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Jan. 21, 2011
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The funeral for UHD lecturer Priti (Dan) Kanta Ghosh will be at 11 a.m. today at Garden Oaks Funeral Home, 13430 Bellaire Blvd. in Houston. He was a respected member of the Department of Management, Marketing and Business Administration in the College of Business.

Construction begins Monday on One Main Building's north roof. See story below.

The 2010 W-2s are now available to print online through P.A.S.S..

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The North Dock Lobby entrance.
Construction begins Monday to replace the One Main Building north roof

Beginning Monday, Jan. 24, the university will start a long-planned project to replace the north roof on the One Main Building. The area most affected will be 2nd Street - the pedestrian walkway between the Faculty/Staff Garage and the One Main Building.


Access through this area will still be open to the public, but the Facilities Management Department is strongly encouraging pedestrians to make use of the double elevators in the One Main Building's North Dock Lobby entry (beneath the North Deck, adjacent to the University Police Department) rather than the elevators on the west side of One Main.


The university's consultants and the UHD Environmental Health and Safety department have reviewed the scope of work and the contractor's work plan. No university students, faculty or staff will be exposed to any hazardous materials or processes as the old roof is removed and replaced. In addition, the new roof material itself is a 'cold-applied' product so there will not be any of the odor issues normally associated with hot-asphalt roofs.


We appreciate your cooperation as we undertake this work. Please contact Facilities Management at 713-221-8030 with any questions or concerns. 

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The 2nd Street Pedestrian Walkway.


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Brazos Bookstore to feature book signing with Professor Hank Roubicek

UHD Professor of Communication Hank Roubicek will talk to readers about his new book, "So What's Your Story? Discovering the Story in You," at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, in the Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet St., in Houston.

Roubicek, who teaches in UHD's Department of Arts and Humanities in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, writes about the theory and practice of storytelling and incorporates student stories as well as excerpts from his radio show, "Story Time," on KPFT in Houston.


Readers will enjoy learning more about storytelling while reading inspiring accounts and testimonials. The book is a textbook and a volume that will appeal the public.  Professor Roubicek has been at UHD since 1983 an his research interests include communication for law enforcement practitioners and the impact of human narratives in conversation. 


The store is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Saturday, staying open later as needed when special events are scheduled.

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May 15-20 Las Vegas Drama Trip information meeting is Sunday, Jan. 30

An information meeting on the May 15-20 Las Vegas Drama Trip will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30, in the O'Kane Theatre, room N-364, third floor, One Main Building.


Come and find out what's being planned. Interested individuals will also be able to put a $200 nonrefundable deposit on the trip at this time.


For further information, contact Tom Lyttle, professor Arts and Humanities, in room S-1057, One Main Building, or call 713-221-8118. For complete cost information and itinerary, please visit the trip website at

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Employee W-2 forms now available online

The 2010 W-2s are now available to print online through P.A.S.S.  A password is requested to print the form, which is your social security number without the dashes, for example, (999999999). If you need assistance to print the form, please call 713-221-8073 or 713-221-8072.


If there is an error with the W-2 information, contact Renee Chang in the UHS payroll office for assistance at 713-743-8773.

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Healthy workshop addresses 'What's Stopping You from Taking Care of You'

UHD Sports and Fitness is sponsoring a workshop "What's Stopping You form Taking Care of You?" from noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 4 in room N-1099, One Main Building.


The workshop is free to UHD students, faculty and staff. Many barriers exist that prevent people from doing what it takes to be healthy and fit. If you need motivation and practical tips to do better, to keep going or to get started on the right path to better health, this workshop is for you. 

To reserve a spot for this seminar please visit the Sports and Fitness website for at

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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. today, 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 greeted new and returning students during Welcome Week.

Vendor booths were new additions to activities. C ompany representatives distributed information as well as giveaways and samples. Participants this week included:

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


The W.I. Dykes Library hosted activities on the fourth floor, One Main Building.

UHD Sports & Fitness and the Welcome Week student committee also hosted activities.


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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 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.

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 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.

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

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


Wednesday, Jan. 26

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

Windows 7

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
Construction begins to replace One Main north roof
Book Signing to Feature UHD Professor Hank Roubicek
Employee W-2 forms available online
'What's Stopping You from Taking Care of You' workshop
Two deaths affect UHD community
Vendor booths added to Welcome Week activities
ERS presents new privacy information
Register now for Fitness Release Time
Quitline Program helps employees stop smoking
Register for TAMU conference
Mandatory training deadline is Jan. 31
IT Training schedule
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