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Jan. 28, 2011
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The Downtown Aquarium will host UHD Student Appreciation Day on Saturday 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 in the O'Kane Theatre, room N-364, third floor, One Main Building.    


Sports and Fitness staff offers a variety of programs to help students, faculty and staff lose weight and get in shape including free aerobics classes that started this week in the Student Life Center.  

Taiwan farewell
Taiwan students enjoyed a farewell ceremony where they received certificates for participating in the exchange program.
Taiwan CPU students enjoy learning
at UHD's English Language Institute

Some 30 students from Central Police University in Taiwan enjoyed a farewell ceremony at UHD on Wednesday after spending about two weeks refining English skills at UHD's English Language Institute.

The visit is part of an on-going exchange between the two schools. The group also toured attractions in Houston. The group was let by CPU Captain Chun-Hsiung Wang and ELI Director Gail Kellersberger set up the workshops to refine speaking and writing skills. The group also visited with UHD's Criminal Justice Department and met with representatives from the master's degree program in Security Management.


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UHD essay contest deadline is Feb. 4

UHD students who took English 1300, 1301 or 1302, fall semester 2010 can compete for hundreds of dollars of book voucher prizes. All they need to do is submit an essay they wrote in last semester's English class to the Sigma Tau Delta Freshman Essay Contest.


All English Department professors will accept entries until noon, Friday, Feb. 4, or students may turn their papers in between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the English Department office, room S-1045 in the One Main Building. 


Students will compete for book voucher prizes of $400, first place; $200, second place; $100 third place and $50 for fourth and fifth places.  


To be eligible, students must attend UHD this semester. Entries must be typed and double-spaced, with a student's name, ID number, phone number and the English class listed in the upper left-hand corner. If sources are used, students should attach their bibliographic source page. Contest organizers say using sources is welcomed, but not required. 


Sigma Tau Delta is an international English honor society. Students who have questions can talk to an English professor or email UHD Associate Professor JoAnn Pavletich, Director of Composition, at A flier is available here


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Sports and Fitness offers CPR/AED certification training Feb. 4

Sports & Fitness will offer its first CPR/AED Training of the semester from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb 4, at a location to be announced.

CPR (cardio pulmonary resuscitation) and AED (automatic external defibrillator) training is open to everyone. The fee is $5 for the UHD community and $15 for the public.

Statistically, people have a greater probability of using this training on someone they love versus a complete stranger. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn what to do in case of an emergency situation.

Participation is limited to the first 15 people who prepay for the class. To reserve a spot for this training, stop by the Student Life Center.
CPR/AED certification is valid for one year.

For more information call 713-221-8225, email sports& or visit this link


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Career Services co-sponsors Texas Job Fair featuring more than 100 employers

UHD Career Services encourages interested UHD students and alumni to attend the Texas Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, at the University of Houston Campus Recreation and Wellness Center where more than 100 employers will be recruiting for employment and internship opportunities.


UHD Career Services is a member of the sponsoring organization, the Houston Area Consortium of Career Centers, and is a co-sponsor of this event. A flier is available here. For more information, contact Career Services at 713-221-8980, or visit the Career Services Office in room N-340, One Main Building.

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Sports and Fitness offers aerobics and fitness classes in Student Life Center

Sports and Fitness offers a variety of programs to help students, faculty and staff lose weight and get in shape including free aerobics classes that started this week in the Student Life Center. 


Aerobics classes are offered throughout the week sometimes as often as five times a day. Specialty classes are $10 for 10 sessions. Sports and Fitness encourages instructors to slow down and help new class participants. The center also offers personal trainers as well as massages. 


Staff members can take advantage of the Fitness Release Time Program that allows them to exercise three hours a week during the workday without having to make the hours up or pay them back to the university. Individuals interested in using FRT should discuss their work out plans with their supervisors. For a schedule of Fitness Programs offered in Sports and Fitness, click here.  Information is also available from Rhonda Scherer, assistant director, Sports and Fitness, at or at 713-221-8225.   


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UHD Student Appreciation Day planned for Saturday at Downtown Aquarium

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, a 40 percent savings. There's no limit on ticket 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 St.. in Houston. For information on the aquarium, visit the website,, or call 713-223-FISH (3474). A flier is available here.

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Information meeting is Sunday for Drama Trip to Las Vegas May 15-20 

An information meeting on the May 15-20 Las Vegas Drama Trip will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday 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, visit the trip website at

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Stories from previous Skylines

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...

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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, Feb. 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,

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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 $30 per 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

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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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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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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 is available here,

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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. Roubicek has been at UHD since 1983 and 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  at

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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

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

Windows 7

Thursday, Feb. 3  

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

See all current IT training available

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In this issue
Coming up at UHD
Taiwan students enjoy farewell ceremony
English essay contest deadline is Feb. 4
Sports and Fitness offers CPR/AED training
Career Services co-sponsors job fair
Aerobics, fitness classes start at Student Life Center
Aquarium hosts UHD Student Appreciation Day this Saturday
Information Meeting is Sunday for Las Vegas Drama Trip
President names new Provost and Senior Vice President
Meet the Industry event registration opens
STAR training available at a discount
UHD hosts Vincent Tinto
Center for Public Deliberation session set
UHD hosts Environmental Education Summit
Book Signing features UHD Professor Hank Roubicek
Employee W-2 forms available online
'What's Stopping You from Taking Care of You' workshop
IT Training schedule
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