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The Cultural Enrichment Center is sponsoring a film and lecture series on the Postcolonial Nation in Popular Culture on Nov. 4 and 5 in the Cullen Robertson Auditorium, third floor, Academic Building.

SLOAN-C, the International Conference on Online Learning, is taking place this week in Orlando, Fla., and many sessions are being webcast starting at 1 p.m. today.

The University Theatre's fall production of The Laramie Project continues at 1:30 p.m. today in the O'Kane Theatre, third floor, One Main Building.

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

Mobasher lectures on the two years he spent teaching sociology at Qatar University

The Cultural Enrichment Center is sponsoring a lecturer, "Qatar: A Country in Transition and Paradox," by Mohsen Mobasher, UHD associate professor of anthropology and sociology, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, in room 1099-North, One Main Building.

Mobasher spent the last two years in Qatar teaching and conducting fieldwork on the impact of globalization on Qatari society and culture. He will address these issues, drawing from his recent research and social experiences there.


Mobasher joined UHD in 2003. His research interests are global migration, Middle Eastern immigrants, and minorities in America.  In the last five years Mohsen has published a book on globalization and several articles on Middle Eastern immigrants and refugees in the United States. In 2008, he was invited to teach sociology of globalization at Qatar University. Refreshments provided. A flyer is available here.


Webcasts of online learning conference will be available throughout the week in room A-701

SLOAN-C, the International Conference on Online Learning, is taking place this week in Orlando, Fla., and many sessions are being webcast starting at 1 p.m. today.

The webcasts will continue through Friday, and the UHD Academic Technology Committee in conjunction with IT scheduled room A-701, Academic Building, so interested individuals can watch the webcasts.

Faculty interested in submitting an Instructional Technology (IT) Grant or developing online coursework may find some of the sessions helpful.

To see the list of available webcasts, please click the following link: are some examples of sessions that will be broadcast live in Rm. 701-A:


1 to 2:20 p.m.

Educational Transformation through Online Learning: To Be or Not to Be!

Jeff Seaman, Babson Survey Research Group, Babson College and Anthony Picciano, City University of New York, Graduate Center and Hunter College

2:30 to 3:50 p.m.

Sloan-C Effective Practices

Janet C. Moore, Chief Knowledge Officer, The Sloan Consortium


Nov. 4

8:15 to 9:30 a.m.

Research on the Effectiveness of Online Learning: Insights, Controversies, and Gaps

Barbara Means, Co-director, Center for Technology in Learning, SRI International

9:40 to 11 a.m.

Are You Experienced? Determining Online Teaching Readiness in Newly Hired Faculty

Thomas Cavanagh, Dr. Linda Futch, and Nancy Swenson, University of Central Florida

11:10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Survivor: Online Courses - When and Why Do Students drop out of Your Online Course?

Patrick Devey, Concordia University, Canada

1:40 to 3:00 p.m.

Recent Large Scale Research on Online Learning Effectiveness - Panel Discussion

Barbara Means, Stanford Research Institute, Robert Bernard, Concordia University, Canada, Jing Lei, Syracuse University, US, , Shanna Smith Jaggars, Ph.D., Columbia University, Peter Shea, State University of New York at Albany - Panel Moderator


Nov. 5

8:15 to 9:30 p.m.

Through the Looking Glass: Florida Virtual School's Journey to Invent New Worlds of Learning

Julie Young (President and Chief Executive Officer, Florida Virtual School)

9:40 to 11 a.m.

2010: a Learning Systems Odyssey

Brendan Guenther, Director, Michigan State University

Ann Hill-Duin, Associate Vice President for Information Technology and Deputy CIO, University of Minnesota

Fedro S. Zazueta, Professor and Senior Director of the Office of Academic Technology, University of Florida


Sports and Fitness sponsors workshop
Health You = Healthy today in room 1099-N

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

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:

Fall Contract Administration Training available in two class sessions Nov. 10 or 11

Fall Contract Administration Training will be offered in two sessions from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, or from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, in room 1099-North, One Main Building.

To register for the Wednesday session, the course code is UHD037, Session #0012, and the Thursday session course code is UHD037, Session #0013. A flyer is available here.

The training class is designed for all individuals involved in the contracting process.  The training will:

  • Cover what's new regarding contracting,
  • Cover key contracting policy requirements, 
  •  Address issues regarding noncompliance and 
  • Review areas that typically raise questions.

Topics covered include:

  • New to the Contracting Process
  • Updating of Policy
  • MySafeCampus Overview
  • Overview of Contracting Process
  • Basic Contract "No Can Do's"
  • FAQ's
  • Quick Walk Through the Contracting Process
  • Key Things to Remember
  • Question and Answer Period

Refreshments will be served. Please register at by Tuesday, Nov. 09. For information, contact LaShonda White at 713-223-7928 or email her at

Film, lecture series this week focuses on the Postcolonial Nation in Popular Culture

The Cultural Enrichment Center is sponsoring a film and lecture series on the Postcolonial Nation in Popular Culture on Nov. 4 and 5 in the Cullen Robertson Auditorium, third floor, Academic Building.

The film, "Lagaan," will be shown from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4.

Corey Creekmur, associate professor of English and Film Students and director of the Institute for Cinema and Culture at the University of Iowa, will present the lecture, "Experiments with Truth: The Colonial Historical Hindi Film," from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5.

For information contact Sucheta Choudhuri, assistant professor of English, at A flyer is available here.
Sports and Fitness is accepting entries for Intramural Badminton Tournament Nov. 11

The Sports and Fitness Department is now accepting entries for its Intramural Badminton Tournament scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, in the Student Life Center.

The tournament has a $5 entry fee and is open to all students, faculty and staff. Spectators are encouraged to attend.

For those interested in participating in the tournament, please visit more information and to register. Information is also available at the Sports and Fitness Department by calling 713-221-8225.

Two policy changes authorized

President Flores authorized two institutional policies effective Oct. 28, and It is highly recommended that all employees read both of these policy statements.  


PS 03.A.05, Dean's List

was revised and changes include the following:

1. Adding a definition for the word "term".

2. The word "semester" was changed to "term" throughout the policy.

3. In Section 3.2., the Dean's List will now be published on the respective college website prior to the beginning of the following term.

4. In Section 3.3, the words "permanently maintained" were changed to "archived".

5. The policy was reformatted to the current style.


P2 03.A.23, Protection of Human Subjects, was revised and changes include the following:

1. In Sections 1.2 and 2.1, the names of referenced codes were corrected to current titles and links were added to the code titles.

2. In Section 2.4, references to the "chair-elect" and the "beginning" of the academic year were added.

3. The policy was reformatted to the current style including adding references with links.


These and all other institutional policies may be found at

Stories from previous Skylines

First Fallapalooza Music Fest features student and area music groups on Nov. 11

The first Fallapalooza Music Fest will be from 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, on the North and South Decks and Portico at the One Main Building..

Student Activities and Events is sponsoring the event and staff members hope the Music Fest becomes a tradition. Groups representing a variety of musical styles will perform so everyone should find something of interest. The event will also include food and a cash bar. The following bands will be performing:

Student Bands

Monuments and Melodies - Folk Rock

Night Flight - Alternative      

Rory Jagdeo  - Solo Acoustic and Harmonica Artist

Tuerka - Indie Rock

The Blue Notes - Blues 


Liz Vaughn - R & B, Soul, and Gospel

A-19 - Blues, Rock

Exclusive Fallapalooza T-shirts will on sale for $10 throughout the fest. Get one during SAE's pre-sale for $9 starting at 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 8, in the SAE Office in room 204-S, One Main Building. 

Event information will be posted on campus and a Facebook page has been set up at

Student Veterans invited to march in city's Veterans Day parade Nov. 11

The UHD Veterans Student Organization has been invited to march with the Lone Star Veterans Association in this year's Veterans Day parade Thursday, Nov. 11.

Interested student veterans should meet at 10 a.m. at City Hall for the opening ceremony. UHD's Manager of Veteran Services Michael Record will depart at 9:30 a.m. from UHD. Records asks students planning to attend to contact him in advance. Activities have been planned throughout the day.

UHD's Veterans Services Office will offer breakfast in the morning and pizza in the afternoon for student veterans. The Veterans Services Office is located in room 244-S, One Main Building. Call 713-221-8622 for information.

If student veterans would like to become members of the LSVA, more information is available at the organization's website  

Career Services plans week of activities in recognition of Career Development Month

 In conjunction with Career Development Month, Career Services is holding its first "Career Services Week" Nov. 15 to 19. 

Events start off with an open invitation to students to visit the Career Services office, room 340-N, One Main Building, anytime on Monday to ask questions, gather materials, sign up for workshops  and enjoy the snacks.See attachment.

Students can attend career-related workshops covering a different topic each day (see flyer) Tuesday through Thursday.  Career-related door prizes will be given out each day, with a grand prize drawing on Friday.  Prizes sponsored by: Al's Formal Wear, JCPenney, Wal-Mart, Target and UHD Bookstore.

UHD police officer goes 'over the edge'

UHD's Police Department Lt. Fred Varela Saturday participated in a fund-raising event for Special Olympics called Over the Edge in which participants rappelled down the side of the Galleria-area Intercontinental Hotel.

Announcers recognized him and the University of Houston-Downtown and its police department in announcing his participation. Varela's participation is an example of UHD's commitment to community service in action. Varela is still short of his fundraising goal. Anyone interested in supporting his effort can do so at

Varela said the last time he'd done any rappelling it was from a helicopter onto the deck of a ship when he served in the U.S. Coast Guard.

Fred 2

Men's Club Soccer Team loses at regional

UHD's unbeaten Men's Club Soccer Team played 8th ranked University of Missouri in the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association Region IV Tournament at Texas Tech University in Lubbock and lost 3-0. The team lost its second match against Texas Tech 5-1.

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). This was UHD's third straight appearance in regional play.


Math skyline
Katarina Jegdic, UHD assistant professor; guest lecturer Eleftherios Gkioulekas, assistant professor, University of Texas-Pan American, and Steve London, UHD professor.
Guest lecturer discusses energy and enstrophy

Eleftherios Gkioulekas, assistant professor of mathematics at the University of Texas-Pan American, discussed "The Effect of Asymmetric Ekman Damping on Energy and Enstrophy Injection in Two-Layer Quasi-Geostrophic Turbulence" as guest lecturer on campus Friday. For more information on Gkioulekas visit the website,

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

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

University Theatre's production of drama 'The Laramie Project' continues this week

The University Theatre's fall production of The Laramie Project opens at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 3 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. Nov. 4, 5 and 6 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.

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


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'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. 

$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.

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



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


See all current IT training available

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In this issue
Coming up at UHD
Mobasher lectures on Qatar and sociology
Webcasts of online learning conference start today
Health and Fitness workshop today
Fall Contract Administration Training available Nov. 10, 11
Film series runs this week
Enter now for badminton tournament
Read about two policy changes
First fall music festival planned
Student veterans invited to Veterans Day activities
Career services plans activities
UHD police officer rappels down building
Men's Club Soccer plays at regionals Friday
Guest lecturer discusses math problem
Student internships available now
Social sciences holds information session on philosophy degree
Fall production of 'The Laramie Project' continues in the O'Kane Theatre
Information session set on criminal justice degree
ESO launches new onboarding program
UHD's online portal gets new name
$40,000 grant will support local outreach
Discount Texas Renaissance Tickets available
IT training classes available
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