About Sharon Busching

Sharon started at JHU as temporary employee in 1990. Her job was to provide administrative support for one space shuttle mission. In 2007, after supporting three space shuttle missions, she took a promotion to management at the School of Medicine. She thinks sponsored projects at Hopkins represent some of the best and brightest of humanity uniting to ponder universal problems. She is honored to play a role in providing administrative assistance to these projects. In January 2014, Sharon joined the Learning Solutions Group to be able to share what she knows with her co-workers. Sharon is a recovering workaholic. Most weekends will find her digging in her yard, dreaming up craft projects, or searching for her reading glasses so she can finish up the latest find from the BookThing. For twenty years, she has opened her house to provide short-term, furnished housing options for JHU/JHMI visitors; she enjoys meeting the talented people from all over the world who come to study and work at JH. “Just call me a modern-day Miss Susie Slagle – with one major exception, I don’t cook.” Related links: http://www.answers.com/topic/miss-susie-slagle-s-1 http://www.bookthing.org/

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Records Retention but Were Afraid to Ask

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Records Retention but Were Afraid to Ask

Do you have questions about records retention policy at JHU? Do you wonder just how long you need to keep a paper copy of that legible receipt/invoice that you scanned correctly using the Store Business Document function into a Travel Expense Reimbursement or Online Payment Request? Follow these steps to read up on records retention. 1.(…)

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Freezing at Work?

Freezing at Work?

I was inspired to write the parody below based on this article from the New York Times, “Chilly at Work? Office Formula Was Devised for Men.” It says that office temperatures might need to be adjusted upwards to account for the changing demographics of the current workforce. Summertime* Summertime and my office is freezin’. Artic’s(…)

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How Do I Handle a Retroactive Salary Increase When Sponsored Funds Are Involved?

How Do I Handle a Retroactive Salary Increase When Sponsored Funds Are Involved?

Let’s pretend it’s March 1, 2015, and you have two JHU faculty members who both received retroactive raises in letters from the promotion committee dated March 1, 2015. Dr. Einstein’s raise is effective November 1, 2014 (more than 90 days ago) and Dr. Watson’s raise is effective January 1, 2015 (less than 90 days ago).(…)

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Change Management

Change Management

One Fourth of July, I was visiting the National Mall to watch the fireworks display. I was surrounded by happy picnickers of all ages and ethnicities, everyone sitting on blankets with various feasts about them. Toddlers were stumbling onto neighboring blankets, chased by moms and dads. There were East Asian Indians with their curries, Carribeans(…)

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Reflections of an Aging Admin

Reflections of an Aging Admin

Last week, I shook hands with President Daniels to celebrate 25 years of service. I have spent the prime of my life administratively supporting hard-science research projects at JHU. I like working beside and with smart, ambitious people on prestigious projects, even if I am “only” an administrative member of the team. You’ve heard of(…)

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Focus!

Focus!

Caroline Williams’ article, “Concentrate! How to tame a wandering mind,” on the BBC website is worth trying to focus on. Williams writes that she has been dubbed a “butterfly brain” because she flits from thing to thing. In the article, she poignantly describes how her attention is quantified as “below average” and how she submitted to tests(…)

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Inspiring Admins

Inspiring Admins

This article on how administrative professionals value the qualities of their leaders really resonated with me. Sometimes people do not understand why we administrative personnel remain happily employed despite the low-ish salaries. If our leaders are good communicators, inspiring, and give clear direction, we can be quite satisfied. We admins have amazing opportunities at JHU(…)

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