October 2012
Capstone October 2012 Howard University  

News from the Office of Human Resources …

By Cherise Rhyns, manager, HR Communications
2012 Faculty Retirees Acknowledged at Ceremony

Faculty members who retired during the 2012 fiscal year were honored at a private reception and public recognition ceremony on Sept. 6, 2012, in the Blackburn Center. Honorees received a standing ovation and applause as the faculty retiree processional entered the ballroom on a red carpet. With Tyrone Barksdale as the master of ceremonies, the formal program included guest speakers President Sidney A. Ribeau, Ph.D., Provost Wayne Frederick, M.D., James Donaldson, Ph.D., and Alvin Thornton, Ph.D. The combined career experience reflected more than 1,500 years of educational leadership and academic experience. Each retiring faculty member was recognized individually and photographed receiving a plaque from President Ribeau along with a certificate and gift from both Ribeau and Frederick. Please click here to view photos from the event.

“Let’s Move It” Walk/Run Launches “Healthy Howard” Initiative

The Office of Human Resources hosted the “Let’s Move It” Walk/Run on Sept. 21, 2012, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.  The event marked the official launch of “Healthy Howard,” the new health and wellness program for the University. Participants walked or ran at Greene Stadium or on a cross-campus route.

Co-sponsored by CIGNA, the University’s provider for medical, dental and prescription benefits, the walk/run aims to provide faculty, staff and students with the opportunity to exercise in a fun group setting. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the average adult should exercise a minimum of 2.5 hours per week of “moderate-intensity aerobic activity” and muscle strengthening activities two or more days per week. Activity recommendations from the CDC can be found here.

Multiple studies from various organizations consistently show that exercise correlates to health benefits.  Some of those health benefits include prevention or management of ailments such as cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, arthritis and stress.

Additional sponsors for “Let’s Move It” included Aflac, AIRMI, BJ’s, Franklin Park Apartment Homes, ING, Legal Resources, New York Life, PNC, SunLife Financial, TIAA-CREF Financial Services and VALIC.  (Photos by Aileen M. McClain)

Annual Leave Balances Updated

Please be advised that on July 27, 2012, the leave balances on all paychecks were changed to reflect the leave accrual upload that occurred on July 1, 2012. This upload is in compliance with the University’s newly revised annual leave policy.  The following details the uploaded amounts:  
      • Full-time employees with less than 15 years of service were advanced 160 hours of annual leave.
      • Full-time employees with 15 years of service or more were advanced 208 hours of annual leave.
      • Part-time employees with less than 15 years of service were advanced 80 hours of annual leave.
      • Part-time employees with 15 years of service or more were advanced 104 hours of leave.
Employees should work with their supervisors to plan leave usage for the entire fiscal year in order to take full advantage of the leave allotment for this year. Leave balances will be reduced to 80 hours for all leave program participants on June 30, 2013.

For more information, please review the Howard University Revised Annual Leave Policy at http://www.howard.edu/secretary/documents/500-008AnnualLeave.pdf

Answers to frequently asked questions are also available at http://www.hr.howard.edu/documents/HU_Annual_Leave_Policy_FAQ_120522.pdf.  For more information, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 202-806-1280.
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