A Publication of UHD Public Affairs
Dec. 20, 2010
Coming up at UHD.....
Testing and maintenance of fire safety systems will be Dec. 27 - Jan. 14.
Registration continues for UHD's first online Winter Term which runs from Dec. 27, 2010, to Jan. 14, 2011. See story below.
Record number of graduates cross stage at UHD's 49th Commencement Sunday
More than 1,300 UHD students crossed the stage Sunday at Minute Maid Park during UHD's 49th Commencement exercises and received bachelor's and master's degrees.
Family and friends occupied most of the lower and second levels of the stadium. Speakers included University of Houston System Board of Regents Chair Carroll Robertson Ray, UH System Chancellor Renu Khator and UHD President Bill Flores.
The speaker for the graduates was Karina Vasquez, a graduate of the College of Sciences and Technology and the Scholars Academy. She encouraged her classmates to view the ceremony as a beginning rather than an end for their education. The representative for the alumni was Anika Mohammed, Class of 2006.
The ceremony was UHD's first "green" Commencement, and the caps and gowns students wore are made of recycled plastic. Organizers say each cap and gown is made of 25 recycled plastic bottles - bottles that didn't get sent to a landfill. UHD students could donate their caps and gowns at the end of the ceremony to a local school.
|Testing and maintenance of campus fire detection, notification, suppression systems scheduled for Dec. 27 - Jan. 14
Facilities Management perform semi-annual testing and maintenance of the campus fire detection /notification / suppression systems (and related elevator fire service re-call, air handler shut-downs, fire-door hold-open devices and stair pressurization controls) beginning Dec. 27 and ending Jan. 14.
All campus buildings will be addressed during this period. Due to the size of the systems, the contractors involved and the cost of the labor required to perform the work, this test must be performed during normal business hours. Please consider this an opportunity for the university community to become familiar with these fire and life safety systems and the campus emergency public address system.
An announcement will be made over the PA system prior to alarms being sounded to inform occupants of testing. Alarms and strobe lights will then be engaged briefly and certified by technicians. An announcement will be made after the conclusion of each segment of audible and visual alarm testing.
This inspection is a requirement of the National Fire Protection Association. If you have any concerns, please contact T.C. Wilson, Director of Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing, at extension 8055. Thank you for your cooperation.
HUB Vendor Show participants highlight products and services for staff members
The UHD Purchasing Department sponsored the HUB Vendor Show Friday, Dec. 17, in the Buffalo Bayou Room, featuring Historically Underutilized Businesses. Companies, many of which do business with UHD, showcased a variety of products and services ranging from beverages services to marketing materials. Vendors offered door prizes. Staff members who visited all the booths and got signatures for the vendors also were eligible for prizes.
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|Submit Plan Year 2010 TexFlex claims by Dec. 31; TexFlex is 'use it or lose' program
Time is running out to file your TexFlex claims for Plan Year 2010:
- You have until Dec. 31 to file claims for reimbursement.
- Plan Year 2010 claims include eligible health or day care expenses from Sept. 1, 2009 through Nov. 15, 2010.
- TexFlex is a "use it or lose it" program. If you don't use your account money, you'll forfeit that money. Don't wait until Dec. 31 to file these claims-you might need to submit additional documentation.
|New federal Over-the-Counter rule starts Jan. 1 for reimbursement in health insurance plans
Starting Jan. 1, 2011, a new federal law requires a doctor's prescription for reimbursement of certain over-the-counter medicines and drugs. Check out our new OTC rule quick facts and FAQ resource.
For more detailed information, check out the TexFlex section of the ERS website or call PayFlex at 866-353-9839.
|ESO adds new vendors to the Work/Life Employee Discount Program
Employment Services and Operations has recently added new vendors to the Work/Life Employee Discount Program.
With the Holiday Season in full swing, many of you may be traveling by air. If you are parking at Bush Intercontinental Airport or Houston Hobby Airport, the Parking Spot, offers UHD staff and faculty a 25 percent discount. If you sign up for their complimentary UHD Spot Club Exec discount card by Jan. 31, you will get two free days of parking pre-loaded on it. These two days do not expire and will remain on your card until you use them. The card is also programmed with your 25 percent discount.
In the Katy area, THAI SPICE Asian Gourmet at 1420 South Mason Road offers a 10 percent discount off your food purchase. You must present your UHD ID card.
And lastly, if you are in the market for buying or selling your home, Just Home Savings at 7322 Southwest Freeway, Suite 750, offers UHD employees and their family members the following discounts:
- 20 percent cash rebate each time you buy and/or sell a home
- 20 percent discount on lender closing fees with PrimeLending, a PlainsCapital company
- Discounts on Van Line/Moving Services
(Sample rebate: $200,000 home purchase, the participating Realtor earns $6,000 (3 percent commission) x 20 percent = $1,200 cash rebate.)
For more information on these and other discounts available to UHD faculty and staff, please visit the Work/Life website or contact Bobbie Horack, Work/Life Coordinator, at email@example.com or 713-222-5318.
|Responses to Budget Discussion now available online
Responses to UHD's Budget Discussion are now available online on the President's web pages, http://www.uhd.edu/presidentsoffice/budget/.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Those suggestions are now available at http://www.uhd.edu/presidentsoffice/budget/.
Registration 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.
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
Thursday, Dec. 23
10 - 11:30 a.m. - Excel Basics
See all current IT training available
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