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Jan. 12, 2011
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Welcome Week will feature vendor booths with company representatives distributing information as well as giveaways and samples.

The W.I. Dykes Library will host four activities on the fourth floor, One Main Building, as part of UHD Welcome Week.

UHD Sports & Fitness and the Welcome Week student committee will host activities Tuesday through Thursday.

UHD Student Activities and Events needs volunteers to greet students as they return to campus.

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

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Students from Taiwan visit UHD

 UHD is hosting a delegation of students from Central Police University in Taiwan this month.President Bill Flores and Interim Provost Michael Dressman welcomed the students to UHD today. 

UHD has a continuing relationship with the University, and Dressman visited there last summer.The students and their advisors will take classes through UHD's English Language Institute, tour UHD's Department of Criminal Justice and visit other locations in Houston before they leave on Jan. 31. 

Welcome Week includes vendor booths, library activities to start the semester


A variety of special activities will be available for new and returning students during Welcome Week starting Jan. 18.

A new addition will be vendor booths with company representatives distributing information as well as giveaways and samples from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday. Confirmed participants include:

Smart Financial Credit Union

Chase Bank

AT & T

Just Home Savings

The Downtown Aquarium

REV Eco-Shuttle

Spaghetti Warehouse

Freebird's World Burritos

My Fit Foods


Dickey's Barbeque Pit


Michelle Falcon of Student Activities and Events and Bobbie Horack of Employment Services are coordinating vendor activities.

The W.I. Dykes Library will host four activities on the fourth floor, One Main Building.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.: Celebrating His Life - Join an interactive discussion of the video "Citizen King" with free popcorn from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan.18, in room N420.
  • Stay Safe Online - Learn about internet safety to protect your identity, money and personal information from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, in room N420.
  • Wii Gaming in the Library - Play Rock Band III as a break from classes from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, in room N420.
  • Use Your Toolbox! - Learn how to the use the library, a toolbox of information, and it's resources to help with schoolwork and life from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, in room N412.
For more information, contact the library at 713-221-8466 or email A flier is available here.

UHD Sports & Fitness and the Welcome Week student committee also will host activities including:
  • "Aim for the Grade" from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, in the Portico area. Students receive chances to participate in a ring-toss game based on the number of educational questions they answer correctly.
  • "Deal or No Deal" from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, in the Ticket Booth area. Similar to the popular game show, students select boxes with prizes inside.
  • "Game Riot" from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, in the Office of Student Activities (S-204). Students can take a break from the first day of classes with an assortment of arcade and board games.

For more information, visit the SAE web site here.

SAE hosts Welcome Week activities, seeks volunteers to help greet students 


UHD Student Activities and Events is hosting 2011 Welcome Week activities Tuesday through Thursday, Jan. 18 to 20, and needs volunteers to greet students as they return to campus for the start of Spring Semester.


Staff members interested in volunteering can register at the SAE homepage,, and the Welcome Week committee encourages volunteers to wear a Fall 2010 Welcome Week Gator Guide T-shirt or another UHD shirt. Volunteers will be stationed in the One Main Building, including the Portico, and the Commerce Street and Shea Street Buildings. Training will be available online.


Volunteer activities include distributing free snacks, maps and other UHD promotional items to returning students. 

For more information, visit the SAE web site here.

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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.

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


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

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

Thursday, Jan. 20  

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

Monday, Jan. 24
2 - 3 p.m. - Blackboard: Communication Tools

Tuesday, Jan. 25

2 - 3 p.m.- Blackboard: Gradebook Set-up

 Friday, Jan. 28
11 - 12:30 p.m. - SoftChalk Lesson Builder

Monday, Jan. 31

2:30 - 4 p.m.- Respondus: StudyMate

Classroom Tools

Tuesday, Jan. 18
10 - 11:30 a.m. - Useful Classroom Gadgets

Thursday, Jan. 27 
10 - 11:30 a.m. - Useful Classroom Gadgets


Wednesday, Jan. 19

10 - 11:30 a.m. - TaskStream


Wednesday, Jan. 26

10 - 11 a.m. - Transitioning to Office 2010

Windows 7

Thursday, Jan. 13  

10 - 11 a.m. - Transitioning to Windows 7

 Friday, Jan. 21
10 - 11 a.m. - Transitioning to Windows 7

See all current IT training available

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Coming up at UHD
Vendor booths added to Welcome Week activities
SAE seeks volunteers for Welcome Week
Mandatory training deadline is Jan. 31
Testing set for fire safety systems
IT Training schedule
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