Coming up at UHD.....
Deadline for FY10-11 Faculty/Staff parking permit renewal is Tuesday, Sept. 7. See story below.
Family Strengths Symposium is free for UHD faculty and students Sept. 7-9 in the UHD Coffee House, third
floor Academic Building.
Auditions for fall theater productions will be Sept. 7 and 8 in the O'Kane Theatre. See story below.
Sports and Fitness workshop from noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 8 in Room 726-A in the Academic Building
called MyPyramid Tracker helps people analyze their nutritional and
BSW Program will sell art and note cards made
by children of UHD students, staff, and faculty to raise funds Sept.
7 - 9.
Due to the Labor Day Holiday there will not be a Skyline News on Monday, Sept. 6.
Temporary parking arrangements at 800 N. San Jacinto end at 5 p.m. Sept. 10
As of 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, UHD faculty, staff and
students will not have access to the parking lot at 800 N. San Jacinto. UHD temporarily leased the lot at the
beginning of fall semester in anticipation of parking shortages that have not
UHD Police Chief Richard Boyle says that construction is not
moving as fast as expected on Metro's north line expansion, construction on
UHD's Visitors Parking Lot has been delayed and UHD's fall enrollment grew less
"We have monitored the occupancy of the lot and have decided
to close it in order to save money in this time of budget constraints. We will place notices on all vehicles parked
in the lot next week to help inform drivers of the change."
UHD President Bill Flores speaks during fall convocation. Convocation includes first university-wide look at UHD's BHAG
UHD President Bill Flores addressed the UHD community Sept. 2 and included the first university-wide look at the Big Hairy Audacious Goal that the university community has compiled.The goal: UHD will be a premier city university engaging students in high-impact educational experiences.
Flores said that high-impact experiences such as undergraduate research, internships, community service, capstone programs, service learning and a vibrant freshman experience will create experiences students will value and remember.
"These high-impact experiences are dynamic and engage students in their own learning," he said. "They are high quality, high touch, high impact and high achievement experiences that will shape student success."
Benefits, he predicted, will include higher grade-point averages, improved retention rates, improved graduation rates, and more successful students whose stories will help build UHD's image and brand.Back to Top
Writing Proficiency Examination is no longer a General Education requirement
R. Dressman, interim vice president for Academic Affairs and Provost, has suspended
General Education Program's Writing Proficiency Examination as a requirement,
"After consulting with the academic
administrative and faculty leadership, as well as the faculty members most
involved in the teaching and assessment of writing, I have determined that the
WPE does not add to the credibility of our graduates' credentials," Dressman
said. "The intentions of the WPE and original design of the exam and the
follow-up process were noble, but the implementation has not resulted in a fair
and constructive contribution to the educational program for our students."
provision in the General Education Program that requires that students pass two
upper-level writing-intensive courses designated by their major program remains
in effect. Dressman said he will work with the departments and the
colleges to strengthen that requirement and explore other ways to develop and
enrich UHD students' language abilities and writing performance.
who have already paid a fee for an administration of the WPE for later this
semester will receive a refund through Testing Services.
am certain that there will be unforeseen consequences of this action in any
number of students' degree programs, and I ask that advisors, department
chairs, and deans exercise creativity and student-centered responsiveness in
dealing with those cases," he said.
UHD hosts National Family Strengths Symposium Tuesday and Wednesday
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 Tuesday and Wednesday,Sept. 7-9, in the Cullen Robertson Auditorium, 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.
UHD employees can buy discounted Texas Renaissance Festival tickets
UHD employees can purchase tickets to the Texas Renaissance Festival at the 'Group Ticket" discounted rate of $15 for adults and $6 for children ages 5
The festival will be from 9 a.m. to dusk Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 9 - Nov. 28, and the Friday after
the 'Group Ticket' rate, you must use the discount code UHS-1488 and
must purchase tickets in advance via credit card by phone or fax. The ticket handling fee of $1 per ticket will be waived. To place an
order by phone, call 1-800-458-3435. To place an order by fax, use the attached form and fax to
1-936-894-2391. Orders are accepted 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Visit www.texrenfest.com for festival information.
If you have any questions, please contact Bobbie Horack,
Work/Life Coordinator, at 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 A-726 in the Academic 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. To register, click here.
Deadline for parking permit renewal is Sept. 7
Deadline for renewal
of Faculty/Staff parking permits for FY10-11 is Tuesday, Sept. 7.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
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Auditions for fall productions will be Sept. 7 and 8 in the O'Kane Theatre
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.
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.
Free practice tests available at UHD
The Scholars Academy office has made
arrangements with Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions to have free practice tests for
the GRE, LSAT, NCLEX, MCAT, DAT, OAT, PCAT* available on-campus Friday, Sept.
Students need to register online with
Kaplan for the free practice tests. Kaplan will also provide a detailed score
analysis and strategies to help students prepare for test day. The MCAT, GRE,
and LSAT tests begin at 10 a.m. while the NCLEX, DAT/OAT, and PCAT tests begin at 10:30 a.m.
To sign up call 1-800-KAP-TEST or visit
www.kaptest.com/practice. A flyer is available here.
*Test names are registered trademarks of their
Employees, retirees are eligible for new discount purchase program
UHD employees can now safe with the new State of Texas
Discount Purchase Program at www.discountprogramERS.com.
UHD employees, retirees and their families are eligible for
discounts on a variety of products and services from cars to theme parks to
sporting events. The
Discount Purchase Program is provided at no cost.
Just go to the website, click on the category or company that appeals to you,
and start saving. Discounts will change and new products and services will be
added, so check back often. Contact the customer service line at 1-800-683-2886
if you have questions.
UHD's MS-150 Cycling Team hosts information meeting Sept. 9
UHD's MS-150 Cycling Team is hosting an information meeting from 2:30 to 3:30
p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, in the Library Special Events Room N-420, to discuss
the annual fundraising ride from Houston to Austin.
meeting is open to students, faculty and staff. This year's BP MS150 ride is
scheduled for April 16-17 and participants raise money for multiple sclerosis
research. More information about the ride is available here.
more information about the UHD MS-150 Cycling Team, contact Jose Cantu at
Bachelor of Social Work Program sponsors Kidsart Project to raise funds
Bachelor of Social Work Program will sell art and note cards made
by children of UHD students, staff, and faculty to raise funds during the
Center for Strengthening Families Symposium, Sept.
7 - 9.
the Kidsart Project, the items will be displayed near the Special Events rooms
Coffeehouse on the third floor, Academic Building. Staff will be available
to assist with purchases
which can be made with cash or check and which must be finalized by 10 a.m.
Thursday. The BSW fundraiser is to support BSW student
scholarships and BSW program and student activities and projects.
O'Kane Gallery Director and Associate Professor Mark Cervenka, left, talkes with exhibit artist Melanie Crader and her husband, Mick Johnson, who also is an artist and a UHD adjunct art instructor.
O'Kane Gallery's Melanie Crader exhibit will be on display through Oct. 7
The O'Kane Gallery begins the fall season with
Houston artist Melanie Crader's solo exhibition, The Eula Project, which will be on display through Oct. 7.
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
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.
IT Training for Faculty/Staff/Alumni
Register for IT training
opportunities at the links below. To schedule
a one-on-one appointment or other
assistance, please call 713-221-8200.
Wednesday, September 8th
Vista: Using Photoshop to Enhance Your Course
Thursday, September 9th
Lab: Shea Building
Tuesday, September 14th
Vista: Managing Course Content
Thursday, September 16th
Friday, September 17th
Wednesday, September 15th
Thursday, September 9th
Lab: Shea Building
See all current
IT training available
Stories from previous Skylines
Sports and Fitness announces CPR/AED/First Aid Certification class schedule
Sports and Fitness announces the American Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid Fall 2010
Certification Class schedule.
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
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.
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.
Jesus Sanchez, left, Coach John Hudson and Linda OkoroTwo UHD Powerlifters set world records at WABDL tournament in Kingwood
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.
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.
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.
Powerlifting will compete next at the WABDL World Championships in Las Vegas,
Nev. in November.
Opportunities available to collaborate on community service grant for students
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
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.
more information or to collaborate on this funding opportunity, contact Jean
DeWitt, UHD director of Community Engagement.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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
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