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Feb. 16, 2011
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UHD's Professional Accounting Society will meet from 8:30 to 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, in room B-117, first floor, Shea Street Building.


The UHD Leeuwenhoek Society will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, in room N-420, One Main Building.


The Community Involvement Center's Spring Blood Drive will continue until 3 p.m. today, Feb. 16, in the Coffee House, third floor, Academic Building.

The Executive Speaker Series at the College of Business will feature Jim Aller, senior human resources director for Walmart, Inc., from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, in room B-113, Shea Street Building.


The University of Houston-Downtown's Student Government Association is hosting a Town Hall Meeting from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, in the Cullen Robertson Auditorium, Academic Building.  


Game Day at the Library is from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, when participants can play "Mario Kart" and "Super Smash Bros."


Pincus will return to teaching

President William V. Flores announced today that George Pincus, Dean of the College of Sciences and Technology, has requested and received approval to return to teaching at the end of summer 2011.  


Pincus said that during the next few months he looks forward to developing the on-line courses in engineering technology he will be teaching.


Interim Provost and Vice President Michael Dressman recommended to Flores that Akif Uzman, chair of the Department of Natural Sciences, serve as interim dean for the next two years. Flores has approved that recommendation and appointed Uzman as interim dean of the College of Sciences and Technology effective Sept. 1, 2011.


"Dean Pincus has provided strong leadership for the college for 15 years, and we are greatly appreciative of his contributions," Flores said. "In the coming months, we will work with Dr. Uzman and incoming Provost Brian Chapman to ensure a smooth working transition at the college."

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College of Business speaker series features Walmart HR exec Jim Aller Thursday

The Executive Speaker Series at the College of Business will feature Jim Aller, senior human resources director for Walmart, Inc., from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, in room B-113, Shea Street Building.


Aller, who will discuss "Retailing the Walmart Way," has extensive background and experience in human resource roles for several large corporations. His current position as Senior Director of Human Resources at Walmart includes responsibilities for HR strategy for approximately 130,000 Walmart employees in Texas. He oversees execution of organizational design and HR strategy in such areas as talent management, legal compliance and associate engagement. He is a key player in setting business strategy and customer service standards.
Aller received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Marietta College in Ohio.  He has a Master of Science in Human Resource Management from La Roche College in Pittsburgh. He also is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources.  

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New Provost Brian Chapman shares a laugh with Faculty Senate members Tuesday. He officially starts at UHD March 1, but stopped by the meeting for introductions.
New provost visits Faculty Senate meeting

New Provost Brian Chapman visited campus Tuesday and stopped by the Faculty Senate meeting where President Bill Flores welcomed and introduced him to the senate.

Chapman, a professor of biology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, has more than 30 years of experience in higher education, and plans to teach at UHD in the Department of Natural Sciences.

Chapman encouraged the faculty to be innovative in their ideas with the likely budget reductions ahead.

Chapman served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at West Texas A&M University from 2005 to 2008, stepping in as acting president from January to May 2006. He served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Sam Houston State University from 2000 to 2005. He has also worked at the University of Georgia, the University of Oklahoma and Texas A&M Corpus Christi.

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SGA Town Hall Meeting focuses on admissions and academic policies Feb. 17

The University of Houston-Downtown's Student Government Association is hosting a Town Hall Meeting from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, in the Cullen Robertson Auditorium, Academic Building. 


"The main goal is providing a forum for students to communicate their concerns to University administrators," said Ali Abedi, SGA president. "This meeting will focus primarily on admission and academic policies."


Students will be able to pose university-related questions and concerns to panelists that will include Interim Provost Michael Dressman, Vice President Ed Apodaca and the deans or representatives from the University's five colleges.


"The SGA plans to have two more Town Hall Meetings this semester that will focus more on student life and facilities," Abedi said.


A live webcast of the meeting will also be available on the University's website.

Below is the link for the SGA webcast. To access the broadcast viewers must logon with their regular UHD user name and password.

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HealthSelect members now have access to discounts that support healthy lifestyles 

With BlueExtras, HealthSelect BCBS participants and their covered eligible dependents now have access to discounts on products and services that help support healthy lifestyles.    


For a limited time, HealthSelect members may sign up for a Life Time Fitness membership for a one-time, $29 fee (no long-term contract required) and $29 per month to use any participating location. 


Participants will have access to a nationwide network of participating fitness centers and select YMCA locations so they can stay fit at home, on vacation or while traveling.


Please visit and log into your Blue Access for Members account. Click the My Health tab to find the Fitness Program button to search for participating fitness locations and complete your enrollment online. You can also enroll by calling the Fitness Program toll-free at 888-762-2583.  Fitness Program representatives will answer questions and help locate area fitness centers.

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Leeuwenhoek Society meets today

The UHD Leeuwenhoek Society will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, in room N-420, One Main Building.


The program will be on helpful and harmful microbes. Contact society advisor Poonam Gulati, associate professor, Microbiology and Biology, at 713-221-8066 for more information.

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Coke check
Coca Cola Refreshments

Coca-Cola Refreshments is investing in UHD students and their futures. Coca-Cola representatives visited campus this semester bringing a $10,000 check that will endow UHD scholarships. Pictured, from left, are Kenny Turner, account executive, Coca-Cola Refreshments; UHD students Aderomiwa Ogunhya,Yesenia Castillo, and Angela Lee; Cynthia Ybarra, UHD's assistant director of Scholarships and Financial Aid; and Pat Patrick, distribution center manager, Coca-Cola Refreshments.

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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, third 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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Student Activities and Events hosts
African-American artist's demonstration

The Office of Student Activities and Events will host a free art demonstration by African-American Artist Ted Ellis from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, near the John Biggers mural, third floor, Academic Building.


A viewing area and refreshments will be available. Student Activities has 50 tokens of appreciation for the first 50 people who arrive. The event is open to everyone and is part of SAE's Black Heritage Month Events. A flier is available here. 


Contact Maria R. Garrett at 713-221-8573 or email for more information.

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W.I. Dykes Library presents February events

W.I. Dykes Library is hosting a game day as well as activities recognizing February as Black History Month. All activities are in the library's Special Event Room, N-420, One Main Building. 


Game Day at the Library is from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, when participants can play "Mario Kart" and "Super Smash Bros."


The W.I. Dykes Library will recognize Black History Month from noon to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, with a presentation, "Slavery in the Atlantic World," by David Ryden, associate professor. A showing of the film "Sankofa" will follow the presentation. Then, from 3 to 5 p.m. there will be a showing of Spike Lee's film "Do the Right Thing." Free popcorn will be available.


Contact Dauna Campbell in the library at for more information. Information is also available on the library's blog at the following link:

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Professional Accounting Society meets

UHD's Professional Accounting Society will meet from 8:30 to 9:15 p.m. Wednesday in room B-117, first floor, Shea Street Building.


Steve Markert of Career Services is the guest speaker.


PAS is a student organization geared toward Accounting, Finance and Business majors. Other students interested in those programs also are welcome to attend.


To become a member, visit the below link and complete the application: To learn more about the organization, visit

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Community Involvement Center Spring Blood Drive continues in the Coffee House

The Community Involvement Center is hosting its Spring Blood Drive until 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, in the Coffee House, third floor, Academic Building.


Individuals can sign up to donate at the Coffee House donation center.

Visit 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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Mentorship program hosts 'Etiquette 101'

The African American Male Mentorship Program will present "Etiquette 101" from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, in room N-602, One Main Building.


Food, drinks and door prize drawings will be provided for attendees. Contact Trevor Jones, Academic Advising, at 713-221-8411 for information.

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Stories from previous Skylines
UHD Club Powerlifters win national title 
UHD hosted the National Collegiate Bench Press and Deadlift Championships on Saturday and UHD's Club Team repeated as national team champions. Skyline will present final results in a future issue.

'Imitation of Life' will be screened Feb. 22 as part of Black History Month activities 

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


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. Paired faculty and student hosts will introduce the film, provide context and highlight some of the more significant aspects of the film. Audience members are encouraged to raise questions and discuss the film with the panelists and each other.  


The film series has included Marlon Riggs's important "Ethnic Notions," Spike Lee's 2000 feature film, "Bamboozled" and Chris Rock's recent documentary, "Good Hair." 


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


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Faculty Awards Committee announces award finalists

The Faculty Awards Committee has announced the finalists for the 2011 Faculty Awards. 


"Please congratulate any of your colleagues who appear on this list," said Lisa Morano, associate professor and Faculty Awards Committee chair. "We have many talented faculty at UHD and choosing finalists in each category can be difficult and humbling."


The award finalists listed alphabetically are:


Christine Bachman

Mian Jiang

Timothy Redl



Maria Benavides

Michelle Moosally

Leigh Van Horn



Cara Murray

Plamen Simeonov

Joseph Westfall


The winner in each category will be announced at the spring awards ceremony.  Finalists for the new UHD Outstanding Lecturer and Adjunct Awards will be announced in early March.

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Industry experts discuss the future of corporate finance during the Meet the Industry event at the College of Business.
Meet the Industry features business leaders at the College of Business

More than 250 students and industry representatives turned out for the second Meet the Industry event Friday at the College of Business.

Students could meet with company representatives and discuss career opportunities. Expert panels discussed transportation, insurance and risk management, supply management, accounting and human resources careers.

Keynote speakers included: 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 introduced students to a variety of industries and careers including Finance, Business, Computer Information Systems, Supply Chain, International Business, Management and Marketing.

Students, right, discuss career opportunities with company representatives during the College of Business' Meet the Industry event.

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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  

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

The next screening in the Spring 2011 Hispanic Film Series will be of "El Norte" at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21, in room B-221, Shea Street Building.


Penelope Cruz stars in the film by Pedro 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 stars 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 an 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. The film is rated R.

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

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

April 25: "Sin dejar huella" (Mexico, 2007): The film is not rated.


This showing is at 7 p.m. Thursday in room A-405 in the Academic Building:

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


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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

 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   


Wednesday, Feb. 22

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

Windows 7


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
Pincus will return to teaching
Speaker series features Walmart executive
New provost visits Faculty Senate
SGA Town Hall Meeting Feb. 17
HealthSelect members can access discounts
Leeuwenhoek Society meets today
Coca Cola presents check for scholarships
Tinto's presentation rescheduled
Student Activities hosts African-American artist
Library hosts February events
Professional Accounting Society meets tomorrow
Spring Blood Drive starts Tuesday
Mentorship Program hosts 'Etiquette 101'
GRE preparation session is Oct. 26
Powerlifters win title
Faculty Awards Committee announces finalists
Meet the Industry features business leaders
Essay contest deadline extended
Hispanic Film Series has Oscar theme
IT offers training classes
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