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Virtual Lobby Expands Resources for Students, Faculty & Staff


By Mark Kramer

With the Spring Semester under way, the University of Houston-Downtown’s Virtual Lobby is continuing to be a valuable resource for students, faculty and staff.

The Virtual Lobby provides a centralized location for students to access services and schedule appointments without having to come to campus. This semester, additional student support offices have expanded their offerings by creating more Zoom rooms and virtual chat opportunities with students.

Offices that can be accessed through virtual lobby include Student Services, Student Support, Campus Life, Information Technology and the five UHD colleges. Meetings with these offices are conducted via Zoom or other online platforms.

The lobby was launched by the Office of the Provost in September and originally created in response to the pandemic. However, it also is designed to meet the needs of UHD’s growing commuter population.

“With the spring semester starting with classes fully online, the Virtual Lobby is giving greater access to vital resources for students, faculty and staff – and helping them to stay connected to one another,” said Natalie Boehm, Assistant Director of Academic & Student Affairs.

In addition, links have been included on the left hand menu of the Virtual Lobby home page to IT’s Computer Lab Hours webpage and the newly updated Keep on Teaching and Learning webpages.

“These additional and more visible links on the lobby’s main page provide expanded access to instructional and technology resources at the fingertips of students and faculty,” Boehm said.

The Virtual Lobby hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday - Friday. Students and others with questions may fill out a form provide on the lobby’s webpage. Responses to questions will be sent by the next business day.

“We had a great response during the fall semester and we anticipate the Virtual Lobby continuing to be a valued resource for our students,” she said.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD)—the second largest university in Houston—has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.

As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by Interim President Dr. Antonio D. Tillis. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 51,000 alumni and offers 44 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service, Sciences & Technology; and University College).

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.