Skyline News header
A Publication of UHD Public Affairs
Oct. 20, 2010
Submit news items to
TopComing up at UHD.....

The Ang Lee File Series continues with a showing of the film "The Wedding Banquet" at 5:30 p.m. today in the Cullen Robertson Auditorium.

In recognition of Campus Sustainability Day, the sustainability committee will show two movies today in the Cullen Robertson Auditorium.

UHD Staff Council will meet at 2 p.m. today in Room 1099- North.

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

The Department of Natural Sciences is hosting the second T.E.A.C.H. lunch  from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. today in room 612-North on "How Do You Combine Student Engagement with Student Learning Outcomes."

The O'Kane Gallery presents its semi-annual Faculty Exhibition, through Nov. 11, featuring the works of UHD arts faculty. 
Ang Lee Film series continues today in the Cullen Robertson Auditorium

The UHD Cultural Enrichment Center and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Houston are co-sponsoring the Ang Lee Film Series this week in the Cullen Robertson Auditorium, third floor, Academic Building..

The film "The Wedding Banquet" will be shown at 5:30 p.m. today.

The film, "Eat, Drink, Man, Woman," will be shown at 5:30 p.m. followed at 7:30 p.m. by a closing reception in Room A-300, third floor, Academic Building and at 7:45 by a scholarly roundtable, Ang Lee Now, and a question and answer session with Chuck Jackson, assistant professor; Edmund Cueva, Arts and Humanities Department Chair; William Nowak, associate professor, and Johanna Schmertz, associate professor.

For information contact Jackson at

Gator Soccer team after capturing title.
UHD Gators Club Soccer team wins third consecutive conference championship

The UHD Gators captured their third consecutive Houston Club Sports Conference title with a 2-0 victory over Houston Baptist University and will be making their third consecutive appearance in the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) Regional in Lubbock Oct. 29-31.

Their 2-0 win in the final was their biggest goal margin in four games. They won by one goal margins in four out of their seven games this season.

Both teams started the match cautiously. To

Student Activities needs donated cakes to support its fund raising at fall festival

The Office of Students Activities and Events is seeking donated cakes for its Cake Walk during the annual Fall Family Festival noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23.

The festival will include a kids costume parade, raffles, hot dog eating contest, arts and crafts show, Houston Rockets inflatables, games, music and more. A flyer is available here. For people who would like to donate a cake, but who cannot attend the festival, SAE will collect the cakes on Friday, Oct. 22.

To contribute a baked good, please email Liza Alonzo at

UHD night with Houston Rockets is Oct. 30; discount tickets are available

UHD night with the Houston Rockets will be Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Toyota Center for a 7:30 p.m. game against the Denver Nuggets.

Sports and Fitness and the Campus Activities Board are sponsoring the night which features discounted tickets for seats in sections 101 and 126. The tickets are $55 each for a $20 savings over the original $75 ticket price. Tickets can be purchased at the Student Live Center or the Student Activities office in room 204-South.

For more information, call Sports and Fitness at 713-221-8225 or Students Activities at 713-221-8573. A flyer is available here.

Campus Sustainability Day features movies and presentations today

In recognition of Campus Sustainability Day, the sustainability committee will show two movies today and students in the BIOL 2306 "Fundamentals of Nutrition" class will present posters, displays and demonstrations.


Campus Sustainability Day is an annual celebration of sustainability in higher education. Today, colleges and universities throughout the country will sponsor events to encourage students, faculty, and staff to promote sustainability principles at school, at home, on the job and in the community.


The first movie, "Super Size Me," will be shown at 10 a.m. in the Cullen Robertson Auditorium, third floor, Academic Building.This film examines the influence of the fast food industry. Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock personally explores the consequences on his health of eating nothing but McDonald's Restaurant food for one month.


The second movie, "Killer at Large," will be shown at 11:30 a.m. in the Cullen Robertson Auditorium, third floor, Academic Building. This documentary takes a broad look at many causes of obesity including our toxic food environment, the problems with school lunches and vending machines and the impact food lobbyists have on determining government policies.


Additional displays will be available from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the hallway outside the Special Events Center, Room 300-A, third floor, Academic Building.

For more information, contact Suzette Mouchaty's at A flyer is available here.

Natural Sciences T.E.A.C.H. session begins at 11:30 a.m. today

The Department of Natural Sciences is hosting the second T.E.A.C.H. lunch  from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. today in room 612-North 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, (

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. Thursday, 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.   

Sheriff's visit
Harris County Sheriff visits campus

The Criminal Justice Speaker Series features Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia, center, who provided an Overview of Harris County and Crime to students, staff and faculty. The event was well attended by students and cadets who enjoyed the opportunity to meet and learn from the sheriff. The Speaker Series is sponsored by the Department of Criminal Justice in the College of Public Service.

Staff Council meets today

UHD Staff Council will meet at 2 p.m. today in Room 1099- North.


Agenda information is available here. 

Library adds service learning resources

W. I. Dykes Library has added resources that support service learning and the Office of Community Engagement to its collection.


A list of the new offerings is available here.
Urban Education students train under UHD graduate at HISD middle school

Two student teachers from the Department of Urban Education, Maria Nuncio, left, and Michael Grahmann, right, are completing their student teaching at Burbank Middle School in the Houston Independent School District under the direction of Rosa Hernandez, center, principal and UHD Department of Urban Education graduate. Hernandez received a bachelor of science degree in 2002 and master of arts in teaching degree in 2006 from the Department of Urban Education. 


Hernandez was born in Monterrey, Mexico, but grew up in Houston. She attended Atherton Elementary, Golfcrest Elementary, Deady Middle School, Hartman Middle School and Jesse H. Jones High School. She earned an associate in arts degree at Houston Community College-Southeast before transferring to UHD.

Sports and Fitness announces weigh-in for holiday weight-loss program

Sports and Fitness is sponsoring a program, Maintain Don't Gain, to help participants avoid gaining weight during the holiday season starting with weigh-ins Oct. 25 on the third floor of the Student Life Center.


The average American gains 7 to 10 pounds during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. One way to avoid the gain is to be more accountable to yourself and the scale during these times. Sign up with Sports and Fitness for weekly weigh-ins and weekly email tips on avoiding holiday weight gain.


Five simple tips that can help you avoid a weight gain:

ˇ   Drink lots of water

ˇ   Increase your exercise a little bit each day

ˇ   Cut back where you can at non-holiday meals

ˇ   Eat what you like - but

only a few bites

ˇ   Don't eat after 7p.m.


Weigh-ins will continue through Jan. 7. Participants who do not gain weight during this time will receive a T-shirt and water bottle. Interested participants can register by visiting A flyer is available here.

UHD to offer first ever, all-online Winter Term this December


 UHD's Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs announced recently that UHD will hold its first ever, all-online Winter Term from Dec. 27, 2010, to Jan. 14, 2011.

"Currently enrolled UHD students will be able to take one course during the session, and registration for Winter Term is tentatively set to open on Dec. 1," Dressman said.

UHD's online courses always fill quickly, and many students have expressed an interest in a mini-mester format, he said.

Tuition and fees will be slightly reduced from the cost of a single course in the fall or spring semester, and UHD plans to have short-term loans available for qualified students who enroll. Students who receive financial aid spring semester will be able to apply a portion of the aid to pay back loan for the course, he said.

More details about Winter Term will be announced as plans are finalized.

Here is the tentative list of courses list of courses for the all-online Winter Term:

ACC               3303       Cost Accounting

ACC               3304       Accounting Information Systems

BA                  3300       Business Cornerstone 

BA                   3301    Legal Environment of Business

BIOL              4220       Intro. to Genomics and Bioinformatics

CIS                 1301       Introduction to Computer Based Systems  

CJ                   3301       Criminology

CJ                   3306       Crime and Delinquency

CJ                   3311       Ethics of Social Control

CJ                   3317       Race and Crime

CJ                   3318       Sex Crimes

CJ                   4314       Women and the Criminal Justice System

COMM           3302       Argumentation and Debate

COMM           3310       Women, Men and Communication

COMM           3314       Research in Communication Studies

COMM           4380       Field Experience in Communication

CS                  1305       Introduction to Computer Technology

ENG               1318       Intro. to the Study of English   Grammar

ENG               3302       Business and Technical Report Writing

FIN                 3302       Business Finance

HUM               3301       Foundations of Western Culture I

MATH            3321      Math Concepts

MGT               3301       Management of Organizations

MKT               3301       Principles of Marketing

PSY                3302       Principles of Educational Psychology

PSY                3305       Adolescent Psychology

PSY                3311       Biological Psychology

SCM               3308       Purchasing Management

SOSE             3320       Assessment and Evaluation of Children

SPAN             3301       Spanish Grammar and Composition

STAT             3309       Statistical Analysis for Bus.  Applications

STAT             3311      Statistical Analysis for Natural Science

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, onevaluable and timely training will be offered to UHD faculty and staff.

Retirement Strategies for Life, Course Code: UHD070, Session #: 0001, will be offered from noon - 1 p.m. today in the 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

Stories from previous Skylines
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

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.

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.

Back to Top
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.

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.

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.   

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 - 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

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

The Skyline eNews is produced Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the school year by the Office of Public Affairs, and you will receive the Skyline eNews via email while you are a UHD employee. We update our email list weekly. The eNews is a University faculty and staff newsletter and is designed to keep employees informed of university activities, policy changes, human resources issues, business office information and security information.

The deadline for submitting items is 9 a.m. the day before publication. Past issues are archived on UHD's website. The archive link is in the lower right column.   

We are always interested in your activities. Let us know at least 24 hours in advance so we can include your event in the Skyline eNews. We also try to photograph University activities, but we need to know when and where your event is taking place. Email or call Public Affairs at 713-221-8010.
In this issue
Coming up at UHD
Ang Lee Film Series continues today
Gator Soccer team wins conference title
SAE needs cakes for fall festival
Tickets available for UHD Rockets night
Campus Sustainability Day is today
Natural Sciences T.E.A.C.H. session is today
Humanities and Social Sciences hosts information session
Sheriff informs students on crime in Harris county
Staff Council meets today
Library adds service learning resources
Urban education students train under UHD graduate
Sports and Fitness launches Maintain Don't Gain program
UHD offers first online winter term
National Save for Retirement Week
Order Winter Commencement regalia
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
Fall Family Festival is Oct. 23
UHD switches to online assessment records management
Veterans Services Office sponsors information fair
Management Development Program schedule
IT training classes available
Join us on Facebook
UHD Facebook graphic
UHD is on Facebook at Become a fan and connect to other University Facebook pages.
Quick Links