NSM Faculty/Staff Newsletter

From the Office of the Dean

Student Success Update

Managing Disruptive Behaviors in the Classroom Workshop - Sept 14

The Dean of Students Office will offer an in-person workshop on Managing Disruptive Behavior in the Classroom on Sept 14 at 1 p.m. in the Bayou City Room Student Center South. Topics to be covered include Reporting Concerning/Disruptive Behavior and Partnering with the Dean of Students Office. A webinar recording will be made available on the Dean of Students webpage shortly after the in-person workshop for those who cannot attend.

teachHOUSTON Open House - Sept 23

NSM faculty and staff are invited to the NSM teachHOUSTON Open House hosted by teachHOUSTON faculty and the teachHOUSTON Student Society on Friday, Sept 23, from 1:30–3:30 pm in Science and Research Building 2, Room 141 (teachHOUSTON Offices). Light refreshments will be provided. Feel free to swing by at any point during the event.

This event is an opportunity for faculty and staff from NSM to meet and mingle with teachHOUSTON faculty members, and undergraduate NSM majors who are enrolled in the program. We look forward to seeing you!

Please use this link to RSVP by Wed, Sept 21.

Office of First Year Programs Updates

NSM Block Party

NSM’s Block Party on Aug 21 welcomed incoming NSM freshmen to campus. Over 360 students participated in the event and had the opportunity to speak with NSM student organizations, play games, and interact with faculty, staff, and their peers. Special thanks to donations made for the event from the Department Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Stacy Haley - NSM Development Office, and Dr. Donna Stokes. First Year Programs also thanks all those who came out to volunteer for the event. It was a huge success!

Student Leadership Program

The Office of First Year Programs hosted a two-day retreat on Aug 17–18 to welcome and prepare incoming and returning Student Leaders for the 2022–23 academic year. Session topics included building leadership skills, team purpose and culture, mentorship training, student recruiting, and planning for College-sponsored events. Staff from the NSM Undergraduate Academic Advising Center, Summer Scholars Academy, and the Development Office met with the Student Leaders to discuss how they could partner with the group to help support and promote their student success initiatives. The 54 Student Leader volunteers will serve in as Student Ambassadors, Peer Mentors, and Programming Board members.

Fall Activities and Events

The Student Leadership program is off to a great start as programming has already begun for the Fall 2022 semester. Over 150 incoming freshmen have been assigned to a Peer Mentor. This is a 25% mentee increase from 2021–22 school year. Fall events, which are open to all students, faculty, and staff, have been planned. Events will include four study nights in partnership with the Scholar Enrichment Program for Calculus I and Chemistry I, three volunteering events for Student Leaders and mentees, and four events to promote community engagement within NSM. See the events schedule below, and follow us on Instagram @NSMfirstyear for more details.

  • September 13: Emotional Intelligence Workshop
  • September 20: Calculus I Study Night
  • September 22: Chemistry I Study Night
  • October 13: Trivia Night
  • November 7: Alumni Panel
  • November 10: Calculus I Study Night
  • November 17: Chemistry I Study Night
  • December 1: Finals Night on the Polar Express

NSM Career Center Now Open

To prepare students for the Computer Science Career Fair on Sept 7, the NSM Career Center hosted three resume review events the week of Aug 29–Sept 2. On Sept 6, the NSM Career Center hosted a workshop in conjunction with University Career Services entitled “#Prepare4theFair.” During the workshop, students were provided detailed information on how to prepare for success at the career fair. Subjects covered creating and perfecting an elevator pitch, what to say and not to say to an employer, how to dress for success, and how to maximize a conversation with an industry recruiter. The Computer Science Career Fair hosted over 400 students who had the opportunity to meet with representatives from nearly 40 companies, including IBM, Goldman Sachs, Pinterest, BP, and other entities from the oil and gas industry.

The NSM Career Center also worked with Chevron to promote their Engineering & Technology Information Session held on Sept 7 at the Ion in downtown Houston. NSM students who attended were able to meet Bill Braun, chief information officer, and Chris Powers, vice president, Chevron New Energies, and join a discussion on how technology fuels Chevron and the future of energy.

NSM Career Center will launch a new career development platform, HireNSM, in October. It will provide an interface for employers, students, and faculty. Students will have access to over 1,000 internship and full-time positions that have been submitted through the system’s curated jobs feature. We look forward to your support of and engagement with students through the Career Center.

If you have any questions regarding the Career Center, contact Dawnelle Prince, assistant director of the NSM Career Center, at dsprince@central.uh.edu.