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April 15, 2011
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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.  

UHD's women's and men's club basketball teams take the court today in the Student Life Center for conference tournament play. The women begin at 7 p.m. and the men at 8:30 p.m. and the winners advance toward the conference championships.

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.

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.

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.

Garna Christian, professor of Social Sciences, will conduct a walk of the downtown historical district from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, starting on the South Deck of the One Main Building.

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.

Documentary, 'Green Fire,' addresses work of conservationist Aldo Leopold on April 20 

 

The UHD Department of English, Cultural Enrichment Center and Sustainability Initiative are sponsoring a free presentation of the documentary, "Green Fire," at 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, in room A-300, third floor, Academic Building.

 

The film is the first full-length, high-definition documentary ever made about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold and his environmental legacy. "Green Fire" shares highlights from his career and discusses how he shaped conservation and the modern environmental movement. A flier is available here.  It also illustrates how Leopold's vision of a community that cares about people and land continues to inform and inspire people across the country and around the world. Learn more... 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Sports and Fitness workshop addresses need to 'Take Your Fit Breaks' on April 27

Sports and Fitness will host the workshop, "Take Your Fit Breaks," from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, in room N-1099, One Main Building. 

 

Individuals who work seven to eight hours a day owe it to their bodies to take short breaks to recharge and maintain good circulation. If people sit more than 60 minutes at a desk without a break, then it's time to break that bad habit. If students are in a class, they can learn some ways to take a break without disrupting the class. If staff members are in an office, push away from the desk and walk around or do a few of the workshop exercises. Breaks are also a great time to get in a healthy snack. Workshop presenters will share snack ideas and have several for participants to taste.

 

Snacks will be provided. To review the flier and to reserve a spot for this seminar, click Take Your Fit Breaks! 


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Landing Theatre Company announces fundraising dinner to stage American plays

The Landing Theatre Company, the new professional company in residence at UHD, is having a fundraising event, the 1,000 Ships Launch Party Dinner, from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at the Obsidian Art Space, 3522 White Oak Drive in the Heights.

 

Tickets are $45 and proceeds will benefit the Landing Theatre Company. Space is limited, so advance ticket purchase is recommended. The evening will include entertainment by the Heritage Jazz Trio, a silent auction and a candle-lit dinner with entrees from Birraporetti's. The auction will feature original art, theater tickets and other items. There will be cocktails, St. Arnold's beer and information about the theater company. A flier is available here

 

The Landing Theatre Company's mission is "to develop bold and dynamic productions of the best American plays, explore the most innovative new playwriting that highlights the American Experience and maintain the highest artistic standards for our work, while building bridges between profession and training in the arts."

 

To buy tickets now for an evening of art, music, theater and dinner, visit the web site www.landingtheatre.org. David Rainey is the company's artistic director.


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Walking tour raises food for charity

Garna Christian, professor of Social Sciences, will conduct a walk of the downtown historical district from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, starting on the South Deck of the One Main Building.

 

A donation of $2 per person for the Houston Food Bank is requested. 


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ESO sponsors second Work/Life Roundup

 

Employment Services and Operations sponsored its second annual Work/Life Roundup April 13 in the Special Events Room, third floor, Academic Building. The event featured representatives from the University of Houston System retirement program carriers, financial institutions, Health Select, Liberty Mutual, MetLife, Aflac, professional sports teams, financial institutions and other organizations. Staff members who visited sponsors' tables were eligible for door prizes.

Eso roundup 

 

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Dean Don Bates discusses business programs at UHD Northwest open house.
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Advisers were on hand to explain programs to prospective students.
UHD Northwest open house


UHD Northwest and University Park sponsored an open house this week to highlight programs. Don Bates, dean of the College of Business, talked with students, explained the new MBA program and future plans for business courses at the UHD Northwest campus. Students were interested in new programs, additional sections and on site tutoring.

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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 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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Student Research Conference is today
 

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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Women's basketball club team enters conference tournament today
 
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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. today 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 today
 
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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. today 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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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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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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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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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.

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.

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.

e-Portfolio

 

Today

10 - 11 a.m. - TaskStream

 

 

See all current IT training available

 
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In this issue
First Generation Student Project sponsors alumna presentation
Documentary addresses conservationist
Table tennis tournament set for April 27-28
New UHD choir class auditions are April 19
Staff contract training sessions are April 20-21
Sports and Fitness workshop addresses fit breaks
Landing Theatre Company plans fundraiser
Christian announces walking tour of downtown
ESO sponsors Work/Life Roundup
UHD Northwest holds open house
Assessment office offers two workshops
Student Research Conference is Friday
Women's club basketball team enters playoffs
Men's club basketball team is top seeded in conference tournament
MS 150 Team seeks support
Art students present Freeze Art in Motion April 12
Financial Management Association hosts speakers
PAS donates to Engineering Technology Program
Postage prices increase
Festival includes Artful Reading for Children
IT offers training classes
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