A Publication of UHD Public AffairsApril 26, 2010
Today at UHD.....
First of six UHD Community Forums on new name scheduled at noon and 5 p.m.
Shuttle buses available for those attending UHD Northwest Open House.
UHD Dance Marathon plans Comedy Night here April 29.
UHD Community Forums begin today: Choosing a New Name
join us for open forums of UHD community members - students, faculty, staff
and administrators - today through Thursday, April 29, as we discuss the choices for renaming the university.
The meetings will be:
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 email@example.com.
Noon - 1 p.m. and 5 -
6 p.m.; today, C-100, Commerce Street,
Noon - 1 p.m. and 5 -
6 p.m.;Tuesday, April 27, C-100, Commerce Street,
- 5 -
6 p.m.; Wednesday, April 28, N-1099, One Main, and
Noon - 1 p.m., Thursday,
April 29, C-100, Commerce Street
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Shuttles available for UHD Northwest Open House on Thursday, April 29 UHD will provide bus service for faculty, staff and students who want to attend the UHD Northwest Open House scheduled from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 29, at the Lone Star College-University Park campus at State Highway 249 and Louetta.
Visitors can tour the campus and see UHD's remodeled space, which includes 1 1/2 floors of the University Center Building.
Two buses, each with a 23-passenger seating capacity, will run from 2 to 9 p.m. April 29 to accommodate students, faculty and staff. The schedules follow:
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- Bus 1 - Leaves UHD for Lone Star at 2, 3:30 and 5 p.m.
Leaves Lone Star for return trip to UHD at 6 and 8 p.m.
- Bus 2 - Leaves UHD for Lone Star at 2, 4 and 6 p.m.
Leaves Lone Star for return trip to UHD at 7 and 9 p.m.
UHD's International Business Association tours Port of Houston; more events on tap this semester
Members of UHD's International Business Association (IBA) and the University community toured the Port of Houston with Anisul Islam, professor of finance, accounting and computer information systems, and port officials April 16. The visit included a management presentation and a catered lunch aboard the MV Sam Houston, which ferried the group along the Houston Ship Channel where participants could view international trade activities first hand.
Islam, faculty sponsor for the IBA, frequently hosts field trips and speakers of interest to business students and others, including this week's visit from Joe Ringer, senior business development officer for Export-Import Bank of the United States. Ringer will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, in Room B-113 of the Shea Street Building. The event is free and open to the public. Email Kimberly Gonzales to register, and get details from the attached flier. Islam's field trip to the Federal Reserve Bank Houston Branch is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, May 4.
UHD Dance Marathon hosts Comedy Night on campus April 29The UHD Dance Marathon group plans a Comedy Night at UHD at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 29, in the Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium.
Entry is $5 per person for this event, one of several the Dance Marathon group has been hosting to raise money for the Texas Children's Hospital Children's Miracles Network. Three comedians will perform for an hour and a half. A flier is available here.
Those interested in helping UHD Dance Marathon raise funds can sign up here.
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UHD joins Federal Direct Student Loan Program in Fall 2010Starting with the fall 2010 semester,
UHD is joining thousands of other U.S. higher education
institutions in the Federal Direct Student Loan Program, meaning students with federal
Stafford, Grad PLUS and Parent PLUS loans will borrow their funds from the
federal government instead of from multiple private banks and credit unions.
UHD's participation in the Federal Program will have little visible impact on students and their families. However, having one lender - the U.S. Department of Education - will make the process
much more efficient for schools and borrowers.
change necessitates only minimal action on the part of students (and parents
who wish to borrow through the PLUS program), who need only to sign a new
Master Promissory Note (MPN) and complete Loan Entrance Counseling if they
haven't done so already. Students can visit www.studentloans.gov to complete the MPN and
Loan Entrance Counseling process.
part of direct lending, the Stafford direct loan is exactly the same in terms
and conditions, interest rates and loan fees as the FFEL (Federal Family Education Loan). The Grad PLUS loans
and Parent PLUS loans will benefit from a lower interest rate of 7.9 percent,
as compared to 8.5 percent in the FFEL program.
direct loans offer other advantages, such as more flexible repayment plans,
easier tracking and a greater possibility of loan forgiveness for students who
perform public service after graduation.
loans will remain with their current service provider. However, due to the sale of loans to the U.S.
Department of Education, the Office of Student Financial Aid highly encourages
students and families to pay very close attention to mailings from their loan
provider. Letters with repayment information were sent to those who were
affected by the sale.
can also track their federal loans online through the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS). Visit
Direct Loans FAQ for more
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Academic Assessment hosts AIM Reviewer Training session April 28The Office of Academic Assessment will host an Assessment Information Management (AIM) Reviewer Training session from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, in Room A-717.
Academic Assessment will offer four additional 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., 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.
First Aid, CPR certifications will be offered in two-day sessionsThis semester's final CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and first aid certification courses will be offered in the next two weeks, starting with first aid classes April 29-30 and CPR classes May 6-7.
Register now through UHD Sports & Fitness for these American Red Cross Training classes, which provide certification for one year. UHD students, faculty and staff pay $5 for the training, and classes are limited to the first 15 people who pre-pay. For more information on these sessions, click here.
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Admission information sessions set for ACP/MAT students in Urban Ed Students interested in joining the University of
Houston-Downtown's special master's program to prepare high school teachers
can attend one of two ACP/MAT (Alternative Certification Program, Master of Arts in Teaching) information sessions on the admission requirements from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 29, in Room 414 of the Commerce Street Building.
The deadline to apply for the fall 2010 semester is June 1. A flier on the information sessions is available here. For more information, contact Anjoo Sikka, professor in UHD's Department of Urban Education, or LeAnna McCowan, MAT program advisor, or call the College of Public Service Advising Center at 713-221-8906.
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.
"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 Sikkka, project director.
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.
complete story, see the news release.
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Help support National Police Week, get blue ribbons from UHD Police 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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Hispanic Awareness Fest included bull riding, music, food and more
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 April 21 festival benefited the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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 email@example.com.
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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
(Includes cap, gown, tassel, and
hood) $ 60.98
Masters Unit Breakdown
(Includes cap, gown, tassel, only) $ 30.98
Only $ 29.98
Only $ 25.98
(Includes cap, gown, tassel (gold), and
(Gown includes suede stripes on the
sleeve) $ 109.98
Doctorate Unit Breakdown
(Includes cap, gown, tassel, hood
only) $ 68.98
Only $ 33.98
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 UHDCareer@uhd.edu .
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Career Services internships and employment opportunitiesCareer Services has several internships and employment opportunities available. Here is just a partial list to share with students:
ARES Corporation - Engineer
Bank of America/Merrill Lynch Wealth Management - Merrill Lynch
Wealth Management Internship
Bikes Online - Operations Rep
Boy Scouts of America - District Executive, entry level
BPSOS, Inc. - Disaster Case Management Program Manager
Corporate Collaborations - Senior Specialist, Controls & Policies
Council for Environmental Education - Summer Intern
Dominos Pizza - Upper Management Paid Internship
Fort Bend ISD - Applications, Senior Applications, Sharepoint and
Houston A+ Challenge - Performance Coach
Lamar State College, Orange - System Support Specialist
Literacy Advance of Houston - Bilingual Program Coordinator
McConnell Jones Lanier & Murphy LLP - Entry Level Staff Auditor
Missouri City Municipal Court - Internship
Professional Golf Ball Services - Accounting Assistant
Reliant Park - Cashiers and Parking Attendants
Smith and Associates - Human Resources Clerk
Student Conservation Association - Conservation Collaborative
Texas Department of Banking - Financial Examiner V-VII
TPI Staffing - HR Systems Coordinator, HR Administrative Assistant,
VP Audit, Inside Sales, Website Developer, BAS General
Manager, Engineer-Field Service, Embed. Software, Sim. Software
Univision Radio - part-time Board Operator KQBU and part-time
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For more information or to apply for these internships and
employment opportunities, students should visit the jobs4gators
. Career Services has nearly 200 positions in its database.
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 Today
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
Tuesday, April 27
1 to 2:30 p.m. - Access: Basics
Thursday, April 29
2 to 3:30 p.m. - Survey Monkey
See all current IT training available
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