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Aug. 12, 2010
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UHD Alumni Relations is sponsoring a luncheon for UHD Alumni Campus Employees from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today in the Special Events Room.

Information Technology will perform important security updates on several computing servers between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m. Friday, Aug. 13, which means service interruptions.

The Student Life Center will follow semester break hours through Aug. 23.

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

The Planning Committee seeks volunteers to welcome new and returning students back to campus Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 23 and 24.

UHD Alumni Campus Employees luncheon today in Special Events Room

UHD Alumni Relations is sponsoring a luncheon for UHD Alumni Campus Employees from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today in the Special Events Room, Academic Building, third floor.


The buffet line begins at 11:30 a.m. and the program begins at noon including a message from President Bill Flores.


Sarah Crawford, UHD alumni relations director, encourages Alumni Campus Employees to come and discover which co-workers are also UHD grads. Learn how you can share your UHD spirit. Discuss future ACE activities.



Network maintenance Friday morning

Information Technology will perform important security updates on several computing servers between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m. Friday, August 13.

During this time, the following services will be unavailable intermittently:

         Blackboard Vista & NG
Exchange e-mail (Outlook client, Outlook Web Access & Outlook Mobile Access)
Xpressions voice mail system (access to messages via phone or e-mail)
Access to UHD network remotely via VPN
Access to files residing on network share drives H and S
Faculty & Staff e-services (payments, personal data & class roster)
Student e-services (payments, schedules, personal data & grades)
Access to Student Account Info via e-services (usernames and passwords for GatorMail, Network ID & Blackboard Vista)
Fortis document management system
PowerFAIDS financial aid system
Print control system for students
AdAstra (classroom scheduling system)
Espaces (SharePoint)
Video On-Demand and Live Video Streaming
UHD Online Calendar

If you have any questions
or need more information, please contact the Help Desk (X3000, 713-221-8031,

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Fall Blood Drive set for Sept. 21 and 22

The Fall Blood Drive will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 21 and 22, in the third floor Coffee House area (next to Smoothie King).


How can you sign up to donate blood?

Enter your Log-In ID or create an ID if you are a new user
Follow the instructions to schedule an appointment (Enter Sponsor Code 3731)
What do you do if you don't know what time you will have available until the day of the Blood Drive?
Go to the donation center at the Coffee House to sign-up.

Visit the website for information about donating blood. If you have any questions or problems scheduling an appointment, contact Liza Alonzo at 

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Vendors, exhibitors needed for Fall Family Festival Arts and Craft Show

The Fall Family Festival Arts and Craft Show sponsors are seeking exhibitors and vendors for the event which is scheduled for noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, on the UHD Portico,
(the covered area between the North and South Decks. Note the date is incorrect in yesterday's edition).


The rental fee is $20 and vendors/exhibitors also have the use of a 6-foot table and two chairs for the day. Deadline to register is Sept. 3.

Event sponsors are seeking vendors selling candles, jewelry, Tupperware, handmade crafts, home designs, and holiday items.

For registration information contact

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Peak flu season is around the corner, protect yourself and your family

Universal flu shots will be available at the UHD Student Health Services, Room 320N, for $20 starting in September.


The vaccination will be given for the 2010-2011 Flu Season and will be the H1N1 and the Seasonal Flu Vaccine in one shot. Separate vaccine will not be needed nor given.


NO APPOINTMENTS WILL BE REQUIRED. Shots will be given on a walk-in basis. Specific times and dates will be provided at a later date.


Flu vaccines are currently NOT available at this time. We will update everyone when they become available.

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Eastbound San Jacinto Entrance on I-10 Closed through Oct. 20

The Eastbound Entrance Ramp from San Jacinto Street will be closed continuously for construction until 5 a.m. Wednesday, Oct.  20. The detour route is to turn right on Rothwell and follow the curve, turn left on Nance, right on Jensen and left to Interstate-10 eastbound.

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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Renew parking permits online by Sept. 7

Renewal of Faculty/Staff parking permits for FY10-11 will begin Wednesday, August 4, 2010.


All current permit holders, full or part-time, are eligible to renew their permit online. Those choosing to use the on-line option will be asked to verify mailing address information via PeopleSoft Advantage Self Service (PASS). Permits will be mailed, via US postal services within 3-5-business days, to the address specified. 


To avoid deactivation of proximity cards, employees must purchase their permit by Tuesday, Sept. 7.


To register for parking using the on-line option, go to

  Select   (Register & Pay here)

  Select Faculty/staff eServices

  Go to My Online Transactions

  Select My Payment

  Select Parking


The payment options offered are payroll deduction (three monthly deductions), credit card (AMEX, Visa, MasterCard, Discover), and eCheck.  Customers are encouraged to purchase permits online, as only cash and check transactions can be accepted in the Parking and Transportation Service office.


An added benefit of the monthly payroll deduction plan is that when full-time faculty or staff members purchase their permit in this manner, the deductions are made on a pre-tax basis. For monthly employees, deductions will be taken equally for three months starting on October 1st, which is actually the September paycheck.  Employees paid on a bi-weekly basis will see the deduction on the first paycheck of each month. Permits ordered online between Aug. 4th and Sept. 10th will have deductions of three installments beginning with the first paycheck in October. After Sept. 10th, payroll deductions will be taken out in two equal installments only.


The breakdown by permit type is shown below.


Permit Type




Tier I (formerly 'Gold') - $190




Tier II (Reserved - Commerce Bldg Only) - $135




Regular Faculty/Staff - $85




Buddy Parking - $85




Disabled Parking - $50





 Adjunct professors and part-time employees will be able to request parking online and pay in full with credit card or eCheck.  Employee classification is obtained through PeopleSoft HR, which is maintained by Employment Services and Operations (ESO).  If an employee has questions about their employee classification, please contact your unit business administrator or ESO.


Disabled parking privileges are for the benefit of the registered permit holder only.  UHD requires that a UHD disabled parking permit be displayed along with a valid state issued disabled parking placard or state license plate whenever a vehicle is parked in a disabled parking space in any faculty/staff or student lot.


Motorcycle permits must be purchased in the Parking and Transportation Services Office. Motorcycle permits allow parking only in designated motorcycle areas and the permit holder is subject to the same parking regulations as motor vehicles.


As always, employees are asked to report lost, stolen, or damaged hang-tags/permits or proximity cards immediately to Parking and Transportation Services. The owner may obtain a replacement permit or proximity card for a fee of $10.00. 


The mission of Parking and Transportation Services is to provide the highest possible level of service and convenience to the campus community - students, faculty and staff.  Please feel free to contact Parking and Transportation Services with any questions or comments by e-mailing us at or by calling ext. 8127.


Click here to register now!  


For more information, contact Vanessa Turner, Manager, Parking and transportation Services, at 713-221-8947 or

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Course addresses social justice and policy implications of health disparities

UHD this fall will again participate in the inter-university course "Disparities in Health in America: Working Toward Social Justice," which meets from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday starting Aug. 24, featuring prominent guest speakers from a variety of disciplines and organized by the Center for Research on Minority Health (CRMH) at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. 


The course is also open to undergraduate and graduate students in other member institutions of the Health Disparities Education, Awareness, Research and Training (HDEART) Consortium including University of Houston, Texas Southern University, Rice University, University of Texas Nursing, and UT Public Health.


Students at UHD are eligible for three hours of credit through SOS 3399 (CRN 11388, "Health Disparities in America" - taught by A. Henry Eliassen, assistant professor of sociology). Departmental approval is no longer a requirement for registration. Grades will be based on regular attendance, two essay exams, and a term paper. 

The class will meet at Rice University (meeting location on the Rice campus to be determined - refer to campus map at See the attached flyer, syllabus, and preliminary schedule for more details.

Contact Eliassen via e-mail at for more information.

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Stories from previous Skylines
College of Business Atrium closes for Hashimoto art installation until Aug. 16

The atrium in the Shea Street Building will be closed 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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Student Life Center observes semester break hours through Aug. 23

The Student Life Center will follow semester break hours through 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

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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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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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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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. 



1-2pm -Blackboard Vista: Managing Course Content



10-11:30am - TaskStream e-Portfolio



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
Alumni Campus Employees luncheon Thursday
Network maintenance early Friday morning
Fall blood drive Sept. 21 and 22
Vendors, exhibitors sought for Fall Family Festival Oct. 23
Flu shots available in September
Eastbound San Jacinto entrance to I-10 closed
Renew parking permits by Sept. 7
Inter-university course on health disparities
College of Business atrium closes for art installation
Student Life Center changes hours
Foundation seeks nominees to attend summit
First floor access changes in One Main Building
Physical Education class available for credit
Volunteer for Welcome Week
Registration is under way for spring semester
Welcome Week planning under way
IT training sessions available in the TTLC
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