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July 21, 2011

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After polling UHD faculty and staff and gathering valuable insight from readers, we have redesigned Skyline News and you will see it starting Monday, July 25. The new format includes twice-weekly emails that offer readers a one-page snapshot of recent news and events through informative headlines and pictures.


These headlines click-through to the newly created UHD blog that's searchable, RSS feed enabled and chock-full of concise, lively content. Each story will be designated for one or more of the following categories for easier browsing: This Week at UHD, Sports & Fitness, Campus & Community and Academics & Research.


To have a story considered for the new Skyline, simply send the information (details, date, contact info and relevant photos) to Public Affairs via Items may be edited for content and space.


We hope you use and enjoy the new Skyline format. Let us know what you think!


Road work

The old Naylor Street, at the bottom, makes way for the new Naylor just above it. Naylor will extend across Main providing access to parking lots west of Main.


Naylor Street closed to through traffic in preparation for closing of Main Street     


Construction crews have closed Naylor Street north of the Shea Street Building to through traffic until Aug. 1.


Naylor Street is being expanded and reconfigured immediate north of its present location in preparation for the closing of Main Street, which is now scheduled for Aug. 8, said Chris McCall, UHD Assistant Vice President for Facilities Management.


The new Naylor Street will extend across Main Street and provide new access to parking west of Main Street including UHD's Daly Street Lot and Naylor Street Lot as well as the paid parking lot. Students, faculty and staff can still access the Shea Street Garage from North Main Street and from the Vine Street Garage. 


Access to the Shea Street Garage will be unavailable July 28-31 when construction crews extend the garage entrance ramp to connect with the new Naylor Street. Access to the Shea Street Garage will be only through the Vine Street Garage during that time.


Naylor is schedule to reopen to through traffic on Aug. 1.

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Construction is picking up in preparation for closing Main Street now scheduled for Aug. 8.



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Former employee, retiree passes away,

visitation is Friday 


Former UHD employee and retiree, Carolyn Waddles, passed away Saturday, July 16, in Houston after a battle with cancer.


Visitation will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 22, at Christian Home Missionary Baptist Church, 3436 Rosalie Street (at Canfield). Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 23, at New Flower Hill Baptist Church in Smithville, Texas.  


Carolyn was employed at UHD for more than 25 years and worked in different areas including the Social Sciences Department and Personnel Services. Her daughter, Lynette Bonier, is a UHD employee in the Facilities Management Department.


A fund has been established to assist her family with funeral expenses.  Employees wishing to contribute to this fund may contact Elaine Pearson at 713-221-8273 or


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LGBT SafeZone Program schedules training session for July 28   


The UHD SafeZone Program will have a training session for interested faculty and staff at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 28, in room N-420, the Library Events Room.


The SafeZone Program is designed to provide support to Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender (LGBT) students and their allies in confronting ignorance, hatred, and apathy related to LGBT issues and to provide a safe environment to those students, faculty, and staff who do not wish to remain "in the closet."


Faculty and staff who complete the SafeZone training receive a UHD SafeZone sticker they can display on their office door or in their work area.  The UHD SafeZone sticker indicates that those individuals are "safe" to talk to for confidential support, information and resources.


Anyone interested in attending the training session should contact John Hudson, assistant professor, by email at or by phone at ext. 7902.


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UHD Cycling Club schedules information meetings for potential members     


The UHD Cycling Club will have information meetings at 2:15 and 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, in room A-420 in the Academic Building for anyone interested in joining the group and learning more about cycling.


The club is open to students, alumni, faculty and staff. The club welcomes all experience levels from new riders to long-distance veterans. Club members participate in a number of rides throughout the year, including the MS 150 from Houston to Austin. As club members point out, they do indeed "wear nifty UHD jerseys."


For more information about cycling at UHD, contact Mercedes Gonzales at 713-221-8427 or


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ERS annual benefits summer enrollment period continues through Aug. 5      


The Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS) has designated July 11 through Aug. 5 as this year's annual benefits summer enrollment period.  


Summer enrollment is the annual opportunity window for employees to make changes in their group insurance coverage.  To review your current coverage and/or submit summer enrollment changes, please contact Betty Powell at 713-221-8072 or You may also contact ERS' Annual Enrollment Hotline at 866-399-6908.


In addition, this year, Annual Enrollment is an open enrollment.  This means you and your eligible dependents can enroll in an HMO or HealthSelectSM of Texas with no evidence of insurability (EOI) required.


One "Get the Scoop" information session remains and it is from 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, in room N-420, the Library Events Room, One Main Building


 These sessions are conducted by ESO to discuss benefits eligibility, as well as changes to the group insurance and retirement programs for the upcoming academic year.  In addition, representatives from Aflac and MetLife will be present to discuss the optional benefits program available through payroll deduction to University of Houston System employees. The last session will be  


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Stories from previous Skylines

The Landing Theatre Company presents Mamet's 'American Buffalo' Aug. 5-28      


The Landing Theatre Company's summer 2011 production will be David Mamet's play,"American Buffalo," opening Friday, Aug. 5, and running through Sunday, Aug. 28, in the O'Kane Theatre.


Preview performances begin Wednesday, Aug. 3. Winner of the 1976 Obie Award for Best Play and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the play remains a relevant commentary on current economic times in America. In an urban junk shop, among piles of discarded items, three discarded people seek new life from plotting the robbery of a valuable coin. The men's search is at the core of the American dream, but soon issues of betrayal and trust explode as the plan unravels.


Kevin Holden directs a cast, which includes Steve Irish, Matt Hune and Drake Simpson. The production also features scenic design by Frank Vela, costume design by Pat Covington, lighting by Jerome Choate and sound by Jasmine Zapeda. 


Tickets to "American Buffalo" are $20, and are available for purchase online at or in person prior to performance at the O'Kane Theatre inside the UHD's One Main building. The Aug. 3-4 Preview performances are $15. Student rates are $5. As a special offer, theatre supporters who buy a pair of tickets will receive a $10 gift certificate to Birraporetti'sItalian restaurant and Irish pub.  


The Landing Theatre Company is a professional company in residence at UHD. The Company offers an annual summer festival of plays devoted to American playwriting and stories about the American experience. The company began in 2010 with its inaugural production of Tennessee Williams' masterpiece, The Glass Menagerie, directed by Artistic Director, David Rainey.


"American Buffalo" is one of two offerings this summer. On Aug. 13-14, the company will present staged readings of "Rushing Roulette," a new play by A. Xandréa Shane. 


For more information about The Landing Theatre Company, visit or contact Christina Martinez or Lauren Gayden at


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College of Public Service offers online Master of Science in Criminal Justice    


The University of Houston-Downtown's College of Public Service will offer a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice entirely online for the first time starting in the Spring semester 2012.


UHD's Department of Criminal Justice in the College of Public Service now offers a master's degree through regular face-to-face evening classes. Faculty and staff have been planning the online initiative for a year and a half. The deadline for admission to the online degree program is Nov. 1. More information 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, July 25  

10-11 a.m. - Bb Vista: Assessments

Tuesday, July 26   

2-3 p.m. - Useful Classroom Gadgets

Wednesday, July 27    

3-4 p.m. - Customizing Your Blackboard Course

Thursday, July 28  

10-11 a.m.- Bb Vista: Grade book Setup


Blackboard Learn


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

Tuesday, July 26 

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

Thursday, July 28    

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

Friday, July 29 

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




2-3 p.m. - SurveyMonkey



Friday, July 22 

10-11 a.m. - Photoshop: Photo Retouching


See all current IT training available



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In this issue
Naylor Street closed to through traffic
Former employee passes away
SafeZone schedules training session
Cycling Club offers information meetings
ERS annual benefits summer enrollment period continues to Aug. 5
The Landing Theatre Company announces summer productions
College of Public Service offers online MSCJ
IT training schedule
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