A Publication of UHD Public AffairsJune 16, 2010
Urban Education grad recognized as Texas Student Teacher of the Year.
Coming up at UHD.....
Staff Council to meet at 2 p.m. today.
Canon copier and vendor show at UHD Monday, June 21.
First summer Sustainability workshop Friday, June 18.
State Farm reps available to talk careers at College of Business Thursday, June 17. See Career Services story below.
UHD Urban Ed grad recognized as Texas Student Teacher of the Year
Teacher John WolfUHD Urban Education graduate John Wolf has earned the distinction of Texas Student Teacher of the Year by the Texas Directors of Field Experiences. He completed student teaching during the spring 2010 semester and graduated in May. Recently hired as a science teacher at Berry Elementary - the same school he attended as a child - Wolf will receive his official award during a state conference in October. For the rest of the story, click here.
Staff Council meets today at 2 p.m.
Staff Council will meet from 2 to 3 p.m. today in N-1099, One Main Building. The meeting is open to faculty, staff and student
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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UHD departments invited to Canon copier presentation and vendor showUHD staff and faculty interested in learning about the latest in copiers available for department rental can plan to attend a copier presentation and Canon New Rental Contract session any time between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday, June 21, in Room A-300 (White Oak Bayou Room) in the Academic Building.
A Canon representative will be on hand to demonstrate different types of copiers and how they might better meet department needs at UHD. The vendor show will run for four hours. The Purchasing department will go over your departmental needs and assist with your copier options. For a flier with details, click here.
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First summer Do-It-Yourself Sustainability workshop Friday, June 18
The UHD community is invited to
a Sustainability "Do-It-Yourself" Workshop: Make Your Own Bath Salts
from 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, June 18, in room N-420.
Participants may stop in anytime during the two-hour time slot and create custom
bath salts. In the spirit of living sustainably, all colors and fragrances used
will be organic.
The workshop is free; all materials will be provided. A workshop flier is
available here. For more information, contact Carmen Allen at email@example.com.
For information about additional summer Sustainability events, or about
sustainability in general, please visit the sustainability website. A summer schedule of events can be found here.
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Freshmen, faculty to participate in First-Year Common Reading Program
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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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
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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Reminder of Office of Community Engagement scholarships for
Office of Community Engagement will offer two $1,000 scholarships
during the fall and spring
2010-2011 semesters, and the deadline for the fall award is Thursday, July 1.
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
of service or volunteerism and the likelihood of continued commitment to
national or international nonprofit agencies. The applicant should
two-page reflective essay of his or her aspirations. Contact Jean DeWitt,
director of community engagement, for more information.
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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
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
in WRoCk's specially designed Second Life UHD Writing Center. For more
information and instructions about
Second Life tutoring, go to http://www.uhd.edu/wrock 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 http://www.rich15.com/uhd. Late evening and weekend hours are available
for OWL tutoring.
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Northside Community Workshop to talk 'Livable Centers Program' this eveningMembers 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. this evening 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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Two training sessions available to explain new UHD Contract AgreementsTwo 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:
Please register through PASS by Wednesday, June 16, to attend one of the training sessions.
- 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
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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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Get the Scoop sessions set to explain state changes to employee benefitsPending 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:
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- 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
Career Services announces State Farm information series, ongoing workshopsState 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 www.uhd.edu/jobs4gators. For more information, call 713-221-8980.
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