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Don't miss Earth Day events on the South Deck.

Contract Administration 
training class set for 2 p.m.

IT Training hosts faculty Lunch & Learn on Respondus Lockdown Browser.

Academic Assessment offers AIM Reviewer Training today.

Deadline to nominate employees for Staff Excellence Awards extended to April 23.
UHD plans numerous events on South Deck for Earth Day today

UHD will celebrate Earth Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today 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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UHD Community Forums: Choosing a New Name for the University

Please join us for this open forum of UHD community members - students, faculty, staff, and administrators Monday, April 26, through Thursday, April 29, as we discuss the choices for renaming the university. 

The meetings will be:
  • Noon - 1 p.m. and  5 - 6 p.m.; Monday, April 26, C-100, Commerce Street,
  • Noon - 1 p.m. and  5 - 6 p.m.;Tuesday, April 27, C-100, Commerce Street,
  • Noon - 1 p.m. and  5 - 6 p.m.; Wednesday, April 28, N-1099, One Main, and
  • Noon - 1 p.m., Thursday, April 29, C-100, Commerce Street
Come express your own perspective and hear the perspectives of others in a dialogue designed to help us find common ground when making this important decision. The discussion is sponsored by the Center for Public Deliberation and the Office of Public Affairs. For information, contact Sue Davis, executive director of Public Affairs, at

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IT Training plans faculty Lunch & Learn event on Respondus today

IT invites faculty to a Lunch & Learn session from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today 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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Academic Assessment hosts AIM Reviewer Training session today

The Office of Academic Assessment will host an Assessment Information Management (AIM) Reviewer Training session from 3 to 4 p.m. today in Room A-717.

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:
  • AIM Reviewer Training
    3 to 4 p.m., today, 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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UHD Staff Award nominations deadline extended until April 23

The deadline to nominate UHD employees for Staff Excellence Awards and Fun Awards has been extended until 5 p.m. Friday, April 23.

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 or delivered 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 Fest included bull riding, music, food and more

Bull Riding at Hispanic Awareness

UHD's Hispanic Awareness Festival Wednesday had something for everyone, with bull riding and dancing on the South Deck and
Tex-Mex food, music and speakers inside. The festival benefited the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.

Training class will provide updates,  overview of contract administration

UHD will offer the second of two contract administration classes for any University employees involved in the contracting process from 2 to 3:30 p.m. today in Room 1099-N.

The Course Code is UHD037, #0009.

Training will cover new contracting information, key contracting policy requirements, issues of noncompliance, new contracts and more. Preregistration ended April 21. 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 Night at Minute Maid Park for tonight's game - Astros vs. Marlins

The UHD community can buy discounted tickets from Student Activities & Events for tonight's Houston Astros vs.Florida Marlins baseball game at Minute Maid Park. Come watch the Astros continue their winning streak.

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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A reminder to honor Administrative Professionals this week

A reminder that this week is Administrative Professionals Week, a workplace observance celebrated worldwide for decades.

The International Association of Administrative Professionals changed the former Professional Secretaries Week to Administrative Professionals Week in 2000 to keep pace with changing job titles and the expanding responsibilities of today's administrative workforce.

This week, be sure to thank the outstanding administrative professionals who help make UHD offices run year-round.

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Help support National Police Week, get blue ribbons from UHD Police 

National Police Week ribbon
The University of Houston-Downtown Police Department invites the UHD community to pick up a complimentary blue ribbon to show support for National Police Week May 9-15.

The number of ribbons is limited so get yours as soon as possible. Ribbons are available at the UHD Police Department headquarters, Room 118-North, or the parking office at 354-North.

The blue ribbon tradition started several years ago when a group called Concerns of Police Survivors encouraged the general public as well as police cruisers to fly blue ribbons from their car antennae during National Police Week. The resulting sea of blue shows support for police officers on the street and for those who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

UHD Police thank the University community for its continued support.

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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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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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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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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

           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
Earth Day celebration today on South Deck
UHD Community Forums on choosing new name
IT Training hosts faculty Lunch & Learn
Academic Assessment hosts AIM Reviwer Training
Staff Excellence Award nominations deadline extended until April 23
Hispanic Awareness Festival included food, music and more
Last of two contract training classes today
Get Astros tickets through UHD for tonight's game
Don't forget Administrative Professionals Week
Honor National Police Week with a blue ribbon
Stories from previous Skylines
UHD Bookstore will close at 11 a.m. April 23 for inventory
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
Order commencement regalia now
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