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Welcome Week includes vendor booths with company representatives distributing information as well as giveaways and samples, third floor, Academic Building.

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

UHD Sports & Fitness and the Welcome Week student committee is hosting activities through Thursday.

Two deaths affect UHD community
Priti (Dan) Kanta Ghosh

Longtime UHD lecturer Priti (Dan) Kanta Ghosh died at 4:40 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 17. He began teaching for UHD in 1993 and was a respected member of the Department of Management, Marketing and Business Administration in UHD's College of Business.

Visitation will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 21, followed by eulogies at 10:45 a.m. and Hindu services at 11 a.m. all at Garden Oaks Funeral Home, 13430 Bellaire Blvd. in Houston. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Kajal Ghosh; son, Sam; daughter-in-law, Rina; grandson, Rowan; and loving friends.


Roscoe L. Bates, 92, father of Don Bates, dean of the College of Business, died Jan. 11 in Olney, Ill. Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 15, in Flora, Ill. Memorials may be made to the Clay City Community Baptist Church in Clay City, Ill.

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


A variety of special activities are available for new and returning students during Welcome Week.

Vendor booths are new additions to activities. C ompany representatives are distributing information as well as giveaways and samples. Participants this week have or will 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


Panda Express

Amy's Ice Cream


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

The W.I. Dykes Library will host activities on the fourth floor, One Main Building.
  • 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:
  • "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.


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Johnson celebrated here 53rd birthday last week at her station in UHD's food court. Friends wished her well with dollar bills.
'Double life,' perseverance move student toward goal of college degree

Many UHD students, faculty and staff see Annette Johnson every day without a clue to her "double life."


Johnson may not be the oldest student when classes start today, but she surely must be among class leaders for students with the most perseverance. Johnson is a cashier in UHD's food court during the day, and a UHD student at night. She starts spring semester today as a junior sociology major with plans to be a social worker.


"I have a lot of time behind me and just a little bit to go. It gives me goose bumps thinking about walking across that stage," said Johnson, who celebrated her 53rd birthday last week. "Outside of my children, it will be one of the most joyous days of my life." To read more...

ERS reports new privacy information 


Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS) requires State agencies to provide employees with the newly revised Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) information.  The revision includes the Health Information for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009 (HITECH).  The HITECH Act:

  •  widens the scope of privacy and security protections available under HIPAA; 
  • increases the potential of legal liability for non-compliance;
  • requires notification of a breach of unsecured protected health information;
  • provides for more enforcement; and
  • affects our carriers and vendors.

Revised Notice:  Notices of Privacy Practices and HIPAA Privacy Policies and Procedures Document 

For additional information, please visit ERS website at or contact them at 877-275-4377.

Register now for TAMU conference


The 2011 Texas A&M Assessment Conference will be Feb. 20-22 at the College Station Hilton and interested faculty are encouraged to register soon.


Registered participants are expected to reach maximum capacity soon. Faculty should register through Survey Monkey at the following link: TAMU will send a registration confirmation.  


This year's town hall speaker will be Demetria Gibbs, Director of Training and Research, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.  Gibbs will present from noon to 1:15 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21.


The TAMU Assessment Conference has become a top resource for information and strategies on program assessment.


Travel requests must be prepared in the normal way in each department with travel approval by the chair and/or dean under departmental budget codes.  Hotel rooms in College Station should be booked as soon as possible due to sell-out considerations.  If any faculty member must cancel attending this conference after registration and arrangements have been made, advise staff in Institutional Effectiveness (x-5594) as soon as possible. There is a limited time frame for transferring or cancelling registrations.

Quitline program helps state employees, retirees and dependents stop smoking


The Texas Department of State Health Services has a tobacco cessation program that offers free nicotine replacement therapy to UHD employees, retirees and their dependents.

According to UHD's Sports and Fitness Center, employees can access the program by calling the Quitline at 1-877-YES-QUIT. Quitline users double their chances of quitting by using the program's free counseling and nicotine replacement therapy.

According to the American Cancer Society, within 12 hours of quitting the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal once your quit smoking. Within nine months of quitting, shortness of breath and coughing decrease, and the lungs have repaired their ability to function. After just one year of not smoking, the risk of coronary heart disease decreases by half, compared to a smoker's risk. Smokers who quit also each save $2,100 a year.

The flier presented by Sports and Fitness is available here.  For additional information about this government program, call 1-877-YES-QUIT.

Register now for the Fitness Release Time Program in Sports and Fitness


It's time for UHD full-time, benefits eligible staff to register or re-register for the Fitness Release Time Program

This program is designed to provide eligible staff a maximum of three hours per week of Fitness Release Time for participation in an exercise program or fitness activity offered in the UHD Student Life Center.  You do not have to pay for membership into the facility and you do not have to make the hours up to your department. Additional information is available here.

Stories from previous Skylines
Anderson's book, 'Benign Bigotry,' named Outstanding Academic Title


Kristin Anderson

Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries has named UHD associate professor of psychology Kristin Anderson's book, "Benign Bigotry: The Psychology of Subtle Prejudice" as one of the Outstanding Academic Titles of 2010. 

Choice Magazine is the source 35,000 higher education librarians rely on for collection development and scholarly research.
The magazine reaches most university libraries in the country. The magazine reviews more than 7,000 works each year and names approximately 700 of those works Outstanding Academic Titles for the previous year. 

Anderson's book relates myths like "feminists are man haters" and "gays flaunt their sexuality" to real events, showing how errors in individual thinking affect society at large. Her book suggests strategies for reducing prejudice in daily life. To read more...


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O'Kane Gallery presents 'Storied Beads: The Art of Teri Greeves' next month


Teri Greeves, a Kiowa and beadwork artist, will exhibit a range of her work in a solo exhibition, "Storied Beads: The Art of Teri Greeves," at the O'Kane Gallery from Feb. 10 to March 31. 


The artist's reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 10. Greeves and her work were recently highlighted in the PBS television series, Craft in America. She was awarded the Eric and Barbara Dobkin Fellowship from the School of American Research in 2003. Greeves' work has received numerous accolades including winning Best of Show at the 1999 Indian Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 


Combining knowledge of previous generations of Kiowa beadwork artists with contemporary forms, Greeves explores the past and present through narratives that are at times humorous, reverential, heartfelt, political, and poignant. To read more...

The students enjoy taking photos and their classmates are favorite subjects.
Students from Taiwan visit UHD to study English and learn about CJ program

 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. 

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.

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

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

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



11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - TaskStream


Wednesday, Jan. 26

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

Windows 7

 Friday, Jan. 21
1 - 2:30 p.m. - Transitioning to Windows 7

See all current IT training available

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In this issue
Coming up at UHD
Two deaths affect UHD community
Vendor booths added to Welcome Week activities
ERS presents new privacy information
Register now for TAMU conference
GRE preparation session is Oct. 26
Mandatory training deadline is Jan. 31
IT Training schedule
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