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Dec. 10, 2010
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Videos of provost candidate visits are available at a secure area of UHD's website. See story below.

UHD's Office of Admissions is hosting the "It's Not too Latte" event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 11, so potential students can apply for admission and receive admission assistance on campus.

Registration continues for UHD's first online Winter Term which runs from Dec. 27, 2010, to Jan. 14, 2011.
See story below.

UHD's W.I. Dykes Library will have shortened operating hours Dec. 18 - 23 and Jan. 3 - 16 and will be closed from Dec. 24- Jan. 2.

The Community Involvement Center will conduct a "Books for Africa" Book Drive through Jan. 7 to address the shortage of books and the need for education in African countries.

Service awards
Service award recipients are, from left, Brenetta Brooks, College Business Administrator I, 20 years service; William Robinson, Training Support Specialist III, 10 years; Sam Lai, Testing Specialist II, 5 years; David Bradley, Vice President for Administration and Finance, 25 years, and Myrtie Groves, Testing Assistant, 15 years. 

Staff Council's Holiday Open House

UHD's Staff Council hosted the Holiday Open House in the Special Events Center, Academic Building. The event featured festive refreshments and acknowledged longtime employees.

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Responses to Budget Discussion now available online

Responses to UHD's Budget Discussion are now available online on the President's web pages,

UHD President Bill Flores asked the UHD community to consider two questions:

Do you have a good idea about how the university can (a) cut costs, (b) generate additional revenue, or (c) become more efficient?

Have you encountered any practice or requirement in the university (at department, college or university level) that makes no sense to you or seems redundant or unnecessary?

He then asked people to send ideas and comments to Those suggestions are now available at

W.I. Dykes Library announces holiday and winter break hours

UHD's W.I. Dykes Library will have shortened operating hours Dec. 18 - 23 and Jan. 3 - 16 and will be closed from Dec. 24- Jan. 2

However, the library staff will monitor the library's email Ask-a-Librarian reference service from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 27 - 31


Additional information is available here.
Staff collects donations for former employee who lost everything in a fire

Trisha Jacobson, director of Student Accounting and Cashiers, is coordinating donations for a former employee and UHD graduate and her family who lost everything in a fire last weekend.


Tanesia Wilkerson worked in the Cashier office and the Learners Community. She and her husband have four children and they'd packed in preparation to move when a fire destroyed their home. She told Jacobson the family was lucky to get out alive. She is also a UHD graduate. The family lost basically everything including their furniture, clothing, computers and electronic equipment, dishes, bedding, linens and mattresses. 


The boys are ages 9 and 10 and the girls are ages 3 and 11. Contact Jacobson for more information including specific needs and clothing sizes. She can be reached at 713-221-8141 or

Community Involvement Center conducts book drive benefiting Books for Africa

The Community Involvement Center will conduct a "Books for Africa" Book Drive through Jan. 7 to address the shortage of books and the need for education in African countries.


Volunteers and staff will sort donated books and ship them to children in Africa through the Books for Africa organization. A book drop box will be available in Room 204-South. Pick-up is available.

Sports & Fitness now offers massages

Don't stress out. Come and relax at the Student Life Center with a massage.


The Department of Sports & Fitness is now offering massages to the UHD community. Massage sessions are 45 minutes long and cost $25 for students and $35 for faculty, staff and Sports & Fitness paid members. To schedule an appointment please visit the third floor office of the Student Life Center.


For more information visit the website

Powerlifters team
UHD's Powerlifting Club Team in Las Vega
UHD's Powerlifting Team members set records, finish eighth overall at WABDL championships

UHD's Club Powerlifting Team members set one world record, eight national records, and seven state recordsat the World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters (WABDL) World Bench Press and Deadlift Championships in Las Vegas. 


Linda Okoro set the Junior World Record in the Junior 148-pound weight category with a lift of 463.8 pounds. In the overall competition, the team finished eighth for the second year in a row. To read more...
UHD's Lamba Pi Eta communication honor society inducted new members Dec. 6

The Pi Mu Chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the national communication honor society for undergraduates, held its Fall 2010 Induction Ceremony Dec. 6 for UHD Communication Studies majors who meet the organization's academic requirements. 


New inductees are pictured above, from left, Jared Mayon, Falen Hardge, Terrica Watkins, Emil Niz, Briana Villa, Mayra Izaguirre, Damon Barone, Stacey Betancourt, Tiffany Watkins, Ann-Michael Brickey and Matthew Ellsworth.  Other inductees include Angela Dean, Marissa Marentes, Roseann Martinez, Robert Olson, Paige Preas and Yolanda Turner. 


 Inductees received membership certificates and lapel pins.  Society officers for the 2010-2011 academic year are Mayra Izaguirre, president; Jared Mayon, vice president, and Tiffany Sanders, secretary.

As a member of the Association of College Honor Societies , the Pi Mu Chapter at UHD is one of 344 active chapters worldwide. 

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Candidate for Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Brian Chapman talks with Faculty Senate President Phil Lyons.

Videos of candidate visits are available online

Candidates for Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs visited campus this week and videos of their visits are available at a secure area of UHD's website.

The videos can be accessed at An evaluation form is also available at that site. The deadline for submitting the forms is 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 13.

Additional information about the candidates is available at the same web location. The candidates are:

 Manuel Avalos, Ph.D., Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Support and Development, Division of Academic Affairs, University of North Carolina, Wilmington;

 Ben Latigo, Ph.D., Dean and Professor, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, University of the District of Columbia;

 Brian Chapman, Ph.D., Professor of Biology and Marine Biology, University of North Carolina, Wilmington; and

 John Ronnau, Ph.D., Director and Professor, School of Social work, College of Health and Public Affairs, University of Central Florida.

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Provost candidate John Ronnau talks with College of Business Dean Don Bates before his open meeting with faculty and staff. 

Stories from previous Skylines
Urban Ed proj.
Department of Urban Education Master of Arts in Teaching Program Graduate Project Student Exhibitors.

Urban Education MAT Program Graduate Project Exhibition

The UHD Department of Urban Education Master of Arts in Teaching Program held a Graduate Project Exhibition Monday in the Commerce Street Building.


The 10 graduate students presented poster sessions on capstone projects in grant writing, position papers, curriculum revision and research studies. Curriculum in the program is focused on education and inquiry in urban school sites.

Holiday music
The Chancel Bells Quartet perform.

Arts and Humanities Dept. sponsors holiday music

Harpist Laura Smith and the Chancel Bells Quartet of Houston's First Presbyterian Church performed holiday music in the Academic Building atrium. The Arts and Humanities Department sponsors the annual event. For information, contact Carrie Allen, assistant professor of music, at 713-226-5550.

ESO offers Star12 Training options for UHD employees at a discount

 Has your professional development budget suffered due to the current financial environment?  STAR 12 has cut membership prices for UHD's staff and faculty down to $150 per employee for a 1 year unlimited STAR 12 membership.


This membership includes unlimited training for 1 year for the following:

         Public Seminars

         Web and Audio Conference

         E-learning & archived Web conference

         Stephen Covey collection

         Tracking & Reporting (can be set up by department heads)


For an additional $30 per person, you can add MINDLEADERS, which includes 300 of the most popular E-Learning courses available.


If you wish to join, have questions, or need additional information, please contact Bobbie Horack, ESO Coordinator, at 713-222-5318 or

Phi Kappa Phi new members with guest speaker Nicole LaRose, UHD Director of International Programs.

Phi Kappa Phi initiates 52 students into honor society at ceremony today

Phi Kappa Phi, the international honor society, welcomed 52 student-scholars as new members in a ceremony Monday in the Cullen Robertson Auditorium.

Nicole LaRose, UHD Director of International Programs, was the guest speaker and she discussed, study abroad programs, PKP study abroad grants and the value of study abroad experiences. A list of initiates is available here.

Holiday contest
Last year's Best of Show was the College of Public Service.

Staff Council sponsors holiday Office Decorating Contest; entries due Dec. 17

The Staff Council is sponsoring an Office Decorating Contest with multiple categories and the deadline to enter is Dec. 17.

Departments can enter for the office decorations or their door decorations, but not both. Office decorations will be judged on the categories of most creative, most traditional, most humorous, best door and best theme.

Email entries to Michelle Henninghaus at with the following information:

-          Contact name and extension,

-          Department and room number and

-          Door or office decoration theme

Judging will be held throughout the day Monday, Dec. 20, and the winners will be announced Tuesday, Dec. 21. A flyer with photos of last year's winners is available here.


Office of Admission hosts 'It's Not too Latte" on Saturday, Dec. 11

UHD's Office of Admissions is hosting the "It's Not too Latte" event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 11, so potential students can apply for admission and receive admission assistance on campus.

To be admitted on the spot, a potential student should bring a check or money order for the $35 application fee and a copy of his or her official transcripts.

Individuals also can apply in advance online at Paper applications will be available the day of the event. For additional information, contact a UHD admissions counselor at 713-221-8522 or email

WinterTermGraphicRegistration continues for UHD's first online Winter Term

UHD will hold its first 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 will open today.

For more information, go here.

Here is the  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
    ENG       3318    Studies in English Grammar
    FIN        3302    Business Finance
    HUM      3301    Foundations of Western Culture I
    HUM      3310    Cultural Criticism
    MATH    3321    Math Concepts I
    MGT      3301    Management of Organizations
    MKT      3301    Principles of Marketing
    PSY       3302    Principles of Educational Psychology
    PSY       3305    Adolescent Psychology
    PSY       3310    Psychology of Women
    PSY       3311    Biological Psychology
    SCM      3308    Purchasing Management
    SOC      4390    Child Abuse
    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

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

Monday, Dec. 13

3 - 4 p.m. - Blackboard: Gradebook Setup

Tuesday, Dec. 14 
1 - 2 p.m. - Blackboard: Assignments

Wednesday, Dec. 15

10 - 11 a.m.- Blackboard: Communication Tools

Thursday, Dec. 16  

1 - 2:30 p.m. - Blackboard: Mail, Calendar, and Who's Online 

Monday, Dec. 20 
2 - 3:30 p.m. - Softchalk: Lesson Builder

Tuesday, Dec. 21

1 - 2 p.m. - Blackboard: Customizing Your Blackboard Course

Wednesday, Dec. 22

10 - 11 a.m.- Blackboard: Managing Course Content


Classroom Tools

Friday, Dec. 17
10 - 11:30 a.m. - Useful Classroom Gadgets


10 - 11:30 a.m. - TaskStream: e-Portfolio

Microsoft Excel

Thursday, Dec. 23

10 - 11:30 a.m. - Excel Basics


See all current IT training available

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In this issue
Coming up at UHD
Holiday Open House set for Dec. 9
Responses to Budet Discussion available
Library announces holiday hours
Staff collects donations for fire victim
CIC conducts book drive
Sports & Fitness offers massage therapy
Powerlifting team results from world championships
Lambi Pi Eta honor society inducts new members
Videos of provost candidates available
Urban Ed. MAT program presents Graduate Project Exhibition
Arts & Humanities hosts holiday music
Check out Star 12 training options
Phi Kappa Phi initiates students
Staff Council sponsors holiday decorating contest
Not Too Latte Event is Dec. 11
Registration opens today for UHD's first online Winter Term
IT Training schedule
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