A&F S.P.I.R.I.T. Newsletter October 2019
10/04/2019, 12:30:02 PM
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  September/October 2019


Stay Cougar S.A.F.E. “Co-Producers” Support “Network of Safety”

Throughout the Division of Administration & Finance and beyond, as co-producers of the “network of safety,” we are all owners of the key tenets of Stay Cougar S.A.F.E. ̶  safety, awareness, friendship and education  ̶  within our teams and beyond as we continue our commitment to Customer Service Excellence throughout the campus community.

From the ongoing  Stay Cougar S.A.F.E. feedback forums, as well as valuable programs and services, such as Cougar Ride, Cougar Pack to UHPD outreach events such as the recent National Night Out onsite event hosted by UHPD and the Coffee with a Cop series, there are many opportunities to help promote and incorporate these initiatives in your calendar planning and promotion with your teams.

In addition, it’s important to celebrate our milestones as seen on the recent Office of Administration Staff Appreciation Event video featured within this issue, and learn more about the exciting plans ahead at the upcoming A&F Kickoff FY20 to be held October 7.

I look forward to seeing each of you at the A&F FY20 Kickoff event and hearing about your progress on these critically important initiatives as we collaborate and support these fundamental initiatives throughout the year.

Onward and Upward!

Jim McShan
Senior Vice Chancellor and
Senior Vice President



SPIRIT of Momentum Key Highlight at 2019 President's Fall Address

Within the reflection of achievements, milestones and the visionary look forward, President Khator received a "special delivery"  from one of a fleet of autonomous robots that will soon be working on campus to enhance the UH Dining experienceonsite food delivery service.

Stay Cougar S.A.F.E. Feedback Forums continue with Faculty Sessions

Hosted by A&F Leadership, all faculty are invited to provide valuable input at the upcoming feedback forums beginning this month.

Be sure to click here to RSVP

A&F Office of Administration Celebrates STAFF!

With more than 100 attendees, the Office of Administration led by Dr. Emily A. Messa celebrated all Staff with an appreciation event at the UH Alumni Center at this motivational team-building event. Check out the video highlights that captures the essence of the excitement of outstanding service excellence!

UHPD Hosts National Night Out 

Stay Cougar SAFE! See highlights of the fun and festivities as the entire UH community celebrated National Night Out and "co-producers" of safety along with community partners.

Skyline Sessions Presents Country Covers

As legendary filmmaker Ken Burns prepares to tell the rich story and history of country music in the long-awaited new documentary Country Music, Houston Public Media puts a local spin on the epic PBS special that celebrates America’s beloved tradition through Country Covers. This special edition of Skyline Sessions features a variety of musicians performing their favorite country classics and sharing personal stories of their love for country music.

UH Dining Expands Food Delivery Program

Building on the success of the initial pilot launched in early 2019, delivery services have expanded to six campus locations with no delivery fee.

Read the full article here.

Next Question: Beyond the Headline

In case you missed it, Houston Public Media premiered a new local, one-hour radio show and podcast that goes beyond the headlines and soundbites of the week with station reporters and producers. The show deep dives into the region’s most relevant and interesting stories, engaging listeners with a modern sensibility. Next Question airs Saturdays at 5 pm and re-airs Sundays at noon on News 88.7.

Creating Busines Value through cost-effective IT Solutions: UIT sets FY2020-24 Strategic Plan

Strategic planning, effective resource management and collaboration with our UH community will continue to shape the way we deliver IT value.

Read about the plan here.

Human Resources Service Center "Red Team" Sets Service Record

More than 3,000 visitors were helped by the Human Resources Service Center (HRSC) since August 1.  Check out the latest updates and services available online or in person at HRSC.

Coffee with a Cop

Friendly conversation and fresh brew with UHPD’s finest were some of the perks from the kick off of the fall Coffee with a Cop series beginning this month. 

To see the schedule, click here.

Office of Administration CPR Training Supports Stay Cougar S.A.F.E.

In support of being proactive co-producers of safety  as part of the Stay Cougar S.A.F.E. initiative, Staff from the Office of Administration recently earned CPR certification from American Red Cross-trained facilitator following onsite training at the UH Campus Recreation & Wellness Center. Contact the Campus Recreation Staff for more details about future CPR training opportunities.

To see pictures from the event, click here.

It Was a Busy Summer for Facilities

A tremendous effort by Facilities/Construction Management teams throughout the summer will net a profound impact with the completion of several major projects across the UH System:  this includes project managers; construction inspectors; planning;  contracts; furniture, fixtures and equipment; Facilities shop; key access services; FIXIT call center; and communications.

Read the full story here.


UHPD Certified by Texas Department of Safety as IBR Agency

Effective July 2019, the University of Houston Police Department received commendation for efforts in the National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS) initiative and is now certified as an Incident Based Reporting Agency.

UH Earns Repeat AASHE GOLD Sustainability Ranking

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS) report is the paramount benchmark for sustainability efforts in higher education. 

This year, the University earned a rank of GOLD for the second reporting period in a row - additionally raising its overall score.

Read the article here.

Chartwells Recognizes Chef Alex Brugger and Richard Stidham in 2019 West Division Be-A-Star Awards!

Chef Alex was named Campus Executive of the Year for the West Division and Richard Stidham, Student Center Market, was chosen as an associate that truly lives the Chartwells brand. 

UH Director Kelly Boysen Honored by ReadyHarris.org

UH Director of Emergency Management Kelly Boysen was honored in the Alumni Spotlight by ReadyHarris.org where she served as an intern and garnered valued expertise for her current role.

Learn more about National Preparedness Month and check out the resource materials available in both English and Spanish at Ready Campaign and Campaña Ready.

UH Receives Metro's 2019 Advocate of the Year Award

The University of Houston received the 2019 METRO Advocate of the Year Award Wednesday durin METRO's Partner Recognition Luncheon.

Read the full story here.

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