Fall 2008 - Summer 2009
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Bruce Religion Center Office
University of Houston
Houston, Texas 77204-3050
The Student Publications Committee exercises general supervision over The Daily Cougar, The Houstonian, the Student, Staff and Faculty Directory, and Transitions, the annual student magazine.
According to policy adopted by this committee, yearbooks will be held for one calendar year after the date of purchase.
The Department of Campus Recreation provides sports, fitness, recreation, and other wellness related activities on campus for students, alumni, faculty, and staff.
Participation in Campus Recreation activities provides an outlet for students, faculty, and staff to clear their mind, stay in shape, and recharge their spirit. The UH Department of Campus Recreation has many activities to choose from.
Intramural Sports provide an opportunity for students to participate in over 26 different competitive activities. Events for men, women, and co-ed competition are available.
Sport Clubs offer students the opportunity to compete in various sports activities at local, regional, and national levels. Limited funding is available to help cover equipment, uniform, and travel expenses.
Group Exercise classes include aerobics, yoga, cycling, dance, and much more. Personal training and fitness assessments are offered for a minimal fee.
Outdoor Adventure offers indoor climbing, equipment rental, group facilitation, and organized outdoor trips.
Personal training and physical assessments are available services.
Aquatics and Safety offer various learn-to-swim programs as well as First Aid/CPR certification. Lifeguard Training, SCUBA certification, and various trips are also offered.
The Campus Recreation and Wellness Center (CRWC) is located on the corner of University Drive and Calhoun Street. This 264,000 square foot facility features:
During the academic semesters the facility is open over 100 hours a week. Reduced hours are offered during semester breaks and university holidays.
For more information stop by the CRWC Welcome Desk on the first floor or call 713-743-PLAY.
To reach the department administrative offices stop by Room 2000 in the CRWC or call 713-743-9500.
Visit our Web site at www.uh.edu/recreation for more detailed information on hours, programs, and services.
See also: UH Wellness (LAS) information.
The University of Houston offers a full range of housing options for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.
Campus housing is managed as an integral part of a student’s education experience. It is conveniently located and offers many amenities that complement a busy schedule. Room and Board Housing Agreements are available for the academic year, spring only, and summer time periods. Assignments are made based on availability of request, and placement is finalized based on date the completed agreement and initial payment is received.
The Quadrangle, Moody Towers, and Cougar Place facilities include utilities, air-conditioning, carpeting, and furnishings. Each is complete with Ethernet, cable, and a phone jack (students must provide their own computer, television, and phone instrument). Space is available for immediate occupancy.
Moody Towers and the Quadrangle primarily house undergraduates. Most accommodations are for double occupancy rooms. A limited number of accommodations are available for graduate and professional students. Meal plans are required, and a variety of plans are available.
The Cougar Place facility consists of four hundred (400) single rooms with adjoining baths. It is designated for graduate, professional, and a limited number of undergraduate students. Rooms with kitchenettes are available on a limited basis. Meal plans are optional for Cougar Place residents.
Calhoun Lofts - opening fall 2009! This uptown loft style facility is designed specifically for the graduate and professional student and will consist of nine hundred and eighty - four (984) spaces. The room types include efficiencies, 1 bedroom, and 2 bedroom lofts. The Calhoun Lofts will offer many amenities including high ceilings, granite counters, full kitchens, and state -of - the - art - technology. Look for upcoming information about this new opportunity for graduate and professional students.
The Cambridge Oaks Apartment complex is located at the southeast corner of campus and is a partnership between the university and Century Property. Cambridge Oaks Apartments offers a variety of apartment plans with the convenience of the campus community and access to the public transportation system. Furniture rental is available for the apartments, which are individually metered for utilities. Students living in Cambridge Oaks may participate in any of the campus meal plans.
Cullen Oaks, located on Cullen between Wheeler and Macgregor, is a partnership between the university and American Campus Communities. Cullen Oaks offers a variety of living plans that ensures each student has a private bedroom in a fully furnished apartment. A utilities package is included as part of the rent, while an additional package is available that includes Ethernet, phone, and cable. Computer rooms, TV lounges, and laundry facilities are located conveniently throughout the complex. The complex has parking and the university provides a shuttle service frequently throughout the day.
Bayou Oaks, located on Calhoun, is a partnership between the university and the American Campus Communities. The 486 bed facility is divided between the townhouse designed for the Greek fraternities and sororities, and the apartments much like Cullen Oaks.
Commuters may also elect to join any of the university's convenient meal plans. The plans eliminate the need to carry cash and offer the flexibility to eat anywhere on campus.
For more information about Residential Life & Housing, contact:
| University of Houston
4161 Wheeler, Rm. 105
Houston, TX 77004
Out of town calls (toll free):
FAX Number: 713-743-5998
Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. central standard time
Note: Admission acceptance does not guarantee housing, nor does receipt of a reservation or referral for space in housing guarantee admission to the university.
The Health Center provides treatment of illness and injury for students at a reasonable cost as well as providing health education.
Patients are seen on a walk-in basis; appointments are necessary for specialty clinics which include:
- women's clinic,
- men's clinic,
- orthopedic, and
The Health Center Pharmacy sells prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs at reduced rates. Referrals to medical specialists are available when necessary. Reasonable fees are assessed for lab tests, X-rays, specialty clinic visits, professional services, and surgical procedures.
The Health Center offers 24-hour Attendant Care Services for physically disabled students living on campus. The program is coordinated by an on-site registered nurse. Participating students reside at Cambridge Oaks.
Health awareness programs, first aid, and CPR classes are available through the Health Center. For further information on Health Center services or student health insurance, contact:
Health Center Information Information 713-743-5151 Web Page Address www.uh.edu/admin/hc Attendant Care Services 713-748-8603
Men's Clinic, Dermatology, Orthopedic Clinic
713-743-5141 Psychiatric Clinic 713-743-5149 Women's Clinic 713-743-5131
Hours: Fall and Spring Semesters 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. M,T,Th,F 8:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Wednesday Summer Semesters 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. M,T,Th,F 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Wednesday
Student Health Insurance
Any university student enrolled in at least six semester hours is eligible to enroll in the student health insurance plan.
Enrollment is by the Fall and Spring semesters and can be requested when enrolling (registering) for classes. Students may also enroll on their fee bill in person at the Health Center, Entrance 6, off Wheeler Street.
Note: Insurance for Summer only for new Resident students must be mailed directly to Macori, Inc. Brochures (outlining coverage benefits) and enrollment applications may be picked up at the Health Center. Students are responsible for mailing the applications directly to the insurance company by the deadline.
Student Health Insurance is mandatory for non-immigrant international students and will be automatically charged on their fee bill each semester unless the student provides proof of alternate insurance in the form of a letter from the insurance company or employer, or a copy of their policy.
The proof must show the insured's name, dates of coverage, and at least $50,000 in acceptable medical benefits plus $7,500 for Repatriation and $10,000 in Medical Evacuation Benefits. The valid proof will initiate a waiver of the insurance fee if given to the Health Center prior to fee payment. After fee payment, students must bring their proof to the Health Center by the 20th class day of each Fall, Spring and 12th class day of Summer semesters to receive a waiver of the insurance fee.
U.S. Resident students who want to have insurance added or waived after fee payment must also contact the Health Center by the 20th class day of each Fall, Spring and the 12th class day of Summer semesters.
No waivers will be given after the 20th class day for each Fall and Spring, and the 12th class day of Summer semesters.
For further information or to request a Student Health Insurance Brochure, please call 713-743-5137.
Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic
Diagnostic evaluations and treatment for various types of speech, language, and hearing problems are available to students and others in the Houston area.
Services are provided by graduate clinicians under the direct supervision of faculty and staff certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Discounted fees are offered to UH faculty, staff, students, and their dependents.
The clinic is located in the Clinical Research and Services Building, Cullen Boulevard, Entrance 8, and services may be scheduled by calling 713-743-2898.
College of Optometry Clinics
Vision care services are provided on a fee-for-service basis to the faculty, staff, and students of the entire University of Houston System and the general public. Special reduced fees are available to eligible faculty, staff and all full-time students.
Vision care services include:
- primary vision care
- contact lenses
- vision therapy
- diagnostic and therapeutic medical eye services
- vision rehabilitation
- and pediatric optometry, including visual assessment of infants.
An optical service is available to fill optical prescriptions.
Optometry students perform services under the direct supervision of faculty members.
For appointments and additional information, call 713-743-2020.
The UH-PRSC offers psychological services to University of Houston staff and students, as well as to the general public. The center is staffed by clinical psychology doctoral students and faculty from the Department of Psychology. The UH-PRSC is a training facility offering treatment for:
- personality disorders
- sexual dysfunction
- anger management
- as well as adjustment problems related to sexual abuse, marital discord, divorce, and general life difficulties.
Individual, couple, family, and group treatment approaches are included with emphasis on evidence based psychotherapeutic procedures.
In addition to treatment, the UH-PRSC provides psychological assessment of intellectual, developmental, and personality functions. These services are available to adults, adolescents, and children. Fees for assessment as well as therapy services are based on a sliding scale, thus adjusted for by the client's ability to pay.
There are also several active research projects working out of the UH-PRSC, providing services to the community and working to extend the knowledge base in certain areas of clinical psychology. Among the areas currently studied by active UH-PRSC research teams are Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in children and adolescents, the effect of marital conflict on children, marital discord/domestic violence, depression, anxiety disorders, serious mental illness and community violence. Lastly, UH-PRSC offers Forensic Psychology Services for cases involving family, civil and criminal law.
The UH-PRSC is located in the Clinical Research Services (CRS) Building on Cullen Boulevard, entrance 8. To obtain more information regarding UH-PRSC research projects, please call 713-743-8600.
To make an appointment for clinic services please call 713-743-8609.
Information about Forensic Psychology Services please call 713-743-8615.
Human Development Laboratory School
The Human Development Laboratory (HDL) School is a non-profit early childhood program committed to constructivist education. The Laboratory School serves the academic mission of the university, the Department of Educational Psychology, and the Human Development and Family Studies program in three principal functions: demonstration, training and research.
The goal of the Lab program is to promote a young child's reasoning, autonomous self-regulation, interpersonal understanding and social collaboration (including conflict resolution). HDL teachers foster a feeling of community in which children develop greater self-awareness, empathy for others, new capacities for friendships, and cooperation as a method of relating and resolving conflicts with peers.
The educational philosophy of HDL is derived from research-based theory about child development, especially the works of Piaget, Vygotsky, Dewey, Erikson, Kohlberg, Kamii and DeVries. The lab is committed to the belief that intellectual, social, emotional, and moral development require a physical and psychological environment in which children feel safe, secure in the affections of adults, and free to pursue their active curiosities.
HDL is open to the public year round Monday through Friday with operating hours from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. HDL offers half- and full-day programs. Snacks are provided mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Children bring boxed lunches and HDL provides milk, juice or water for the noon meal.
The lab school offers a planned constructivist environment with a wide variety of activities that are designed to appeal to children's spontaneous interests. Children may choose to build with constructive materials, experiment with art media, or illustrate their own stories. These activities are supervised with sensitivity to the unique ways in which children think and feel.
HDL offers four classes with a master teacher, assistant teacher and student-assistants:
Explorers 18 months to 24 months Experimentors 2 to 3 years Investigators 3 to 4 years Inventors 4 to 5 years
The Human Development Laboratory School is located in the Isabel C. Cameron Building on the corner of Wheeler and Cullen Boulevard. Tuition and fees are based on yearly operational needs.
For more information, contact HDL at 713-743-4130.
University Career Services (UCS) serves UH students and alumni at all stages of career development. Services include:
Career counselors assist students who are undecided about an academic major, in formulating career goals, and/or in implementing a professional job search.
Complementing these services are state-of-the-art, internet-based technologies to assist in:
ResumeBank, a computerized resume database, effectively matches students' career interests with employers' hiring needs. It also allows employers to access and search the resume database online. JOBank provides automatic E-mail notification to students about job openings and enables students to apply for jobs online.
Available jobs include part-time and full-time, on-campus and off-campus, internship, and career-level positions. New job listings are received daily.
UCS coordinates more than 400 corporate recruitment visits to the campus each year, enabling students to interview with representatives from local, national, and multi-national firms. Starting salaries received by UH graduates through this service consistently exceed national salary averages in the majority of academic disciplines.
Internships provide UH students the opportunity to explore career fields and to learn through doing. Internships, available for all academic majors, allow students to gain career-related experience before graduation.
UCS conducts over 300 workshops each year. Topics include resume writing, interview skills, video-tape interview critique, job search, career planning, and other career development topics. Workshop flyers are available at UCS and the full workshop schedule may be viewed on the UCS Web site (www.career.uh.edu).
These are some of the services available at UCS to help students advance their career planning and/or job search objectives. UH students are always welcome to visit University Career Services and speak with one of our career counselors, or to contact us by E-mail.
Fall and Spring Semesters:
8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Monday and Tuesday
8:00 am-5:00 pm, Wednesday through Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday
University Career Services
University of Houston
106 Student Service Center I
Houston, Texas 77204-3040
The University of Houston Child Care Center provides exemplary child care for the children of UH students, faculty, and staff by offering a model program tailored to ensure the quality of a child's daily experiences. The Center is state licensed and accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
The primary focus of the Center is for children to feel safe and secure in a learning environment that fosters respect for cultural diversity and utilizes an eclectic approach to education which allows for optimal growth and development of young children. A child's developmental tasks are to build trust, learn social skills, begin mastery of academic skills, and develop positive self-esteem. In order to best support these tasks, the program strives to provide developmentally appropriate activities, well-trained and consistent staff, and a safe and healthy learning environment.
The center is open Monday - Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Enrollment is limited to 153 children, ages 3 months to 5 years. Those interested in learning more about the Child Care Center may visit www.uh.edu/ccc.
Child Care Center
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers a variety of services to students. These services include:
There is no fee for personal counseling for up to 10 sessions. Hours during long semesters are 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.
CAPS is staffed by licensed psychologists and psychologists in training. CAPS is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services and its doctoral internship program in psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association.
Learning and Assessment Services (LAS) is the hub for seven key university programs: Learning Support Services, Challenger Program, Urban Experience Program, Measurement and Evaluation Center, University Testing Services, UH Wellness, and Parent Education Program. Information of these programs follows below.
The mission of LAS is to foster a vibrant, stimulating, and supportive learning environment to promote the success of UH students, the university, and the greater Houston community. LAS identifies needs, provides assessment and evaluation services, promotes outreach activities, and facilitates student learning. LAS consists of seven units with a common goal: superior service to promote student learning.
Learning Support Services
The mission of Learning Support Services (LSS) is to increase graduation rates by improving student retention. LSS offers learning strategies counseling and workshops, tutoring, and resource materials to enhance academic performance.
During the 2006-2007 academic year, LSS provided over 18,000 service sessions to UH students, including more than 11,000 tutoring sessions. The focus of Learning Support SErvices is on learning how to learn.
LSS Services (Provided at no cost to UH students)Certification:
Walk-in and scheduled individual and group tutoring in a wide range of subjects. Students are encouraged to seek tutoring assistance as needed.
Learning styles and strategies assessment, education, and counseling:
LSS provides learning strategies seminars, individual assessment, learning strategies counseling, and, upon request, supplemental instructional groups.
Individualized educational plans (as indicated).
Seminars and Workshops on Learning Strategies and academic success.
Computers, videos, and software may be used for practice and instruction in course work, test preparation, and learning strategies. The library of written materials includes reference books and handouts on learning techniques.
The LSS tutoring program is certified by the National Association of Developmental Educators. Tutors are certified by the International College Reading and Learning Association.
The mission of the Challenger Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, is to provide support to students who either are first-generation college students, come from economically disadvantaged families, or have a physical disability.
The Challenger Program is designed to assist students in completing a post-secondary education at the University of Houston.
- Tutoring: Tutors are available to assist students in a wide range of academic subjects. Students are encouraged to seek tutoring assistance as needed.
- Counseling: Academic, career, and personal counseling is available on an individual or group basis.
- Academic Instruction: A Reading, Writing, and Study Skills college credit course is available to provide academic support and to enhance basic learning skills.
- Financial Aid Advising: Staff will help ensure that students' financial needs are met.
- Financial Aid Assistance: Eligible participants may receive grant funding for their education.
- Social support and cultural enrichment: Supportive programs such as campus social gatherings and opportunities to attend cultural events are available.
Requirements for Admission:Interested applicants must:
- be currently enrolled at UH,
- be faced with academic or financial obstacles, or have a disability, or come from a home where neither parent has earned a college degree,
- be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident,
- be willing to attend a scheduled orientation prior to enrollment (registration),
- have a sincere desire to complete a degree program at UH, and
- apply to the Challenger Program.
Specific Benefits of the Challenger Program:The Challenger Program offers an array of unique programs that are educationally and intellectually enriching. The program helps participants to develop a positive attitude toward academic and personal goals and to balance their lives as college students.Certification:Tutors are certified by the International College Reading and Learning Association.
Urban Experience Program
The mission of the Urban Experience Program (UEP) is to provide support to students with exceptional life challenges.
UEP is designed to address the needs of the underrepresented student population and the changing dynamics of the American workforce. The program prepares students for the workforce by identifying ways for the students to combine educational opportunities with valuable internship experiences.
UEP promotes scholarships, community service, and personal and professional development. Mentorship and internship opportunities provide participants with a means to improve their grades and earn a college degree.
- community service,
- cultural enrichment activities,
- academic success workshops,
- career development activities, and
- personal development workshops.
Student Selection Criteria:
Participants are selected on the basis of their demonstrated or potential ability for campus leadership, community service, and academic achievement. The selection process includes consideration of the following: an application, an essay, an interview with both candidates and their parents or guardians, demonstrated financial need, and exceptional life challenges in pursuing higher education. Participants must be full-time, degree-seeking UH students who contractually agree to abide by the terms of the program and participate in all evaluation activities.
Measurement and Evaluation Center
The mission of the Measurement and Evaluation Center (MEC) is to promote excellence through evaluative services. Services include administration of university faculty/course evaluations, design of research and survey methodologies, instrumentation, data analysis, program evaluation, exam scoring, and consultation for outcome assessment.
Accomplishments in Search of Excellence
MEC has coordinated the administration of a number of major surveys and focus group projects for UH and the greater Houston community.
Examples of completed major projects include: Student Satisfaction Survey, Graduating Student Surveys, University of Texas Health Science Center Client Satisfaction Survey, Texas Psychological Association Continuing Education Program Survey, and the Fort Bend County Opinion Questionnaire.
University Testing Services
The mission of University Testing Services (UTS) is to provide comprehensive testing and assessment services through administration of institutional, diagnostic, psychological, academic, and professional licensure examinations..
As one of the largest national testing centers in the U.S., UTS serves nearly 35,000 clients per year through more than 200 testing and assessment programs. UTS has developed and validated assessment tools for selection of participants in nursing programs and was one of twelve national test sites to pilot the computerized Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test.
UTS offers institutional tests for prospective and enrolled students, including the Institutional SAT, Institutional TOEFL, Miller Analogies Test (MAT), SPEAK test, and the TExES Qualifier examination.
- Admission and placement exams: to asses student level of mastery and placement in appropriate courses. Placement tests do not allow the student to receive credit unless otherwise specified. Tests offered include English, foreign language, math, and music placement tests.
- Computer-based testing: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), College Level Entrance Program (CLEP), Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and PRAXIS Series tests. Students may register on the Web or by telephone for all of these tests. Several language placement tests are offered on a daily basis.
- Credit by exam program: UTS offers Credit by Examination options enabling students to receive credit for prior learning. Credit is offered for Advanced Placement (AP) (offered only in High School), International Baccalaureate Program (IB), College Level Entrance Program (CLEP), Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support (DANTES), departmental credit, and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT II).
- Correspondence/distance education testing: Students attending other universities or institutions may have their examinations administered at UH. The tests may be in the traditional paper and pencil format or delivered on the web. Distance education tests may be faxed, E-mailed, or mailed to UTS.
- Course testing support: UTS administers makeup exams, exams requiring special accommodation, and special program tests such as certifications.
- Administration of professional certification and licensing exams.
- Vocational, educational, and psychological batteries: These instruments help students identify their learning styles, vocational interests, and academic strengths and weaknesses. These assessments may also assist students in developing their academic, career, and personal goals.
- Test development and validation.
- Scholarly review of tests and materials.
- Consultation services for the following: credit by exam selection, placement test validation, consultation related to standardized testing, vocational, psychological, and educational batteries including testing to identify one's learning style.
The mission of UH Wellness, a campus-wide education and prevention program, is to promote healthy choices and a healthier, safer learning environment.
Provide quality outreach programs, education, and support including:
- Certified Peer Education Program: specially educated UH students promote health and wellness among their peers on campus.
- A clearing house of information on health and wellness.
- Academic coursework: Social Health and Wellness course (three semester credit hours).
- Health and wellness workshops and psycho-educational support.
- Major campus programming and national wellness campaigns and events.
- Information and consultation to students, faculty , and staff.
- Electronic newsletters and Web based wellness services.
- The Houston-Galveston Consortium for Health and Wellness Promotion.
UH Wellness offers outreach and educational programs for the campus and community. UH Wellness also provides referral information and resources on a wide range of health topics including stress management , alcohol, drugs, and sexual health. The department cosponsors large-scale prevention campaigns including Alcohol Awareness Month, the Texans' War on Drugs, Red Ribbon Week, Safer Sex Awareness Week, Eating Disorders Awareness Day, the Great American Smokeout, and the Safe Spring Break Campaign. The department also involves student peer educators in the development and implementation of service learning projects.
The Peer Education Program offers students the opportunity to provide prevention and wellness education activities and workshops to their peers. Peer educators are trained in a three-credit hour course led by the UH Wellness program director. They may test to become certified peer educators upon course completion.
Currently funded by Student Services Fees, this program evolved from a two-year $151,000 comprehensive substance abuse prevention and education grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education (FIPSE).
The peer educators are certified through the National Bacchus and Gamma Peer Educator Program.
See also: Campus Recreation and Wellness Center information.
Parent Education Project
The mission of the Parent Education Project (PEP) is to enhance the lives of at-risk children and families in the Greater Houston area.
PEP has been a successful grant-funded project of the University of Houston for over 30 years. It provides three programs: (1) Families CAN, (2) Relatives As Parents Program, and (3) Family Based Alternatives Project.
Services:Families CAN Program
Families CAN is a parent-to-parent service for families of children (up to 18 years) who have physical/medical disabilities and/or chronic illness and who meet the Texas Department of Health's definition of children with special health care needs. Families CAN provides casework services for more than 275 children and their families each year. Others are helped with information about available resources.
Caseworkers are themselves parents or family members of a child with special health care needs and understand the families' struggles. Parents are educated, supported, and empowered regarding the process of obtaining resources for their child.
The program also offers a support group, resource information, a quarterly newsletter, a transition workgroup, equipment exchange, and information about resources and enrichment activities of the children served by the program. Referrals to Families CAN may be made by the child's family, school, or any service provider.
Funded by: Texas Department of Health/Children with Special Health Care Division.
Relatives as Parents Program (R.A.P. Program)
Today, the number of grandparents and relatives raising their kin-children is exploding. This program provides information, referral, and support services for grandparents and relatives raising children. RAPP runs three support groups for relative parents: (1) Thompson Elementary School (77021), (2) Clear Lake and nearby areas, and (3) Spring/Kingwood area. The program serves approximately 200 children per year.
Funded by: grants from the Simmons and Brookdale Foundations, with in-kind support form UH-LAS.
Family-based Alternatives/Every Child Project
This project is a part of a statewide effort to create new opportunities for children with disabilities now living in institutional settings in Texas. The contract between EveryChild, Inc. and the University of Houston assists in developing a system of family-based alternatives for children and families in the southeast Texas area. Research confirms (1) that children with developmental disabilities do best in a home-based setting as long as the family is adequately supported with resources and (2) that enduring relationships are vital to healthy development. Financial resources are becoming more available for families. This project joins parents and certified community-based agencies to facilitate children's return to their own family or to a qualified Support Family that shares in their upbringing, on either a full- or part-time basis. The Family-based Alternatives Project offers a new choice for families and a new life for children.
Funded by: a contract with EveryChild, Inc., Austin, from their contract with Texas Health and Human Services Commission.
Internships and Student Placements:
The UH-PEP accepts a limited number of student placements in its programs. Its first commitment is to students of the University of Houston. Supervision is provided by the Project Director, Angie Grindon, LCSW, LPC.
The International Student and Scholar Services Office provides counseling and advising for international students and scholars on issues related to government regulations and/or differences in customs and cultures. The office meets the university's responsibility for compliance with U. S. Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. Department of State regulations. The office verifies and completes letters, certificates, government documents, and forms for students who need to continue their stay at the university. All nonimmigrant visa students may apply to the International Student and Scholar Services Office for financial assistance through Texas Public Education Grant awards and scholarship programs. Each semester, the office staff plans and implements check-in services and a special orientation program. The office also provides opportunities for international students and scholars to establish a meaningful relationship with an American family, called an international friendship family.
For further information about International Student and Scholar Services, call 713-743-5065. The Web site is www.issso.uh.edu/.
The Veterans' Services Office (VSO) is an ADA compliant facility which serves veterans, their spouses, and dependents. It works with the University Registrar's Office and the Veterans' Administration to help students initiate and resolve problems with veterans' benefits. Counseling and advising on V.A. benefits Chapter 30, 31, 35, 1606/07 and Hinson-Hazelwood Act are available. The office assists in initiating referrals for tutorial services payable under the G.I. bill and has information on V.A. work-study and state veteran's benefits. It also serves as a referral agent for the Center for Students with DisABILITIES (CSD), Learning and Assessment Services (LAS), UH Career Services, and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). VSO also provides programs and activities throughout the year for this special population. These are just a few of our annual programs:
For more information call 713-743-5490, or go to the office in the University Center, room 268.
The Center for Students with DisABILITIES (CSD) provides accommodations and support services to University of Houston students who have any type of temporary or permanent health impairment, physical limitation, psychiatric disorder, or learning disability.
Students are assisted in obtaining reasonable accommodations and developing self-advocacy skills in order to receive the same educational opportunities as their non-disabled peers. CSD staff serve as liaisons between students and faculty, administrators, and community agencies. Advocacy services are also provided.
Upon receipt of required documentation from appropriate health care provider(s), CSD staff recommend the most appropriate academic accommodations for students. Some of the individualized accommodations and services provided to students may include, but not be limited to:
The University of Houston strives to maintain an accessible campus for students who have disabilities. Accessible parking, curb cuts, ramps, automatic doors, Braille signs, and low elevator buttons are just a few examples of campus accessibility features.
The M.D. Anderson Library has Kurzweil and VERA reading machines as well as a text magnifier and a TTY telephone. Several residence halls and apartment complexes have numerous barrier-free rooms. Attendant Care Services can be arranged through the Student Health Center.
For more information, please call or write:
University Public Safety Department
The University of Houston Department of Public Safety is a multiservice organization whose mission is to ensure the safety and security of persons and property on the campus.
The department's officers are commissioned by the Board of Regents and licensed as peace officers through the State of Texas after receiving state-certified training in the duties and responsibilities of a Texas peace officer.
In addition to traditional police services, the department offers crime prevention workshops, on-campus escorts, and assistance with starting disabled vehicles. The philosophical focus of the department is the belief that only through police-community teamwork can the campus remain safe and secure for everyone. Emergency/Information call boxes and telephones are located throughout the university to provide citizens with direct immediate access to the services of their police officers.
The University Department of Public Safety Building is located at 3869 Wheeler at Scott Street.
For emergencies call 911
For all nonemergency purposes call 713-743-0600. Additional information can be located on the World Wide Web www.uh.edu/admin/police.
Requests for Police Services During Special Events
Individuals or organizations desiring to host on-campus special events that require police services must utilize University of Houston police officers.
For additional information, call University Center Reservations at 713-743-5287 or the police special events area at 713-743-0592.
Under unique circumstances and with the permission of the chief of police, visiting dignitaries will be allowed to have special police present.
Fire Marshal's Office, a division of the Department of Public Safety, supports prevention, planning and response. Everyone on campus has a responsibility to prevent fires and injuries, to plan for emergencies, and to respond according to the emergency plan.
Specific responsibilities include:
- Using UL or F.M. labeled appliances and power strips with built-in fuses or circuit breakers.
- Contacting Fire Marshal's Office regarding the use of items with open flames.
- Reporting blocked exit paths, improper storage, smoking in buildings, and physical safety hazards.
- Becoming familiar with at least two exits other than elevators in buildings that one frequents.
- Knowing the location and operation of the fire alarm system.
- Evacuating a building when the alarm is sounding or when advised to do so.
- Calling 911 for fire, medical and police emergencies.
Additional information may be obtained at the University Police Building or by calling
Parking and Transportation Services
All vehicles parked on campus must display a valid UH parking permit unless parked at meters, visitor lots, the University Hilton Hotel Garage, or the Welcome Center and Parking Garage. The purchase of a parking permit does not guarantee a parking space but allows you to park if space is available.
Students may register for parking permits through the PeopoleSoft Student Financial's until the Friday before classes start.
Physically challenged students (or faculty/staff) that need accessible parking should visit the Center for Students with DisABILITIES, CSD Building, room 100, or call 713-743-5400 to receive a UH disabled parking permit.
Resident students wishing to park in a resident exclusive parking lot must register in person on the first day of class at the Office of Parking and Transportation Services, room 1 (basement) of the E. Cullen Building. Faculty and staff registering for the upcoming academic year can do so at the PTS Web site ( www.uh.edu/parking) from April 15 to June 30. Faculty and staff registering for parking after June 30 must do so in person at the parking office.
The university expects full compliance with regards to parking rules and regulations and assumes any citations received will be resolved by selecting one of the options stated on the citation.
For additional information concerning parking and transportation on campus, refer to the Parking Rules and Regulation brochure or contact Parking and Transportation Services at 713-743-1097.
Friday, August 20, 2008 - 5:30 PM