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April 8, 2011
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The UHD students and alumni in "You Can't Take It with You," the 1937 comedy by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, will give performances at 1:30 and 8 p.m. today in the O'Kane Theatre.   

The second annual UHD Chili Cook-Off will be from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 9, on the South Deck, One Main Building.

Office of Academic Affairs will hold three information sessions on copyright laws at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, and 2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14.

UHD art students will present Freeze Art in Motion at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, April 12, at the One Main Building portico entrance.

UHD's First-Generation Student Project is sponsoring a presentation by a UHD alumna from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, in room N-1099, One Main Building.

'Get Psyched' week features psychology-focused lectures and conference from Monday, April 11, through Thursday, April 14, in room N-1099, One Main Building.

The UHD Institute of Business, Ethics and Public Issues will host a presentation on ethical compliance from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, in room B-113, Shea Street Building.

technology fair
Keynote speaker, Scott Johnson, discusses online teaching at the Technology Learning Conference Wednesday, April 6, in the Cullen Robertson Auditorium.
Technology Learning Conference features presentations. demonstrations

The Academic Technology Committee held its first Technology Learning Conference, TLC@UHD, April 6 and 7 in the Cullen Roberson Auditorium, Special Events Room and Coffeehouse.

 

The keynote speaker, Scott Johnson, followed President William Flores' opening remarks with a discussion on "Exploring the Emergence of Online Teaching in a Face to Face World." Johnson is the program coordinator for the Illinois Online Network   

 

Other conference presenters spoke on topics such as: 

  • 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

 

For information, email atc@uhd.edu.


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Bayou Bash 2011
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Bayou Bash features crawfish and zydeco music on North Deck


The UHD Annual Bayou Bash was held from Wednesday, April 6, on the North Deck, One Main Building.

UHD students, faculty, staff, alumni and guests ate crawfish and listened to music by Step Rideau and the Zydeco Outlaws

For more information, contact Student Activities and Events at 713-221-8573.

 
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Office of Academic Affairs holds information sessions on copyright laws

The Office of Academic Affairs is hosting informational sessions by XanEdu Publishing, Inc. on copyright laws and issues that are affecting academia at the following times:

 

  • 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, in room C-100, Commerce Building
  • 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, in room A-405, Academic Building
  • 2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in room B-113, Shea Street Building

 

Topics to be covered include copyright law and fair use (printed and electronic materials), consequences of non-compliance, digital content and the TEACH Act, e-reserves, clearing copyrights and compliance solutions.

 

Provost Brian Chapman and the University deans want full-time and adjunct faculty members to be aware of this opportunity and to take advantage of it.  The University expects faculty members to understand and comply with copyright regulations in their online, ITV, and face-to-face courses.

 

For more information, contact the Office of Academic Affairs.
 
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UHD art students present Freeze Art in Motion April 12

Art students in UHD's Art 1310 course, Art Appreciation, will demonstrate Freeze Art in Motion at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, April 12, near the portico entrance, third floor, One Main Building.
 
An estimated 50 to 70 UHD students will participate by periodically stopping and freezing their motions into various poses. This is the first time this event has been attempted at UHD.

For more information, contact Jessica Locheed, Arts and Humanities lecturer, at locheedj@uhd.edu.

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First-Generation Student Project sponsors UHD alumna presentation

UHD's First-Generation Student Project is sponsoring a presentation by former first-generation student and UHD alumna, Tametra "TJ" Jones, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, in room N-1099, One Main Building.

Jones will speak on "Getting to the Goal," which will address how first-generation students can overcome typical challenges.

Refreshments will be available and all attendees will be entered to win door prizes that include Barnes and Noble book vouchers.

To read a recent news article about Jones, click here. For information on the presentation, contact Adam Ellwanger, assistant professor of English, at ellwangera@uhd.edu.

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UHD 'Get Psyched' week features psychology lectures and conference

'Get Psyched' week at UHD will feature psychology-focused lectures, discussions and a research conference from Monday, April 11, through Thursday, April 14, in room N-1099, One Main Building.

The events, sponsored by the UHD Department of Social Sciences, Psychology Club and chapter of Psi Chi, international psychology honor society, include:
  • The Mental Health Forum sponsored by Psi Chi from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, April 11.
  • A graduate school discussion with Stacie DeFreitas, assistant professor of Social Sciences, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 13.
  • "Strategies for Student Success" by Derek de la Pena, assistant professor of Social Sciences, at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13.
  • "Careers in Psychology" by Kris Anderson, associate professor of Social Sciences, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 13.
  • Psychology Faculty Research Seminar sponsored by the UHD Psychology Club from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 14. 
For more information, contact de la Pena at delapenad@uhd.edu.

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UHD offers Staff Contract Training April 20 and 21

Staff Contract Training sessions will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 20, and from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in room N-1099, One Main Building.

Individuals involved in the contracting process may attend. Topics will include key contracting policy requirements, noncompliance, MySafeCampus, frequently asked questions and more. There will be a question and answer session following the presentation and refreshments will be served.

To register, visit http://www.uhd.edu/pass by Tuesday, April 19. For more information, contact LaShonda White, Contract Administrator, at whitela@uhd.edu.

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Institute of Business, Ethics and Public Issues hosts compliance expert April 12

The UHD Institute of Business, Ethics and Public Issues will host "Ethical Compliance and Decision Making: Changes and Expectations Now and in the Future," from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, in room B-113, Shea Street Building.

Harry Britt, Manager of Ethics and Compliance for El Paso Corporation, one of the nation's largest energy firms, will give the presentation. Britt has over 15 years of experience managing business ethics and compliance programs.

Prior to El Paso, Britt worked for PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Bath Iron Works and is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association. He is an Executive Fellow of the Center for Business Ethics at Bentley University and a past president of the Board of Directors of the Greater Houston Business Ethics Roundtable.

To reserve a spot, email ibepi@uhd.edu or call 713-221-8051.

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UHD Choir holding auditions April 19

The Department of Arts and Humanities is offering a three-hour choir class during the Fall 2011 semester and will hold auditions for the class from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, in room N-279, One Main Building.

Students must audition to gain admittance into the class and enrollment is limited to 30 students.

The UHD Mixed Chamber Choir will perform accompanied anthems, major concert works, acappella spirituals and world music on and off campus approximately twice a semester.

For more information, contact Carrie Allen, assistant professor, at allencar@uhd.edu.

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student exhibition 2011Student Exhibition opens at O'Kane Gallery

The Student Exhibition at the O'Kane Gallery opened at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 7,  following a reception and alumni mixer from 6 to 8 p.m. at the gallery.

Exhibiting students are currently enrolled in UHD's painting, drawing and design courses.

The exhibition will run through Wednesday, May 4.

For more information, contact the O'Kane Gallery at 713-221-8042 or email gallery@uhd.edu.

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Stories from previous Skylines
LGBTQ Safezone, Library present documentary 'The Celluloid Closet'

UHD's LGBTQ Safezone and the W.I. Dykes Library will present two screenings of the classic documentary, "The Celluloid Closet," on Thursday, April 14, in room N-420, One Main Building, in support of the National Day of Silence, when students across the country spotlight anti-lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender bullying and harassment with some form of silence.

The first showing will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with an introduction by Melinda Kanner, interim assistant vice president, Academic Affairs. The second screening will be from 1:15 to 3:15 p.m. with an introduction by Caroline Kimberly, assistant professor of English.


With more than 100 clips from Hollywood feature films and interviews with actors, directors and screenwriters, "The Celluloid Closet," (1996) traces the history of gay and lesbian characters in 20th century movies. Narrator Lily Tomlin introduces the film saying, "Hollywood, that great maker of myths, taught straight people what to think about gay people, and gay people what to think about themselves."


See a trailer for the film at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JL_vrb4-6_0  

IBA sponsors field trip to the Port of Houston on April 15

UHD's International Business Association is sponsoring a field trip to the Port of Houston from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 15.

The trip will include a management presentation and a boat tour of the Houston Ship Channel, which includes a meal. Registration is required for IBA members and non-members. The trip is free for IBA members and $15 for non-members if spots are available. Preference will be given to IBA members.

IBA members can register by emailing IBA Treasurer Jackie Noyola at jck_noyola@yahoo.com by 5 p.m. Friday, April 8.

Guests and non-members can sign up for a waiting list by emailing IBA faculty advisor Anisul Islam, professor, at islama@uhd.edu. Non-members will need to provide provide their last and first names, contact phone numbers and email addresses. Put contact information and registration fees in an envelope and turn it in at Islam's office room B-429 in the Shea Street Building by 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 12. The fees will be refunded if there is not enough space for non-members to participate.

FAculty awards
Awards recipients from left, Timothy Redl, Michelle Moosally, Joseph Westfall, Barbara Canetti-Rios and Kate Pogue.
Recipients receive Faculty Awards, Faculty Development Leave Awards


The UHD Faculty Assembly and Awards Ceremony drew a large audience Tuesday to the Special Events Room in the Academic Building.  

 

The Teaching Award was presented to Timothy Redl, Computer and Mathematical Sciences. Finalists were Christine Bachman, Social Sciences, and Mian Jiang, Natural Sciences.

 

The Service Award was presented to Michelle Moosally, English. Finalists were Maria Benavides, Natural Sciences, and Leigh Van Horn, Urban Education.

 

The Scholarship/Creative Activity Award was presented to Joseph Westfall, Social Sciences. Finalists were Cara Murray, English,and Plamen Simeonov, Computer and Mathematical Sciences.

 

Awards were presented in two new categories.  

 

The first Lecturer Teaching Award was presented to Barbara Canetti-Rios, English. Finalists were Frankie Solomon, Computer and Mathematical Sciences, and Mary Sykes, Finance, Accounting and Computer Information Systems.

 

The first Adjunct Teaching Award was presented to Kate Pogue, Arts and Humanities. Finalists were Ben Aderholt, Management, Marketing and Business Administration, and Robert Wawee, Arts and Humanities.

 

Faculty Development Leave Awards were presented to Robin Davidson, English, who will work on two volumes of poems; Aaron Gillette, Social Sciences, who will work on a book examining American professors and students and the Nazi government's efforts to convert them to supporters; Hank Roubicek, Arts and Humanities, who will work on three instructional videos supporting online communications courses, and Plamen Simeonov, Computer and Mathematical Sciences, who will work in collaboration with a professor in Hong Kong on a monograph on Operator Calculus for Orthogonal Polynomials.  

 
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Come out for chili cook-off Saturday; volunteers are still needed

The second annual UHD Chili Cook-off will be from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 9, on the South Deck.

 

Tickets for bowls to taste chili from 18 teams are $5 at the door. Adult beverages will be sold. 

 

Cook-off judges will be President Bill Flores, Provost Brian Chapman, Houston City Councilmember and UHD Alumnus Ed Gonzalez, Student Government Association Representative Jimbo Herrera and UH System Aramark Representative Tammy Green.

 

The Cook-off Committee also needs volunteers for shifts from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to help with setting up, selling chili tasting bowls, serving as floaters and breaking down.

 

If you are a cash handler and want to volunteer to sell the tasting bowls, sign up here: https://volunteer.truist.com/uhd/user/events/project.aspx?listing_id=10453282767.

 

If you want to be a general volunteer, sign up here: https://volunteer.truist.com/uhd/user/events/project.aspx?listing_id=10453283419.

 

Come out and enjoy some food, fun and fellowship. A flier is available here. The teams are listed below.


Team Name

Team Captain

Affiliation

ACE (Alumni Campus Employee)

Tedra Alexander- Taylor

Alumni

Dead Man Cookers

Pedro Villanueva

Police

EEOC (Equally Enticing Opportunistic Chili)

Doug TeDuits

Employment Services

Gridiron Cookers

Gladis Navarro

Sports & Fitness

Pythagora's Bane

Jacob Reyna

Student Organization Team (Philosophy Club)

Slap Yo Mama Chili

Albert Alonzo

Alumni

Hot Cha Chas

Nikita Milton-Ross

Admissions

Chillademic Affairs

Louis Evans

Provost Office

Team Chill-E!

Diana Nguyen

Student

Texas Robust Chili

Raymond Jenkins

Police

The Chili Hazards

Eddie Arias

Risk Management & Compliance Dept (EHS)

The Duong and the Restless

Duong Tran

Public Affairs

Tiger Blood

Amy Birkhead

TTLC

Presidentchilli Approved

Kai Chen

President's Office

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Jorge Ruiz

UHD Alums

The Chillians

Dulce Gomez

UHD Alums & Friends

Chiliologists

Rene Garcia

Scholars Academy

Chiles Picosos 

Rene Salinas

UHD Staff & Friends

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 Room, 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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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. 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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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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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  8 and 9. The student matinees is 1:30 p.m. 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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UHD's Fine Arts Festival features visual and performing arts through April 10
 

The University of Houston-Downtown Department of Arts and Humanities' annual Fine Arts Festival includes theater productions, visual art, concerts, UHD alumni presentations, a film screening and a bilingual community story hour through April 10. (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

 

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

 

Today

10 - 11 a.m. - SurveyMonkey

 

Microsoft Office

 

Today

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

Wednesday, April 13

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

 

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
First Technology Learning Conference considers technology and teaching
Bayou Bash features crawfish and zydeco music
Academic Affairs holds information sessions on copyright laws
Art students present Freeze Art in Motion April 12
First-Generation Student Project sponsors alumna presentation
'Get Psyched' week features psychology-focused lectures
Spring Contract Training offered April 20 and 21
Institute of Business, Ethics and Public Issues hosts compliance expert
UHD Choir holding auditions
Student Exhibition opens at O'Kane Gallery
LGBTQ Safezone, Library present documentary, 'The Celluloid Closet'
IBA sponsors field trip to Port of Houston
Faculty Awards announced
Come out for chili cook-off Saturday
ESO sponsors Work/Life Roundup
Assessment office offers two workshops
Welcome Week coordinators plan ping pong tournament
Spring play continues
UHD Fine Arts Festival offers events through Sunday
ERS dependent audit could impact benefits coverage
IT offers training classes
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