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April 14, 2010
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Stamats reports research results and name recommendations at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. in Robertson Auditorium, Academic Building. Refreshments will be served.

2010 Spring Health Fair will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Special Events Center, A-300.

Academic Advising Open House will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Advising Center Offices on the third floor in rooms 360-S and 370-S, One Main.

UHD is hosting three Soviet veterans of World War II at 5:30 p.m. today in Room 1099-N, One Main.
Stamats returns to campus today with research results and name recommendations for UHD
Members of the University community will have a first look at research results and name recommendations for UHD during three sessions on today 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 2:30 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 one of the sessions or watching one via live video streaming from the UHD Web site at A final video of the presentation will be available on the Web site April 15.

Wednesday's sessions mark the first opportunity UHD faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends will have to hear survey results and the resulting name choices. Please attend, in person or electronically. Your thoughts, input and support are important in charting the University of Houston-Downtown's future for years to come.  
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Three Soviet veterans will discuss World War II experiences today

UHD is hosting three Soviet veterans of World War II at 5:30 p.m. today in Room 1099-N, One Main, who will talk about their experiences as soldiers for the Soviet Army.
Discussion topics for this free presentation include the fight against Nazi Germany, the Soviet occupation of Germany, life in a Jewish ghetto under Nazi occupation as a phase of the Holocaust, and life under Joseph Stalin. Faculty in the audience can ask questions freely, students can submit written questions, said Aaron Gillette, assistant professor of history, Department of Social Sciences. 
For information, contact Gillette at or call 713-222-5381. A flier is available here.
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Academic Advising Open House today highlights services

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

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. A flier is available here.

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Spring Health Fair offers screenings, nutrition information and more

UHD plans its 2010 Spring Health Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today in the Special Events Center, A-300, One Main Building, with several basic health screenings, nutrition counseling, fitness tests and information booths.

The health fair is open to UHD staff and faculty for the first hour, from 9 to 10 a.m., then opens to the general public until 1 p.m. Free giveaways and samples will be available. For a flier, click here. For additional information, call or e-mail Vanessa Camarena, coordinator of Campus Information Systems, at 713-221-2790.

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METRORail system will close this weekend for construction

If you ride the rail daily - please note that the entire METRORail system will be closed for most of the weekend.

This is due to construction of a bridge for Texas Children's Hospital in the Texas Medical Center, which will require lane closures on Fannin.
To make way for the construction, METRORail will shut down at 8 p.m. Friday, April 16 until 2 p.m. Sunday, April 18.
To accommodate patrons, METRO will run rail shuttle bus service along the rail corridor at the following frequency (frequency refers to the time between buses):

Friday, April 16:
8 - 9 p.m. - 10-minute frequency
9 p.m. - 2 a.m. - 12-minute frequency

Saturday, April 17:
5:15 a.m. - 9 p.m. - 6-minute frequency
9 p.m. - 2 a.m. - 10-minute frequency

Sunday, April 18:
 5:15 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 6-minute frequency

Please note the following times for the last train runs on Friday, April 16:
       The last northbound train will depart Fannin South at 7:45 p.m.
       The last southbound train will depart University of Houston
        at 8:30 p.m. arriving at Fannin South at 9 p.m.

METRO will run its "700 Rail Shuttle route"except in the in the Medical Center area (Dryden and Memorial Hermann Stations).

Buses will serve the Medical Center on Main Street between Pressler and Cambridge (formerly Macgregor).

METRO personnel will be available at both the Memorial Hermann Hospital/Houston Zoo and Dryden/TMC stations to assist patrons. 

These are the only two stations along the rail bus shuttle route affected by the Fannin lane closures. Patrons will need to walk one block west to Main Street to access the temporary rail bus shuttle stops.
Normal service will resume by 2 p.m. on Sunday.

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Student Activities offers Culture on the Bayou and Bayou Bash April 15

UHD's Student Activities and Events will celebrate the university's diversity with a wide variety of student organizations in its spring semester Culture on the Bayou festival from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 15, followed by the Bayou Bash from 5 to 7 p.m., both on the South Deck.

Culture on the Bayou will feature dancing, music and food booths in an outdoor festival atmosphere. The Bayou Bash offers participants live Zydeco music, crawfish for $4 a pound and more.

In case of rain, the events will move to the One Main Building north portico (adjacent to MetroRail). For more information, call Maria Garrett, coordinator of student activities, at 713-221-5386 or e-mail her.

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Training class provides updates and overview of contract administration

UHD will offer two contract administration classes on April 21 and 22 for any University employees involved in the contracting process. The first session (Course Code: UHD037, #0008) will be from 9  to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 21, in Room 1099-N. The second session (#0009) will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 22, in the same location.

Training will cover new contracting information, key contracting policy requirements, issues of noncompliance, new contracts and more. Please register here by Monday, April 29. For questions, call LaShonda White at 713-223-7928 or e-mail her. Click here for a flier on the sessions.

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Molly Woods honored for years of service and work to promote Texas Women in Higher Education
  Molly Woods Award 1

UHD Provost Molly Woods received a special award honoring her years of service to Texas Women in Higher Education and for her work in reviving the group at its annual conference last week. In the photo above, from left, UHD's Paulette Purdy, Gail Evans, Woods and Dean Beth Pelz attended the conference. Woods and Evans serve on the group's board of directors.

In the photo below, Texas Women in Higher Education co-chairs Jennifer Martin, left, from Texas Woman's University, and Donetta Goodall, right, from the Lone Star College System, presented the special plaque to Woods. Texas Women in Higher Education aims to develop, advance and support women employed at colleges and universities across Texas. For more information, visit its Web site.

Humanities and Social Sciences session focuses on communication, professional writing and Spanish

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences plans its final session this semester of 3rd Thursdays with CHSS from noon to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 15, in the 10th Floor East Lobby, One Main Building.

The session will focus on communication, professional writing and Spanish majors, providing an opportunity for students and faculty members in these disciplines to meet, ask questions and talk to advisers. Finger sandwiches will be served. Click here for a flier on the 3rd Thursdays session.

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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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Fine Arts Festival featured salsa dancing and student art exhibit

Salsa Dance

UHD's Fine Arts Festival April 5-10 included dancing, above, and a reception in the O'Kane Gallery for the opening of a student art display, below. 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, 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 April 8 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 hosted Model United Nations meeting on campus

United Nations

UHD hosted the second annual Houston International Model United Nations (HOUMUN) meeting, with opening ceremonies held April 8. Participants included, from left, Eduardo Landaeta, executive director of HOUMUN 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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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 12, 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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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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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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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; and Student
      Intern, Medical Writing and Editing
Bikes Online - Operations Rep
City of Houston - Interns, Volunteer Initiatives Program
Cybersoft - Support Specialist
Department of Justice - Social Science Analyst
Gallup Organization - Emerging Leader - Business Development
Houston A+ Challenge - Performance Coach
Lamar State College, Orange - Director of Marketing and Public
    Information; and Instructor or Assistant Professor of Biology (tenure
     track position)
Missouri City Municipal Court - Internship
Office Alternatives - Expanded Bill Pay Agent
Peace Corps - Administrative Specialist, FP-0301-5 (equivalent to
Reliant Park - part-time/flex Cashier; and part-time/flex Parking Attendant
Reynolds & Reynolds - Managed Marketing Solutions Marketing
     Analyst; Software Developer; Software Education Trainee; Graphic
    Designer; Reynolds Solutions Specialist;Technical Writing Specialist;
    and Network Technician
SSAB - Swedish Steel AB - Inside Sales; and Administrative Assistant
Sysco Corp.- Intern, Supply Chain Management/Logistics
TPI Staffing - HR, Marketing, Audit, Recruit, Sales and Administrative
   positions listed

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

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?

See all current IT training available

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In this issue
Today at UHD
Hear name recommendations today
Soviet veterans discuss World War II
Academic Advising Open House April 14
Spring Health Fair April 14 provides screenings, information
METRORail closes this this weekend
Stories from previous Skylines
Bayou Bash on South Deck April 15 features music and crawfish
Register for upcoming contract training classes
Woods receives statewide honor from Texas Women in Higher Education
Humanities and Social Sciences plans 3rd Thursday sesssion
Deans launch Molly Woods scholarship fund
Fine Arts Fest featured salsa, art, theater and more
Harris County Judge Emmett spoke at College of Businesss
UHD hosted Model United Nations meeting
Deloitte presented $150,000 for Larry G. Jones Scholarship Fund
IBA field trip to Port of Houston April 16
UHD seeks seniors to take online assessment exams
Assessment workshop on Constructing Rubrics today
Internships and job opportunities available here
IT training available
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