Monday, September 30, 2019

Howard University special Homecoming edition: Community Connections newsletter, September 2019

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From: Bennett, Maybelle T.
Sent: Monday, September 30, 2019 4:17 PM
Special Homecoming Edition: Community Connections Newsletter, September, 2019


Volume 1, Issue 7

A monthly newsletter brought to you by the Howard University Community Association, highlighting the University's contributions across the District of Columbia and beyond!

Did You Know? The Full Event Line Up for Homecoming 

Howard Homecoming is right around the corner! It is a reminder to Bison from all over the world and the D.C. surrounding communities about the strength of our legacy and the potential of our future. As we welcome back alumni, we show pride in Howard's legacy and share our love of alma mater with Howard friends and family who will share that love right back.

Below is the lineup of this week's Homecoming events:

On Sunday, Oct. 6, the Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel will host Rev. Al Sharpton, as its speaker for the 11 a.m. service in Cramton Auditorium.

Rev. Sharpton is the founder and president of the National Action Network in New York, New York. To watch a brief clip of Rev. Sharpton, please click here.
On Sunday, Oct. 13, the Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel will host Rev. Dr. Frederick D. Haynes III, as its speaker for the 11 a.m. service in Cramton Auditorium.

Rev. Haynes III is the senior pastor of Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. To learn more on Rev. Haynes III, please click here.

To post on social media, tag @HowardUChapel and use the #SundaysAreForChapel
hashtag on Twitter and Instagram.

For any questions or assistance, please visit or call 202-806-7280. Cramton Auditorium is located at 2455 6th St NW, Washington, DC 20059.

Parking Lot Closures
Safety Tips

The Office of Parking and Transportation Services will implement the following parking lot closures during Howard University’s 2019 Homecoming celebration:

Tuesday, October 8 (7 a.m. - noon)
·    Founders

Friday, October 11
·    Johnson
·    Founders
·    Howard Center
·    Burr
·    Mackey

Saturday, October 12
·    Founders
·    Howard Center
·    Johnson
·    East Towers
·    Miner
·    Business
·    Childers
·    Mackey

Alternative Parking Lots
The alternative parking lots for Oct. 8 and Oct. 11 are Banneker South, East Towers, Drew Hall, and Georgia Avenue.

Shuttle Service Modification
On Oct. 12, there will be no shuttle services provided to the West Campus. The weekend shuttle will operate from 1 p.m.-midnight. Please be aware that shuttle service may be impacted due to the increased volume of vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

For questions regarding parking lot closures during Homecoming week, please contact the Office of Parking and Transportation Services via email at
This year’s Homecoming theme, “Forward,” perfectly reflects what it truly means to be a member of the Bison family. Our unity is imperative as we continue to navigate challenges and move Howard Forward upon a foundation of Excellence in Truth and Service. With commitment, planning, and preparation, this promises to be one of the most extraordinary Homecomings ever -- there’s something planned for everyone. 

We know you’ll enjoy the festive energy and the numerous events and activities, but we want you to do so safely and responsibly. Please review the following safety precautions:

Be responsible
Fun is a priority during Homecoming, but safety should be number one.

Have a plan
Designated driver, location, and activities should all be planned before leaving your house or residence hall.

Stick together
Don’t go out without your friends, especially at night. Take care of the people in your group, and aim to return with the people with whom you leave.

Be aware of stranger danger
Meeting new people is important, but keep in mind, not everyone has good intentions. A conscious person makes for a safe person.

Protect the things you value
Lock your car and room, watch your valuables, and be aware of what’s going on around you. Protect your belongings and pay close attention to your surroundings.

Be careful with alcohol consumption
Be sure that you’re of age to partake in alcoholic drinks. If so, avoid binge drinking.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Command Center at 202-250-7305.

Mayor Muriel Bowser Kicks Off Open Streets Initiative

Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Open Streets initiative will be held on Saturday, Oct. 5, the first day of Howard University’s week of Homecoming events. This event is expected to close Georgia Avenue from Barry Place to Missouri Avenue and be free of vehicular traffic – allowing residents to walk along the roadway and enjoy a wide range of activities for all ages, abilities and backgrounds.

The Open Streets program is part of a larger international effort that temporarily closes streets to automobile traffic. It will allow roadways to be filled with alternative, health-promoting ways that support wellness, physical activity while broadening the array of transportation choices, and re-imagining the use of urban streets. Nearly 70 cities in North America sponsor Open Streets events. However, this event will be a first for Washington, D.C.

From 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., Georgia Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic, along with 46 streets that cross Georgia Avenue along this 3-mile stretch, one block to the east and west of the Avenue itself. Metrobuses will be re-routed, and north-south traveling automobile traffic will be re-routed along streets that run parallel to Georgia Avenue, while east-west oriented traffic will need to travel along Missouri Avenue to the north or Florida Avenue/U Street to the south of the closed area. Parking restrictions will begin to take effect at 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 4.

Some 30,000 people are expected to take part in planned activities that include: staged musical performances; Zumba and other aerobic exercise classes; health screenings; and special bike and scooter activities, and more. 

Howard’s Health, Human Performance and Leisure Studies faculty will lead exercise classes in front of Banneker Recreation Center and Howard University Hospital will conduct health screenings. Howard students who participate in the Day of Service will also work with the organizers of Open Streets as volunteers for the event.

For more information, visit the Open Streets website and follow on Facebook and Instagram at @OpenStreetsDC.

Georgia Avenue
Street Closure
Alternative Routes
for Commuters

Town Gown Fire Safety Community Service Project

Howard University's Director of the Office of Off-Campus Housing and Community Engagement, Valarie Turner, Ph.D., will receive a donation of smoke and carbon monoxide detector alarms from the Town/Gown Fire Safety Community Service Project. BRK Brand, Inc., sponsors of the project, solicited applications for these donations among participants who attended the International Town and Gown Association. Turner submitted an application on behalf of Howard University and became one of 25 organizations in the nation to receive the award. 

The project will take place under Turner’s direction following Howard’s Homecoming celebration, and is intended to encourage greater awareness of fire safety among students, promote a partnership between the University and the Fire Department, and educate the general public about fire safety. Students will have an opportunity to serve the community by accompanying and assisting Fire Department personnel as they install the detectors and educate the residents in whose homes they are installed.

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University operates with a commitment to Excellence in Truth and Service and has produced four Rhodes Scholars, 11 Truman Scholars, two Marshall Scholars, one Schwarzman Scholar, over 70 Fulbright Scholars and 22 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States.

Howard University Community Association ph: 202-806-2489 & 202-806-2661
Office of Off-Campus Housing & Community Engagement ph: 202-806-9216
Howard University Hospital Community Relations ph: 202-865-4238

2400 Sixth Street NW
Washington, DC 20059
Phone: 202-806-6100

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