Today at UHD.....
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
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:
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.
- 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)
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 DeckThe 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.
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:
Topping off the theatre's academic year will be the Drama
Trip to London from May 14 to 24, 2011.
- Summer, 2010
The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, produced in
conjunction with UHD's new summer theatre company, "The
Dates: June 25 to July 11
- Fall 2010
A full student production of David Mamet's Oleanna.
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
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
Make plans to attend both the major productions and the
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UHD's Alpha Kappa Omega Induction held in library May 7
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
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.
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Shea Street Atrium Entrance will be Closed after
Spring Finals May 14-24
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.
to the building can be gained by the parking garage elevators or the
entry stairs on Main Street and Naylor.
In addition to the entrance, other closed areas of the Shea Street Building include:
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.
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
leading from the 4th floor College of Business offices to the atrium 1st floor also will be closed.
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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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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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UHD professor among international group at recent Oxford Round Table
UHD'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
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
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 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
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.
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 email@example.com. 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:
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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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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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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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
Register here for the semester's final "Closing the Loop" session.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Friday, May 14 Internet Applications
10 to 11 a.m. - MS Visio: Charts
Tuesday, May 11
1 to 2 p.m. - Photostory
Wednesday, May 12
10 to 11:30 a.m. - Excel: Basics
See all current IT training available
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