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April 22, 2011
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The deadline to register for the Table Tennis Tournament sponsored by the Welcome Week coordinators is today.

Today is the last day to complete the Aramark online survey regarding food services. See story below.

The deadline to register for the International Business Association field trip to the Federal Reserve Bank is midnight today. The trip is May 3. See story below.

The Public Interest Research Group and the Photography Club are holding a Faces of the Homeless Silent Auction from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 23 and 24, in the W.I. Dykes Library study area, fourth floor, One Main Building.

UH Regents set limits for Fall 2011 tuition rates; increase could range from 0-7% for undergrads 


The University of Houston System (UHS) Board of Regents on Tuesday passed a proposal from UHS administrators that caps any increase in tuition for undergraduate students for fall 2011 at 7 percent.  


The recommendation applies to all four UHS universities: the University of Houston (UH), UH-Downtown (UHD), UH-Clear Lake (UHCL) and UH Victoria (UHV). The board also approved a recommendation providing for special exceptions of a maximum 9 percent tuition increase for graduate and professional programs. These exceptions will be determined on a college-by-college basis.


UHS administrators stressed these caps were the upper limit for any increases and there was a preference for not increasing the tuitions rates at all, if possible. To read more... 

Registrar's Office plans Registration Fair 


The Registrar's Office will host its first Registration Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, in the Coffeehouse for Summer Registration and Fall 2011 Priority Registration.


Summer registration has already started and Fall Priority Registration begins at 8 a.m. Monday, April 25. Regular registration for Fall 2011 begins at 8 a.m. Monday, May 2.  


The Registrar's Office staff strongly encourages students to register early for Fall courses because popular sections fill quickly.The fair will include food, drinks and games. Advisors will be on site, and registration stations will be available. A flier is available here

MS 150
UHD MS-150 Team at 5:30 a.m. ready to start second day of the ride.

UHD MS-150 Team raises more than $9,000    


The UHD MS 150 Team included 33 faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends who made the ride from Houston to Austin to raise funds to fight multiple sclerosis. 


Thus far the team has raised approximately $9,320. Each rider is expected to raise $400 so team members are still collecting donations. To donate go to this website, The team has until mid-May to finalize donations.


Team leaders were Jose Cantu, director of Admissions and Recruitment; Lea Campbell, director of Academic Assessment; Lorenzo Morales, MS technician for Student Activities, and Alex Medina, criminal justice major and Air Force ROTC student. Lucy Bowen, MIS manager-Distance Education and Academic Affairs, designed the team jersey. President Bill Flores donated the tent for the overnight stay in La Grange.

PIRG and Photography Club hold silent auction to raise funds for area's homeless people  


The Public Interest Research Group and the Photography Club are holding a Faces of the Homeless Silent Auction from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 23 and 24, in the W.I. Dykes Library study area, fourth floor, One Main Building.


Participants can bid on photographs of homeless individuals. The starting bids are $15 and the proceeds go to the Beacon, a nonprofit day center located in Christ Church Cathedral that serves the homeless in downtown Houston.A flier is available here

Students decorate eggs for homeless children

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Student groups decorated Easter eggs for children at the House of Tiny Treasures, a center for homeless children and their families.

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Elementary students
Elementary students received some temporary decorations and college information.

Alief students tour campus


Teresa Dolan, who received a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from UHD, brought a group of students from the Alief Independent School District to tour campus, receive information about college and experience a bit of what attending the University might be like.   

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Deadline to register for Table Tennis Tournament is today

The deadline to register for the Table Tennis Tournament sponsored by the Welcome Week coordinators is today.


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

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 samples 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!  

Speaker series
Professor Molly Woods, speaker Greg Brenneman, Dean Don Bates and Assistant Professor Jeff Adams

College of Business speaker series features corporate turnaround specialist Brenneman  

The final speaker in the College of Business Executive Speaker Series was Greg Brenneman, chairman of CCMP Capital where he serves on the firm's investment committee and is actively engaged in completing transactions, developing strategies and coaching senior management of CCMP's portfolio of companies. Brenneman most recently served as CEO and president of Quiznos. He also served in those roles for Burger King Corporation where he oversaw a new tripling in profits. He also was involved in the turnaround of Continental Airlines. 

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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.

Earth day pirg
The Public Interest Research Group booth offered seeds and small plants at the Farmer's Market.
Earth Week festivities  continue Friday


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. today. 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,,, or


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.

Information Security Notice 


The 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 the 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 with additional information.


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

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 and enter to win a $50 Starbucks gift card."


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


Deadline to register for the IBA trip to Federal Reserve Bank is today  

The deadline to register for the International Business Association field trip to the Federal Reserve Bank is midnight Friday, April 22.

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.  

The trip will be from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday, May 3, and will include a management and video presentation as well as a guided tour. 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 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  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


Club basketball teams lose in tournament 


UHD's men's and women's club basketball teams had tough matches 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 or 713-221-8573. 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



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


Microsoft Office


Monday, April 25

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




Friday, April 29

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


Windows 7



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
Regents set tuition rate limits for Fall 2011
Registrar's Office plans Registration Fair
UHD MS-150 Team finishes, still raising funds
PIRG, Photo Club hold silent auction
Student groups decorate Easter eggs
Elementary students visit campus
Deadline to register for Table Tennis Tournament is April 22
Sports and Fitness workshop addresses 'Fit Breaks'
College of Business hosts final Executive Speaker
ERS conducts dependent audit
Earth Day activities continue
Information Security Notice
Aramark conducts food services survey
IBA plans trip to Federal Reserve Bank
Club basketball teams lose
Greek Extravaganza set for April 28
IT offers training classes
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