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April 4, 2011
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UHD's Sociology Club will sell baked goods from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, April 4, in the Coffeehouse, third floor, Academic Building, to benefit the family of Annette Johnson.

The UHD MS 150 Team will sell pizza and soft drinks from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, in front of the Cullen Robertson Auditorium, third floor, Academic Building, to raise funds for their participation in the bicycle event.


Guerrilla Girls on Tour, an internationally acclaimed anonymous theater collective, will perform "Feminists Are Funny" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, in the O'Kane Theatre.

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 have a matinee performance at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, in the O'Kane Theatre.

UHD's Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), an independent student organization, is hosting a panel discussion, "Face the Homeless," from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, in room N-1099, One Main Building.

Student group hosts panel discussion on homelessness April 6

UHD's Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), an independent student organization, is hosting a panel discussion, "Face the Homeless," from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, in room N-1099, One Main Building.

PIRG invites students, faculty and staff to listen to the stories of formerly homeless individuals. Magdalena Hernandez, PIRG president, said the goal of the panel is to "break stereotypes, myths and misconceptions about homelessness."

For more information, email Hernandez at maggie.magda@hotmail.com.

 

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ESO sponsors second Work/Life Roundup on April 13
 

Employment Services and Operations is sponsoring its second annual Work/Life Roundup from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, in the Special Events Center, third floor, Academic Building. 

Faculty and staff can visit with representatives from the University of Houston System retirement program carriers, financial institutions, Health Select, Liberty Mutual, MetLife, Aflac and the Houston Astros and Houston Dynamo organizations among others. 

Complimentary snacks and drinks will be available. A light lunch will be available for the first 200 participants. Staff members who visit sponsors' tables will be eligible for door prizes.

 

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Guerrilla Girls address issues affecting women, people of color in performance

Guerrilla Girls on Tour, an internationally acclaimed anonymous theater collective, will perform "Feminists Are Funny" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, in the O'Kane Theatre.

 

The doors open at 6:30 p.m. for this free event. The performance addresses the lack of opportunities for women and people of color and explores the combination of performance and visual art. The 70-minute play is an "energetic romp through their herstory; an up-to-date account of their latest actions in politics, the performing arts and the media; a recreation of some of their street theater protests and a look at some of the funniest female activists and their accomplishments."

 

The performance will end with a discussion with the audience and is designed to educate the community about the current state of sexism at the same time proving that feminists are funny. The performance is sponsored by UHD's College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the O'Kane Theatre, the O'Kane Gallery and the UHD Cultural Enrichment Center.

 

Guerrilla Girls on Tour is an anonymous touring theater company of 26 women trained in a variety of comedic theater techniques who develop unique and outrageous activist plays, performance art and street theater.

 

The troupe has presented more than 200 performances and workshops around the world addressing reproductive rights, war, sex trafficking, hunger, herstory/history/hirstory and violence against women. In order to put the focus of their work on the issues they address, each member works under the name of a dead female artist and performs wearing a gorilla mask.

  

More information about the group is available at www.guerrillagirlsontour.com.


 

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Office of Academic Assessment offers two assessment workshops
 
The Office of Academic Assessment will offer two assessment workshops, "Closing the Loop" and "Culture of Assessment," during the next few weeks.

 

The workshops have been designed to assist faculty members in their continuing efforts toward authentic assessment. Both workshops will be offered in room N-1099. 

 

"Culture of Assessment" will be offered from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, and Tuesday, April 12.

 

"Closing the Loop" will be offered from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 13, and Friday, April 15, and from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 3.

 

Closing the Loop

Collecting assessment data is not enough. Closing the loop refers to the practice of using assessment data to identify effective strategies for improving student learning and program effectiveness. This workshop will offer strategies and advice on what to do with your program's assessment results and teach the various ways of "closing the loop" to improve student learning and program effectiveness.


Culture of Assessment

Much has been written about establishing a culture of assessment but less information has been available in the literature about tools that might assess progress toward that goal or identify major milestones on the journey. Included in this short, interactive workshop will be a summary of the hallmarks of an established culture of assessment as reported in the literature. Participants can take a brief survey and benchmark the culture of assessment within their own programs or departments with responses from 65+ administrators from other institutions so they can begin answering questions like "Are we there yet?", "How much further?" and "Are we making ANY progress?". 

 

To register for either workshop, please go here: http://tinyurl.com/Assess-Wkshps

 

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Sociology Club holds benefit bake sale

UHD's Sociology Club will sell baked goods from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, April 4, in the Coffeehouse, third floor, Academic Building.

The funds raised will go to the surviving family members of Annette Johnson, a former Dining Services employee who died March 7, 2011.

Goods for sale include cookies, cupcakes, cakes, brownies and fruit pies. To volunteer to bake or work the booth, or for more information, email club president Allison Sandlin at uhdsocclub@yahoo.com.

 
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Welcome Week coordinators plan table tennis tournament April 27-28

The coordinators of UHD's Welcome Week are hosting a table tennis tournament Wednesday, April 27, and Thursday, April 28, in room S-204, Student Activities, One Main Building.

The entry fee is $10 per person.

For more information and to reserve a place in the tournament, email welcomeweek@uhd.edu
 

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UHD MS 150 team sells pizza, soda

The UHD MS 150 Team will sell pizza and soft drinks from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, 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 
cantuj@uhd.edu for more information.

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Stories from previous Skylines
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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TTLC
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:  www.uhd.edu/tlcuhd

 

To register for the Conference:  http://www.uhd.edu/computing/ttlc/tlcuhd/register.html 

 

To submit a proposal for a presentation: 

http://www.uhd.edu/computing/ttlc/tlcuhd/proposals.html

 

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 atc@uhd.edu.

 

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Spring production of 'You Can't Take It with You' continues through April 9
 

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 run through April 9 in the O'Kane Theatre.

 

This story about the Sycamore family and its unforgettable characters can be seen at 8 p.m. April  7, 8 and 9. 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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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 irp@uhd.edu.  

 

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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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Employoment
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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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 donotreply@plan-smart.com. Please do not email or respond to the reminder emails from donotreply@plan-smart.com.

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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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

 

Today 

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

 

e-Portfolio

 

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

 

Today

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
Student group hosts panel discussion on homelessness
ESO sponsors Work/Life Roundup
Guerilla Girls combines performance, visual arts
Assessment office offers two workshops
Sociology Club holds benefit bake sale
Welcome Week coordinators plan ping pong tournament
UHD MS 150 bike team sells pizza, sodas
Bayou Bash set for April 6
Technology Learning Conference starts April 6
Spring play continues
Institutional Research offers new publications
Van Horn nominated for Ehrlich Award
Career Services hosts networking events
UHD Fine Arts Festival starts today
ERS dependent audit could impact benefits coverage
IT offers training classes
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