January 2011
University News

Howard completed a rain garden funded by a $10,000 grant from the national Home Depot Retool Your School competition. The first installation was completed during the Earth Day festivities last fall and is located behind the Blackburn Center, in an area that collects a substantial amount of rainwater runoff. Four large perforated 10-gallon water collection containers were installed underground within the area of the garden in addition to the gravel sub-bed. This allows increased water collection capacity and minimizes flooding of the garden during heavy rainstorms. The water collected will also enhance the growth of the native plants in the garden. New solar lighting and benches constructed of recycled material will soon be installed to complete this truly “green” project.    

Howard will once again participate in RecycleMania, an annual competition of more than 600 universities and colleges that promotes recycling and waste reduction activities on America’s campuses. This year’s competition will be held from Jan. 23-April 2. During the 10 weeks of the competition, registered schools will collect and report data on all recycling solid waste disposal activities. Now is the time to show the nation that Howard’s recycling program can and will be among the top programs in the country.  The University’s success depends on the involvement and support of the entire community.

For further information or to attend a training session on how your department can get involved, contact the Office of Capital Planning and Sustainability by e-mailing Alfonzye Chisholm (achisholm@howard.edu) or Carla Annang (cannang@howard.edu) or by calling 202-806-2399. (Ceasar)

Thirteen MBA students studied in Dubai and India, from Dec. 8 to Dec. 22., as part of the School of Business’ global education initiative, led by Dean Barron Harvey, Ph.D. The school is scaling up its study abroad opportunities for students to bolster international business preparation and global competence across cultures. Future study abroad programs will include travels to South Africa, Brazil and France. For more information, contact mba_bschool@howard.edu or 202-806-1725.

Four students from Howard’s Chapter of Engineers Without Borders volunteered in Choimim, a small village 200 miles from Nairobi, Kenya, where they are helping to design a water solution for a community without electricity or running water. The students took the 8,000-mile journey to continue the work they began in 2009. The group is partnering with Build the Village. The four students who participated are: Bianca Bailey, a senior; Tena Hunter, a senior; Aleah Holt, a sophomore; and Kristina Banks, a senior. (Kerry-Ann Hamilton)

To volunteer for this year’s Alternative Spring Break, visit www.howard.edu/asb/2011/ for more information and to download an application. Applications must be delivered to the lower level of the Carnegie Building by 6 p.m. on Jan. 28. All applicants must be Howard University students. (Zelena Williams)

Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, was the keynote speaker for the School of Divinity’ s spring semester Convocation on Jan. 18, in the Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel. Sebelius, who leads the principle agency charged with keeping Americans healthy, discussed the implementation of the Obama Administration’s historic legislation, the Affordable Care Act, as a continuation of the nation’s civil rights struggle during the University’s annual weeklong celebration of the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. (Justin D. Knight)

BEFORE - Marvin Lynch

12-week employee weight-loss challenge Battle of the Bulge–concluded in December. Twenty participants worked on their weight loss goals. The first place winner in the female category was Rosemary Pearson, who lost 27 lbs. Marilyn Dixon lost 23 lbs. and placed second. In the male category, Marvin Lynch lost 19 lbs. Karl Williams and Richard King both lost 17 lbs. Special recognition was given to the following participants: Patricia Tolson and Karl Williams for Outstanding Attendance; Rosemary Pearson for Outstanding Participation; and Rodney Palmer for Outstanding Effort. Watch short videos of the employees’ weight loss journey.
AFTER - Marvin Lynch

Howard University Health Sciences is holding a “call for abstracts” for its Research Day, which will be held on April 15 in the College of Medicine, Adams Building, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The final date to submit an abstract is Feb. 28. The instructions for online submissions are available at http://cmt.research.microsoft.com/HUHSRDC2011. For additional information, contact Maya Holt-Brockenbrough at 202-865-4802 or mholt-brockenbroug@howard.edu.

The School of Architecture and Design will host a celebration, titled “The Year of Architecture,” in recognition of the school’s 100th anniversary. The school will undertake a year of activities, including lectures and exhibitions, to initiate the second century of architecture education at the University. The centennial celebration will begin with the Howard H. Mackey Memorial Lecture on Feb. 11. On Feb. 12 an “Alumni Saturday” open house and meeting of the Howard University Architecture Alumni Association will be held, followed by a 100th birthday celebration that evening.

The Howard University Language Institute will offer ESL classes during the spring 2011 semester. The Language Institute offers ESL classes in grammar and writing, reading and vocabulary, listening and speaking, American Culture, pronunciation, research paper and TOEFL preparation courses. Call for a free placement test at 202-238-2675 or 202-238-2676. The institute is located in the Howard Center at 2225 Georgia Ave., NW, Suite 302, above the Howard University Bookstore. Session I:  Jan. 10-Feb. 24; Session II: Feb. 28-April 21.

The latest issue of Bison Bytes newsletter is available. Featured in this issue is an article about the excitement around the usage of iPads in higher education, the emergence of online degree programs at HBCUs and at Howard, a feature about power management, "Green IT" and other higher education news for faculty, students and researchers.

Update on Howard’s Haiti Relief Efforts:  Howard University continues to stand steadfast in support of Haiti. Last year, WHUR 96.3 FM led a three-day radiothon “Holding onto Haiti,” which raised more than $42,000. Doctors without Borders and Save the Children each received $21,000 to support Haiti missions. In addition, the Howard University Haitian Relief Fund has received more than $66,000 in contributions, including $20,000 from politician and strategist Wayne K. Curry. The committee has also received several inquiries about a service mission to Haiti. Committee members are reviewing and finalizing the plans for the next steps to support the recovery efforts.

Students Brian Menifee, Domenio Smith, Illai Kenney, Rose Boomsma and Thomya Goode made presentations on recycling at two “green” events in 2010. The students learned about recycling and solid waste handling while working with the summer internship program sponsored by the District of Columbia Department of Public Works, in partnership with Howard’s Office of Capital Planning and Sustainability. The students were invited to make a presentation and participate on a panel discussion in October at the 2010 District of Columbia Green Festival, the nation's largest sustainability event. In December, they made a presentation at the Keep America Beautiful 57th national conference. The students are now bringing their talent home by supporting on-campus events like the recent Business School Honors Program Sustainability Case Study and the Energy Audit Training Program.

Gary Harrell was named the new head football coach. Harrell recently completed two seasons as the offensive coordinator for Bowie State University’s football team. Prior to joining the Bulldogs, Harrell served as the quarterbacks coach at Morgan State University (2008-2009) and the wide receivers coach for Team Michigan, a member of the All-American Football League
(Feb. 2008–May 2008). The Miami native began his coaching career at Howard (2002-2004) as the wide receivers coach.

Barbara  L.J. Griffin, Ph.D. was named vice president for Student Affairs after an extensive national search. Most recently, while  serving as interim vice president for Student Affairs, she reorganized the division to more effectively support the University’s mission to develop the “whole” student, through integration of the curricular and co-curricular programs and building bridges throughout all units that foster the comprehensive growth and development of Howard students. She has been with the University for nearly 20 years.

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