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Feb. 23, 2011
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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 UHD Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid invites students seeking financial assistance to the annual Financial Aid Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, in room A-300, the Special Event Center, Academic Building.

Student Activities and Events is hosting the film, "For Colored Girls," from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, in the Coffee House, third floor, Academic Building.

The Computer and Mathematical Sciences Colloquium will consider "Stability Boundaries of Thermo-Mechanically Coupled Thin Curved Structures" at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, in room A-628, Academic Building.

UHD's Sigma Tau Delta Chapter of the International English Honor Society is sponsoring a research workshop from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, in room S-822, One Main Building.  


UHD's American Marketing Association Chapter will meet from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, in room B-240, second floor, Shea Street Building.

   

Vincent Tinto's presentation addresses 'Promoting Engagement and Retention in an Urban Campus'
 
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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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Colloquium considers optical measures of coastal zone physical processes 

A Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences Colloquium will feature
Darek Bogucki, assistant professor of Physical Oceanography in the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, in room A-628 in the Academic Building.

 

Bogucki will discuss "What Can Optical Measurements Tell Us about Physical Processes in the Coastal Zone?" He also will discuss aspects of the graduate Coastal Marine System Science program and available teaching and research assistant opportunities.

 

ABSTRACT:

"Oceanic turbulence plays a key role in a range of environmental processes such as air-sea gas transfer, large scale ocean circulation, dispersion of pollutants, sediment transfer, pollutants residence time or particle dynamics. Oceanic turbulence affects the light propagation through water, thus providing a means to use optics to quantify small-scale physical processes. Recent progress in optical theory, laboratory experiments, and novel instrumentation leads to optical sensors which can provide time series and profiles of quantities such as the rates of turbulent dissipation of energy or temperature. These measurements can be carried out from either in-situ or remote platforms, such as LIDAR from aircraft or satellites."

 

Bogucki's group - Marine Sensing and Simulation Group, (http://pens.tamucc.edu/boguckilab/) - is involved in projects ranging from LIDAR/microwave sensing of the ocean to theoretical and experimental description of oceanic turbulence. He works with the graduate students from the Coastal and Marine System Science program. 

 

The CMSS graduate program now has available teaching and research assistantships. For more information and to apply please contact Paul Montagna, TAMUCC Harte Research Institute chair, at paul.montagna@tamucc.edu. Bogucki will describe aspects of the graduate CMSS program in his presentation.  

   

For colloquium information, contact Steve London, UHD professor of Computer and Mathematical Sciences, at 713-221-8122 or email londons@uhd.edu.


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Financial Aid Fair 'UHD Gator-Aid Bowl' helps students through aid application process

The UHD Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid invites students seeking financial assistance for the 2011-2012 academic year to attend the annual Financial Aid Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, in room A-300, the Special Event Center, Academic Building.

 

Each February the office hosts the fair to raise financial aid awareness and assist students in the application process. Designated computer stations will enable interested students to complete the FAFSA for the 2011-2012 academic year. Office staff members suggest students come to the fair with a copy of their 2010 W-2 forms and tax returns, their parents' and spouses' 2010 W-2 forms and their FAFSA PIN numbers to facilitate the application process.

 

This year's fair theme is "UHD Gator-Aid Bowl" and the fair features sports-themed games based on financial aid trivia with prizes and food available for students. A flier is available here. Students who don't have PIN numbers can log onto www.pin.ed.gov to apply for one before the fair.

 

For more information, contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid at 713-221-8041.


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Social Sciences sponsors discussion on  'Uprisings in the Middle East' March 1

The Department of Social Science is sponsoring a panel discussion, "Uprisings in the Middle East," from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, March 1, in the Cullen Robertson Auditorium, third floor, Academic Building.

 

The panelists are:

  • Aida Araissi, a native of Tunisia and the president of Houston's Bilateral U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce.
  • Nivien Saleh, professor and Middle East expert at the Center of International Studies, St. Thomas University.
  • Richard Sindelar, former deputy director of the Office of Near East and South Asia Analysis in the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research.

The moderator is Leena Thacker-Kumar, UHD associate professor of Political Science. Please contact Thacker-Kumar for more information at 713-221-8696 or email kumarl@uhd.edu.


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Student Activities hosts Tyler Perry film, 'For Colored Girls,' Thursday

The Office of Student Activities and Events is hosting the Tyler Perry film, "For Colored Girls," from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, in the Coffee House, third floor, Academic Building, as part of UHD's Black History Month activities.

 

This free event is open to everyone and will include complimentary refreshments. Fifty tokens of appreciation will be available to the first 50 people to arrive.


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UH Eye Institute waives exam co-pay for system employees with HealthSelect

All University of Houston System benefits-eligible employees with medical coverage through Blue Cross Blue Shield HealthSelect can have their $40 co-pay waived if they receive an annual eye examination at the University of Houston Eye Institute (UEI).  

 

Employees with HealthSelect medical coverage can receive a comprehensive eye exam with no out-of-pocket expense. To schedule an appointment, call UEI at 713-743-2020. For information, please log into their website at www.uei.uh.edu.


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Annual Fact Book and Academic Unit Profiles now available 

Several new publications are available on the Office of Institutional Research's website.

 

The annual Fact Book is located here: http://www.uhd.edu/about/irp/book.htmlIt includes information on UHD students, courses, graduates, employees and financials.

 

This year's Academic Unit Profiles are now available here: http://www.uhd.edu/about/irp/AUP.htmlThese annual reports summarize faculty, course and student data by college and department.


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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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Sigma Tau Delta sponsors research workshop Thursday, Feb. 24

UHD's Sigma Tau Delta Chapter of the International English Honor Society is sponsoring a research workshop from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, in room S-822, One Main Building. 

 

The topics include:

  • Accessing Library and Electronic Resources
  • Navigating Databases
  • Organizing Information and Ideas  

Limited seating available, so contact Rachael Walston at
sigmataudelta_uhd@yahoo.com to reserve a spot.

 

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AMA Chapter meets Thursday, Feb. 24

UHD's American Marketing Association Chapter will meet from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, in room B-240, second floor, Shea Street Building.

 

For information, contact chapter vice president Chelsea Roberson at cmroberson46@yahoo.com or call 409-354-3686.


 

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HealthSelect members 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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Stories from previous Skylines
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 only grant users access to the Visitor's Parking Lot or the Faculty/Staff Parking Garage.

 

The first floor of this elevator (or stair) lobby discharges only into the Faculty/Staff and Visitors' Parking Lot. There is no access to Girard Street from this elevator (or stair) lobby. Facilities will post signs and directions adjacent to the affected area.


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CMS Colloquium topic on Feb. 24: 'Stability Boundaries of Thermo-Mechanically Coupled Thin Curved Structures'

The next Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences 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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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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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

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

Today

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


See all current IT training available


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In this issue
Tinto's presentation on Friday, Feb. 25
Colloquium considers optical measures of coastal zone processes
Financial Aid Fair is today
Social Sciences sponsors discussion on 'Uprisings in the Middle East'
Student Activities screens film 'For Colored Girls'
Eye Institute waives co-pay for HealthSelect members
Annual Fact Book, Academic Unit Profiles available
Sports and Fitness workshop targets flexibility
Honor Society sponsors research workshop
AMA Chapter meets Thursday
HealthSelect members can get discounts
UHD's proposed MBA moves to state for consideration
Second Street walkway closed
CMS Colloquium is Feb. 24
Last meeting for drama trip to Las Vegas
IT offers training classes
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