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Aug. 3, 2010
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Staff Council and the College of Public Service are raising money for school uniforms and supplies for children at the House of Tiny Treasures. The deadline is today.

The Student Life Center will begin semester break hours starting this Friday, Aug. 6

The College of Business Atrium in the Shea Street Building will be closed Thursday, Aug. 5, through Monday, Aug. 16.

Public access to certain portions of the One Main Building's first floor will be permanently restricted effective Thursday, Aug. 5.

Student Life Center begins semester break hours Friday, Aug. 6

The Student Life Center will begin semester break hours starting this Friday, Aug. 6, and resume regular hours Monday, Aug. 23.


The center will be open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays from Aug. 6 to Aug. 22. The center will be closed Saturdays and Sundays. The center also will be closed Friday, Aug. 20, for staff training.


For information, call the center at 713-221-8225 or email

UHD Powerlifting Club Team Wins WABDL Southern Regional Title

UHD Powerlifting Club Team

On July 31, UHD Powerlifting Club Team won the team championship at the WABDL Southern Regional Bench Press and Deadlift Championships in Dallas. The team scored 246 out of a possible 260 points, with ten members of the team competing.

To read full story, click here.

Linda Okoro lifting on her way to setting world record.
Okoro lift

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IT offers Aug. 11 Lunch & Learn for training on Blackboard New Generation

ACE flier

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. Wednesday, Aug. 11, training in the TTLC training lab, Room A-723.

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Deadline for Staff Council, College of Public Service drive benefiting House of Tiny Treasures is today

Staff Council joins the College of Public Service in its yearly school uniform and supply drive for the siblings of the children at the House of Tiny Treasures, an early childhood development center for homeless children and families. The deadline for donations is today.


The House of Tiny Treasures is sponsored by SEARCH, a community-based program that pursues a mission of providing hope, creating opportunities and transforming lives of homeless men, women and children.

Donations will help purchase school uniforms, school supplies, coats, shoes and other needed items.


Checks should be made out to UHD with House of Tiny Treasures in the memo section. Checks can be sent or delivered to Staff Council President John Lane in the TTLC. Donations are tax deductible. Contact Paulette Purdy at 713-221-2746 for more information.

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College of Business Atrium closes for Hashimoto art installation Aug. 5-16

The atrium in the Shea Street Building will be closed Thursday, Aug. 5, through Monday, Aug. 16, during the installation of a piece of artwork by Jacob Hashimoto.


The atrium entry doors and atrium stairs for all floors will also be closed. All other building entrances will be open.


The Hashimoto art is a stunning addition to the building and the UHD's public art collection, said Susan Baker, associate professor of art history.


The artwork titled, Cloud Deck, will hang from the ceiling of the atrium and will be comprised of about 5,000 translucent kite forms suspended by 240 aircraft cables The whole piece will measure approximately 3 feet deep and 25 feet wide.


Hashimoto just completed a similar sculpture for the opening of the new wing of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome. Hashimoto was born 1973 in Colorado and now lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and Verona, Italy.


He received his BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has exhibited his work and is in art collections all over the world. Hashimoto carved his niche in the contemporary art world by making complex forms made up of bamboo and paper kites. Some of his most compelling works are large-scale, atmospheric hanging sculptures made from thousands of round or oval kites clustered together and suspended from string.


You can see more of Hashimoto's work online at: and

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Foundation seeks nominees for communities of service summit

The One Star Foundation is seeking nominees to attend the Texas Communities of Service Summit Sept. 21-22 in Austin


For a limited time, some travel scholarships are available to support attendance of the delegates. 


For information, contact Jean DeWitt, UHD director of community engagement, at

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Access changes to the first floor of One Main Building will be effective Aug. 5

Public access to certain portions of the One Main Building's first floor, home to
Facilities Management, Shipping/Receiving, and UHD Police offices, will be permanently restricted effective Thursday, Aug. 5.

The center route from the east side by the Main Street elevators to the west side  by the Faculty / Staff and Visitors' Garages will no longer be open for public use. This change is being implemented as a safety / risk management item due to the nature of the work routinely performed by Facilities staff in this area.


Elevator service to the One Main Building's first floor will remain unchanged, allowing access to the Facilities Management office, Shipping / Receiving, Police, and the North Dock Lobby.


Questions should be addressed to:

Chris McCall

Assistant V.P. - Facilities

Facilities Management Department

University  of  Houston - Downtown


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Regular fall registration is under way; information available for fall semester

Regular registration for fall 2010 is under way, and students can take advantage of UHD's online class schedule availability and online registration process to add their fall classes today.


Saturday registration will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 21 at which time payment for tuition and fees must be made in order to preserve the selected courses. Various university offices will be open during Saturday registration to assist students. Fall classes begin on Monday, Aug.23. To register for classes, go to Student e-Services at and select My Registration & Schedule.


The fall 2010 and the spring 2011 class schedules are available online through Student e-Services at via UOnline. The first day of Priority Web Registration for spring 2011 is Monday, Nov. 1, for declared majors. The spring 2011 Web Registration for all other students begins Monday, Nov.8.


Please see the Academic Calendar for more fall 2010 and spring 2011 important dates.

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Stories from previous Skylines
Physical Education class PH2101 now available for academic credit

UHD students now can take a physical education class for academic credit, PHED 2101 Health and Fitness for Life.


Health and Fitness for Life focuses on ways that personal health decisions and behaviors affect body systems and health, and strategies for reducing health risks and enhancing wellness throughout an individual's life.


This hybrid course consists of 49 percent work completed online and 51 percent in the classroom. Online activities will be spent on discussion boards for assigned readings. Classroom activities focus on being physically active in one of the following classes offered in the Student Life Center: Yoga, Pilates, Aerobics, Kickboxing and Zumba. These classes are offered at a variety of times and can be viewed at

Students will also keep an activity log and nutrition journal. This course examines nutrition, diet and weight control, and fitness concepts of cardiovascular respiratory endurance, muscular endurance and flexibility. For more information, view the flier here.


To register for fall 2010, visit

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Volunteer and help welcome students back to campus Aug. 23 and 24

The Planning Committee is seeking volunteers to welcome new and returning students back to campus Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 23 and 24, for the Fall 2010 semester.

Sign up at and remember the popular locations will fill up quickly. Training will be provided.

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UHD hosted a meeting of the Houston Area Consortium of Career Centers. On hand, from left, were Shelley Richard, HACC president and assistant director of Career Services & Testing at University of St. Thomas; Tracie Mazzu, UHD career development counselor and HACC treasurer; keynote speaker Houston Brown who recently retired as manager of graduate recruitment and university relations for Shell Oil Company; Steve Markert, UHD director of Career Services; featured speaker Karen Andrews, director of Career Services at Kennesaw State University and author of  the book, "The Complete Graduate;" Jennifer Waggoner, UHD coordinator of Career Services, and Ken Bailey, director of Career Services at Texas A&M Galveston.
Career Services Haacu

Career Services offer resources, events throughout the school year

Career Services has been busy this summer and more activities are planned for the fall, so encourage students to register with jobs4gators to stay on top of all the events to come.


This summer Career Services hosted a 3-day event with State Farm, conducted interviews with companies such as Calpine and BMC Software, co-hosted the HACCC Drive-In @UHD (involving 12 other universities), conducted resume and interview workshops almost daily and more. 


Career Services would like to visit with your students, student workers, classes and organizations/groups to let them know Career Services staff members can be valuable resources for them. Call our office at 713-221-8980 today to set up an appointment. 


Jobs4gators has over 150 internships and employment opportunities. Examples of companies hiring are:  AXA Advisors, Ergos Technology, Houston Police Credit Union, Literacy Advance, Merrill Lynch, The Payne Firm, The Waterman Group, USDA, Harris County, Baylor College of Medicine, Landmark Aviation, Weatherford, Fiesta Corporation and the Texas Department of Banking.

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Powerlifter defends title in Louisiana, club team competes in Dallas July 31

Antonio Morena
UHD Powerlifting Club Team member Antonio Moreno su
ccessfully defended his Louisiana State Title Saturday, July 17, at the 2010 World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters (WABDL) Louisiana State Bench Press and Deadlift Championships in Zachary, La.

Moreno placed first in the Junior Division of the 132 lb. weight class in the deadlift event with a lift of 406.2.  He attempted a new WABDL National Collegiate record of 446.2 on his third attempt and got the weight to within inches of lockout before he failed.  Moreno weighed in at only 127 lbs. for the meet, and is doing well over triple bodyweight deadlifts, an impressive feat in powerlifting.  He's an excellent representative of UHD, impressing the fans and other lifters with his lifting and his excellent sportsmanship, said UHD Powerlifting Head Coach John Hudson.


Hudson, a UHD assistant professor of English, was the head official for the meet.  Hudson serves as Texas State Chairman for the WABDL, as well as National Collegiate Chairman and National High School Chairman.


Ten members of UHD Powerlifting will be in action on Saturday, July 31, in Dallas at the 2010 WABDL Southern Regional Championships.

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UHD Northwest held an open house Tuesday and prospective students stopped by throughout the evening.
Northwest openhouse

UHD Northwest enrollments climbing

UHD advisors, financial aid specialists and admissions specialists saw more than 50 prospective students Tuesday at UHD Northwest's open house event.  Louis Evans, interim executive director of Distance Education, said the evening allowed students from Lone Star College - University Park and prospective students who are considering returning to school to learn more about UHD and its programs.

Fall enrollment at UHD Northwest is building, and admissions and registration remain open. For more information contact Louis Evans at UHD Northwest, 713-237-5408 or

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West Bound San Jacinto Exit on I-10 Closed through Oct. 20
The San Jacinto exit ramp from  I-10 westbound will be closed continuously for construction until 5 a.m. Oct. 20. The detour route is to take U.S. 59 south to the Jackson Street exit and go west on Commerce Street to San Jacinto. Note this is a change from earlier editions. Franklin Street is one-way eastbound in that area.

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Graduate Record Exam preparation DVDs available at library, Urban Ed.

Graduate Record Exam (General) preparation DVDs are available in the W. I. DykesLibrary in the One Main building and Urban Education office in C-440, Commerce Street Building.

This DVD set is appropriate for anyone interested in becoming familiar with this test and gaining a quick overview of strategies that might be helpful in passing the three sections of the GRE - verbal reasoning, analytical writing, and quantitative. This DVD set includes the material from a workshop conducted in December 2009 and was designed to assist individuals who plan to apply for admission to graduate programs.

Students interested in checking out the GRE DVDs may do so at the library's 5th floor check-out desk. Students can borrow the materials for up to 4 hours. Non-students and students may also check out the DVDs for in-house viewing between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Urban Education office.

Contact Anjoo Sikka, Urban Education professor, at for more information. To learn more about the GRE, please visit

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Giveaways help advertise your department during Welcome Week

UHD Welcome Week will be Aug. 23 and 24 and planners invite departments to provide giveaways to advertise during the festivities.

Contact Debora Evans at 713-223-7990 or email for more information. 

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IT training for faculty/staff/alumni

Register for training by clicking on the selected session(s)below.  To schedule a one-on-one appointment or other assistance, please call 713-221-8200. 


Thursday, Aug. 12

1-2pm -Blackboard Vista: Managing Course Content


Desktop Publishing

Thursday, Aug. 5

1-2:30pm -Adobe Acrobat Professional: Creating Forms:



Thursday, Aug. 12
10-11:30am - TaskStream e-Portfolio



Wednesday, Aug. 4
10-11:30am -Excel: Basics

Friday, Aug. 6
10-11:30am -Excel: Formulas

Friday, Aug. 13
10-11:30am -Excel: Pivot Tables



See all current IT training available

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In this issue
Coming up at UHD
Student Life Center changes hours
Powerlifting Club Team wins title
IT offers Lunch & Learn for Blackboard New Generation
Deadline today for back-to-school drive
College of Business atrium closes for art installation
Foundation seeks nominees to attend summit
First floor access changes in One Main Building
Registration is under way for spring semester
Physical Education class available for credit
Volunteer for Welcome Week
UHD hosts area career center meeting
Powerlifter defends title in Louisiana
UHD Northwest Open House attracts more than 50 prospective students
I-10 exit closed through Oct. 22
GRE Preparation DVDs available
Welcome Week planning under way
IT training sessions available in the TTLC
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