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Jan. 6, 2011
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Electrical power will be out to the One Main Building south tower for approximately eight hours beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7.

Testing and maintenance ofUHD fire safety systems will continue through Jan. 14.

Expect power outage to One Main's south tower; staff should take precautions 

Electrical power to the One Main Building south tower will be out approximately eight hours beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, so Facilities Management recommends that staff members power down computers and shut down any equipment that might be adversely affected by the power outage.


This outage is related to the fifth floor library renovations and involves the south tower normal circuits and lighting. All emergency back-up circuits will remain powered up and the generator will run for the duration of the outage.


Due to length of the power outage, the Facilities Management staff recommends that any refrigerators used for food storage be emptied as well.


For information, contact T.C. Wilson, Director MEP, at extension 8055 or email

Stories from previous Skylines
Community Involvement Center 'Books for Africa' drive ends tomorrow

The Community Involvement Center is still collecting donations for its "Books for Africa" Book Drive which ends Friday, Jan. 7.

The Books for Africa drive is designed to help 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.

Mandatory training deadline is Jan. 31

The deadline for completing the FY11 Mandatory Training is Jan. 31, 2011. Mandatory training is required of all UHD employees - faculty, staff, student workers and temporary employees paid through the payroll system.


All mandatory training is available at  It requires your employee ID number as the user ID, and your date of birth (mmddyyyy) as the password, unless you have changed this in the past.   Do not try to log-in through PASS.   To get support with password resets or technical issues, please contact Technology Support Services at 713-743-1411.


All employees are required to complete the FY11-Training Acknowledgement (This acknowledges responsibility for the information provided in the five primary trainings - Ethics, EEO, FERPA, Fraud, and Secure Our Systems)


Depending upon your role at the university you may be required to complete additional courses such as the following:

         FY10-External Consulting

         FY11-Cash Security Procedures (Finance based role/training)

         FY11-Credit Card Data Security (Finance based role/training)

         FY11-Credit Card Processing (Finance based role/training)

You will receive a notification of completion via email approximately one week after you have successfully met the criteria for your training courses.  You may verify completion by visiting your training record in P.A.S.S.  To learn how to review your completion in P.A.S.S, please refer to the following site:


Please allow 24-48 hours for your records to update before logging into PASS to verify you have completed the training.

Remember that any system employee who fails to complete the required training for fiscal year 2011 by the published deadline of Jan. 31, 2011 will not have met their job expectations and will therefore not be eligible for merit increases as stated in SAM 02.A.11 and SAM 02.A.26.

Staff member loses both parents; funeral service will be Saturday

Betty Powell's father, Joseph Powell, and mother, Julia Powell, passed away recently.


Powell is UHD's Assistant Vice President, Employee Services and Records Management in Employee Services and Operations. The funeral service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 4600 Reed Road, at the corner of Reed Road and Cullen Boulevard in Houston.


Viewing will be from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, at the church.


Cards or flowers may be sent to Grimes Funeral Home, 3900 Holmes Road, Houston, Texas 77051. For information, contact the funeral home at 713-733-3336.

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Student Commencement comments are on YouTube; photos are on Facebook

The Office of Public Affairs asked students before UHD's 49th Commencement at Minute Maid Park to share some thoughts about completing their degrees and their UHD experiences. The video can be viewed at UHD's YouTube channel at

Additional photos from the event also are available at UHD's Facebook page at A link is also available in the right column.


A record audience of more than 21,000 watched more than 1,300 graduates cross the stage to receive their bachelor's and master's degrees Sunday.
Testing and maintenance of campus fire detection, notification, suppression systems scheduled through Jan. 14 

Facilities Management will 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) through 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.

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 - 3:30 p.m.  - SoftChalk Lesson Builder

Monday, Jan. 10 
2 - 3 p.m.  - Blackboard: Assessments

Tuesday, Jan. 11

2:30 - 4 p.m.  -Respondus StudyMate

Wednesday, Jan. 12

9 - 10 a.m. - Blackboard: Getting Started

 Friday, Jan. 14 
10 - 11 a.m. - Customizing Your Blackboard Course


Friday, Jan. 7
10 - 11 a.m. - Excel: Formulas

Windows 7

Thursday, Jan. 13  

10 - 11 a.m. - What's New in Windows 7

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In this issue
Coming up at UHD
Power outage Friday for One Main south tower
CIC book drive continues
Mandatory training deadline is Jan. 31
Staff member loses both parents
Student commencement comments on YouTube
Testing set for fire safety systems
IT Training schedule
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