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May 27, 2011
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The Staff Award Extravaganza will be from 2 to 4 p.m. today in the Special Events Room, Academic Building.


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 through today at the San Luis Spa and Resort in Galveston.


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


Staff Awards Extravaganza is today in the Special Events Room, Academic Building  


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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Student Life Center will reopen Tuesday with special semester break hours  


The Student Life Center second floor fitness center is scheduled to reopen on Tuesday, May 31, with special semester break hours. The East and West Gyms will remain closed for resurfacing until June 6.


These Student Life Center semester break hours are effective from May 31 - June 3.

Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Friday: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: Closed


Appointments for personal training and massages sessions will be available again starting Tuesday. 


Sports & Fitness will resume fitness classes for summer on June 6.Please go to for the summer fitness class schedule.


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Stories from previous Skylines

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 through today 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.


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.


Photo credit    

The photos included with the news item about the International Business Association's trip to CHI Corporation in the May 23 edition of Skyline eNews were taken by Keving Li Yung Hing,


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


Tuesday, May 31

2 - 3 p.m. - Turnitin


Blackboard Learn


Tuesday, May 31

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


Microsoft Office



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


See all current IT training available


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In this issue
Staff Awards Extravaganza set for Friday
Student Life Center opens after holiday with special hours
Parent group recognizes Urban Ed. with award
Center for Family Strengths, BSW program co-host national conference
Chief Boyle says 'Click It or Ticket' safety program under way
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IT training schedule
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