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UH Open Forum

November 30, 2009

All students are invited to attend an open forum Thursday at 1 p.m. in the Bayou City Room of the UC hosted by the Food Services Advisory Committee.


During the first 20 minutes students will be able to give input about campus dining facilities, food options, hours, and any other food related feedback.


Those unable to attend may email their feedback to Jonas Chin at


Mildred Scott


Campus Newswire


Runoff Election

November 30, 2009

Early voting for the Runoff Election begins Monday Nov. 30. and will continue through Dec. 8 with the regular election day being Saturday Dec. 12.


Significant positions still up for grabs are that of the mayor and the city controller.


For more information and early voting locations visit the County Clerk’s voter information website at


Mildred Scott


Campus Newswire

President Khator’s Fall Address Rescheduled to Wednesday, November 11

November 6, 2009

As an expression of our respect for our Former Regent and UH Alumnus John O’Quinn, whose memorial service is scheduled the same morning as the president’s Fall Address, this is being rescheduled to Wednesday, November 11 at 10 a.m. in the Moores Opera House.


Nov. 4 last day for students to drop classes

October 31, 2009

Gentle reminder of the FA09 drop with a W deadline: November 4

If you teach undergraduates please take note that the Undergraduate Drop Course policy and drop procedures have changed effective this term, fall 2009.

What’s different this term?

1. Student initiated drops and withdrawals are transacted online through the student’s PeopleSoft student account:
. no manual form
. no instructor signature required
. no line outside your office on November 4

2. If a student requests to drop after the deadline, these may only be granted for “rare, urgent, substantiated, nonacademic reasons” . Such cases should now be referred to Academic Program Management (APM) for decision. These do NOT include requests such as “missed the deadline”, “don’t like my grade”, or “they said they would drop me.”

. there is a deadline, 90 days (calendar days) from posting of grade
. while the decision is pending, instructor to assign grade other than incomplete
. referrals/requests for Ws past the deadline through APM are only for situations of medical/personal emergency

see item #3 of the Undergraduate Drop Course policy:
“After the last day for dropping courses, undergraduate students may be dropped from a course with a W, only for rare, urgent, substantiated, nonacademic reasons. Students wishing to initiate such actions must submit the request in writing to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs (or designated representative) with accompanying documentation. Students have 90 days after the posting of a grade to initiate this action. Until a decision on this request has been made, the instructor should assign whatever grade is appropriate other than an Incomplete. The review procedure will be the same as that applied for consideration of medical and administrative withdrawals. The student and instructor will be notified in writing of the final decision.”

Reference Links:
Undergraduate Catalog – Policy on Dropping Courses:
Student Drop/Withdrawal Info page:

Hope this helps ease the process for you and your students.

Heidi Kennedy, Ph.D.
Director, Academic Program Management


E.L. Doctorow will be reading Monday night

October 17, 2009

Novelist E.L. Doctorow (best known for Ragtime, Billy Bathgate, The March, The Book of Daniel, and many more books) will be reading from his most recent novel, Homer & Langley, this Monday evening, 10/19, at the Alley Theatre at 7:30. UH fiction professor Alex Parsons will also be doing an onstage interview/Q&A with Doctorow as well.

For more info, simply follow the link below:

Regarding tickets, they can be ordered in advance for $5, though free rush tickets are usually available to students the night of the reading, though this can depend from night to night (you might recall the Joseph O’Neill/Marilynne Robinson reading last month was sold out…)

Sasha Schwendenwein

Student Program Board Meeting

October 17, 2009

Attached is a press release for the SPB General Membership Meeting. Please forward to anyone who might be interested.

SPB General Membership Meeting

October 20th at 6:00 p.m. in Agnes Arnold 10

Join SPB for BRING A FRIEND NIGHT! There will be free food, give-aways, prizes for buddies that win “How Well Do You Know Your Friend”, and a speaker talking about the “Art of Mingle”. See you there!

Matthew Keever

Campus Events

October 17, 2009

UH TODAY HEADLINES is a digest of the site.
UH Materials Expert Becomes World Class University Professor
Alex Ignatiev, director of UH’s Center for Advanced Materials, has been
chosen for the position of World Class University Professor by the
Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea.
For the complete story, visit .

With a nationally ranked football team and UH surpassing $110 million
in research awards, Cougars have much to be proud of. Cougar pride will
be on full display as the campus community joins alumni in celebrating
homecoming 2009, which runs Oct. 17 – 26.
For the complete story, visit .

Dr. Howard Dean, former Vermont governor, will join several UH professors
in a panel discussion on healthcare reform. The Honors College and the
sociology department are sponsoring the free event, which takes place from
3–5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 20 at M.D. Anderson Library, Rockwell Pavilion.
A book signing and reception will follow.

For a list of additional events, visit .

To submit information about campus events, visit .

Free Cougar Ringtone Now Available
Faculty and staff can show their Cougar pride by downloading the new
“Cougar Growl” ringtone. This free ringtone is the same sound you hear
each time the UH football team makes a first down. The ringtone is
available in two formats—the popular mp3 version and a version
that will work on your iphone. You can find both versions at .