A Publication of UHD Public AffairsAug. 30, 2010
Coming up at UHD.....
Fall Convocation is 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1.
The Sports & Fitness Center
fall fitness classes begin Aug. 30 with opportunities ranging from dance and yoga to
aerobics and martial arts.
Certification Program-Master of Arts in Teaching with Certification (ACT-MAT)
Information Session will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 30, in Rooom C-100, Commerce Street Building.
Beginning Monday, Aug. 30, faculty, staff and students will be
required to use stronger password characteristics when changing their network
Family Strengths Symposium is free for UHD faculty and students Sept. 7-9 in the UHD Coffee House, third
floor Academic Building.
Renew your parking permits. See story below.
Gator Camp weekend busy at UHD
UHD's first Gator Camp drew a crowd for a variety of activities that included a bungee-trampoline jump, rock climbing, mechanical bull riding, sumo wrestling, badminton and many opportunities to meet staff members and fellow students. the Department of Arts and Humanities' acclaimed O'Kane Theatre staged "Oleanna" Thursday through Sunday. The play involves a student and professor caught in a compelling drama of power and betrayal. The two-person cast played to packed houses.
Convocation set for 2:30 p.m. Sept. 1
Bill Flores invites faculty and staff to attend
the President's Fall Convocation at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1, in the Academic Building, Cullen Robertson Auditorium.
Cake and coffee will be served following the
Convocation in the
Special Events Center.
Contribute online to the Molly Woods Scholarship Endowment fund
University of Houston-Downtown has established the Molly Woods Scholarship
Endowment to honor Molly Woods, UHD's Vice President of Academic Affairs and
Provost, and is seeking gifts to help build the endowment fund.
has seen tremendous growth in the number of undergraduate and graduate degrees
offered to the community in the last 17 years. Much of this growth can be
attributed to the hard work and dedication of Dr. Woods.
after 17 years of service as Provost, and 30 years of employment within the UH
System, Dr. Woods is stepping down from her position to return to teaching. As the longest serving provost in our state,
Dr. Woods has provided leadership and vision to the academic community of Texas
honor Dr. Woods's years of service at UHD and her contributions to higher education,
the scholarship has been established in her name. This award will serve as a
tribute to a warm and caring individual who has served the UHD community with
passion and commitment. Please join us
in honoring Dr. Woods with a gift towards the Molly Woods Scholarship Endowment. All gifts, no matter the size, will add up to
create an award that contributes to the success of our students - a fitting
tribute to Dr. Woods.
make your gift online at www.uhd.edu/donate,
designating your gift to the Molly Woods Scholarship Endowment.
you have questions or would like more information, please contact Johanna
Wolfe, vice president for Advancement and External Relations, at 713-221-8509
or email her at email@example.com.
UHD adjunct performs in film exhibit
Professor David Rainey is a featured performer in visual artist Amy Patton's
new film exhibit titled, Oil!, currently on display at the Blaffer Art Museum on the University of Houston campus through
information visit http://www.class.uh.edu/blaffer/.
TexFlex benefit plan participants have until Nov. 15 to spend remaining funds
you are a TexFlex participant, you have until Nov. 15, 2010 to spend any
remaining dollars in your TexFlex accounts for Plan Year 2010.
Internal Revenue Service allows you up to 2½ months beyond the end of the plan
year to spend the money on eligible expenses.
You must send all reimbursement claims to PayFlex by Dec. 31, 2010. Do not send
them to ERS. Read more about TexFlex.
Stories from previous Skylines
First ACP-MAT information session is Aug. 30 in Commerce Street Building
The Department of Urban Education in the College
of Public Service is sponsoring Alternative
Certification Program-Master of Arts in Teaching with Certification (ACT-MAT)
Information Sessions from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on three Mondays, Aug. 30, Sept. 13 and Sept. 22, in
Room C-100 in the Commerce Street Building.
This program is designed for individuals who would
like to earn a teaching certificate or a master's degree. This program would be
of particular interest to substitute teachers or paraprofessionals who already have
undergraduate degrees. A flyer and directions to the information session are available here.
For more information call 713-221-8194 or visit
the website http://www.uhd.edu/academic/colleges/publicservice/urbaned/acp.htm
'Houston City University' tops list
in Name Change Straw Poll results
UHD will take the results of the spring semester Name Change
Straw Poll and move forward with further developing "Houston City University"
recognizing that the final decision on the name and the name change lies with
the UH System Board of Regents.
As part of the process, Public Affairs will put together a
group of individuals from across the university to work with Stamats to refine
logo, logo type and nameplate treatments for "Houston City University." The process will involve faculty staff and students,
and will build on previous work completed by Stamats. Stamats, based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa,
specializes in higher education marketing and branding.
At the end of the spring semester, UHD conducted a Name Change
Straw Poll that was open to students, alumni, staff and faculty. Participants were asked to choose "City
University" or "Houston City University" and a free-form comment block followed
the two names The non-binding vote totals were 1,702 for "Houston City
University," 401 for "City University," and 404 for neither option for a total
number of respondents of 2,507.
The university has approximately 13,000 students, 1,100
staff and faculty members and 28,000 alumni. The poll was promoted with email, electronic
newsletters, printed newsletters, direct mail, flyers on campus, roundtable
discussions and references on the university's website home page.
As part of the poll, people could indicate pros and cons and
Here is the summary of pros, cons and alternative names that
UHD hosts National Family Strengths Symposium Sept. 7-9 in Coffee House
Family Strengths Symposium is free for UHD faculty and students, so be sure to
register soon at www.uhd.edu/cfs and attend any or all workshops and keynote sessions Sept. 7-9 in the UHD Coffee House, third
floor Academic Building.
have complications such as substance abuse, disabilities, mental illness,
violence, crime, and bullying. The National UHD Symposium on "Family
Strengths and Diversity: Power, Promise, Practice" will address these topics and
many more. Lead by nationally known experts, 50 presentations will provide
hands-on solutions for current and future human service workers, educators,
corrections staff and other helping professionals and for families.
are available for all UHD faculty and students to attend for free; go to www.uhd.edu/cfs to register. For questions contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 713-221-2737.
Soldier-Poet will read at UHD on Oct. 7
Soldier-Poet Brian Turner
will read his poetry from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, in the Cullen
Robertson Auditorium, third floor, Academic
Tuner is regularly
referenced in the New York Times as a veteran/poet spokesperson for his generation.
His debut book of poems, Here,
Bullet, won the 2005 Beatrice Hawley Award, the New York Times
"Editor's Choice" selection, the 2006 Pen Center USA "Best in the
West" award, and the 2007 Poets Prize, among others.
His second poetry book, Phantom
Noise, was released by Alice James in the spring of 2010. Turner
has recently been selected as one of 50 United States Artists Fellows for 2009.
For information contact Jane
Creighton, associate professor of English and Cultural
of Humanities and Social
Sciences, at 713-221-8295 or email@example.com.
Register for 'MyPyramid Tracker' workshop
The Sports and Fitness Center is sponsoring a workshop
called "MyPyramid Tracker" to help people analyze their nutritional and
physical activity from noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 8 in Room 998-South in the One Main
Studies show that people who write down or log what they eat
and their physical activity are more successful at losing weight and
maintaining their weight than people who don't keep such records. "MyPyramid
Tracker" is an online activity log and at the workshop participants will learn
how to create their own MyPyramid account and more about the benefits the
Snacks and appreciation gifts will be provided. For more
information and a link to reserve a spot is available on the attached flyer.
Fall Hispanic Film Series begins Sept. 9
Fall 2010 Hispanic Film Series begins Thursday, Sept. 9, with a screening of "Cronicas:Ecuador"
at 6:30 p.m. in Room 405-A in the Academic Building.
2004 film is directed by Sebastian Cordero and follows a television journalist
as he investigates crimes against children in rural Ecuador. The series is
sponsored by the Department of Arts and Humanities in UHD's College of
Humanities and Social Sciences. For information contact Ana-Maria Medina,
visiting assistant professor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A flyer is available here.
Tijeras: Columdia - Sept. 23
de los Sicarios: Columbia - Oct. 7
El Perro: Argentina - Oct. 14
Spain - Nov. 4
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).
can you sign up to donate blood?
· Visit www.eblooddrive.org
· 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.
the website www.giveblood.org for
information about donating blood. If you have any questions or problems
scheduling an appointment, contact Liza Alonzo at AlonzoL@uhd.edu.
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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
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Renew parking permits online by Sept. 7
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.
register for parking using the on-line option, go to www.uhd.edu
Select (Register & Pay here)
My Online Transactions
The payment options offered are
payroll deduction (three monthly deductions), credit card (AMEX, Visa,
MasterCard, Discover), and eCheck. Customers are encouraged to purchase
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
I (formerly 'Gold') - $190
II (Reserved - Commerce Bldg Only) - $135
Faculty/Staff - $85
Parking - $85
Parking - $50
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 email@example.com or by calling ext. 8127.
here to register now! https://global.dt.uh.edu:8585/eservices/es/login.asp?MySelection=F
more information, contact Vanessa Turner, Manager, Parking and transportation
Services, at 713-221-8947 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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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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