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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.


UHD Sports and Fitness is sponsoring the workshop, "Food Labels, Portion Sizes and More," from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, March 4, in room N-420, One Main Building.  


UHD has a team in the Houston Area Women's Center 23rd annual Race Against Violence which will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 5, starting at Sam Houston Park at Bagby.

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 or 713-221-2716. A flier is available here.

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Ussama Makdisi, professor of History at Rice University, discusses 'Faith Misplaced' at a presentation for the UHD community.

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."   


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Ussama Makdisi and UHD's Sharin Elkholy, assistant professor of Philosophy.

The next presentation will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, in room N-1099, One Main Building, by Elora Shehabuddin, associate professor of Humanities and Political Science at Rice University, who will present "Feminism, Empire, and Muslim Women."  


The first presentation was March 2 by Ussama S. Makdisi, professor of History and chair of Arab Studies at Rice University, who discussed "Faith Misplaced: On the Promise of US-Arab Relations."  


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

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Join UHD's team in the Race Against Violence Saturday, March 5

UHD has a team in the Houston Area Women's Center 23rd annual Race Against Violence which will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 5, starting at Sam Houston Park at Bagby.


The event benefits the Houston Area Women's Center and is sponsored by the Woman's Hospital of Texas. For more information on joining the team, visit this link.


Participants can walk or run or sponsor someone who is.  The cost is $25 run/walk and $20 for students. Additional information is also available here.  

Cash prizes are new this year and include $500 to the overall winners, female and male, and to the overall Masters female and male.

Free parking is available at the Metropolitan Raquet Club parking garage (Allen Center Parking at 340 W. Dallas, entrance is on West Dallas just east of the I-45 overpass). Additional free and paid parking is available on streets and surface lots in the downtown area.


Contact Liza Alonzo in Student Activities at 713-221-8682 for more information.  

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Catholic Students Association sponsors Ash Wednesday Mass March 9

The UHD Catholic Students Association is sponsoring an Ash Wednesday Mass at noon Wednesday, March 9, in the Cullen Robertson Auditorium, third floor, Academic Building, which will be celebrated by the Rev. Dat Hoang from the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston Office of Vocations.


The CSA invites all faculty, staff and students to attend. For information, contact Paul L. Fortunato, assistant professor of English and interim director of the Center for Public Deliberation, at

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Culture on the Bayou features student organizations

The Office of Student Activities and Events hosted Culture on the Bayou Thursday celebrating UHD's student diversity. Student organizations could showcase their activities, recruit members and raise funds. 

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UTEAP offers 'Breathing Easy' course 

A UT Employee Assistance Program representative will present the course, "Breathing Easy," from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, in the Library Event Room, N-420, One Main Building.


Springtime in Houston can mean high pollen counts and sometimes dangerous molds.Healthy individuals or those with respiratory concerns such as asthma or allergies can benefit from attending this brown bag luncheon which is open to faculty, staff and student workers. Drinks and cookies will be provided.


Go to PASS to register for this class. The course code is UHD076 and the session is 0001.

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Voter Deputization Workshop is March 4 

The Community Involvement Center is sponsoring a Voter Deputization Workshop from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, March 4, in room N-602, One Main Building.


Individuals who complete the training can be deputized and able to register people to vote. Get involved in the political process. RSVP here. 

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Community Involvement Day showcases volunteer opportunities for students 

The Community Involvement Center is hosting Community Involvement Day from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, March 8, in the Special Events Room, A-300, Academic Building.


The event showcases volunteer opportunities available at many area nonprofit organizations where students can share their time and talents to help the community.

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Veterans Services offers Peer-to-Peer Workshops on Wednesdays 

UHD's Veterans Services is offering Peer-to-Peer Workshops from 2 to 3 p.m. every Wednesday beginning March 16 in room S-290, One Main Building.

The workshops can be helpful for military personnel returning from Iraq or Afghanistan or who have experienced other difficult situations in the military. The workshops provide a place to talk to and interact with other veterans.


The workshop's goal is to help active duty, reserves, guard, veterans, their families and others who suffer from the effects of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI) or military sexual assault to connect to the help and assistance available for them and the benefits they have earned.


Trauma survivors with PTSD often experience problems in their intimate and family relationships or close friendships. PTSD involves symptoms that interfere with trust, emotional closeness, communication, responsible assertiveness and effective problem solving.


For information, contact Michael Records, manager of Veterans Services, at 713-226-5581 or Scot Macomber at 713-500-3322.

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Faculty members reprise assessment conference presentations on campus 

A number of UHD faculty had presentations accepted for the 2011 Texas A&M Assessment Conference Feb. 20-22 and will reprise their presentations at UHD next week.


The conference is one of the largest and most influential assessment and institutional effectiveness events of its kind. Individuals interested in critical thinking, authentic measurement of student learning, the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, creating a culture of assessment within a department or discipline or learning more about how colleagues are assessing and improving learning within their departments, are invited to attend one or more of the sessions noted below.Light refreshments will be served.Please RSVP here so organizers can prepare an adequate number of handouts. 

3 to 4 p.m. Monday, March 7, Room A-405, Academic Building

Ron Beebe

"Assessing Critical Thinking Across Capstone Projects in a Master of Arts in Teaching Program"


Critical thinking is an essential skill for today's urban educators.This session addresses the process and outcomes of assessment. Projects incorporate a wide array of options ranging from curriculum design to research projects and evaluation practices including assessment of student work. While the presentation illustrates the application of assessing critical thinking in the Masters of Arts in Teaching, Beebe's strategies can be modified and applied within the context of many different disciplines.


3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, Room A-405, Academic Building


Anjoo Sikka, Ron Beebe, Myrna Cohen, Valentina Hardin, Christopher Witschonke

"Engaging Teacher Education Faculty in Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes:An Action Research Model"


This session will share an action research model that aims to involve teacher education faculty in program assessment. Conceptually, the model incorporates elements of action research and Scholarship of Teaching and Learning approaches and can be applied across many disciplines.


10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 10, Room A-711, Academic Building


Raquel Chiquillo

"Herding Cats: Creating a Culture of Assessment"


How do we create a culture of assessment in departments with very different degree programs? This presentation will explore some strategies that have proven to be successful within Arts and Humanities.

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Sports and Fitness workshop addresses 'Food Labels, Portion Sizes and More'

UHD Sports and Fitness is sponsoring the workshop, "Food Labels, Portion Sizes and More," from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, March 4, in room N-420, One Main Building.


The workshop is free to UHD students, faculty and staff. It will cover topics such as the meaning of food labels including the percentages, the components of a balanced meal and optimum calorie intake as well as the difference between monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats and their purpose in our bodies.


Samples of properly portioned meals and snacks will be available to serve as a guide for menu planning.  For more information, call 713-221-8481, email or visit the web page and click on "register now" in the upper right corner.  

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First Generation Student Project hosts pizza lunch on March 7

UHD's First Generation Student Project will host a free pizza lunch from noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 7, in the Coffeehouse, third floor, Academic Building.


The event is for first-generation students and faculty to interact and talk about life at the university. For information, contact Adam Ellwanger, assistant professor of English, at or 713-226-5577. 

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Presentation addresses the basics of Judaism, Christianity and Islam

Center for Public Deliberation and Cultural Enrichment Center are co-sponsoring a discussion, "Judaism, Christianity, Islam: Information and Inter-religious Dialogue," from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, in the Cullen Robertson Auditorium.


The speakers are: 

  • Rabbi Stuart Federow, Congregation Shaar Hashalom and host of the KNTH 1070 AM radio program "Show of Faith"  
  • Erik Luchetta, Erik Luchetta Ministries
  • Erkan Kurt, Institute for Interfaith Dialog   

The moderator is Paul L. Fortunato, UHD assistant professor of English.The speakers will give brief presentations followed by a question and answer session with the audience. Free refreshments will be available.

Information is also available at the sponsors' websites, Cultural Enrichment Center and Center for Public Deliberation, which will also have some videos available.

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Free practice tests available March 11

The Scholars Academy office has made arrangements with Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions for free practice tests for the GRE, LSAT, MCAT and OAT/DAT at 10 a.m. Friday, March 11, at UHD. 


Students need to register online with Kaplan. The tests will be given in five different rooms. See the flier for details. Seating is limited so students should reserve spots as soon as possible. Kaplan will provide a score analysis and strategies to help students prepare for their test day.The GRE and MCAT exams will be computerized tests.  


This program is open to all UHD students. Call 1-800-KAP-TEST or visit (The test names are registered trademarks of their respective owners.)

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Application deadline for Student Research Conference extended 

The application deadline has been extended to Monday, March 7, for the 10th annual UHD Student Research Conference, sponsored by the Scholars Academy.


The conference will be Friday, April 15, and is open to students within the Colleges of Business, Humanities and Social Sciences, Public Service and Sciences and Technology. Conference planners expect to have more than 100 research and project posters along with oral presentations. They also anticipate having numerous representatives from academia and industry in attendance. A flier is  available here.


For more information and an invitation, contact the UHD Scholars Academy at The application and conference information are available at

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Professional Society of Criminal Justice Students will meet March 8

The Professional Society of Criminal Justice Students will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, in room C-212, Commerce Street Building, for a presentation by a Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission representative.

This meeting is also the last day to submit membership applications and dues. A flier is available here. For information contact the society at
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Teams for Intramural Soccer League now forming; season starts March 8

The Sports and Fitness Intramural Soccer League is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, at McReynolds Middle School and teams and players can sign up now.


The fee is $20 per team. The Intramural Soccer League will last about five weeks. The league is open to UHD students, faculty, staff and fitness center members. Men and women can participate. To register, stop by the Student Life Center, call 713-221-8225 or visit the IM Soccer page.

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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, March 7 
3 - 4 p.m. - Blackboard: Assessments 

Tuesday, March 8 
1 - 2:30 p.m. - SoftChalk Lesson Builder 

Thursday, March 10  
10 - 11:30 a.m. - Respondus: StudyMate 

Friday, March 11

10 - 11 a.m. - Wimba Classroom 


Wednesday, March 9
1 - 2 p.m. - Transitioning to Office 2010  

See all current IT training available

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In this issue
UHD hosts Fulbright Arts Festival
Speakers address 'History in the Making: The Middle East and the World'
Join UHD's team in the Race Against Violence
CSA sponsors Ash Wednesday Mass
Culture on the Bayou spotlights student groups
UTEAP offers 'Breathing Easy' course
Voter Deputization Workshop today
Community Involvement Day is March 8
Veterans Services offers Peer-to-Peer Workshops
Faculty members present assessment information
Workshop focuses on food labels and portion sizes
First Generation Student Project plans pizza lunch
Presentation addresses basics of Judaism, Christianity and Islam
Free practice tests available
Application deadline for Student Research Conference extended
Professional Society of Criminal Justice Students meets March 8
Intramural soccer league now forming
IT offers training classes
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