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April 25, 2011
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The Hispanic Film Series will present Mexican director María Novaro's "Sin dejar huella" at 1 p.m. today, April 25, in room B-221, Shea Street Building. The film deals with the effects of globalization on Mexico from the perspective of two women hounded by oppressively machista men.

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.

UHD students will present Don Nigro's bizarrely comic murder-mystery, "Ravenscroft," as the final show of the year starting at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 28, in the O'Kane Theatre, N-364, One Main Building.

Final play of the year, gothic thriller 'Ravenscroft,' opens Thursday, April 28 


UHD students will present Don Nigro's bizarre comic murder-mystery, "Ravenscroft," as the final show of the year starting at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 28, in the O'Kane Theatre, N-364, One Main Building.


Directed by UHD alumnus Miguel Roman, this funny, yet frightening, work includes skeletons in the closet, ghosts on the staircase and much more than the unsuspecting detective investigating the case expected. Audience members won't be able to guess the ending, but will be teased, seduced, bewildered and amused as they are led to the conclusion.


"Ravenscroft" will be repeated at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30, and at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 1. Admission is free. Seating is first-come, first-seated. 

Colloquium speaker addresses 'Optimal Control in Environmental Adaptation, Mitigation and Carbon Sequestration' 


UHD's CMS Colloquium Series will feature Natali Hritonenko, professor, Prairie View A&M University Department of Mathematics, who will discuss Optimal Control in Environmental Adaptation, Mitigation and Carbon Sequestration at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 28, in room, A-409, Academic Building. 



"Human responses to negative environmental impacts vary depending on the level of a country's economic development, geographic location and social preferences. In spite of these differences, environmental adaptation and mitigation are always among the major strategies to deal with environmental changes. Carbon sequestration is sometimes considered as a special form of a mitigation technique and sometimes as an independent strategy. Modeling of adaptation and mitigation and the corresponding optimal control problem help to develop an optimal investment strategy for adaptation and mitigation in different countries. An environmental-economic model of forest management is analyzed under different climate change scenarios taken from the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The objective is to find the maximum revenue from timber production and carbon sequestration. Other objectives can include estimation of the change in the tree growth rate caused by climate change and the corresponding adjustment of a management regime. Two models, methods of their investigation, and results of the qualitative analysis will be presented during the talk. Special attention will be given to the interpretation of the results obtained." 

Hispanic Film Series ends this week with two classic movies, one Argentinian, one Mexican   


The final two films of this semester's Hispanic Film Series will be shown this week. 


The series will present Mexican director María Novaro's "Sin dejar huella" at 1 p.m. today, April 25, in room B-221, Shea Street Building. The film deals with the effects of globalization on Mexico from the perspective of two women hounded by oppressively machista men. Some have called this movie the Mexican "Thelma and Louise," despite its happy ending. 


At 7 p.m. Thursday, April 27, don't miss Juan José Campanella's "El secreto de sus ojos," winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2010 which will be shown in room A-405, Academic Building. This film deals with the subject of Argentina's "Dirty War," the repression carried out by the military Junta against its own civilians in the late 1970s and early 1980s in the name of stamping out communism in the country.  

AAMMP sponsors basketball tournament    


The African-American Male Mentorship Program is sponsoring a free five-on-five basketball tournament from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 29, in the Student Life Center, One Main Street.

There will be eight teams with a maximum of eight players each.
Students, faculty, staff and alumni are encouraged to get a team together and participate. Everything will be provided.

For information contact UHD Academic Advisors Sherman Parker at or Trevor Jones at    

No Administrative Professionals Day event this year in order to trim cuts   


Administrative Professionals Week is April 24-30 and the UHD Administrative Professionals Day Committee decided not to conduct an Administrative Professionals Day Event this year following the example set by the University community in its efforts to trim costs.


However, Committee members would like to express their deepest appreciation to all administrative and business professionals for the dedication and service they provide to the University day after day. The Committee hopes staff and faculty will honor Administrative Professionals in a special way this coming week.


Master of Arts in Teaching Program celebrates 10th anniversary May 3    


UHD's Department of Urban Education is commemorating the 10th Anniversary of its Master of Arts in Teaching program at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, in room C-100, Commerce Street Building.


Celebrate the important work MAT graduates do in classrooms around the country. Outstanding graduate students and alumni, along with current students, will discuss how the program has affected their teaching and their students' learning.  


For information contact Sue Mahoney, assistant chair of graduate programs, Department of Urban Education, at


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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 and Fall Priority Registration have already begun. 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

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... 

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!  

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.

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. 

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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Students decorate eggs for homeless children

Egg decorating skyline
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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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



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



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




Friday, April 29

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


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
Final student play of the season opens Thursday
Colloquium scheduled for Thursday
Hispanic Film Festival presents two films this week
AAMMP sponsors basketball tournament
No Administrative Professionals Day event this year
Urban Ed plans MAT 10th anniversary celebration
Registrar's Office plans Registration Fair
Regents set tuition rate limits for Fall 2011
Sports and Fitness workshop addresses 'Fit Breaks'
UHD MS-150 Team finishes, still raising funds
College of Business hosts final Executive Speaker
Elementary students visit campus
Student groups decorate Easter eggs
Greek Extravaganza set for April 28
IT offers training classes
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