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Jan. 24, 2011
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The next Staff Council meeting will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, in room A-701, Academic Building.


An information booth for the Study Abroad in Cadiz Spain - May 31 - July 2 program will be available from 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday in the Coffee House, third floor, Academic Building.

Construction begins today 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..

Vincent Tinto will discuss faculty-student engagement on Feb. 4

UHD will host Vincent Tinto, nationally-known professor from Syracuse University, at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 4, when he will present "Developing a Culture of Faculty-Student Engagement to Improve Student Success" in the Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium, third floor, Academic Building.

An informal session with time for questions will occur at 1 p.m. and will focus on linking student success initiatives to strategic planning. Both events are open to the University community.

Tinto has written extensively on student success in higher education and the positive impact that institutions have experienced with learning communities. His visit will build on work UHD has already done through its Quality Enhancement Program and Achieving the Dream initiatives.

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Staff Council meets Wednesday

The next Staff Council meeting will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, in room A-701, Academic Building.


For information contact Michelle Henninghaus at 713-221-8640 or

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Center for Public Deliberation hosts discussion on 'Race and Katrina'

The Center for Public Deliberation is hosting a public discussion of "Race and Katrina" from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb.10, in room N-1099, One Main Building.


An Ice Cream Social will follow the discussion "to help the attendees chill out." The discussion is presented in conjunction with the Cultural Enrichment Center and Black History Month activities. This conversation is a sequel to an earlier discussion of "'Outliers' and Cultural Legacy: Why It's Hard to Talk about Race, and Why We Need to Do It."


For information contact Adam Ellwanger, assistant professor of English at

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Information session is Wednesday for summer study abroad trip to Spain

An information booth for the Study Abroad in Cadiz Spain - May 31 - July 2 program will be available from 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, in the Coffee House, third floor, Academic Building.


Participants can earn six credits of Spanish and intermediate, advanced and higher levels of Spanish students are welcome to apply.


The tentative itinerary includes visits to Madrid, Toledo, Prado and the royal palace and Reina Sofia Museum before departing for Jerez. Students will stay with a family and receive tutoring in Spanish. Classes meet from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday. A flier with additional information is available here.

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UHD hosts the Houston Environmental Education Summit on Feb. 5

UHD will host the fourth annual Houston Environmental Education Summit, "Green Schools, Green Families, Green Sites," from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5.


UHD hosted the event last year and it brought 350 visitors to campus, said Brad Hoge, assistant professor, Department of National Sciences. This year, organizers expect 400 participants. The registration fee is $10 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch.


The summit is co-sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation, Houston Independent School District, Environmental Educator's Exchange and UHD's Department of Natural Sciences. The event is open to teachers, principals, executive principals, curriculum specialists, district administrators, school board members, PTA leaders, parents, program sponsors, and anyone who cares about the education of children in the Houston area including UHD faculty, staff, students and their families.


The summit will explore various ways to help reverse the growing trend of the indoor child by connecting children to nature through environmental education at school, at home, and through the offerings of various nature centers in the Houston area. Studies show that students who participate in hands-on environmental education programs are able to connect to the natural world while achieving higher academic standards, increasing their critical thinking skills, self-confidence and academic motivation. Six CPE credits will be available for attending.


For information contact Marya Fowler, National Wildlife Federation at 512-610-7767 or email A flier is available here. Registration and agenda information are available here,

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

Beginning today, 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 to 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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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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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

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

See all current IT training available

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In this issue
Coming up at UHD
UHD hosts Vincent Tinto
Staff Council meets Wednesday
Center for Public Deliberation discussions 'Race and Katrina'
Information for Study Abroad Trip to Spain
UHD hosts Environmental Education Summit
Information for Las Vegas Drama Trip
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
Register for TAMU conference
Mandatory training deadline is Jan. 31
IT Training schedule
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