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Sept. 29, 2010
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Career Services will hold its fall 2010 Career Expo from 1 to 4 p m. today in the Special Events Room, A-300, third floor, Academic Building.

The Student Government Association will hold the first town hall meetings of the semester at 5 p.m. today and at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow, Sept. 30, in the Cullen Robertson Auditorium, third floor, Academic Building. 

Information sessions are Oct. 5 and Oct. 9 for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Study Abroad Program to London and Dublin this spring.
USG Town Hall Meeting set for today at 5 p.m. and tomorrow at 11:30 a.m.

The Student Government Association will hold the first town hall meetings of the semester at 5 p.m. today and at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow, Sept. 30, in the Cullen Robertson Auditorium, third floor, Academic Building. 

All students are welcome to attend. Administrators invited to participate include UHD President Bill Flores, UHD Vice President for Student Services and Enrollment Management Ed Apodaca, UHD Vice President for Finance and Administration David Bradley and UHD Assistant Vice President for Facilities Management Chris McCall. Refreshments will be served after the sessions.

Members of the UHD community will be able to use their log on ID and password to view both sessions live, on the web. The URL and system information will be available later today on the Public Affairs website.

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Career Services hosts fall Career Expo today and expects 60 employers

Career Services will hold its fall 2010 Career Expo from 1 to 4 p m. today in the Special Events Room, A-300, third floor, Academic Building, where more than 60 employers will have information booths to recruit current students, upcoming graduates, and alumni for employment and internship positions. 

All majors are welcome.  Students are encouraged to dress professionally (dark suit preferred) and to bring plenty of resumes.  Workshops are being held at Career Services for resume preparation, interview skills and "How to Work a Career Fair" so that students can get the most out of the event.  Faculty members are invited to visit with the employers - make connections for your classes. 

A list of employers attending and the majors they are recruiting forcan be found on our Facebook page:

Or by logging into the Resource Library on jobs4gators,

For information or to volunteer to help, please contact Career Services at 713-221-8980, or visit room N-340.

Fall 2010 Fact Sheet is now available

A  new report is available on the Office of Institutional Research's website.

The Fall 2010 20th Day Fact Sheet is available here:  It includes information on UHD students broken down by ethnicity, gender, student type, classification, and majors. It also includes information on the breakdown of semester credit hours our students are taking this semester.

New Veterans Services Office opens

The UHD Veterans Services Office has scheduled its official opening from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, with refreshments in Room S-244, One Main Building.

The new office offers veteran students the assistance and support of a full-time staff who can provide them with educational benefits information and guide them through the enrollment process. Staff members can also certify their benefits and serve as their advocate at UHD. The office includes a computer lab.  

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 A flyer is available here.

UHD Powerlifting's first recruiting class includes five top Texas lifters

UHD Powerlifting Head Coach and Assistant English Professor John Hudson welcomed his first official recruiting class to UHD at the start of this semester. 

The emphasis in recruiting for this year was on strengthening the women's lineup, and Coach Hudson said he has achieved that by bringing in four outstanding women. To read more....

ERS conducts audit of dependents' eligibility for State Group Benefits

The Employees Retirement System (ERS) will conduct an audit of dependents' eligibility in the State's Group Benefits Program (GBP).  The dependents who are currently covered under their parents' Medical insurance plan through the State of Texas must meet one of the criteria below to remain in the State's group insurance:

  • Your natural child OR adopted child
  • Your stepchild who may OR may not live with you
  • Your legal guardian child whose primary residence is your household
  • Your foster child whose primary residence is your household AND s/he is not covered by another governmental health program
  • You have assumed all parental responsibilities for the child whose primary residence is your household AND the natural parent is under age 21
  • You have assumed all parental responsibilities for the child whose primary residence is your household AND the natural parent is age 21 or older and DOES NOT reside in your household
  • The child is considered your dependent for federal income purposes AND is a child of your child

Coverage for ineligible dependents increases the overall cost for the State.  Employees who cover ineligible dependents could be permanently expelled from the insurance program, and required to reimburse ERS for claims and premiums.      

Employees may stop by to complete a form to drop ineligible dependents throughout the plan year.  For information, call Van Le at 713-221-8443 or Betty Powell at 713-221-8072.

Stories from previous Skylines
Criminal Justice Speaker Series features Harris County Sheriff Garcia on. Oct. 13

The Criminal Justice Speaker Series will feature Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia who will provide an Overview of Harris County and Crime from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, in Room C-100, first floor, in the Commerce Street Building.

The free event is open to UHD faculty, staff and students. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. for seating. A coffee reception will follow the presentation.

The Speaker Series is sponsored by the Department of Criminal Justice in the College of Public Service.

Information sessions set for Study Abroad Program to London and Dublin

(Note date change: A session was previously scheduled from Oct. 7 and it has been changed to Oct. 5.)

Information sessions for been set for Oct. 5 and Oct. 9 on the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Study Abroad Program to London and Dublin this spring.

The Study Abroad Program includes seven nights in London and four nights in Dublin. The information sessions are 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 5, and 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9. All sessions will be in Room N-420, the Library Special Event Room.

The courses are:

►DRA 4390 Royalty, Rogues and Rebels: English and Irish Theatre in Performance

5:30-6:45 pm, Thursday, Dr. Kate Roark,

►ENG 3309 Creative Writing and the Delight of Travel

5:30-6:45 pm, Monday, Dr. Robin Davidson,

►ENG 3340/HUM 3310 Cultural Criticism: Modernism, the Metropolis and Manifestos

5:30-6:45 pm, Tuesday, Dr. Nicole LaRose,

►POLS 3303 Urban Politics: Cultures of Space, Sport and Media

5:30-6:45 pm, Wednesday, Dr. Anita Chadha,

Scholarships are available. The requirements are successful completion of 30 semester credit hours including 12 completed at UHD, a 2.5 grade point average and satisfactory completion of the course prerequisites.

For information contact Sandra Dahlberg, professor of English and program coordinator, at or phone 713-221-8949. A flyer is available here. Information is also available at the website,

Freshman Convocation Essary Contest Winners
Freshman essays
Winners announced, receive awards in Freshman Convocation Essay Contest

UHD honored 17 students yesterday for writing top essays related to Malcolm Gladwell's book, Outliers, that provided a common reading experience for the University's first Freshman Convocation this fall.

More than 600 students and 60 faculty members read the book and took part in discussion session during the convocation. Gladwell's book examines what factors lead individuals to extraordinary accomplishments and success.

UHD President Bill Flores and Freshman Convocation Coordinator Tammis Thomas  congratulated the students and their families at the event. UHD plans to make Freshman Convocation an annual fall tradition.

Winners are:

John Waller, first place, $500 cash award; Elena K. Walker, second place, $250 book voucher; Sierra Farrell, third prize, $100 book voucher; Luis Navarro and Isaac Valdez, sharing fourth place, $75 book vouchers.

Awards of Excellence, $50 book vouchers, went to Samantha Arredondo, Gerardo Briano, Angelina Cloud-Equam, Saundrya Dwivedi, Dora Frausto, Ryan Gracey, Mozerratt Garza, Teofi Gomez, Allison Laurenzana, Yuri Nasciemento, Jaime Ramos, Givone Roquemore, Diana Saavedra, Ivette Saucedo, Mayra Solarozano, Brianna Smith and Pamela Stewart.

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UHD officer plans to rappel down hotel to raise funds for charity on Oct. 30

UHD Police Lt. Fred Varela is planning to step off the roof of the Intercontinental Hotel-Galleria in October, and he'd appreciate your support.

Varela will rappel down the hotel's 23 floors Oct. 30 to raise funds for Special Olympics. The rappelling event is open to anyone willing to commit to raising $1,000, but a special contingent of Houston area law enforcement officers, including Varela, has agreed to participate.  "Go Over the Edge" is one of several Special Olympics fund-raising events the policing community participates in throughout the year, Varela said.

Varela has a goal of raising $2,000, but "I have a ways to go in raising funds," he said. The effort has special meaning for Varela.

"I've been blessed with a 12-year-old son who is autistic. He is high functioning and interacts with regular kids. I see kids not as fortunate and it is heartbreaking," Varela said. "Special Olympics gives everybody a chance. Everybody can participate and everybody gets something at the end of the day."

Varela said, "Something exciting like this with an adrenaline rush is right up my alley. I haven't done any rappelling since I got out of the military (U.S.Coast Guard) where we rappelled from a helicopter onto the deck of a ship."

He encourages people to support the effort and to come out and watch the event. "We have to learn to help one another. If you lend a hand to help people, somewhere down the line, somebody will help you," Varela said. "I have a lot of faith. You have to in this kind of job (law enforcement)."

To support Varela's effort, visit the website,

Religion and the First Amendment are topics of Oct. 12 public discussion

The Center for Public Deliberation is sponsoring a the public discussion, "Religion and the Public Sphere," from, 8 to 9:45 a.m. Oct. 12 in room N-420, the Library Special Events Room, One Main Building.

The discussion will focus on religion and the First Amendement of the U.S. Constitution.

Students will address a set of questions about how religion fits and does not fit in public spaces like universities, government, courts, and the media. The discussion will focus on the document, "God and the Commons," produced by the Kettering Foundation. Snacks and beverages will be provided for participants. A flyer is available here.

College of Public Service hosts information session on degrees in education and criminal justice Oct. 7

The College of Public Service will host an Information Session from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Thursday, Oc.7, in the Commerce Building, Room C100, for UHD students interested in pursuing degrees in education or criminal justice.

The event will provide information on declaring a major, THEA and TExES exams, internships, and scholarships.  CPS advisors and faculty will be available to answer questions and meet informally with students.

An additional information session will be at 4:30 p.m. for Urban Education candidates on Oct. 7 in Room C100.

Refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact the CPS Advising Office at 713-221-8906.

Career Services offers job and internship information, lists recruitment events

Career Services has information about several job and internship possibilities as well as special recruitment events on campus.

In addition to the Career Expo Sept. 29, other activities include:

  HACU will be hosting an Information Session on Internships, Scholarships and Student Conference on Sept. 30, Room 622-N.  This is open to all students and all majors. (Job #1805)

  AXA Advisors  is accepting resumes for an Invitation Only Seminar from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 29. Various Majors accepted.  (Alumni welcome to apply).Apply now on jobs4gators, job #1828

Reynolds & Reynolds will be holding an Informational Seminar on Oct. 12 - this is open to all majors. See job#1825 for details and to RSVP.

Remember - this is just a partial list of openings.  To see all active job listings, or to apply, please visit Over 180 jobs/internships  are listed.

* Employers will be attending Career Expo. A complete list will be on jobs4gators.


Organization Name

Job Title

Job ID

A&C Plastics, Inc.*

PT Advertising/Graphic Design Admin. Asst.


Academy Sports & Outdoors*

Jr. Level Software Developer


AXA Advisors*

Financial Advisor


AXA Advisors*

AXA Information/Career Seminar


Carbon Steel Inspection

Engineering Co-op


Citizen Schools*

National Teaching Fellow


CityGrid Media*

Outside Sales Representative


CityGrid Media *

Field Sales Representative


Crosby High School



Deer Park Police Dept.*

Police officer


DKMS Americas

Marketing and Donor Recruitment Fellowship



 Cirro Sales Account Manager


Enterprise Holdings LLC DBA Enterprise Rent-A-Car*

Sales Management Trainee


First National Bank

Teller - PT


Fort Bend County*

Communication Specialist


Fort Bend County*

Programmer Analyst


Fort Bend County*

Senior Communication Specialist


Fort Bend County*

Senior Programmer Analyst


Fort Bend County*

Technical Support Specialist


Fort Bend County*

Network Engineer


Global Force*

Receptionist/Customer Service


HACU National Internship Program *

HACU Information Session & Open House


Hewitt Associates*

Customer Service Associate


Internal Revenue Service

Internal Revenue Agents (E.A.G.E.R. Program)


John Adkins State Farm Agency

Insurance Producer


KPRC- TV Houston

News Assignment Editor - Part Time


MacGregor Area Com. Dev. Corp.

Full-Time Office Manager/Accountant


McConnell Jones Lanier & Murphy LLP*

Entry Level Staff Auditor


MRE Consulting

Junior IT Consultant


Peace Corps*

Multiple job titles


Petromax Oil Inc. *



Pioneer Research Solutions, Inc.

Regulatory Affairs Coordinator


REI Network, LP

Skilled and Professional Administrative Asst.


Reynolds and Reynolds*

Managed Marketing Solutions - Marketing Consultant


Reynolds and Reynolds*

Software Developer


Reynolds and Reynolds*

Software Education Trainee


Reynolds and Reynolds*

Reynolds Solutions Specialist


Reynolds and Reynolds*

Technical Writing Specialist


Reynolds and Reynolds*

Network Technician


Reynolds and Reynolds*

Solutions Specialist


Reynolds and Reynolds*

Information Session: Careers with Reynolds & Reynolds


Talent Search Program

Part-time Administrative Assistant


The Bennett Law Firm, P.C

Marketing Intern


National Diversity Council

Event Coordinator


TPI Staffing

Land Administration Clerks


TPI Staffing

Accounting Clerk


TPI Staffing

Design Drafter 1


TPI Staffing

Entry Level Environmental Coordinator


TPI Staffing

Financial Sales Associate


TPI Staffing

Financial Services Specialists


TPI Staffing

Retail Tellers


Univision Radio

Programming Asst./Corporate Compliance


Verizon Wireless*

Technical Support Coordinator


Westside High School

Technology Assistant


William M. Shields, P.C.

Part-Time Receptionist


*  Employer will be participating in the Career Expo on September 29th


Environmental Health and Safety Office supports Have an Exit Strategy campaign

The State Fire Marshal's Office has asked each university to showcase the "Have an Exit Strategy" campaign. This campaign will make all occupants ask the question "Where are the Exits?" no matter what type of building they enter. 

The UHD Environmental Health and Safety Office (EHS) and the State Fire Marshal's Office (SFMO) invites you to join in spreading the "Have an Exit Strategy" message.

Edward Arias, UHD Environmental Health and Safety Manager, said working together, we can make our campus and communities safer. 

In a fire, seconds count. It is difficult to see through the thick, toxic smoke. People panic and rush to the only way they know out --the entrance.  The entrance may not be the best or quickest way out, Arias said.

When you enter a building, any building, plan an exit strategy. Notice at least two exits you could use in the event of a fire. Get out alive.

For the next two weeks EHS Office will have promotional items to give away in the Special Events corridor in the Academic Building.

Tip: Test your survival skills in a virtual town filled with different types of houses

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. 

Blackboard Vista

               10-11:30 a.m. - Respondus: StudyMate

Thursday, Sept. 30
               1:30 - 2:30 p.m. - Respondus: Lockdown Browser

See all current IT training available

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In this issue
Coming up at UHD
USG Town Hall meeting at 5 p.m. today
Career Expo planned for Wednesday
Fall 2010 Fact Sheet available
New Veterans Services Office opens
Soldier-Poet reads Oct. 7
Powerlifting's first recruiting class has five top Texas lifters
ERS conducts dependents benefits audit
Speaker series features Harris County Sheriff
Information sessions set for Study Abroad Program to London and Dublin
Freshman Convocation Essay Contest Winners recognized
UHD officer plans to rappel down hotel for charity
Religion and the First Amendment discussion in October
CPS hosts information sessions
Career Services has information on job and internship opportunities
Exit Strategy Campaign under way
IT training classes available
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