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June 15, 2010
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Sustainability Council hosts talk on oil spill impact on Galveston Bay at 10 a.m.

Fall 2010 freshmen introduced to First-Year Common Reading Program.

Staff Council to meet Wednesday, June 16.

Let students know about WRoCk's OWL online tutoring programs.
Sustainability Council hosts talk today on oil spill impact on Galveston Bay

The UHD community is invited to a UHD Sustainability Council presentation on the BP oil spill and its possible effects on Galveston Bay at 10 a.m. today in room N-420.

Presenters from the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) will be Lisa Gonzalez, research scientist, and Jim Lester, vice president and chief operating officer. For more information about HARC, please visit the website.

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Freshmen, faculty to participate in First-Year Common Reading Program

Outliers Skyline

Incoming UHD freshmen Annabella Gutierrez, Shohaib Ali and Kennedy Okafor look over the gift they received during the first Freshman Orientation session June 9 and 10.
Each of the estimated 1,200 freshmen entering UHD in the fall 2010 semester will get a copy of Malcolm Gladwell's book Outliers: The Story of Success. The summer reading project will be topped off with UHD's first Freshman Convocation on Aug. 21. The entering class will be part of UHD's First-Year Common Reading Program designed to promote student success.

For the complete story, read the news release.

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Staff Council meeting set for June 16

Staff Council will meet from 2 to 3 p.m.  Wednesday, June 16,  in N-1099, One Main Building. The meeting is open to faculty, staff and student workers.

The agenda includes committee reports, an update on Provost Molly Woods and STAMATS information related to the UHD name change. New business items include UHD and child care and the Fall Family Fun Festival. The meeting also includes an agenda item on upcoming state benefits changes.
For minutes of the April 21 meeting, click here. For more information, contact Staff Council President John Lane at
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The WRoCk OWL is ready to fly

UHD's Writing & Reading Center (WRoCk) will pilot two versions of real-time online tutoring this summer to help meet different online learning styles. Its On-Line Writing Lab (OWL) is now available to all students, especially fully online students and students at the remote campuses. 

WRoCk's version of OWL is available through Second Life, a virtual environment currently being used for educational purposes at UHD. Students who enjoy video games may benefit from online tutoring in Second Life. They create their own avatar, much like a video game, and meet with a tutor in WRoCk's specially designed Second Life UHD Writing Center. For more information and instructions about Second Life tutoring, go to and click on the Second Life tab.

For students familiar with Skype, the second OWL will look  familiar. If students have a webcam and a microphone, tutors and students can communicate and share documents, all in real-time. If students don't have a webcam or a microphone, they can still have a consultation with a tutor by uploading documents and using a chat function to communicate.

Appointments for OWL tutoring are available at Late evening and weekend hours are available for OWL tutoring.  
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Northside Community Workshop to talk 'Livable Centers Program' on June 16

Members of the UHD community interested in the Livable Centers Program to promote walkable, environmentally friendly and economically thriving projects in Houston's Northside neighborhoods can attend a workshop from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 16, in the M.D. Anderson YMCA, 705 Cavalcade St.

A meeting flier is available here. UHD and the Northside neighborhoods share the common bond of MetroRail's next construction phase, the Northline, which will run 5.3 miles from UHD's entrance through the historic North Side to the NorthlineTransit Center and Northline Mall Center.

This is the second community workshop on the Northside Livable Centers Study, and an overview of the project is available online here.

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UHD Name Selection Poll Results
The overwhelming choice in UHD's recent Name Change Straw Poll was Houston City University with 1,702 votes. City University received 401 votes, and 404 individuals selected neither name in the advisory web-based survey.
Some 2,507 individuals participated, including 1,652 students, 358 faculty and staff and 497 alumni. Public Affairs is reviewing and categorizing comments and  will report that data in Skyline as soon as the work is complete.

During the summer, UHD administrators will continue to meet with alumni and other key individuals about the name-selection process. The straw poll is advisory.   UH System Board of Regents will select a new name for UHD and will consider input, including the straw poll results.

For a detailed look at the straw poll results click here.

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Two training sessions available to explain new UHD Contract Agreements

Two training sessions are planned for Thursday, June 17, to introduce new Contract Agreements, demonstrate the new contracting web pages and offer additional details about pending changes. UHD employees who handle contracts are urged to attend one of the two training sessions, which are planned for 9 to 10 a.m. and from 2 to 3 p.m. in Room 1099-N.

Besides introducing the new agreements and the new contracting web pages, the sessions will include information on the following:
  • Restrictions on use of new Agreements
  • Pricing options on the Standard Purchasing Agreement
  • Use of Service Order pricing option
  • Insurance requirement options and when insurance is/is not required
  • Update of Contract Cover Sheet
Please register through PASS by Wednesday, June 16, to attend one of the training sessions.

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Entrepreneurship Workshop set for UHD College of Business June 25

UHD's College of Business and MYOBusiness have teamed up to offer a daylong workshop for entrepreneurs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, June 25, in Room B140 of the Shea Street Building. Dubbed "Mind Your Own Business Entrepreneurship Workshop," the session is designed for longtime business owners, those just starting out or those whose business remains in the dream stage.

Working entrepreneurs will share real-life scenarios, address critical issues, offer proactive marketing and sales strategies and information on best practices. Presenters include Ken Jones, director of UHD's Center for Entrepreneurship; Deborah Hroch, president of Hroch & Associates; and Scott Black, president of MarSell & Associates. The June 25 workshop is the first of an upcoming series of workshops; registration remains open for the July 23 session.

Admission is free to UHD students and alumni if they register using code STU0625 and using a student ID. Cost is $295 for other registrants. Registration is available online. Additional information is available on the MYOBusiness website.

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UHD team participates in and raises funds for vets during Impact A Hero 5K

Impact A Hero Team

Several members of the UHD community helped raise more than $250 for U.S. veterans and their families as they received pledges and participated in the June 5 Impact A Hero 5K held in Sugar Land. Team members are, front row from left, Stefany Mitchell, Michelle Falcon, Lucille Pointer and Suzette Mouchaty. Back row from left, Michael Records, Elaine Pearson, Bruce Greer and Albert Melgarejo.

The UHD group was among more than 1,700 participants who helped raise money to support veteran heroes and their families, several of whom were at the event. More than $228,000 was raised. Results are posted on the Impact A Hero website.

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Summer Sustainable activities to start with bath salt workshop June 18

Several sustainability events are set for this summer, including two Do-It-Yourself  workshops this month, starting with "Make Your Own Bath Salts" from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, June 18, in room N-420.

Participants will use organic color and fragrance to create their own unique bath salt. The second workshop, "Make Your Own Notebook," will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, June 25, in room N-420. Participants are asked to bring misprints and other used paper that can be re-purposed into notebooks.

Sustainable events continue in July with a workshop for those interested in learning how to hold "green" events and meetings on campus.  The "G.E.M. Workshop" will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, July 23, in room C-100.  The workshop itself will demonstrate many green practices, and lunch will be provided for participants.

Also in July, with a date and time to be announced, will be the "Reuse Market" where everyone will be invited to bring new or gently used items that they no longer need and pick up items that interest them.  All surplus items will be donated to a local charity.

For more information about these events, or about sustainability in general, please visit the sustainability website. A flier listing summer events can be found

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Get the Scoop sessions set to explain state changes to employee benefits

Pending changes to the Employees Retirement System (ERS) benefits will be explained during a series of Get the Scoop information sessions, starting with the first session from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, June 24, in the Library Event Room.

UHD's summer enrollment for employees to make changes to their group insurance coverage runs from July 5 to 30 this year, so the Get the Scoop meetings offer good opportunities to better understand benefit changes and to ask questions about the pending changes to the FY 2011 benefits.

Get the Scoop sessions will help employees make informed decisions. Scoops of ice cream will be served. Additional sessions - all from 2 to 4 p.m. - are planned for:
  • Wednesday, July 7, Library Event Room
  • Monday, July 12, White Oak Room
  • Thursday, July 15, White Oak Room
  • Tuesday, July 20, Library Event Room
  • Monday, July 26, Library Event Room
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Career Services announces State Farm information series, ongoing workshops

State Farm will have representatives in the College of Business lobby from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 17, Tuesday, June 29, and Tuesday, July 13, to offer information on careers at their company. Faculty members are encouraged to make students from all majors aware of these open information sessions.

In addition, Career Services is offering resume and interview workshops throughout the summer. The jobs database continues to list current internship and part- and full-time job opportunities, including the following:
Administaff, Inc. - Accounting Clerk
ARES Corp. - Engineer
Associated One Services - Open House Greeters
CMT Creative Marketing - Web Design & Development
Colfax Corp./LSC - Materials Supervisor
Daily Court Review - part-time Inside Sales Representative
Eagle Eye Capital - Analyst
Expeditors International - part-time entry level SCM, Warehouse, Data Entry
Galveston County Health District - Patient Services Specialist
Heritage Texas Property - Assistant to Real Estate Broker
Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston - paid part-time Communications  
Kelly Scientific Resources - Lab Technician
KIAH-TV, Channel 39 - multiple positions
Lucas Petroleum Group - Landman
Northwestern Mutual Financial Network - Financial Representative
Petromax Oil Inc. - Bookkeeper
Royal Cyber - Java/J2EE Developer (full time)
State Farm Insurance Companies- State Farm Summer Series
Swift Energy Co. - Internal Auditor
Travel and Teach Recruiting Inc. - English Teacher (in South Korea)
UT Health Science Center at Houston - Engineering Intern
Univision Radio - several new listings

For a complete list of employment opportunities, please visit For more information, call 713-221-8980.

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In this issue
Coming up at UHD
Sustainability Council presents oil spill talk today
All freshmen part of First-Year Common Reading Program
Staff Council to meet June 16
New online tutoring launches with WRoCk OWL
Workshop for those interested in Northside communities
Name Change Straw Poll results announced
Training session June 17 for new Contract Agreements
Mind Your Own Business workshop coming up June 25
UHD team raises funds for Impact A Hero 5K
Summer Sustainability events announced
Attend a Get the Scoop presentation to learn about benefits changes
State Farm reps to talk careers at COB
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