October 2013
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News from the Office of Human Resources (OHR)...
By Cherise Rhyns, manager, HR Communications
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Upcoming Health and Wellness Events

Please R.S.V.P. for all health and wellness events (listed below) by calling 202-806-1280 (University), 202-865-3927 (Hospital), or by sending an email to benefits@howard.edu.

Preventing Diabetes
Oct. 15, 2013
10 a.m. – 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Howard University Hospital
Human Resources Conference Room #2038B
2041 Georgia Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20060

Oct. 18, 2013
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Howard University Center
2225 Georgia Avenue, NW
Suite 304 (PDLA Vashon Room)
Washington, DC 20059 

Flu Shot Clinics
Oct. 16, 28 and 30, 2013
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Howard University Service Center
2244 10th Street NW
Campus Police Training Room (2nd floor)
Washington, DC  20059

Oct. 25, 29, and Nov. 1, 2013
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Howard University Hospital
Special Functions Room A (Cafeteria)
2041 Georgia Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20060


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TIAA-CREF launched a What’s Your Financial IQ Challenge during October. Click here to complete the challenge and enter for a chance to win one of three iPads.  New questions will be added daily, so be sure to visit the page often. The challenge ends Oct. 31, 2013.

Retirement Appreciation Program

Please join the Office of Human Resources on Oct. 28 at 5 p.m., in the ballroom of the Blackburn Center to honor the valuable contributions of the esteemed staff and faculty who retired during the 2012-13 academic year. The ceremony is open to the public.

OHR Employee Spotlight: Kathryn Brown

Kathryn Brown has been employed at Howard University for 24 years. As the program development manager for the Professional Development and Leadership Academy (PDLA), Brown designs curriculum, conducts learning and development experiences, collaborates with administrators to develop training solutions for performance gaps and facilitates the New Hire Workforce Engagement seminars. A major initiative that Brown provides instruction on is C.A.R.E.S. (an acronym for Collaboration, Accountability, Respect, Excellence and Service), the Howard University Health Sciences customer service initiative. 

“I like to think of myself as the customer experience management and CARES 'cheerleader' for Howard University,” Brown says.

Originally from Bronx, N.Y., Brown graduated from William Howard Taft High School (Bronx, N.Y.), and attended Salem College (Salem, W.V.) and the University of Maryland School of Social Work and Community Planning. In 1989 she began working at Howard as the program assistant for the Annenberg Honors Program in the School of Communications and transitioned to work in PDLA in 1997.

 “My fondest memory at Howard was when the first class of students graduated from the Annenberg Honors Program,” Brown says.  “I remain in touch with many of them, all of whom have excelled in their field.”

In her free time, Brown serves in Christian education for the A.M.E. Zion Church denomination, focusing on leaders, youth, young adults and women in the church.

 “I am very fortunate to also do for the church what I do at Howard,” Brown says. “I love creating learning and development opportunities in the church."

It is also a priority for her to spend time with her mom, godchildren and extended family.

“I have been richly blessed with many best moments in my life,” Brown says. “It is difficult to choose one, but I would have to say that preaching my initial sermon in 1989 was the best moment of my life because it led to many wonderful experiences that I have had nurturing others in their faith, traveling, developing creative ministries and forming intimate relationships with numerous youth and young adults.”

If Brown had a chance to give everyone in the world one piece of advice, it would be to build hope on things eternal. “I have learned that people, positions, possessions and power all come and go,” Brown says. “While I am not fond of ‘churchy’ clichés, I do know that ‘only what you do for Christ will last!’”

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