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International Business Association will host a fundraising and recruitment event from noon to 3 p.m. today in the Shea Street Building.


A Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts (BAFA) Rally will be held at 2:30 p.m. today in the O'Kane Theatre.


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


Teri Greeves, a Kiowa and beadwork artist, will present a lecture on her art at 1 p.m. Thursday in room N-1099, One Main Building, and discuss her exhibition, "Storied Beads: The Art of Teri Greeves," that opens at 6 p.m. Thursday in the O'Kane Gallery.


The next screening in the Spring 2011 Hispanic Film Series will be of "Volver" at 7 p.m. Thursday in room A-405, Academic Building.


Vincent Tinto's presentation rescheduled for Friday, Feb. 25
Vincent Tinto

The presentation by Vincent Tinto, nationally-known professor from Syracuse University, has been rescheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 25.


Tinto was originally scheduled to speak Feb. 4, but his appearance was canceled due to winter storm conditions. He will present "Promoting Engagement and Retention in an Urban Campus" at 10 a.m. in the Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium, third floor, Academic Building.


Tinto developed his presentation specifically for UHD, using enrollment and retention data and other information UHD provided. An informal session with time for questions will occur at 1 p.m. in the Special Events Rooms, 3rd floor, Academic Building, 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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 UHD essay contest deadline extended; enter by Friday, Feb. 18

UHD students who took English 1300, 1301 or 1302, fall semester 2010 can compete for hundreds of dollars in 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 now accept entries until noon, Friday, Feb. 18, or students may turn their papers in between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday - 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  

International Business Association raises funds, recruits members today

International Business Association will host a fundraising/recruitment event from noon to 3 p.m. today in the Shea Street Building.


The student group will sell pizza, donuts, soft drinks and IBA T-shirts and distribute information about the organization.


For information contact Gebran E. Charbim, IBA president, at, or Anisol Islam, professor and faculty sponsor, at


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African American Read-in
African American Read-in provide UHD students and faculty an opportunity to read their favorite literary passages by African-American writers.
Black History Month activities include film series; next screening is Feb. 15

Several events and activities are under way in recognition of Black History Month including a film festival.


The next two films address the complexity of notions of beauty and the color complex and explore the many ways in which the personal is political.  Chris Rock's recent documentary, Good Hair, will be screened from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, in room N-1099, One Main Building. The original film version (1934) of Imitation of Life will end the series Feb. 22 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in room N-1099, One Main Building.


The film series began with Marlon Riggs's important Ethnic Notions, shown last week, and resumed this week with Spike Lee's 2000 feature film, Bamboozled. Paired faculty and student hosts introduce each film, provide context and highlight some of the more significant aspects of each film.  After the each screening, audience members are encouraged to raise questions and discuss the films with panelists and each other. 


For more information, contact Melinda Kanner, Interim Assistant Vice President, Academic Affairs, at 713-221-8424.


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BAFA Rally offers students opportunity to learn about art, music and theater

A Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts (BAFA) Rally will be held at 2:30 p.m. today in the O'Kane Theatre.


The event is free and open to students interested in art, music or theater. Students will receive information about one of UHD's newest degrees, BAFA, and meet current BAFA majors and faculty members.


For information, contact Thomas Lyttle, professor, at 713-221-8118 or email

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World record earns UHD powerlifter a spot on national magazine's cover 

UHD Club Team Powerlifter Linda Okoro is featured on the cover of the February issue of Powerlifting USA Magazine. Okoro is a senior majoring in marketing. She also is completing an associate's degree in fashion merchandising at Houston Community College.


The cover appearance recognizes her world record lift at the World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters World Champsionships (WABDL Worlds) in November. Check it out here.


Okoro is the second UHD lifter to appear on the cover. The first was Club Team Coach John Hudson, assistant professor of English. 

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

The Center for Public Deliberation is hosting a 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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Artist lectures on exhibition opening Thursday in the O'Kane Gallery 

Teri Greeves, a Kiowa and beadwork artist, will present a lecture on her art at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, in room N-1099, One Main Building, and discuss her exhibition, "Storied Beads: The Art of Teri Greeves," that opens at 6 p.m. Thursday in the O'Kane Gallery.


The artist's reception will be 6 to 8 p.m. along with the opening of her solo exhibition which will continue through Thursday, March 31. Greeves combines knowledge of previous generations of Kiowa beadwork artists with contemporary forms and explores the past and present through a variety of narrative vehicles. A press release with more information is available here.

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Risk Management hosts webinar on the 'Psychology of Fraud' on Feb. 15

The Office of Risk Management and Compliance is hosting the webinar, Psychology of Fraud: Why "Good People" Do "Bad Things," from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, in room A-711, Academic Building, with webinar speaker Frank Navran.


Attendees should arrive between 11:45 a.m. and noon and pizza, drinks and cookies will be available. RSVP by Monday, Feb. 14, to Mary Cook at  


The webinar is designed to help attendees recognize the preconditions that motivate and prevent fraud and to foster a "fraud-resistant" organizational culture. A flier with more information is available here.

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Community Involvement Center Spring Blood Drive set for Feb. 15-16

The Community Involvement Center is hosting its spring blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 15 and 16, in the Coffee House, third floor, Academic Building.


The blood drive benefits the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center. To sign up to donate blood, visit, enter a Log-In ID or create an ID if for new users and follow the instructions to schedule an appointment (Enter Sponsor Code 3731).


Individuals who don't know the time they will have available to donate until the day of the drive can sign up at the Coffee House donation center.

Visit the for information about donating blood. If you have questions or problems scheduling an appointment, please contact Liza Alonzo, Community Involvement Center, at  

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Spring Hispanic Film Series has Oscar theme; next showing is Thursday

The next screening in the Spring 2011 Hispanic Film Series will be of "Volver" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, in room A-405, Academic Building.


Penelope Cruz stars in the film by Almodóvar and her performance earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. The film is rated R.


This semester's theme is Oscar. All the films (but one) were either nominated for or won an Academy Award. Directors include Gutiérrez Iñárritu and Almodóvar. Films include La historia oficial and El secreto de sus ojos. Actors include like Cruz and Gael García Bernal.  ¡Vengan a ver!  All films are in Spanish with English subtitles, unless otherwise noted.  The films will be shown on Mondays and Thursdays. A flier is available here


These showings are on Monday afternoons at 1 p.m. in room B-221, in the Shea Street Building: 

Feb. 21: El Norte (Guatemala/ Mexico/ USA, 1984): Nominated for Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 1985. The film is rated R.

March 21: Camila (Argentina, 1984): Nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 1984.  Rated R.

April 4: Fresa y chocolate (Cuba, 1994): Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in 1994. The film is rated R.

April 18: Amores perros  (Mexico, 2000): Nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2000. The film is rated R.

April 25: Sin dejar huella(Mexico, 2007): This is a good one that the Oscars completely missed!  The film is not rated.


These showings are on Thursdays at 7 p.m. in room A-405 in the Academic Building:

Feb. 10Volver (Spain, 2006): Great film by Almodóvar that earned an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for Penélope Cruz.  The film is rated R.

April 28El secreto de sus ojos (Argentina, 2009):  Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2010. The film is rated R.


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Claudia Avalos is the woman in the middle for UHD volleyball.
Women's Club Volleyball Team begins season tonight against HCC at home

The UHD women's volleyball club team will open the 2011 season at 7 p.m. today against Houston Community College-Central in the UHD Student Life Center.  


Admission to all the matches is free.  The Gators are coming off another successful season which saw them reach the Houston Club Sports Conference Championship Tournament for the ninth consecutive year.  The team is led by Coach Alicia Nava who is entering her fourth year at the helm.


Fans can view the team's season schedule at  

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UT Public Health School hosts multicultural dinner, program 

UHD students, faculty and staff are invited to a multicultural potluck dinner sponsored by the University of Texas School of Public Health's Global Health Concentration and the Student Society of Global Health from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, at the UTSPH, 1200 Herman Pressler, RAS 102A/B and Pump Handle.


The event features diverse food and cultural attire. International items will be raffled. Special guests include John Glenn, a former political prisoner in Burma (the Republic of the Union of Myanmar), and a performance by the Refugee Community Empowerment Association youth. Admission is free with a food dish to feed 10 people, or tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children age 11 and under.


Email for information or to register a food dish. A flier is available here.   


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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


Tuesday, Feb. 8

11 - 10 a.m.- Wimba Classroom

Thursday, Feb. 10

1 - 2:30 p.m. - SoftChalk Lesson Builder

 Friday, Feb. 11  

10 - 11:30 a.m. - Respondus: StudyMate

Tuesday, Feb. 15

10 - 11 a.m. - Customizing Your Blackboard Course

 Friday, Feb. 18   

10 - 11:30 a.m. - SoftChalk Lesson Builder

Monday, Feb. 21   

2 - 3 p.m. - Blackboard: Communication Tools

Tuesday, Feb. 22

1 - 2:30 p.m.- Respondus: StudyMate

Thursday, Feb. 24

2 - 3 p.m.- Wimba Classroom


Monday, Feb. 28   

2 - 3 p.m. - Blackboard: Gradebook Setup

Classroom Tools

Thursday, Feb. 17    

10 - 11:30 a.m. - Useful Classroom Gadgets

Friday, Feb. 25    

10 - 11:30 a.m. - Useful Classroom Gadgets  


Monday, Feb. 14

2 - 3:30 p.m. - TaskStream


Wednesday, Feb. 9

1 - 2 p.m. - Transitioning to Office 2010

Wednesday, Feb. 22

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

Windows 7

Wednesday, Feb. 16  

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
Tinto's presentation rescheduled
Essay contest deadline extended
IBA recruitment event today
Black History Film Series continues
BAFA Rally showcases arts degree
UHD Powerlifter featured on magazine cover
Artist lectures on exhibition before O'Kane opening
Webinar addresses 'Psychology of Fraud'
Spring Blood Drive is Feb. 15-16
Hispanic Film Series has Oascar theme
Women's Club Team Volleyball season begins tonight
GRE preparation session is Oct. 26
Students, faculty and staff invited to multicultural dinner
IT offers training classes
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