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April 15, 2010
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Information Technology will perform important security updates on several computing servers between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m. Friday, April 16.

Stamats reports research results and name recommendationsat 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. in Robertson Auditorium, Academic Building. Refreshments will be served.

Culture on the Bayou festival will be from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today followed by the Bayou Bash from 5 to 7 p.m., on the South Deck.

Dr. Leah Shopkow, associate professor of history at Indiana University, will host two workshops entitled, "Getting Through Student Bottlenecks with "Decoding the Disciplines'" in Room 1099-N, One Main Building, today and Friday. See story below.

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences will host its final CHSS 3rd Thursday session of the semester  from noon to 2:30 p.m. today in the 10th Floor East Lobby, One Main Building.

The Office of Academic Assessment will present the second of three Constructing Rubrics sessions from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.  in room N-1099.
Network Maintenance Friday Morning
Information Technology will perform important security updates on several computing servers between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m. Friday, April 16.  During this time, the following services will be unavailable intermittently:
        Blackboard Vista
        Exchange e-mail (Outlook client, Outlook Web Access & Outlook Mobile Access)
        Xpressions voice mail system (access to messages via phone or e-mail)
        Access to UHD network remotely via VPN 
        Access to files residing on network share drives H and S
        Faculty & Staff e-services (payments, personal data & class roster)
        Student e-services (payments, schedules, personal data & grades)
        Access to Student Account Info via e-services (usernames and passwords for GatorMail, Network ID & Blackboard Vista)
        Fortis document management system
        PowerFAIDS financial aid system
        Print control system for students
        AdAstra (classroom scheduling system)
        Espaces (SharePoint)
        Video On-Demand and Live Video Streaming
        UHD Online Calendar
If you have any questions or need more information, please contact the Help Desk (X3000, 713-221-8031,
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New name Wilson
UHS Board of Regents Chairman Welcome Wilson stayed for all sessions yesterday regarding UHD's new name. He answered questions, listened to comments and assured audiences that the board would accept either of the proposed names.
City University or Houston City University?
Learn more and see what your colleagues think.  Discussion sessions with presentations tonight, Thursday, April 15, at 6 and 7:15 p.m. in the Cullen Robertson Auditorium.  Refreshments served.  Also stop by our table at Culture on the Bayou and the Bayou Bash today for giveaways and to see how you can be involved.
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Student Activities offers Culture on
the Bayou and Bayou Bash today

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. today 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 ore-mail her.

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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. today 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 Thursday session.

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Health fair
Spring Health Fair offered screenings
and information

The UHD Police Department offered participants a chance to see how drinking could impair their coordination. UHD President Bill Flores, above, tried unsuccessfully to walk a straight line wearing "drunk glasses." The police department message was people often think they are in complete control after having a few alcoholic drinks, but the exercise proves otherwise. Below, the Sports & Fitness Center distributed material on programs and personal trainers.
Health fair 2

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Academic Assessment offers
Constructing Rubrics today 

The Office of Academic Assessment will host the second of three Constructing Rubrics sessions from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. today  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., today 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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Workshop on "Decoding the Disciplines"
offered today and Friday

Today and Friday, Dr. Leah Shopkow, associate professor of history at Indiana University, will host two workshops entitled, "Getting Through Student Bottlenecks with "Decoding the Disciplines'" in Room 1099-N, One Main Building.
The first workshop will be for the faculty of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, from 2:30-5 p.m. today.
The second workshop, hosted by the Office of Assessment, will be for a general audience, from 9 a.m. - noon, Friday. This is open to everyone. To register for this workshop, go to: Please note that it is important that you register for this event so that we will have enough books available for all participants.
Lunch will be provided, and those attending will receive a copy of the book, Decoding the Disciplines: Helping Students Learn Disciplinary Ways of Thinking, edited by Shopkow's History Department colleagues at Indiana University, David Pace and Joan Middendorf.
Dr. Shopkow's workshops are sponsored by UHD's QEP and Achieving the Dream committees.
To read an excerpt from the book, please go to:,descCd-description.html
Please Gene Preuss, assistant professor of history, 713-222-5308, or for more information.

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Soviet veterans discuss World War II

Aaron Gillette, right, assistant professor of history, introduces Soviet military veterans and holocaust survivors of World War II who discussed their experiences before the university community and history classes yesterday. The speakers offered a unique perspective and personal dimension to events that "happened such a long time ago," as one veteran said.

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Advising center
Academic Advising Open House

The Academic Advising Center Open House offered students the red carpet treatment along with a prize wheel, popcorn, tours and academic advising. Below, Rito Morena, gets some admission advice on pursuing an accounting degree from Academic Advisor Kathy Painter.
Advising 2

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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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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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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 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              713-226-5594      end_of_the_skype_highlightingwith questions or comments.
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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 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              713-221-8200      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

Blackboard Learning Management

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
Network Maintenance Friday Morning
UHS Board Chair answers questions about new name
Bayou Bash on South Deck April 15 features music and crawfish
Humanities and Social Sciences plans 3rd Thursday sesssion
Spring Health Fair
Assessment workshop on Constructing Rubrics today
Workshop on 'Decoding the Disciplines'
Soviet veterans discuss experiences
Academic Advising open house
METRORail closes this this weekend
Stories from previous Skylines
Register for upcoming contract training classes
IBA field trip to Port of Houston April 16
UHD seeks seniors to take online assessment exams
Internships and job opportunities available here
IT training available
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