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Feb. 18, 2011
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Second Street pedestrian walkway between the One Main Building and the Faculty/Staff Parking Garage is closed to facilitate the replacement of the north building roof.

 

The Professional Society of Criminal Justice Students will meet from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, in room S-290, One Main Building.

 

UHD Sports and Fitness is sponsoring the workshop, "How Flexible Are You?" from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, in room N-420, One Main Building.

   

Board of Regents approves UHD's MBA; proposal moves to state for consideration
 

The UH System Board of Regents approved UHD's MBA proposal Wednesday, Feb. 16, and the plan now moves to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for final review.

 

"This has been a dream for the College of Business and the University for many years," said UHD President Bill Flores. "Our proposal would increase the number of area students who pursue an MBA and would help the UH System meet Houston's need for professionals with graduate degrees in business."

 

UHD's College of Business Dean Don Bates said the degree is flexible and will help Houston meet the Greater Houston Partnership's goal of "helping create an additional 600,000 jobs in the next 10 years." To read more... 

 

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Second Street walkway between One Main Building and Faculty/Staff Garage is closed

The University of Houston-Downtown's Facilities Management Department will close access to the Second Street pedestrian walkway between the One Main Building and the Faculty/Staff Parking Garage to facilitate the replacement of the north building roof.  

 

Chris McCall, assistant vice president for Facilities Management, said the closure is effective immediately and will last through the project's completion, slated for the end of May.

 

The stairs and elevators on the west side of One Main will still be operational but will not grant users access to the Visitor's Parking Lot or the Faculty/Staff Parking Garage. McCall encourages all UHD faculty and staff to make use of the North Dock entry situated beneath the North Deck, adjacent to the University Police Department. Facilities will post signs and directions adjacent to the affected area.


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Walmart executive Jim Aller talks to students as part of the College of Business Executive Speakers Series.
Walmart Human Resources executive Jim Aller talks to College of Business students 

The Executive Speaker Series at the College of Business featured Jim Aller, senior human resources director for Walmart, Inc., Thursday, Feb. 17, at the Shea Street Building.

 

Aller discussed his background in retailing, human resources and Walmart along with career opportunities for students. In his position as senior director of human resources at Walmart, his responsibilities include 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 employee engagement. He is a key player in setting business strategy and customer service standards. 

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Madeline Johnson, professor of Marketing, and College of Business Dean Don Bates talk with Walmart executive Jim Aller before his presentation to students Thursday.

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Student Government Association President Ali Abedi, right, moderates the SGA Town Hall meeting.
Town Hall Meeting focuses on policies

The University of Houston-Downtown's Student Government Association hosted a Town Hall Meeting Thursday, Feb. 17, in the Cullen Robertson Auditorium.

 

SGA President Ali Abedi said the SGA's goal was to give students an opportunity to communicate their concerns and ask questions about admissions and academic policies. The panel answering questions included representatives from the colleges as well as Interim Provost Michael Dressman, Vice President Ed Apodaca and Faculty Senate President Phil Lyons. The event was broadcast live via the internet. 

 

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Professional Society of Criminal Justice Students meets Saturday 

The Professional Society of Criminal Justice Students will meet from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, in room S-290, One Main Building.

 

The meeting will include a presentation, snacks and refreshments. The Professional Society of Criminal Justice Students is committed to promoting the academic, professional and social success of its members.

 

Individuals interested in learning more about the organization but who cannot attend the meeting can email uhdpscjs@gmail.com.


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Pep Rally and Spring Health Fair offer activities for students
Peprally
A pep rally featured UHD's Cheerleaders, club teams and a special performance by the Stephen F. Austin High School drumline.

Health Fair
The Spring Health Fair drew a number of information tables and demonstration booths including the UHD Police Department's 'Drunk Walk' that simulates the effects of alcohol on simple tasks like walking.

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Last meeting for drama trip to Las Vegas is Feb. 27 

 

The final meeting for this year's drama trip to Las Vegas will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27, at in the O'Kane Theatre, room N-364, One Main Building.

 

People interested in going on the trip can sign up at that time. If individuals have made a deposit, full payment is due at the meeting.

 

The trip includes two tickets to Vegas shows; a day-long buffet pass for four days; three backstage tours of Las Vegas theatres; a visit to "old" Las Vegas; a tour of the yet-to-open Las Vegas Civic Theatre and more.

 

A detailed cost sheet of the trip is available at this link, http://www.uhd.edu/academic/colleges/humanities/arts_humanities/drama/trip/index.htm  or contact Tom Lyttle, professor of Arts and Humanities, in room S-1057, One Main Building, or call 713-221-8118. The trip is open to UHD students, faculty and staff and any of their friends and family.  


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Artist Ted Ellis jokes with the audience during his art demonstration.
Student Activities and Events hosts
African-American artist's demonstration

African-American Artist Ted Ellis presented an art demonstration Thursday, Feb. 17, near the John Biggers mural in the Academic Building.  

 

Ellis is a former chemist and his presentation was part motivational talk, part art lesson and part promotion for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. The New Orleans native has worked as a chemist for major companies and since becoming a full-time artist, he has commissioned artwork throughout the country including pieces at major corporations. His appearance was sponsored by the Office of Student Activities and Events as part of UHD's Black History Month activities. 

 

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The Financial Management Association will host an investment specialist March 2

The Financial Management Association - UHD chapter will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, in room B-112, Shea Street Building.

 

Yuriy Royzman, first vice president, investments, at UBS Financial Services Inc., will be the guest speaker. He has been in the financial services industry for more than 15 years. Before joining UBS in 2010, he worked at Smith Barney for four years and Wachovia Securities for 11 years. Royzman emphasizes asset allocation and total portfolio management with a focus on retirement income planning. He also deals with education funding, structures for charitable giving and estate planning.

 

For additional information about FMA-UHD chapter, contact the faculty advisors Ohaness Paskelian, assistant professor, at  paskeliano@uhd.edu, or Rahul Verma, associate professor, at vermar@uhd.edu or the chapter president , Justin Meyer, at fmauhd@gmail.com.


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Sports and Fitness sponsors the workshop, 'How Flexible Are You,' on Feb. 23

UHD Sports and Fitness is sponsoring the workshop, "How Flexible Are You?" from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23,in room N-420, One Main Building.

 

The workshop is free and open to UHD students, faculty and staff. Most people lose flexibility as they age, but it is possible to keep muscles and joints working through their full range of motion. A way to do that is to add flexibility exercises or stretches into a person's daily routine. Workshop participants will be shown stretching methods that people can do almost anywhere. Healthy snacks will be served. 

 

To reserve a spot, please register here . A flier is available here .


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CMS Colloquium: 'Stability Boundaries of Thermo-Mechanically Coupled Thin Curved Structures'

The next Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences Department Colloquium features Ilinca Stanciulescu, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University, who will discuss "Stability Boundaries of Thermo-Mechanically Coupled Thin Curved Structures" at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, in room A-628, Academic Building.

 

The presentation description is: "A nonlinear finite element formulation appropriate for the analysis of systems under combined mechanical and thermal loads is presented and used for the study of the dynamic snap-through of thin curved structures. We determine a non-trivial (non-flat) configuration of a curved beam at a lowered critical temperature value below which the beam will no longer experience snap-through under any magnitude of applied quasi-static point loads. We argue that such a limit can be obtained for a variety of static loads and that it also reduces the amplitude of the oscillations when loads are applied at dynamic rates.

 

"We also analyze the performance of the numerical formulations in simulating the problem of a curved beam undergoing snap-through by identifying the important features that affect the numerical accuracy and robustness. In particular, we examine the interaction between the two most important components of the finite element analysis applied to the structural dynamics problem: (1) the time-stepping scheme, and (2) the finite element formulations used to spatially discretize the structure."


For information, contact Steve London, professor of Computer and Mathematical Sciences, at 713-221-8122 or email
londons@uhd.edu.
 
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UHD Club Powerlifters win national title 
Lifters
UHD hosted the National Collegiate Bench Press and Deadlift Championships and UHD's Club Team repeated as national team champions.  

UHD's Powerlifting Club Team defeated teams from Texas Southern University, University of North Texas, Palo Alto College, University of Texas - Pan American and University of Houston to win its fourth in a row National Collegiate Bench Press and Deadlift Championship Feb. 12.  

 

UHD hosted the tournament. UHD team results are: 

 

Bench Press:

 

Petra Villegas, 114 weight class, 55 lbs., First Place

Linda Okoro, 165 weight class, 192.7, First Place - National Collegiate Record

Sasha Martinez, 198+ weight class, 281.0, First Place - National Collegiate Record, Best Lifter Award for Women's Bench Press

Jesus Sanchez, 114 weight class, 225.7, First Place

Raymond Rodriguez, 123 weight class, 159.7, Second Place

Antonio Moreno, 132 weight class, 243.6, First Place - Mexican Junior National Record

Luizarthur Nen, 148 weight class, 226.8, First Place - Brazilian Junior National Record

Ilian Rojas, 165 weight class, 330.5, Second Place

Carlos Mata, 181 weight class, 403.3, First Place - National Collegiate Record, Best Lifter Award for Lightweight Men's Bench Press, Overall Best Lifter Award Bench Press

Gerardo Ruiz, 198 weight class, 358, Second Place

Dimas Lopez, 198 weight class, 347, Third Place

Waldo Villarreal, 220 weight class, 341.5, Second Place

Jaime Villa, 242 weight class, 402.2, First Place

Blake Cedillo, 259 weight class, 341, Second Place

Serigne Sarr, Super Heavy Weight, 264.5, First Place

 

Deadlift:

 

Petra Villegas, 114 weight class, 143.2, First Place

Linda Okoro, 165 weight class, 479.5, First Place - Junior World Record, Best Lifter Women's Deadlift

Sasha Martinez, 198+ weight class, 403.3, First Place - National Collegiate Record

Jesus Sanchez, 114 weight class, 360.2, First Place - Junior World Record

Raymond Rodriguez, 123 weight class, 248, Second Place

Antonio Moreno, 132 weight class, 441.6, First Place - National Collegiate Record, Best Lifter Award Light Men's Deadlift, Best Lifter Award Overall Men's Deadlift

Luizarthur Nen, 148 weight class, 314, First Place

Ilian Rojas, 165 weight class, 407.7, Third Place

Carlos Mata, 181 weight class, 518, First Place

Gerardo Ruiz, 198 wt class, 501.5, Second Place

Dimas Lopez, 198 weight class, 402.2, Fourth Place

Stephen Trieu, 220 weight class, 468.2, Fourth Place

Jaime Villa, 242 weight class, 440.7, Second Place

Blake Cedillo, 258 weight class, 451.7, First Place

Serigne Sarr, Super Heavy Weight, 479.5, First Place

 

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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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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 Adetomiwa Oguntuga, 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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Pincus will return to teaching

President William V. Flores announced Feb. 16 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 online 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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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 www.bcbstx.com/hs 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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Vincent Tinto's presentation rescheduled for Friday, Feb. 25
 
Vtinto
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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W.I. Dykes Library presents February events

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

  

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 campbelld@uhd.edu for more information. Information is also available on the library's blog at the following link: 

 

http://uhdlibrary.typepad.com/news/2011/02/hot-february-in-the-library.html



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'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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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.

 

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 Penelope 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

Today    

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

wimba 

Monday, Feb. 28   

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

Classroom Tools

Friday, Feb. 25    

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

Microsoft

Wednesday, Feb. 22

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's proposed MBA moves to state for consideration
Second Street walkway closed
Walmart executive talks to students
SGA Town Hall Meeting
Professional Society of Criminal Justice Students meets Saturday
Pep Rally and Spring Health Fair
Last meeting for Drama Trip to Las Vegas
Artist Ted Ellis demonstrates, discusses art
Financial Management Association hosts investment specialist
Sports and Fitness workshop targets flexibility
CMS Colloquium is Feb. 24
Powerlifters individual results available
Pincus will return to teaching
HealthSelect members can access discounts
Tinto's presentation rescheduled
Library hosts February events
'Imitation of Life' screened Feb. 22
Hispanic Film Series has Oscar theme
IT offers training classes
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