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July 2, 2010
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Visitation today for Rita Thomason's mother who passed away.

Employee benefits are changing. See story below.

Powerlifters receive Top Twenty rankings.

Career Services lists job and internship information, opportunities.
Rita Thomason's mother passed away; visitation is today, funeral is Saturday

The mother of our colleague and dear friend, Rita Thomason, passed away this morning at the Houston Hospice. Tommy Thomason provided these details about funeral arrangements:
Mrs. Bessie Meitzner Bean
Forest Park Lawndale Funeral Home, 6900 Lawndale, Houston, TX 77023
Visitation:    5 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 2,
Graveside Funeral Only:   1 p.m. Saturday, July 3,
(Attendants will direct you where to park.)
 Link to map.

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Community Involvement Center hosts blood drives next week

The Community Involvement Center will host a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 6, in the coffee house benefiting the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center.

The drive will continue from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 7, in the same location benefiting MD Anderson Cancer Blood Center. Contact CIC at for more information.

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Community Involvement Center collects school supplies for children's center

The Community Involvement Center is conducting a School Supply Drive benefiting DePelchin Children's Center today through July 23.

Drop off in Room 204-South or email the Center for pick-up at Please see the attached flier for more information.

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Summer enrollment for employee benefits is July 5 through July 30

Summer Enrollment this year begins Monday, July 5, and continues through Friday, July 30. During this period, you will be able to log into the Employees Retirement System (ERS) website at to make changes to your current enrollment. For assistance with user name and login password, please call ERS toll free at 877-275-4377. 
The Benefits Office will be happy to assist you with your changes. Please stop by to complete a Summer Enrollment form. Deadline to submit Summer Enrollment forms to the Benefits Office for processing is 5 p.m., Thursday, July 29.
Below are the changes ERS has made to group health benefits that will affect you and your family for academic year 2011, Sept. 1, 2010 to Aug. 31, 2011:
                                     CURRENT BENEFITS           BENEFITS ON SEPT. 1 
PCP Office Visit Co-pay                           $20                                                 $25
Specialist Office Visit Co-pay                    $30                                                 $40
In-Patient Hospitalization      $100 + 20% coinsurance     $150 + 20% coins.
Out-Patient Co-pay                $100 + 20% coinsurance                 No Change
In-Network Coinsurance Maximum   $1,000                                           $2,000
Out-of-Network Coins. Maximum        $3,000                                           $7,000
Out-of-Area Coinsurance Maximum  $1,000                                           $3,000
Radiology tests (CT scan, MRI, Nuclear...)  20% coins.           $100 Co-pay                                                                                                 +  20% coinsurance
Emergency Room Co-pay   $100 + 20% coins.         $150 + 20% coinsurance
Urgent Care Facility               20% coinsurance          $50 Co-pay + 20% coins.
Prescription Drug Co-pay      $10/$25/$40                                   $15/$35/$60
        Chiropractic care coverage will be limited to 30 visits per year, and a maximum charge of $75 per visit
        You will be able to purchase more than 30-day supply of maintenance drugs at some participating retail pharmacies with no retail maintenance fees
For additional information, please contact Van Le at 713-221-8443 or Betty Powell at 713-221-8072. Thank you.

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'Get the Scoop' on changes to employee benefits, new morning sessions added

Pending changes to the Employees Retirement System (ERS) benefits will be explained during a series of "Get the Scoop" information sessions and the next session will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 7, 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. Information sessions are also scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. on:

  • Monday, July 12, White Oak Room
  • Thursday, July 15, White Oak Room
  • Tuesday, July 20, Library Event Room
  • Monday, July 26, Library Event Room
New morning sessions from 10 a.m. to noon have been added to the schedule:
  • Thursday, July 22, Library Event Room
  • Friday, July 23, Library Event Room
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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, 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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UHD's Veterans Services and CAB partner for city event Aug. 7

UHD Veterans Services and the Campus Activities Board have partnered to showcase UHD at the City of Houston's Veterans Affairs, Welcome Home Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, at the Metropolitan Multi-Service Center, 1475 W. Gray.

CAB will provide snow-cones for Veterans and their families and Veterans Services will participate in the Resource Fair. A fllier is attached here with contact information for anyone interested in volunteering. Please pass this along to anyone who may be interested. Michael Records is UHD's manager of Veterans Services.

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Two UHD Powerlifters, coach receive Top Twenty rankings in sport

Two members of UHD's Club Powerlifting Team, Jesus Sanchez and Linda Okoro, received the prestigious "Top Twenty" ranking for 2009 in the June issue of Powerlifting USA magazine. 
UHD Powerlifting Head Coach and Assistant Professor of English John Hudson also received The Top Twenty ranking in his weight category.
Powerlifting USA releases The Top Twenty rankings in its June issue each year for each weight category for the following groups: Teenagers, Women, and Masters (male lifters over the age of 40). The rankings include all lifts in 2009 in the sport of powerlifting from every federation and include drug-tested and non-drug-tested lifts. UHD Powerlifting competes in only drug-tested events.
Sanchez is ranked #4 for bench press in the 114 weight class with his 215 lb. effort performed at the WABDL World Championships in Reno, Nevada last November. Jesus recently benched 253 to tie the Teen 18-19 World Record at 114, a press that would have ranked him #1 on the 2009 list.
Okoro is ranked #16 in the deadlift in the 148 weight class with her 402.2 lb. effort also performed at the WABDL World Championships last year. Linda should move up the rankings this year as she recently pulled an easy 420 deadlift in training.
Coach Hudson was ranked #13 in the bench press for Superheavyweights, a class that includes two weight classes:  308 and 308+. Coach Hudson lifts in the 308 weight class and earned the #13 spot with a 639 bench press performed at the WABDL World Championships last November. In 2008, Coach Hudson was ranked #3 with a 700 bench press, but he dropped about 30 pounds of bodyweight in 2008.

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Landing Theatre's 'Glass Menagerie' continues through July 11 in O'Kane

The Landing Theater Company's production of the Tennessee William's The Glass Menagerie continues in the O'Kane Theatre through July 11.

The Landing Theatre Company is the summer company of the University of Houston-Downtown, dedicated to the celebration of American Plays and Playwriting, past and present. The company will offer a range of plays that highlight the great wealth of American playwriting from its origins to the present day. The Landing will use a blend of student and professional actors to produce classic dramas as well as new plays.

The play is directed by David Rainey. The cast is Amanda Wingfield, Terri Branda Carter, Tom Wingfield, Jon L. Egging, Laura Wingfield, Lauren Ashley Miller, Jim O'Connor and Michael Schultz.

Rainey is artistic director. John J. Johnston is managing director and Thomas Lyttle is drama director.

General admission tickets are $12. Tickets for seniors are $6 and student tickets are $5. Performances are at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays with 3 p.m. Sunday matinees.

For ticket information call 713-487-5634. Additional information is available at

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

UHD's Veterans Services department moved to its own headquarters recently 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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Sustain notebook

Sustainability Do-It-Yourself Workshop

Executive Director of Special Projects Penny Cureton, left, and student Annie Wong assemble notebooks from recycled paper during a Sustainability DIY Workshop. The notebook standing on edge is an example of a handmade notebook. For additional information about summer sustainability events and sustainability in general, visit the sustainability website.

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Career Services offers information on summer job opportunities, internships

Career Services is often an untapped resource for college students.  Students can use Career Services starting their first day of school continuing throughout their college experience, even beyond graduation. 
  • New students - We provide help in choosing a major and narrowing down a career path.  Assessments can be given to determine majors and careers that best fit the students skill set and personality.
  • Current students - Continued career counseling may be given.  Assistance in finding career related internships, part-time or full-time jobs. 
  • Upper classmen - Job search preparation: resume reviews, mock interviews, expanded job search assistance, one-on-one career counseling
  • All students - Services are available to all current students and UHD alumni.  Resume workshops, interview workshops, Career Expos, access to jobs4gators, career assessments & counseling, & participation in employer events.
State Farm is sponsoring an information session regarding careers within State Farm on July 13.   All majors welcome. Drop by anytime between 5 - 6:30 p.m. in Shea Street Building lobby.  Free pizza.  Call 713-221-8980 to RSVP.

Organization Name - Job Title - Job ID

Administaff, Inc. - Accounting Clerk - 1505
ARES Corporation - Engineer - 1333
Associated One Services - Open House Greeters - 1506
CMT Creative Marketing - Web Design& Development - 1500
Colfax Corporation/LSCMaterials - Supervisor - 1495
Daily Court Review - PT Inside Sales Representative - 1489
Eagle Eye Capital - Analyst - 1483
Expeditors International - PT Entry-level: SCM, Warehouse, DataEntry - 1511
Galveston County Health District - Patient Services Specialist - 1234
Heritage Texas Property - Assistant to Real Estate Broker - 745
Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston - Paid PT Communications Intern - 1501
Kelly Scientific Resources - Lab Technician - 1488
KIAH- TV  channel 39 - Multiple Positions - 1428
Lucas Petroleum Group - Landman - 1515
Northwestern Mutual Financial Network - Financial Representative Internship - 1083
Petromax Oil Inc. - Bookeeper - 1504
Royal Cyber - Java/J2EE Developer (Full Time) - 111
State Farm Insurance Companies - State Farm Summer Series - 1492
Swift Energy Company - Internal Auditor - 1514
Travel and Teach Recruiting Inc. - English Teacher(Teaching in South Korea) - 1350
UT Health Science Center at Houston - Engineering Intern - 1510
Univision Radio - Several New Listings

For a complete list of employment opportunities, please visit

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In this issue
Coming up at UHD
Visitation today for Rita Thomason's mother.
Community Involvement hosts blood drives.
Community Involvement to collect school supplies through July 23
Summer enrollment for employee benefits in July
Morning 'Get the Scoop' sessions added to explain benefits changes
State Farm reps to talk careers at COB July 13
Veterans Services, CAB partner for event
Powerlifters make Top Twenty lists
'Glass Menagerie' continues in the O'Kane
Veterans Services Office moves to own space at 244-S
Sustainability workshop information
Career Services posts more job information
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