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April 8, 2010
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SGA Open House today includes lunch and look at new office.

Academic Assessment offers first of its Constructing Rubrics sessions at 3:30 p.m.

Final Careers and Coffee Mixer at 3 p.m. features public service careers.

Salsa Squared event and Student Exhibition in O'Kane Gallery among Fine Arts Festival activities. See story and schedule below.

University Theatre performs "As You Like It" at 8 p.m. in O'Kane Theatre.

Stamats returns to campus Wednesday, April 14, with possible names for UHD and research results
Members of the University community will have a first look at research results and name recommendations for UHD during three sessions on Wednesday, April 14, in the Cullen Robertson Auditorium in the Academic Building.
The 90-minute sessions are scheduled for 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
Stamats, a national higher education communications and branding consulting company, has been working with UHD to arrive at a short list of possible new names for the institution that are strategically purposeful in advancing UHD now and in the future.

The sessions will be videotaped and available on the Web for those who cannot attend in person.  Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend.
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Search for Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost post  extended

UHD has extended its search for a new Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, and members of the University community are encouraged to nominate and urge new candidates to apply.
Search Committee Chair Don Bates said Wednesday that he remains optimistic about the process, adding that the search remains a high priority for the University.
"Our top candidates were very interested, but there were issues that kept us from coming to a final agreement," Bates said. "This is regrettable in any search, but not unusual with positions at this level, and we remain committed to finding the right person."

He added that candidates were impressed with UHD and obstacles so far have not reflected on the University or the community, but were related to candidates' personal and family issues.
UHD faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate candidates by contacting Bates, a member of the Search Committee or they may make direct application to the search firm of R. William Funk and Associates.   

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SGA Open House features lunch and introduction to new office space

The Student Government Association (SGA) invites the UHD community to visit its new office at an Open House from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in Room N-210.

SGA will provide a free lunch and introduce visitors to its new office space. Click here for a flier.
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Final Careers and Coffee Mixer today features careers in public service

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 final session is from 3 to 5 p.m. today in the Special Events Center, with the focus on public service careers in fields such as teaching, law enforcement and social and support services.

This series of networking and recruiting events targets 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.

For more information on the final Careers and Coffee Mixer, click on the attached invitation. To register, click on the attached registration form.

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Faculty members receive teaching, service and creativity awards 
Faculty Awards 2010
Faculty award recipients, from left, Service Award honoree Marvin Williams, Teaching Award honoree Lisa Morano and Scholarship/Creative Activity Award honoree David Ryden.

The University of Houston-Downtown honored its 2009-2010 top faculty members in its annual awards ceremony April 6, recognizing outstanding contributions in the areas of teaching, service and scholarship/creativity.

The three recipients are Lisa Morano, associate professor of biology and microbiology in the Department of Natural Sciences; Marvin Williams, professor of finance, accounting and computer information systems (FACIS) in the College of Business; and David Ryden, associate professor of history in the Department of Social Sciences.

Recipients of the 2009-2010 Faculty Development Leave Awards are: Peter J. Li, associate professor in the Department of Social Sciences; Debra Mullinnix, associate professor in the Department of Urban Education; Floyd Newsum, professor of art  in the Department of Arts and Humanities; and M. Nell Sullivan, associate professor in the Department of English.

Click on the news release for the complete story.

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Academic Assessment offers first Constructing Rubrics session today 

The Office of Academic Assessment will host the first of three Constructing Rubrics sessions from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. today in room A-701.

Academic Assessment  plans a series of workshops and seminars throughout the remainder of the Spring 2010 semester. These 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. today, 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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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 continues with dancing,  art exhibition and Shakespeare 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 today with dancing, salsa tasting, a student art exhibition and an evening performance of University Theatre's "As You Like It."

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

Today's schedule, as well as the remainder of events on tap this week, follows:

  • 6 to 8 p.m. today, 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 salsa tasting competition to be judged by a panel of students and faculty.  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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Performance of 'As You Like It' continues this evening in O'Kane

As You Like It 2

William Shakespeare's romantic comedy "As You Like It" continues today with an evening performance at 8 p.m. in UHD's O'Kane Theatre.

Above, the cast performs to a packed audience in one of two matinee offerings Wednesday, with a second matinee scheduled April 9. The remaining performances this week are:
  • 8 p.m. today; 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 10 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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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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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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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

           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?

          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
Consultant returns to UHD next week with possible new names
Search for UHD Provost extended
SGA Open House features new office
Careers and Coffee Mixer today on public service careers
Faculty Award winners announced
Assessment workshop on Constructing Rubrics today
Stories from previous Skylines
Deans launch Molly Woods scholarship fund
Salsa Squared, student art exhibition reception and more today in Fine Arts Festival
'As You Like It' plays in O'Kane this evening
Women's Volleyball Tournament at 10 a.m. Sunday
UHD seeks seniors to take online assessment exams
USA Today presented Readership Program overview
IBA field trip to Port of Houston April 16
Webinar April 13 offers international service-learning guidelines
Forum on Plain Writing hosted at UHD April 2
Healthy Seminar April 9 on spring cleaning your pantry
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