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Feb. 25, 2011
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Guest speaker Vincent Tinto will present "Promoting Engagement and Retention in an Urban Campus" at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 25, in the Cullen Robertson Auditorium.

CMS Colloquium topic is "What Can Optical Measurements Tell Us about Physical Processes in the Coastal Zone?" at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, in room A-628 in the Academic Building.

 

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.


An African-American Symposium of Undergraduate Research will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28, in the Special Events Room, A-300, Academic Building, as part of UHD's Black History Month activities.  

Guest speaker Michael Tillotson will discuss "The Invisible Jim Crow: Contemporary Ideological Threats to the Internal Security of African Americans," from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28, in room A-300, the Special Events Room, Academic Building.

Vincent Tinto's presentation addresses 'Promoting Engagement and Retention in an Urban Campus'
 
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Vincent Tinto

Vincent Tinto, nationally-known professor from Syracuse University, will present "Promoting Engagement and Retention in an Urban Campus" at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 25, in the Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium, third floor, Academic Building.

 

Tinto was originally scheduled to speak Feb. 4, but his appearance was canceled due to winter storm conditions. 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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Grants fund students' service-learning experiences in Greater Houston area
 

UHD's Office of Community Engagement has awarded three internal grants to projects that provide service-learning experiences for UHD students.

 

Through a competitive process, the Office distributed Community Development Grants valued at nearly $40,000, said Jean Dewitt, director of Community Engagement.

 

Department of Urban Education - UHD Urban Education students are receiving stipends to tutor students at Stovall Academy, Bethune Academy and Anderson Academy in the Aldine Independent School District. Associate professor Viola M. Garcia submitted the proposal for $28,650 that also includes funds for tutoring supplies and books.

 

Garcia said, "Feedback from UHD Urban Education students indicates that this has been a very positive experience for them. They are engaged with tutees. They are learning a great deal, and they are pleased about being treated as professionals as they help the elementary students in need of assistance."

 

Professional Writing Program, Department of English - About $6,480 in grant funding provided a paid internship for a UHD student at Acres Homes Community Development Corp. Visiting assistant professor Richard Ogle submitted the grant application. He said that UHD student Lucha Morales was selected for the position. She is writing and designing pamphlets, fliers and copy for websites and helping write grant applications for Acres Homes as it helps low-income families become first-time homeowners. Morales will also receive academic credit for the internship.

 

Scholars Academy, College of Sciences and Technology - Scholars Academy students will now have T-shirts and hats that will help identify them as part of the Academy when they are out in the community completing service-learning projects. Mary Jo Parker, director of the Scholars Academy, applied for the grant. She said about 40 percent of the Academy's 154 students enter the program as transfer students. These students are enrolled in a course that has a service-learning component that links them with various community groups and agencies. The grant award of $4,371 covered the cost of T-shirts and hats and is providing a textbook on service learning for Scholars Academy students.


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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
Financial Aid Fair helps students with aid application process

The UHD Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid held its annual Financial Aid Fair  Wednesday, Feb. 23, for
students seeking financial assistance for the 2011-2012 academic year. Staff members were available to help students with information and applications. Attendees also could participate in games with a football "Gator Bowl" theme and food was available. 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. A flier is available here


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Speakers address 'History in the Making: The Middle East and the World'

The Cultural Enrichment Center in collaboration with Ethnic Studies and Philosophy is sponsoring a symposium, "History in the Making: The Middle East and the World" featuring presentations March 2 and 9 in room N-1099, One Main Building.

 

Ussama S. Makdisi, professor of History and chair of Arab Studies at Rice University, will discuss "Faith Misplaced: On the Promise of US-Arab Relations" at 1 p.m. March 2.

 

Elora Shehabuddin, associate professor of Humanities and Political Science at Rice University will present "Feminism, Empire, and Muslim Women" at 1 p.m. March 9.

 

For more information contact Sharin N. Elkholy, UHD assistant professor of Philosophy and coordinator of Ethnic Studies, at elkholys@uhd.edu or 713-210-9910. A flier is available here


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Pre-Law Forum provides information on law schools and legal fields March 3

The UHD Pre-Law Forum will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 3, in room A-350 in the Academic Building, featuring a panel of attorneys who will provide information to students interested in attending law school.

 

The forum is free and open to the public. The Pre-Law Association is sponsoring the forum which was originally scheduled for early February, but was postponed due to the weather. Topics will include law school admissions, the LSAT exam and different law fields. Panel members also will discuss what the law school experience is like.  

 

For information, contact Jimbo Herrera, president of the Pre-Law Association, at j.r.herrera88@gmail.com or Edgar Colon, visiting assistant professor, at colone@uhd.edu.


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African-American Symposium of Undergraduate Research is Feb. 28

An African-American Symposium of Undergraduate Research will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28, in the Special Events Room, A-300, Academic Building, as part of UHD's Black History Month activities. 

 

This symposium will showcase UHD's undergraduate students and include several student panels that critically address a range of subjects related to the African-American experience. Student presentations will address subjects such as: racial construction, gender performance, black sexuality, slavery, Afrocentricity and many others.

 

For information, contact Vida Robertson, assistant professor of English, at  robertsonv@uhd.edu or 713-222-5369.


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Guest lecturer discusses 'The Invisible Jim Crow' on Feb. 28

The Cultural Enrichment Center is sponsoring the lecture "The Invisible Jim Crow: Contemporary Ideological Threats to the Internal Security of African Americans," from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28, by Michael Tillotson in room A-300, the Special Events Room, Academic Building.

 

Tillotson received his doctorate at Temple University and is a research fellow at the Molefi Kete Asante Institute. He is the author of a new book, "Invisible Jim Crow."

 

This free event is part of UHD's Black History Month activities and is open to the public. For more information contact Jane Creighton at 713-221-8295 or creightonj@uhd.edu. A flier is available here


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UHD hosts Fulbright Arts Festival on March 4 featuring UHD professors

UHD is hosting the Fulbright Arts Festival at 7 p.m. Friday, March 4, in the Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium followed by a reception at 9 p.m. in the adjacent Coffeehouse.

The festival features the following UHD former Fulbright recipients:

Jane Creighton, Poland (2006-2007)

Robin Davidson, Poland (2003-2004)

Jean DeWitt, Mauritius (1991-1992)

 Patricia Golemon, Taiwan (2005-2006)

Joanna Kaftan, Poland (1999-2000)

 Anne Kane, Ireland (1996-1997)

JoAnn Pavletich, Madagascar (2005-2007)

Isabelle Ganz who was a Fulbright in Music to Israel (1997) is coordinating the program. The event is co-sponsored by the Houston/Southeast Texas Chapter, Fulbright Association; the Department of English, University of Houston-Downtown, and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. State Department through a grant from the Fulbright Association in Washington, D.C.

For information, contact Davidson at davidsonr@uhd.edu or 713-221-2716. A flier is available here.

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Last meeting for drama trip to Las Vegas is Sunday; final payment is due 

 

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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Stories from previous Skylines
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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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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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

Monday, Feb. 28   

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

Classroom Tools

Today    

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


See all current IT training available


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In this issue
Tinto's presentation on Friday, Feb. 25
Grants fund service learning
Colloquium considers optical measures of coastal zone processes
Financial Aid Fair
Social Sciences sponsors discussion on 'Uprisings in the Middle East'
Speakers address 'History in the Making: The Middle East and the World'
Pre-Law Forum set for March 3
African-American Symposium of Undergraduate Research
Guest lecturer discusses 'The Invisible Jim Crow'
UHD hosts Fulbright Arts Festival
Last meeting for drama trip to Las Vegas
Eye Institute waives co-pay for HealthSelect members
Annual Fact Book, Academic Unit Profiles available
HealthSelect members can get discounts
IT offers training classes
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