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April 18, 2011
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.  

 

For information on the presentation, contact Adam Ellwanger, assistant professor of English, at ellwangera@uhd.edu.

Aramark conducts food services survey 

 

Aramark Food Services is conducting a survey related to dining services.

 

"We know that nobody knows your campus better than you do! Your dining services team is always looking for feedback from our customers. We want to know how we are doing and what we can do to ensure that you have the best dining experience possible. Please take a moment to complete a short survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/uhd and enter to win a $50 Starbucks gift card."

 

The survey will be active until the close of the business day Friday, April 22.

  

IBA plans trip to Federal Reserve Bank May 3 

The International Business Association is sponsoring a field trip to the Federal Reserve from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday, May 3, for a management and video presentation and a guided tour.

Registration is required for IBA members and non-members. Preference will be given to IBA members. The tour is valued at $75, but is free to IBA members. The fee for non-members and guests is $10. Participants will meet between 9 and 9:30 a.m. in the Federal Reserve parking lot at 1801 Allen Parkway. Additional information will be available in the registration information.

To register, please send an email to IBA Treasurer Jackie Noyola at jck_noyola@yahoo.com by midnight Friday, April 22. Since space is strictly limited, members should only register if they are certain they can attend. Members, as part of their registration agreement, understand they will be assessed a $10 penalty if they register and fail to attend the event.

Faculty advisor Anisul Islam, professor, will keep a waiting list for non-members who may tentatively register on a first-come-first-paid basis by emailing him at islama@uhd.edu.  For registration, individuals need to write their first and last names, phone numbers and email addresses on paper they put in sealed envelopes and turn in at Islam's office, room B-489 in the Shea Street Building, by 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 26. Registration fees will be refunded if there is not enough space for non-members to attend. A flier is available here

 

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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... 

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. 

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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Student Research Conference draws crowd

 

The 10th annual UHD Student Research Conference (SRC) drew crowds to the Cullen Robertson Auditorium and the Special Events Room, third floor, Academic Building. 

 

Students from the different colleges presented more than 100 research and project posters along with oral presentations. The conference was sponsored by the Scholars Academy. The conference was also an opportunity for students to meet representatives from industry and academia.  

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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 website  www.landingtheatre.org. David Rainey is the company's artistic director.


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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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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 and 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 'Closing the Loop' assessment workshop
 
The Office of Academic Assessment will offer an assessment workshop, "Closing the Loop," from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, in room N-1099, One Main Building.

 

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

 

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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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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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. 
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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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.

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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 - 3:30 p.m. - StudyMate

Tuesday, April 19

1 - 2 p.m. - Wimba

Thursday, April 21

10 - 11 a.m. - Blackboard: Communication Tools

Friday, April 22

10 - 11:30 a.m. - SoftChalk Lesson Builder

Monday, April 25

2 - 3 p.m. - Wimba

Wednesday, April 27

10 - 11 a.m. - Blackboard: Assessments

Thursday, April 28

10 - 11 a.m. - Blackboard: Managing Course Content

Thursday, April 28

1 - 2 p.m. - Turnitin

 

Classroom Tools

 

Wednesday, April 20

1  - 2 p.m. - Useful Classroom Gadgets

 

Microsoft Office

 

Tuesday, April 19

10 - 11 a.m. - Transitioning to Office 2010

Monday, April 25

3 - 4 p.m. - Transitioning to Office 2010

 

Photoshop

 

Friday, April 29

10 - 11 a.m. - Photoshop: Photo Retouching

 

Windows 7

 

Friday, April 22

9 - 10 a.m. - Transitioning to Windows 7

Tuesday, April 26

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

 

See all current IT training available

 
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In this issue
First-Generation Student Project sponsors alumna presentation
Aramark conducts food services survey
IBA plans trip to Federal Reserve Bank
Documentary addresses conservationist
New UHD choir class auditions are April 19
Professor plans walking tour of historical downtown
Student Research Conference draws crowd
Landing Theatre Company plans fundraiser
Staff contract training sessions are April 20-21
UHD Northwest holds open house
Assessment office offers two workshops
Sports and Fitness workshop addresses fit breaks
Table tennis tournament set for April 27-28
Financial Management Association hosts speakers
ESO sponsors Work/Life Roundup
IT offers training classes
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