Skyline News header
A Publication of UHD Public Affairs
Jan. 26, 2011
Submit news items to
TopToday and coming up at UHD.....

The next Staff Council meeting will be from 2 to 3 p.m. today 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. today in the Coffee House, third floor, Academic Building.


The Downtown Aquarium will host UHD Student Appreciation Day on Saturday, Jan. 29, featuring a discounted pass to aquarium attractions.

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.

UHD President names Brian Chapman as Provost and Senior Vice President

Brian R. Chapman

University of Houston Downtown President Bill Flores has announced the appointment of Brian R. Chapman as provost and senior vice president.


Flores selected Chapman from among four finalists. His appointment, effective March 1, is subject to ratification by the University of Houston System Board of Regents and will be considered at the Board's Feb. 16 meeting in Houston.

"We are excited by the leadership, energy and experience Dr. Chapman brings to UHD," Flores said. "He is an excellent fit with our needs and I know he will provide proven academic leadership for the institution."

Chapman, a professor of biology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, has more than 30 years of experience in higher education. To read more...

Back to Top
Downtown Aquarium hosts UHD Student Appreciation Day on Saturday, Jan. 29

The Downtown Aquarium will host UHD Student Appreciation Day on Saturday, Jan. 29, featuring a discounted pass to aquarium attractions.


Students, faculty and staff who present their UHD identification cards at the time of ticket purchase can buy all-day passes for themselves, family and friends for $8 instead of the regular price of $15.99 for a 40 percent savings. There's no limit on tickets purchases. The pass provides unlimited access to the indoor Aquarium Adventure Exhibits as well as the Shark Voyage Train, Ferris Wheel, Carousel and Lighthouse Dive.


The Downtown Aquarium is at 410 Bagby. For information on the aquarium visit the website,, of call 713-223-FISH (3474). A flier is available here.

Back to Top
Registration is open for College of Business Meet the Industry Event 

The College of Business is holding its second Meet the Industry event for business students from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, February 11, in the Shea Street Building, and the deadline to register is 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4.

The cost is $12. Late registration ends at 5 p.m. Feb. 7 and costs $20. Keynote speakers include: Ronald C. Green, Houston City Controller; Walter Ulrich, president and CEO, Houston Technology Center, Thomas Smouse, human resources director, Noble Energy, Inc., and Will Smith, business consultant, Workforce Solutions.

The event will introduce students to a variety of industries and careers involving Finance, Business, CIS, Supply Chain, Accounting, and Insurance & Risk Management, International Business, Management, and Marketing.

Information on the event, panelists and registration is available at the event website,

Back to Top
Staff Council meets today in room A-701

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


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

Back to Top
STAR 12 training reduces membership costs for UHD employees

National Seminars Training STAR 12 has cut one year unlimited membership prices for UHD's staff and faculty to $150 per employee.


This membership includes training in the following areas:

         Public Seminars

         Web and Audio Conference

         E-learning and archived Web conference

         Stephen Covey collection

         Tracking and Reporting (can be set up by department heads)


For an additional $30per person, participants can add MINDLEADERS, which includes 300 of the most popular E-Learning courses available.


For additional information or to join, please contact Bobbie Horack, ESO Coordinator, at 713-222-5318 or

Back to Top
Information session is today in the Coffee House for Spain study abroad trip

An information booth for the Study Abroad in Cadiz Spain - May 31 - July 2 program will be available from 2 to 5 p.m. today 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.

Back to Top
Stories from previous Skylines
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.

Back to Top
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

Back to Top
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,

Back to Top
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

Back to Top
Construction has started to replace the One Main Building north roof

The university has started 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. 

 Back to Top 

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. 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.

Back to Top
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.

Back to Top
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

Back to Top

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

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

Monday, Jan. 31

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

Tuesday, Feb. 1

1 - 2 p.m.  - Blackboard: Managing Course Content

Wednesday, Feb. 2

1 - 2 p.m. - Blackboard: Assignments

 Friday, Feb. 4
10 - 11 a.m. - Blackboard: Assessments

Classroom Tools

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



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

Windows 7

Thursday, Feb. 3  

1 - 2 p.m. -Transitioning to Windows 7

See all current IT training available

The Offiice of Public Affairs produces the Skyline eNews Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the school year, and you will receive the Skyline eNews via email while you are a UHD employee. We update our email list weekly. The eNews is a University faculty and staff newsletter and is designed to keep employees informed of university activities, policy changes, human resources issues, business office information and security information.

The deadline for submitting items is 9 a.m. the day before publication. Past issues are archived on UHD's website. The archive link is in the lower right column.   

We are always interested in your activities. Let us know at least 24 hours in advance so we can include your event in the Skyline eNews. We also try to photograph University activities, but we need to know when and where your event is taking place. Email or call Public Affairs at 713-221-8010.
In this issue
Coming up at UHD
President names new Provost and Senior Vice President
Downtown Aquarium holds UHD Student Appreciation Day
Meet the Industry event registration opens
Staff Council meets today
STAR training available at a discount
Information session today for Study Abroad Trip to Spain
UHD hosts Vincent Tinto
Center for Public Deliberation discussions 'Race and Katrina'
UHD hosts Environmental Education Summit
Information for Las Vegas Drama Trip Sunday
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
IT Training schedule
Join us on Facebook
UHD Facebook graphic
UHD is on Facebook at Become a fan and connect to other University Facebook pages.
Quick Links