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April 13, 2011
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Employment Services and Operations is sponsoring its second annual Work/Life Roundup from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today in the Special Events Room, third floor, Academic 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.

'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 Chapters of the American Marketing Association and Society for Human Resources Management are sponsoring a Business Etiquette Dinner from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14, at Birraporetti's, 500 Louisiana St.

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.

ESO sponsors second Work/Life Roundup today
 

Employment Services and Operations is sponsoring its second annual Work/Life Roundup from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, 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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Student Research Conference is Friday
 

The 10th annual UHD Student Research Conference (SRC) will be Friday, April 15, in the Cullen Robertson Auditorium and the Special Events Room, third floor, Academic Building. 

 

Conference planners expect to have more than 100 research and project posters along with oral presentations from students within the Colleges of Business, Humanities and Social Sciences, Public Service and Sciences & Technology. They also anticipate having numerous representatives from academia and industry in attendance. A flier is available here. The conference is sponsored by the Scholars Academy.

 

The SRC begins at 8 a.m. with registration outside the UHD Cullen Robertson Auditorium. The schedule for the day is: 

8 a.m. - Registration / Continental Breakfast

9 a.m. - Welcoming Remarks - Brian Chapman, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost

9:10 a.m. - Keynote Speaker - Obadiah Kegege, NASA Glen Research Center, 2002 UHD Alumnus

9:40 a.m. - Oral Presentations, Session I

10:50 a.m. - Oral Presentations, Session II

11:50 a.m. - External Community Speaker - Patrick DeRueda, President, Waste Management, Inc.

12:10 p.m. - Complimentary Lunch for Presenters

1:30 - 3:30 p.m. - Open Poster Sessions, room A-300

 

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UHD Ms 150 Team rides this weekend and seeks donations for MS

The UHD MS 150 Team will join thousands of other bicyclists this weekend in the 150-mile ride from Houston to Austin to raise funds for multiple sclerosis (MS) research.

"Team UHD registered for the 2011 BP MS 150 because we want to do something about MS now. We are very excited, but want more assistance in donations for MS from the university community," said Jose Cantu, team leader and UHD director of admissions and recruitment.

 

"We are asking you to support our efforts with a tax-deductible donation. You can donate to our team or to any rider. Your contribution funds crucial MS research and helps families with MS lead powerful lives. I appreciate your support and promise to update you."

 

The team has until mid-May to bring up donations. Click http://main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/UHD to donate. Contact Cantu at  cantuj@uhd.edu for more information.

 

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Women's basketball club team enters conference tournament Friday
 
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Teya Warner looks to drive.

The UHD women's basketball club team enters the Houston Club Sports Basketball Conference tournament at 7 p.m. Friday, April 15, in the UHD Student Life Center against Lone Star College-North Harris.

 

If UHD wins Friday, it would advance to the tournament semi-finals at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, April 17, at Texas Southern University, the site of the conference final four for the women's and men's divisions. If the Gators make the final, they would play at 3:15 p.m. Sunday. The UHD women won conference titles in the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons.  

 

The team is back in the conference tournament for the first time since its last championship season. The Gators under head coach Stefany Mitchell have won four out of five games and are poised to make another championship run. 

 

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Top seeded men's basketball club team enters conference tournament Friday
 
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Frank Rodriguez goes high for two.

The UHD men's basketball club team enters the Houston Club Sports Basketball Conference tournament this weekend as a number one seed and will host its first round game at 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 15 in the UHD Student Life Center against Houston Community College-Northwest.  

 

Admission is free.UHD has lost to HCC-NW the last two seasons each time by double figures. If UHD gets past HCC-NW, it would advance to the semi-finals of the tournament which would be played at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 17, at Texas Southern University, the site of the conference final four for the women's and men's divisions. If the Gators make the final, they would play at 4:30 p.m. that day.

 

The UHD men won conference titles in 2007-08 and 2004-05 seasons. The team has been a power in men's club basketball in the area and has made the conference final four in each of its six previous seasons. The Gators under head coach Leon Trimmingham are currently riding a five-game winning streak and hope that momentum will take them to the conference title.

 

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Freeze artists in One Main hallway.
UHD art students present Freeze Art in Motion

Art students in UHD's Art 1310 course, Art Appreciation, staged a Freeze Art in Motion demonstration Tuesday, April 12, in the third floor hallway, One Main Building. Approximately 40 students and Jessica Locheed, Arts and Humanities lecturer, drew attention from passing students and stafff. For more information about the art exercise, contact Locheed at locheedj@uhd.edu.
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Approximately 40 people engaged in Freeze Art.
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AMA and SHRM chapters sponsor business etiquette dinner on April 14

The UHD Chapters of the American Marketing Association and Society for Human Resources Management are sponsoring a Business Etiquette Dinner from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14, at Birraporetti's, 500 Louisiana St.

 

Tickets are $10 and invoices can be picked up from the AMA and SHRM advisers, Lucille Pointer, associate professor; Tammy Davis, associate professor, and Sandra DeGrassi, assistant professor. Once the invoices have been paid at the UHD cashier's office in One Main Building, tickets can be picked up from the advisers - Pointer in room B-424, Davis in B-417 and DeGrassi in B-470 in the Shea Street Building.     

 

The evening includes a three-course dinner with tea, soda and water. During dinner there will be a presentation on proper business etiquette and a fashion show with models showing proper and improper business attire.


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Financial Management Association hosts speakers on finance and accounting careers
 

The Financial Management Association - UHD chapter (FMA-UHD) will feature Mark Lee, certified public accountant and deputy general counsel in the legal department of American General Life Companies and Moritza Day, president of Day West and Associates, Inc., from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, in room B-240, Shea Street Building.

 

Lee and Day will discuss the career prospects of finance and accounting professionals in Houston and present insights on the Houston area job market for finance and accounting graduates.

 

Lee also is a tax attorney and a member of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Houston Society of Certified Public Accountants and the National Asian American Society of Accountants.

 

Day also has been a recruiter and consultant for more than 20 years and has completed over 1,000 financial searches. She specializes in accounting recruiting and executive, career and business coaching. Day West was named #23 of the Houston 100, which lists the 100 privately held firms making the greatest impact on Houston.

 

For additional information about FMA-UHD chapter, please contact the faculty advisors Ohaness Paskelian, assistant professor, at paskeliano@uhd.edu, Rahul Verma, associate professor, at vermar@uhd.edu or the chapter president, Justin Meyer, at fmauhd@gmail.com.

 

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PAS

Process Automation Services (PAS) donated a software certificate for UHD's process automation laboratory. On hand, from left, were Kenneth Oberhoff, associate dean of UHD's College of Sciences and Technology; Mark Tibbitts of PAS; VassiliosTzouanas, assistant professor of Engineering Technology at UHD, and Edward Sheinberg, chair of UHD's Engineering Technology Department.

Process Automation Services donates software to Engineering Technology Program
 

Mark Tibbitts, director of operational development at Process Automation Services (PAS) of Houston, visited the process automation laboratory in UHD's Control and Instrumentation Engineering Technology (CIET) program last March and donated software valued at $15,000 to enhance classroom teaching.

 

PAS donated the state-of-the-art software tool that manufacturing companies across the globe use to optimize the performance of control systems. Tibbitts also gave a presentation to students that looked at industrial process automation opportunities and what it takes to be a successful engineering professional.

 

"We thank PAS and Mr. Tibbitts for the generous donation to our program. It is greatly appreciated," said VassiliosTzouanas, assistant professor of Engineering Technology at UHD. "His visit underscores our efforts to strengthen our relationship with local industrial partners, bring relevance to classroom teachings, properly prepare our students for a successful industrial career and create networking/employment opportunities for them."

 

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Office of Academic Assessment offers two assessment workshops
 
The Office of Academic Assessment will offer an assessment workshop, "Closing the Loop," in room N-1099, One Main Building, during the next few weeks.

 

The workshop has been designed to assist faculty members in their continuing efforts toward authentic assessment. 

 

"Closing the Loop" will be offered from 9 to 10:30 a.m. today 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.

 

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

 

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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. today in room C-100, Commerce Building
  • 3:30 p.m. today 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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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  

Festival includes Artful Reading for Children

 

The Fine Arts Festival's Artful Reading for Children event drew approximately 35 children of UHD faculty and students Saturday, April 9. 

 

Children heard stories in English and Spanish read by UHD students and participated in traditional African-American rhythmic games. Yvonne Kendall, associate professor of Arts and Humanities, and Leigh Van Horn, associate professor of Urban Education, organized the event.

 

One highlight of the event was the reading of "The Lotus Seed," a book about Vietnamese immigrants. The reading was accompanied by live music on a suling, a South Asian flute, and slides of Vietnamese children and the countryside taken by Kendall's father during his two tours of duty there.

Postage prices increase for most mail

 

Effective Sunday April 17, the United States Post Office will increase prices on most of its mail.

 

The first class stamp at 44 cents will not increase, however all other first class mail will increase per extra ounce from 17 to 20 cents. Post cards will change from 28 to 29 cents. There will be a variety of changes for other services, including advertising mail, periodicals and packages. For more information, visit www.usps.com.

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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:.
  • "Strategies for Student Success" by Derek de la Pena, assistant professor of Social Sciences, at 2:30 p.m. today.
  • "Careers in Psychology" by Kris Anderson, associate professor of Social Sciences, at 7 p.m. today.
  • 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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Compliance
Institute of Business, Ethics and Public Issues hosts compliance expert April 12

The UHD Institute of Business, Ethics and Public Issues hosted "Ethical Compliance and Decision Making: Changes and Expectations Now and in the Future," Tuesday, April 12, in the Shea Street Building.

Harry Britt, Manager of Ethics and Compliance for El Paso Corporation, one of the nation's largest energy firms, gave the presentation. Britt has over 15 years of experience managing business ethics and compliance programs. For more information on the institute and its programs, email ibepi@uhd.edu or call 713-221-8051.

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First place
First Place and Best Booth - Grid Iron Cookers from Sports and Fitness
Second Place
Second Place - Slap Yo Mama Chili, an alumni team
Third place
Third Place - ACE - Alumni Campus Employees, an alumni team
People's choice
People's Choice - E.E.O.C. from Employment Services and Operations
UHD Chili Cook-off results are in


The second annual UHD Chili Cook-off raised $1,065.50 for staff scholarships and drew numerous chili lovers who took advantage of the pleasant weather to support the teams from UHD departments, student organizations and alumni.   

 

Cook-off judges were President Bill Flores, Provost Brian Chapman, Houston City Councilmember and UHD Alumnus Ed Gonzalez, Student Government Association Representative Jimbo Herrera and UHD Vice President for Advancement and External Relations Johanna Wolfe. 

  • First place and the Best Booth Award went to the Grid Iron Cookers from Sports and Fitness.
  • Second Place was won by Slap Yo Mama Chili, an alumni team.
  • Third Place was won by ACE, Alumni Campus Employees, another alumni team.
  • The People's Choice Award went to E.E.O.C., Equally Enticing Opportunistic Chili, from Employment Services and Operations.    
Judges
Judges Ed Gonzalez, Brian Chapman, Jimbo Herrera, Johanna Wolfe and Bill Flores

Science fair
Some of UHD's Science and Engineering Fair judges
UHD co-sponsors Science and Engineering Fair, faculty and students serve as judges

The University of Houston-Downtown co-sponsored the 52nd Science and Engineering Fair of Houston last week at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

 

Last year, students from 145 schools entered approximately 35,000 projects in the first rounds of the competition. Participating students developed and presented science or engineering projects in categories such as animal science, behavioral/social science, biochemistry, computer science, earth/space science, environmental science and more. The fair also sponsored a writing and poster design contest. UHD faculty and Scholars Academy students also participated as judges.


Event co-sponsors include the Greater Houston Partnership, the Engineering, Science and Technology Council of Houston, the Houston Museum of Natural Science and the Consumer Energy Alliance. For more information about SEFH, call UHD at 716-221-8523 or visit www.sefhouston.org


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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

 

Thursday, April 14

1 - 2 p.m. - Wimba

 

e-Portfolio

 

Friday, April 15

10 - 11 a.m. - TaskStream

 

Microsoft Office

 

Today

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
ESO sponsors Work/Life Roundup
Student Research Conference is Friday
MS 150 Team seeks support
Women's club basketball team enters playoffs
Men's club basketball team is top seeded in conference tournament
Art students present Freeze Art in Motion April 12
AMA, SHRM groups sponsor Business Etiquette dinner
Financial Management Association hosts speakers
PAS donates to Engineering Technology Program
Assessment office offers two workshops
Academic Affairs holds information sessions on copyright laws
LGBTQ Safezone, Library present documentary, 'The Celluloid Closet'
Festival includes Artful Reading for Children
Postage prices increase
'Get Psyched' week features psychology-focused lectures
Institute of Business, Ethics and Public Issues hosts compliance expert
Chili Cook-off results are in
UHD co-sponsors Science and Engineering Fair
IT offers training classes
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