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May 13, 2011
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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 University of Houston-Downtown will hold Spring 2011 Commencement at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Minute Maid Park.

 

The University of Houston-Downtown will be closed Monday, May 30, for the Memorial Day holiday.

 

Political science students donate to homeless

 

Political Science class (POLS 2304) students recently donated 132 pairs of socks for the homeless via the Way Station at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church, 6221 Main St.

 

The Way Station will distribute the socks to the homeless population they serve, said Adolfo Santos, social sciences department chair and class instructor.

 

"It turns out that socks are one of the many things the homeless population needs. After a discussion with a volunteer at the Way Station a few years ago, I learned that socks are an important but inexpensive need that the homeless have," Santos said. "The heat and humidity quickly turn socks into items that can contribute to foot problems if they are not changed frequently. As a result, I asked my students to donate socks to the homeless."

 

In recent years, studies conducted by Sara Konrath, a researcher at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research, have shown that university students do not have as much empathy as they once did. While UHD students received some extra credit for the exercise, the project led to discussions about the needs of the homeless and increased awareness about those less fortunate.

 

 

Career clothing
Student Monica Flores checks out proper attire for interviews in the Career Services Office.

J.C. Penney's donation helps Career Services     

Career Services has a new set of "visual aids" thanks to J. C. Penney Co., the national retail chain. J.C. Penney donated two sets of dress-for-success clothing to Career Services so staff members could show students and alumni the appropriate way to dress for interviews. The outfits are on display in the Career Services office so students can see them on their own time and the staff uses them in career and interview workshops.

 

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. This event always sells out and no tickets will be sold at the door.  

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Commencement at Minute Maid Park will require guest tickets for the first time May 21  

The University of Houston-Downtown will hold Spring 2011 Commencement at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros, for an estimated 1,135 students to receive bachelor's degrees and 15 students to receive master's degrees.

An entrance ticket will be required for all guests attending the Spring 2011 Commencement. Tickets are free and can be picked up from the Office of Student Activities, Room S-204, One Main Building until Friday, May 20. Tickets will also be available at the door.  

More than 1,300 students received bachelor's and master's degrees during UHD's Fall 2010 Commencement on Sunday, Dec. 19, at Minute Maid Park. A record attendance of 21,000 family members, friends and alumni were on hand to watch the ceremonies.

 

Textbook rental returns due next week 

 

Students who rented textbooks from the UHD Bookstore should return them by Monday, May 16, to avoid late charges. 

 

Unreturned rentals will be charged late fees on Thursday, May 19. If students are unable to return books in person, they can go to the website, www.uhdbookstore.com, select textbook rentals and textbook rental returns. Students can enter order numbers and email addresses to print a pre-paid shipping label. Please allow at least two business days for the books to arrive.

 

For information call the bookstore at 713-221-8145 or email at sm512@bncollege.com.

 

Lambda inductees
New inductees, from left, are Delconiece Jackson, Brittney Bellain, Sara Harr, David Fenoglio, Pamela Rodriguez, Theressa Bradley, Carmelia Robin, Sandra Vasquez and Ashanti Babers.

Communications honor society inducts new undergraduate members May 4  

 

UHD's Pi Mu Chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the national communications honor society for undergraduates, held its Spring 2011 Induction and Honors Ceremony May 4 for communication studies majors who meet the organization's academic requirements. 

 

New inductees included Delconiece Jackson, Brittney Bellain, Sara Harr, David Fenoglio, Pamela Rodriguez, Theressa Bradley, Carmelia Robin, Sandra Vasquez and Ashanti Babers. Inductees received personalized membership certificates and lapel pins.

 

Graduating seniors received honor cords and included Damon Barone, Tiffany Sanders, Robert Olson and Stacey Betancourt.

 

As a member of the Association of College Honor Societies, the Pi Mu Chapter at UHD is one of 344 active chapters worldwide. 

Lambda seniors
Graduating seniors with honor cords, from left, are Damon Barone, Tiffany Sanders, Robert Olson and Stacey Betancourt.

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METRO wants name suggestions for new light rail stations and transit centers    

 

METRO is seeking names for the light rail stations on the new North, East and Southeast lines with the first round of suggestions due by June 30.

 

The public will then have an opportunity to review the successfully submitted entries before the METRO Board gives final approval later this summer. METRO hopes the station naming process will capture the spirit of the light rail communities with the opportunity to incorporate key cultural institutions, public spaces and historical landmarks into the project. The primary focus will be ensuring that customers of the service can easily identify where they are within the system.

 

The names submitted must conform to METRO board-approved criteria calling for simple names that are easily understood and remembered by the public, locally and by visitors who are using the system for the first time. Names must be single, short names with less than 26 characters. Stations may not be named for persons living or dead unless the name is already in use for a street intersection, a historically significant landmark or a widely recognized landmark, neighborhood or commercial trademark. More information and a submission form covering the dos and don'ts of station naming are available on the GoMETRORail website.

 

Residents and businesses on METRO's new East, North and Southeast light rail lines are asked to contact their Community Outreach Offices to learn more about submitting ideas for station names or visit gometrorail.org.

 

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 mccallc@uhd.edu.

 

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

Wednesday, May 18

1 - 2 p.m. - Blackboard Vista: Assignments

Thursday, May 19

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. - Blackboard Vista: Mail, Calendar, & Who's Online

Monday, May 23

2 - 3 p.m.- Blackboard Vista: Communication Tools

Tuesday, May 24

1 - 2 p.m. - Wimba Classroom

Wednesday, May 25 

10 - 11 a.m. - Blackboard Vista: Customizing your Blackboard Course

Thursday, May 26

10 - 11 a.m. - Blackboard Vista: Gradebook Setup

Tuesday, May 31

2 - 3 p.m. - Turnitin

 

Blackboard Learn

Tuesday, May 17

9 - 10 a.m. - Adopters Converting Early (A.C.E)

Thursday, May 19

11 - 12 p.m. - Adopters Converting Early (A.C.E.)

Friday, May 20

11 - 12 p.m. - Blackboard Learn - Getting Started

Monday, May 23

2 - 3 p.m. - Adopters Converting Early (A.C.E.)

Wednesday, May 25

1 - 2 p.m. - Adopters Converting Early (A.C.E.)

Thursday, May 26

1 - 2 p.m. - Blackboard Learn - Getting Started

Tuesday, May 31

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

 

Microsoft Office

Wednesday, May 18

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

Tuesday, May 24

10 - 11 a.m. -  Excel: Pivot Tables

Friday, May 27

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

 

Windows 7

Monday, May 16

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

 

See all current IT training available

 
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In this issue
Political science students donate to the homeless
J.C. Penney donates to Career Services
Sports and Fitness banquet will be May 14
Commencement is May 21 at Minute Maid Park
Textbook rental returns due next week
Communications honor society inducts new members
What's in a name? METRO would like to know
Facilities Management announces campus safety testing
IT offers training classes
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