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  May 2, 2011
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Employment Services and Operations will launch a new optional benefits program for benefits-eligible employees at a kick-off fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, May 2, in the White Oak Room, A-300, Academic Building. 

The Department of Arts and Humanities is offering a choir class this fall for 30 students, and auditions are 4 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 2, in room N-279, One Main Building.

Dr. Nicole LaRose passes away yesterday     


Dr. Nicole LaRose, UHD assistant professor of English, died yesterday.


Arrangements are pending. The family plans to establish a scholarship fund in her memory and asks that donations be made to it in lieu of flowers. Dr. La Rose came to UHD in 2006.


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Student group representatives and Ed Apodaca, vice president for Student Services and Enrollment Management, gather on stage.

One Main Event recognizes student groups; announces SGA election results   


Student Activities and Events and the Community Involvement Center held the annual One Main Event for student organizations Friday, April 29, in the Special Events Center, third floor, Academic Building.


Student Activities and Community Involvement present awards and special recognitions as well as announce the results of the Student Government Association 2011-2012 executive council election.


SGA Election Results

President - Alex Eiley

Vice-President - Diana Flores

Secretary - Mayra Izaguirre

Treasurer - Kristin Robinson


Office of Student Activities Awards:

Best New Student Organization - Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity Inc.

Special Recognition Award - International Business Association

Special Recognition Award - Student Government Association

Most Improved Organization - Math Association of America


Organization of the Year

Professional Accounting Society


Outstanding Leadership Award

Alan Hester, Professional Accounting Society


Leadership Effectiveness, Ability and Development (LEAD Award)

Ali Abedi, SGA


Community Involvement Center Awards:

Community Service of the Year Award - Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority Inc.

Community Service Award for a Greek Organization - Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority Inc.

Special Recognition Community Service Award for a Greek Organization - Sigma Lambda Beta Fraternity Inc.

Honorable Mention - UHD Environmental Club

Honorable Mention - Professional Accounting Society

Honorable Mention - Health Professions Organization


Presented by The Multicultural Greek Council:

Outstanding Leadership Award - Brianna Salinas

Outstanding Leadership Award - Jesse Lopez

Sorority of the Year - Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Inc.

Fraternity of the Year - Omega Delta Phi Fraternity Inc.

Special Chapter Recognition - Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority Inc.

Greek Organization of the Year - Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Inc. 

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Houston City Council Member Jolanda Jones, center, was on hand to tell students about the importance of being involved with student organizations. Student Government Association member Ivan Sanchez, left, who interns in Jones' office, and Michelle Falcon, associate director of Student Activities, visited with Jones after her presentation.

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Facilities Management announces campus fire safety systems testing May 16-June 3  


Facilities Management will perform semi-annual testing and maintenance of the campus fire detection / notification / suppression systems and related elevator fire service re-call, air handler shut-downs, fire-door hold-open devices and stair pressurization controls May 16 through June 3 in all campus buildings.


This testing must be performed during normal business hours due to the size of the systems, the contractors involved and the cost of the labor required to perform the work. Please consider this an opportunity for the university community to become familiar with these fire and life safety systems and the campus emergency public address system.


An announcement will be made over the PA system prior to the alarms being sounded to inform the occupants of the test. The alarms and strobe lights will then be engaged briefly and certified by the technicians. An announcement will be made after the conclusion of each segment of the audible and visual alarm testing.


For information, contact Chris McCall, Assistant Vice President - Facilities Management Department, at


Student's 'passion for industry' earns her $2,500 HR Houston scholarship    


University of Houston-Downtown business student Delisa Dawson recently received the $2,500 HR Houston Shelby P. Morton Scholarship, one of two such scholarships awarded each year by HR Houston, a professional organization dedicated to the advancement of human resource management.


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Delisa Dawson

"This scholarship will definitely help relieve the financial burden that comes with going to school full time," Dawson said.


HR Houston asks scholarship applicants to submit resumes, transcripts, letters of recommendation and

a statement of interest in pursuing a career in human resources including the importance of education in supporting that interest. They also must have completed at least 45 semester hours and be members of a Society of Human Resource Management student chapter.


In her statement, Dawson wrote that she worked nine years for a company and slowly acquired more human resources duties. She found she seemed to have a natural talent for the field and she realized her lack of a bachelor's degree was holding her back. She quit her job and returned to school. Her family has been getting by on one income. Her "deep passion and interest in human resources" along with her real world experiences have kept her on track toward her degree.


She now has a 4.0 grade point average and is a management major with a human resources minor in UHD's College of Business. She is on target to receive a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in December 2011.


"I also have an internship with Savlex where I'm getting great experience in the field," Dawson said. "After graduation I'd love to work for a larger company where I can learn about different areas of Human Resources."


Dawson is a member and the treasurer of the UHD chapter of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) where she works to increase membership and awareness in the organization. She is also a member of the National Society for Human Resources and HR Houston.


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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International Criminal Justice class

Class moves overseas to study criminal justice issues in Ireland, Great Britain   


University of Houston-Downtown faculty and students will be in Ireland, England and Scotland from May 16 to 28 visiting prisons, courts and police departments as part of their International Criminal Justice class.


The 27 undergraduate and graduate students met from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 12 to April 30, discussing the criminal justice issues they will encounter during the trip. The trip leader is Mark Kellar, associate professor of criminal justice. Other criminal justice faculty participating are Lance Hignite, assistant professor, and Judith Harris, lecturer.


"The class offers students a unique face to face experience with criminal justice systems from both a cultural and an academic point of view," Harris said.


For the class, undergraduate and graduate students are responsible for writing research papers and must complete in-class and at-home examinations before taking the trip abroad, Harris said. Graduate students have more rigorous requirements and are responsible for presenting their research on a particular component of the Scottish, Irish and English Justice Systems, she said.


Andy Pryce, British Deputy Consul General in Houston, spoke to the class on the English criminal justice system and provided the students with contacts to help them enter English courts, police departments and a prison.


In Scotland, the trip will start in Edinburg. The group will then travel to the Scottish Highlands where the class will meet with a Scottish police superintendent and the Dornoch constabulary in northern Scotland. Class members will stay at the famous Dornoch Castle.


When the group lands in Dublin, Ireland, they will visit with barristers from the Supreme Court of Ireland and learn about Irish trial procedures. During the last session, the class will see Irish dancers perform.


UHD students' history essays chosen for state history publication 


UHD students, Ron Parker and Lisa Hatman, will have essays published in the next edition of "Touchstone," a publication of the Texas State Historical Association.


Parker's essay titled "The Romantic History of Sylvan Beach" won second place, senior division, at the Clifton Caldwell Historical Essay Competition which the association sponsors. Hatman's essay is titled "Falcon Dam and the Fate of Zapata County."


"Touchstone" is devoted to publishing student essays and is the only publication that publishes college students, said Garna Christian, UHD professor of history. Parker and Harman are his students. Christian's students have been successful at the essay competition and at being published over the past several years. The association divides essays into a junior division for community colleges, a senior division for four-year universities and a graduate division. Winners of the essay competition, four in each division, are frequently, but not always chosen to be published, he said. The judges for the competition and the publication are different.


This year, five junior division essays were selected for publication along with three senior division essays. UHD students wrote two of the three senior division essays selected for publication which, as Christian said, is "very good."


Landing Theatre Company announces fundraising dinner in the Heights 


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 David Rainey is the company's artistic director.


Table tennis skylineTable tennis tournament attracts students 


The Welcome Week coordinators sponsored a two-day Table Tennis Tournament that attracted men and women players to the new student lounge in the Student Activities area, second floor, One Main Building. 


Sports and Fitness annual banquet  will be Saturday, May 14


The 15th annual UHD Sports and Fitness Banquet will be at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14, in room A-300, the Special Events Center, third floor, Academic Building.


The event includes a dinner, awards presentation for UHD's outstanding sports and fitness participants and door prizes. Tickets are $5 until April 30 and $10 after that. No tickets will be sold at the door. This event always sells out, so buy your tickets now at the UHD Student Life Center.

New choir class auditions set for May 2  


The Department of Arts and Humanities is offering a choir class this fall for 30 students, and auditions are 4 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 2, in room N-279, One Main Building.


The new UHD Choir will give two performances each semester on or off campus including accompanied anthems, major concert works, a cappella spirituals and world music. Enrollment in the three-hour choir class is limited to 30 students, who will be accepted via audition only. No advance preparation for the audition is required.


For more information, contact Jason Oby, adjunct instructor, at or Carrie Allen, assistant professor, at A flier is available here.  

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Registration stations helped students sign up for classes.

First Registration Fair streamlines process 


The Registrar's Office hosted its first Registration Fair Wednesday, April 27, in the Coffeehouse for Summer Registration and Fall 2011 Priority Registration. The fair included food, drinks and games. Advisors were on site to help students get a jump on the registration process.  


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.





1 - 2 p.m. - Photoshop: Photo Retouching


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End of Semester Wrap-up 


Thursday, May 5

1 - 3 p.m. - End of the Semester Wrap-Up (Snack and Learn) 


See all current IT training available

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In this issue
Dr. Nicole LaRose dies
One Main Event recognizes student groups
Facilities Management announces campus safety testing
Student wins $2,500 HR Houston scholarship
Stories from previous Skylines
Criminal Justice class goes to Ireland and Great Britain
UHD students' essays chosen for history publication
Landing Theatre Company plans fundraising dinner
Table Tennis Tournament attracts students to new lounge area
Sports and Fitness banquet will be May 14
Registration Fair helped students sign up for classes
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