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NEW FACES

STAFF                                         KRISTEN GUISEPPI                              KENDRA MURPHY

KATE GIGLIOTTI                                Program Manager, Pipeline Program             Accountant, Law Foundation

Director of Events                                               Kristen Guiseppi came                         Murphy worked as a finan-
                                                                 to the Law Center with                        cial analyst before joining
                   Kate Gigliotti holds a                        more than seven years                         the Law Foundation staff.
                   B.M. degree in Music                          of experience in student                      She attended the University
                   Business Administration                       services. In her last po-                     of Texas at San Antonio and
                   and Vocal Performance                         sition, she coordinated                       in her spare time enjoys
                   from SUNY Potsdam,                            a successful pipeline                         any, and all, types of out-
                   where she obtained a                          program for four years                        door activities.
                   combination of skills      at The Ronald H. Brown Center of Civil
                   that serve her well as an  Rights and Economic Development at            HELEN WANG
events director. Before coming to the         St. John’s University School of Law in
Law Center, the Rochester, N.Y., native       New York. She brings her enthusiasm                                Assistant Director, Law Founda-
worked for two years as assistant direc-      and drive for student success to her                               tion
tor of alumni affairs at the Albany Law       position as manager of the Pipeline
School and manager of education and           Program at the Law Center. Hailing                               Prior to joining the Law
community engagement and grants coor-         from the beautiful, Caribbean islands of                         Foundation staff, Wang
dinator for the Albany Symphony. She also     Trinidad and Tobago, she is an avid sup-                         worked as the Workforce
worked as youth opera program coordina-       porter of multiculturalism, inclusivity,                         Solutions accounting
tor for the Sarasota Opera. She has served    and a self-proclaimed foodie. She holds                          manager at Neighborhood
as a board member of the SUNY Potsdam         a B.S. in marine biology and a M.S. in                           Centers Inc., a community
Alumni Board of Trustees and president        higher education/student affairs.                                based social service agency.
of the SUNY Potsdam Capital Region                                                          She is a CPA with a bachelor’s degree in
Alumni Chapter. After spending much of                                                      economics from Central University of
her life in upstate New York, Gigliotti is                                                  Finance and Economics, Beijing, China. She
enjoying the warmer weather in Houston,                                                     assists with the administration of business
where her significant other also works and                                                  and financial services for the Law Foun-
some cousins live. She continues to sing,                                                   dation, which may include financial and
although not professionally.                                                                human resources management, procure-
                                                                                            ment and contract administration, and
                                                                                            endowments. In her free time, Wang enjoys
                                                                                            traveling, reading, and cooking.

FEASIBILITY STUDY

In the late 1960s, the law school at the      For the past several years, members           Leonard M. Baynes said, “We need a shiny
University of Houston embarked on a           of the UHLC community, including              new building that brings people together,
program to enhance its national presence.     prominent alumni, have been pressing          that is ADA-accessible, that has adequate
The school’s leadership determined a          for a new facility to reflect the much        parking, that has opportunities for people
major part of that effort was the need to     enhanced prominence that the Law              to network with each other.”
finally build a new, dedicated home for       Center holds today.
the law school. It had been meeting in                                                      To that end, the University of Houston
various buildings around the UH campus,       According to Russ Gibbs, associate            System has engaged a Houston-based
including in a library basement.              dean of external affairs, to remediate        consulting firm, Dini Spheris, to conduct
                                              environmental and compliance issues           a “feasibility study” to gauge how much
The result was the complex now known          (including requirements of the Americans      support there is among a select group of
as the University of Houston Law Center,      with Disabilities Act), it would cost more    alumni and other “friends” of UHLC for
designed by the local architectural firm      to renovate the existing complex than it      making significant donations to a capital
Freeman and Van Ness in the Brutalist         would to build an entirely new facility, at   campaign.
style that was in vogue in the late 1950s     around $100 million.
through early 1970s but less favored today.                                                 This is a significant first step in gauging
                                              In a talk with students in October, Dean      the funding support for a new building.

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