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University Theatre will present the Student-Directed One-Act plays at 8 p.m. Nov. 18, 19, and 20  and at 3 p.m. Nov. 21 in the O'Kane Theatre, room 364-N, One Main Building.


Garna Christian, professor of History, will conduct a walking tour of the downtown historical district from 1 - 2:30 p.m., Nov 23, leaving from the South Deck, One Main Building.

Twenty members of UHD Club Powerlifting Team are going to the World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters (WABDL) World Championships in Las Vegas, Nev., on Friday, Nov. 19..

If you were participating in TexFlex program for Plan Year 2010 (fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2010), TODAY  is the last date to spend dollars for Plan Year 2010.

International Education & Citizenship Week will run Nov. 15-18

International Education Week

November 15-18



Monday (11/15): Global Awareness Day (How much do you know about the world?) Academic Building, 3rd Floor.

Coffee House: 11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.:  Sponsored by the Community Involvement Center

                Citizenship Brown Bag Lunch [How I Got to Houston and What I Think about it.]

                Ticket Booth area: Test Your Global Awareness - win prizes!

                Auditorium, 11:30 a.m.:  Music performance from Northern Spain;

12:00 p.m.:  English Language Institute panel discussion -- Cross-cultural Expectations.


Tuesday (11/16): Studies Abroad Fair (where do you want to go?) Academic Building, 3rd Floor.

                Auditorium, 11:30am - 12:45pm: Panel discussion - Work & Study Abroad Panel Discussion

                Coffee House: FBI Recruiter

                Ticket Booth area: Studies Abroad Trips


Wednesday (11/17): Cultural Activities (listen to a foreign beat) Academic Building, 3rd Floor.

Ticket Booth area (11-12)

Yvonne Kendall's demonstration of Flutes from Around the World

Kiran Parthasarathy performance of Karnatak music of India         

Coffee House (12-1): Crocket Elementary School Children performance


Thursday (11/18): UHD's International Community (the international in your own backyard)

Academic Building, Room A-405, 6:30 pm: Sponsored by the Cultural Enrichment Center - Hispanic Film Festival showing of Madeinusa.


Ticket booth area: Internationally-themed Student Organizations and UHD International programs (Cultural Enrichment Center, Ethnic Studies & Film Studies Minors, Foreign Languages)

Auditorium, 11 am: Community Involvement Center - Immigration and Naturalization Panel

Office of Community Engagement hosts service-learning resource event Nov. 16 and 17

Office of Community Engagement will hold a service-learning smorgasbord from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 16 and from 2 to 5 p.m. Nov. 17 in room 420-N, One Main Building, featuring experienced UHD "service learners" who will be available to answer questions.


Participants can examine UHD's book collection and review resources. Refreshments will be available.


Last day to spend TexFlex dollars is Nov. 15 and to submit claims is Dec. 31

If you were participating in TexFlex program for Plan Year 2010 (fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2010), please do not forget these key dates:


ˇ         Nov. 15,  - Last day to spend TexFlex dollars for Plan year 2010

ˇ         Dec. 31,  - Last day to submit claims for Plan Year 2010


For your last year's TexFlex account balance information, please call PayFlex at 866-353-9839.  


Powerlifting team plans trip to world championship in Las Vegas

Twenty members of UHD Club Powerlifting Team are going to the World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters (WABDL) World Championships in Las Vegas, Nev., on Friday, Nov. 19.


The powerlifting team, still undefeated in collegiate powerlifting, is looking to improve on their 8th place finish at WABDL Worlds in 2009. Coach and Assistant Professor John Hudson said he is confident UHD can place much higher this year, particularly with the new freshmen talent in the lineup.  In fact, Hudson said he thinks UHD has a good shot at first place if UHD lifters perform up to their potential.  A win by UHD Powerlifting would mark the first team championship at WABDL Worlds by a collegiate team.


Several UHD lifters will be taking shots at new World Records.  Linda Okoro, already the Junior and Open World Record Holder in the deadlift at in the 165-pound weight class, will attempt to break the Junior World Record in the 148-pound class, which has stood at 462.7 pounds for the last 12 years.  Okoro also has her sights set on being the first woman in WABDL history to pull a 500 pound deadlift at 148.  Freshman Sasha Martinez will attemmpt to break the women's heavyweight deadlift record for the Teen 18-19 Division, which is currently 435.2 pounds and has stood for eight years. 



Community Involvement Center plans events recognizing Citizenship Week

Join the Community Involvement Center for two events next week in honor of Citizenship Week that highlight what it means to be a citizen of Houston.


Monday, Nov. 15,

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

UHD Coffeehouse

Brown Bag Lunch: "Why I like Houston and how I got here"

Bring your lunch and we will provide the drinks and cookies for a discussion about citizenship. 


Thursday, Nov. 18,

11 a.m.

UHD Auditorium

A Panel: The Citizenship Process from Application to Oath

Join us for a great presentation and discussion as we partner with the League of Women Voters, the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service and the National Association of Newly Elected Officials to discuss the citizenship process.


A flyer is available here.

Deadline to register for the Third T.E.A.C.H. lunch session is Monday, Nov. 15

The third Trading Education And Classroom Hints (T.E.A.C.H.) lunch sponsored by the Quality Enhancement Plan Committee will be from 11:30 - 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, in room 612-N, One Main, on "Differentiated Instruction for the College Classroom", moderated by Lisa Morano, associate professor, and Jon Aoki, assistant professor.Deadline for registration is Nov. 15.


The T.E.A.C.H. lunches are 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.


 Interested faculty from departments other than Natural Sciences that wish to attend should contact Jerry Johnson, assistant professor, ( or Morano ( for a reservation by Monday, Nov, 15. Lunch will be provided to attendees that reserve in advance.

Career Services plans week of activities recognizing 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.

Presentation addresses 'Your Credit Report & Score'

ESO invites faculty and staff to attend "Your Credit Report & Score" Lunch and Learn, at noon Wednesday, Nov. 17 in the Library Event Room. 

James Kane, DDS, MBA, Director of the Institute for Financial Literacy, College of Business, will present a program on credit scores and APR's and what they really mean to consumers. He will also share valuable tips on how to effectively manage and eliminate debt. Drinks and cookies will be provided.

Registration is recommended to assure enough food, drinks and handouts are available. Click PASS to register for this class.

Writing and Reading Center Student Art Contest deadline has been extended to Dec. 1

The deadline for the second annual Writing and Reading Center Student Art Contest has been extended to Dec. 1.  

See submission guidelines below. 

  • Open to all UHD students, regardless of major or enrollment in art classes
  • All submitted works must be originals
  • Theme, subject, and medium of work are open
  • Painting, photography, pencil, ink, collage, or other media; wall-mountable, framed or unframed
  • Some frames are available in a limited selection of sizes. Loaned frames remain property of The WRC
  • Sculpture - small (sized to sit on a bookshelf; maximum 18'' high x 10'' deep x 36'' wide)
  • Mural, open media, maximum size 6'' x 12''
  • Smaller dimensions than 6'' x 12'' are acceptable. Please contact The WRC prior to submission of large works to reserve space
  • Please include Name, Phone Number, and E-Mail address on card attached to back of work
  • Submit to The WRC in N925 by Dec. 1
  • Judging will be done between Dec. 6 and 7
  • Winner will be contacted prior to public announcement on Dec. 13


For information contact Dagmar Scharold, Writing & Reading Center Director/Lecturer, at

713-221-8297 or at room 1067-S, One Main Building.

Marketing project partners with FBI to feature career opportunities and a job fair

Integrated Ideas, UHD's  student-run marketing agency, has developed a fully integrated marketing campaign as part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Collegiate Marketing & Recruitment Program leading up to a job fair, FBI: Make it Your Next Move Event - Nov 16.

A promotional pre-event is going on today inviting students to the main event tomorrow. The campaign is aimed at generating an applicant pool for Intelligence Analyst and Language Analyst careers with the FBI.Students can talk with FBI agents, learn more about the careers with the FBI and receive T-shirts, buttons, and other prizes.

The Primary event will provide opportunities for students to interact with FBI analysts, participate in activities, games, and apply for jobs with FBI. These career opportunities are specifically with the Intelligence Analyst and Language Analyst positions. The campaign is targeted towards potential applicants for the Intelligence Analyst position possessing the following: expertise in financial security, effective oral and written communication skills, a Bachelor's degree,advanced analytical studies with special emphasis in denial and deception, fundamental knowledge of research techniques and being bilingual is preferred. Qualified applicants are encouraged to send their résumés to and list UHD in the subject line for prompt consideration in the application process. 

The campaign is also targeted towards potential applicants for the Language Analyst position possessing the following: effective oral and written communication skills, a Bachelor's degree, fundamental knowledge of research techniques, and bilingual proficiency. They are currently looking for individuals who speak the languages of: Arabic, Urdu, Farsi, Chinese, Pashto, Punjabi, Uzbek, Mandarin, and Spanish. Qualified applicants are encouraged to send their résumés to and list UHD in the subject line for prompt consideration in the application process.    

The project, known as the FBI Collegiate Marketing & Recruitment Program, is designed to give students a unique, real-world business experience by creating a marketing campaign for a leading organization. 

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University Theater stages Student-Directed One-Act Plays starting Nov. 18

University Theatre will present the Student-Directed One-Act plays at 8 p.m. Nov. 18, 19, and 20  and at 3 p.m. Nov. 21 in the O'Kane Theatre, room 364-N, One Main Building.


Four plays, including one in Spanish, will be presented each day. No tickets or reservations are necessary. Admission is free. All are welcome. Thomas Lyttle, professor of Arts and Humanities and director of the O'Kane Theatre, encourages everyone to come see our students at their best.


Sports and Fitness sponsors workshop of 'Do I Have to Exercise' at noon Nov. 17

The Sports and Fitness Center is sponsoring the workshop, "Do I Have to Exercise?" at noon Nov. 17 in room 1099-N, One Main Building.

The workshop is free to UHD students, faculty and staff. It is possible to lose weight without exercising, however, do you know the reasons the USADA, doctors and fitness professionals all recommend physical activity, including exercise as part of your daily life? There are many health benefits to exercising including recovery from an injury to decreasing your risk of certain diseases and many more. Participants will walk away from this workshop with useful tips for successful exercise programs. A flyer is available here.

To reserve a spot for this workshop please visit,


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. 

Garna Christian's Walking Tour of Historic Downtown is scheduled for Nov. 23

Garna Christian, professor of History, will conduct a walking tour of the downtown historical district from 1 - 2:30 p.m., Nov 23, leaving from the South Deck, One Main Building.


The cost is a donation of two dollars per person to the Houston Food Bank.


Intramural Bowling Tournament set for Nov. 23; register now in Sports & Fitness

The UHD Intramural Bowling Tournament will be held on Tuesday, November 23 at 6pm at Lucky Strike Lanes in Houston Pavilions located in downtown.  The location is easily accessible on the MetroRail via the Main Street Square Station from UHD.  Entry fee is $5 per person and is open to all UHD students and employees. 


There will be three divisions:   

1.       Men's Competitive

2.       Women's Competitive

3.       Just for Fun


You will need your UHD ID.


To see register by the deadline of Nov. 22, please see the following link for more information. Bowling link:


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Student Veterans march in Veterans Day parade

The UHD Veterans Student Organization marched, above, with the Lone Star Veterans Association in this year's Veterans Day parade Thursday.

Student veterans met at City Hall for the opening ceremony. Some student veterans also met in UHD's Veterans Services Office for breakfast, below, and traveled with UHD's Manager of Veteran Services Michael Record to the ceremony and parade.

The Veterans Services Office is located in room 244-S, One Main Building. Call 713-221-8622 for information.

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Urban Education's collaboration wins

Statewide Star Award in Austin

AUSTIN   -- The University of Houston Downtown, Lone Star College-Cy Fair and Lone Star College-Kingwood together won one of four Star Awards from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Tuesday, Nov. 9, for a collaborative, teacher-education degree program that provides students with a seamless transition from the community college to the university while working with school district partners.

"This award showcases a wonderful collaboration between three institutions of higher education," said Mary E. Smith, coordinating board assistant deputy commissioner for Academic Planning and Policy as she introduced 11 finalists at the organization's 10th Annual Star Awards Ceremony luncheon.


She said reviewers chose the four winners from a pool of 65 nominated programs. Star Awards recognize exemplary contributions toward closing the higher education gaps that challenge Texas residents including increasing the college-going rate of residents, improving college graduation rates and helping more students complete degrees.

Beth Pelz, dean of UHD's College of Public Service that includes the Department of Urban Education, said, "This award recognizes that our approach is innovative, replicable and effective. Ultimately, our faculty has made this program a success."

of Spanish. Read more here.


First Fallapalooza Music Fest features student, area music groups

The first Fallapalooza Music Fest was moved indoors due to weather that threatened rain, but shift inside didn't seem to the dampen spirits of participants.

Student Activities and Events sponsored the event and staff members hope the Music Fest becomes a tradition. Groups represented a variety of musical styles. The event also included food and a cash bar. The bands, Franchise and Yung, top, and Jimbo Herrera, bottom, kicked off the eventing that also featured Rory Jagdeo, Tuerka, Liz Vaughn, Night Flight and The Blue Notes.

A limited run of Fallapalooza T-shirts are on sale for $10 in the SAE Office, room 204-S, One Main Building. 

Event information will be posted on a Facebook page at


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Faculty Awards Selection Committee is accepting faculty awards nominations

The Faculty Awards Selection Committee is accepting nominations for faculty awards in Teaching, Professional/Institutional Service, and Scholarship/Creativity. 

Send all nominations to Lisa Morano, associate professor, Department of Natural Sciences (N609), or via the NS Department office (N813) no later than Tuesday, Nov. 30.

Please see the attached call which includes the nomination form at the end.


Teacher Retirement System members can now access accounts online

Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) is unveiling MyTRS, the new online access portion of the system's website in November.

Members will now be able to plan for retirement, keep track of their personal accounts and receive communications from TRS online. Active TRS members will receive a temporary user ID and password with their annual statements in November, which will provide them with access to MyTRS.

When members receive their user ID and password, TRS encourages them to visit MyTRS and complete the registration process. Registration for online access through MyTRS will not require members to enter their full social security numbers online. Members can change their temporary password with one of their own choosing. New TRS members can still register for MyTRS by visiting the TRS website.     

Once registered, TRS members will be able to:

ˇ         Obtain a personalized retirement estimate using unaudited data on file with TRS.

ˇ         View and/or print a copy of their most recent annual statements.

ˇ         View their account balance, including current year contributions received to date by TRS.

For more details, please visit the TRS website at or call them toll free at 800-223-8778.


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



Tuesday, Nov. 16

1 - 2 p.m. - Blackboard: Assessments
Wednesday, Nov. 17

2 - 3 p.m. - Blackboard: Gradebook Set-up

Thursday, Nov. 18

1 - 2:30 p.m. - Respondus: StudyMate

Friday, Nov. 19

10 a.m. - 12 p.m. -
Respondus Open Lab


See all current IT training available

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In this issue
Coming up at UHD
International Education and Citizenship Week is Nov. 15-18
Office of Community Engagement plans resource event
Last day to spend TexFlex dollars is Nov. 15
Powerlifting team goes to world championships Friday
Community Involvement Center recognizes Citizenship Week
Deadline to register for T.E.A.C.H. workshop is Nov. 15
Career services plans activities
Presentations addresses credit reports, scores
Writer and Reading Center art contest deadline extended
FBI Job Fair tomorrow
University Theatre stages student-directed plays
Sports and Fitness sponsors exercise workshop
UHD's online portal gets new name
Walking tour of historic downtown set for Nov. 23
Intramural Bowling Tournament set for Nov. 23
Student veterans march in Veterans Day Parade
Urban Education's collaboration wins state award
SAE holds first Fallapalooza Music Festival
Faculty Awards Selection Committee seeks nominations
TRS can access information online
Discount Texas Renaissance Tickets available
IT training classes available
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