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Community Involvement Day will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today in the Special Events Room, A-300, in the Academic Building.

A special mid-term Freshman Convocation: "Outliers and Your Academic Success" will be held at 1 p.m. today in the Cullen Robertson Auditorium, third floor, Academic Building.

Joseph C. Dilg will present a program on domestic and international business transactions to the International Business Asssocation from 2:30 to 4 p.m. today in Room B-119 in the College of Business.

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. today in Room C-100, first floor, in the Commerce Street Building.


The O'Kane Gallery presents its semi-annual Faculty Exhibition, Oct. 14 to Nov. 11, featuring the works of UHD arts faculty. The exhibit reception is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14.
Natural Sciences T.E.A.C.H. session registration deadline is Oct. 18

(Note change in date from Oct. 13 to Oct. 20)

The Department of Natural Sciences is hosting the second T.E.A.C.H. lunch  from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, in room N612 on the topic of  "How Do You Combine Student Engagement with Student Learning Outcomes", moderated by Jerry Johnson, assistant professor of Natural Sciences, and Rachna Sadana, assistant professor of Natural Sciences.

The T.E.A.C.H. lunches (Trading Education And Classroom Hints) is a program designed to promote faculty engagement and cooperation in improving pedagogy and teaching effectiveness for the benefit of UHD students. At these lunches, interested faculty hold discussions concerning, but not limited to: encouraging student participation in class, problem-based and inquiry-based learning strategies, effective exam design, use of technology in the classroom, SACS assessment, and the challenges and rewards of teaching to a diverse student population. A total of three lunch programs are planned.


Interested Faculty from Departments other than Natural Sciences that wish to attend should contact Johnson ( or Lisa Morano, associate professor of Natural Sciences, ( for a reservation by Monday, Oct. 18. Lunch will be provided on Oct. 20 to attendees who reserve in advance.

Community Involvement Day features agencies, service opportunities today

Community Involvement Day will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today in the Special Events Room, A-300, in the Academic Building.

Representatives from area agencies will be on hand to discuss their work and volunteer opportunities available for students. A door prize will be given away.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences hosts information session

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences Advising Center will host a "Declare your Major" information session from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 21 in the Advising Center.

A brief session will be held in N-1099 from 12-12:30 p.m. informing students of the benefits of declaring their majors early. Advisors will be on hand to do on-site declarations for qualified students. Please see flyer for additional information.   

Order Winter Commencement regalia by Nov. 24 to avoid late or rush fees

The December 2010 Commencement ceremony is scheduled for Dec. 19, and the UHD Bookstore wants everyone to be ready. 

For those who plan to participate in the graduation ceremony, it is important to order regalia no later than Nov. 24.  After Nov. 24, an additional $10 fee will be added to your order for rush shipping.

Orders placed prior to Nov. 24 should arrive the week of Dec. 8 and you will be contacted to pick up your regalia.

For any orders placed after Dec. 1 , there will be no guarantee regalia items will arrive prior to the day of Commencements.

The UHD Bookstore requires pre-payment  for all orders and accepts cash, all major credit cards (with a valid identification), or a charge to your department via PCard or purchase voucher with prior approval from your department. 

The regalia rental fees are as follows:

Master's Unit Complete - $60.98

(Includes cap, gown, tassel and hood)

Doctorate - $109.98

(Includes tam, gown, tassel and hood)

Individual Piece Prices:

Master's Cap, Gown, and Tassel - $30.98

Master's Hood only - $29.98

Master's Gown only - $25.98

Doctorate Cap, Gown, and Tassel - $68.98

Doctorate Hood only - $33.98

Doctorate Gown only - $29.98

8 Sided Tam - $40.98

UHD Faculty Exhibition opens Oct. 14 in the O'Kane Gallery, continues to Nov. 11

The O'Kane Gallery presents its semi-annual Faculty Exhibition, Oct. 14 to Nov. 11, featuring the works of UHD arts faculty.

The exhibit reception is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14. This selection of work represents a broad range of mediums, and serves as a glimpse into the rich and varied arts curriculum at UHD.

This year's exhibition features works by:

Mark Cervenka
Mick Johnson
Floyd Newsum
Beth Secor
Kaneem Smith
James Tiebout

Please join the artists, their students, and community members for the reception. Refreshments will be served.  

Special Freshman Convocation session builds on the 'Outliers' reading project

A special mid-term Freshman Convocation: "Outliers and Your Academic Success" will be held at 1 p.m. today in the Cullen Robertson Auditorium, third floor, Academic Building.


This event with Jerry Johnson, assistant professor, and Lisa Morano, associate professor, promises to be a highlight of the semester. Organizers ask faculty to encourage their freshman students to attend. The event will build on the positive foundation established at the Freshman Convocation in August.

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Center for Public Deliberation sponsors Religion, First Amendment discussion

The Center for Public Deliberation sponsored the public discussion, "Religion and the Public Sphere," Tuesday in the Library Special Events Room and meeting rooms. The discussion focused on religion and the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Students addressed a set of questions about how religion fits and does not fit in public spaces like universities, government, courts, and the media. The discussion focused on the document, "God and the Commons," produced by the Kettering Foundation. The participants met for an introduction and then split into three groups for discussions before reassembling for closing comments. 


IBA hosts speaker on domestic and international business transactions
Joseph Dilg
Joseph Dilg

Joseph C. Dilg will present a program on domestic and international business transactions, including acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, and financings to the International Business Asssocation from 2:30 to 4 p.m. today in Room B-119 in the College of Business.

Dilg is well-versed in all aspects of the domestic and international energy business, including oil and gas and electric power generation. Since 2002, Joe has been consistently recognized by Chambers Global as a leading lawyer in energy law, and Chambers USA has recognized him since 2003 in corporate, energy, and natural resources law.

Dilg now serves as managing partner of Vinson & Elkins, where he has led V&E's multi-pronged growth strategy that includes talent management, global expansion, and continued U.S. growth. During his tenure, the firm has advanced its industry-leading women's initiative and significantly enhanced its diversity and associate development programs. In addition, V&E established offices in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Tokyo to better serve clients and to stay ahead of increasing globalization, particularly in the energy industry where V&E has a preeminent reputation.

Register with Majid Salaar at The event is open to all and free.Anyone can attend but attendees should sign up with Majid Salaar at

For more information contact IBA President Gebran Charbim at, IBA Faculty Advisor Anisul Islam, professor of finance, accounting and computer information systems  at or 713-221-8914 or Cassim Madha at or 281-203-9822.

Criminal Justice Speaker Series features Harris County Sheriff Garcia today

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. today 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.

Career Services hosts opportunities for students to interact with recruiters

Career Services is hosting a several opportunities for students to find out more about job and internship opportunities with area companies. Upcoming opportunities include:

ˇ         Sterling Bank is recruiting for their Credit Academy (Credit Analysts positions) (job#1912).  This is open to Finance & Accounting majors graduating on or before December 2010.  Please apply now!  Interviewing will be on-campus today for those who qualify.

ˇ         HACU is accepting applications for their Internships and Scholarships for Spring 2011 and Summer 2011 start dates.  Encourage students to apply early - deadlines are soon.  See job #1913 for details.

ˇ         Career Services continues to help students get their resumes ready and sharpen their interview skills through our RESUME and INTERVIEW workshops. Call the office at 713-221-8980 to RSVP.    

Great local companies want our students:  Hewitt & Associates, IRS, McConnell Jones Lanier & Murphy, MDAnderson, First National Bank, Carbon Steel Inspections, Enterprise, Bennett Law Firm, and many others. To see all of the active job listings, or to apply, direct students to please visit Over 170 jobs/internships listed.

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Texas Renaissance Festival discount tickets available to UHD employees

The "Texas Renaissance Festival" festival is being held 9 a.m. to dusk though Nov. 28, Saturdays and Sundays only (with the exception of the Friday after Thanksgiving), .

Employees may purchase tickets at the 'Group Ticket' rate. The discounted rates are $15 for adults and $6 for children (5 yrs - 12 yrs). The ticket handling fee of $1 per ticket will be waived. To receive the 'Group Ticket' rate, you must use our discount code UHS-1488 and must purchase tickets in advance via credit card by phone or fax.

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 Monday-Friday 8am-5pm. Your tickets will be mailed to you so please make sure you purchase your tickets in advance. For complete details, pleasevisit

If you have any questions, please contact Bobbie Horack, Work/Life Coordinator, at or 713-222-5318.

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ABET's Michael Milligan discusses organization during his presentation last week.
ABET director discusses role of organization during presentation

Michael Milligan, executive director of ABET, the agency that provides accreditation for postsecondary programs in applied science, computing, engineering and technology programs worldwide, discussed ABET, its current activities and his vision for the institution at a presentation for faculty, staff, visitors and area educators last week. ABET named Milligan as its third executive director in May 2009.  The Baltimore-based agency accredits some 2,800 programs at more than 600 colleges and universities.

Fall Open House Destination Downtown set for Saturday, Oct. 23

UHD's fall open house Destination Downtown will be from 9 am. to noon Saturday, Oct. 23, starting in the One Main Building.

The open house will feature campus tours, opportunities to meet faculty and staff members, previews of UHD's five colleges and 44 degree programs, financial aid information and information on student organizations. There also will be prizes and giveaways.

RSVP online at

ESO announces ESO Cafe blog

Employment Services and Operations announces the ESO Café, UHD's first employment related blog. 

Through this interactive tool, employees will be able to read and comment on articles relevant to the UHD community, professional/personal wellbeing, new employee introductions, important announcements and upcoming events - all geared towards enhancing your quality of life at work. The ESO staff is excited to provide this opportunity and encourages everyone to access ESO Café and sign-up for automatic email notifications. To access the blog, click on ESO Café, or navigate to

New subscribers will automatically be entered into a weekly drawing for a free combo meal at the UHD Food Court, complements of Aramark*.

Dependents now eligible for benefits coverage up to age 26

The Federal Health Care Reform bill includes a provision that extends benefits coverage to dependent children up to age 26.

This provision goes into effect in the first plan year after Sept. 23, 2010. Because the Texas Employees Group Benefits Program (GBP) plan year begins with the State's fiscal year on Sept. 1, coverage for dependents to age 26 will not begin until Plan Year 2011.

For now, dependent children are eligible in the GBP until they turn 25 years old, as long as they are not married. They do not have to be students.

If you have a dependent child who is turning 25, Employee Retirement System (ERS) automatically drops the child from coverage at the end of the month he or she turns 25. ERS sends you a letter about six weeks before the coverage ends. The letter includes a COBRA Election form. If your dependent wants to continue coverage under COBRA (the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985), he or she must mail the completed form with the correct premium payment to ERS by the due date stated in the letter.

soldier poet
Jane Creighton, UHD associate professor of English and Cultural Enrichment Center director, talks with poet Brian Turner before his presentation.
Brian Turner reads award-winning poetry from battlefield at presentation

Soldier-Poet Brian Turner discussed his books of poetry, Here, Bullet and Phantom Noise, during his presentation Thursday in the Cullen Robertson Auditorium.

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. Tuner is regularly referenced in the New York Times as a veteran/poet spokesperson for his generation.

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

Fall Family Festival includes food, crafts, games, contests and music Oct. 23

The fifth annual Fall Family Festival will be noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at several UHD venues featuring a day of fun activities including games, rides, a craft show, food, contests, and more for UHD students, faculty, staff, alumni and their families.

The Office of Student Activities hosts the event that has grown to become one of UHD's biggest on-campus traditions. Activities will take place on the North and South Decks, the Main Portico, the UHD Coffeehouse area and Special Events Room. Special attractions include a kids' costume parade and hot dog eating contest.

Food from local area vendors such as My Fit Foods, Domino's Pizza, Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream and Cielo offer a great variety of choices for children to adults. The Houston Rockets, General Mills and Downtown Aquarium Restaurant will also have booths. 

Visit for more information. 

UHD is moving to an online assessment records management system

The University of Houston - Downtown is moving to an online assessment records management system called Assessment Information Management (AIM). 

This online system allows UHD faculty and administrators to post, update, archive, share and review assessment documents. All UHD faculty and academic administrators have accounts for their affiliated academic programs.Beginning with the 2009/10 program assessment reports (due to the Office of Academic Assessment on Nov. 1, 2010) all assessment reports, plans and data will be archived in the AIM system. Faculty are strongly encouraged to review the assessment data for their discipline.

Please bookmark the following and use it to access the site: Once you reach the login page, you will access the site by entering your e-mail username and password. The original URL for AIM () will be disabled late this week and should be removed as a bookmark. Please note that none of the data entered under the old RAT URL will be lost as we migrate to the permanent URL.

Links to AIM can also be found on some of the University computing pages.  You will find an AIM link on the main computing page under the Faculty tab at Another link can be found under Faculty & Staff e-Services on this page: .

AIM is maintained by the Office of Academic Assessment.If you notice any broken functions, have difficulty accessing the AIM site or you need to be added as a reviewer, please notify Lea Campbell ( 713-226-5548) or Laura Riveron (, 713-226-5594).

Veterans Services Office sponsors information fair Saturday, Oct. 23

UHD's Veterans Services Office is sponsoring a Veterans Information Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, in the Special Events Room, A-300, in the Academic Building.

Representatives from difference agencies will be on hand to answer questions about benefits and services. For more information, contact Michael Records, UHD's manager of Veterans Services.

TTLC offers training in ePortfolio tool Taskstream on Oct. 19

The Technology Teaching and Learning Center (TTLC) is holding a Brown Bag Showcase on the ePortfolio tool Taskstream from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 19 in Room A-715 in the Academic Building.

Taskstream eliminates the need for hardcopies of student portfolios and requires minimal effort to retrieve material. It is organized and searchable. A flyer is available here. This training session enhances computer and technology skills. Bring your lunch and dessert and drinks are on the TTLC. Click here to reserve a spot for 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, in the TTLC (A715).

Management Development Program Legal Compliance Update Fall 2010

There have been significant changes in the legal/compliance landscape over the previous two years.  UHD managers must have a firm grasp of the do's and don'ts surrounding the various legal landmines that may come their way.  As a result, the Management Development Program (MDP) has added a Legal Compliance Update to provide managers the information they need to make good business decisions. 

The MDP Legal Compliance Update will be divided into two 3-hour sessions.  The first session will include the following topics: Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act (GINA), Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), new employee onboarding, and successful recruitment and selection techniques.

The second session will include the following topics: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), employee recognition, and UHD policy updates (sexual harassment, Title IX, non-retaliation, and discipline & dismissal).

Both 3-hour sessions are mandatory for all UHD managers.  Due to scheduling challenges, managers will be assigned a session time and date.  If anyone needs to reschedule to a different time/date, please contact Doug teDuits at to arrange a more convenient time/date.   

National Save for Retirement Week courses help people prepare to retire

In recognition of "National Save for Retirement Week", whose goal is to increase personal financial literacy and to raise public awareness of the retirement-savings vehicles available to all workers, two valuable and timely trainings will be offered to UHD faculty and staff.

Preparing to Retire from UHD, Course Code: UHD069, Session #: 0001, will be from 2 - 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct.19, in Room A-405, in the Academic Building.

Betty Powell, assistant Vice President for Employee Services, will review the process employees should follow in preparing for a smooth transition into retirement. Topics include TRS, ORP, retiree benefits, employment after retirement, and Social Security.

Light snacks will be provided. Registration is highly recommended to assure there are enough snacks and handouts for attendees.

Click here to log into PASS

to register for this session.

Retirement Strategies for Life, Course Code: UHD070, Session #: 0001, will be offered from noon - 1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 20, White Oak Room, Academic Building.

A VALIC representative will discuss the challenges faced in retirement including managing retirement income, Medicare, Social Security, long term care, and the effects of inflation on retirement savings. A free lunch will be provided by VALIC on a first come, first serve basis to those who register in advance.

Click here to log into PASS

to register for this session.

Follow these instructions to register for a class:

1.       Log into PASS (

2.       Input your Empl ID and password

3.       Select Training

4.       Select Request Training Enrollment

5.       Select Search by Course Number or Course Name

6.       Select View Available Sessions

7.       Select Session number

8.       Verify date, time and location

9.       Press Continue

10.   Press Submit

11.   You should receive a confirmation email

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



1 - 2 p.m. - Blackboard Vista: Communication Tools

Thursday, Oct. 14

2 - 4 p.m. - Respondus Open Lab

Friday, Oct. 15 
10 - 11 a.m. - Blackboard Vista: Assignments

Wednesday, Oct. 20

10 - 11am -Turnitin

Friday, Oct. 22nd  
10 - 11:30 a.m. - StudyMate

Monday, Oct. 25 
1 - 2
p.m. - SoftChalk Lesson Builder

Tuesday, Oct. 26

10 - 11:30 a.m. - Blackboard: Mail, Calendar, & Who's Online

Wednesday, Oct. 27

1 - 2 p.m. - Blackboard:  Managing Course Content


Classroom Tools

Thursday, Oct. 21 
10 - 11:30
a.m. - Useful Classroom Gadgets


Tuesday, Oct. 19 
1 - 2:30
p.m. - TaskStream Brown Bag Showcase


Microsoft Office

Monday, Oct. 18

1 - 2 p.m. - Outlook 2007 Essentials

Thursday, Oct. 28 

2 - 3:30 p.m. - Excel: Charts and Graphs

Friday, Oct. 29 
10 - 11 a.m. - Outlook 2007 Enhanced Features

See all current IT training available

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In this issue
Coming up at UHD
Community Involvement Day is Oct. 13
Humanities and Social Sciences hosts information session
Order Winter Commencement regalia
Faculty Art Exhibition opens Oct. 14
Freshman Convocation Mid-Term session
Religion and the First Amendment discussion in October
IBA hosts business transaction speaker
Career Services hosts recruiters
Discount Texas Renaissance Tickets available
Fall open house is Oct. 23
ESO announces blog
Dependents eligible for benefits to age 26
Poet discusses work from the battlefield
Fall Family Festival is Oct. 23
UHD switches to online assessment records management
Veterans Services Office sponsors information fair
TTLC offers Taskstream training
Management Development Program schedule
IT training classes available
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