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March 11, 2011
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ARAMARK Food Services will open Starbucks and the Grillworks from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday during Spring Break.  


University Bookstore will open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and will close Friday for inventory during Spring Break.


University Copy Center will open 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday during Spring Break. 

UHD provides additional parking at San Jacinto Parking Lot  

In response to student requests, UHD has arranged for additional downtown parking for UHD students, faculty and staff.


Additional parking is now available for students, faculty and staff at North San Jacinto Street and Allen Street. There are 84 parking spaces in the far northeast corner of the AMPCO Parking Lot set aside for UHD. Spaces reserved for UHD have the word "RESERVED" painted in each space. Parking Enforcement and the UHD Police patrol the lot to provide safety and security.


The shuttle bus service also picks-up and drops-off from this location. Shuttles run from the Daly Street Lot, to the One Main Building, to the Commerce Street Building, corner of Franklin Street and Fannin Street, to the San Jacinto Lot, to the Shea Street Building and back to the Daly Street Lot.


The UHD Police patrol streets and parking lots near the University 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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President Flores schedules Spring Budget Town Hall Meeting for March 30   

President Bill Flores will hold a Spring Town Hall Budget Meeting from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, in the Cullen Robertson Auditorium, third floor, Academic Building.


He will discuss UHD's budget and proposed reductions. All faculty and staff are invited to the Town Hall meeting.

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Auxiliary service providers announce spring break hours  


Please note the following hours of operation for the University of Houston- Downtown Auxiliary Service Providers during Spring Break March 14-19:

  • ARAMARK Food Services will open Starbucks and the Grillworks from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • University Bookstore will open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and will close Friday for inventory.
  •  University Copy Center will open 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Between 8 and 9 a.m., please enter through the side door near the north side freight elevator.

All Auxiliary Service Providers will resume normal operating hours on Monday, March 21.

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Faculty Awards Committee announces Outstanding Adjunct, Lecturer finalists

The Faculty Awards Committee for the first time will recognize an Outstanding Adjunct Instructor and an Outstanding Lecturer. 


The finalists for these categories have been chosen. "If you know any of these finalists, please congratulate them and thank them for their contributions to UHD," said Lisa Morano, associate professor and chair of the awards committee. Winners will be announced at the Spring Awards Ceremony in April. Finalists are listed in alphabetical order.


Finalists for Outstanding Adjunct Award

Ben Aderholt

Kate Pogue

Robert Wawee


Finalists for Outstanding Lecturer Award

Barbara Canetti-Rios

Frankie Solomon

Mary Sykes

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Summer, Fall registration dates set  
History students win state awards  


UHD students Ronald Parker and Barbara Edgerton won awards in the senior division at the Texas State Historical Association meeting in El Paso in March.


History Professor Garna Christian said Parker won second place and Edgerton won fourth place in the Clifton Caldwell Historical Essay awards. Parker's essay was titled "The Romantic History of Sylvan Beach" and Edgerton's  "Ramos and Compean--Ex-Border Patrol Agents." The essays will be reviewed for possible publication next month.

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President Flores will address Staff Council on budget reductions

Staff Council will meet at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, in room N-1099, One Main Building.


President Bill Flores is the guest speaker and he will discuss UHD's budget reductions. All staff members are welcome to attend the monthly Staff Council meetings.

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Ash Wednesday
Catholic Students Association sponsors Ash Wednesday Mass

The Rev. Dat Hoang, left, from the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston Office of Vocations, talks with Paul L. Fortunato, assistant professor of English and interim director of the Center for Public Deliberation, before celebrating an Ash Wednesday Mass March 9 in the Cullen Robertson Auditorium. The UHD Catholic Students Association sponsored the event. 

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Spring bash
Spring Break Bash has safety theme before students depart for break

President Bill Flores talks with students participating in the UHD Police Department's "Drunk Walk" booth during the Spring Break Bash co-sponsored by the UHD Community Involvement Center and the Campus Activities Board Thursday, March 10, on the South Deck. Participants at the booth wore goggles that simulated the impact drinking alcohol has on their ability to walk a straight line. The bash featured music, food and games along with safety information on skin care, oral hygiene, road safety and alcohol awareness designed to help students have a safe Spring Break. UHD students are on break from March 14 to March 19. 

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Muslim women
Speaker addresses 'Feminism, Empire and Muslim Women'

Sharin N. Elkholy, UHD assistant professor of Philosophy and coordinator of Ethnic Studies, left, talks with Elora Shehabuddin, associate professor of Humanities and Political Science at Rice University, who presented "Feminism, Empire, and Muslim Women" Wednesday, March 9, as part of the symposium, "History in the Making: The Middle East and the World." The Cultural Enrichment Center in collaboration with Ethnic Studies and Philosophy hosted the symposium. For more information contact Elkholy at or 713-210-9910.  

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Stories from previous Skylines
Lilian Care
Alumna discusses human trafficking

Dagmar Scharold, lecturer and Writing Center Director, left, coordinated a presentation hosted by the Cultural Enrichment Center on "Modern Day Slavery and Human Trafficking in Houston," Tuesday, March 8. UHD alumna Lilian Care, center, a radio host of Progressive Forum for KPFT 90.1 FM, was the guest speaker. For more information, contact Jane Creighton, right, director of the Cultural Enrichment Center at  

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Com. Inv.
Community Involvement Day showcases volunteer opportunities for students 

The Community Involvement Center hosted Community Involvement Day showcasing volunteer opportunities available at many area nonprofit organizations where students can share their time and talents to help the community. More than 30 community organizations had representatives on hand to talk with students about service possibilities. 

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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


10 - 11 a.m. - Wimba Classroom 

Monday, March 14

2 - 3 p.m. - Turnitin

Tuesday, March 15 

10 - 11:30 a.m. - Blackboard: Mail, Calendar, & Who's Online

Wednesday, March 16

1 - 2 p.m. - Wimba Classroom

Thursday, March 17

10 - 11 a.m. - Blackboard: Managing Course Content

Monday, March 21  
2 - 3 p.m. - Blackboard Open Lab

Tuesday, March 22

10 - 11 a.m. - Wimba Classroom

Tuesday, March 22

1 - 2 p.m. - Blackboard: Communication Tools

Friday, March 25

9 - 11 a.m. - Brunch & Learn: StudyMate













Tuesday, March 29

1 - 2 p.m. - Wimba Classroom

Wednesday, March 30

10 - 11 a.m. - Blackboard: Gradebook Setup

Thursday, March 31

10 - 11:30 a.m. - SoftChalk Lesson Builder

Classroom Tools

Thursday, March 24 
1 - 2:30 p.m. - Useful Classroom Gadgets


Monday, March 28

2 - 3:30 p.m. - TaskStream: e-Portfolio


1 - 2 p.m. - Transitioning to Office 2010 


Wednesday, March 16

9 - 11 a.m. - Photoshop Open Lab

Remote Desktop

Wednesday, March 23    
10 - 11 a.m. - What's VPN and How Can It Help Me?

Windows 7

Friday, March 18

10 - 11 a.m. - Transitioning to Windows 7


See all current IT training available

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In this issue
UHD provides additional parking
Spring Budget Town Hall Meeting set for March 30
Auxiliary service providers announce Spring Break hours
Finalists named for Outstanding Adjunct, Lecturer
Summer, Fall registration dates set
History students win state awards
President Flores will discuss budget cuts at Staff Council meeting
CSA hosts Ash Wednesday Mass
Spring Break Bash has safety theme
Speaker addresses 'Feminism, Empire and Muslim Women'
Lecture addresses human trafficking
Community Involvement Day
IT offers training classes
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