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CHEP dean’s assistant honored as HR Liaison

Patsy Howaniec
11:27 a.m., Oct. 12, 2005--An autumn arrangement of fall flowers, berries and cattails greeted Patsy Howaniec when she arrived at work Monday morning. The assistant to the dean of the College of Human Services, Education and Public Policy (CHEP), Howaniec was named Human Resources (HR) Liaison of the Quarter for fall. “When I heard I was selected, I said, ‘Oh, my goodness!’ I am so honored, and the flowers are beautiful,” she said.

Nominated by Judy Holmes, CHEP executive secretary, with whom she has worked closely for several years, Howaniec said she loves her job. “I started working at the University when I was 17 and have been here for 36 years--I never left,” she said.

“I’ve always worked with a group of great people. The dean’s office is the hub of the college, and my job involves dealing with people and record-keeping,” she said.

As an HR liaison, Howaniec serves as the contact between HR and the approximately 18 HR liaisons in the academic units and research centers of the college.

“I receive training on new methods and technology from HR and then work with the other liaisons to help them. There is always something new to learn, and the system keeps improving and working more smoothly,” she said.

“I work closely with Tim Miller, CHEP assistant dean of college, on HR services involving personnel and budgeting, and with others. All of us in the office are a team,” she said.

Off the job, Howaniec has been a volunteer for the Delaware Mentoring Council and has worked with a boy all through elementary school on different projects and scrapbooks, involving reading and writing. “Last year, he did a scrapbook on the Eagles, which really interested him,” she said.

Looking back at her many years as a UD employee, Howaniec said, “The University is a great place to work; I love dealing with people, and that’s what my job is all about.”

There are approximately 200 professional or salaried staff HR Liaisons on campus, who serve as links between HR and different units and offices and provide essential personnel services to faculty and staff. In addition to coordinating information about hires, transfers, promotions, retirements, leaves of absence and other concerns and relaying this information to HR, HR Liaisons report important information to their colleagues, such as training programs and the annual Benefits Fair.

Article by Sue Moncure
Photo by Sarah Simon, AS ‘06

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