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May 25, 2010
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Enchanting Taiwan photo exhibit will open in O'Kane Gallery June 3.

Students inducted into UHD chapter of History Honor Society, Phi Alpha Theta.

UHD graduates talk about what their degrees mean to them.
O'Kane Gallery will host photo exhibit of Taiwan's diverse people and places

 Enchanting Taiwan exhibit

UHD's O'Kane Gallery and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) of Houston will present an exhibit of 33 photographs that feature Taiwan, starting with an opening reception at noon Thursday, June 3, and running through June 29.

The exhibit, entitled "Enchanting Taiwan,"  highlights the Pacific island's natural diversity and beauty and includes photos of unusual landscapes, like the example above that shows the thick mats of rich green seaweed that grow on the fingers of rock reaching into the sea near Laomei in Taiwan's Northeast Coast National Scenic Area.

Other photos will feature Taiwan's folk customs, people, cities, temple festivals and holiday celebrations. The exhibit is part of a global traveling exhibition schedule and includes many of Taiwan's most accomplished photographers.

UHD and TECO plan another collaboration during the fall semester with an Ang Lee film festival. "Pushing Hands" will play Oct. 19 with a Tai-chi master giving a pre-show demonstration; "The Wedding Banquet" is planned for Oct. 20; and "Eat Drink Man Woman" is set for Oct. 21 followed by a reception and faculty panel to discuss Ang Lee's films.
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UHD students inducted into local chapter of History Honor Society

Phi Alpha Theta

Several students recently were inducted into the UHD chapter of Phi Alpha Theta (PAT), the History Honor Society. The students and their faculty advisers include, from left, James McCaffrey, professor of social sciences; Hilda Miranda; Cyril Kring; Dale Ghere; Jose Alvarez, associate professor of social sciences; Anna Hamilton; Jesse Gorostieta; Spiro Svoronos; Sandra Hernandez; Tiffany Devereux; Chris Boone; Soren Scribner; and Gene Preuss, assistant professor of social sciences.

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Listen to what UHD graduation means to a handful of spring graduates

Commencement speaker

Graduation means many different things to the 1,052 graduates who walked across the platform at Minute Maid Park May 17 in UHD's 48th commencement ceremony. To most, it's a significant life milestone and the beginning of a great new adventure. Hear what several UHD grads from across the disciplines say about what graduation means to them in the attached graduation video.

Above, College of Business graduate Cheryl Chodaniecky delivered the keynote address to an appreciative crowd of family members, friends and visitors.

Commencement 2 Chodaniecky, a non-traditional student who worked full time and raised her two sons while completing her bachelor in business administration degree, encouraged fellow students to find their passions and take risks. "As we close this chapter of our lives, have confidence in your ability to accomplish what you seek out to do," Chodaniecky said. "Find your passion, remember your values and most importantly, maintain your integrity."

President Bill Flores, UH System Board of Regents Chairman Welcome W. Wilson Sr. and UH System Chancellor Renu Khator congratulated graduates for their perseverance and determination and urged them to go out and change the world for the better.

See UHD's Facebook page for more photos.

Commencement 3

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UHD students, staff and faculty forming team to run Impact a Hero 5K June 5

UHD students, staff and faculty are invited to join a UHD team that will participate in the June 5 Impact A Hero 5K in Sugar Land to raise funds for wounded and disabled U.S. veterans.

The race starts with a 7 a.m. Saturday, June 5, pre-race ceremony, followed by a 7:25 a.m. wheelchair race, the 7:30 a.m. 5K run (3.1 miles) and an 8:30 a.m. Kids 1K race, all of which start at Mercer Stadium, 16403 Lexington Blvd., Sugar Land. Registration is $20 per person before May 28. For UHD community members unable to participate June 5, donations can be made directly to the Impact a Hero organization.

See UHD's team page to sign up to participate or to make a donation. A flier also is available. For more information on the event and the Impact a Hero organization, visit the group's Web site.

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UHD ranks 33rd in nation for graduating Hispanics with bachelor's degrees

UHD ranks 33rd in the nation for graduating Hispanic students with bachelor's degrees, according to an annual study released  by Hispanic Outlook Magazine.

Some 729 Hispanic students earned bachelor's degrees at UHD in 2009, putting UHD in  the Top 100 nationally. The study uses data from the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics.

UHD is one of 400 federally designated Hispanic Serving Institutions in the country.

Florida International University earned top honors in the study with 3,555 Hispanic graduates in 2009.

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Reminder of ongoing fire protection system testing through May 28
Facilities Management isl performing 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) 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

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Commerce Street Building elevator project to continue through May 28

UHD Facilities Management is performing modifications to elevator 53, which serves the south portion of the Commerce Street Building, 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 Facilities Management thanks the UHD community and Commerce Street Building visitors for their cooperation during the project.

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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
           Thursday, May 27
           10 to 11 a.m. - Blackboard: Managing Course Content
           9 to 10:30 a.m. - TaskStream e-Portfolio

Microsoft Office
           Friday, May 28
           9 a.m. to noon - Microsoft: Open Lab

          Wednesday, May 26
          9 to 11 a.m. - Photoshop: Open Lab

Remote Desktop Tools
           Wednesday, May 26
           2 to 3 p.m. - From your own PC, using GoToMeeting..
                               What's VPN and How Can It Help Me?

See all current IT training available

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In this issue
Today at UHD
O'Kane Gallery will host Enchanting Taiwan photo exhibit June 3-29
Students inducted into UHD chapter of History Honor Society
Hear what UHD graduation means to a handful of recent grads
Stories from previous Skylines
UHD team will participate in Impact a Hero 5K
UHD ranks 33rd nationally for graduating Hispanics with bachelor's degrees
Facilities Management testing fire protection systems
Commerce Street elevator project under way
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