March 2011
University News
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The latest news from the Office of Talent Management
The Benefits Fairs for Open Enrollment will be held during the following dates and times:  
  • Vote for the Women of Distinction award. Click here to download the nomination form, which must be submitted by March 28.

As a part of its annual legislative policy conference, the National Urban League will officially release its annual publication, The State of Black America, at Cramton Auditorium, March 31 at 10:00 a.m. Offering a variety of thought-provoking analyses and commentaries on contemporary issues affecting African Americans and the nation, this year’s edition of the 35-year old publication includes an introduction by President Sidney A. Ribeau, Ph.D. Additionally, State of Black America 2011 focuses on economic recovery and the future of jobs in America, and includes insights from noted economists, scholars, policy experts and journalists. Topics range from opportunities in a jobless recovery and deficit and debt reduction to the implications of the 2010 census count and educating the future workforce. Emphasizing the need for lessons based on practical experiences, this year’s publication also offers case studies that demonstrate the blending of policy and practice. The National Urban League’s two-day summit will host Urban League affiliate delegations comprised of CEO's, board chairs and the presidents of affiliate Guild and Young Professional auxiliaries. As a part of the conference, affiliate delegations will meet on Capitol Hill with U.S. senators and representatives.

It’s not too late to donate at least two books as part of a campaign to collect 1,000 books for Washington Metropolitan High School, a public high school that currently doesn’t have a library.  Books can still be dropped off for Washington Metropolitan High School. For pickups or for more information, contact Antonita Pratcher at  or 623-341-9280.

The application deadline for the Scandrett Disabilities Scholarship Fund has been extended to March 22. The $1,200 scholarships are available to students with disabilities who are enrolled at Howard University.  Students may obtain and submit an application electronically by sending a request to

Hard copies are available for pickup and return at the Office of Special Student Services, Howard Center, Room 725. The scholarships will be awarded to the selected students at the 19th annual fundraiser for the Scandrett Fund at noon, March 26, in the Armour J. Blackburn University Center Ballroom.

For additional information, contact Mary Frances Stubbs, Ph.D., at 202-806-5876.

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Darrell A. Brown was appointed the executive director of the Washington, D.C. Small Business Development Center (DC SBDC) at Howard. Brown previously served as director of Urban Policy and Development for the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation and director of Economic Development for the City of Cranston, Rhode Island. He was also an economic policy advisor in the Office of the Governor of Rhode Island, served as chief of staff to the attorney general of Rhode Island and as an assistant attorney general in the Virgin Islands. Howard has hosted the DC SBDC, a co-operative program in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, since 1979, serving tens of thousands of District small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.
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James “Jimmy” Jones was appointed executive vice president and chief talent management officer. Jones, who served in an acting role for this position for several months, most recently was the managing director of PRM Consulting Group. He has also served as senior vice president and chief human resources/administrative officer at Reebok International Ltd., among other executive level roles. He is a seasoned and recognized leader in the design and management of contemporary human resources and employee-relations strategies.

The winter 2011 issue of Howard Magazine is now online. Read about Howard’s visionary leadership in the African Diaspora.
Alternative Spring Break may be over, but you can still read and hear about the experiences of the volunteers who spent a week giving back to communities in Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, New Orleans, Washington, D.C., and in Haiti.

For the second consecutive year, Howard is participating in the RecycleMania competition in which more than 600 college campuses will compete to reduce, reuse and recycle. The contest is a tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus community. This year's competition will end April 2. For more information, contact the Office of Capital Planning and Sustainability at 202-806-2399 or or

Howard is once again competing in the Home Depot’s “Retool Your School” to revitalize the campus with an eco-friendly project. Last year, the University won a $10,000 grant to install a sustainable “rain garden” behind the Blackburn Center.  This year, it is competing with 56 other HBCUs to win the $50,000 award to fund the repair and beautification of the athletic practice fields with eco-friendly turf. To vote and review project descriptions, visit You may vote for the University once every day until voting closes on April 22.

Howard and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation will host a day-long symposium to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Congressional Black Caucus on April 5, from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. in the Ira Aldridge Theatre. To register for the symposium, visit

The University will hold its 16th annual Women Ambassadors Conference April 6-7. On April 6, the conference will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the west ballroom of the Blackburn Center. On April 7, it will be held in the Rayburn Building of the U.S. Congress from 2:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. Members of the diplomatic corps, the U.S. Congress and senior officials from NGOs and international organizations will address the theme of this year’s conference, “Diplomacy in Times of Change.” For more information, call Marilyn Sephocle, Ph.D., at 202-247-7404 or at 202-806-6758.

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