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April 6, 2010
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Faculty Awards Ceremony at 2:30 p.m.

UHD Fine Arts Festival continues with New Arabic Language Course Celebration.

Careers and Coffee mixer on science and technology careers today at 3 p.m.

University Theatre production of 'As You Like It' scheduled for 8 p.m. in O'Kane Theatre.

Faculty Awards Ceremony today honors outstanding faculty and more

This year's UHD Faculty Awards Ceremony is scheduled for 2:30 to 4 p.m. today 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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Arts Festival week includes today's Arabic Language Course celebration

Arts Festival pianist
Scott Benton, a transfer student from Boston, performed on the North Deck Monday during UHD's Fine Arts Kick-Off Event.

UHD's annual Fine Arts Festival continues at 11:30 a.m. today with a celebration of the New Arabic Language Course in the Coffee House.

Complimentary samples of authentic Arabic foods will be available at the 1 1/2-hour event. Sponsored by the Department of Arts and Humanities, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Cultural Enrichment Center, the weeklong Festival includes a variety of events featuring the visual and performing arts at UHD and will last through the final showing of UniversityTheatre's spring production of Shakespeare's "As You Like It" at 8 p.m. Saturday April 10.

The following is a list of events remaining this week:

  • 11:30  a.m. to 1 p.m. today, 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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Coffee mixer
The first Careers and Coffee Mixer last week 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 Mixer on science and technology careers continues  

UHD's Career Services' Careers and Coffee Mixers continue from 3 to 5 p.m. today with a session on science and technology careers 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. Examples of just a few of the employers scheduled to attend are Ensysce Biosciences Inc., M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, R&M Energy Systems and Reynolds & Reynolds.

All Careers and Coffee Mixers are from 3 to 5 p.m. and include the following career fields:

Today - 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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As You Like It continues this evening

Director Kate Pogue rehearses with David Rainey, who plays Jacques
As You Like It
William Shakespeare's romantic comedy "As You Like It" continues performances this week, with a showing at 8 p.m. this evening in UHD's O'Kane Theatre.

The remaining performances this week are:
  • 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, and Friday, April 9.
  • 8 p.m. Thursday, April 8; Friday, April 9; and Saturday, April 10
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 performances, 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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Poetry Reading with two UHD English Department faculty members April 7

UHD's Cultural Enrichment Center will host a poetry reading at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, in Robertson Auditorium featuring Department of English faculty members Joe Aimone and William Waters.

The evening of poetry is open to the UHD community. For more information or questions, contact Jane Creighton, associate professor of English, at 713-221-8295 or by e-mail. A flier on the event can be found here.

USA Today outlined Readership Program for student success

USA Today

USA Today was on the UHD campus early Monday to offer information and answer questions about its nationwide Collegiate Readership Program, which delivers newspapers on campus as part of classroom initiatives and also to promote newspaper readership overall.

Above, USA Today's Kate Almanza discussed the program's College Website that includes best practices for professors and interactive programs for students. USA Today designed the collegiate program to promote 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.

Doreen Kinkel, an agriculture professor with Texas A&M at Kingsville, spoke via telephone on how the program has made her students more aware of the world around them and of their own career issues and opportunities.

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International Business Association plans field trip to Port of Houston

UHD's International Business Association (IBA) plans a field trip to the Port of Houston and the Houston Ship Channel from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 16, and registration deadlines vary according to participants' membership in the organization.

Anisul Islam, professor of finance, accounting and computer information systems, is faculty adviser for the IBA and conducts the event, which is free to IBA members but open to non-members for $10, which includes registration and lunch. IBA members must register by 5 p.m. Friday, April 9, and non-members and guests have until 5 p.m. Monday, April 13, to register. Capacity is limited and early registration is recommended.

The daylong event includes a presentation by Port of Houston management, lunch and a boat tour of the Houston Ship Channel. Detailed registration information is available here.

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Webinar April 13 offers practical  international service-learning guide

A webinar entitled "Practical Guide to Developing Powerful International Service-Learning Programs" will be offered from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, by presenter Humphrey Tonkin, author of a guide to internationalizing the college curriculum.

Tonkin will discuss the rationale for international service-learning and present possible models for implementation. Additionally, he will identify common obstacles and ethical issues related to international service-learning, as well as how to address them. The Office of Community Engagement will offer the webinar, and interested participants should make reservations by e-mailing community engagement's Jean DeWitt.
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Forum on Plain English offered tips on better writing and communication
  Plain English Forum

From left, UHD's Michelle Moosally, associate professor of English, guest speaker Tom Murawski, a national leader in writing improvement and founder of the Murawski Group, Annetta Cheek, who spent decades focused on clearer writing of U.S. regulations, and UHD's Natalia  Matveeva, assistant professor of English, presented a daylong Forum on Plain English April 2  focused on informed uses of Plain English guidelines. Several government agencies now recommend these guidelines to improve communication with the public.

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Writing Center and Career Services workshop on resume writing April 7

The Writing & Reading Center (WRoCK) will team up with Career Services for its second resume workshop this week from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, in N-925.

No registration is required for the free open session, which is designed to teach participants how to create new resumes or to refine existing resumes. 

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Sports & Fitness offers seminar on spring cleaning pantries and fridges

Spring Cleaning FlierUHD Sports & Fitness offers another in its series of Healthy Seminars from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, April 9, in N-1099.

The free seminar is open to UHD students, faculty and staff and includes snacks and giveaways. To reserve a spot for the seminar, call 713-221-8181, e-mail Rhonda Scherer or visit the Sports & Fitness Web site. Click on the photo to enlarge the flier.

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47 UHD cadets graduated 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 
Gender Studies Conference with 45 student presenters attracted crowds

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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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:

Baylor College of Medicine - Web Production Specialist
BPSOS, Inc., - numerous positions available
Chinese Culture Center - Internships and Teaching positions
Cypressbrook Company - Controller/Project Accountant
Ensysce Biosciences Inc. - Research Scientist
Global Force - part-time Receptionist CPA firm
KIAH-TV Channel 39 - Internship Program
LDH Energy - Refined Products Research Analyst
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center - Publications Internship
PICS - Customer Service Representative
R&M Energy Systems - International Finance Analyst, Accounts
     Receivable Specialist, Financial Analyst
Reynolds & Reynolds - Managed Marketing Solutions Marketing Analyst, Software
     Developer, Software Education Trainee, Graphic Designer, Reynolds Solutions Specialist,
     Technical Writing Specialist, Network Technician
SCI - BO/Crystal Report Developer, Jr.
Student Conservation Association - Houston Crew Leaders
SSAB - Swedish Steel AB - Inside Sales and Admin Asst. Internship
Sysco Corp. - Intern Supply Chain Management/Logistics
The Nerve and Muscle Center of Texas - Clinical Trial Recruiter
TPI Staffing - HR, Marketing, Audit, Recruit, Sales and Administrative positions listed
U.S. Department of Labor - various positions/various languages
UNIVISION-45 - Promotions Technicians (two postings)
Urban Living - Front Desk Coordinator, Developer Consultant
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 nearly 200 positions in its database. 
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Academic Assessment plans workshops throughout this semester 

The Office of Academic Assessment plans a series of workshops and seminars throughout the remainder of the Spring 2010 semester, continuing with a session on Constructing Rubrics from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 8, in A-701.

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
           Thursday, April 15
2:30 to 4 p.m. - Blackboard: Respondus Open Lab
            Wednesday, April 21
            10 to 11:30 a.m. - SoftChalk Lesson Builder

             Monday, April 19
             1 to 2:30 p.m. - TaskStream e-Portfolio

Microsoft Office
             Tuesday, April 13
             1 to 2 p.m. - From your own PC, using Go To Meeting, find out...
                                 What's New in Word 2007?

Remote Desktop Tools
             Tuesday, April 20
             1 to 2 p.m. - From your own PC, using Go To Meeting, find out...
                                 What's VPN and How Can It Help Me?
             Friday, April 23
             1 to 2 p.m. - From your own PC, using Go To Meeting, find out...
                                 What's VPN and How Can It Help Me?

          Wednesday, April 7
          1 - 2:30 p.m. - Excel Basics
          Friday, April 9
          10 - 11:30 a.m. - Excel Pivot Tables
          Monday, April 12
          1 to 2:30 p.m. - Excel Formulas

See all current IT training available

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In this issue
Today at UHD
Faculty Awards Ceremony today
UHD Fine Arts Festival continues
Careers and Coffee Mixers continues this afternoon
'As You Life It' plays in O'Kane this evening
Poetry reading April 7
USA Today presented Readership Program overview
IBA field trip to Port of Houston April 16
Webinar April 13 offers international service-learning guidelines
Stories from previous Skylines
Forum on Plain Writing hosted at UHD April 2
Second resume-writing workshop April 7
Healthy Seminar April 9 on spring cleaning your pantry
47 graduated from Criminal Justice Training Center
UHD Gender Studies attracted students, faculty and staff
Assessment workshops continue this week
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