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April 20, 2011
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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.

The African-American Male Mentorship Program (AAMMP) will host a free Open Mic Night from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in the UHD Coffeehouse featuring Spoken Word artist Se7en and DJ Superstar.

The Financial Management Association - UHD chapter (FMA-UHD) will feature Mark Lee, CPA and a deputy general counsel for 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.

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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... 

ERS is conducting a dependent audit; make sure your address is up to date 

 

Employees Retirement System (ERS) is working with Aon Hewitt, an independent company, to conduct an audit to make sure dependents covered in the Texas Employees Group Benefits Program are eligible for coverage. You will receive an audit letter and email reminder that ask you to send copies of documents to prove that the dependents you cover in health insurance are eligible. Please don't send your documents to Aon Hewitt before you receive your letter.

 

If ERS does not have your current address, you won't receive the request for documents during the dependent verification audit and your dependents will lose their health, dental and life insurance. Please go to the ERS website and sign in to your account to verify that your mailing and email addresses are correct so you'll receive your audit letters and email reminders for the dependent audit. It is YOUR responsibility to make sure we have good contact information.

If you have questions about the audit, or if you need to drop an ineligible dependent at any time, call Aon Hewitt toll-free at (800) 987-6605 Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT and Saturday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. CT. Learn more about the audit.

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The 'Blue Day' group on Monday.

'Water Day' part of Earth Week festivities   

 

Earth Week activity sponsors encourage everyone to continue participating in Earth Week activities and spread the word.  

 

Make sure to stop by the south deck at 2:22 p.m. every day, wearing that day's color (Wednesday-green, Thursday-brown, or any color on Friday). A group member will take a photo with the downtown skyline in the background. A schedule of activities is available here.   

 

For more information, email uhd.evc@gmail.com, AlonzoL@uhd.edu, AAbedi@uhd.edu, MartinezVic16@gmail.com or volunteer@uhd.edu.

 

Earth Week activities are sponsored by: the Community Involvement Center, the Cultural Enrichment Center, the Environmental Club, the Student Government Association - Sustainability Committee, Suzette Mouchaty - Department of Natural Sciences lecturer and the  W. I. Dykes Library.

Deadline to register for Table Tennis Tournament is Friday, April 22


The deadline to register for the Table Tennis Tournament is Friday, April 22.

 

The entry fee is $10 per person and interested individuals can sign up in the Student Activities area room S-204, One Main Building. To register, individuals should bring a copy of their class schedules.  

 

The coordinators of UHD's Welcome Week are hosting the tournament Wednesday, April 27, and Thursday, April 28, in room S-204. Participants will have a chance to win a $50 Best Buy gift card.

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

Club basketball teams lose in tournament 

 

UHD's men's and women's club basketball teams had tough matches this weekend and both were eliminated in close games during the first round of the Houston Club Sports Basketball Conference tournament.

 

The women lost to Lone Star College-North Harris, 40 to 39. The UHD women won conference titles in the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons.

 

The men lost in overtime to Houston Community College-Northwest, 49-45. The UHD men won conference titles in 2007-08 and 2004-05 seasons.

 

The losses represent unfortunate endings to what were otherwise good seasons.  

Greek Extravaganza set for April 28  

 

UHD's Multicultural Greek Council will host its annual Greek Extravaganza from 7 to 11 p.m. Thursday, April 28, on the North Deck.

 

This free event is open to everyone. All UHD fraternities and sororities will participate and the event will include stepping, presentations, strolling and more.  Energizer the DJ will provide music. Complimentary meals will be provided to attendees on a first-come first-served basis.

 

For information, contact Maria R. Garrett in Student Activities at GarrettM@uhd.edu or 713-221-8573. A flier is available here

AAMMP group hosts Open Mic Night April 21 

 

The African-American Male Mentorship Program (AAMMP) will host a free Open Mic Night from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in the UHD Coffeehouse featuring Spoken Word artist Se7en and DJ Superstar. 

 

The event is open to everyone and there will be a sign-up sheet for poets and spoken word artists who would like to read or perform. Complimentary appetizers will be served.

 

For information, contact Maria R. Garrett in Student Activities at GarrettM@uhd.edu or 713-221-8573. A flier is available here

UHD offers Staff Contract Training April 20, 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. 

Information Security Notice 

 

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts reported Monday that a number of confidential records were inadvertently made available on one of her agency's data servers. Employees Retirement System (ERS) is required by state law to provide certain member information to the CPA on an annual basis. These records include information on current and former state employees and retirees. The press release states that there is no indication that the personal information was misused.

 

ERS is concerned about the potential implications of this incident on our members and retirees. They learned that the file was stored on one of the CPA's servers that was accessible to the public. Once on this server, the file lost its protection. You may visit ERS website for more details.  

 

What data did the file contain?
The identifying information includes names, addresses, birthdates and social security numbers. Fortunately, the comptroller's press release states that they do not believe the information was misused. When it was discovered at the CPA office, it was immediately removed from the server. The CPA used the data in conjunction with their unclaimed property division.

 

Where to go for more information  

Although the CPA states that there is no indication that the data file was discovered outside of the CPA, the comptroller is advising affected individuals to monitor their credit. The CPA has opened a toll-free phone line (855-474-2065) for people to call to see if their record was included in the information. They have also set up a website at www.TXsafeguard.org with additional information.

 

The comptroller's office is sending a notification to everyone whose records were affected.

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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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.

  

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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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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

 

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 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

 

Today

1  - 2 p.m. - Useful Classroom Gadgets

 

Microsoft Office

 

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
Documentary addresses conservationist
ERS conducts dependent audit
'Water Day' was part of Earth Week activities
Deadline to register for table tennis tournament is April 22
Club basketball teams lose
Greek Extravaganza set for April 28
AAMMP hosts Open Mic Night
Staff contract training sessions are April 20-21
Information Security Notice
Financial Management Association hosts speakers
Aramark conducts food services survey
Student Research Conference draws crowd
IBA plans trip to Federal Reserve Bank
IT offers training classes
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