Today at UHD.....
Scholars Academy Spring Convocation at 1:30 p.m.
UHD Student Awards Program in Auditorium this evening.
Participate in UHD's online Advisory Straw Poll on proposed new
Math final exam reviews today.
MyPyramid Tracker Healthy Seminar at noon.
Deadline extended to May 7 for seniors to volunteer for online tests and a chance to win up to $250 in gift cards.
UHD Scholars Academy Spring Convocation and Honors Corp induction ceremony todayThe Scholars Academy Spring Convocation will take place from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. today in the Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium.
Scholars Academy student members and UHD College of Sciences and Technology faculty are invited to the program, which recognizes achievements of Scholars Academy students. The event also includes the induction ceremony for students joining the Scholars Academy Honors Corp.
For questions, contact Rene Garcia, program manager for the Scholars Academy, at 713-222-5344 or GarciaR@uhd.edu.
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UHD's Annual Student Awards Program planned this eveningUHD's Annual Student Awards Program to acknowledge outstanding academic achievement in the various colleges is set for 7 to 9 p.m. this evening in the Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium and in the Special Events Room. Refreshments will be served starting at 6:15 p.m.
Representatives of UHD's five colleges will give outstanding students plaques or certificates recognizing their academic achievements. Faculty are encouraged to attend to congratulate their students and meet students' families and friends.
Contact Rosemary Sanchez at 713-221-8003 or SanchezR@uhd.edu with questions on the event.
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Take UHD's Advisory Straw Poll on proposed new names
UHD has prepared an online advisory straw poll Web site on the two proposed
new names for the University of Houston-Downtown -- City University and Houston City University.
Participants are asked to identify themselves as students, faculty, staff or alumni, and each person can complete one questionnaire. You can access the Web site directly at this link:
You can also reach the Web site via a Name Change Straw Poll icon in the upper left corner of the e-services page at this link:
Participants are also invited to visit the Web sites of other universities to see how they've taken advantage of their "City" names and locations.
The straw poll will remain open for faculty, staff and students until 11:30 p.m. Friday, May 14. Alumni will have until 11:30 p.m. Friday, May 21, to give them time to receive notification in the upcoming issue of New Horizons.
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Math final exam reviews scheduled for morning and evening sessions
Students can get an early start on a great final exam score with review sessions for Math 0300 and Math 1300 during morning and evening sessions today.
Students can take a short practice test and bring a copy of the Final Exam Review with them to the review session. Final reviews can be downloaded from http://cms.uhd.edu/qep/algebra or purchased from the Copy Center in the Bookstore.
Day: 9 a.m. - Noon - Room A-436
Evening: 5 - 8 p.m. - Room A-436
Day: 9 a.m. - Noon - Room A-405
Evening: 5 - 8 p.m. - Room A-405
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UHD Sports & Fitness offers Healthy Seminar on MyPyramid TrackerUHD Sports & Fitness plans another in its series of Healthy Seminars, this time on the MyPyramid Tracker eating system, from noon to 1 p.m. today in Room 998-South.
This free seminar, open to the UHD community, is limited to the first 15 people who pre-register by calling 713-221-8481 or e-mailing Rhonda Scherer. For a flier on the seminar, click here.
MyPyramid Tracker is on online nutritional and physical activity log that can analyze eating and exercise habits and compare them to USDA recommendations, which include eating foods in the grains, vegetables, fruits, milk and meat and beans categories daily. Studies show that people who record their eating habits are better at weight loss and maintenance.
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UHD's Alpha Kappa Omega Induction Ceremony set for afternoon of May 7 Alpha Kappa Omega, the UHD Chapter
of Sigma Tau Delta's International English Honor Society, will hold its Spring
2010 Induction and Honor Cord Ceremony for English majors and minors who meet
the organization's academic requirements from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, May 7, in the Rockwell Room of W.I. Dykes Library.
is a semi-formal luncheon and official procedure for bestowing honors,
including induction certificates, pins, cords and stoles. Current
members of Sigma Tau Delta and English department faculty will attend.
For questions or more information, contact one of the faculty co-sponsors, Chuck Jackson, assistant professor of English, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Cara Murray, assistant professor of English, at email@example.com.
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Staff Awards celebration May 7 recognizes outstanding employeesUHD's annual Staff Awards extravaganza is set for 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, May 7, in the Special Events Room.
See who wins this year's Awards for Excellence and Fun Awards in a celebration that will feature food and door prizes. Please wear your UHD Service pins to show how many years of service you have earned. For more information, visit the Staff Council Web site or click on the attached flier.
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Professor will speak in Rockdale on writer George Sessions Perry
UHD History professor Garna Christian
will speak on "George Sessions Perry and Hollywood" today at
the 100th anniversary of the Texas writer's birth in Rockdale, Texas. To find out more about this novelist, war correspondent and magazine writer, visit American National Biography Online.
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Phi Kappa Phi initiation has record number of UHD honor students
In a record initiation ceremony, 129 UHD students were inducted Tuesday evening into Phi Kappa Phi, the selective national honor society open to juniors, seniors, graduate students, faculty, professional staff and alumni in all disciplines who have achieved scholarly distinction. Juniors must rank in the top 7.5 percent of their class, and seniors and graduate students must rank in the top 10 percent of their classes. Above, initiates check in outside the Auditorium. Below, UHD's Barbara Canetti, right, awards a student while PKP officers Ongard Sirisaengtaksin (president elect), left, and Gary Greer (president), right, look on.
Induction into PKP is the reward for high achieving students able to keep their grades high while earning their degrees. Here a student celebrates acceptance into the prestigious group. Inductees who will graduate May 17 have the honor of donning the yellow honor society sash during commencement.
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UHD Police join other UH System departments in 'Salute to Law Enforcement' event held May 1
UHD Police officers joined colleagues from the other three University of Houston System police departments May 1 at the annual Salute to Law Enforcement event at Willowbrook Mall. UHD officers are, from left, Lt. Fred Varela, Sgt. Jaime Cortez, Lt. David De Leon and Officer Dustin Yates.
More than 400 law enforcement officers from the Houston region, and some from as far away as Austin and Dallas, participated in the event to honor and remember the officers who gave their lives for their jobs as National Police Week approaches May 9-15.
Remember to get your Blue Ribbon from UHD Police to show your support for law enforcement. 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.
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Academic Assessment hosts AIM Reviewer sessions May 6 and 7 Academic Assessment has added two Assessment Information Management (AIM) Reviewer Training sessions on Thursday, May 6, and Friday, May 7.
In addition, another "Closing the Loop" session will take place Tuesday, May 18.
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, both sessions set for Room A-717
3:30 to 4:15 p.m., Thursday, May 6
9 to 9:45 a.m., Friday, May 7. Register here.
- Closing the Loop
9 to 10
a.m., Tuesday, May 18, N-1099. Register here.
UHD President Bill Flores Signs Five Policies, all effective May 1
President Flores signed five
institutional policies effective May 1, 2010. These policies cover a variety of
topics and it is highly recommended that all employees read each of them. Two
of the policies are new and three are revised. The following is a summary of
the five policies.
PS 02.B.15, Animals on Campus, is a new policy.
PS 08.A.01, Review of Information Technology Resources Requests,
was revised. Changes include:
1. Division of Information
Systems changed to Information Technology throughout.
2. Additional duties for the
Chief Information Officer (with input from university planning groups) are
added in the policy.
3. Exhibits are removed
because they are no longer relevant to the policy.
PS 08.A.02, Information Technology Policies, Procedures,
Standards and Plans, was revised. Changes include:
1. "Academic leadership
and the Academic Computing Committee" are added to 3.1.
2. Exhibits A, B, and C were
updated to reflect current procedures.
changed to "Technology" throughout policy including in the title.
A new policy, PS 08.A.04,
Computer Access, Security and Use Policy, has replaced PS 08.A.04, Information
Systems Security and Access Policy, and PS 08.A.07, Computer Use Policy, both
of which have been rescinded. The number PS 08.A.04 is being used again to
maintain consistency in the policy numbering system. The new policy
1. Wording that UHD must
adhere to copyright laws concerning software.
2. Included the following
3. Created Exhibit A,
Wireless Access Guidelines.
- Access to and use
of computing resources is restricted to appropriately identified,
authenticated, and authorized users.
identification, passwords, and other "access means" to information
resources are proprietary to the state.
- Wireless access
at UHD must be managed by and coordinated through UHD's Department of
Information Technology to insure compliance with appropriate security standards
and requirements defined by the state. Users must adhere to UHD's
Wireless Access Guidelines, Exhibit A.
4. Added verbiage that user
agrees to implement appropriate security measures for using University
Computing Systems and handling university data.
5. Added verbiage that user
agrees to maintain appropriate discretion in handling university-owned data.
6. Links were added to UHD
policy statements, System Administrative Memoranda and the UHD Information
7. Title of reviewing party
changed to Chief Information Officer.
8. Procedures section was
expanded to clarify how the new policy will be enforced.
PS 08.A.05, Academic Computing Services, was revised. The
following changes were made:
1. Information Systems
changed to Information Technology throughout the document.
2. Reference to Director of
Academic Computing changed to Director of User Support Services.
3. One procedure was added to
assure compliance with policy.
4. Attachments to policy were
removed to comply with new policy format.
5. A link to current
Regulations was added.
You may access these and all
other institutional policies on the Employment Services and Operations website
at UHD Policy Statements.
Should you have any questions
regarding these policies, please contact Linda Biddle, firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-221-8264.
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Mother of CMS faculty member Tecarro died in Philippines April 30Edna Santos-Tecarro, mother of UHD's Edwin Tecarro, assistant professor in the Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences, passed away April 30 in the Philippines. A funeral will be held for her there.
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UHD Sports & Fitness Awards Banquet to celebrate student athletes set for May 21Register now for the 14th Annual Sports & Fitness Awards Banquet scheduled for 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 21, in UHD's Special Events Center. Tickets can be purchased at the Student Life Center for $10 apiece.
The annual event includes a dinner and celebration for UHD athletes who participate in UHD's numerous sports programs. An after-party is scheduled at Bamboo. Remember, no tickets are available at the door, so please purchase them early. A banquet flier is available here.
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Deadline extended for senior volunteers to take online tests and win up to $250 UHD seniors who
volunteer to take online assessment tests by May 7 have the chance to win up to
$250 in gift cards. UHD's General Education Advisory committee and the
Institutional Effectiveness are recruiting senior volunteers to take the
Computer Skills Placement (CSP) test and/or the Measure of Academic
Proficiency and Progress (MAPP).
By random drawing, every third
senior who takes the CSP test will win a $25 gift card and every fifth senior who takes the MAPP will win a $25 gift card. Previously the deadline was May 5, so please let your seniors know that deadline has been extended by two days.
Three hundred students are needed for each exam. Results will
to assess and improve the effectiveness of the University's general
education program. The CSP measures basic computer skills. The MAPP
measures competencies in several basic skills areas, including reading,
writing and math. UHD last offered MAPP to UHD seniors in 2006 and
officials hope to see improvements when 2010 scores are compared.
students can get more information at http://tinyurl.com/UHDSrs
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College of Humanities and Social Sciences Announces
Coordinators for Interdisciplinary Minors
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) has added a new minor in Film Studies, one of
three Interdisciplinary Minor Programs that offer students the
opportunity to explore a subject from multiple perspectives. Courses in
these minors are principally taught by faculty from the Departments of Arts and
Humanities, English and Social Sciences, with select course offerings from
faculty in other colleges. Program coordinators are:
Students interested in declaring a minor in
these or other minors in the College - such as its newly approved minor in Creative
Writing - should file a Minor Declaration Form with an advisor in the home college
of their declared major.
- Ethnic Studies - Sharin Elkholy, assistant professor, Social
- Film Studies - Chuck Jackson, assistant professor,
- Gender Studies - Cara Murray, assistant professor, English
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SRC unites students, faculty and visitors in daylong event to highlight students' scholarly work
Above, UHD alumna Vedangi Sample, right, visits one of the approximately 100 research posters displayed as part of the April 30 Student Research Conference. Now a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University, Sample returned to offer the keynote address. Below, Akif Uzman, chair and professor in the Department of Natural Sciences, discusses a student's poster.
Above, Glen Merrill
, professor in the Department of Natural Sciences, listens to a student discuss his research poster. Below, Mary Jo Parker
, director of the Scholars Academy, gets a first-hand explanation of another student research poster.
UHD team competed in weekend Buffalo Bayou Dragon Boat Festival
UHD's Dragon Boat Team posed with UHD President Bill Flores and Houston Mayor Annise Parker May 1 during the 10th Annual Texas Dragon Boat Festival at Allen's Landing on the banks of Buffalo Bayou.
Thirty dragon boat racing teams rowed furiously along Buffalo Bayou, and UHD's team, pictured above, continued its competitive tradition.
UHD's Dragon Boat Team Captain Bryan Nguyen, coordinator of graduate and international recruitment, hopes to continue and expand participation, which this year included 25 UHD staff members, students and faculty.
UHD faced competing teams from Rice University, the Houston Astros, ConocoPhillips and many other local companies and institutions. The free daylong event included entertainment, educational and
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Office of Community Engagement offers two scholarships for 2010-2011
Office of Community Engagement is offering two $1,000 scholarships during the fall and spring
These scholarships are given in memory of Hussain Begum (1921-1974), a woman
who exemplified community
engagement. A story on her life and accomplishments is attached. The requirements for each
scholarship are: sophomore standing, 2.7 GPA, full or part-time
student and two letters of recommendation. Details on the scholarships can be found here.
These awards are based on evidence
of service or volunteerism and the likelihood of continued commitment to local,
national or international nonprofit agencies. The applicant should submit a
two-page reflective essay of his or her aspirations. Contact Jean DeWitt,
director of community engagement, for more information.
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Semester's final CPR certification class scheduled for May 6-7This semester's final CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) certification class is set for May 6-7.
Register 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 this semester's final CPR training, click here.
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Facilities Management will test fire protection systems May 17-28
Facilities Management will perform semi-annual testing and
maintenance of the campus fire detection / notification / suppression systems
(and related elevator fire service re-call, air handler shut-downs, fire-door
hold-open devices and stair pressurization controls) beginning May 17 through May 28. All campus buildings will be addressed during this period.
Due to the size of the systems, the contractors involved and the
cost of the labor required to do the work, this testing must be performed
during normal business hours. Please consider this an opportunity for the
university community to become familiar with these fire and life safety systems
and the campus emergency public address system.
An announcement will be made over the PA system prior to the
alarms being sounded to inform the occupants of the test. The alarms and strobe
lights will then be engaged briefly and certified by the technicians. An
announcement will be made after the conclusion of each segment of the audible
and visual alarm testing.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Questions can be sent to:
Assistant V.P. - Facilities
Facilities Management Department
University of Houston - Downtown
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Numerous student internships 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:
Ergos Technology, Dominos Corporate Office,
Council of Environmental
Education, Judge Dougherty, Texas Campus Compact and Bank
There are more than 175 employment opportunities listed as well, including:
Burleson, Cooke, LLP; McDonnell, Jones, Lanier & Murphy, LLP,
Consultants, Environmental Protection Agency, City
of Friendswood, Kelly
Scientific, R&M Energy Solutions, Tudor,
Pickering and Holt & Co.
Faculty members who would like access to jobs4gators can contact Career Services 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 Monday, May 10
1 to 2 p.m. - Blackboard: Gradebook Setup
Friday, May 14 Internet Applications
10 to 11 a.m. - MS Visio: Charts
10 to 11 a.m. - Survey Monkey
Tuesday, May 11
1 to 2 p.m. - Photostory
Microsoft Office: Word
Thursday, May 6
10 to 11:30 a.m. - MS Word Intermediate
Thursday, May 13
2 to 3:30 p.m. - Word: Creating Fliers
Wednesday, May 12
10 to 11:30 a.m. - Excel: Basics
See all current IT training available
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