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  May 4, 2011
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A memorial event for Dr. Nicole LaRose, UHD assistant professor of English, will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon Friday, May 6, in room A-300, Special Events Room, Academic Building.

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.

Master of Arts in Teaching graduate students, Dianne Smith, left, and Amanda Wingard, present their capstone project posters at the MAT 10th anniversary celebration.

Master of Arts in Teaching Program celebrates 10th anniversary      


UHD's Department of Urban Education commemorated the 10th anniversary of its Master of Arts in Teaching program on Tuesday, May 3, in the Commerce Street Building.


Faculty, students and alumni gathered to celebrate the important work MAT graduates do in classrooms around the country.  


"This event is a celebration of our program and a mini-reunion for our outstanding former students, faculty and current students," said Sue Mahoney, assistant chair of graduate programs, Department of Urban Education. "It is also an exhibition of our graduate students' capstone projects." 


MAT graduate students, Dianne Smith and Amanda Wingard, spoke with attendees and presented posters on their graduate capstone projects.  


For her project, Smith developed a grant proposal for software and technology tools to improve high school students' depth of mathematical knowledge in preparation for college level courses. Wingard created a grant proposal focused on providing underprivileged, identified gifted and talented students with access to educational summer learning camps.  


For information contact Mahoney at


Math honor society inducts new members and honors faculty, students     


The UHD Mathematics Honor Society, Pi Mu Epsilon, held its 27th annual induction ceremony and its annual Computer and Mathematical Sciences faculty and student recognition ceremony on Tuesday, May 3.   


Inductees and honorees included:

                         Faculty Inductees 

                         Sergiy Koshkin


                         Student Inductees 

                         Lilian Antunes

                         Rama Barghouti

                         Insook Kim


     Nancy T. Rich Student Award for Computer Science 

                         Shawn Luce


     June P. Wood Student Award for Mathematics

                         Seyed A. Abedi


               June P. Wood Memorial Scholarships

                         Melissa Greenlee

                         Ranjan Poudel


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UHD's chapter of Phi Kappa Phi honor society initiates new student mebers.

Phi Kappa Phi honor society holds initiation ceremony    


UHD's chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and largest honor society dedicated to the promotion of all academic disciplines, held an initiation ceremony for new members Tuesday, May 3.     


Chapter president and UHD professor, Ongard Sirisaengtaksin, opened and closed the ceremony. Gary Greer, assistant dean of the University College; Linda Becerra, professor; and Margaret Shelton, associate professor, also took part in the event.

For more information, contact Sirisaengtaksin at

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Dr. Nicole LaRose passes away Sunday      


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


A University memorial event will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon Friday, May 6, in room A-300, Special Events Room, Academic Building. Her parents plan to attend.


At 10:45 a.m., coffee will be served and at 11 a.m. a short program of student and faculty speakers will begin.  


Dr. La Rose came to UHD in 2006 after earning doctoral and master's degrees at the University of Florida (2006, 2002) and a bachelor's degree from Marshall University (2000) in Huntington, W. Va. Her teaching and research interests included 20th and 21st century British literature and culture, London literature, science fiction, utopian and apocalyptic literature, theme parks, and Marxist and spatial theory.


Dr. LaRose was actively involved in many areas of the University. She served on the Faculty Senate, headed International Programs and was active in efforts to improve the Freshman Experience on campus.


Further arrangements are pending. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to University of Houston-Downtown to establish the Nicole LaRose Memorial Scholarship. Donations can be sent to UHD, Office of Advancement, One Main Street, Suite 990 South, Houston, Texas 77002-1001. 


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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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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.


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."


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


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.


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.

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, May 4th

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

Thursday, May 5th

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

Monday, May 9th

2-3 p.m. - Blackboard Vista: Assessments 

Wednesday, May 11th

1-2 p.m. - StudyMate 

Thursday, May 12th 

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


Blackboard Version 9


Thursday, May 5th

10-11 a.m. Adopters Converting Early (A.C.E) 

Friday, May 6th

10-11 a.m. - Blackboard Learn - Getting Started 

Monday, May 9th

3-4 p.m. - Adopters Converting Early (A.C.E) 

Wednesday, May 11th

10-11 a.m. - Adopters Converting Early (A.C.E) 

Thursday, May 12th

2-3 p.m. - Blackboard Learn - Getting Started 


Microsoft Office


Today, May 4th

1-2 p.m. - Transitioning to Office 2010 

Friday, May 13th

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


Windows 7


Tuesday, May 10th

2-3 p.m. - Transitioning to Windows 7 


End of sem skyline 

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
Urban Ed celebrates MAT 10th anniversary
Math honor society holds induction, recognition ceremony
Phi Kappa Phi initiates new members
Dr. Nicole LaRose memorial planned
One Main Event recognizes student groups
Student wins $2,500 HR Houston scholarship
UHD students' essays chosen for history publication
Facilities Management announces campus safety testing
Landing Theatre Company plans fundraising dinner
Sports and Fitness banquet will be May 14
IT offers training classes
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