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SGA Town Hall Meeting to focus on new name, rail expansion and more at noon.

Staff Award nominations due by end of day.

Hispanic Awareness Festival starts at 11 a.m. and includes food, dancing, music and more.

UHD's Yvonne Kendall  on KUHF's Front Row radio program at noon.

WRoCk hosts 'Don't Panic' session  on documenting and formatting research papers.

Today's Healthy Workshop  features exercise without weights or machines.

Final Constructing Rubrics  session at 3:30 p.m.

Contract Administration  training classes offered today and Thursday.
SGA Town Hall Meeting today includes new name info and more

A Student Government Association (SGA) Town Hall Meeting on name selection choices, Metro expansion and additional topics is scheduled for noon today in the Special Events Center.
The agenda includes a discussion on UHD 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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UHD Staff Award nominations due by the end of the day today

It's time to recognize outstanding UHD staff members by nominating them for one of several Staff Excellence Awards, and the nomination forms are due by 5 p.m. today.
These awards honor outstanding employees by showing how much their hard work is appreciated year-round. Please review the attached nomination forms for Staff Excellence Awards' eligibility details. Don't forget the Fun Awards, which include Rookie of the Year, Whistle While you Work, Goes the Extra Mile, Best Boss and Rising Star. Click here for details.

Sealed nomination packages should be sent via campus mail to Doug TeDuits, campus relations and affirmative action officer, N-276. Questions about the nomination process may be addressed to Michelle Henninghaus via e-mail.

The Staff Awards celebration is set for 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, May 7, in the Special Events Room.

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Hispanic Awareness Festival today includes food, music and speaker

UHD's Hispanic Awareness Festival will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today in and around the South Deck and Auditorium areas.

The festival, which benefits the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, includes mariachi music and dancing from 11 a.m. to noon outside the Auditorium;Tex-Mex food available for $5 a plate from 11 a.m. 2 p.m. in the same area; mechanical bull riding from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at $3 a try on the South Deck; folklorico dancing from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Auditorium; and guest speaker Nicolas Kanellos, director of Arte Publico Press and professor of Hispanic literature at the University of Houston, who will speak from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Auditorium.

 A flier with a schedule of events is available here.

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UHD's Yvonne Kendall part of KUHF Front Row radio interview today

UHD's Yvonne Kendall, associate professor of music, will be part of KUHF-FM's Front Row radio show from noon to 1 p.m. today.

Kendall and Jason Oby, an adjunct at UHD and professor of music at Texas Southern University, will discuss an upcoming program on art songs based on folk music with host St. John Flynn. The concert will be performed by col canto, a professional ensemble dedicated to vocal chamber music, at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 24. Kendall will provide commentary during the performance. More details about the event can be found on the col canto Web site.

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WRoCk hosts  additional 'Don't Panic' session on documenting and formatting research papers today

The Writing & Reading Center (the WRoCk) will host the last of two sessions of the ENG 1302  'Don't Panic' Workshop to help students learn how to ensure their research paper is properly documented and formatted from 4 to 5 p.m. today in the WRoCK, Room 926-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, call or email Dagmar Scharold, Writing/Reading Center Director/Lecturer, 713-221-8297.

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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 today on exercise options. Entitled "Balls, Bands & More," the seminar will be held in Room N-1099, One Main Building.

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 will be provided and there will be 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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Academic Assessment plans final
Constructing Rubrics session today

The Office of Academic Assessment will host its final Constructing Rubrics session from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. today  in Room N-1099.

Academic Assessment will offer several remaining workshops and seminars from now until the end 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 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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Training classes provide updates,  overview of contract administration

UHD will offer two contract administration classes for any University employees involved in the contracting process, with the first session from 9 to 10 a.m. today in Room 1099-N.

Today's session is Course Code: UHD037, #0008. 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 today. 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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UHD Bookstore will close early April 23 for inventory

The UHD Bookstore will be closing early at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 23, so staff members can conduct inventory.  The Bookstore will resume normal Saturday operating hours from 9 a.m. to noon April 24, and from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, April 26.

The UHD Bookstore staff thanks students, faculty, staff and visitors for their understanding during the important inventory process.

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IT Training plans faculty Lunch & Learn event on Respondus Thursday

IT invites faculty to a Lunch & Learn session from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 22, in the TTLC training lab, A-723.

Respondus LockDown Browser prevents students from printing, copying, going to another URL or accessing other applications while in an online testing environment.  In this session you will learn how to incorporate the Respondus LockDown Browser with your online assessments in Blackboard and learn what students will need to download in order to operate Respondus LockDown Browser.

Register for the Lunch & Learn here or in the IT Training list at the bottom of Skyline. A Lunch & Learn flier is available here.

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UHD Night at Minute Maid Park for Thursday game - Astros vs. Marlins

The UHD community can buy discounted tickets from Student Activities & Events for the Thursday, April 22, Houston Astros vs.Florida Marlins baseball game at Minute Maid Park.

Field box seats in Section 133 are $22 each for UHD Night at Minute Maid Park. They are available in Room 204-South.
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Deadline is June 1 for urban high school teacher preparation program
Students interested in joining the University of Houston-Downtown's special master's program to prepare high school teachers should apply before June 1 for the fall 2010 semester.

Secondary Educators Engaged in Quality Urban Education (SEEQUE) is funded by a nearly $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education and represents UHD's innovative approach to preparing teachers to work with high school students. These teacher candidates gain valuable teaching experience while earning teacher certification and a master's degree (Master of Arts in Teaching, MAT).

"Within the first year of the graduate program, teacher candidates can be designated as 'highly qualified,' which allows them to seek employment as a teacher," said Project Director Anjoo Sikka, professor in UHD's Department of Urban Education.

To earn the designation as "highly qualified," students must complete required coursework and pass the grades 8-12 teacher licensure exam. UHD faculty Sikka and Ron Beebe received the grant in October 2009.

For the complete story, see the news release.

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Recognizing volunteer opportunities on UHD campus during National Volunteer Week April 18-24

National Volunteer Week is April 18-24 and UHD is involved in several service-learning initiatives through the Office of Community Engagement and volunteerism through the student-driven Community Involvement Center.

Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week is a time to inspire and encourage people to engage with their communities by volunteering, and UHD has had a memorable year along these lines. UHD was named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll - read more here - and was recently certified to distribute presidential service awards to volunteers in the greater Houston area. See attached. The President's Volunteer Service Award is an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service (see Web site) and administered by the Points of Light Institute. Visit its Web site for more information and ideas.

The hours given in service demonstrate collective power for social change. This year, the Points of Light Institute recognizes the one-year anniversary of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act and creation of the Volunteer Generation Fund.

The Office of Community Engagement will have information on volunteer and community service ideas and available scholarships at its table at UHD's Earth Day celebration April 22 on the South Deck.

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Cheerleading clinic, tryouts set for April 27 and May 1

Tryouts for UHD's Cheerleading Squad are coming up May 1 and to help interested students prepare a clinic is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 27 in the Student Life Center.

To be eligible, students must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours in the fall of 2010, must be in good academic standing with a GPA of at least 2.0, must attend team practices and games, must have a positive attitude and be a team player and be responsible for appropriate team fees upon making the team.

Preregister here or email Coach Kayce Hall at A flier is available here.

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Summer service-learning project offers stipend for students

A summer service-learning project with a stipend of $500 to redesign the Texas Campus Compact (TXCC) Web site is available.

This would also be excellent for an internship, said Jean Dewitt, UHD Director of Community Engagement. Two students with a background in computer science or graphic arts will be selected from member institutions and may be geographically separated as they will work as a virtual team.

The new site should incorporate use of technology to include videos, pod casts, social media, and interactive navigation. Deadline for proposals is May 21. For more information contact Dewitt at

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Earth Day events scheduled for Thursday

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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Order commencement regalia now

Spring 2010 Commencement is at 6 p.m. May 17 and faculty who plan to participate must place orders for regalia no later than April 30.

After April 30, an additional fee of $10 will be added to orders for rush shipping. No rental order placed after May 7 can be guaranteed for delivery. Rental regalia orders will start arriving at the bookstore the week of May 10. Faculty will be notified when items arrive. Prepayment is required and can be made via cash or major credit card with valid identification. The regalia rental fees are as follow:
Rental Fees:
Masters Unit Complete                                                                  
(Includes cap, gown, tassel, and hood)              $ 60.98
Masters Unit Breakdown
(Includes cap, gown, tassel, only)                      $ 30.98
Masters Hood Only                                              $ 29.98
Masters Gown Only                                            $ 25.98
Doctorate Unit Complete                                           
(Includes cap, gown, tassel (gold), and tam)     
(Gown includes suede stripes on the sleeve)    $ 109.98
Doctorate Unit Breakdown
(Includes cap, gown, tassel, hood only)             $ 68.98 
Doctor Hood Only                                              $ 33.98
Doctor Gown Only                                            $ 29.98
8-Corner Tam Hat Only                                    $ 40.98
For additional information contact Gregg McDonald, Herff Jones College Division, 281-353-2774 or Fax 281-353-2957. This is new contact information.

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Culture on the Bayou, Bayou Bash draw crowds with 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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Career Services has internship info and 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. 
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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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

           10 to 11:30 a.m. - SoftChalk Lesson Builder
           Thursday, April 22
           11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Respondus LockDown Browser Lunch &             Learn
           Monday, April 26
           1 to 2:30 p.m. - SoftChalk Lesson Builder Using Go To Meeting
         Wednesday April 28
         10 to 11:30 a.m. - Turnitin
         Friday, April 30
       9 a.m. to noon - Blackboard: Open Lab

Database Management
           Tuesday, April 27
           1 to 2:30 p.m. - Access: Basics

Remote Desktop Tools
           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?

Internet Applications
           Thursday, April 29
            2 to 3:30 p.m. - Survey Monkey

See all current IT training available

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In this issue
Today at UHD
SGA Town Hall meeting set for noon
Staff Excellence Award nominations due today
Hispanic Awareness Festival includes food, music and more
UHD's Yvonne Kendall on KUHF's noon Front Row program
Final WRoCk 'Don't Panic' writing workshop today
Fitness workshop today
Final Constructing Rubrics session today
First of two contract training classes today
UHD Bookstore will close at 11 a.m. April 23 for inventory
Stories from previous Skylines
IT Training hosts faculty Lunch & Learn April 22
Astros tickets available for April 22 game
Apply before June 1 for Fall 2010 urban high school teacher program
Volunteer and service opportunities available at UHD during National Volunteer Week
Cheerleading clinic and tryouts
Summer service-learning project
Earth Day celebration April 22
Order commencement regalia now
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