November 2012
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News from the Office of Human Resources …

By Cherise Rhyns, manager, HR Communications

Download the Office of Human Resources’ fall 2012 newsletter. Included in this issue is information on OHR’s vision, mission and core values; the latest Policy Flash; and a spotlight on longtime employee Aisha Wise. Here’s a preview:

STRIVE to Inspire!

The Office of Human Resources works daily to support the University’s mission. With every task, we challenge ourselves to reflect our commitment to the following:


To foster an exceptional, dynamic environment that is creative and educational by working together optimally to deliver excellent service to our customers.


The Office of Human Resources attracts, recruits, inspires and retains a superior workforce dedicated to performance excellence, mutual respect, diversity and the overall well-being of every member of the University community. We establish policies and practices that are competitive, fair and clear, aimed both at meeting the evolving needs of the University while also facilitating its historic reputation for excellence. We cultivate programs that strengthen enterprise effectiveness and deliver best in class services in support of the University’s educational, research, and health care mission to perpetuate the University’s position of global preeminence.


S- (Service) Dedicated to service excellence.
T- (Teamwork) Commited to achieving goals through collaboration.
R- (Respect) Promoting equity and fairness while honoring everyone's dignity and worth.
I- (Integrity) Adherence to moral and ethical principles that promote accountability, honesty, confidentiality and reliability.
V- (Value Diversity) Encourage the exchange of divese efforts, ideas, policies and procedures to maintain a workplace free of discrimination and harassment.
E- (Excellence) Invest in professional development to ensure a talented, motivated and empowered workforce.

Policy Flash: Nepotism

The nepotism policy places restrictions on the employment of relatives in positions where there is any level of direct or indirect supervisory relationship between the employees. Relatives are defined as mother, father, son, daughter, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, first cousin, nephew, niece, husband, wife, mother-in-law, father-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, stepfather, stepmother, stepson, stepdaughter, stepbrother, stepsister, half-brother, half-sister or domestic partner.

Compliance with the terms of the policy is expected by all when hiring, accepting employment from and/or working with relatives.

Aisha Wise
OHR Employee Spotlight: Aisha Wise

“When I first started working in the Payroll office, my co-workers gladly took me in and showed me so much love. I love the fact that my position allows me to help people with one of the most important things in their life—their pay.”  

For the full Policy Flash and to read more about Aisha Wise, be sure to download the OHR newsletter at
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