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Interstate 10 will close this weekend along with some ramps impacting access to UHD. See story below.

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


Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority is selling pies for Thanksgiving to raise funds for sorority projects.

Twenty members of UHD Club Powerlifting Team leaves today for the World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters (WABDL) World Championships in Las Vegas, Nev..



Safety Alert

University of Houston-Downtown

Friday, November 19, 2010



Three vehicles have been stolen in the past several days from the University of Houston-Downtown's Daly Street parking lot, which is the large student lot located north of I-10 on the west side of N. Main. UHD Police have increased patrols of the lot and encourage those parking there to lock their vehicles. All vehicles were parked around 8 a.m. and were missing when their owners returned between 5 and 6 p.m. the same day.


On Tuesday, Nov. 2, a red, 1994 Chevrolet Silverado was stolen. On Wednesday, Nov. 17, a tan, 2001 Chevrolet Caprice was stolen. On Thursday, Nov. 18, a blue, 2001 Buick Le Saber was stolen.


UHD students, faculty and staff are encouraged to call the UHD Police Department to report crimes or suspicious activity at 713-221-8065 or 713-221-8911. UHD encourages students to program their cell phones with these phone numbers. Students, faculty and staff can also use the emergency call boxes in parking lots and across campus to reach UHD Police at any time.

Interstate 10 at I-45, ramps close this weekend for construction

The Texas Department of Transportation has provided the following information related to work on Interstate 10 including total closure of the roadway and some ramps. 


On Friday, Nov. 19, at 9 p.m. I-10 eastbound will have a total closure at I-45.  This closure will be in place until 5 a.m. on Monday 11/22.  Traffic will be detoured to I-45 south to US-59 north to I-10 east.  This closure will be utilized for a traffic switch.
On Friday, Nov. 19, at 9 p.m. the I-45 south to I-10 east ramp will have a total closure.  This closure will be in place until 5 a.m. on Monday 11/22.  Traffic will be detoured to I-45 south to US-59 north to I-10 east.  This closure will be utilized for a traffic switch.
On Friday, Nov. 19, at 9 p.m. the I-45 north to I-10 east ramp will have a total closure.  This closure will be in place until 5 a.m. on Monday 11/22.  Traffic will be detoured to I-45 north, u-turn at north main and take I-45 south to US-59 north to I-10 east.  This closure will be utilized for a traffic switch.
On Monday, Nov. 22, at 5 a.m. the San Jacinto entrance ramp to I-10 eastbound will be opened up to traffic.
Also on Monday, Nov. 22, at 5 a.m. I-10 eastbound main lanes will be opened back up to three lanes.


O'Kane Gallery opens Jose Perez exhibit

O'Kane Gallery curator Mark Cervenka, left, hosted artist Jose Perez and Perez's wife, Mary, during a reception for an exhibit of Perez's drawings from the series, The Man From Xixes, and some of his paintings. The exhibit runs through Dec. 16.

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.


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System Board of Regents meet at UHD

The UH System Board of Regents held their quarterly meeting at UHD. During a break from their work, they visit with children from Crockett Elementary School who were performing in the Coffee House as part of International Education Week activities.

Sorority sells Thanksgiving pies

Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority is selling pies for Thanksgiving to raise funds for sorority projects.

Apple pies are $7 and pumpkin pies are $6. Orders must be placed by Nov 21 for delivery Nov. 24. To order, email sorority member Alicia Don at Gamma Alpha Omega is a service sorority and plans to use the funds raised for scholarships.


IBA visits Chevron Corporation

The International Business Association had a successful visit to Chevron Corporation on Nov.13 where members and guests saw four management presentations. The trip drew 58 students, two faculty members and one administrative staff person. The presentations addressed Chevron as a company, industry safety, drilling, logistics and learning and development.


Powerlifting team leaves today for world championships in Las Vegas

Twenty members of UHD Club Powerlifting Team leaves today for the World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters (WABDL) World Championships in Las Vegas, Nev..


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. 


Stories from previous Skylines
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  


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.

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


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.


University Theater stages Student-Directed One-Act Plays this weekend

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

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Blackboard Vista



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
Interstate 10 will be closed this weekend
Perez exhibit opens in O'Kane Gallery
Board of Regents listens to Crockett Elementary students
Sorority sells pies for Thanksgiving
IBA visits Chevron
Powerlifting team goes to world championships Friday
Team UHD seeks riders for MS150
Bond expert discussion AIG fraud
Career services plans activities
Work/Life vendors award prizes
Order commencement regalia now
Students visit Indonesian consulate
University Theatre stages student-directed plays
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
Discount Texas Renaissance Tickets available
IT training classes available
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