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Registratioin is open for UHD's first ever, online Winter Term from Dec. 27, 2010, to Jan. 14, 2011. See story below.

UHD's online portal to eservices, UOnline, will become MyUHD today.

Registration deadline for Intramural Bowling Tournament is today. Tournament is at 6 p.m. Tuesday, at Lucky Strike Lanes in Houston Pavilions.

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

Registration is open for UHD's first ever, online Winter Term this December

UHD's Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs announced recently that UHD will hold its first ever, online Winter Term from Dec. 27, 2010, to Jan. 14, 2011.

"Currently enrolled UHD students will be able to take one course during the session, and registration for Winter Term is tentatively set to open on Dec. 1," Dressman said.

UHD's online courses always fill quickly, and many students have expressed an interest in a mini-mester format, he said.

Tuition and fees will be slightly reduced from the cost of a single course in the fall or spring semester, and UHD plans to have short-term loans available for qualified students who enroll. Students who receive financial aid spring semester will be able to apply a portion of the aid to pay back loan for the course, he said.

More details about Winter Term will be announced as plans are finalized.

Here is the tentative list of courses list of courses for the all-online Winter Term:

ACC               3303       Cost Accounting

ACC               3304       Accounting Information Systems

BA                  3300       Business Cornerstone 

BA                   3301    Legal Environment of Business

BIOL              4220       Intro. to Genomics and Bioinformatics

CIS                 1301       Introduction to Computer Based Systems  

CJ                   3301       Criminology

CJ                   3306       Crime and Delinquency

CJ                   3311       Ethics of Social Control

CJ                   3317       Race and Crime

CJ                   3318       Sex Crimes

CJ                   4314       Women and the Criminal Justice System

COMM           3302       Argumentation and Debate

COMM           3314       Research in Communication Studies

COMM           4380       Field Experience in Communication

CS                  1305       Introduction to Computer Technology

ENG               1318       Intro. to the Study of English   Grammar

ENG               3302       Business and Technical Report Writing

FIN                 3302       Business Finance

HUM               3301       Foundations of Western Culture I

MATH            3321      Math Concepts

MGT               3301       Management of Organizations

MKT               3301       Principles of Marketing

PSY                3302       Principles of Educational Psychology

PSY                3305       Adolescent Psychology

PSY                3311       Biological Psychology

SCM               3308       Purchasing Management

SOSE             3320       Assessment and Evaluation of Children

SPAN             3301       Spanish Grammar and Composition

STAT             3309       Statistical Analysis for Bus.  Applications

STAT             3311      Statistical Analysis for Natural Science

UHD's online eservices portal will get new name today

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

 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. 

Join Garna Christian's Walking Tour of Historic Downtown on Tuesday

Garna Christian, professor of History, will conduct a walking tour of the downtown historical district from 1 - 2:30 p.m.,Tuesday, 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 Tuesday; registration deadline is today

The UHD Intramural Bowling Tournament will be held on Tuesday, November 23 at 6 p.m. 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 today's deadline, please see the following link for more information. Bowling link:


Stories from previous Skylines

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.




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.

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

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.

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.


Bd of Regents
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.

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 p.m. - Blackboard: Communication Tools
Tuesday, Nov. 2

9:30 - 11 a.m. -
Blackboard: Managing Course Content

Wednesday, Nov. 24 

10 - 11 a.m. - Blackboard: Assignments


See all current IT training available

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In this issue
Coming up at UHD
UHD's online portal gets new name
Walking tour of historic downtown set for Tuesday
Intramural Bowling Tournament set for Tuesday
Perez exhibit opens in O'Kane Gallery
Safety Alert - Car Thefts
Order commencement regalia now
Team UHD seeks riders for MS150
Bond expert discussion AIG fraud
IBA visits Chevron
Board of Regents listens to Crockett Elementary students
Discount Texas Renaissance Tickets available
IT training classes available
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