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April 16, 2010
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UHD's International Business Association (IBA)  field trip to the Port of Houston and the Houston Ship Channel is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.

Men's and Women's club basketball teams will have a doubleheader this weekend with the teams playing the University of Phoenix from 7 to 9 p.m. today and the Lone Star Conference Basketball Tournament from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

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

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

Gwen Ifill, moderator of PBS' Washington Week, will host an open dialogue, "Why Journalism Matters," from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 17, in UHD's Robertson Auditorium. Tickets are $25.
Culture on the Bayou and Bayou Bash draw crowds to enjoy music, festivities


Student organizations could showcase their activities and raise funds at Culture on the Bayou during the day and students, faculty and staff enjoyed crawfish and Zydeco music in the evening at the Bayou Bash.

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SGA Town Hall Meeting scheduled for April 21

A Student Government Association Town Hall Meeting is scheduled for noon Wednesday, April 21, in the Special Events Center.
The agenda includes a discussion on the name selection choices and the Metro expansion and provides an opportunity to hear from SGA candidates running for office.
Free pizza and drinks will be served. A flier is available here.

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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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PBS journalist lectures at UHD Saturday

Gwen Ifill, moderator of PBS' Washington Week, will host an open dialogue, "Why Journalism Matters," from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 17, in UHD's Robertson Auditorium where she will discuss the development of national and international issues with the audience.
A VIP reception will precede the lecture. The cost of the lecture is $25. The VIP reception and lecture is $75. Ifill also will sign copies of her book "The Breakthrough." Seating is on a first come first served basis. VIP seating is reserved. Washington Week airs at 7 p.m. on Channel 8.1 on Fridays.
For more information about Washington Week, visit
For more information about the lecture, call 713-743-8459.

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International Business Association plans field trip to Port of Houston

UHD's International Business Association (IBA)  field trip to the Port of Houston and the Houston Ship Channel is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.

Anisul Islam, professor of finance, accounting and computer information systems, is faculty adviser for the IBA and conducts the event. The daylong event includes a presentation by Port of Houston management, lunch and a boat tour of the Houston Ship Channel.

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Earth Day events scheduled for April 22

UHD will celebrate Earth Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 22 with free festivities on the South Deck including information booths, hands on exhibits, alternative transportation exhibits, green vendors and more.
The event is open to everyone. For more information contact Liza Alonzo at ext. 8682.

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Career Services has information on internship opportunities at jobs4gators

Career Services has numerous internship opportunities available through jobs4gators. 
 If you know a student looking for an internship for summer or fall, encourage them to register with jobs4gators. Here are just a few companies looking for UHD students for internships: St. Luke's, MD Anderson, Vision Faith Media, Crossroads, Baylor College of Medicine, City of Houston, Harris County Dept of Homeland Security, Port of Houston, and many more. 
There are over 150 employment opportunities listed too! If you are a faculty member and would like access to jobs4gators, please contact the Career Services office at 713-221-8980 or .

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WRoCk hosts two 'Don't Panic' sessions on documenting and formatting research papers

The Writing & Reading Center (the WRoCk) will host two sessions of the the ENG 1302  'Don't Panic' Workshop next week to help students learn how to ensure their research paper is properly documented and formatted.    
The sessions will be from 10 to 11 a.m. April 19 and from 4 to 5 p.m. April 21 in the WRoCk, Room 925-North, One Main Building. While this workshop is designed specifically for ENG 1302 students, any student needing help with documenting and formatting a research project is welcome to attend. JoAnn Pavletich, associate professor of English, will lead the workshop sessions.
No registration is required. For information, contact Damar Scharold, Writing/Reading Center Director/Lecturer, at 713-221-8297 or email

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Club basketball teams play doubleheader this weekend including tournament

Men's and Women's club basketball teams will have a doubleheader this weekend with the teams playing the University of Phoenix from 7 to 9 p.m. today and the Lone Star Conference Basketball Tournament from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
In the Lone Star tournament eight women's and men's teams total will be participating. The UHD men's team will be competing. Admission is free.
The Sports & Fitness Center staff has asked the teams to park in the meter parking next to the gym which is free after 6 p.m. and on Sundays. UHD police officers are welcome to stop in and check out the games while patrolling the gyms and surrounding meter parking.

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Sport & Fitness 'Balls, Bands and More' offers training options without weights or machines 

Sports & Fitness is sponsoring a Healthy Workshop from 11:15 a.m. to noon Wednesday, April 21, Balls, Bands & More at a location to be announced.

The workshop is free to UHD students, faculty and staff. You don't have to lift free weights or use machines to achieve the benefits that resistance training provides. Balls and bands are great to help you balance a cardio workout with exercises aimed at toning the muscles in your body. Even those who have never exercised will walk away with hands on experience to benefit from balls, bands and more. Bands will be given to those in attendance.

Snacks and bands provided with a drawing for an exercise ball. To reserve a spot for this seminar call 713-221-8481 or email A flier is available here.

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Faculty Senate Meeting Agenda for April 20

Please join us at the last meeting of the current Senate - the new Senate will meet May 4...
Faculty Senate Agenda
April 20, 2010
2:30 - 4 p.m.
A-300, Buffalo Bayou Room
 Snacks: Cookies will be provided.
Approval of Minutes from 2-16-10, 3-2-10, 3-23-10 [sent separately]
 Senate Officers
 Subcommittee on Admissions Standards
New Business   
 Election of representatives for standing committees
 Name Options (brief discussion)
 Online Teaching and Courses
Next Meeting 
May 4-First Meeting of the New Senate   

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Workshop on "Decoding the Disciplines"
offered today

Dr. Leah Shopkow, associate professor of history at Indiana University, will host a workshop today entitled, "Getting Through Student Bottlenecks with "Decoding the Disciplines'" in Room 1099-N, One Main Building.
The workshop, hosted by the Office of Assessment, will be for a general audience from 9 a.m. - noon and 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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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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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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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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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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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.
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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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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 713-226-5594questions 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.

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
SGA Town Hall meeting April 21
METRORail closes this this weekend
PBS journalist lectures Saturday
IBA field trip to Port of Houston April 16
Earth Day celebration April 22
Career Services internship information
Don't Panic research workshops
Basketball games tonight
Fitness workshop next week
Faculty Senate meeting agenda
Workshop on 'Decoding the Disciplines'
Stories from previous Skylines
Assessment workshop on Constructing Rubrics today
Spring Health Fair
Soviet veterans discuss experiences
Register for upcoming contract training classes
Academic Advising open house
UHS Board Chair answers questions about new name
UHD seeks seniors to take online assessment exams
Internships and job opportunities available here
IT training available
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