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April 2, 2010
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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 success

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 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.

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UHD's O'Kane Theatre production of  Shakespeare's 'As You Like It' opens tonight

Director Kate Pogue rehearses with David Rainey, who plays Jacques
As You Like It
William 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:
  • 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.
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.
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

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Road and building closures on tap this weekend to add new cooling tower to One Main Building North
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.    
  • 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: 
          One Main Building, with the exception of the O'Kane Theatre
          Student Life Building
          Academic Building
          Girard Street
          North Deck
          Visitor Parking Lot
          Faculty/Staff Garage
If you have any questions regarding this project please contact T.C. Wilson at  713-221-8055.
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Student Life Center closes Saturday during North Tower construction

The 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
Cadet Graduation 1

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.

Cadet Graduation 2 
CAB plans fourth annual Texas Hold'em No Limit fundraiser on campus this weekend

The 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 1

Gender Conference 2010Forty-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.

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UHD Fine Arts Festival showcases visual and performing arts April 5-10

UHD 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.
Sponsored 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.
  • 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 Arabic foods)
  • 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"                      
    *This performance will include a 45-minute talkback session and complimentary refreshments 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 Building
    7 to 10 p.m., Salsa Squared, Coffee House, 3rd Floor, Academic Building
    *This free event will feature Salsa 2 and will include salsa, merengue, bachata and cumbia dancing as well as a tasting competition to be judged by a panel of faculty and 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  Ana-Maria Medina.  
    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"
For more information about the Fine Arts Festival, please e-mail  Mark Cervenka.

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 History professor leads downtown tour

History Walk  

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 6

This 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 workshops

The 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 alumni.

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 distributed

The 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 employees.

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Coffee mixer
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

Career 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:

 Tuesday, 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 Relations)
 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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Bachelor 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 opportunities

Career 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 
     Principal and Teaching positions
Cypressbrook Company - Controller/Project Accountant
Ensysce Biosciences Inc. - Research Scientist
Farmers Insurance Agency - Admin Assistant
Galveston County Health District - Medical Aides, Admins, Nurses,
     Account Specialists
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
R&M Energy Systems - International Finance Analyst, Accounts
     Receivable Specialist, Financial Analyst
SSAB - Swedish Steel AB - Inside Sales and Admin Asst. Internship
Strategic Financial Group, LLP - part-time Assistant
Sysco Corp. - Internship
U.S. Department of Labor - various positions/various languages
Weatherford - Electro Mechanical Technician

For more information or to apply for these internships and employment opportunities, students should visit the jobs4gators Web site. Career Services has more than 150 positions in its database. 
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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.
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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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In this issue
Today at UHD
USA Today to visit UHD April 5
Opening night for Shakespeare's 'As You Like It'
Forum on Plain English starts at 8:30 a.m.
Road and building closures this weekend
Student Life Center closed Saturday
Criminal Justice Training Center graduation
Texas Hold'em fundraiser Saturday
UHD Gender Studies attracts students, faculty and staff
UHD Fine Arts Festival April 5-10
History professor leads downtown tour
Stories from previous Skylines
Faculty Awards Ceremony April 6
Two resume workshops on tap
UHD Sports & Fitness personal trainers available
Employee survey out on Great Colleges to Work for Program 2010
Careers and Coffee Mixers continue next week
UHD team will participate in March for Babies
Social Work program accepting applications
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