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April 9, 2010
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Final performances of "As You Like It" today and Saturday.

Sports & Fitness offers seminar on spring cleaning pantries and fridges.

Women's Volleyball tournament starts at 10 a.m. Sunday at UHD.

CPR/AED Certification at UHD from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Fine Arts Festival offered salsa and artThursday. See the photos below.

Harris County Judge Emmett spoke at College of Business as part of Executive Speaker Series.

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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Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost search 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 the 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 or any member of the Search Committee. They may also make direct applications to search firm R. William Funk and Associates.   

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CPR/AED certification course scheduled today at UHD

UHD Sports & Fitness plans a CPR/AED Certification Workshop from 9 a.m. t 1 p.m. today in A-425, Academic Building.

The cost is $5, and the session is open to faculty, staff, students and Sports & Fitness paid members. For information, call Rhonda Scherer, assistant director of Sports & Fitness at 713-221-8481 or e-mailher. Click here for a flier.

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Performances of 'As You Like It' continue today in O'Kane Theatre

As You Like It 2

William Shakespeare's romantic comedy "As You Like It" continues today with a performances at 1:30 p.m. and 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 today. The remaining performances this week are:
  • 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and 8 to 10 p.m. today, (afternoon performance will include a 10-minute pre-show talk)
  • 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 10,
The final performances wrap up this year's weeklong UHD Fine Arts Festival sponsored by the Department of Arts and Humanities, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Cultural Enrichment Center. Events highlighted the visual and performing arts and included dance, art exhibits, music, food tasting and theater.

Tickets to the final performances of "As You Like It" 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 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. today 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 Schereror visit the Sports & Fitness Web site. Click on the photo to enlarge the flier.

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Fine Arts Festival featured salsa dancing and student art exhibit

Salsa Dance

UHD's Fine Arts Festival continued Thursday with dancing, and a reception in the O'Kane Gallery for the opening of a student art display. In the top photo, Dean Susan Ahern and UHD President Bill Flores dance with students in an event that included both salsa dancing and tasting. The two helped judge salsa samples with Patrick Brunelli Guerra of the Houston Hobby Airport Marriott and UHD Spanish student Steven Berkeley.

In the photo below, Susan Baker, department chair and associate professor of Arts and Humanities, President Flores, student artist Aaron Yee and his mother and UHD employee Diane Yee, Help Desk manager with IT User Support Services, and Floyd Newsum, professor of art, visit at the opening reception.  

Student Art
Harris County Judge Emmett spoke at College of Business presentation

Judge Emmett

Harris County Judge Edward M. Emmett talked about challenges and opportunities in transportation management Thursday to a packed audience of students, faculty and staff as part of the College of Business Executive Speaker Series. Emmett talked about "The Future Gateway of North America" and our region's growing impact on the nation's future and economy. 

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UHD hosts Model United Nations meeting on campus

United Nations

UHD is hosting a Model United Nations meeting, with the opening ceremonies held Thursday evening. Participants include, from left, Eduardo Landaeta, executive director HOUMUN (Houston International Model United Nations) and UHD alum; Susan Ahern, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences; Emily Ponte, executive director of the United Nations Association; and Omar Vargas, UHD student and secretary general of HOUMUN. For more information on the organization, visit its Web site here.

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The Deloitte Foundation Larry G. Jones Scholarship Endowment Fund launched with $150,000 presentation

Deloitte check presentation

Deloitte partners and dignitaries presented a check for $150,000 to UHD College of Business faculty, students and Dean Don Bates to endow a scholarship to honor and in memory of Larry G. Jones, who was a longtime supporter of UHD. Jones supported a number of Houston organizations benefiting young people. He chaired UHD's Red Rose Ball two years and was an active supporter of College of Business activities.

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Club Sports Basketball, Baseball games set for Friday and weekend

UHD Club Sports teams have a busy weekend, starting with 7 p.m. women's and 8:30 p.m. men's basketball games against Lone Star College - Tomball, at 30555 State Highway 249 in Tomball.

The Club Sports baseball team will play two games against Texas A&M University-Galveston starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at Elkins High School, 7007 Knights Court, Missouri City. A third game between UHD and A&M-Galveston starts at noon Sunday, April 11, at the same field.

All games are free and open to the public.

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Academic Advising Open House highlights Advising Center services

UHD will offer an Academic Advising Open House from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, in the Advising Center Offices on the third floor South, One Main Building, in rooms 360-S and 370-S.

The event targets students and faculty but is open to anyone who is interested in understanding the full range of services that Academic Advising offers. The open house will include games, prizes, giveaways, popcorn and beverages for visitors.

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Inter-Religious Dialogue student discussion set for April 13

UHD's Inter-Religious Dialogue for Peace (IRDP) group will host "God and the Commons: A Student Discussion of Religion and the Public Sphere" from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, in the UHD Library, N-420. 

Students of various religious and belief groups will talk about how religion fits and does not fit in public spaces like universities, government, courts and the media. The guiding document for the discussion, "God and the Commons," was produced by the Kettering Foundation and is available here. The event is sponsored by the Center for Public Deliberation.
Snacks and beverages will be provided for participants. For more information or to register, e-mail Paul Fortunato, assistant professor of English.

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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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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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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 goal is to build the fund and create an endowed scholarship in Woods' honor. Scholarships from the fund will not be awarded next fall as previously reported. Scholarships will be awarded once the fund reaches its endowment level. 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 Endowed Scholarship Fund.
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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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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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Academic Assessment offers Constructing Rubrics on April 15 

The Office of Academic Assessment will host the second of three Constructing Rubrics sessions from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 15,  in room N-1099.

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., 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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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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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

           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?

         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
CPR/AED certification course today at UHD
Final performances of 'As You Like It' today and Saturday
Healthy Seminar today on spring cleaning your pantry
Fine Arts Fest celebrates salsa and student art
Harris County Judge Emmett spoke at College of Businesss
UHD hosts Model United Nations meeting
Deloitte presents $150,000 for Larry G. Jones Scholarship Fund
Club Sports basketball and baseball scheduled this evening and weekend
Academic Advising Open House April 14
Inter-Religious Dialogue session set for April 13
Stories from previous Skylines
Women's Volleyball Tournament at 10 a.m. Sunday
Faculty Award winners announced
Deans launch Molly Woods scholarship fund
UHD seeks seniors to take online assessment exams
IBA field trip to Port of Houston April 16
Assessment workshop on Constructing Rubrics today
Webinar April 13 offers international service-learning guidelines
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