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Virtual CFI | August 24th and August 25th

 

Cougar First Impressions (CFI) is an annual "Welcome to UH" experience sponsored by Staff Council since 1998, and is held the first two days of each Fall semester.  This year's CFI theme is “Connecting Coogs”, and the event has been re-formatted to be 100% virtual in order to fulfill our mission of providing new and returning students with resources and quality customer service - even amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing. 

Virtual CFI will connect students to resources available on campus, UH at Sugar Land, and UH at Katy with live breakout rooms in Microsoft Teams addressing key areas students most inquire about during their first week on campus. 

This Fall, Virtual CFI will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, August 24, 2020, and Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Virtual CFI continues to bridge the gap among campuses by uniting volunteer staff and faculty in connecting Coogs.

Student Resources

Additional Student Resources

  • Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)

    Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)

    CAPS promotes the well-being of the diverse campus community by balancing high-quality mental health services and clinical training with accessibility to foster student success through self-discovery, learning, and interpersonal engagement.
  • Center for Academic Support and Assessment (CASA)

    Center for Academic Support and Assessment (CASA)

    CASA offers tutoring for mathematics students and proctored testing for students in all subject areas. The CASA Tutoring Center offers tutoring to all students enrolled in undergraduate mathematics courses.
  • Cougar Card Office

    Cougar Card Office

    The Cougar Card is the official campus access card. The Cougar Card integrates a number of functions for daily usage on campus, including the ability to print documents, buy snacks at the campus convenience stores, vending machines, purchase meals, gain access to academic or administrative buildings and rooms, athletic events, special events, both on and off-campus residential housing and the recreation and wellness center.
  • Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid

    Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid

    The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid is committed to assisting UH students through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Students are encouraged to email sfa@central.uh.edu or call 713-743-1010, option 5 with questions, or schedule virtual appointments through Navigate.
  • UH┬áStudent Health Center

    UH Student Health Center

    The UH Student Health Center offers primary care and medical specialty services to UH students. We provide affordable and accessible medical care and pharmacy services. Contact the Student Health Center at 713-743-5151 to determine if your health issue is eligible for a telemedicine visit, additional information, or referrals.
  • Student Housing & Residential Life

    Student Housing & Residential Life

    Whether you are a first-year student or graduate student, Student Housing & Residential Life provides an experience that is focused on student success. We are here to serve you and to support the mission of the University.
  • International Student and Scholar Services (ISSSO)

    International Student and Scholar Services (ISSSO)

    International Student and Scholar Services advances the goals of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services by providing for the special needs of international students and exchange visitors related to their status as non-immigrants of the United States. 
  • Parking & Transportation Services

    Parking & Transportation Services

    Visit the Parking & Transportation Services website for up-to-date information on student parking permits, shuttle services, COAST Alternative Transportation Program, and more.
  • Student Centers

    Student Centers

    In celebration of our diverse campus community, the Student Centers enrich the campus life experience by providing quality programs, services and facilities focused on student involvement, student learning and student success.
  • Testing Services

    Testing Services

    UH Testing Services coordinates, proctors, and assesses a variety of exams related to admission, placement, credit attainment, and licensing. Testing Services will be available online from 8 am – 5 pm: Monday to Friday. Please email ets@uh.edu
  • UH GO

    UH GO

    UH Go is the official mobile app for the University of Houston. The UH Go application allows you to find your way around campus, find an event on campus, follow UH Athletic teams, find out what’s being served in the dining commons, receive notifications, news updates, and more.
  • University Information Technology (UIT)

    University Information Technology (UIT)

    Through its three operational departments, UIT provides a wide variety of Technology Support and Services, ensures IT Security, and develops and maintains the University’s Enterprise Systems. The Semester Quick-Start Guide provides an overview of useful services, tips, and links for students.

UH at Sugar Land

  • Discover UH at Sugar Land

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  • Contact information for UH at Sugar Land

    University of Houston at Sugar Land
    14000 University Blvd.
    Sugar Land, TX 77479
    (832) 842 – 2900
    www.uh.edu/sugarland                                  

                                         

    Building(s) on-site:

    AMG – Albert & Mamie George Building
    BH2 – Brazos Hall
    SAB1 – Sugar Land Academic Building (College of Technology)
    UBL – University Branch Library

     

    Site/parking map: 

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  • FAQs for UH at Sugar Land

    Do I need a parking permit to park at UH at Sugar Land and where can I purchase a permit?

    Any valid UH parking permit is accepted to park on-site.  There is a self-pay visitor parking lot (Lot 4) on-site if you do not have a permit; credit cards accepted only.  Please call the UH Parking and Transportation Department at 832-842-1097 for assistance and to get more info on how to purchase a permit.  

     

    Is there an enrollment services office and financial aid office on-site?

    For student services such as admissions, financial aid, student billing, and academic records, please contact 713-743-1010 for assistance.

     

    Can I get my Cougar Card on-site?

    Please contact the UH Main Cougar Card Office at 832-842-2273 for assistance in obtaining a Cougar Card.

     

    Where is the computer lab located on-site and what are the hours the lab is open?

    The computer lab is located on the third floor of the AMG building.  Please visit the IT service desk in room 304 AMG to use the computer lab.  The hours of the computer lab are subject to change.  Please call the IT service desk at 832-842-2999 for lab hours and for all other IT-related assistance.  

     

    I need to speak with my advisor.  How do I get in contact with them?

    Due to COVID-19, most advisors will be meeting by appointment only and through video conference.  You may call the college your degree program is through to get in contact with your advisor or call UH at Sugar Land’s main line at 832-842-2900 for assistance.       

     

    Will there be shuttle service to the main campus this semester?

    Due to COVID-19, some services may be suspended or limited.  Please contact UH Parking and Transportation Department at 832-842-1097 for more info. 

     

    Does UH at Sugar Land have a bookstore?

    Yes, the storefront is in Brazos Hall.  For more info, please contact 281-265-0233 or visit https://www.bkstr.com/houstonsugarlandstore

     

    What dining options are available on site?

    There are several dining options onsite such as Cougar Corner in Brazos Hall, food trucks, and vending.  However, due to COVID – 19, dining options will be limited.  Please call UH at Sugar Land at 832-842-2900 to check daily availability.

     

    What student services are available on-site?

    A representative from the UH Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is on-site by appointment only.  Please contact CAPS at 713-743-5454 to schedule an appointment.  A representative from Career Services is on-site by appointment and can be contacted at 713-743-5091.       

UH at Katy

  • Discover UH at Katy

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  • Contact information for UH at Katy

    University of Houston at Katy
    22400 Grand Circle Blvd.
    Katy, TX 77449
    (832) 842 – 5289                                              

    https://www.uh.edu/katy/

     

    Building(s) on-site:
    KAB1 – Katy Academic Building

  • FAQs for UH at Katy

    What programs are offered at UH at Katy?

    • UH College of Nursing
      Suite 306; 832-842-8221
    • University of Houston Victoria at Katy (Business, Arts & Sciences and Education)
      Suite 206; 281-396-3700

     

    Do I need a parking permit to park at UH at Katy?

    At this time, parking permits are not required to park at UH at Katy.

     

     Is there an enrollment services office and financial aid office on-site?

    For student services such as admissions, financial aid, student billing, and academic records, please contact 713-743-1010 for assistance.

     

    Can I get my Cougar Card on-site?

    Please contact the UH Main Cougar Card Office at 832-842-2273 for assistance in obtaining a Cougar Card.

     

    Where is the computer lab located on-site and what are the hours the lab is open?

    The computer lab/ virtual library is located on the first floor in room 123.  Hours of the computer lab/virtual library are subject to change.  Please call the IT service desk at 832-842-2311 or visit the Information Technology department in suite 108 for lab hours and for all other IT-related assistance.  

     

    I need to speak with my advisor.  How do I get in contact with them?

    Due to COVID-19, most advisors will be meeting by appointment only and through video conference.  You may call the college your degree program is through to get in contact with your advisor or call UH at Katy’s main line at 832-842-5289 for assistance.    

     

    Does UH at Katy have a bookstore?

    UH at Katy does not have a bookstore on-site.  However, the UH at Sugar Land bookstore carries textbooks for most UH at Katy courses.  For more info, please contact the UH at Sugar Land bookstore at 281-265-0233 or visit https://www.bkstr.com/houstonsugarlandstore.  

      

    What dining options are available on-site?

    There is a self-service vending area on the first floor that may have limited options due to COVID-19.  Please call UH at Sugar Katy at 832-842-5289 to check daily availability.  UH at Katy is directly across the street from Katy Asian Town that has plenty of food and beverage options.   

VOLUNTEERING FOR VIRTUAL CFI

  • Sign Up Today

    Staff, faculty, and student volunteers are needed to answer questions and provide information during the Virtual CFI. 

     

    Fall 2020 Virtual Cougar First Impressions
    Monday, August 24, 2020, and Tuesday, August 25, 2020
    Event time: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
    Location: Microsoft Teams 

     

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    If you are interested in volunteering, please contact CFI Co-Chairs Melissa Nieto (mnieto@central.uh.edu) and Paul Scott (pscott@central.uh.edu).

    * Shifts to host the UH at Katy and UH at Sugar Land breakout room are full. 

  • Volunteer FAQs

    Interested in volunteering but not sure what to expect? Here is information about what Virtual CFI will look like.

    • Shifts are available in 2-hour increments. Volunteers can sign up for multiple shifts or participate in various breakout rooms during different shifts.

    • Volunteers should join Virtual CFI's Microsoft Teams event using their Cougarnet credentials.
      Tips on using Microsoft Teams
    • Volunteers are asked to join their assigned breakout room 15 minutes before their shift begins.

    • Volunteers can download a Virtual CFI banner to use as their background. It is optional for volunteers to have their web camera on during Virtual CFI. To access the banner, click here

    • Virtual CFI Home Base (a private breakout room) is available to support volunteers in answering questions and providing information to students in their breakout rooms.

    • Are you a CFI volunteer veteran? Wear a past CFI shirt during your Virtual CFI shift.

     

  • Microsoft Team Breakout Rooms

    Virtual CFI will host eight breakout rooms open to University of Houston students, faculty, and staff for the duration of CFI on August 24, 2020, and August 25, 2020.

    Links to join each breakout room will be activated and posted on August 24, 2020.

    • General Questions

    • Student Center Resources and Financial Services

    • UH Go App and UIT Services

    • Health Center and CAPS

    • Cougar Card Office and Parking & Transportation

    • Testing Center and CASA

    • Housing and ISSSO

    • UH at Katy and UH at Sugar Land

    Volunteers will have access to a private Virtual CFI Home Base channel to communicate with CFI leadership and ask questions about their breakout room's topics.

     

     

About CFI

  • Leadership

     

    Cougar First Impressions Co-Chairs

    Melissa Nieto
    713-743-7725
    mnieto@central.uh.edu


    Paul Scott
    713-743-8241
    pscott@central.uh.edu

     

    Interested in joining the CFI committee?
    Please contact this year's CFI Co-Chairs.

  • Mission


    • Create a sense of community amongst staff, faculty, and students by providing new and returning students with resources and quality customer service at key areas on the campus grounds during the first and second day of class.

    • Increase the retention of students at the University of Houston.
  • Objectives


    • To promote student success.
    • To develop an annual program implemented by Staff Council in alignment with the university's mission.
    • To give Staff Council members the opportunity to exhibit leadership skills.
    • To create a sense of community among staff, faculty, and students.
    • To increase the retention of students at the University of Houston.