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May 25, 2011
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UHD's Center for Family Strengths and BSW program and UH's Graduate College of Social Work are sponsoring Professionalizing Child Welfare: Title IV-E National Roundtable Conference today through Friday at the San Luis Spa and Resort in Galveston.


The Staff Award Extravaganza will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, May 27, in the Special Events Room, Academic Building. 


The UHD Environmental Health and Safety Office is hosting a Driver's Safety training course from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, May 26, in room N-602, One Main Building.  


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


Parents for Public Schools presents Guiding Star Award to UHD's Urban Ed. Department    


UHD's Urban Education Department of the College of Public Service received a Guiding Star Award Tuesday from the Houston Chapter of Parents for Public Schools.


The UHD award was in the category of Educational Partners and Organizations. The award recognized the UHD partnership with Lone Star College and various school districts in the Houston area to assist teachers' aides and teachers' assistant staff members in earning their bachelor's degrees and becoming certified teachers.


Accepting the award on behalf of UHD were Michael Dressman, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Louis Evans, Executive Director of Distance Education. They represented UHD at the award ceremony in place of Beth Pelz, Dean of the College of Public Service, and Myrna Cohen, Chair of the Urban Education Department, who were unable to attend.


Among the other recipients of Guiding Star Awards were Jaime Castaņeda, principal of Davis High School, and Dave Wheat, principal of Johnston Middle School.


Center for Family Strengths, BSW program co-host Title IV-E National Roundtable     


UHD's Center for Family Strengths and Bachelor of Social Work program and UH's Graduate College of Social Work are sponsoring Professionalizing Child Welfare: Title IV-E National Roundtable Conference today through Friday at the San Luis Spa and Resort in Galveston.


UHD President Bill Flores was scheduled to open the conference this morning. Presentations will showcase title IV-E University and state efforts. The conference will focus on knowledge transfer for best practices for major IV- E topics including:

  • Field Placements for IV- E
  • Administration and Contract Issues
  • Child Welfare Curriculum and Courses
  • Recruitment, Retention and Employment
  • Research and Evaluation

Texas State University-San Marcos hosted the regional conference for 14 years. UHD's Center for Family Strengths, the UHD Bachelor of Social Work program and the UH Graduate School of Social Work have moved the roundtable from a regional to a national conference. More information is available here.


Banner and E-Services will be down beginning at 7 p.m. May 25 for maintenance   


Information Technology will perform major maintenance on the Banner Student Records system during the following times/dates.


Start Time/Date: 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 25
Expected End Time/Date: 
by 7 a.m. Thursday, May 26


The following services will be unavailable during the maintenance period:

  • Banner (Student Records System)
  • Banner Financial Aid
  • Faculty & Staff e-services (payments, personal data and class roster)
  • Student e-services (registration, payments, schedules, personal data and grades)
  • Access to Student Account Info via e-services (usernames and passwords for GatorMail, Network ID and Blackboard Vista)

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact the Help Desk (X3000, 713-221-8031,


Chief Boyle advises 'Click It or Ticket' law enforcement safety effort under way   


Texas Department of Public Safety troopers and law enforcement officers across the state are participating in the 10th annual "Click It or Ticket" enforcement mobilization through June 5, and UHD Police Chief Richard Boyle encourages students, faculty and staff to use their safety belts now and throughout the year.


"State law requires everyone in the vehicle to be restrained no matter where they are seated," said Assistant Director David G. Baker, who is the Chief of the Texas Highway Patrol. "Seat belts save lives, and that is the primary reason to buckle up, but we will have a zero-tolerance policy during this period, and violators will be ticketed if need be."


Since the "Click It or Ticket" campaign began in 2002, Texas seat belt usage has climbed from 76.1 percent to 93.8 percent. Experts at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimate that this increase has resulted in 2,843 fewer traffic fatalities and 48,000 fewer serious injuries in Texas the past 10 years.


Despite these gains, just under half of the 3,089 people who died in Texas traffic crashes in 2009 were not properly buckled up, and traffic crashes remain the leading cause of death for people between 1 and 44 years of age.


State law requires everyone in a vehicle to be secured by a safety belt. Also, children younger than 8 years old must be in a child safety seat or booster seat unless they are taller than 4 feet, 9 inches. Fines can range up to $250, plus court costs. Visit for more information.


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Smiles and waves were the order of the day at UHD's 50th Commencement.

Commencement drew large crowds, internet audience in other countries  


UHD's 50th Commencement drew friends and families of graduates to Minute Maid Park Saturday while some families overseas watched via the internet. UHD student Nancy Adossi from UHD's College of Humanities and Social Sciences was the student speaker. A total of 1,054 students were on hand to cross the stage. Additional photos are available on the UHD Facebook page at
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'High fives' and cheers greeted the official instruction to move tassels.

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Auxiliary service providers announce summer hours  

Please note the following hours of operation for the UHD auxiliary service providers during the break before Summer Sessions, May 23 - June 5:

  • ARAMARK Food Services will open Starbucks and the Grillworks from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Taco Bell will open from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.  
  • University Bookstore will open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.
  • University Copy Center will open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., please enter through the side door near the north side freight elevator.

All auxiliary providers will be closed on Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day.


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Environmental Health and Safety Office hosts Driver's Safety training course   


The UHD Environmental Health and Safety Office is hosting a Driver's Safety training course from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, May 26, in room N-602, One Main Building, conducted by the Texas State Office of Risk Management (SORM). 


This course is recommended for all drivers who are approved to drive UHD vehicles and also to all employees who drive for UHD business. The course is a good source of preventive tips for driving on Houston streets, and registration is now open. This course needs at least 25 registered participants by Monday, May 23, to be scheduled. 


To register for this training class, please go to the online training calendar ( and click the "Register" link that is associated with the class you would like to attend. If you do not have a RMIS User ID to register for a class, you can request one at


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Visitors parking garage and Main Street will close in June for construction projects  


This summer there will be movement on several significant construction/renovation projects that will impact UHD operations. The most disruptive will be the METRO expansion and the Academic Building parking expansion.

The initial work on the garage expansion project has already begun. The entire Visitors' Parking Lot will be taken out of use at 11p.m. Sunday, June 5, and relocated to the Faculty/Staff Garage. This project will be complete before the Spring 2012 semester, and will add approximately 100 faculty/staff parking spaces to the existing 50 visitors' spaces.

To accommodate the METRO light rail expansion, Main Street will be closed to all vehicle and bus traffic from Commerce Street on the south (from the bottom of the Main Street Bridge) to the edge of Naylor Street on the north (Naylor remains in service) effective Monday, June 20. This closure is expected to last approximately 18 months.

The Library Renovation-Phase II project is expected to be finished in early fall. Improvements include new carpet throughout, ceilings, restrooms, furniture, offices, relocated Rockwell Room and a new coffeehouse venue.

For more information on these projects, parking and route alternatives, click here.


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IBA group with Farouk Shami.

IBA tours CHI Corp headquarters, sees presentation by owner Farouk Shami  


UHD's International Business Association traveled to the CHI Corp headquarters in north Houston on Friday, May 20.

Students toured the factory and had lunch with Farouk Shami, the executive chairman and owner. Shami did a presentation about the corporation for the students.

For more information about the visit or the IBA, email Anisul Islam, professor and IBA advisor, at
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IBA students outside CHI headquarters.

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UHD named to President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll  


The Corporation for National and Community Service named the University of Houston-Downtown to its 2010 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, recognizing its outreach efforts in three areas as well as the estimated 34,200 hours UHD students devoted to community service.


CNCS chooses honorees based on factors including the scope and innovation of service projects, student participation, service incentives and academic service-learning courses. The award is for the 12-month period that ended June 30, 2010.


UHD is among 21 colleges and universities in Texas and more than 640 throughout the country to receive Honor Roll recognition for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. CNCS administers the award, which is the highest federal recognition a university or college can receive for such initiatives. To read more... 


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UHD Veterans Services seeks support for 5k event benefiting disabled veterans   


UHD's Offices of Admissions, Student Activities and Veterans Services have partnered to participate in the seventh annual Impact a Hero 5k Run/Walk/Wheel at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, June 4, at Mercer Stadium in Sugar Land.


The event raises money for severely wounded and disabled U.S. Veterans who have served in the War on Terror and their families. The University community can support the effort by making a donation, registering to participate or sponsoring the UHD team. Please use the links below to donate or join online quickly and securely.  Participants will receive email confirmations of donations and registrations.


Donate here:


Register and join the UHD team here:


Michael Records, UHD manager of Veterans Services, said he encourages everyone to support this worthwhile event on behalf of veterans and to send the information to their friends. Contact the Veterans Services Office at 713-221-8622 for more information.


Staff Awards Extravaganza scheduled for Friday, May 27 


The UHD Staff Awards Extravaganza will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, May 27, in the Special Events Room, Academic Building.

Staff members can enjoy food, fellowship and a chance to recognize those outstanding staff honorees. Staff Council encourages staff members to wear their UHD service pins.


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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


Thursday, May 26

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

Tuesday, May 31

2 - 3 p.m. - Turnitin


Blackboard Learn



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


Friday, May 27

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


See all current IT training available


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In this issue
Parent group recognizes Urban Ed. with award
Center for Family Strengths, BSW program co-host national conference
Banner and E-Services will be down for maintenance
Chief Boyle says 'Click It or Ticket' safety program under way
50th Commencement photos
Auxiliary service providers announce summer hours
Environmental Health and Safety hosts Driver's Safety course
Visitors parking garage, Main Street will close in June
IBA travels to CHI Corp. headquarters
UHD named to President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
Veterans Services seeks support for 5k event
Staff Awards Extravaganza set for Friday
IT training schedule
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