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April 7, 2010
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UHD faculty members receive awards in annual ceremony.

Deans launch Molly Woods Scholarship Fund.

Careers and Coffee mixer highlights business relationship-centered careers.

One of two matinee performances of 'As You Like It' in O'Kane Theatre.

Poetry reading this evening by English Department faculty.

Resume writing workshop at UHD today.

Faculty members receive teaching, service and creativity awards 
Faculty Awards 2010
Faculty award winners, from left, Service Award winner Marvin Williams, professor of finance, accounting and computer information systems in the College of Business;  Teaching Award winner Lisa Morano, associate professor of biology and microbiology in the Department of Natural Sciences; and Scholarship/Creativity Award winner David Ryden, associate professor of history in the Department of Social Sciences. Watch for a comprehensive story on more winners in Thursday's Skyline.

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UHD Deans launch Molly Woods Scholarship Fund to honor provost

On behalf of the college deans, Susan Ahern, Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, announced at the Faculty Awards Ceremony the deans had each made a contribution and launched the Molly Woods Scholarship Fund.

The deans invited faculty and the university community to contribute to the fund in honor of Woods who is stepping down later this year as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

The fund will award a scholarship to a student in each college next fall. The goal is to build the fund and create an endowed scholarship in Woods' honor. Donations may be sent to the Advancement Office, with checks made out to UHD. The notation line should indicate the money is for the Molly Woods Scholarship Fund.

Donations can also be made online here. Use the dropdown menu for "Please designate my gift to:" and select the Molly Woods Scholarship.
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Arts Festival offers opportunity to talk with 'As You Like It' cast today

Arab Food
The New Arabic Language Course Celebration Tuesday featured Arabic food served by Floyd Newsum, professor of arts and humanities, and Ana- Maria Medina, visiting assistant professor, as part of the Fine Arts Festival.

UHD's annual Fine Arts Festival continues with the first matinee performance of Shakespeare's "As You Like It" at 1:30 p.m. followed by a 45-minute talkback session and complimentary refreshments in the O'Kane Theatre lobby.

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 "As You Like It" at 8 p.m. Saturday April 10.

The following is a list of events remaining this week:

  • 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. today, "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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Careers and Coffee Mixer features business relationship-centered jobs
Career Services Mixer 2
Eighteen businesses and nearly 90 students attended Tuesday's Careers and Coffee Mixer, which focused on science and technology careers. Another mixer takes place today at 3 p.m.

UHD's Career Services' Careers and Coffee Mixers continue from 3 to 5 p.m. today in the Special Events Center, with the focus on business relationship-centered careers like marketing, management, human resources, communications and public relations.

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.

The remaining Careers and Coffee Mixers are from 3 to 5 p.m. and focus on the following fields:

Today - 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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Two UHD English Department faculty members read poetry this evening

UHD's Cultural Enrichment Center will host a poetry reading at 7 p.m. this evening 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.

University Theatre offers matinee performance of 'As You Like It' today

Director Kate Pogue rehearses with David Rainey, who plays Jacques
As You Like It
William Shakespeare's romantic comedy "As You Like It" continues with one of two matinee performances starting at 1:30 p.m. today in UHD's O'Kane Theatre.

Today's performance includes a post-play talk session and complimentary refreshments in the Theatre lobby.

The remaining performances this week are:
  • 8 p.m. Thursday, April 8; Friday, April 9; and Saturday, April 10
  • 1:30 p.m. 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 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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Sports & Fitness hosts conference volleyball tournament Sunday

UHD Sports & Fitness will host the 2010 Houston Club Sports Conference Volleyball Tournament from 1 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 11, in the Student Life Center.

This is the ninth year UHD has hosted the event, which draws some of the best women's collegiate club teams in the Houston area, including UHD's own Club Sports Women's Volleyball team. The tournament is free and open to the public.
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General Education Committee seeks seniors to take assessment exams
Members of the General Education Advisory Committee seek UHD students who will graduate by December 2010 to volunteer to take online basic skills assessment tests, and the committee is offering gift card incentives to participating students.

The top 5 percent of test completers will receive $100 gift cards, and one out of every five students testing also will win gift cards. Two tests, the Computer Skills Placement Test and the MAPP exam (Measure of Academic Proficiency and Progress), take less than an hour, and their results will help the advisory committee strengthen instruction in these areas. The committee seeks 300 students to take each exam, and students may choose to take either one or both.

Scores on these exams will not affect a student's grade in any class, GPA or graduation status.

The Computer Skills Placement test measures students' technology skills, while the MAPP exam measures several basic skills. Faculty members with seniors in their classes are requested to encourage those students to participate. Testing opportunities will close by May 5.

Interested students can get more information or sign up here. Please call 713-226-5594 with questions or comments.
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Writing Center and Career Services workshop on resume writing today

The Writing & Reading Center (WRoCK) will team up with Career Services for its second resume workshop this week from 4 to 5 p.m. today 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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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 Web site 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. For more information about a program that is active on 500 universities across the country, visit the college Web site here.

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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. More information is available at the plain language advocacy group, PLAIN, Web site.

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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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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?

          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 Award winners
Deans launch Molly Woods scholarship fund
Talk to 'As You Like It' cast following matinee today
Careers and Coffee Mixers continues this afternoon
Poetry reading April 7
'As You Life It' plays in O'Kane this evening
Women's Volleyball Tournament at UHD Sunday
UHD seeks seniors to take online assessment exams
Second resume-writing workshop April 7
Stories from previous Skylines
USA Today presented Readership Program overview
IBA field trip to Port of Houston April 16
Forum on Plain Writing hosted at UHD April 2
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