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Vol. LXI, No. 23
November 13, 2009
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Annual Campaign Off to Great Start

CFC IC Directors’ Event
Directors Play ‘Jeopardy for $2.2. Million’
Photos: Michael Spencer

Dr. Sam Zakhari, representing NIAAA, takes the podium for “Team Red,” which won the contest. NIH director Dr. Francis Collins and the IC directors celebrate a well-played game.
Dr. Sam Zakhari, representing NIAAA, takes the podium for “Team Red,” which won the contest. NIH director Dr. Francis Collins and the IC directors celebrate a well-played game.
 

A crowd gathered outside Bldg. 1 the morning of Oct. 22 to cheer on the institute and center directors as they played Jeopardy for $2.2 Million. Each year, the NIH Combined Federal Campaign hosts an IC Directors’ Challenge event. This year’s lead IC, CIT, decided to invite the IC directors to compete for prizes in a custom-made game of Jeopardy. The contestants were tested on their knowledge of NIH history, science and sports trivia. Almost all institutes were represented and in the end, “Team Red” (NIDA, NIDCD, NCI, CIT, CC, NIA and NIAAA) was declared the winner.

Additional event photos can be found online at http://cfc.nih.gov.

Ghouls Compete for CFC at NIBIB
Photos: Jude Gustafson

NIBIB Grants Management Staff celebrate their big win. They include (from l) Angelos Bacas, Angela Eldridge, Katie Ellis, Eunica Haynes, Florence Turska, Nancy Curling and Kwesi Wright (in mask). Missing members of the decorating team are Chris Davis and Keisha Dent.
NIBIB Grants Management Staff celebrate their big win. They include (from l) Angelos Bacas, Angela Eldridge, Katie Ellis, Eunica Haynes, Florence Turska, Nancy Curling and Kwesi Wright (in mask). Missing members of the decorating team are Chris Davis and Keisha Dent.

The CFC slogan “Join Our Team” inspired NIBIB CFC coordinators Mary Pitonak and Leah Baskin to promote the CFC by hosting an intra-IC Halloween decorating contest. Multiple teams competed fiercely for the ultimate prize of being recognized by their co-workers as No. 1 in creative design and team spirit. Ghosts, bats, spiders and tombstones greeted staff and visitors for the week before Halloween and the winning team, by popular vote, was the Office of Grants Management. Grants’ haunted house sported a graveyard, an operating room and the K. Daver Motel, all to the background sounds of the greatest horror films of all time.

NIBIB staff, NIH and the CFC were all winners in this competition. By engaging team spirit, CFC participation was increased by 10 percent over the previous week; NIBIB has already achieved nearly 40 percent of its 2009 goal.—Donna Pearman

The NIBIB director’s office dresses for Halloween. NIBIB Grants Management Specialist Angela Eldridge toasts the CFC with a Halloween cocktail.
The NIBIB director’s office dresses for Halloween. NIBIB Grants Management Specialist Angela Eldridge toasts the CFC with a Halloween cocktail.

Halloween + Karaoke = A Scream
At Annual Costume Contest, CFC Wins
Photos: Valerie Lambros

The black widow, Shirley Flottum, seeks a mate for her spider lady character. Catwoman Pamela James (l) and pals Rodger Edmonds and Percilla Johnson get into the Halloween spirit. Leprechaun Ken Ow does his best to spell
The black widow, Shirley Flottum, seeks a mate for her spider lady character.

Catwoman Pamela James (l) and pals Rodger Edmonds and Percilla Johnson get into the Halloween spirit.

Leprechaun Ken Ow does his best to spell
out “Y-M-C-A.”

Things got a little spooky on campus as the R&W and the CFC campaign threw a Halloween party Oct. 29 on the Bldg. 31A patio. Many people got into the act and dressed up in full costume, while others took the opportunity just to wear a silly hat. A DJ played Ghostbusters and the theme from Twilight Zone, and some ghouls sang karaoke, including a trio of ladies dressed as a cowgirl, an Indian and a policewoman who sang the Village People’s YMCA.

Couch potato Wanda Malave channel-surfs her way to winning the costume deemed “Most Creative.” Scary with style, Cindy Shaw sports her great-great-grandmother’s shoes as part of her costume. “Not that she was a witch or anything,” Shaw said.
Couch potato Wanda Malave channel-surfs her way to winning the costume deemed “Most Creative.” Scary with style, Cindy Shaw sports her great-great-grandmother’s shoes as part of her costume. “Not that she was a witch or anything,” Shaw said.

Winning this year’s costume contest were: Most Creative, Wanda Malave as a couch potato; Scariest Costume, Shirley Flottum as a black widow spider lady; and Best Character, Pamela James as Catwoman. However, the real winners were some of the local charities represented at the party, including Special Love/Camp Fantastic and the Foundation for NIH.

Below, a fun bunch gathers to document wearing get-ups you couldn’t get away with wearing any other day of the year.
A fun bunch gathers to document wearing get-ups you couldn’t get away with wearing any other day of the year.

 

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