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May 10, 2010
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Winners of this year's UHD Staff Awards announced.

Pick up a colorful name change T-shirt from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the North Deck.

University Theatre announces 2010-2011 play schedule.


UHD's top Staff Award winners announced in May 7 event

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UHD's annual Staff Awards celebration May 7 attracted a full house in the Special Events Room as employees attended to cheer on this year's winners announced by Staff Council.

This year's winners are:
  • Office & Clerical Merit Award: Cindy Evans, administrative assistant II, Natural Sciences
  • Professional Staff Merit Award: Heather Davis, department business administrator II, Natural Sciences
  • President's Choice Award: Ricardo Reyna, UHD police officer  (Reyna also received his 15-year service award)
Staff Fun Awards included: Rookie of the Year, Bobbie Horack; Whistle While You Work, Myrtie Groves; Going the Extra Mile, Kathy Painter; Best Boss, LaTasha Goudeau; Rising Star, Patricia Santos.

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The ceremony included years of service awards,  with UHD employee Kenneth Oberhoff, associate dean in the College of Sciences and Technology, receiving recognition for 35 years with UHD, and Craig Stagg, labor technician with Facilities Management, being honored for 30 years. Employees who earned degrees also were recognized at the afternoon ceremony.

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New name T-shirts will be handed out today on UHD's North Deck

T-shirt 1The first of hundreds of "Houston: It's My City,
Houston: It's My Future" T-shirts were handed out as door prizes at the May 7 Staff Awards ceremony and the UHD community can get a T-shirt between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. today on the North Deck. At left, UHD President Bill Flores shows the shirt's front.

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At right, Flores shows the back of the T-shirt. The two name choices recommended for UHD are written on the sleeves.  The right sleeve reads City University, while the left  sleeve reads Houston City University.

Please remember to submit your opinion in the online straw poll by 11:30 p.m. Friday, May 14 (see story below).     
                    
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Theatre group sets schedule of plays for upcoming semesters

We can plan on drama in our lives in upcoming months as the University Theatre Drama group announced its play schedule for the 2010-2011 seasons at the O'Kane Theatre.
     
The schedule includes the following great works:
  •   Summer, 2010
      The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, produced in
      conjunction with UHD's new summer theatre company, "The
      Landing Theatre." Dates: June 25 to July 11
  •   Fall 2010
      A full student production of David Mamet's Oleanna.
      Dates:  Aug. 26 to 29
      The Laramie Project
    by Moises Kaufman.
      Dates: Oct. 29 to Nov. 6
      Fifteen student-directed One-Act Plays. Dates: Nov. 19 to 22
      A SIP's (Student-Initiated Project) production of an
      English/Spanish language play, La Seņora Martin.
      Dates:  Dec. 2 to 4
  •   Spring 2011
      You Can't Take It With Youby Moss Hart and George S.
      Kaufman. Dates: April 1 to 9
Topping off the theatre's academic year will be the Drama Trip to London from May 14 to 24, 2011.
 
Make plans to attend both the major productions and the student presentations. 
 
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UHD's Alpha Kappa Omega Induction held in library May 7

English Honor Society

Alpha Kappa Omega, the UHD Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta's International English Honor Society, held its Spring 2010 Induction and Honor Cord Ceremony for English majors and minors who meet the organization's academic requirements May 7 in the Rockwell Room of W.I. Dykes Library.

Pictured above are members, honored graduates and new inductees. They are, front row from left, Yolanda Bridges, Malcolm Robins Jr., Wendy Pena, Cynthia Herrera, Enrique Tamez and Dorothy Wilson. Back row, from left, Jaime Puente, Gustavo Jacobo and Amy Hastings.

The event was a semi-formal luncheon and official procedure for bestowing honors, including induction certificates, pins, cords and stoles.

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'Implementing Differentiated Instruction in Higher Education' round table held at UHD May 7

Instruction Seminar 1

Tanya Santangelo, associate professor of special education at Arcadia University, conducted a multidisplinary round table seminar on "Implementing Differentiated Instruction in Higher Education" to a group of 65 full-time and part-time UHD faculty members May 7 at the Commerce Street Building. Above Santangelo, standing, discusses issues with Akif Uzman, Byron Christmas, Pam Auburn, Hamida Qavi and Mian Jiang.

Faculty participants represented UHD's fields of Communication, Education, English, History, Life Sciences, Math, Physical Sciences and Political Science.

Instruction Seminar 2

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Shea Street Atrium Entrance will be Closed after Spring Finals May 14-24

Facilities Management will shut down the Shea Street Building atrium entrance at 7 p.m. Friday, May 14, until 7 a.m. Monday, May 24,  to relocate fire systems in the atrium ceiling for the summer installation of art work.

Access to the building can be gained by the parking garage elevators or the north entry stairs on Main Street and Naylor.

In addition to the entrance, other closed areas of the Shea Street Building include:
  • The open stairs in the Shea Street Building atrium and the building main entry doors near the guard station will be shut down.
  • The open stairs on the south side of the building leading from the 4th floor College of Business offices to the atrium 1st floor also will be closed.
Questions about the closures can be directed to Kimberly Morisak, director of contracted services for Facilities Management, at  713-221-8518 or Morisak@uhd.edu.

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Take UHD's Advisory Straw Poll on proposed new names

Name Change logo

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: 
 https://global.dt.uh.edu/eservices/uhdsurvey/?testflag=open

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:
  http://uonline.uhd.edu/?testflag=open

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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UHD Sports & Fitness Awards Banquet to celebrate student athletes set for May 21

Register 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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UHD professor among international group at recent Oxford Round Table
 
Ashe revUHD's Carolyn Ashe, professor of management, marketing and business administration, was one of 27 international scholars invited to participate in the March 20-26 Oxford Round Table at Oxford University in England.

The international session focused on "Ethical Sentiments and the World Financial Crisis" and was an invitation-only round table. Ashe, director of UHD's Institute for Business, Ethics and Public Issues, is known nationally and internationally for her work in the field of ethics. She is also a past winner of the UHD Award for Excellence in Teaching and the IT award for Online Teacher of the Year. For more information on the Oxford Round Table and its history, see its Web site.

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College of Business maintains prestigious AACSB accreditation

COB Accreditation

College of Business Dean Don Bates, center, accepts re-accreditation status from AACSB-International representative Jerry E. Trapnell, left, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer, and John J. Fernandes, right, president and CEO.

AACSB - or The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business - has a goal of advancing "quality management education worldwide through accreditation and thought leadership." UHD's College of Business is among the less than 5 percent of the world's business schools that has received and maintained AACSB International accreditation.

Click the news release for a more complete story. See the AACSB International Web site for more information.

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Outstanding students from across the disciplines recognized during Academic Awards Program

Student Awards Program

UHD President Bill Flores greets some of the students attending Wednesday's Academic Awards Program, which recognized outstanding students in UHD's Colleges of Business, Humanities and Social Sciences, Public Service and Sciences and Technology.

Scholars Academy Convocation highlights students' achievements

Scholars Academy Convocation

Scholars Academy Director Mary Jo Parker, left, chats with just a few of the dozens of Scholars Academy students recognized during Wednesday's Convocation. From left, students Kelly Colby, Morgan Dees and Audrey Gonzalez share a laugh with Parker.

The Convocation included an awards program for scholarships as well as recognition of tutors, attendance and presentations at conferences and professional meetings and Brown Foundation Awards. About 150 UHD students are members of the Scholars Academy.
 
Business students and faculty toured Federal Reserve Bank May 4

Federal Reserve Tour Group

UHD's Anisul Islam, professor of finance, accounting and computer information systems, led a group of nearly 60 students and faculty on a May 4 field trip to the Federal Reserve Bank Houston Branch.  Faculty members Gail Evans,  professor of management, marketing and business, and John Paskelian, assistant professor of finance, accounting and computer information systems, also accompanied the field trip participants.

Federal Reserve Dollar Bill

In the photo above, Islam, second from left, and students on the Federal Reserve field trip show off an oversized $100 bill during the tour. Students viewed a video presentation of the Federal Reserve and a management power point,  and they took a guided tour of the Fed's facilities and displays.

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Commerce Street Building elevator project scheduled for May 17-28

UHD Facilities Management will perform modifications to elevator 53, which serves the south portion of the Commerce Street Building, starting  May 17 and running through May 28.

No access to elevator 53 will be available during the work. The two passenger elevators located in the front of the Commerce Street Building will operate normally and won't be affected by this project.
 
Once the modifications are complete, elevator 53 will have an additional set of doors on the first floor to make the Commerce Street Building more convenient and accessible. The new elevator doors will be located on the first floor adjacent to the stairs and student study area in the south end of the building.
 
Questions should be addressed to Eric Reimer at 713-221-8234 or reimere@uhd.edu. Facilities Management thanks the UHD community and Commerce Street Building visitors for their cooperation during the project.

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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:
 
  • Ethnic Studies -  Sharin Elkholy, assistant professor, Social Sciences
  • Film Studies  -  Chuck Jackson, assistant professor, English
  • Gender Studies - Cara Murray, assistant professor, English
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.

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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.
3. "Systems" 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 includes: 
 
1. Wording that UHD must adhere to copyright laws concerning software.
2. Included the following statements:
  • Access to and use of computing resources is restricted to appropriately identified, authenticated, and authorized users.
  • All 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.
3. Created Exhibit A, Wireless Access Guidelines.
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 Security Handbook.
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, biddlel@uhd.edu or 713-221-8264.
 
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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:
 
Chris McCall
Assistant V.P. - Facilities
Facilities Management Department
University  of  Houston - Downtown
713.221.8030
mccallc@uhd.edu

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Academic Assessment will offer 'Closing the Loop' session May 18 

Academic Assessment  plans one remaining "Closing the Loop" session this semester from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 18, in N-1099.

These sessions are open to faculty, department assessment coordinators, deans and department chairs. For questions or to schedule individual sessions, please call 713-226-5594.

Register here for the semester's final "Closing the Loop" session.

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Summer a good time to use data and help from UHD's Career Services

Summer is the perfect time to encourage students to use Career Services. The office can help with career counseling, finding a job or internship, reviewing resumes and  interview coaching.  Encourage students to register with jobs4gators (www.uhd.edu/jobs4gators) so they will be kept informed of workshop dates, employer visitations and the nearly 200 employment and internship opportunities available in the Career Services database.
 
Faculty members who would like access to jobs4gators may contact Career Services at 713-221-8980 or UHDCareer@uhd.edu.
 
Here is just a partial list of potential employers  to share with students:

Allied Integrated Marketing - Marketing Intern  
ARES Corporation -
Engineer
Barbara Bush Library - Summer Internship
CMT Creative Marketing - Web Development
Corporate Collaborations - Senior Specialist, Controls & Policies
Council for Environmental Education - Summer Intern
Cram Crew - Verbal Tutor/Passionate Writer/Mentor
Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney's Office - Student Aide Clerk
Dominos Pizza (Corporate, not Sales) - Upper Management Paid
    Internship
Environmental Protection Agency - Auditor, GS-0511-12
Ergos Technology - IT Internship
Farmers Insurance - Lara Agency - Customer Service Representative
First Congregational Church of Houston - Director of Christian
    Education
Goodman Manufacturing Co. - Management Trainee
Houston Area Women's Center - Residential Mentor (bilingual);
    Summer Children & Youth Facilitator
Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston - Volunteers (possible field
    experience)
Judy Dougherty for Judge Campaign - Internship
Mandola's Warehouse - General Retail
McConnell Jones Lanier & Murphy LLP - Entry Level Staff Auditor
Merisol USA LLC - Help Desk Support Specialist
Missouri City Municipal Court - Internship
North Star Consultants of Texas - Financial Advisor
Pineywoods Community Academy - Secondary Teacher
Texas Campus Compact - Internship/Scholarship
Texas Department of Banking - Financial Examiner V
The Black Town Movement Project - Summer Internship
Universities Space Research Association - Career Exploration
    Program Intern
Univision Radio - Account Executive (and many others)
Wealth Design Group - Field Representative
Workforce Solutions - various summer jobs

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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

          Today
          1 to 2 p.m. - Blackboard: Gradebook Setup

Flowcharting
          Friday, May 14  Internet Applications
          10 to 11 a.m. - MS Visio: Charts

Internet Applications

          Tuesday, May 11
            1 to 2 p.m. - Photostory

Spreadsheet
            Wednesday, May 12
            10 to 11:30 a.m. - Excel: Basics

See all current IT training available

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In this issue
Today at UHD
Top Staff Awards winners announced
New name T-shirts to be handed out on North Deck starting at 11 a.m.
2010-2011 UHD Theatre schedule announced
Alpha Kappa Omega Induction Ceremony
Differentiated Instruction in High Ed round table held May 7 at Commerce Street
Shea Street atrium closed for work after finals
Stories from previous Skylines
Participate in UHD Advisory Straw Poll
Sports & Fitness Banquet tickets on sale
Ashe participated in Oxford Round Table
COB received AACSB re-accreditation
Academic Awards Program recognized students across the disciplines
Scholars Academy Convocation
Students and faculty toured Federal Reserve Bank
Commerce Street elevator project set for May 17-28
CHSS announces coordinators for interdisciplinary minors
President Flores signs five policies effective May 1
Facilities Management will test fire protection systems May 17-28
Academic Assessment will host 'Closing the Loop' session May 18
Summer a good time to use Career Services
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