A&F S.P.I.R.I.T. Newsletter May 2019: Celebrating the S.P.I.R.I.T. of Diversity & Inclusion
05/31/2019, 01:00:01 PM
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  May 2019

A&F Division Celebrates S.P.I.R.I.T. of Diversity & Inclusion

Celebrating the graduation of more than 6,100 Cougars earlier this month as part of Spring 2019 Commencement ceremonies, as well as an estimated 10,000+ degrees throughout the UH System, we are reminded of the tremendous collective diversity of our newly conferred graduates that are a true reflection of the diversity within our campus community culture and service offerings throughout the Division of Administration & Finance.

From the newly launched "Generations on the Rise" series by Houston Public Media in tandem with Houston First paying tribute to the diversity in our region to the inaugural A&F Student Ambassador program to the UH System’s first-of-its-kind Temporary Public Art Program debut, be sure to check out these stories within this month’s issues and send me your highlights as you continue to inspire, engage and innovate across the Division and beyond.

Best regards,

Jim McShan
Senior Vice Chancellor and
Senior Vice President


Houston Public Media Highlights City's
Diversity with Monthly Video Series

In partnership with Houston First, the achievements and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the greater Houston region are celebrated this month through Generations on the Rise, which shines the spotlight on Houstonians Melanie Pang and Kirby Liu.

Follett Higher Education Group to Manage
UH System Campus Bookstore Locations

The University of Houston System Board of Regents has approved the contract, which paves the way for Follett to bring in new affordability options for course materials, fresh merchandise, and integrated online services and learning materials for students.

Equal Opportunity Services Launches
Social Media Presence to Foster Engagement

EOS encourages the UH community to ask questions about its Title IX and anti-discrimination policies, and one way to do that is through Twitter (@UH_EOS). UH is a community that cares, and that begins with learning how to support each other and seek help.

UH Dining Services Celebrates Diversity
and Inclusion Week By Spreading Awareness

Each day of the week had a different topic and activity for spreading awareness and encouraging dining associates at the numerous residential and retail dining locations across campus to work together to build a stronger bond of inclusion.

Office of Emergency Management Offers
Tips as Hurricane Season Fast Approaches

With the storm season officially beginning June 1, the University of Houston Office of Emergency Management wants everyone to be ready in case a major storm strikes the Houston-Galveston area. Its website is full of valuable tips and information that is beneficial to all.

Facilities Services, UHPD Work Together
to Remove Abandoned Bicycles from Racks

When the spring semester came to a close, many bicycles were left behind at the various racks located across campus. They will be tagged, collected and eventually disposed of or donated -- depending on their condition -- if they go unclaimed by their owners.

UHPD Teams Up with Campus Partners
for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

The University of Houston Police Department partnered with the Student Health Pharmacy, UH Wellness, Student Government Association and College of Pharmacy Student Organizations to allow people to drop off their unused and expired medication April 26 in the Student Center South’s circle drive.

Nearly 9,000 Pounds of Textiles Collected
for Recycling from Students Moving Out

The Office of Sustainability worked with Student Housing and Residential Life to allow Green City Recycler to place donation pods in the lobby areas of all the on-campus residential communities as students moved out. As a result, 8,960 pounds of used clothing, books and other textiles were collected.

Facilities Playing Key Role in Restoration
of Graduate College of Social Work Mural

Project manager Allison Wright will lead the effort to bring new life to "Pulling Together," which was created two decades ago by artist Reginald Adams. There are two possibilities that could happen. One is a fundraising effort to renovate the mural. The other is to replace it.

Talent Acquisition Team Partners with UH
Departments, Outside Groups to Host Job Fairs

The Human Resources Talent Acquisition Team partners with UH departments and community resources to host job fairs throughout the year.  These fairs are held at a variety of locations in Houston in an effort to attract the best and brightest applicants. 

Student Ambassador Program Promotes
Engagement, Connectivity Across Campus

The A&F Division is seeking students who are innovative, motivated, diverse and a true representation of the UH student population. All undergraduate students are eligible to apply and be afforded the chance to work with senior leadership and various departments within the division.

Human Resources Kicks Off its New Learning
and Development Program for Staff

The May 13 Staff Focus event hosted by Staff Council was the perfect opportunity to kick off Catalyst, Human Resources' new learning and development program.  Executive Director of HR Services Connie Kemp and Talent Management Manager Ruth Wheat shared the vision and the details for the program.


Architectural Digest Includes 'Houston Mobius'
in List of 10 Free Public Art Pieces to Visit

The Public Art of the University of Houston System's first piece in its temporary public art program, "Houston Mobius," which is being installed this summer, was featured in the national magazine's article about public art pieces it has included in its bucket list to visit.

University of Houston Police Officers
Take Time to Read To Young Children

UHPD visited classes at the on-campus Children's Learning Centers last month to read to boys and girls as part of Week of the Young Child, which focuses public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.


University's Cougar Card Featured in Latest
NACCU Card Tech Program Highlight Report

The NACCU Technology Research Committee's latest Card Tech Program Highlight Report features the Cougar Card program at UH. The reports highlight various campuses, offering details about technical aspects of their card programs, as well as services, challenges and long-term goals. 

A&F S.P.I.R.I.T. Newsletter Named
a Finalist for 2019 PRSA Excalibur Award

The monthly publication, which launched during the fall semester, is being recognized as one of the top entries in the newsletter category. PRSA Houston’s Excalibur Awards honor outstanding public relations professionals, programs and tactics in the Houston area.

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