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BISON BEAT A Monthly N e ws l e tte r f r o m the O f f i c e o f the P res i d en t VOLUME 1 ISSUE 1 Dear Howard University Community: This is the first edition of the Bison Beat, a monthly publication I will use to keep you abreast of key campus activities and initiatives. INSIDE ENROLLMENT UPDATES 2 EXCELLENCE AT HOWARD 3 AROUND CAMPUS 4 APPOINTMENTS 5 HOMECOMING 6 Over the last several weeks, I have met with a number of stakeholder groups as part of an ongoing effort to engage members of the campus community and the broader Howard family. I am encouraged by the support they have offered and their commitment to advancing this great University.The leadership team, which I introduce in this edition, will work with me to achieve the University’s mission by focusing on these major objectives for 2013-14: boosting fundraising, improving graduation and retention rates, advancing our research priorities, stabilizing enrollment, seeking financial stabilization of Howard University Hospital and creating more operational efficiencies. The fall semester has been filled with activities that represent the best of our mission.The “Nelson Mandela: Character, Comrade, Leader, Prisoner, Negotiator, Statesman” exhibit had its U.S. premiere at the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center. Twenty-one Howard physicians were named Washington Post Super Doctors. Howard University student Angel Rogers was awarded the Luard Morse Scholarship to study at Oxford University in England. Prominent attorney James L. Hudson convened the Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Chair Lecture Series featuring White House Advisor Peter Rouse. Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg launched her ‘Lean In’ Initiative at Howard University.You can read more about these activities in the “Excellence at Howard” and “Around Campus” sections of this newsletter as well as on our website, Additionally, we have experienced a rebound in enrollment.This fall, 10,297 students are enrolled, up from 10,002 students last fall and 9,460 students in spring 2013.The strategy for next spring includes helping former students return, increasing the number of transfer students and ensuring strong retention of students from fall to spring.We are already experiencing a 15 percent increase in applications to our undergraduate programs as we compare yearover-year. Our students need our support. Far too often, I come across a student in excellent academic standing who cannot afford to stay in school. Please invest in our future through the Bridging the Gap Campaign. Faculty and staff can have payroll deductions made through the Family Fund.Will you Answer the Call? To learn more, visit We are working aggressively to manage costs, maximize efficiency and achieve key learning outcomes despite the impact of sequestration and the 16-day government shutdown. As we aim to diversify our revenue streams, the goal is to increase support from fundraising as well as revenue from innovation and monetizing research.These challenges are surmountable if each of us accept a role in strengthening the Capstone. And finally, on behalf of the Howard University family, I would like to congratulate one of our esteemed alums and current member of our Board of Trustees, the Honorable Kasim Reed, on his recent re-election as Mayor of the great City of Atlanta. As a son of Howard, he embodies our core values of leadership, excellence, truth and service. As the third Howard graduate to serve as the Mayor of Atlanta, he brings tremendous pride to the Capstone. Every corner of the world in which you may travel will possess footprints from Bison hooves.That rumble is loud, joyous, rhythmic and leaves a BLUE trail of excellence to which I am deeply committed. I ask you to continue to commit in your daily living and in your support of alma mater. In Truth and Service, Wayne A.I. Frederick, M.D., MBA, FACS Interim President

President's Bison Beat November 2013

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