|By Rolando Garcia
Natural Sciences and Mathematics Communications
Successful NSM grads took out their checkbooks again last year to give UH students a helping hand.
Michael Tansey and wife Elsa established the Tansey Family Scholarship for the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics in 2004. The couple's contribution in 2007 brought the endowment total to more than $70,000. The couple recognizes the importance of a good education and wanted to help NSM students who needed financial assistance to continue their studies.
Tansey is a retired computer programmer who worked for several oil companies before starting a consulting firm, Paco Computer Systems. He worked while attending night classes at UH and graduated in 1965 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics.
Elsa is the retired director of undergraduate nursing at Prairie View A&M University. The couple has six children.
Tansey was not the only NSM alum who gave generously to students last year.
Louis Green, a prominent surgeon, and his wife endowed a scholarship for pre-medical students last June.
The couple established the Louis H. Green, M.D., and Barbara Schachtel-Green, Ph.D. Endowed Scholarship for Pre-Medical Students.
Green graduated from UH in 1943 with a degree in biology and earned a medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. During a 32-year career, he was affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, where he served as clinical professor of surgery, and Methodist Hospital.
He is a past president of the UH Alumni Organization and was named a distinguished alumnus in 1989. In 2005 Green delivered the NSM commencement address. Last spring he delivered the keynote address at NSM's annual dinner honoring its summa cum laude graduates, faculty award winners and donors.
Schachtel-Green is a 1967 graduate of UH's College of Social Sciences.