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April 1, 2011
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The UHD student and alumni production of "You Can't Take It with You," the 1937 comedy by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, will open at 8 p.m. Friday, April 1, in the O'Kane Theatre.

Robin Davidson, UHD associate professor of English, will be the featured poet for the First Friday Poetry Reading Series at 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 1, at Inprint House, 1520 W. Main St. near Mandell.

UHD's spring open house, "Destination Downtown," will be from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 2, in UHD's Shea Street Building and One Main Building.
Plan to attend the Spring Open House Saturday, April 2

UHD's spring open house, "Destination Downtown," will be from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 2, in UHD's Shea Street Building and One Main Building.


The open house is designed so participants can learn more about the University's colleges and degree programs, financial aid, online classes and other University services. Tours will be available on request. Students who bring their academic transcripts can apply for on-the-spot admission.


Radio station KRBE, 104.1 FM, will be on site and from 9 to 11 a.m. on-air personality "Special K" will be on hand to talk with students. The University's South Deck will offer a marketplace of ideas featuring academic departments, student organizations, campus resources and other college-related vendors. Read more... 


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Institutional Research offers two new publications on its website

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


The Winter 2010 and Spring 2011 Certified Fact Sheets are located here. Each report includes information on UHD students broken down by ethnicity, gender, student type, full-time/part-time and majors. The Spring 2011 report also breaks down the semester credit hours by time of day and location (all Winter 2010 classes were online).


For official statistics please contact the IR office at 713-222-5360 or  


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Bayou Bash features crawfish and zydeco music on the North Deck April 6

The UHD Annual Bayou Bash will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, on the North Deck, One Main Building.

The event will feature a crawfish boil, cash bar and music by Step Rideau and the Zydeco Outlaws and is open to UHD faculty, staff, students, alumni and guests.

For more information, contact Student Activities and Events at 713-221-8573.
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ERS dependent audit could impact insurance benefits for dependents


ERS is committed to ensure that Texas Employees Group Benefits Program (GBP) benefits only go to eligible individuals. ERS is working with the independent company Aon Hewitt to conduct a dependent verification audit in three phases through August 2011.  


Each employee and retiree who covers a dependent in GBP health coverage must provide copies of documents proving the dependent is eligible. It's important to make sure that ERS has your correct mailing address. If you don't respond to the audit document requests, your dependents will be dropped from all coverage.


If you cover a dependent in the health insurance program, you will first receive an alert letter from ERS about the audit and Aon Hewitt. Next, you will receive a verification request letter from Aon Hewitt. If you have an email address on file with ERS, you will also receive a reminder email. The email will come from Please do not email or respond to the reminder emails from

Don't forget to send copies of your documents when you receive the letter from Aon Hewitt. Do not send originals; they will not be returned.

During the audit, call Aon Hewitt to drop ineligible dependents.

If you need to drop an ineligible dependent during the audit, call Aon Hewitt toll-free at 800-987-6605, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT Monday-Friday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. CTSaturday. Use ERS OnLine or contact your benefits coordinator to drop dependents only if you have a qualifying life event.


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Student, alumni production of 'You Can't Take It with You' opens April 1

The UHD student and alumni production of "You Can't Take It with You," the 1937 comedy by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, will open at 8 p.m. Friday, April 1, in the O'Kane Theatre.


This story about the Sycamore family and its unforgettable characters can also be seen at 8 p.m. April 2, 7, 8 and 9 as well as 3 p.m. Sunday, April 3. The student matinees are 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, and Friday, April 8.


Tickets cost $3 and are available at the University cashier's office on the third floor during regular business hours and at the theater door 30 minutes before each performance. Come see the talents of UHD students and alumni as they bring to life this time-proven classic of the American theater.  

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Career Services sponsors Careers and Coffee Networking events

Career Services sponsored two Spring Careers and Coffee Networking events in the Special Events Room, Academic Building, March 30 and 31. The events involved 75 businesses during the two days and 250 students who discussed employment and internship opportunities.


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UHD's annual Fine Arts Festival features visual and performing arts April 4 to 10

The University of Houston-Downtown Department of Arts and Humanities' annual Fine Arts Festival April 4 to 10 will include theater productions, visual art, concerts, UHD alumni presentations, a film screening and a bilingual community story hour. (A flier is available here.) 


The UHD student production of "You Can't Take It with You" has a nominal admission fee. All other events are free and open to the public. Event dates, times, and locations on UHD's campus, One Main St., follow. The Festival is sponsored by UHD's O'Kane Gallery, O'Kane Theatre, the Cultural Enrichment Center, and the Office of the President. Read more...  


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Van Horn nominated for Ehrlich Award


The Office of Community Engagement is pleased to announce that Leigh Van Horn, associate professor, has been nominated for the prestigious Thomas Ehrlich Award given by Campus Compact.  


This award recognizes an outstanding faculty member for community-based research, leadership and partnerships. Campus Compact is a coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents - representing some 6 million students - who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education. The recipients will be named June 1. 


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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 Roberson Auditorium, Special Events Room 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
  • a Nook
  • a digital camera 
  • many gift cards including an Apple gift card

For information, email


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ACP/MAT Program information sessions are April 5 and 13; program starts June 1

UHD's Master of Arts in Teaching with Certification (ACP/MAT) Program will hold two information sessions for interested students from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, and Wednesday, April 13, in room C-100, Commerce Street Building.


The deadline to enroll in this program for the Fall 2011 semester is June 1.

The ACP/MAT program is designed for students interested in becoming teachers or earning a master's degree in education. It is composed of four phases: pre-internship candidacy, which includes coursework and at least six hours per week of field work in schools, securing employment, a one-year internship with a local school and additional graduate coursework.


Students in the program can earn certification in areas including Elementary Generalist, 4-8 Generalist and 8-12 Secondary in a specialization such as computer science, history, English, mathematics and others. Students are also paired with mentor teachers from area schools who support and guide the graduate students.


Anjoo Sikka, program director and Urban Education professor, said the U.S. Department of Education funded UHD's program in 2009 through a $300,000 grant, Secondary Educators Engaged in Quality Urban Education, intended for Hispanic Serving Institutions.


For more information about the ACP/MAT, contact Sikka at A flier on the information sessions is available here. A general flier is available here

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Davidson reads for First Friday and Public Poetry series April 1, May 7
Robin Davidson
Robin Davidson


Robin Davidson, UHD associate professor of English, will have two poetry readings this spring including one for the First Friday Poetry Reading Series at 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 1, at Inprint House, 1520 W. Main near Mandell.


First Friday is the oldest poetry reading in Houston and has been held monthly since 1975. More information is available here.


Davidson will also participate in the Public Poetry Series at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the Central Library of the Houston Public Library, fourth floor, Program Place, 500 McKinney St. The Public Poetry Series takes place the first Saturday of each month starting April 2. More information is available here.

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CAB plans annual poker tournament

The Campus Activities Board (CAB) will host its annual Poker Tournament from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 9, in the Special Events Room, A-300, Academic Building.


Buy-in is $10 and prizes will be awarded to the top seven winners. The Grand Prize is an iPad. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Houston Area Women's Center and House of Tiny Treasures, a program for homeless children.


Email for more information. A flier is available here.

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Andro Charbim, IBA Vice President, from left, Abdulaziz Al-Attar, head of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation's Office for the Western Hemisphere; Anisul Islam, UHD professor of Economics and International Business, and Gebran Charbim, IBA President.
IBA hosts Kuwait Petroleum Corporation executive March 29

The International Business Association hosted Abdulaziz Al-Attar of the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation Tuesday, March 29, at the Shea Street Building. For more information, contact Anisul Islam, professor and IBA advisor, at or IBA President Gebran Charbim at

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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, April 1

10 -11 a.m. - Blackboard: Assignments

Monday, April 4

2 - 3 p.m. - Blackboard: Mail, Calendar & Who's Online

Tuesday, April 5

10 - 11 a.m.  - Wimba

Monday, April 11

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

Tuesday, April 12

10 - 11 a.m.  - Customizing Your Blackboard Course

Thursday, April 14

1 - 2 p.m. - Wimba




Friday, April 15

10 - 11 a.m. - TaskStream


Internet Applications


Friday, April 8

10 - 11 a.m. - SurveyMonkey


Microsoft Office


Friday, April 8

9 - 10 a.m. -  Transitioning to Office 2010

Wednesday, April 13

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


Windows 7


Monday, April 4

3 - 4 p.m. - Transitioning to Windows 7

Thursday, April 14

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


See all current IT training available

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In this issue
Plan to attend Open House Saturday
Institutional Research offers new publications
Bayou Bash set for April 6
ERS dependent audit could impact benefits coverage
Spring play opens tonight
Career Services hosts networking events
UHD Fine Arts Festival Starts Monday
Van Horn nominated for Ehrlich Award
Technology Learning Conference starts April 6
ACP/MAT program sets information sessions
Davidson reads poetry at First Friday
CAB plans poker tournament
IBA hosts Kuwait Petroleum representative
IT offers training classes
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