A Publication of UHD Public AffairsMay 14, 2010
Today at UHD.....
Deadline tonight to participate in new
name advisory straw poll.
Shea Street Building atrium entrance will close at 7 p.m. until May 24.
Midnight Theatre Company has first play this evening.
Deadline tonight to take UHD's Advisory Straw Poll on proposed new names
UHD faculty, staff and students have until 11:30 p.m. tonight to participate in an online advisory straw poll on the two proposed
new names for the University of Houston-Downtown -- City University and Houston City University.
Participants are asked to identify themselves as students, faculty, staff or alumni, and each person can complete one questionnaire. You can access the Web site directly at this link:
You can also reach the Web site via a Name Change Straw Poll icon in the upper left corner of the e-services page at this link:
Participants are also invited to visit the Web sites of other universities to see how they've taken advantage of their "City" names and locations.
Alumni will have until 11:30 p.m. Friday, May 21, to give them time to receive notification in the current issue of New Horizons.
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Shea Street Building atrium entrance will close this evening through May 24
Management will shut down the Shea Street Building atrium entrance at 7 p.m. this evening until 7 a.m. Monday, May 24, to relocate fire systems in the atrium
ceiling for the summer installation of art work.
to the building can be gained by the parking garage elevators or the
entry stairs on Main Street and Naylor.
In addition to the entrance, other closed areas of the Shea Street Building include:
Questions about the closures can be directed to Kimberly Morisak, director of
contracted services for Facilities
Management, at 713-221-8518 or Morisak@uhd.edu.
open stairs in the Shea Street Building atrium and the building main entry
doors near the guard station will be shut down.
- The open stairs on the south side of the
leading from the 4th floor College of Business offices to the atrium 1st floor also will be closed.
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UHD Commencement set for 6 p.m. May 17 in Minute Maid Park
An estimated 1,052 UHD undergraduate and graduate students will be candidates to receive their
degrees in a 6 p.m. Monday, May 17, ceremony at Minute Maid Park.
crowd of up to 25,000 family members, friends and visitors is expected
to attend the commencement, which traditionally attracts several
spectators per graduate, all of whom want to be part of what is
frequently the family's first university commencement ceremony. Click on the news release to read about this year's commencement speaker.
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UHD alums, students launch The Midnight Theatre Company; first play this evening at Midtown Art CenterThe new Midnight Theatre Company, founded by several UHD alumni and students, will launch its first performance at 8 p.m. this evening at the Midtown Art Center, 3414 La Branch.
"Case No. 105," a one-man adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven, stars UHD history major Christian Briones - shown rehearsing below - who also is general manager of Midnight Theatre. The play is written by Theatre founder and Artistic Director Jimmy G. Mai, a 2008 UHD graduate who majored in English and minored in theater.
The play also will run at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 15, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 16. In addition to the featured performance, company manager Tara Siewrattan will introduce a debut of her sketch comedy group "The Lonely Hearts Comedy Club." Siewrattan received her bachelor's in communications from UHD in 2009.
UHD alum Christopher R. Vara, who earned his bachelor's in humanities from UHD in 2004, will be directing future plays. Midnight Theatre's director of communications, Marylu Rodriguez, attended UHD for two years then transferred to the University of Houston and earned a bachelor's in communications in 2009. The Theatre's support team includes UHD student Amanda San Miguel, who works on sound production, and 2004 UHD graduate Tudon Martinez, who works on sound design.
Presale tickets for MIdnight Theatre's first play are $10 apiece and $12 at the door. Visitors who show student IDs get a $2 discount (valid for presale and at the door). The first 100 presale ticket-buyers will receive a free beverage at the show.
For more information on The Midnight Theatre, visit the company's Wordpress Blog
and its Facebook Fan page
. To see the Theatre's opening schedule, click on the flier
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UHD's Lucy Bowen gets U.S. citizenship
UHD's Lucy Bowen, web developer and publication specialist with the Office of Academic Affairs & Provost, joined 1,700 people from 119 countries this week in Houston to receive her official U.S. citizenship.
Born in England, Bowen now has dual citizenship. The Provost's office recognized Bowen with an afternoon party, complete with red, white and blue decorations and a cake.
Bowen holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Texas A&M and a bachelor's degree in photography from Sam Houston State. In 2008, Bowen won Staff Council's Most Distinguished Merit Award for her work to develop and maintain Web pages for UHD's Distance Education program.
Staff Council's 2010 top award winners
Staff Council handed out its top staff awards for Spring
2010 in a May 7 ceremony in the Special Events Room. The top winners are,
from left, Heather Davis, winner of the Professional Staff Excellence Award.
Davis is department business administrator II in the Department of Natural
Sciences; UHD Police Officer Ricardo Reyna, winner of the President's Choice
Award and also recipient of the 15-year service award; and Cindy Evans, winner
of the Office & Clerical Staff Excellence Award. Evans is administrative
assistant II in the Department of Natural Sciences.
Staff Fun Awards included: Rookie of the Year, Bobbie
Horack; Whistle While You Work, Myrtie Groves; Going the Extra Mile, Kathy
Painter; Best Boss, LaTasha Goudeau; and Rising Star, Patricia Santos.
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IT Training invites UHD faculty to May 17
Lunch & Learn on StudyMateFaculty members interested in learning how to use StudyMate features with Blackboard Vista courses are invited to a Lunch & Learn session from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, May 17, in the TTLC training lab (A723).
The tools are fun and simple. For example, pre-existing test questions can be used to create flash cards, quiz games, puzzles and more to help students study better and improve their academic performances.
Click here to reserve a spot. Click on the above flier for a better view of the details.
UHD's Cervenka and Newsum key creators in United Nations art exhibitTwo UHD artists and professors help form the creative backbone of a United Nations art exhibit in New York City's Bohemian National
Hall exploring how toxic chemicals and consumer waste affect the human
body and the natural world.
Mark Cervenka, left, director of UHD's
O'Kane Gallery and associate professor here, is curator of the
international exhibit entitled "Substantialis Corporis Mixti," or
Substantial Form of the Blended Body. He selected artists from around
the world to participate, including his colleague Floyd Newsum, right, UHD
professor and artist. The exhibit started May 7 and runs through today. Please see the attached news release for the full story and a photograph of Newsum's creation.
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ESO to Resurvey Veterans and Racial/Ethnic Codes for
all Faculty and Staff to comply with new requirements In response to a recent U.S.
Department of Education posting to the Federal Register, UHD is changing the way it
collects racial and ethnic data from faculty and staff and asks that they update information via P.A.S.S. (People Advantage Self Service) by Friday, May 28.
The U.S. Department of Education requires
annual reports from higher education institutions on their racial and ethnic
constituencies through the Integrated Postsecondary Education System (IPEDS). To comply with these new requirements, employees and faculty are invited to review and update their ethnic/racial background records by logging into P.A.S.S.
ESO also requests that veterans employed by UHD review and update their current veteran status, if applicable, in P.A.S.S. as these
codes have also changed.
Once logged into P.A.S.S, please
select Personal Information, then Ethnicity. Answer the question(s) and select that the
information is verified as correct.
To update veteran status, select Veteran Status and review current
status. If the status is not correct,
select Edit Veteran Status. Select one of the five options. Some options may have other pop-ups for
Returning users to P.A.S.S. can click here to log on and enter their employee ID and password.
New users to P.A.S.S should make sure that they have their Employee
ID (commonly referred to as "Empl ID," this number may be found on paycheck
stubs or PARs), date of birth (mmddyyyy) and the last four digits of their
social security number.
Password: Select "Forgot
your Password" the first time you log in and follow the instructions to
have a new password emailed to you. Logon
with the e-mailed password. After the initial log in, the system will require
users to change the password. Your password must be at least 10
characters and contain one digit.
Should you have any difficulties logging into P.A.S.S., please review P.A.S.S. instructions by clicking on
PASS Slide Show on the P.A.S.S. Web site or contact Linda Biddle
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Theatre group sets schedule of plays for upcoming semesters
We can plan on drama in our lives in upcoming months as the University Theatre Drama group announced its play schedule for the 2010-2011 seasons at the O'Kane Theatre.
The schedule includes the following great works:
Topping off the theatre's academic year will be the Drama
Trip to London from May 14 to 24, 2011.
- Summer 2010
The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, produced in
conjunction with UHD's new summer theatre company, "The
Dates: June 25 to July 11
- Fall 2010
A full student production of David Mamet's Oleanna.
Aug. 26 to 29
The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman.
Dates: Oct. 29 to Nov. 6
Fifteen student-directed One-Act Plays. Dates: Nov. 19 to 22
A SIP's (Student-Initiated Project) production of an
play, La Seņora Martin.
Dates: Dec. 2 to 4
- Spring 2011
You Can't Take It With You by Moss Hart and George S.
Kaufman. Dates: April 1 to 9
Make plans to attend the major productions and the
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UHD Sports & Fitness Awards Banquet to celebrate student athletes on May 21Register now for the 14th Annual Sports & Fitness Awards Banquet scheduled for 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 21, in UHD's Special Events Center. Tickets can be purchased at the Student Life Center for $10 apiece.
The annual event includes a dinner and celebration for UHD athletes who participate in UHD's numerous sports programs. An after-party is scheduled at Bamboo. Remember, no tickets are available at the door, so please purchase them early. A banquet flier is available here.
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Commerce Street Building elevator project scheduled for May 17-28
UHD Facilities Management will perform
modifications to elevator 53, which serves the south portion of the Commerce
Street Building, starting May 17 and running through May 28.
No access to elevator 53 will be available during the work. The two passenger elevators located in the front of the
Commerce Street Building will operate normally and won't be affected
by this project.
Once the modifications are complete, elevator 53 will have an additional set of doors on the first floor to make the Commerce Street Building more convenient and accessible. The new
elevator doors will be located on the first floor adjacent to the stairs and
student study area in the south end of the building.
Questions should be addressed to Eric Reimer at 713-221-8234 or email@example.com. Facilities Management thanks the UHD community and Commerce Street Building visitors for their cooperation during the project.
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Facilities Management will test fire protection systems May 17-28
Facilities Management will perform semi-annual testing and
maintenance of the campus fire detection / notification / suppression systems
(and related elevator fire service re-call, air handler shut-downs, fire-door
hold-open devices and stair pressurization controls) beginning May 17 through May 28. All campus buildings will be addressed during this period.
Due to the size of the systems, the contractors involved and the
cost of the labor required to do the work, this testing must be performed
during normal business hours. Please consider this an opportunity for the
university community to become familiar with these fire and life safety systems
and the campus emergency public address system.
An announcement will be made over the PA system prior to the
alarms being sounded to inform the occupants of the test. The alarms and strobe
lights will then be engaged briefly and certified by the technicians. An
announcement will be made after the conclusion of each segment of the audible
and visual alarm testing.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Questions can be sent to:
Assistant V.P. - Facilities
Facilities Management Department
University of Houston - Downtown
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Academic Assessment will offer 'Closing the Loop' session May 18 Academic Assessment plans one remaining "Closing the Loop" session this semester from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 18, in N-1099.
These sessions are open to faculty, department assessment coordinators, deans and department chairs.
For questions or to schedule individual sessions, please call
Register here for the semester's final "Closing the Loop" session.
Summer a good time to use data and help from UHD's Career Services
Summer is the perfect time to encourage students to use Career
Services. The office can help with career counseling, finding a job or
internship, reviewing resumes and interview coaching. Encourage
students to register with jobs4gators
they will be kept informed of workshop dates, employer visitations and the nearly 200 employment and internship opportunities available in the Career Services database.
Faculty members who would like access to jobs4gators may contact Career Services at 713-221-8980 or UHDCareer@uhd.edu.
Here is just a partial list of potential employers to share with students:
Allied Integrated Marketing - Marketing Intern
ARES Corporation - Engineer
Barbara Bush Library - Summer Internship
CMT Creative Marketing - Web Development
Corporate Collaborations - Senior Specialist, Controls & Policies
Council for Environmental Education - Summer Intern
Cram Crew - Verbal Tutor/Passionate Writer/Mentor
Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney's Office - Student Aide Clerk
Dominos Pizza (Corporate, not Sales) - Upper Management Paid
Environmental Protection Agency - Auditor, GS-0511-12
Ergos Technology - IT Internship
Farmers Insurance - Lara Agency - Customer Service Representative
First Congregational Church of Houston - Director of Christian
Goodman Manufacturing Co. - Management Trainee
Houston Area Women's Center - Residential Mentor (bilingual);
Summer Children & Youth Facilitator
Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston - Volunteers (possible field
Judy Dougherty for Judge Campaign - Internship
Mandola's Warehouse - General Retail
McConnell Jones Lanier & Murphy LLP - Entry Level Staff Auditor
Merisol USA LLC - Help Desk Support Specialist
Missouri City Municipal Court - Internship
North Star Consultants of Texas - Financial Advisor
Pineywoods Community Academy - Secondary Teacher
Texas Campus Compact - Internship/Scholarship
Texas Department of Banking - Financial Examiner V
The Black Town Movement Project - Summer Internship
Universities Space Research Association - Career Exploration
Univision Radio - Account Executive (and many others)
Wealth Design Group - Field Representative
Workforce Solutions - various summer jobs
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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 Learning Management
Monday, May 17
10 to 11 a.m. - Blackboard: Gradebook Setup
Monday, May 17
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - StudyMate: Lunch & Learn
Wednesday, May 19
2 to 3 p.m. - Blackboard: Gradebook Setup
Thursday, May 20
9 to 11 a.m. - Blackboard: Open Lab
10 to 11 a.m. - MS Visio: Charts
Tuesday, May 18
1 to 2:30 p.m. - Photoshop: Photo Retouching
Friday, May 21
10 to 11:30 a.m. - Excel: Formulas
See all current IT training available
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