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UHD Garden volunteers will hold information meetings at 11 a.m. today and at 2 p.m. Thursday in Room N- 420, One Main Building.

Fall Convocation
is 2:30 p.m. today in the Cullen Robertson Auditorium.

The O'Kane Gallery begins the fall season with Houston artist Melanie Crader's solo exhibition, The Eula Project, and an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2.

Sign up now for fall fitness classes. Opportunities range from dance and yoga to aerobics and martial arts.

The National 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.
Convocation set for 2:30 p.m. today

President Bill Flores invites faculty and staff to attend the President's Fall Convocation at 2:30 p.m. today in the Academic Building, Cullen Robertson Auditorium.

The convocation will be streamed live via the Internet to members of the UHD internal community who cannot attend the event and who log in at UHD Fall Convocation.


Cake and coffee will be served following the Convocation in the

Special Events Center.

Jesus Sanchez, left, Coach John Hudson and Linda Okoro
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Two UHD Powerlifters set world records at WABDL tournament in Kingwood

Two members of UHD Powerlifting, Jesus Sanchez and Linda Okoro, competed Aug. 28 at the World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters (WABDL) Southwest Bench Press and Deadlift Championships in Kingwood and set new World Records.


Sanchez, who usually lifts in the 114 weight class, went up to 123 to take a shot at the Teen 18-19 World Bench Press Record of 253.5 set by Anthony Ramos of Georgia in 2005.  After getting his opening attempt of 225.7, Sanchez easily broke the record and won first place with a perfect 254.6 on his second attempt. Sanchez, who was recovering from a cold, missed two subsequent attempts of 264.5.


Okoro was aiming to break her own World Record of 458.3 in the Junior and Open Divisions in the 165 weight class which she set on July 31 in Dallas. Weighing in at only 151, Okoro made successful attempts of 363.7 and 424.2 before easily breaking her own record with 459.4. She pushed the record up further with an incredible 468.2 on her fourth attempt. Okoro won first place for the Junior and Open Divisions at 165, and also won Best Lifter for Women's Deadlift.


UHD Powerlifting will compete next at the WABDL World Championships in Las Vegas, Nev. in November.

UHD Garden volunteers plan information meetings for today and Thursday

UHD Garden volunteers will hold information meetings at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1, and at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, in Room N-420, One Main Building, for people interesting in helping with the garden.


The UHD Garden uses sustainable practices to grow fruits and vegetables to donate to Target Hunger, a nonprofit organization that helps feed the hungry in the inner city. This year the garden produced 100 pounds of produce, and volunteers have a goal to produce 150 pounds or more next year. No gardening experience is necessary to participate. A flyer is available here.

Auditions for fall productions will be Sept. 7 and 8 in the O'Kane Theatre

Auditions for this fall's production of The Laramie Project, based on the real-life kidnapping and murder of university student Matthew Shepherd, plus 15 student-directed One-Act plays will be from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. and from 6 - 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept 7 and 8, in the O'Kane Theatre, Room N-364, One Main Building.


All UHD students, faculty and staff are welcome to audition. The auditions are cold readings; no preparation is necessary. For information, please call Thomas Lyttle, professor of Arts and Humanities, at 713-221-8118.

A Purse, left, and a Compact from 'The Eula Project' Exhibit
Opening reception for O'Kane's exhibit by artist Melanie Crader is Thursday

The O'Kane Gallery begins the fall season with Houston artist Melanie Crader's solo exhibition, The Eula Project, and an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2.


The exhibit will be on display Sept. 2 through Oct. 7. Crader's installation physically transforms the gallery into a facsimile of a domestic residence that begins the intersection of the present and a life lived decades ago. Upon the discovery of a box containing mundane objects found over 20 years after her grandmother's death, Crader began exploring the similarities between their two lives. Utilizing the contents of the box as source material, The Eula Project explores the formation of an identity as it relates to space, aesthetics, gender, social class and memory.


A native of southern Louisiana, Crader's exhibit history includes Gallery Sonja Roesch in Houston, Women and their Work in Austin, and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY.  Her work has addressed the complex issues of identity and the feminine as it is packaged through predominantly consumer channels. Her clean, crisp, at times minimalist stylistic leanings bring focus to specific detail divorcing it from its original context. The Eula Project provides an examination of one identity revealed through such details.


Since 1970, the O'Kane Gallery has provided cultural arts for the diverse university and downtown communities. The gallery is located on the third floor of the One Main Building. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Guests may park in Visitor Parking, Travis and Girard, or take Metro's Light Rail to its final north-bound stop at the UHD front door. Normal summer gallery hours are Monday - Saturday, 10 - 5 pm, closed university holidays.

Melanie Crader is a recipient of an Individual Artist Grant Award. This grant is funded by the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.

Sports and Fitness announces CPR/AED/First Aid Certification class schedule

UHD Sports and Fitness announces the American Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid Fall 2010 Certification Class schedule.


Individuals who take the training for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) use are more likely to use the training on someone they know versus a complete stranger. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn what to do in case of an emergency situation.


CPR/AED Certification        

Sept. 10, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Oct. 14-15, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Nov. 11-12, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.


First Aid Certification

Oct. 29, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Dec. 3, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.                                           


The class fee is $5 for UHD students, faculty and staff members and $10 for others. The sessions are limited to the first 15 people who prepay for the class. The certification is valid for one year.


To reserve a spot for this training, stop by the Student Life Center. For more information call 713-221-8225. A flyer is available here.


Opportunities available to collaborate on community service grant for students

UHD will submit a grant for the Segal AmericCorps Education Award for one to 10 openings in the Americorps' Students in Service (SIS) program through the Texas Campus Compact.


Each award is for $1,132 and each student selected will complete 300 hours of service. Students must be juniors or seniors. The Texas Campus Compact is looking for SIS Campus Partners who can have the greatest impact in their community on "Closing the Gaps"/College Access. The compact has received a sub-grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service. As a selected program provider, the compact will receive 80 300-hour part-time AmeriCorps slots.

For more information or to collaborate on this funding opportunity, contact Jean DeWitt, UHD director of Community Engagement.

Stories from previous Skylines

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.
Contribute online to the Molly Woods Scholarship Endowment fund

The 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.

UHD 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.  
Now 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 and UHD.

To 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.
Please make your gift online at, designating your gift to the Molly Woods Scholarship Endowment.

If 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
UHD adjunct performs in film exhibit

UHD Adjunct 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 Nov. 13.

For more information visit
TexFlex benefit plan participants have until Nov. 15 to spend remaining funds

If you are a TexFlex participant, you have until Nov. 15, 2010 to spend any remaining dollars in your TexFlex accounts for Plan Year 2010.

The Internal Revenue Service allows you up to 2 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.
ACP-MAT information sessions set for Sept. 13, 22 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 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
'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 suggest alternatives.

Here is the summary of pros, cons and alternative names that were suggested.
UHD hosts National Family Strengths Symposium Sept. 7-9 in Coffee House

The National Family Strengths Symposium is free for UHD faculty and students, so be sure to register soon at and attend any or all workshops and keynote sessions Sept. 7-9 in the UHD Coffee House, third floor Academic Building.
Families often 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.  
Scholarships are available for all UHD faculty and students to attend for free; go to to register. For questions contact 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 Building.

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 Enrichment Center director, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, at 713-221-8295 or

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 Building.

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 service offers.

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

The 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.


The 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 A flyer is available here.


Other films are:

Rosario Tijeras: Columdia - Sept. 23

Virgen de los Sicarios: Columbia - Oct. 7

Bombon: El Perro: Argentina - Oct. 14

Intacto: 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).


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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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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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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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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In this issue
Coming up at UHD
Fall Convocation today
Powerlifters set world records
Garden volunteers hold information session today
Fall theater production auditions Sept. 7 and 8
O'Kane Gallery exhibit opens Thursday
CPR/AED/First Aid training schedule
Community service grants available
Gator Camp weekend
Contribute online to Molly Woods Scholarship Endowment
Adjunct performs in film exhibit
You have until Nov. 15 to spend TexFlex funds
ACP-MAT information session Aug. 30
Straw Poll results favor 'Houston City University'
National Family Strengths Symposium Sept. 7-9
Soldier Poet will read Oct. 7
Register for 'MyPyramid Tracker' workshop
Hispanic Film Series begins Sept. 9
Fall blood drive Sept. 21 and 22
Flu shots available in September
Renew parking permits by Sept. 7
Eastbound San Jacinto entrance to I-10 closed
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