athletes in a setting that unites achievement in intercollegiate athletics competition with academic excellence and community service, said William C. Carr, UH Athletics director. "The department is committed to providing opportunities for student- athletes to achieve their maximum potential on the field, in the classroom and in the community," he said. "By producing student-athletes as role models and providing wholesome, exciting entertainment, the UH athletics program is vital to the positive image that the university projects to the city, the state and the nation." UH has produced some of America's most famous sports stars. Elvin Hayes, Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler and Don Chaney are all former Cougar basketball players who have had, or are enjoying great careers in the NBA. Former Houston coach Guy V. Lewis is among the most successful college basketball coaches in NCAA history with 592 victories. The university has also produced world-class track-and-field and swimming stars, including Carl Lewis, winner of six Olympic gold medals; Joe 200 DeLoach, a gold medal winner in the 1988 Olympic Games; world record holder, Leroy Burell; and Ollan Cassell, the executive director of USA Track and Field. Some of America's most famous female athletes, including Carol Lewis, the first American woman to long jump 23 feet and four-time U.S. Olympic team member, and Flo Hyman, who is considered the best women's volleyball player in history, also have roots at UH. Despite this impressive record, the image of the athletics program has suffered in the last four years. Lack of success in the two major revenue sports (football and men's basketball), turnover of coaches and administrators, budget deficits, the dissolution of the Southwest Conference and resentment from the academic sections of the university over the building of the Athletic/Alumni Center have tainted the department's image. "We have gotten a lot of bad press within the university over our new facilities. What people don't realize is that the money for building this high-tech laboratory for student-athlete development was donated by John and Rebecca Moores, UH alumni, specifically for this purpose," Carr said. The facility is unlike any other in collegiate athletics. The sports area includes a 120-yard Astroturf retractable football practice field, indoor track, and four indoor tennis courts. It is also equipped with an academic center with classrooms, group and private study rooms, a 24-station computer lab, a career resource center and a library. Other interesting sites in the building are a sports medicine center with rehabilitation equipment and a hydrotherapy center containing a sauna, whirlpools, spa and a Swimex pool for rehabilitation. It also contains a 16,500- square-foot strength and speed f development center including free and machine weights, as well as stair machines, treadmills and exercise bikes. Student athletes wishing to relax may use the lounge, practice their swing in the 70-foot batting/golf cage, or take off tension in the volleyball and basketball courts. The facility also includes a 200-seat auditorium, video production laboratory and even a Cougar Hall of Fame area and gift shop. "Once the money was spent and the facility built, a new controversy began," Carr said. "Nonathlete students want to use the facility as a recreation center. Unfortunately, the facility's purpose is to strengthen, train and develop our student-athletes. We do not have the staff or the maintenance capabilities to use the facility as a recreation center for the university at large. We couldn't possibly supervise the use of the equipment or train every student that walks in how to use it." Carr acknowledges that the Athletics Department is far from popular, and not just because of the new facility. The UH System provides undergraduate, graduate and professional programs to approximately 31,294 students. Only a small percentage of these live on campus. "It is very difficult to develop school spirit and support for athletics when the majority of students are working, many with families to support, and have little or ir no time to devote on going to games,'' Carr said. "We are working on developing and implementing a plan that will involve students, faculty, staff and university officers in at least two activities each semester. We also want to encourage support and enhance relations with former student- athletes, as well as the city at large," he said. Toward this end, the Athletics Department has developed an informative and comprehensive plan, "The Department of Athletics' Master Plan," which is contained in a Carr bound packet. This packet has been sent to the Board of Regents and other upper-administrative officers, and will be sent to the deans of each individual college on campus. The packet explains in great detail the various areas of athletics at UH as well as suggesting areas that need to be improved and giving examples of ways in which the athletics program hopes to achieve those improvements. It is a great guide to UH's Athletics Department, and helps clarify many points which have caused resentment and friction with the university's academic body," Carr said. -Fernanda del Villar 201