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March 23, 2011
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The UHD W. I. Dykes Library and Career Services are hosting a presentation, "Researching Your Future Employer: How to Prepare for Career Fairs and Interviews," from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, in room N-412, One Main Building.

The Community Involvement Center is sponsoring the "Diva Swap" from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24, in the Special Events Room, A-300, Academic Building.

The UHD MS 150 Team will sell pizza and soft drinks from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 24, in front of the Cullen Robertson Auditorium, third floor, Academic Building, to raise funds for their participation in the bicycle event.
Strategic Planning Group Update

March 23, 2011


To:           The UHD Community


From:      Michael Dressman, Chair, Strategic Planning Group


As promised in late February, the Strategic Planning Group is publishing a set of proposed goals and metrically stated University objectives for the next ten years.


These goals were derived from last year's "Good to Great" meetings and recent conversations between President William Flores and the Strategic Planning Group. The metrics are based on various published and proposed targets that UHD vice presidents, deans, department chairs, Faculty Senate leadership, staff and students have brought forward.


We share these goals and objectives now with the larger University community for comment, proposed modification, and shaping, leading to eventual adoption of these or similar ones as our strategic-planning statement.


In addition, as you read these proposed goals and objectives, the President and the Strategic Planning Group challenge each area of the University to start imagining strategies and steps that could be taken in your part of the University that could lead to achieving these institutional goals.


For now, please send your comments directly to me at I will share them with the Strategic Planning Group, and we will compile and distribute the suggestions back to the campus. I draw your special attention to the sixth goal where the metrics are the least well developed. We need some measurable statements there. I will also look into using the Blackboard Vista site for campus discussions so there can be additional give and take on these issues.


Here are the Proposed Strategic Planning Goals and Metric Objectives:


I.              Increase enrollment.


From 13,000 head count in Fall Term 2010 to 15,400 by Fall Term 2015

From 15,000 head count in Fall Term 2015 to 18,000 by Fall Term 2020

From 125,800 semester credit hours in Fall Term 2010 to 150,000 by Fall Term 2015

From 150,000 semester credit hours in Fall Term 2015 to 175,000 by Fall Term 2020


II.             Improve retention and student success.


Improve retention from year one to year two for FTIC students (First Time In College) by 3% a year. To do so would move our retention rate for first-year students from 60% to 73% by 2020.


III.            Increase our graduation rates.


Six-year graduation rate (FTIC) from 11.4% in 2010 to 35% in 2020

Four-year graduation rate (for students entering with 30 semester credit hours) from 29.8% in 2010 to 45% by 2020

Two-year graduation rate (for students entering with 60 semester credit hours) from 52.5% in 2010 to 75% by 2020


IV.            Increase the number of community-relevant programs.


During the next ten years, UHD colleges and departments will develop and bring forward 30 degree proposals for consideration on campus: 15 bachelor's degrees and 15 master's degrees.

By 2020, UHD, having fully developed degree proposals and worked them through the UH System, will have introduced 10 new degree programs: four bachelor's degrees and six master's degrees.


V.             Expand financial resources.


The grants through the Office of Sponsored Programs, which now total just less than $3 million a year, will increase to $10 million a year by 2015 and to $22 million a year by 2020.

UHD will undertake a comprehensive capital campaign that will begin in a silent phase in 2013, will be announced in 2016 (or so), and will culminate with a total of $50 million to $75 million in 2020.

UHD will increase alumni giving, which is now less than 1%, to 5% by 2020.

UHD will increase its endowment, which is now at about $14 million, to $35 million by 2020.


VI.            Ensure an infrastructure that will support these goals.


Every year for the next ten years send ten new faculty or staff members (that is, people who have never attended such a meeting before) to a national meeting on assessment, recruitment, or retention.


Cut costs and improve productivity by 1% each year for the next 10 years.


Improve the UHD classroom use (SUE) score from 58% to 75% by 2015 and to 80% by 2020.


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Custodial service will change April 1
UHD's Facilities Management office has revised the Universities contracted custodial service effective Friday, April 1, to save the university $58,543 per year.

After April 1, the frequency for some office custodial tasks will move from 250 times per year (five times per week) to 100 times per year (twice a week). Cleaning and other work for breakrooms, restrooms, corridors, classrooms and other areas on campus will continue on the five-times-a-week schedule.

What this means to you:
  1. An "office" is basically a work station (a receptionist's desk, an individual's office, a cubicle, Etc.). If you are not sure if your area is affected, please contact Facilities Management.
  2. Sunday and Wednesday nights will be trash nights and recycling collection nights for all the "offices" on campus. On these nights, the custodians will pull the trash and recycling materials as well as performing other "office" tasks - vacuuming, cleaning phones/handsets, wiping doors/doorknobs/door windows and replacing light bulbs as needed. 
  3. Custodians will place an extra empty trash bag in the bottom of each "office" trash receptacle to provide added capacity.
  4. You can always place food waste (or any other type of waste) in the nearest breakroom, restroom or corridor receptacle, because the cleaning frequency for those areas will remain five days per week (Sundays through Thursdays). 
  5. The frequency for "office" cleaning tasks - quarterly carpet shampooing for example - will not be affected. 
  6. Any spill or issue requiring immediate custodial attention will continue to be addressed on an as-needed basis. Please call Facilities Management at extension 8026 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday for items of this nature.

Please work with Facilities Management during the transition, and contact Pat Gutierrez , Supervisor of Custodial Services, at ext. 8077 if you have any questions, comments or issues.   
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ERS is conducting dependent audit

The Employees Retirement System (ERS) staff works hard to ensure only people who are eligible for benefits receive them. As part of their ongoing effort, ERS will conduct a 100 percent dependent verification audit through August 2011.


ERS is working with an independent company, Aon Hewitt, to conduct the audit. The audit will require each employee and retiree who covers a dependent in the Texas Employees Group Benefits Program (GBP) to provide copies of documents to prove the dependent is eligible. Aon Hewitt will conduct the audit in three phases. Higher education employees will be audited in the first phase, which starts this month.


Employees who cover a dependent in the insurance program will receive a letter from Aon Hewitt asking them to provide the appropriate documents. Employees who have an email address on file with ERS will also receive a reminder email. The email will come from Please do not email or respond to the reminder emails from

When responding to the Aon Hewitt request for documentation, please send copies of documents, not originals, because the documents will not be returned. Employees with audit questions can call the phone number provided in the letter, not the UHD benefits coordinator. Employees who do not respond to the audit request will have their dependents dropped from coverage. To prepare for the audit, ERS reminded employees and retirees to drop ineligible dependents during last summer's Annual Enrollment.

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Scholars Academy students tour nuclear power plant


A group of eight UHD students, along with two university professors, visited Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant (CPNPP) in February.


The group started with lunch in the executive conference room followed by a tour of the simulator. After that, the group explored the visitor's center and viewed a historical/informational video in the auditorium, followed by a question and answer session.  


The group got a surprise visit from Site Vice President Mitch Lucas who discussed a range of topics from the financial state of the nuclear industry to the internship program offered at Coman­che Peak. The UHD group was excited at the potential for starting a relationship with CPNPP in terms of the intern­ship program.

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Diva Swap raises funds for women's organizations

The Community Involvement Center is sponsoring the "Diva Swap" from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24, in the Special Events Room, A-300, Academic Building.


The event is open to women and is being held in recognition of Women's Month. The admission fee is $5 and proceeds will benefit Bridge Over Troubled Water and the Rose, organizations that serve women in need. 


This is an opportunity to clean out closets and bring unwanted items in good condition to swap with other participants. Entertainment will be by Remaria. Complimentary refreshments will be served. A flier and instructions are available here and here. RSVP at

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UHD's Veterans Services Manager featured on local radio show

Michael Records, Veterans Services Manager for UHD, appeared on "Sunday Night with Melinda" on Houston radio station KSBJ Sunday night, March 20, to promote UHD's veterans services.  


The radio station is focusing on veterans and their families with various programming and promotions in March. Records discussed educational services and benefits UHD offers, and the show's Facebook page promoted the UHD's Veterans Services Office.

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UHD MS 150 team sells pizza, sodas

The UHD MS 150 Team will sell pizza and soft drinks from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 24, in front of the Cullen Robertson Auditorium, third floor, Academic Building, to raise funds for their participation in the bicycle event.


The team will join thousands of other bicyclists in the 150-mile ride from Houston to Austin in April to raise funds for multiple sclerosis (MS) research. Contact Jose Cantu at for more information.

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Library, Career Services co-host presentation on researching employers

The UHD W. I. Dykes Library and Career Services are hosting a presentation, "Researching Your Future Employer: How to Prepare for Career Fairs and Interviews," from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, in room N-412, One Main Building.


Job seekers often don't realize they should thoroughly research a company or organization before attending a job fair or an interview. The Library and Career Services have teamed up to provide students with an informative, hands-on presentation on how to most effectively research a company's history, current events, who's who, products/services, challenges and opportunities. 


Participants can:

  • Learn the difference between a public and a private company and how this affects their job search and opportunities.
  • Learn how to research companies they are targeting for job prospects using these databases.
  • Learn how to navigate company websites to gather the most information.
  • Learn how to utilize the UHD Library Resources.
  • Learn how to utilize Career Services resources and jobs4gators jobs service.

For more information, call Career Services at 713-221-8980.


Please note, this workshop will be preceded by an Interview Workshop at 3 p.m. and a Resume Workshop at 4 p.m. in room N-340, One Main Building.

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Stories from previous Skylines
Academic Technology Committee hosts first Technology Learning Conference

The Academic Technology Committee is holding its first Technology Learning Conference, TLC@UHD, April 6 and 7 in the Cullen Robertson Auditorium, Special Events Rooms and Coffeehouse.


The conference presenters will explore technology tools and best learning practices. Topics will include:

  • Online cheating and test integrity.
  • Service learning in online courses.
  • Teaching statistics online.
  • Copyright.
  • Quality Matters. 
  • Mobile Learning.

To view the Conference Agenda:


To register for the Conference: 


To submit a proposal for a presentation:


Faculty Electronic Poster Sessions will take place during the Meet & Greet event from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 6. The 20-minute presentations will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 7. If faculty members are using technology in creative ways, either in face-to-face, hybrid or online courses, conference planners would like them to share their know-how with the UHD community.   


Some of the door prizes include:

  • an iPad
  • iPod Touch 
  • a Nook
  • a digital camera 
  • many gift cards including an Apple gift card

For information, email

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Sports and Fitness offers CPR/AED certification training March 24-25

ports and Fitness will offer CPR/AED Training March 24-25 at a location to be announced.


Attendance both days is required. CPR (cardio pulmonary resuscitation) and AED (automatic external defibrillator) training is open to everyone. The fee is $5 for the UHD community and $15 for the public.

Statistically, people have a greater probability of using this training on someone they love versus a complete stranger. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn what to do in case of an emergency situation.

Registration is limited to the first 15 people who prepay for the class. To reserve a spot for this training, stop by the Student Life Center.
CPR/AED certification is valid for one year.
For more information call 713-221-8225. A flier is available here.

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Sorority collects books for school

The Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority is collecting children's books through April 14 as a benefit for Martinez Elementary School, 901 Hays St..


Anyone interested in donating books can drop them off at the sorority's box in the Student Activities area, room S-204, One Main Building.


For more information, contact Alicia Don, sorority president and service chair, at A flier is available here.

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Age 26 dependents and the Affordable Care Act

If you have a dependent who turns 25 this year, UHD's Employment Services and Operations (ESO) staff members know you are eager to learn how your dependent will be affected by the Affordable Care Act.


Dependents who turn 25 before Sept. 1, 2011 will be dropped from health coverage. In order to stay insured, they can elect to have COBRA coverage. 

The future of the Affordable Care Act is still uncertain, so we cannot provide final information at this point. However, our initial policy, unless something changes with federal or state legislation, is that health plan participants will be able to enroll dependents under age 26 in coverage without evidence of insurability (proof of good health), regardless of COBRA coverage. The enrollment period may coincide with the Annual Enrollment period, or it may be a special enrollment period. The re-enrollment would be effective Sept. 1, 2011


Please keep in mind that federal health care reform is subject to several state and federal law revisions, which may affect how the health plan complies with this provision. For additional information, please visit the ERS website at or contact them at 877-275-4377.

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Library presents film on women's rights

The W.I. Dykes Library will present the film, "Iron Jawed Angels," from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 24, in the library's Special Event Room, N-420, One Main Building.


The film stars Hilary Swank and presents American women's struggle to win voting rights. Theresa Case, associate professor of history, will introduce the film.  Come for the free popcorn, stay for the fascinating story of the struggle for women's rights.  For more information, contact Lore Guilmartin at

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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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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

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


Remote Desktop

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


See all current IT training available

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In this issue
Strategic Planning Group update
Custodial service will change April 1
ERS conducts dependent audit
Scholars Academy students visit nuclear plant
Diva Swap raises funds
Veterans Services manager featured on radio show
MS 150 team holds fundraiser
Library, Career Services present researching employers
Academic Technology Committee plans Technology Learning Conference
CPR/AED training is March 24-25
Sorority collects books for elementary school
Age 26 depedents and Affordable Care Act
Library presents film on women's rights
UHD provides additional parking
Spring Budget Town Hall Meeting set for March 30
IT offers training classes
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