Today at UHD.....
Shakespeare's 'As You Like It' opens with 8 p.m. performance.
Forum on Plain English from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
UHD road and building closures over weekend for cooling tower work.
UHD CAB hosts Texas Hold'em fundraiser Saturday.
Student Life Center closed Saturday.
UHD Fine Arts Festival April 5-10.
USA Today visits UHD April 5 for overview of Readership Program for student successBack to Top
USA Today will be on campus Monday, April 5, to
present an overview of its Collegiate Readership Program. Faculty members, administrators, staff and
students can attend and learn more about the program and how it interfaces with
classrooms, civic engagement projects and student success.
The event begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Cullen
Robertson Auditorium in the Academic Building.
Refreshments will be served.
Those attending are asked to call Public Affairs at 713-221-8010 or to
email Becky Van Meter at firstname.lastname@example.org
to aid in planning and materials preparations.
USA Today designed the collegiate program to
promoted civic engagement, global awareness and media literacy on campuses
across the country by exposing students to the news in their living, learning
and community spaces.
More than 500 universities across the country take
part in the effort that started at Penn State about 13 years ago. By putting USA Today and sometimes one or two
local newspapers on campus each day, the program has developed more engaged and
informed collegiate communities that reflect student success. USA Today has worked with universities to
track progress through assessment efforts.
Faculty at participating institutions can
incorporate the program into a wide variety of classes, and also have access to
Web resources and case studies from arts and humanities, business, health and
science, and political science. Other resources are also available.
College writers and journalists at
participating schools can submit work to USA Today's National Gallery of
Writing. Each month USA Today
professionals work with the writers of top entries chosen for publication
providing critiques and professional guidance.
More information about the program will be
presented at the meeting.
UHD's O'Kane Theatre production of Shakespeare's 'As You Like It' opens tonight
Director Kate Pogue rehearses with David Rainey, who plays JacquesWilliam Shakespeare's romantic comedy "As You Like It" opens with an 8 p.m. performance this evening in UHD's O'Kane Theatre.
University Theatre's performances continue throughout the weekend, including an 8 p.m. Saturday, April 3, performance, and one at 3 p.m. Easter Sunday, April 4. UHD staff will be on hand to direct traffic and help with parking for the Saturday performance. Next week's performances are:
Tickets are available
at the university cashier's window on the third floor during regular hours of
operation and at the O'Kane Theatre door one-half hour before performance, if any
tickets remain. Cost is $3.
- 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 6; Thursday, April 8; Friday, April 9; and Saturday, April 10
- 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 7; and Friday, April 9.
Come see the work of the 26-member cast and
10-member crew. Also see UHD's artist-in-residence and drama instructor David Rainey, a member of the Alley Theatre Company, in his O'Kane Theatre debut as the melancholy Jacques.
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Forum today promotes use of Plain English guidelines and writing standards
UHD's second annual Forum on Plain English is scheduled for
8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. today in A-300, Academic Building.
The one-day forum aims to promote informed uses of Plain English guidelines,
which are writing standards recommended by several government agencies for
improved communications with the general public. Seating is limited, and early
registration took place last month.
Sponsored by UHD and a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the
National Endowment for the Humanities, the event includes speakers, small group
workshops, a free lunch and question/answer sessions. Keynote speakers are
Annetta Cheek, chair of the board of the private sector Center for Plain
Language, and Tom Murawski, founder of the Murawski Group, which promotes
writing improvement around the country.
For a more detailed flier on the forum as well as an agenda, click here. The forum is co-directed by Assistant Professor Natalia Matveeva and Associate
Professor Michelle Moosally with the Department of English. Questions
about the Forum can be addressed to email@example.com.
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Road and building closures on tap this weekend to add new cooling tower to One Main Building North Back to Top
UHD campus street closures and building access restrictions are scheduled over the weekend as Facilities Management adds a new cooling tower to One Main Building's north tower starting at 9 a.m. Saturday,
April 3, and ending at noon
Sunday, April 4.
A crane will be delivered and erected at Girard and 2nd streets early April 3 to carry out the project. Weekend visitors to the campus will need to know the following road closures and restrictions:
- Starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, through traffic will be
closed at Girard and 3rd Street
going East. However, access to the Visitors' Lot, Faculty/Staff Garage and metered lot will remain open.
One Main Building, with the exception of the O'Kane Theatre
- As the crane lifts the multi-ton cooling tower, safety concerns will cause further traffic and building access restrictions starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, when access to the following areas will not be allowed:
Student Life Building
Visitor Parking Lot
If you have any questions regarding this project please
contact T.C. Wilson at 713-221-8055.
Student Life Center closes Saturday during North Tower constructionThe Student Life Center will close Saturday, April 3, because of construction to erect a new cooling tower on One Main Building's north tower. Please see the Facilities Maintenance story above for other changes and closures.
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47 UHD cadets graduate March 31
Forty-seven graduates in the UHD Criminal Justice Training Center's Basic Peace Officer Course (BPOC) Class 242 graduated in a ceremony in the Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium March 31.
CAB plans fourth annual Texas Hold'em No Limit fundraiser on campus this weekendThe UHD Campus Activity Board (CAB) will host the fourth annual Texas Hold'em No Limit fundraiser from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 3, in A300, One Main Building.
The tournament to raise funds for the House of Tiny Treasures and the UHD CAB organization is open to all. Check-in starts at 10 a.m. and runs until the noon start. For more information and a flier on the event, click here for the UHD CAB Web site, or here for an additional flier. Participants can RSVP their spot via e-mail.
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|Gender Studies Conference drew standing- and sitting-room only crowds April 1Back to Top
Forty-five students across 14 different majors at UHD participated in the Spring 2010 Gender Studies Conference, with sessions in Spanish and English.
Sponsored by the Department of English and the UHD Cultural Enrichment Center of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the daylong sessions often attracted overflow crowds as students, faculty and staff attended the various presentations.
In this photo above, presenter Cynthia French, a psychology major, discussed her research on why boys are more aggressive than girls. She was followed by Laura Hawkins, also a psychology major, who talked about gender roles across the species, with a presentation on the similar parental care patterns between humans and elephants. The panel session concluded with business student Linda Okoro's paper entitled "In Theaters Now: The Subjugation of Women in American Media," which discussed the rigid representations of women and the unrealistic ideals of thinness and beauty the media instill.
UHD Fine Arts Festival
showcases visual and performing arts April 5-10UHD
will host its annual Fine Arts Festival from 11 a.m. Monday, April 5, through
the final showing of UniversityTheatre's spring production of Shakespeare's "As
You Like It" at 8 p.m. Saturday April 10.
by the Department of Arts and Humanities, the College of Humanities and Social
Sciences and the Cultural Enrichment Center, the Festival includes a variety of
events featuring the visual and performing arts at UHD. The following is a list
of events for the week.
information about the Fine Arts Festival, please
e-mail Mark Cervenka.
- 11 a.m. to 1
p.m. Monday, April 5, Fine Arts
Festival Kick-Off Event, North Deck (music included)
- 11:30 a.m. to
1 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, New Arabic Language Course Celebration, Coffee
House, 3rd Floor,Academic
Building (includes an array of complimentary
8 to 10 p.m., "As You Like
It, O'Kane Theatre (see Skyline lead story for ticket information)
1:30 to 3:30
p.m. Wednesday, April 7, "As You Like It"
performance will include a 45-minute talkback session and complimentary
in the Theatre lobby after the performance.
- 6 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, April 8, UHD
Student Exhibition Opening Reception, O'Kane Gallery, 3rd Floor, One Main
to 10 p.m., Salsa
Squared, Coffee House, 3rd Floor, Academic Building
event will feature Salsa 2 and will include salsa, merengue, bachata and
dancing as well as a tasting competition to be judged by a panel of
students. Students from La Tertulia will
conduct a brief dance class. This event
is open to the public. For more information about Salsa 2, please e-mail
8 to 10
p.m., "As You Like It"
1:30 to 3:30
p.m. and 8 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 9, "As You Like It" (afternoon
performance will include a 10-minute pre-show talk)
8 to 10 p.m.
Saturday, April 10, "As
You Like It"
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History professor leads downtown tour
UHD's Garna Christian, professor of history, led a walking tour through Houston's downtown historical district Thursday, with participants starting with a little history on the South Deck. The $2 contribution requested of participants was donated to the Houston Food Bank.
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Faculty Awards Ceremony on April 6This year's UHD Faculty Awards Ceremony is scheduled for 2:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, in the Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium.
Faculty Development Leave Awards will be presented along with the Faculty Awards and Recognition of Years of Service.
Faculty Award finalists are: Teaching Award - Maria Bhattacharjee, Lisa Morano and Timothy Reid; Scholarship/Creative Activity Award - Yvonne Kendall, Floyd Newsum and David Ryden; and Service Award - Susan Henney, Larry Spears and Marvin Williams.
A social hour will follow the awards presentations in the Special Events Room.
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Writing Center and Career Services team up for resume workshopsThe Writing & Reading Center (WRoCK) will team up
with Career Services for two resume workshops, with the first session set for 10 to 11 a.m., Monday, April 5, and the second from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, in N-925.
No registration is required for the free open sessions, which are designed to teach participants how to create new resumes or to refine existing resumes.
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Personal trainers and fitness tests available through Sports & Fitness
UHD Sports & Fitness offers reasonably priced personal trainers to help students, faculty, staff and alumni get in shape for the summer, and the training programs begin with free fitness assessments.
The assessments include information with
general guidelines and also various evaluations, including body fat
measurements, flexibility, cardiovascular and muscular strength.
Following the assessments, members can buy as many sessions as they want with one of several qualified trainers on staff for
$10 per hour for UHD students and $15 per hour for UHD faculty, staff and
Personal trainer profiles and schedules are available here. Sports & Fitness currently has personal trainer
time slots available every hour the Student Life Center is open, except Saturdays.
The Student Life Center is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays throughThursdays; from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays; and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays. To make an appointment, please
complete the PAR-Q/Health History found on the Sports & Fitness Web site and stop by the third
floor of the Student Life Center. Click here for a flier.
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Great Colleges to Work for Program 2010 employee surveys distributedThe University of Houston-Downtown is participating in
the Chronicle of Higher Education's Great Colleges to Work For Program, a study
designed to recognize institutions that have built great workplaces. Part of the program involves an employee
survey distributed to a random sample of the institution's full-time faculty,
administrators and exempt professional staff.
Survey invitations have already been distributed via e-mail to several
UHD employees. If you received the invitation to take part in the survey, please
take a moment to complete the survey.
Your honest feedback is critical to the assessment process.
This is an anonymous survey and your responses are
confidential. ModernThink LLC, a
research and consulting firm focusing on workplace excellence, will be
processing survey results.
We encourage everyone's participation! A high response
rate helps ensure accurate results and demonstrates the commitment of UHD
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The first Careers and Coffee Mixer focused on business, analytical-oriented careers in accounting, finance, CIS, math, supply chain management and risk management. The event drew 168 pre-registered students and 19 companies March 30.
Careers and Coffee Mixers focus on various career fields in April
Services' Careers and Coffee Mixers continue during April, with the next session on science and technology careers planned for 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, in the Special Events Center.
This series of networking and recruiting events is targeted to specific majors and career
fields, and faculty members are encouraged to urge interested students to attend. Professional organization members and employers who are pre-registered with Career Services will be on hand.
All Careers and Coffee Mixers are from 3 to 5 p.m. and
include the following career fields:
April 6 - science and technology careers
(Engineering, Technical, IT, Math and Science)
Wednesday, April 7 - business relationship-centered
careers (Marketing, Management, HR, Communications and Public
Thursday, April 8 - public service careers (Teaching,
Law Enforcement, Social & Support Services)
For more information, click on the attached invitation. To
register, click on the attached registration form.
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UHD team will walk in April 25 March of Dimes 5-mile "March for Babies"UHD has formed a team to raise funds and walk in the 9 a.m. Sunday, April 25, March of Dimes "March for Babies," which starts at the University of Houston's Robertson Stadium.
The UHD community is invited to join the walk team or donate to the walk team's efforts online here. So far, about 30 UHD employees have signed up to walk the 5-mile distance. Funds raised in the March for Babies are used for research and programs that help mothers complete full-term pregnancies and help newborns start healthy lives.
Registration for the event begins at 8 a.m. and the walk starts at 9 a.m. To read more about the annual walk, visit the March for Babies Web site.
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of Social Work program is now accepting applications for Fall
The Social Work program
at UHD is now accepting applications for Fall 2010, and students with 27 hours
of their core courses completed can apply to the program.
Students in the Bachelor of Social Work program at UHD are acquiring the
knowledge, skills and strategies to make a difference in the world. They
are making connections with leaders in the community and will be well prepared
for a career that is in demand.
Go to the department's Web pages for complete instructions. Space
is limited so students are encouraged to apply now.
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Career Services internships and employment opportunitiesCareer Services has several internships and employment opportunities available. Here is just a partial list to share with students:
American Cancer Society - Communications Intern
Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
Catholic Schools - multiple
Cypressbrook Company - Controller/Project Accountant
Biosciences Inc. - Research Scientist
Farmers Insurance Agency - Admin Assistant
Galveston County Health District - Medical Aides, Admins, Nurses,
Global Force - part-time Receptionist
Law Office of Michael D. Stein - Law Office Assistant
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center - Publications Internship
Office Alternatives - Expanded Bill Pay Agent
Peace Corps - Associate Peace Corps Director
Energy Systems - International Finance Analyst, Accounts
Receivable Specialist, Financial Analyst
SSAB - Swedish Steel AB - Inside Sales and Admin Asst.
Strategic Financial Group, LLP - part-time Assistant
Corp. - Internship
U.S. Department of
Labor - various positions/various languages
Weatherford - Electro Mechanical Technician
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For more information or to apply for these internships and
employment opportunities, students should visit the jobs4gators
. Career Services has more than 150 positions in its database.
Academic Assessment schedule for Spring Semester The Office of Academic Assessment plans a series of workshops and seminars throughout the remainder of the Spring 2010 semester.
Sessions are open to faculty, department assessment coordinators, deans and department chairs.
Register for assessment
training at the links
below. For questions or to schedule individual sessions, please call
713-226-5594. Upcoming sessions include:
- Constructing Rubrics
3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, April 8, A-701.
3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, April 15, N-1099
3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 21, N-1099 Register here.
- AIM Reviewer Training
3 to 4 p.m., Thursday, April 22, all sessions in A-717
9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 23
3 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 28. Register here.
- Closing the Loop
3 to 4 p.m., Thursday, April 29, A-711
3 to 4 p.m., Tuesday, May 4, N-1099
9 to 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 18, N-1099. Register here.
IT Training for Faculty-Staff-Alumni
Register for IT training
opportunities at the links below. To schedule a one-on-one appointment or other
assistance, please call 713-221-8200.
Blackboard Learning Management Thursday, April 8
1 - 2 p.m. - Blackboard: Mail, Calendar & Who's Online
10 - 11:30 a.m. - TaskStream e-Portfolio
Monday, April 5
1 - 2 p.m. - What's New in Excel 2007 using Go To Meeting
Wednesday, April 7
1 - 2:30 p.m. - Excel Basics
Friday, April 9
10 - 11:30 a.m. - Excel Pivot Tables
See all current IT training available
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