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Human Resources Newsletter - July 2015

21st Century Leadership Institute 2015 Cohort

AU’s 21st Century Leadership Institute Completes First Cohort

AU piloted the 21st Century Leadership Institute in October 2014. 25 specially selected managers were nominated by leaders throughout the university and invited by Dr. Kerwin to participate in this unique personal and professional development opportunity. 

Designed to develop leaders within the university, the 21st Century Leadership Institute is a 6-month long leadership program which integrates the best of experiential and cognitive classroom learning with practical action learning.  

Members of the first cohort met once a month for daylong sessions over the 6 month period. Each participant concurrently worked on an Action Learning project that applied their classroom learning to real organizational issues. Each participant also identified a sponsor for additional coaching throughout the program.  

The program concluded with a special luncheon on May 29. Cohort members, their managers, members of the Cabinet, and Dr. Kerwin discussed the participants’ experiences and their Action Learning projects over lunch. There was a special presentation by representatives of the cohort.  

Chad LaDue, Director, Operations & Administration, Housing & Dining Programs, said, “As a longtime member of AU, I genuinely feel that this experience stands apart as the best program I’ve had the pleasure to be a part of and it is a clear message that AU values its community of leaders and is committed to cultivating and supporting their professional growth and development. The 21st Century Leadership Institute is truly transformational!”  

The 21st Century Leadership Institute pilot was a success and the second cohort is scheduled to take place in October 2015.  

Congratulations to each member of the 21st Century Leadership Institute’s First Cohort.  

Lisa Arakaki
Anthony Hollinger
Mindy Schuster
Senem Bakar
David Jaffe
Katherine Simpson
Laura BonDurant
Deadré Johnson
Tiffany Speaks
Nicole Bresnahan
Ann Joiner
Katya White
Traci Crockett
Chad LaDue
Anthony Williams
Terry Fernandez
Robert Linson
Carol Wisniewski
Devon Villa Gessert
Nada Maalouf
Leslie Wong
Jocelyn Hill
David Osborne

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AhealthyU Calendar

Weight Watchers®

Open House
Thursday, 7/30 | 12pm
MGC 330-N
Complimentary session to attend a Weight Watchers meeting before enrolling.

Summer Walking Group

Weekly group walk and guided discussion on health & wellness topics.
12:05 - 12:50pm
Meet in front of Cassell Fitness Center

Email AhealthyU to RSVP

7/23: The Mind-Body Connection

7/31: The Negative Effects of Sitting

From the Farmer

Tuesday Afternoons
MGC, WCL, & 3201 New Mexico Ave. 

Group Exercise Classes for Faculty & Staff 

Monday – Friday
May 26 - August 7  

Printable AhealthyU Summer Calendar 

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WLD Certificates Program Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

WLD Certificates Program Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

WLD’s Professional Development Certificates Program Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

On June 11, American University Workplace Learning and Development’s (WLD) celebrated the fifth anniversary of its Professional Development Certificates program. Inviting over 80 certificate recipients, WLD held a reception that allowed attendees to network and share their accomplishments together.

Participants were overwhelmingly positive about the program and agreed that it helped them to learn new skills and techniques that enhanced their lives. Some said that the courses helped them manage their teams more effectively, communicate better with their peers, and create an overall better work environment. Others noted that the courses provided techniques, scripts, and guides for having vital conversations with supervisors, peers, and reports. Many also said that the courses helped to change and focus their career paths.

Attendees to the gathering participated in a networking activity and Jonnel Clothier of AU Central and Eida Kokoneshi of Student Accounts were winners of the events raffle. All certificate recipients received an anniversary celebration gift.

“The Certificates program reception provided an environment of collegiality, conviviality, and collaboration,” said Barbara Hampton-Barclay, Professional Development & Consulting Manager.

To find out about WLD’s Certificates Program or their many training offerings, visit AsuccessfulU on the myAU portal or check out the training calendar for the upcoming classes at the bottom of this newsletter.

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I-9 Certification Training August 5, 2015

Participate in the I-9 Certification Session Training

American University hires more than 1,000 employees annually in the span of about eight weeks when the school year kicks off. Throughout all of the hiring actions, AU must maintain strict compliance with the law in regards to new-hire paperwork requirements, including the Form I-9. All employees hired after 1986 must have a Form I-9 on file with the university to receive compensation. These employees include full-time and part-time faculty and staff, as well as student employees hired on stipends via federal work study grants.

The federal government has issued strict guidance for completing the Form I-9, including due dates and required documents to prove identity and work authorization. If you are involved in the hiring process and your department would like you to certify I-9's on behalf of the university, the Human Resources Team invites you to participate in our upcoming I-9 Certification Session on Wednesday, August 5 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Prior to attending this training, you will need to complete an online webinar. An access link to the webinar will be provided to you after you have RSVP’ed for the training. After completing this training and receiving your certification, you will help to ensure that AU remains compliant during one of the busiest hiring times of the year.

Space is limited. Please RSVP to Heather A. Smith ( no later than July 28.

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Online Health Assessments - Give us 15 minutes and we'll give you $50*

Give Us 15 Minutes and We’ll Give You $50

Health assessments are back, now through October 31. Complete your online health assessment and we’ll give you $50* in EagleBucks or as a credit towards an AU Recreational Sports and Fitness membership. The health assessment and $50 incentive are only available to full-time faculty and staff. Participants also will be automatically entered into a drawing for a Fitbit Flex.**

But besides the incentive, why take the health assessment? The health assessment provides you with a confidential, personalized, wellness report that identifies what you are doing well and which health behaviors may need improvement. The report addresses a number of health and health risk factors, including:

• Cancer risk • Fitness • Safety
• Coronary risk • Nutrition • Stress and coping
• Diabetes risk • Osteoporosis risk • Weight management

These could be great talking points to start a conversation with your doctor.

While not required as a part of the online health assessment, we recommend that you schedule a routine physical with your personal physician to get your biometric screening results prior to completing your health assessment so you are able to provide detailed responses and receive a more thorough report. Don’t forget, if you are enrolled in either of AU’s medical plans, there is no copayment for annual physicals.

Faculty and staff who need additional accommodations or would like more information, contact

Please Note: Participating in the health assessment and other wellness programs and services will not have a negative impact on you, your family, your job at American University, or your healthcare costs. AU does not receive information on individuals or their answers to the health assessment. AU’s health and wellness resources are confidential and meant to help you live your healthiest life possible.

*Prizes and $50 reward are subject to tax. Faculty and Staff members are only eligible to receive the $50 reward once during 2015. 

**Fitbit Flex is a registered trademark of Fitbit and Fitbit is not a participant in or sponsor of this program.

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2015 Pedometer Challenge Winners from Team Stepsessive Compulsive.

Samantha Guthrie, My-Lien Le, Chin-Jey (Diane) Hsiung, and Jennifer Lawless of first place team Stepsessive Compulsive.

AHealthyU’s 2015 Pedometer Challenge Wraps Up

The 2015 Pedometer Challenge ended on Monday, July 6. 464 faculty and staff stepped a total of 212,839,119 steps (equal to 100,776 miles) over the course of the six-week challenge, which is an average of 10,921 steps per day per person, exceeding the Surgeon General’s recommendation of 10,000 steps per day.

On Wednesday, July 15, AhealthyU celebrated the end of the challenge at a luncheon in the Tavern at Mary Graydon Center. Winners of the competitive track were:

Team Name
Cash Prize
Average Team Member
Steps Per Day
First Place
Stepsessive Compulsive $1,160 34,542
Second Place
Red Hot Chili Steppers $777 33,138
Third Place
Walk if You Can-cer

Congratulations to all of our participants in the 2015 Pedometer Challenge.

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David Kaib, Abby Puskar, Katya White, and Denise Wilkerson at the 2014 10K Veteran's Day Race.

David Kaib, Abby Puskar, Katya White, and Denise Wilkerson at the 2014 10K Veteran's Day Race.

The Pedometer Challenge is Over, Now What?

A Success Story of Three Women from the Provost’s Office

Each year, many AU faculty and staff sign up for the AhealthyU’s Pedometer Challenge as a fun way to compete with their colleagues and to achieve and surpass their personal steps goals. Everyone who participates gets the short-term benefits of being active during the Challenge. For some, the Pedometer Challenge turns into something more and those people find that being active is an integral part of their lifestyle.

Inspired by their participation in last year’s Pedometer Challenge, Abigail Puskar, Katya White, and Denise Wilkerson from the Provost’s Office became motivated to take their newfound enthusiasm for a healthier lifestyle and physical challenge to greater heights. Joined by seasoned runner David Kaib from the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, they ran their first 10K Veteran’s Day race. They especially were proud that they ran the full distance of their first race without ever stopping.

The trio credits their camaraderie and encouragement of each other – and the AHealthyU Pedometer Challenge – as the catalyst for their successes, as well as their continued interest in running. Since the Veteran's Day run, they have continued to run several times each week. Puskar ran the Rock ‘n Roll DC half marathon in March with her husband, while Denise and Katya were considering participation in other 10K runs.

Like the ladies from the Provost’s Office, we encourage you to stay active. You’ve got your pedometer – there’s no need to put it away until next year. Keep it on and set your own goals. Or take advantage of AhealthyU’s many programs, such as the fitness classes exclusively for faculty and staff [link to page] and coming this fall, the Couch to 5K, and the MOVE challenge.

Thanks to Abby, Katya, and Denise for their inspiration. Let us know your success story (email, so that you can help motivate others to stay active and healthy.

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2015 Computerworld Best Places to Work in ITAmerican University Ranks in Computerworld’s 2015 Best Places to Work in IT List

American University ranked number 44 in Computerworld’s 2015 Best Places to Work in IT list, and annual ranking of the top 100 organizations that challenge their information technology staffs, while providing the most competitive benefits and compensation. AU ranked number 4 out of the top 100 for Career Development, based on staff satisfaction rankings and a mature mentorship program. Read more.

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This Summer Dive into Workplace Learning and Development's Professional Development Courses.

WLD July Training Calendar – Dive into Professional Development Courses

This summer, choose from a variety of Professional Development courses, including one of our Focused Learning Certificates* and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People® three-day signature program based on author Stephen R. Covey’s best-selling book. Register now on AsuccessfulU.

*The Focused Learning Certificates are offered as a series of three, two-hour sessions. Attend all sessions of an individual topic to earn your certificate.

Register for the instructor led courses listed below by logging into AsuccessfulU, AU's online training registration system via the portal. 

How to Access the Learning Module in AsuccessfulU:

  • Click here to access AsuccessfulU’s portal page.
  • Click the "Go to AsuccessfulU" button in the middle of the page.
  • From the "Home" tab on the top left of the page click on "Learning" from the drop down menu.
  • This will launch your personal profile in the “Learning” tab. You can search and register for training sessions here.
Tuesday, August 4
12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Wednesday, August 5
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Essentials of Leadership
Friday, August 7
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Conflict of Styles
Friday, August 7
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Conflict and Culture
Friday, August 7
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Dealing with Conflict
Monday, August 10
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Exploring Intercultural Communication
Wednesday, August 12
12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Enhancing Your Professional Growth and Development
Wednesday, August 12
1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Embracing Change
Thursday, August 13
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Setting Performance Expectations
Friday, August 14
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Creative Problem Solving for Individual Innovation
Tuesday, August 18
9 a.m. – 2 p.m Giving and Receiving Ideas: How to Influence Acceptance and Realize Potential
Thursday, August 20
12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Leadership: Creating the Climate for Innovation

Please contact the Workplace Learning and Development team at with any questions.

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Workplace Learning and Development

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