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May 17, 2010
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UHD's 48th Commencement at 6 p.m. at Minute Maid Park.

Faculty invited to IT Training Lunch & Learn on StudyMate today.

UHD ranks 33rd nationally for graduating Hispanics with bachelor's degrees.

Testing of fire protection systems begins today and continues through
May 28.

Commerce Street Building elevator project starts today through May 28.

UHD's 48th  Commencement this evening at 6 p.m. in Minute Maid Park

I Made It commencement

An estimated 1,052 UHD undergraduate and graduate students will be candidates to receive their degrees in a 6 p.m. ceremony this evening at Minute Maid Park.

A 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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IT Training invites UHD faculty to Lunch & Learn on StudyMate today
StudyMate Lunch & LearnFaculty 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. today 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 ranks 33rd in nation for graduating Hispanics with bachelor's degrees

UHD ranks 33rd in the nation for graduating Hispanic students with bachelor's degrees, according to an annual study released  by Hispanic Outlook Magazine.

Some 729 Hispanic students earned bachelor's degrees at UHD in 2009, putting UHD in  the Top 100 nationally. The study uses data from the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics.

UHD is one of 400 federally designated Hispanic Serving Institutions in the country.

Florida International University earned top honors in the study with 3,555 Hispanic graduates in 2009.

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Reminder of fire protection system testing starting today through May 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 today 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:
Chris McCall
Assistant V.P. - Facilities
Facilities Management Department
University  of  Houston - Downtown

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Commerce Street Building elevator project starts today through May 28

UHD Facilities Management will perform modifications to elevator 53, which serves the south portion of the Commerce Street Building, starting  today 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 Facilities Management thanks the UHD community and Commerce Street Building visitors for their cooperation during the project.

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Shea Street Building atrium entrance  closed for work through May 24

Facilities Management closed  the Shea Street Building atrium entrance over the weekend until 7 a.m. Monday, May 24,  to relocate fire systems in the atrium ceiling for the summer installation of art work.

Access to the building can be gained by the parking garage elevators or the north entry stairs on Main Street and Naylor.

In addition to the entrance, other closed areas of the Shea Street Building include:
  • The 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 building leading from the 4th floor College of Business offices to the atrium 1st floor also will be closed.
Questions about the closures can be directed to Kimberly Morisak, director of contracted services for Facilities Management, at  713-221-8518 or

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UHD Sports & Fitness Awards Banquet to celebrate student athletes on May 21

Register 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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UHD's Lucy Bowen gets U.S. citizenship

Lucy BowenUHD'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 a May 13 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 Awards 2010

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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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 further selections. 
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 at

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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:
  •   Summer 2010
      The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, produced in
      conjunction with UHD's new summer theatre company, "The
      Landing Theatre." Dates: June 25 to July 11
  •   Fall 2010
      A full student production of David Mamet's Oleanna.
      Dates:  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
      English/Spanish language 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
Topping off the theatre's academic year will be the Drama Trip to London from May 14 to 24, 2011.
Make plans to attend the major productions and the student presentations. 
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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 713-226-5594.

Register here for the semester's final "Closing the Loop" session.

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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 ( so 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
Here is just a partial list of potential employers  to share with students:

Allied Integrated Marketing - Marketing Intern  
ARES Corporation -
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
    Program Intern
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
          10 to 11 a.m. - Blackboard: Gradebook Setup
          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
           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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In this issue
Today at UHD
Spring Commencement at 6 p.m. at Minute Maid
IT invites faculty to StudyMate Lunch & Learn today
UHD ranks 33rd nationally for graduating Hispanics with bachelor's degrees
Facilities Management will test fire protection systems starting today
Commerce Street elevator project begins today
Stories from previous Skylines
Shea Street atrium closed through May 24
Sports & Fitness Banquet tickets on sale
UHD's Bowen gets official U.S. citizenship
Staff Council's top three award winners
ESO to resurvey veterans and racial/ethnic codes
2010-2011 UHD Theatre schedule announced
Academic Assessment will host 'Closing the Loop'
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