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  June 1, 2011
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The Student Life Center second floor fitness center has special semester break hours and the East and West Gyms will remain closed for resurfacing until June 6.  


The Visitors Parking Garage will close June 6 for construction which will impact parking in the Faculty/Staff Garage. See story below.      


UHD student wins state social work award  


Dawn McCarty, assistant professor of Social Sciences, said the National Association of Social Workers - Texas today named UHD student Damaris Cortez the state Undergraduate Social Work Student of the Year 2011. She won the Houston chapter award in March which made her eligible for the state award. Cortez taught Spanish and conducted research in Chiapas, Mexico last summer. Additional information will be in Skyline when it is available.   


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Staff council winners
Staff council winners Cherilyn Pearson, Linda Trimble and Michelle Falcon.

Staff Council names award winners    


Staff Council presented special recognition, service awards and fun awards at Friday's Staff Awards Extravaganza.

Staff Excellence Awards 

Office and Clerical - Linda Trimble Davidson
Technical Services and Crafts  - Cherilyn Pearson
Professional - Michelle Falcon
President Award - Michelle Falcon  


Fun Awards
Rookie of the Year - Linh Tran
Whistle While You Work - Victoria Saucedo
Extra Mile - Courtney Lundgren
Best Boss - Jose Cantu
Rising Star - Josh Wood

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Scholars Academy volunteers help nonprofit win Art festival award    


UHD Scholars Academy students volunteered at the Bayou City Art Festival in March on behalf of Fotofest, a frequent UHD community partner, and Fotofest received special recognition from the Art Colony Association and Capital One Bank thanks to its large volunteer turnout.


Proceeds of $135,000 from the Memorial Park festival were presented to 17 nonprofit organizations who participated in the 2011 Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park. Fotofest and the Museum of Cultural Arts Houston (MOCAH) shared the "Most Outstanding Nonprofit Partner Award" and each received an additional $2,000 donation.


The Art Colony announcement said, "While all of the nonprofit partners make a tremendous difference in our community and are instrumental to the festival, Fotofest and MOCAH stood out due to their volunteer recruiting efforts. Both organizations had the highest number of volunteers and showed overall exceptional participation in the volunteer program this year."   


UHD was recently named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its ongoing community service and the volunteer activities of its students. 


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Visitors Parking Garage closes June 6 for construction 


(Ed. Note: This communication came from David Bradley, Vice President for Administration and Finance.)


This is a reminder that the Visitors' Parking Lot (located beneath the Academic Building) will be closing effective Monday, June 6th, for construction. The project will bring inconvenience, but when completed will result in the addition of over 100 close-in parking spaces that will provide more visitor capacity but also more spaces for faculty and staff.


Tomorrow, June 1st, a contractor will be on-site to pour a concrete pad for a gate to be placed at the ramp that goes up to the second floor. Beginning June 6th, all faculty and staff must park on the second level and above. While we'll try to be accommodating as everyone adjusts to this change, fairly soon we'll have to enforce through the issuance of university parking tickets. To read more... 


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Stories from previous Skylines

Student Life Center has special semester break hours  


The Student Life Center second floor fitness center has special semester break hours and the East and West Gyms will remain closed for resurfacing until June 6.


These Student Life Center semester break hours are effective until 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 are still available. 


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


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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 Kevin 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



10-11 a.m. - Wimba Classroom

Tuesday, June 7 

1-2 p.m. - SoftChalk Lesson Builder

Thursday, June 9

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

Monday, June 13  

3-4 p.m.- Blackboard Vista: Grade Book Set-up

Wednesday, June 15  

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


Blackboard Learn


Thursday, June 2 

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

Friday, June 3  

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

Monday, June 6

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

Wednesday, June 8

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

Thursday, June 9 

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

Tuesday, June 14

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

Thursday, June 16 

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

Friday, June 17 

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


Microsoft Office


Tuesday, June 7 

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




Friday, June 10 

11-12 a.m. - Photoshop:  Retouching


Windows 7


Wednesday, June 15  

10-11 a.m. - Transitioning to Windows 7


See all current IT training available


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In this issue
UHD student wins award from state social work association
Staff Council presents awards
Scholars Academy volunteers help community partner
Visitors Parking Garage will close June 6
Student Life Center has special semester break hours
Photo credit
IT training schedule
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