Monday, December 12, 2016

"Howard University - The Community Connection" -- dated 12-12-2016

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Subject: [LeDroitPark] "Howard University - The Community Connection"
Good afternoon, Neighbors:

Please forgive the earlier newsletter e-mail.  The subject headline was misleading, but I hope you will enjoy the winter edition of Howard University's Community Connection newsletter, nevertheless.

Maybelle Taylor Bennett
Howard University Community Association
Office of External Affairs 
2400 Sixth Street, N.W. Room 323
Washington, D.C. 20059
Ph: (202) 806-2661
Fx: (202) 667-4340

Howard University - The Community Connection 
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Dear Neighbor,

The Howard University is pleased to present "The Community Connection," a quarterly newsletter for news and information of interest to the neighbors of Howard University.   This newsletter is intended to keep you informed of major events of the academic year, available public services from Howard University and Howard University Hospital, and latest news surrounding our University, students, and initiatives.

We hope you enjoy this winter edition and welcome your input and recommendations. As we approach this holiday season, let's stay connected and build an even stronger community.

In Truth and Service,

Valarie Turner, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Off-Campus Housing and Community Engagement

Maybelle Taylor Bennett
Director, Howard University Community Association

Cynthia C. Livingston
Director, Department of Community Relations
Howard University Hospital


The DC Office of Planning sponsored a Creative Placemaking Initiative at the end of the summer featuring special neighborhoods within the city, one of which was the lower Georgia Avenue area, home of Howard's central campus.  In early November, two current Howard students, Maya Katherine Moore and Silas Wood, and one alum, Curry Hackett, were featured in this video art project where they expressed their views on the changes that are occurring in the Pleasant Plains and Park View neighborhoods around Howard.  Philippa Hughes of the Pink Line Project was the creative force behind the project.  She and her team projected the faces of area residents and students onto the walls and in storefronts along Georgia Avenue to highlight the community's diversity and encourage neighbors to truly see one another.   Visit the website:  to view selected interviews and scenes from the community.


Howard University Hospital and the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees (NUHHCE),  Metropolitan District 1199, AFSCME, AFL-CIO sponsored a community appreciation day on the front lawn of the hospital on Saturday, September 24, 2016.  The community was invited to come learn about the hospital's offerings, get health screenings and enjoy family fun and refreshments.  This was also a time to celebrate the mutually beneficial working relationship between hospital management and the union workers.


On October 29, 2016, Maybelle Taylor Bennett, Director of the Howard University Community Association, joined Aimee Custis and Claire Jaffee of the Coalition for Smarter Growth, as a guide for one of the Coalition's walking tours.  The tour was intended to showcase the neighborhood's many current and impending changes, its proximity to excellent transit facilities and its walkability.  Highlighted were the new housing developments, art studios on Eighth Street, recently opened restaurants and the Landmark movie theater. The tour began at the African American Civil War Memorial and ended at Howard and its development partners' new mixed use apartment and retail project being constructed across from the West Howard Plaza Towers.  Other guides on the tour were Commissioner Robb Hudson, Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner (ANC) for ANC 1B11, Emily Garofalo and Lauren Greco with the JBG Companies, Kevin Shaar, with MRP Realty, and Patrick Nelson, a Chair of the ANC 1B Zoning, Preservation and Development Committee.


The Howard University Department of Public Safety (HU DPS) Management Team would like to welcome Captain Stallings-Bolton, Lieutenant Jones, and Lieutenant Beatty to the community.  
  1.  Captain Dolmesha Stallings-Bolton, is the newest captain of the HU DPS.  She joined Howard University Police Department August 1, 2016 and comes to the DPS with 11 years of Police experience including assignments with the DC Metropolitan Police Department as an Officer, and the Delaware State University Police Department as a Lieutenant.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Government Administration (Concentration on Legal Studies minoring in Political Science) and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.
  1. Lieutenant Sylvester Jones, is from Suffolk , VA., and has worked in Law Enforcement for 12 years.  Lt. Jones has held positions as Chief of Police; Security Manager; and a Security Branch/area Manager in DC and MD.  He has served as Special Police Officer, Lieutenant and Captain in his police career.
  1. Lieutenant Isaac Beatty was promoted to Lieutenant with the HU Department of Public Safety for Howard University, in September 2016. Lieutenant Beatty previously worked with DPS in the Howard University Hospital Bureau as a Sergeant.  He started his career with the HUH Department of Protective Services in March 2012 as a SPO Officer. Lieutenant Beatty is committed to building the department’s internal and external relationships and focuses on strong customer service, to become one of the top campus police departments. 

The Office of Off-Campus Housing and Community Engagement (OCHCE) has been involved in many efforts to support and serve the community this Fall 2016.

Partnership engagements have included:
Working with HU Mission for Better Living for Everyone (HUMBLE) to provide a myriad of community service activities that engaged senior citizens at the LeDroit Park Seniors Apartments, patrons of and visitors to the Howard University Hospital (HUH). These community service efforts and the additional activities listed below help to strengthen relationships between Howard University and members of its surrounding community.

October 5, 2016– HUmane Kindness Day@HUH involved students serving as Greeters at the Howard University Hospital.  Students greeted the hospital patrons and staff, and distributed 550+ positive messaging Kindness notecards.

October 6, 2016 – HUmane Kindness Day LeDroit Park Seniors Apartment was held to make a positive impact on the community.  Various HU students prepared, designed and delivered hand-made positive message cards to approximately 120 residents’ doors at the LeDroit Seniors Apartment building.

November 15, 2016  Participated in the WHUR 96.3 FM Radio Food2Feed Annual Drive “bucket brigade” to collect food and monies for the annual Thanksgiving food drive. The successful drive raised $80,210+ for the families in the Metropolitan area.
November 17, 2016 – Volunteered at the Junior Achievement Finance Park in Landover, MD. Volunteers participated in a simulated monthly household budget development experience with 8th grade students from Prince George’s County Schools.

December 13, 2016  Will send a Holiday Safety e-mail reminder letter to all Howard University students.  The letter will remind students to safeguard their homes and personal belongings during the Winter Break period.  


Dec. 13 – First Semester Ends
Dec. 19 – Jan. 2 University Closed – Winter Break
Jan. 5 – Residence Halls Open for New Residents 
Jan. 6 – Residence Halls Open for Continuing Students
Jan. 9 – Formal Classes Begin (Spring 2017)
Jan. 16 – University Closed – Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday
Feb. 20 – University Closed – Presidents Day
March 2 – Charter Day Convocation
March 11 – March 19 University Closed – Spring Recess
April (TBA)* – Off-Campus Housing and Community Engagement Fair Blackburn Center 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
April 28 – Formal Classes End
May 12 – Second Semester Ends
May 13  2016 Commencement

Read the Bison Beat
Read the latest of edition of the Bison Beat, a monthly newsletter from President Wayne A. I. Frederick.
This edition features a 93rd Howard Homecoming recap, important upcoming sesquicentennial event listings, and updates on excellence at Howard.

To read and share, visit

In Truth & Service...
Howard University Hospital representatives attended the Telemundo Family Day at the DC Armory. 

Howard University Hospital employees were in attendance at the health pavilion for the 2016 Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Session at the Washington Convention Center. The College of Dentistry provided dental screenings and the Department of Geriatrics administered memory screenings.  
Howard University College of Dentistry students represented well at the Telemundo Family Day. The dental students who attended are also members of the Hispanic Dental Association. They were on hand to help screen and translate for those who attended the event.

Howard University Hospital employees shared information on maintaining good health during the 2016 Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Session at the Washington Convention Center. 
On behalf of the Howard University Hospital Department of Community Services, please note the following service activities opportunities:
  • Howard University Hospital (HUH), along with other HU Health Sciences departments, participated in the LeDroit Park Community Day on Saturday, October 29, 2016. Local residents were treated to free health screenings such as blood pressure, glucose, dental and eye exams, and flu shots by the Walgreens at HUH.  Mayor Muriel Bowser stopped by and visited the Howard station where she had her blood pressure taken.  The event included Halloween costume contests, musical entertainment, a barbeque hosted by Common Good Farms, and plenty of activities for the children.
  • During the period, November 1 – 21, Howard University Hospital conducted a Haiti Relief Drive, collecting monetary donations, dry goods, first aid items, personal items, boots and tennis shoes and other goods to accompany medical personnel and staff who will be traveling to Haiti in the near future.
  • On Sunday, November 13th, Howard University Hospital participated as a Community Partner in La Feria de la Familia, Telemundo’s  annual family event at the DC Armory.  With an annual attendance of approximately 25,000, the community was treated to free dental, glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure screenings, as well as health and wellness information.  
  • To usher in the holiday season, on Saturday, November 19th, Howard University Hospital and the College of Dentistry were co-sponsors of the annual First Rising Mt. Zion Baptist Church Community Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner and Health Fair.  Various Health Science departments participated, providing free blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, dental, vision, memory, prostate and other screenings; the community was also fed a light breakfast and a full Thanksgiving Dinner.
  • November 21 – December 15, the hospital’s annual Hope Tree is on display.  The names of children are taken from the tree by staff and others who bring holiday cheer by purchasing gifts for the child whose name they pulled.  All goods will be distributed to parents to help make some holiday dreams come true.  
  • On December 3rd, Howard University Hospital and other Health Science departments participated in the Metropolitan AME Church “Moneywise” conference.  As a part of the Health Initiative for the conference, we provided free general health screenings and also set up information stations.  Students from the College of Dentistry and College of Pharmacy were also on hand to help with screenings.
  • On December 15, 5 pm to 6 pm, in hospital’s Chapel, the Department of Pastoral Care Services’ Grief Counseling Support Group will be hosting a session titled “Grieving During the Holidays”; all are welcome to come.
  • January 7 – 8, 2017, Howard University Hospital will participate in the 23rd annual NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo at the Washington Convention Center.  The annual two-day event draws well over 75,000 people and opens the New Year for all to start working on those health and fitness resolutions and enjoy other fun activities.


Next year, in 2017, Howard University will celebrate its sesquicentennial marking 150 years of Howard excellence. The theme for the sesquicentennial celebration is "The Time is Always Now." In light of this milestone, The Ralph J. Bunche Center and the Howard University School of Law have planned several events to celebrate the upcoming sesquicentennial. Look for more details on throughout 2016 and 2017.  

Follow the 150th events on social media using #HowardU150


  • Howard University Department of Public Safety: (202) 806-1100
  • Office of Off-Campus Housing and Community Engagement: (202) 806-9216
    • To report incidents or concerns, complete the Community Concern form online or leave a message on the Community Concern line at (202) 806-9213.
  • Howard University Community Association: (202) 806-4771
  • Howard University Hospital Department of Community Relations: (202) 865-4238


Nov. 21, 2016 – ESPN'S The Undefeated Presents View From The Hilltop: Episode 3
Nov. 20, 2016  Howard Wins 2016 MEAC Volleyball Championship
Nov. 12, 2016 – ESPN's The Undefeated Presents View from the Hilltop: Episode 1 & 2
Sep. 23, 2016 – Howard University Contributes Historic Artifacts to National Museum of African American History and Culture

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