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Stefan Howard

Multilingual and Multifaceted By Sabryna Cornish

For 33 years, Stefan Howard has been an advocate for UIC employees and a volunteer in the community.

Howard, administrative assistant in respiratory and critical care medicine, is a longtime member of the Staff Advisory Committee (including three terms as president).

He laces up his walking shoes to participate in fundraisers against Multiple Sclerosis and lung cancer, he lends a hand at holiday time when the Medical Center coordinates gift-giving for young patients.

"His leadership skills and knowledge of UIC rules, statutes, policy and procedures has aided many UIC support staff during his time on the SAC," said Frank Pete, duplicating service supervisor in public health administration, in nominating Howard for this year's Janice Watkins Award.

Howard speaks six languages, including French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, English and American Sign Language.

He is continuing his education in the physician assistant program at Chicago State University.

"It's what I might do for my second career," he jokes.

He said his all-out approach to life comes from his mother, Audrey Bernard Logan Howard.

"She was a supreme socialite," he said. "All of our friends seemed to live with us.

"His drive to help the less fortunate during the holidays just shows his love for all people not only at UIC but anywhere there is a need," wrote Diane Hodges, director of community relations, in supporting his nomination for the award.

UIC NEWS: Jun 23, 2004