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  June 10, 2011
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Representatives from Liberty Mutual will be at UHD from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, June 17, to discuss the Liberty Mutual Auto & Home Insurance Program.


UHD auxiliary service providers announce summer hours. See story below.


Berthelot receives grant to present in Japan at criminology society's world congress  


Emily R. Berthelot, UHD assistant professor of criminal justice, received a grant from the Nomura Science Foundation to present her research on "Crime in Southern Cities Post-Katrina: The Effect of Social Disorganization in New Orleans, Atlanta, and Houston Neighborhoods" at the 16th World Congress of the International Society for Criminology, which will be held Aug. 5-9 in Kobe, Japan.


Berthelot was invited to the World Congress while she was in San Francisco last November presenting her research on "Post-Katrina 'Egohoods' and Crime: The Effect of Social Disorganization in NOLA Neighborhoods, 2006-2009" at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology. 


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Sports and Fitness offers personal trainers to help people get in shape this summer   


Sports and Fitness personal trainers can develop personalized fitness routines to help people get in shape, lose weight, build muscle and improve overall performance this summer.


The trainers are nationally certified and available throughout the day at a cost of $10 an hour for students and $15 an hour for faculty and staff. Free fitness assessments are available to help people get started.


Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaires and Health History forms are available online at or in the Sports and Fitness office.


For an appointment or for more information, visit the Student Life Center or call 713-221-8225. A flier is available here


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Stories from previous Skylines

Dr. Dressman assumes new role and title   


Dr. Michael Dressman has been selected to assume the role of Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies.   


Dr. Dressman joined the faculty at UHD in 1982 as a department chair, a post which he held until 1989 when he became the Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Stepping down from the deanship, he served on the faculty of the English Department from 2003 to 2010. In July 2010 he began serving as Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost during the search that concluded earlier this year with the appointment of Dr. Brian Chapman.


Dr. Dressman holds a bachelor's degree in Latin and a master's degree in English from the University of Detroit Mercy, where he was also a teaching fellow; and his doctorate is from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was also an instructor. His research areas are the history of the English language and 19th-century American literature, especially Walt Whitman. Before coming to Houston, he was a department chair at the University of South Carolina - Upstate, and he held teaching posts at Wayne County Community College and Brother Rice High School in Detroit.


In the role of Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Vice Provost,  

Dr. Dressman will assist the Provost in the administration of all colleges and other academic units reporting to the Office of Academic Affairs.The Vice Provost will work with the faculty and staff in the development of innovative curricula and pedagogy, the review and revision of policies, the creation of new student and faculty support offices and the implementation of measures to improve student success. He will also encourage and oversee the development of graduate programs and the academic framework to support them.


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UHD's Work/Life Resources Program offers Liberty Mutual Auto and Home Insurance  


Representatives from Liberty Mutual will be at UHD from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, June 17, to discuss the Liberty Mutual Auto & Home Insurance Program that allows employees to purchase high-quality auto, home and renter's insurance at competitive rates.


This program is one of UHD's Work/Life resources and offers employees rates guaranteed for 12 months, convenient payment options including automatic check draft and personalized one-on-one counseling from licensed insurance professionals.


Faculty and staff can schedule private consultations to discuss their personal insurance needs. Consultations will be held in One Main Building, room, 910-S. Appointments are preferred, but not necessary.


To schedule an appointment, call or email Angelica Barrera, 281-913-1300, ext. 58758,, or Andrew Capistran, 281-913-1300, ext: 59148,  


Employees are asked to bring copies of their auto, home and/or renter's insurance declaration pages to their appointments.  


Individuals who are unable to meet on June 17 can contact Angelica or Andrew, or visit  for more information.


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Impact a Hero
UHD's team won the Participation Champion - School Division Award.

UHD students, staff turn out to support veterans at Impact a Hero event 


UHD's team won the Participation Champion - School Division Award at the seventh annual Impact a Hero 5k Run/Walk/Wheel Saturday, June 4, in Sugar Land.


The Offices of Admissions, Student Activities and Veterans Services partnered to participate in the event which raised money for severely wounded and disabled U.S. Veterans who have served in the War on Terror and their families. The team raised $635. 


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Maria Ramos-Rey
Viola Garcia, UHD associate professor, and Martina Ramos-Rey

UHD graduate participates at school board association conference  


Martina Ramos-Rey, a UHD graduate with a Master of Arts in Teaching degree (2010) and a Bachelor of Science in Professional Writing degree (1999), participated on a panel discussion at the Celebrating Educational Opportunities for Students of All Cultures Conference April 29 - 30 at the Eldorado Hotel in Santa Fe, N.M., as part of the collaborative effort of the Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas school board associations.


Ramos-Rey shared her struggles in school after she was diagnosed at age 14 with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system. During her chemotherapy and radiation treatments she transferred to Houston's Jefferson Davis High School where she received the support of her principal, teachers and family to successfully earn her high school diploma. While at Jeff Davis, she attended two Jesse Jones Academic Institutes during the summer at UHD. She subsequently enrolled at UHD with a Tenneco Scholarship which UHD matched.


UHD Associate Professor of Urban Education Viola M. Garcia invited Ramos-Rey to share her story and the insights she gained from her experiences at the conference. Ramos-Rey is now a 4th grade English as a Second Language teacher at North Shore Elementary School in the Galena Park Independent School District. Her principal recently notified her that she will present her MAT research on staff development to principals and administrators in Galena Park ISD when school resumes in August.


The Saturday keynote address was given by Pedro Noguera, a professor at New York University and executive director of the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. His scholarship and research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions in the United States, the Caribbean, Latin America and throughout the world. His message of pursuing equity and excellence is geared toward districts that serve a diverse population.


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UHD auxiliary service providers announce summer hours  


Please note the following summer hours of operation for the University of Houston Downtown Auxiliary Service Providers. (Note: The list includes a correction to the hours.)


ARAMARK Food Services:

  • GrilleWorks - Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Salad Garden - Monday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Chick-fil-A - Monday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Taco Bell - Monday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Starbucks - Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Shea Street Café - Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

University Bookstore:


First Week of Classes, Summer I and III,  June 6 - June 10, July 11 - July 15:

  • Monday/Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday/Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Friday/Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  

After First Week of Classes:

  • Monday/Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday/Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

University Copy Center will open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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UHD graduate, boxer Juan Diaz abandons title comeback for law school  


UHD graduate and former world boxing title holder Juan Diaz has called off a comeback bid to attend law school, according to a report on


Diaz was scheduled to fight in July on ESPN2s "Friday Night Fights," but he apparently has been accepted by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Law School which prompted him to withdraw from the bout. The original report is available here.


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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


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


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





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
Berthelot receives grant to present research in Japan
Sports and Fitness offers personal trainers this summer
Dr. Dressman assumes new role, title
Work/Life Resource Program offers auto and home insurance
UHD team receives award at Impact a Hero event
Graduate participates at school board association conference
UHD auxiliary service providers announce summer hours
UHD graduate, boxer gives up comeback for law school
IT training schedule
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