Human Resources Newsletter

August 2013

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Welcome to this month's issue of the HR newsletter. Learn more about:

  • Lactation rooms for nursing mothers
  • Free-of-charge smoking cessation program for faculty and staff
  • Merit increase notices
  • New training certificates and course scheduling options
  • AhealthyU fall exercise classes
  • Winners of AhealthyU's Pedometer Challenge, and
  • Meet Members of the Staff Council

Lactation Rooms Now Available for Nursing Mothers

American University provides lactation rooms to support nursing mothers returning to work, school, or campus. Any nursing mother who is an American University community member (faculty, staff, student, contract employee) or their spouse, or domestic or opposite sex partner can use any of the lactation rooms.

Each room offers a clean, secure, and private space for women who need to express breast milk during their time on campus. All rooms are equipped with comfortable seating, a table, and ample electrical outlets near the chair.

Some rooms contain refrigerators and sinks, or if there is not a sink in the room, there will be one close by. Nursing mothers will need to provide their own pump. If a refrigerator is not provided in one of the rooms, it is recommended that mothers bring a small cooler to store their breast milk.

For more information and a list of the lactation rooms with locations, amenities, times, and contacts, visit the lactation room information page at

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Quit Smoking

Smoking Cessation Program Starting September 17

On August 15, 2013, American University joined the almost 1,200 colleges and universities nationwide that already are tobacco-free by becoming a tobacco- and smoke-free campus. The university looks forward to working together to make AU a campus dedicated to the health and well-being of the entire community.


AU will offer a free-of-charge, smoking cessation program for faculty and staff through Healthworks/Kaiser Permanente beginning September 17.

The program is designed to help participants develop a personal plan to quit smoking and all participants are expected to commit to attending all eight scheduled classes, participate fully in class assignments, and commit to a quit date on or before November 5, 2013.

Classes will be held from noon to 1 p.m. each Tuesday, September 17 – November 5. Lunch will be provided.

Register by Friday, September 13 by clicking this link.

Visit for more information and additional resources about AU's commitment to being a healthier and more welcoming campus by being tobacco- and smoke-free.

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How to Contact Us

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PMP and AsuccessfulU Questions?

Do you have a question about the revamped PMP? Having trouble finding or logging in to set up your goals in AsuccessfulU? Email and a member of the HR team will help you.

A Reminder Regarding Merit Increases

PMPs were submitted by the end of July and all merit increases for staff were finalized in August. Your manager has access to your merit increase information and, if you already have not been advised, expect your manager to share your compensation statement with you shortly.

Merit increases are effective August 31, 2013 for non-exempt staff (paid bi-weekly) and September 1 for exempt staff (paid monthly). Your compensation statement also will include where within the revised pay band structure your job has been assigned. For more clarification regarding the pay band structure, please take the online training, Compensation at AU, on AsuccussfulU.

Staff members will have access to their compensation statements in AsuccessfulU beginning October 1, 2013.

If you have any questions, please contact

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New Training Certificates and Scheduling Options

The Workplace Learning and Development team of Human Resources (WLD) is excited to offer two new Professional Development certificate: Leading for Results (for those who lead full-time staff) and Navigating Change for all staff, including leaders.

Leading for Results is designed to develop the new leadership competencies of "Developing Talent" and "Managing Performance." The certificate program includes three courses, Essentials of Leadership (pre-requisite), Developing Others, and Setting Performance Expectations and Reviewing Performance Progress.

Navigating Change is appropriate for anyone who wants to manage the change process in a positive and effective way for themselves and others in their workplace. The certificate comprises for four courses: Communicating with Impact (online) or Essentials of Leadership (classroom or online), and Navigating Beyond Conflict, Building Trust with Colleagues, and Embracing Change.

Courses on Demand

In response to course popularity and scheduling requirements, WLD also introduces Courses-on-Demand which makes more course sessions available based on participant interest.

If you are interested in a course that does not have a scheduled time listed, you can “Request Schedule” on AsuccessfulU to indicate that you would like a session to be scheduled. If a session is offered at an inconvenient time, please email to request that it be scheduled again. Once 16 people request a particular course, it then will be offered and you will be notified of the date and time.

To support Courses-on-Demand and allow time for more popular topics, some courses may be offered only once during the academic year. Please reference the Chart of Frequency and the process to sign-up for Courses-on-Demand and customized courses in the 2013-2014 Professional Development and Wellness Education Catalog arriving in mailboxes soon!

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AhealthyU Offers Group Exercise Classes This Fall

AhealthyU and the Recreational Sports and Fitness department are introducing group exercise classes exclusively for AU faculty and staff. If you’ve ever wanted to take a spin at spinning, a pop at pilates, or a zag at Zumba, then we’ve got you covered.

Faculty and staff will have 10 classes to choose from each week – some before work hours, some during work hours, and some after work hours. All AU employees with fitness center memberships will have access to the classes at no cost. Non-members will be able to drop-in to any class for a $5-per-class fee (cash, EagleBucks, and credit card accepted).  

For information on how to sign-up for a fitness center membership visit:

Our full schedule of classes for Fall 2013:

12 – 1 p.m. | JFC | Pilates
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. | Cassel Studio A | Zumba  

7 – 8 a.m. | JFC | Tone Up Tuesday
12 – 1 p.m.| Cassel Studio A | Yoga  

10:30 – 11:30a.m. |JFC | Spinning
5:30 – 6:30p.m. | Cassel Studio A | Zumba  


7 – 8 p.m. | JFC | Throw Back Thursday (Aerobics, Step, Etc.)
12 – 1p.m. | Cassel Studio A | Relaxation/Meditation  

7 – 8 a.m. | JFC | Bootcamp
12 – 1 p.m. | JFC | Yoga 

More information about these classes can be found on the AhealthyU website at

Classes are first-come, first-serve and have a 30-person max per class (18 for spinning).

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Pedometer Challenge

Faculty and Staff Stepped Up to the Pedometer Challenge

In 2013, 270 members of AU’s faculty and staff met or exceeded their personal step goals, qualifying them for prizes. Participants took a total of 186,094,847 steps. That’s an average of 8,861 steps per day per person, which is well above the average of around five thousand steps per day for American adults.

Third-place winners in the challenge were Malinda Morawetz, Matt Goff, Emily Vail, and Jacquelyne Chantry – Team Step It Up!, who averaged 27,367 steps per person per day. They received a prize check of $416.00.

Say Cheese Walkers, the second-place team, made a strong push in the second half of the Challenge. My-Lien Le, Chih-Jey Hsiung, Lisa Ager, and Ethan Hicks won $834 for coming in second.

The first-place team, Team Squirrel in My Pants, took home $1,250 to split four ways. And they earned it! Bobby Reeves, Becca Reeves, Abbey Swan, and Donna Femenella averaged more than 31,000 steps per day, per person.

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Meet the Members of the Staff Council

On July 1, the Staff Council elected 20 representatives to serve as advocates for staff issues in 2013-2014. This year, the Staff Council has aligned it’s members with specific departments to share information and to gather feedback. The Staff Council has championed actions that include the closing of AU during winter break, increased “Campus Beautification Day” participation, and the donation of more than 15 boxes of winter clothes to A Wider Circle last year.

In this issue of the HR newsletter, and in subsequent issues, we will introduce you to different members of the Staff Council. We invite you to contact your representative with your compliments, concerns, and issues so that we can share them with the wider AU community.

New member Elyas Abubakr of International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) says that, “Serving [on council] allows me the opportunity to continue working professionally with a diverse group of staff, campus partners, and engage more actively in addressing their concerns.” Contact Elyas at

Kogod School of Business’ Andrea Carpenter, another first-time member, says that she is looking forward to “getting to know other staff from across campus and continuing to make AU a fantastic place to work.” Andrea is the staff council liaison to the Kogod School of Business. Contact Andrea at

Elizabeth Nelson of Human Resources adds that she is most “excited to share new ways to promote the council's work.” Elizabeth is the staff council liaison to the Office of Finance and Treasurer - Administration, External Relations & Auxiliary Services, and Risk Management & Safety Services. Elizabeth can be reached at

Emily Curley of AU’s Office of Sustainability and a newly-elected secretary in the executive committees cites the Staff Council meetings as her favorite part of membership because, “it’s where members collaborate and hatch plans.” Emily is the staff council liaison to the Library. Contact Emily at

For more on Staff Council’s new members and initiatives, please visit or on Facebook at,

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