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Oct. 29, 2010
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The University Theatre's fall production of The Laramie Project opens at 8 p.m. today in the O'Kane Theatre, third floor, One Main Building..

Eleftherios Gkioulekas, assistant professor of mathematics at the University of Texas-Pan American, will discuss "The Effect of Asymmetric Ekman Damping on Energy and Enstrophy Injection in Two-Layer Quasi-Geostrophic Turbulence" at 2 p.m. today in room A-628 in the Academic Building.

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.

UHD's unbeaten Men's Club Soccer Team will play 8th ranked University of Missouri in the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association Region IV Tournament at Texas Tech University in Lubbock at 7

UHD's Men's Club Soccer Team will play Mizzou tonight at Texas Tech

UHD's unbeaten Men's Club Soccer Team will play 8th ranked University of Missouri in the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association Region IV Tournament at Texas Tech University in Lubbock at 7 p.m. today.

The most recent rankings of clubs in Region IV, published Oct. 14, put UHD's club team at No. 5 in the very competitive region behind Texas A&M (1), University of Kansas (2), University of Texas (3), and Washington University in St. Louis (4).  Since then UHD won the in the Houston Club Sports Conference Title for the third straight year. This is UHD's third straight appearance in regional play.

If UHD wins the match, the team will play Texas Tech next at 8 a.m. Saturday (Oct. 30).  Elimination rounds begin at 6 p.m. Saturday.

ESO launches new onboarding program to orient benefits eligible employees

Effective Nov. 1, a new comprehensive onboarding program in orientating new benefits-eligible staff employees to the University of Houston-Downtown will go into effect.

Onboarding is the long-term process of acclimating new employees to the university and providing the tools and knowledge necessary to become productive and successful employees throughout their tenure at UHD. Orientation is only part of the process.

In order to successfully onboard new employees, ESO has developed a set of support tools:

·         UHD New Employee Guide. New hire's trusty companion for at least their first month of employment. It lists activities they should complete, important reminders, and other useful information.

·         UHD Onboarding Portal. Online resource that contains vital information that may be viewed, downloaded, and printed.

·         Manager's Onboarding Guide. Useful resource for managers to establish consistency with the onboarding process for all new hires since managers/supervisors play an integral role in the onboarding process. Provides instruction on how to prepare for the new hire along with tools to assist on quickly engaging the new hire into their position, department, and the university.

·         New Employee Orientation. An informative and interactive orientation on "all things UHD", to include a review of policies and procedures, benefits, training, free lunch, etc. It will include a "cruise" around campus to various departments (Admissions, Aramark, Bookstore, Cashier's Office, Financial Aid, Library, Parking, Police, Registrar, Sports & Fitness, Staff Council, Student Activities, & TTLC) where they will have a brief orientation of the department's mission, services they offer, etc. and they will get their passport stamped! 

·         Surveys. Surveys will be e-mailed to the new hires and managers at regular intervals (30, 60 and 120 days) to measure and approve upon the new hire's and manager's onboarding success/progress.

The goals of onboarding are to engage the new employee in a seamless process and a comprehensive orientation program. We want to quickly and fully integrate the new hire into the University of Houston-Downtown, its operating structure and systems, its physical facilities, its culture-and everything in-between.

Managers will be contacted by a member of ESO when a new employee is hired for an overview of the new onboarding process. For additional information, please contact Bobbie Horack, ESO Coordinator, at 713-222-5318 or

UHD wins Texas Compact grant;
Students can apply for internships now

UHD students can apply now for four Segal AmeriCorps Education internships through UHD's Office of Community Engagement. The nternships, part of the 2010-2011 Texas Campus Compact Students in Service program, connect college students to high school students at Jefferson Davis and John H. Reagan High Schools. 

 "This grant is a wonderful opportunity to deepen community partnerships and strengthen student development," said UHD's Director for Community Engagement Jean DeWitt.

 Interns will mentor high school students and answer questions about college studies. It is part of the "Closing the Gaps" initiative.  The 300-hour internships carry $1,132 stipends. For more information, or to apply, contact DeWitt at


$40,000 grant will support local projects;

Faculty can submit proposals now

UHD faculty with ideas for community-based service learning projects can apply to turn those ideas into reality, thanks to a $40,000 grant supported by State Rep. Sylvester Turner.

It's the second year for the outreach program and Community Engagement Director Jean DeWitt is excited about the possibilities that will connect UHD students to communities in Houston.

Last year's grant money supported an intern at Acres Home Development Corporation, UHD students teaching adults financial literacy and computer literacy through the Houston READ Commission, UHD students working to help high school students at Eisenhower and Booker T. Washington High Schools prepare for college and students who worked with a local center to provide enrichment activities during a summer camp.

"These programs in Rep. Turner's district let our students use skills they learn about in the classroom and they.  We are very appreciative of Rep. Turner's support," DeWitt said.

UHD faculty can begin putting together proposals for this year's funding immediately, DeWitt said.  Projects must use the grant money before Aug. 31. For more information, contact DeWitt at

UHD students meet with State Rep. Sylvester Turner on campus recently.  Pictured, from left, Jessica Silva, Turner, Aracely Zuniga and Ray Cortez.



University Theatre's staging of drama 'The Laramie Project' opens tonight

The University Theatre's fall production of The Laramie Project opens at 8 p.m. today in the O'Kane Theatre, third floor, One Main Building.

Written by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theatre Project, this powerful stage piece is based on the 1998 kidnapping, torture and death of University of Wyoming student, Matthew Shepard, and seems most timely today with all the current news events dealing with hate crimes and sexual discrimination, said Thomas Lyttle, professor of Arts and Humanities. The thirteen students appearing in the show find the script to be emotionally involving and intellectually stimulating and hope their work touches their audiences spiritually and intellectually, he said.  

Additional performances will be at 8 p.m. Oct. 30 and Nov. 4, 5 and 6; 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31; and at 1:30 p.m. for special student performances on Wednesday, Nov. 3 and Friday, Nov. 5.

Tickets are $3 and can be purchased at the University Cashier's Office on the third floor beginning today. Any unsold tickets will be available at the theater door 30 minutes before each performance.  Seating is open.

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.

Stories from previous Skylines
Sports and Fitness sponsors workshop
Health You = Healthy on Nov. 3

 Sports and Fitness is sponsoring a workshop free to UHD students, faculty and staff called Healthy You = Healthy at noon Nov. 3 in room N-1099, One Main.

Who buys the groceries in the family?  Do your children go to the grocery store with you?  Do you know what to buy when shopping for the entire family?  If you know the best things to purchase, everyone in your household can benefit.  Join us as we listen to recommendations from a nutrition expert and bring your questions about how to plan for a healthier you and a healthier family.

To reserve a spot for this workshop, please visit the web page:

Social Sciences holds information session on philosophy degree program

The Department of Social Sciences is holding an information session "What can I do with a Philosophy Degree?" from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, in room N-602, One Main Building, to kick off spring registration.


The event will include discussion and free pizza. Early registration begins on Nov. 1. Regular registration begins on Nov. 8. This event is designed for undeclared students, philosophy majors and minors, and those interested in philosophy although everyone is welcome to attend. Participants will discuss the benefits of majoring in philosophy, and faculty will be on hand to answer questions about the courses being offered in the spring semester.


For information contact Jeffrey Jackson, assistant professor and coordinator of philosophy, at

Company offers program 'Let's Say Thanks' to send message to troops

Xerox is sponsoring a program and website called "Let's Say Thanks" which enables users to send a message of gratitude to deployed soldiers.

Choose a card design, write a message, and Xerox will print and distribute the card. Your support means a lot to those who serve, said Michael Records, UHD manager of Veterans Services.

To participate in the program, please visit:

Discussion focuses on students who have an interest in criminal justice

First- and second-year students interested in criminal justice are invited to attend an open discussion from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, in room C-100, Commerce Street Building, with juniors, seniors, and graduate students who have already declared the major and are working towards graduation.


Pizza will be provided.  Bring your own beverage. The event, hosted by Clete Snell, criminal justice department chair, and Chuck Jackson, assistant professor of English, is part of the UHD Intended Majors Project to retain first-year students with common scholarly interests.  Jackson has been teaching a section of English 1301: Topics in Criminal Justice with Snell as a course consultant.

For more information, contact Snell at or Jackson at


UHD's online eservices portal will get new name on Nov. 22

OnlineUHD's online portal to eservices, UOnline, will become MyUHD on Nov. 22.

 The access to UHD services will not change, only the name and look of the login. Changing the name will pave the way for UHD to better group and market online degrees and classes under a UHD Online umbrella later this academic year.

During the next few weeks, individuals across campus will be working to make the switch on web pages across the university. 

Guest lecturer discusses energy and enstrophy problem Friday

Eleftherios Gkioulekas, assistant professor of mathematics at the University of Texas-Pan American, will discuss "The Effect of Asymmetric Ekman Damping on Energy and Enstrophy Injection in Two-Layer Quasi-Geostrophic Turbulence" at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, in room A-628 in the Academic Building.


For more information onf Gkioulekas visit the website, The presentation abstract follows:


"In the Nastrom-Gage spectrum of atmospheric turbulence we observe a  k-3 energy spectrum that transitions into a  k-5/3 spectrum with increasing wavenumber k. The transition occurs near a transition wavenumber kt located near the Rossby deformation wavenumber kR.


The Tung-Orlando theory interprets this spectrum as a double downscale cascade of potential enstrophy and energy, from large scales to small scales. We show that in a temperature forced two-layer quasi-geostrophic model, the rates with which potential enstrophy and energy are injected places the transition wavenumber kt near kR, as long as most potential enstrophy and energy cascade to small scales. We also show that, contrary to what occurs in two-dimensional turbulence, the effect of asymmetric Ekman damping is to intensify the energy flux in the subleading downscale energy cascade and it may increase or decrease the flux of the downscale potential enstrophy cascade depending on the distribution of energy between kinetic and potential energy for the forcing range wavenumbers.


Using a random gaussian forcing model we also show that suppressing the bottom layer forcing term decreases the ratio η / ε of injected potential enstrophy over injected energy thereby tending to decrease kt further. Based on these results we argue that the Tung-Orlando theory can account for the approximate coincidence between kt and kR."

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 Monday 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:

·   Drink lots of water

·   Increase your exercise a little bit each day

·   Cut back where you can at non-holiday meals

·   Eat what you like - but

only a few bites

·   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.

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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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


Monday, Nov. 1 
1-2 pm - Blackboard: Gradebook Set-up

Tuesday, Nov. 2

2-3 pm-Blackboard: Assessments

Wednesday, Nov. 3

1-2 pm -Blackboard: Getting Started

Monday, Nov. 8
1-2 pm - Blackboard: Managing Course Content

Wednesday, Nov. 10

3-4 pm -Blackboard: Communication Tools

Thursday, Nov. 11

1-2:30 pm -Blackboard: Mail, Calendar, and Who's Online

 Friday, Nov. 12
10-11 am - Blackboard: Assignments

Classroom Tools

Thursday, Nov. 4
1-2:30 pm - Useful Classroom Gadgets


Tuesday, Nov. 9  
1-2 pm - TaskStream: e-Portfolio

Internet Applications

Friday, Nov. 5

10-12 pm -Photoshop Open Lab

Microsoft Office

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


See all current IT training available

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In this issue
Coming up at UHD
Men's Club Soccer plays at regionals Friday
ESO launches new onboarding program
Student internships available now
$40,000 grant will support local outreach
Tickets on sale for fall production of 'The Laramie Project'
Tickets available for UHD Rockets night
Sports and Fitness sponsors workshop
Social sciences holds information session on philosophy degree
Company offers program to thank troops
Information session set on criminal justice degree
UHD's online portal gets new name
Guest lecturer discusses math problem
Sports and Fitness launches Maintain Don't Gain program
Discount Texas Renaissance Tickets available
IT training classes available
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