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June 23, 2010
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Veterans Services moves to new headquarters in S-244, One Main.

IT Training will host June 24 Lunch & Learn on Blackboard New Generation.

'Get The Scoop' employee benefits sessions begin June 24.

Use scrap paper to make a notebook in June 25 Sustainability Workshop.

'Mind Your Own Business' Workshop on tap for June 25.

UHD's Veterans Services moves to its own campus headquarters in S-244

UHD's Veterans Services department moved to its own headquarters earlier this week in 244 South, One Main Building.

Started last year in a corner of the Registrar's office, Veterans Services works closely with men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families as they seek to earn their college degrees and return to civilian life.Michael Records, a veteran and UHD alum, is manager of Veterans Services. He provides information to veterans on the benefits and services available and answers questions on educational benefits and certifying enrollments for the Department of Veterans Affairs. His office also monitors students' degree plans and academic progress and can refer veterans to the appropriate agencies for help.

During its first year of existence, Veterans Services worked with more than 300 UHD student veterans, and that number is expected to grow. The larger and separate office space allows for a computer lab and study area for veterans. Once computer terminals, furniture and other details are in place, Veterans Services will schedule an open house later this summer. Stay tuned for the time and date.

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Powerlifters bring home new records, eight first places in summer competition

  CNAFive UHD Powerlifters helped set new team, state and national records and brought home eight first-place finishes in the World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters (WABDL) Houston Open last weekend.
In the photo above, Powerlifters hold the swords and axes given out as trophies. From left are: Jose Trejo; Jesus Sanchez, front, who tied the current Teen 18-19 World Record in the bench press with a 253.5, a new Texas State and National Collegiate Record; Raymundo Sanchez, back, benching 292.0 for first place in the bench press in the Junior Division; Jose Martinez, who benched 165.2 and set a personal record, a Powerlifting team record and a new Mexican Junior National Record;  team Co-Captain Waldo Villarreal; team Coach John Hudson, UHD assistant professor of English; Waldo Cardenas, first in the bench press event of the Junior Division with a 252.5 press, and also a first place in the deadlift, setting a personal and team record; and David Hinojosa, a UH student who trains with UHD Powerlifters and placed first in the Junior Division in the bench press with a press of 214.7, a new Texas State Junior Record and a tie with the existing National Collegiate Record.

Hudson combined coaching with recruitment efforts at the June 19 event, talking to several parents and Houston high school students about opportunities at UHD.
UHD Powerlifting's next team event will be the WABDL Southern Regional Championships in Dallas on July 31.

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Next Sustainability Do-It-Yourself Workshop on notebooks set for June 25

UHD students, staff and faculty are invited to a free Sustainability Do-It-Yourself Workshop: Make Your Own Notebook from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, June 25,  in Room N-420.

Participants may stop in any time during the two-hour timeslot to create a notebook out of recycled paper. Everyone is asked to bring previously used paper (misprints, overprints, etc.); other materials will be provided. A workshop flier is available here. For more information, e-mail
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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IT to host June 24 Lunch & Learn for training on Blackboard New Generation

Lunch and Learn June 24

Faculty members who would like to get a head start on the pending conversion to Blackboard Next Generation (NG) - which will replace Blackboard Vista in spring 2011 - are invited to an IT Training Lunch & Learn. Click here to reserve a spot for the 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, June 24, training in the TTLC training lab, Room A-723. Click on the above flier to read an enlarged view.

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Get the Scoop sessions on changes to employee benefits start this week

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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Entrepreneurship Workshop set for UHD College of Business Friday, 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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See UHD's Hispanic Quiz team members on Channel 13's Viva Houston show
Viva Houston Congratulations to members of UHD's Hispanic College Quiz  team. Members were featured on Channel 13's Viva Houston show Sunday, June 20, with host Erik Barajas, left. The group taped a segment of Viva Houston. Photographed with Barajas are: team coach Michelle Falcon, assistant director of Student Activities; team helper and UHD senior Tracy Chanthavong; and, from left, team members Manuel Fernandez and Jose Uribe.

If you didn't have a chance to catch the show June 20, click here for a taped video. Once on the Viva Houston website, click the third box under the screen for segment 3 of the June 20 show.

A full five-member team represented UHD in Chicago in April during taping of the 2010 "Know Your Heritage: Hispanic College Quiz" produced by Central City Productions. Results of that competition are embargoed until the show airs during Hispanic Heritage Month next fall.

Meanwhile, Fernandez and Uribe were put to the test again during Viva Houston when the author of "Hispanic Firsts: 500 Years of Extraordinary Achievement" joined them on the set. Author Nicolas Kanellos' 372-page reference book was used to formulate questions for Hispanic College Quiz, and Kanellos tested  team members' knowledge again on Viva Houston by asking a few spontaneous questions. Watch the show to see what happened.

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UHD Urban Ed grad recognized as Texas Student Teacher of the Year

Teacher John Wolf
UHD 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.

State Farm reps at College of Business this summer during information series

State Farm will have representatives in the College of Business lobby from 5 to 6:30 p.m. 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.

Interested students may stop by any time between 5 and 6:30 p.m. at any of the sessions. For more information, call 713-221-8980.

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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.

Internet Applications
        Monday, June 28
        1 to 2 p.m. - Photostory

Microsoft Office
       Thursday, June 24
        10 to 11 a.m. - Word: Creating Fliers
        Tuesday, June 29
        1 to 2:30 p.m. - PowerPoint: Using Multimedia

        2 to 3 p.m. - PhotoShop: Photo Retouching
        Wednesday, June 30
        10 to 11:30 a.m. - PhotoShop: Filters, Brushes and Patterns

See all current training available.

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In this issue
Coming up at UHD
Veterans Services Office moves to own space at 244-S
UHD Powerlifters set records, collect 8 first-place honors
Do-It-Yourself Sustainability Workshop set for June 25
IT Training to host June 24 Blackboard NG training
Learn about employee benefits changes at first info session June 24
'Mind Your Own Business' Workshop set for COB June 25
UHD students featured on Viva Houston
UHD grad named Texas Student Teacher of the Year
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