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April 2009
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Employee Spotlight �
Hiromi Takiguchi

Student Spotlight �
Sarah Chesley

Events Calendar


Auxiliary Services

Hiring Students Benefits All

Dining Year in Review

Faculty/Staff Special: $5 Friday Every Week During Summer

Icon at Oberholtzer Hall Retires

Taco Bell to get New Energy Efficient Equipment

Coffee not the Only Fair Trade Option on Campus

New Food Service Director Begins Tenure at Residential Dining Hals

HUB Cougar-Connect Event on June 23

Green UH
Roses at Garden Show Support for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Green Solutions: New Project Teaches Students to Fix Recycling Challenge

Urban Harvest: Tomatoes in the Kitchen and in the Fall Garden

Board of Regents Approves New Residence Halls and West Dining Hall

Don Yackley Accepts Executive Directorship for RLH

RLH in for a Busy Summer

Human Resources
HR News

Information Technology
UIT Shows Support for Green Initiatives

Parking and Transportation
Cougar Line Summer Schedule

Parking Lot Construction

Summer Maintenance

METRO Long Range Plan Public Workshops

METRO seeks Public Input on Station Names for New Light Rail Lines

Plant Operations
Classroom and Business Building Sidewalk Closure

Policies and Procedures
As the UH Policies and Procedures World Turns�

Public Safety
Hazardous Waste News

Lazy Cakes � Warning

Emergency Management Table Top Exercise


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The residence halls closed for the spring semester on Friday, May 13, at noon. That doesn�t mean that they are closed for the summer, however. In fact, summer is always a busy time for Residential Life & Housing (RLH).

RLH rents out its space in the summer to camps, conferences, training programs and other groups. This year, all of the summer conferences will be housed in Cougar Village. RLH is expecting 56 groups comprised of over 5,500 adults and children between May 22 and August 12. The groups range in size from 6 people to 335, and will stay on campus between one night and six weeks. The groups include UH Orientation programs, sports camps, cheerleaders, the Texas Music Festival and other music groups, computer camps, science camps and other scholarly groups.

Also, RLH has students who live on campus 365 days/year. Residents who were living in Moody Towers, Cougar Village or the Quadrangle have relocated to Cougar Place or Calhoun Lofts. So far this summer, Calhoun Lofts is 78 percent full and Cougar Place is 27 percent full. These residents will be provided with programming and services just as they were during the academic year.

Throughout the summer, Moody Towers and the Quadrangle will be closed to undergo extensive renovations to update and improve the facilities. The renovations include painting and replacing all of the carpet with flooring in all of the rooms and upgrading window treatments. The built-in furniture in Moody Towers will be replaced with new, moveable furniture, and the rooms will be fitted with micro-fridges. The solid oak furniture in the Quadrangle will be refinished. The wireless networks in both the Quad and Moody Towers will be enhanced, and the lounges will be upgraded. In addition, the rooms in Cougar Village will be fitted with mini-fridges. The renovations began immediately after the residence halls closed and are expected to be completed by the time the fall residents move-in.

Moreover, RLH conducts two intensive training sessions for segments of its student staff. The first is the week-long training for the Guest Assistants (GAs) conducted the week of May 16. GAs assist the conference attendees with check-in and check-out, provide customer service to guests and serve as liaisons for the guests of RLH. Resident Assistant (RA) training will begin on August 7 and last for two weeks, during which they will be trained on a wide range of skills and information such as community building, programming, UH resources and safety.

Furthermore, RLH will get a new Executive Director, Don Yackley, on June 20. This will give Yackley the rest of the summer to settle into the UH family and get ready for a new academic year.

Of course, as with every summer, RLH prepares for the possibility of a hurricane. Plans are put in place for both the possibility of evacuation and for sheltering-in-place. An evacuation destination is arranged; transportation is contracted; hurricane kits are restocked; ride-out teams are chosen and all staff are trained in emergency procedures and protocols.

All in all, it should be a lively summer.

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