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Nov. 17, 2010
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The Sports and Fitness Center is sponsoring the workshop, "Do I Have to Exercise?" at noon today in room 1099-N, One Main Building.

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

University Theatre Company 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.


Office of Community Engagement will hold a service-learning smorgasbord from 2 to 5 p.m. today, Nov. 17, in room 420-N, One Main Building, featuring experienced UHD "service learners."

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. today in room 612-N, One Main Building, on "Differentiated Instruction for the College Classroom."

Jose Perez - The Nomads

O'Kane Gallery opens Jose Perez exhibit from 6 to 8 p.m. with reception

The O'Kane Gallery will exhibit paintings and drawings by Houston native Jose Perez including an extensive viewing of drawings from his series, The Man From Xixes, Nov. 18 - Dec. 16, with an opening reception set for 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Perez first conceived of the series more than 30 years ago and he has worked on it since then.  The Man From Xixes, an allegory of human folly as seen through the animal kingdom, speaks fully to the themes Perez has embraced throughout his professional career in drawing and painting. 

A flyer is available here.


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

International Education Week

November 15-18



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 today

Office of Community Engagement will hold a service-learning smorgasbord from 2 to 5 p.m. today, 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.



UHD students visit Indonesian consulate

UHD students in Associate Professor Yvonne Kendall's World Music course attended a performance at the Indonesian Consulate.  Students James Lynch, from left, Cristen Reid, Sonia Monreal, Stacey Pope and Jessica Morales hold angklungs (bamboo chimes) behind dancer Emilia Graciano-Yonge.


Sports and Fitness sponsors workshop of 'Do I Have to Exercise' at noon today

The Sports and Fitness Center is sponsoring the workshop, "Do I Have to Exercise?" at noon today 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,


Team UHD seeks riders for the MS150, register now before rider limit is reached

UHD's MS150 Cycling Team encourages individuals interested in riding in this unique event to get their registration in quickly.


Event organizers register participants until the 13,000 rider limit is reached. Initial registrants filled 80 percent of the openings. Team UHD members say registration will likely pick up again and if interested UHD riders do not sign up soon, it may be too late.


The Team UHD roster is at 16 members and they look forward to an increase before the end of the year. Please spread the word to students, staff, faculty and alumni.


MS150 Registration Information:


-$100 Registration Fee

-$400 minimum pledge

- 12 years old minimum age

- Register as "Team University of Houston - Downtown"

- Co-Captain - Jose Cantu

- Co-Captain - Lorenzo Morales


2011 Team Fees

$80 (staff/fac/friend), $60 (Alumni) or $40 (Students)


Team Fee Includes:

- Team Jersey

- Training Series

- Team Tent (La Grange)


For more information contact Jose Cantu at or Lorenzo Morales at  


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.


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.

Bond and investment expert's Dec. 1 presentation considers fraud at AIG

The UHD's Risk Management and Compliance Department will host Gordon Massie, former head of AIG's Leveraged Finance Group from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wedesday, Dec. 1, in room C-1, Commerce Street Building, where he will discuss:

  • AIG's accounting practices for its high yield bonds
  • The discovery of accounting fraud
  • How accounting fraud was confronted

Massie has been a regular speaker at high-yield bond and investment management conferences in the United States and Europe. He has worked in the financial/investment business for 30 years with companies including Texas Commerce Bancshares, Prudential Insurance Company, American General Corporation, and American International Group (AIG). At American General, he was responsible for the management of American General's $3 billion high-yield bond portfolio for 16 years.

Massie earned a Bachelor's degree in Economics and a Master's in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley. He is in the process of publishing his first book titled, "The Whistleblower's Dilemma.Confronting Fraud at AIG".


R.S.V.P. to Mary Cook, director of Risk Management and Compliance, at See the attached flyer.

T.E.A.C.H. lunch session today addresses differentiated instruction

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.


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 (

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.

New Work/Life vendors award prizes

The two new Work/Life program vendors, Liberty Mutual Insurance and Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc., were on campus Thursday, Nov. 11, for the Kick-Off to Supplemental Insurance. Overviews of the discounted services now offered to UHD faculty, staff and retirees were held throughout the day and attendees to any of the sessions were given a raffle ticket for a chance to win prizes donated by Liberty Mutual and Pre-Paid Legal Services.  The winners of the prizes were:

$50 Gift Cards (Liberty Mutual)

Kim Ngo, Administration & Finance

April Frank, Employment Services & Operations

Paper Shredders (Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc.)

Joe Longoria, Computing, Telecommunications & Video Networking

Debra Evans, Facilities Management

For additional information on Liberty Mutual Insurance and Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc., please visit the Work/Life website or contact Bobbie Horack, Work/Life Coordinator, at 713-222-5318 or

Commencement regalia order deadline
is Nov. 24, rush fees apply thereafter

The December 2010 Commencement ceremony is scheduled for Dec.19, and the UHD Bookstore staff 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 orders for rush shipping.


Orders placed before 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 Commencement.


The UHD Bookstore requires prepayment  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:


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

Presentation addresses 'Your Credit Report & Score'

ESO invites faculty and staff to attend "Your Credit Report & Score" Lunch and Learn, at noon today 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.

Stories from previous Skylines
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. 



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.


Writing and Reading Center Student Art Contest deadline 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.

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:


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



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
Perez exhibit reception is Thursday
International Education and Citizenship Week is Nov. 15-18
Office of Community Engagement plans resource event
Students visit Indonesian consulate
Sports and Fitness sponsors exercise workshop
Team UHD seeks riders for MS150
Community Involvement Center recognizes Citizenship Week
Bod expert discussion AIG fraud
T.E.A.C.H. workshop is today
Career services plans activities
Work/Life vendors award prizes
Order commencement regalia now
Presentations addresses credit reports, scores
Writer and Reading Center art contest deadline extended
UHD's online portal gets new name
Walking tour of historic downtown set for Nov. 23
Intramural Bowling Tournament set for Nov. 23
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