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New Campus Life Initiatives Focus on Building Community

from the Emory Report

Listen to Ajay Nair describe his vision for the 2014-1015 academic year, and it all comes down to a central, unifying theme: create and strengthen community.
Whether he's revealing plans to renovate Dobbs University Center (DUC) as a gathering place with collaborative space for everyone, the launch of a new Center for Diversity and Inclusion, or discussing efforts to build living and learning communities within residence halls, the goal is bringing people together.

"So much of what we do is about the push for building community across perceived boundaries, ensuring that every student has a sense of belonging," says Nair, senior vice president and dean of Campus Life. "Everything is intended toward that goal, helping students to be successful and feel a sense of belonging and ownership."

The blueprint for achieving that is outlined on a whiteboard that will remain on display in his office throughout the entire academic year — a can't-miss-it reminder of the important work that lies ahead.

This year, Nair has divided his ambitious to-do list into several broad-based challenges, each peppered with an abundance of what he terms "opportunities."

Active campus collaboration

At the top of the list is creating a highly collaborative division, "along with a highly collaborative university that aligns with President Wagner's vision of moving from a multi-versity to a uni-versity," Nair says.

One of the most visible examples will involve public forums to help plan for the DUC renovation, which enters the schematic design phase this year. "In terms of space, the DUC will provide us with the kind of collaborative opportunities our community yearns for — a gathering place where all community members can converge as one, as a university, as a community, where we can share our experiences and grow together," he says.

Other goals will involve unifying Emory's recreation programs and facilities to create holistic options for the larger campus community and further aligning the PreHealth Mentoring Office and Career Center to assist students.

The Emory Bubble, a social media platform designed to be Emory's official campus life network, is also making a comeback, and both Nair and Campus Life are already using it to share information with the community.

Communicating high expectations

Another key focus will involve communicating high expectations for student learning "congruent with the ethos of Emory," and that will take many forms, Nair says.

The newly launched Center for Diversity and Inclusion unites offices including the Center for Women; the Office of International Student Life; the Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Life; and the Office of Multicultural Programs and Services. The center is now under the interim direction of LGBT Life Director Michael Shutt, who is "helping us organize resources and services to help meet students where they are and help prepare them for life beyond Emory," says Nair.

"Our students come to campus with multiple identities, so it is important for us to recognize their great diversity and foster learning through the many intersections and differences that exist within our community," he explains.

"We're blowing up the traditional models in higher education in an effort to meet the needs of our student community. It's a radical approach to the work because it views culture as fluid and porous, balanced with the need to affirm identities to support student growth and development.

"Our new model will help us take the next step in helping students realize the deep intersections that exist among all of us," he adds.

Students will also have learning opportunities through participating in exercises in open expression and civil dialogue around controversial issues through campus debates hosted by the Barkley Forum and Eagles Speak, a program launched last year.

For the first time, Emory will also host a Greek Life Summit during homecoming, which will convene students, alumni, faculty and staff to plan for the future. "As President Wagner says, we're not trying to create Greek life at Emory but to create Emory Greek life, to bring the ethos of this special place into the program," Nair says. "Our students come to Emory seeking the skills to become change agents. Why shouldn't they do that through Greek life experiences, athletics, through anything they do at Emory?"

Maximize skills and talents

The recent work of the Sexual Violence Prevention Visioning Task Force, a multidisciplinary alliance of Emory faculty, staff and students along with behavioral scientists and experts in violence prevention from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is a prime example of harnessing the power of campus resources. A report from the group is expected this fall, he notes.

"Campus Life alone can't eradicate sexual violence," Nair says. "We have to utilize the skills and talents of all community members."

That philosophy will also benefit students in the newly constructed Raoul Hall — the latest in half-a-dozen first-year living-learning communities incorporated into Emory's residence halls — which opens this fall with an emphasis on social entrepreneurship.

Named after Eleonore Raoul, the first woman to graduate from Emory Law School and a lifelong supporter of equal rights for women, Raoul Hall will help students explore solving societal problems through creativity and innovation, employing organizations, faculty and community representatives, and educational opportunities.

Since 2006, Emory has opened new residence halls under a long-term freshman housing plan that links academic and residential experiences in living-learning communities rooted in themes such as citizenship, sustainability, leadership and creativity. Raoul Hall is the sixth and final installation in that plan.

"The idea is to engage students in innovation and risk taking," Nair says. "One of our goals is to help our students understand that failure is okay and that it often leads to growth and new ways of knowing. Being okay with failure, though, is a tough lesson for Emory students."

Expect to see even deeper integration of faculty, graduate and professional students into Emory's residential living and learning communities, he adds.

Strengthen student success

Campus Life will take a pro-active role in increasing student engagement and retention with special efforts to reach students who "may be in distress, feeling as if they haven't found infrastructure or support," Nair says, including programs such as "Flourish Emory." (see story, page 8)

For example, Nair points to plans to institutionalize a "student experience fund," intended to provide financial assistance to students who can't afford to participate in some student programs, he says.

Emory students will also notice increased late-night program and dining opportunities on campus offered as "community-building alternatives to social events that may focus around alcohol, but can still be a ton of fun," he says.

April Flint named 2014-2017 Professional Registry Commissioner

by Cheri Hawkins at NIRSA, read original announcement here.

The Professional Registry Commission, with endorsement from the NIRSA Board of Directors, is excited to announce that April Flint, Assistant Director of Athletics for Recreation at Emory University, will fill the 3-year At-Large position for 2014-2017.

The Commission reviewed a highly qualified pool of applicants for this position. They responded to each application using a rubric, while remaining cognizant of other leadership responsibilities the applicants may already have.

In addition to a demonstrated investment in the importance of continuing education and relevancy to the membership, April is an established veteran in collegiate recreation with strong academic credentials, including a PhD in Educational Leadership. She has a clear understanding of the value of the RCRSP designation and a desire to see the Registry grow, in addition to a grasping of the importance of standards of education within the profession, including the use of core competencies as a guide for ongoing education. The Registry, and NIRSA as a whole, will no doubt benefit from April’s insights and leadership. 

Campus Life Magazine Launches

magazine cover imageThe first issue of Campus Life Magazine is now available and highlights student stories and Campus Life initiatives. Since there is something for every student to explore through our Division’s services and programs and through our over-300 registered student organizations, this can only offer a glimpse into our community. Even so, you will see that we have a caring community whose student leaders and dedicated staff work hard to pursue excellence in work and in life.

Read it here: http://www.emory.edu/CAMPUS_LIFE/about/magazine.html.

Tim Downes Named Under Armour D-III Athletic Director of the Year

from Emory Athletics

The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) has announced Emory University’s Tim Downes as one of the 28 winners of the 2013-14 Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year Award. The award spans seven divisions (NCAA FBS, FCS; Division I-AAA, II, III, NAIA/Other Four-Year Institutions and Junior College/Community Colleges).   

Downes, along with Thomas Calder of Johns Hopkins, Don Tencher of Rhode Island Collge and Tracey Ranieri of SUNY-Oneonta, are the four representatives from the Division III ranks to be recognized.

2013-14 represented Downes’ seventh year at Emory, with the Eagles winning national titles in both women’s swimming and diving and women’s tennis.  A total of 14 Emory teams were represented in NCAA postseason action while six captured University Athletic Association Championships.   During his tenure as Emory AD, Downes has seen the program win eight national titles along with 53 UAA crowns.  In addition to the athletic success over the past seven years, Emory student-athletes have shined in the class room as well, earning a total of 29 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships and 45 Academic All-American berths.  He has been active on the NCAA front, serving on the Management Council, Championships Committee, Academic Issues Subcommittee and Subcommittee on Legislative Relief.  

“I haven’t played or coached a game nor taken an exam in close to 25 years now, so I’ll accept this as a reflection of knowing how to surround myself with some pretty great coaches and administrators and the best scholar athletes in the country,” Downes said of receiving the honor.

All NACDA-member directors of athletics in the United States, Canada and Mexico who met the criteria were eligible for the award. Among the criteria were service as an AD for a minimum of five academic years; demonstration of commitment to higher education and student-athletes; continuous teamwork, loyalty and excellence; and the ability to inspire individuals or groups to high levels of accomplishments. Additionally, each AD's institution must have passed a compliance check through its appropriate governing body (i.e., NCAA, NAIA, etc.), in which the institution could not have been on probation or cited for a lack of institutional control within the last five years during the tenure of the current athletics director.

Nominators were NACDA-member directors of athletics, institutional presidents and conference commissioners. Special Selection Committees composed of current and former directors of athletics, present and past NCAA and NAIA presidents, current and former commissioners and other key athletics administrators voted on nominees for the award. A complete listing of Selection Committee members can be found on NACDA's Web site at www.nacda.com.

Women's Tennis Brings D-III National Title to Atlanta

Reported by Emory Athletics

The No. 1-ranked Emory women's tennis team captured the program's sixth national title this evening, defeating No. 2 Amherst in the finals of the NCAA Division III Championships in Claremont, California.  The Eagles captured their 16th consecutive match and upped their record to 28-2 following a 5-1 decision over the Jeffs who closed out their season at 22-4.


The title is the first for the Eagles since 2006 and joins the 1996, 2003, 2004 and 2005 squads as other Emory teams to win national crowns.  Emory's 28 victories represented a school season record and it fashioned a perfect 20-0 won-lost slate against Division III foes during the year.

Emory held a 2-1 lead after the doubles portion of the match with its No. 2 team of sophomore Bea Rosen and junior Rebecca Siegler quickly dispatching the Lord Jeffs' tandem of Jen Newman and Zoe Pangalos, 8-1.  Shortly after, the Eagles extended their advantage to 2-0 when the No. 3 tandem of senior Brenna Kelly and freshman Katarina Su dominated Safi Aly and Sarah Monteagudo, 8-3, for their eighth win in 10 decisions this year.  Amherst got on the board at first doubles when Jordan Brewer and Gabby Devlin handed senior Gabrielle Clark and freshman Michelle Satterfield just their second setback in 14 outings, holding on for an 8-5 victory after leading at one point in the match by a 7-2 count. 

Freshman Melissa Goodman accounted for the first of the three singles points that Emory needed to clinch the match, coming through with a methodical 6-1, 6-2, triumph over Sue Ghosh, at No. 4, her 23rd victory against nine defeats on the season.  Clark boosted Emory to a 4-1 lead, and just one point shy of the title, after battling to a 6-1, 6-4, outcome against Brewer at the No. 1 spot.  Freshman Katarina Su then closed out the contest and nailed down the championship at six singles with a 6-2, 6-3, win over Monteagudo,  her 26th-straight singles win, and 28th in 29 outings this year.    The Nos. 2, 3 and 5 singles matches were in process when Su's match ended, and go in the books as unfinished. 

And while the team portion of the Championships have been completed, Clark will continue on in singles where she stands as the No. 1 seed.  Her opening-round match in the 32-player field will be against Caroline Ward of Claremont-Mudd Scripps with that match slated for Thursday morning at 10:30 am (PDT).  Clark will team with Satterfield in doubles and will battle Jessica Ly and Ceara Sumida of Redlands Thursday afternoon. 

Brittain Award winner embraces culture of service

From the Emory News Center

As an athlete and a student, Megan Light found what she was looking for at Emory, but her coaches and professors say she has brought as much to the university as it has given to her.

Light, a graduating senior anthropology and human biology major in Emory College of Arts and Sciences, is the 2014 recipient of the university's highest student honor, the Marion Luther Brittain Award. The award is presented each year to a graduate who has demonstrated exemplary service to both the university and the greater community without expectation of recognition.

Candidates are required to demonstrate a strong character, meritorious service and sense of integrity. Light receives the award, which also comes with $5,000, during the central Commencement ceremony May 12.

"I knew I wanted to play softball in college, and athletics has been a huge part of my success and experience at Emory," says Light, who will play with the Emory women's softball team in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III playoffs beginning May 8. Emory's women's softball team has won the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship each of the four years Light has played. Among many other honors, she earned 2013 UAA Most Valuable Player, 2011 and 2013 All-America honors, and 2013 Academic All-America honors.

In addition to athletics, Light embraced Emory's culture of service, working with Volunteer Emory since her freshman year, volunteering at a homeless shelter, coaching softball for younger students in local leagues, and serving on Emory's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee to coordinate educational, community-service, and leadership-development opportunities for all student-athletes.

"My father has been a volunteer at a homeless shelter for more than 25 years and I started going with him when I was 11 or 12. It is something I have always enjoyed," Light says.

'An educator in the gift of giving'

Emory head softball coach Penny Siqueiros wrote in her Brittain award nomination letter that she and others learned much from Light's example as a player and a person.

"A clear example that stands out in my mind is, after grueling practices over a number of weekends, Megan would change out of her practice attire and head to a homeless shelter in Atlanta to serve food to the needy," Siqueiros wrote. "She is an educator in the gift of giving, whether she knows it or not."

Academically, Light discovered a passion for public health at Emory, and traveled to Ghana to do volunteer work at a hospital through the Cross-Cultural Solutions program.

"This was my first exposure to anything besides American medicine. Seeing how people are cared for firsthand in the hospital in Ghana and realizing how much they needed and how much needed to be done in public health there was one of the most important experiences I have had," says Light, who will enroll in the Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH) in the fall to pursue a master of public health degree in global health.

Light has worked in the Department of Global Health at RSPH with assistant research professor Jorge Vidal doing quantitative DNA analysis for a study on pneumonia in South Africa and at the Global Center for Safe Water, where she worked on a rapid assessment tool to examine fecal contamination for rural or urban low-income areas with director Christine Moe, the Eugene J. Gangarosa Professor of Safe Water and Sanitation.

"I began as a pre-med major, but my introduction to public health through work at the Rollins School of Public Health and at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention helped me realize that public health was what I wanted to pursue," she says.     

After earning her master's degree, Light hopes to work with the World Health Organization, CARE International or another organization focusing on international community health and community development.

Five Eagles Win NCAA Winter Postgraduate Scholarships

From Emory Athletics

Emory University seniors Kylie McKenzieSadie NennigMatt O'Brien and Jake Stephens of the Swimming and Diving team and Morgan Monroe of the Indoor Track and Field team were each named recipients of the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship for their outstanding athletic, academic and volunteer achievements during their collegiate careers.

The five will receive a one-time $7,500 scholarship, to be used for postgraduate study within three years.  Emory has now been awarded 89 postgraduate scholarships over the school's history, and its 72 since 2000 are more than any other NCAA institution except Stanford University.

McKenzie (Newtown, PA / Pennsbury) is a six-time all-American during her career, including all-America honors this season with a sixth-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke and an eighth-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke, in addition to an all-America honorable mention (12th-place) finish in the 200-yard individual medley at the NCAA Championships.  Kylie has recorded a 3.57 cumulative grade point average as a Biology major with a minor in Predictive Health and Anthropology, and has been an active member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, as well as the supervisor of the Healthy Eating Partner Program.

Nennig (Grafton, WI / Grafton) claimed four National Championships during her career, including an individual title in the 200-yard backstroke in 2012.  She finished her career with 17 all-America honors, the third-most in the program's history, including all-America certificates in the 200-yard individual medley (3rd) and the 200-yard backstroke (5th) at the 2014 NCAA Championships.  In addition, she is one of just five swimmers in the program's history to earn all-America honors in multiple events (the 200-yard backstroke and 200-yard individual medley) four-consecutive years.  As a Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology major, Sadie has a 3.417 grade point average, and she has worked extensively with the Special Olympics program.

O'Brien (Naperville, IL / Naperville Central) has a 3.886 cumulative grade point average during his time as a Business and Political Science dual major at Emory.  For his academic efforts, he has been selected to the Dean's List on four occasions, has been named a CSCAA Scholar All-American twice, and has been awarded the Goizueta Bank of America Scholarship.  His community service record includes work with both the Special Olympics and the Marcus Autism Center, while also serving as an Emory tour guide.  In the pool, Matt earned all-America honors with an eighth-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly in 2012, and is a two-time all-America Honorable Mention.  He also earned all-UAA honors with a second-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly at this year's conference meet.

Stephens (Stone Mountain, GA / Marist) recently claimed his first career National Championship, swimming a leg on the Eagles' winning 200-yard medley relay team at the 2014 NCAA Division III Championships.  He added an all-America finish with a second-place showing in the 200-yard freestyle relay, and all-America honorable mentions in both the 800-yard freestyle relay and 400-yard freestyle relay at this year's NCAA meet.  Jake has a 3.49 grade point average as a Political Science major with a minor in History, and has earned CSCAA Scholar All-America honors during his career. 

The Emory's Swimming and Diving team has now seen 42 of its members win the scholarship, including 25 winners over the last seven years.  Since 2000, the Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving programs have garnered 38 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships.

Monroe (Bridgewater, NJ / Bridgewater-Raritan Regional) will end her collegiate career as one of the top hurdlers in the program's history.  She earned all-America honors in the 60-meter hurdles at the 2014 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships, setting a school record with a time of 8.79 seconds at the meet.  She was the 2014 UAA Champion in the 55-meter hurdles, and earned an additional all-UAA honor with a second-place finish in the 55-meter dash.  Including her efforts in her outdoor campaigns, Morgan is a four-time UAA Champion and an 11-time all-UAA honoree.  She has a 3.79 cumulative grade point average as a French and Sociology dual major, and recently completed her honors thesis.

Monroe is the first member of the Emory Women's Track and Field team to win the honor since Emily Watts in 2005 and the ninth team member (men and women) to win the honor overall.

This season's NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipients (29 men and 29 women) represent fall-sports participants from all NCAA divisions (I, II & III), who will receive one-time, nonrenewable grants of $7,500.  Fall sports sponsored by the NCAA include men's and women's basketball, men's and women's fencing, men's and women's gymnastics, men's and women's ice hockey, men's and women's rifle, men's and women's skiing, men's and women's swimming and diving, men's and women's indoor track and field, men's wrestling and women's bowling.

The scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition. The Association awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually, 87 for men and 87 for women.

The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship was created in 1964 to promote and encourage postgraduate education by rewarding the Association's most accomplished student-athletes through their participation in NCAA championship and/or emerging sports.

Call for nominations for the Brittain Award

The Marion Luther Brittain Award is presented each year to a graduating student from any academic division of the University who is considered to have performed the most “significant, meritorious, and devoted service to Emory University.”

The award is made under provisions of a gift by the late Dr. M. L. Brittain, former President of Georgia Institute of Technology and alumnus of Emory.

The Brittain Award is generally acknowledged to be the highest honor given to a student by Emory University.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

Nomination forms for the 2014 Brittain Award are available from the Division of Campus Life (Suite 401, DUC). Nominations must be returned by Friday, March 21, 2014. Nominees must be fall 2013 or spring 2014 graduates. For additional information, please call (404) 727-4364.

Click here to download the nomination form.

New Emory scholarship recognizes rising student leader

By Michelle Hiskey for the Emory News Center

As Emory’s student government vice president, Brian Fuller 13C successfully lobbied for a scholarship for students who led positive change at Emory. He admired and wanted to help students who stepped up for a cause they believed in, like his next-door neighbor Peter Witzig 16C, a freshman who sought to increase students’ awareness of gender inequalities.
 
When Witzig received the first Campus Life Student Leadership Scholarship, Fuller’s work was rewarded. The funding recognizes the difference student leaders can make at Emory and helps them push forward.
 
“I’ve seen a lot of student leaders who are contributing positively at Emory and struggling financially; some even had to leave college,” said Fuller, whose education at Emory was made possible through scholarship funding. “If your parents aren’t extremely wealthy and their yearly income is not low enough to qualify for a lot of financial aid, you will struggle financially. I wanted to create a scholarship to help those students.”
 
The leader next door
 
Witzig is from Duluth, Minn., and majors in English and linguistics. He got involved with the campus literary magazine and university chorus. When he stopped by the Volunteer Emory informational meeting, the weekly trip to Men Stopping Violence (MSV) in Decatur intrigued him.
 
According to its website, Men Stopping Violence is a national training institute that provides organizations, communities, and individuals with the knowledge and tools required to mobilize men to prevent violence against women and girls. The Emory-MSV partnership, through the Center for Women at Emory, offers “Male Intimate Partner Violence Against Women,” the first college course in the country of its kind.
 
At the Men Stopping Violence office, “I wasn’t just asked to observe, but to participate in their classes and learn, for instance, tactics and choices for avoiding violence,” Witzig said. “It’s a chance for men to be vulnerable about why men use physical and other types of violence. It’s not about buzzwords but about essential human dignity. We all receive messages about how to think about sexuality through media, religion, and other sources that prevent us from recognizing the dignity of all humans.”
 
Witzig started to push for greater awareness of sexual assault and male privilege, especially in the Greek system that he is part of as a fraternity member. He helped organize the Greek Initiative expected to launch in early 2014. The series of workshops will help fraternities, sororities, and the Emory campus become more aware of sexual bias and violence.
 
Witzig turned to Fuller for advice on how to work with administrators who would help support these efforts.
 
“The rape culture is not an Emory thing but a college thing and a world thing,” Fuller said. “It is so important Peter wanted to carry that message within the fraternity and Greek world, where a lot of gender stereotypes are perpetuated so strongly. Even if people are not violent or directly promoting gender inequalities, how are they enabling others—even friends—to do that?”
 
Making a difference
 
Fuller’s initiative for leadership funding gained momentum quickly. Gifts to the Campus Life Fund for Excellence established the scholarship.
 
The Division of Campus Life agreed to fund the scholarship for three years and help the recipient map the best route through administrative channels to turn ideas into action.
 
“Students with financial need often must choose between serving in leadership positions and working to afford college,” said Ajay Nair, senior vice president and dean of Campus Life. “Through the generous support of donors, the Student Leadership Scholarship makes the Emory experience more affordable for a student leader. A recipient such as Peter can now focus on honing his leadership skills and contributing to our community.”
 
The scholarship fit into Campus Life’s mission to help students develop skills necessary for lifelong success and positive transformation in the world. Other student-driven initiatives in 2012-2013 included subsidies for graduate student childcare, Dean for a Day program, and a program to donate the cash value of meal points to a nonprofit.
 
The $1,000 scholarship makes a difference to Witzig, whose work-study job helps him afford an Emory education.
 
“It takes a lot of time to do something like Men Stopping Violence, and it also takes a lot of time to meet my financial obligations at school. This scholarship helps me tip the balance toward being involved as a leader,” Witzig said. “The more the scholarship grows as people invest in it, the larger the outcomes by student leaders.”
 
Fuller, who is working with a nonprofit in Philadelphia that helps children who live in public housing, is helping Emory raise $50,000 to endow the scholarship. “Emory is a pretty open community that is willing to get behind a movement,” he said. “What Peter is doing is not a quick fix.”  


Click here for an application for the Campus Life Student Leadership Scholarship.

The Campus Life Student Leadership Scholarship is made possible through gifts to the Campus Life Fund for Excellence (23432003). To support the fund, click here.

100 Senior Honorary Class of 2014 Announced

The 100 Senior Honorary is an award and designation presented by the Emory Alumni Association and the Student Alumni Association (SAA). The honor is given to the 100 most outstanding seniors in the undergraduate schools. Graduates of Oxford, Emory College, Goizueta Business School, and the School of Nursing are represented in the 100 Senior Honorary.

Ramat Bisola Adeyemo 14C

Dohyun Ahn 14C

Sam Ahn 14C

Christopher George Alfonso 12OX 14C   

Raghvi Anand 14B   

Jordan Charles Angel 14B

Zeeshan Habib Anwar 14B   

Nina S. Appareddy 14C

Claire Phyllis Bailey 14C

Anna Christiane Bausum 12OX 14C       

Joshua Jacob Bergeleen 14B   

Sam Ralph Bobo 14B

Graham Pansing Brooks 14C           

Lena Glazier Brottman 14C  

Lauren Aimee Browning 14B   

Megan Elizabeth Cambre 14B       

Nathaniel Patrick Causey 14C          

Rachel Elizabeth Cawkwell 14C       

Kristen Elizabeth Christensen 14N       

Gabrielle S. Clark 14B           

Davion Ziere Colbert 14C   

Jessica Margaret Coons 14C       

Ishan Dey 14B   

Daniel Barnes Eidell 14C

Alexander Michael Elkins 14C       

Jenna Ross Everly 14B

Santiago Flores-Alvarez 14B       

Donae Fourth 14B   

Patrick Thomas Frantz 14N   

Jessica Lauren Getz 12OX 14N

Meredith Sarah Green 14C       

Pritika Gupta 14C   

William Wilford Heise 12OX 14B   

Justin Ho 14C           

Morgan Celine Holmes 14C   

Jackson Tyler Isaacs 14B       

Meena Kannan Iyer 14C

Ishaan Jalan 13B   

Phillip Chuel Jo 12OX 14C

Zhuqing (Alicia) Ju 14B   

Ye Ji Kim 14C       

Markbradley Fulton Kitay 14B

Piper Anneliese Knoth 12OX 14N   

Rachel Courtney Koontz 13N 14N

Jacob Aaron Krakovsky 14C

Benjamin Kramer-Roach 14C       

Shaheen Shiraz Kurani 12OX 14C   

Jeremiah Lau 14C       

Gahee Lee 14C

Si Hyung Lee 14B 14C 

Benjamin Daniel Leiner 14C

Andrea Carol Levreault 12OX 14C

Connor D. Leydecker 14B

Hillary Li 14C

Yunjing Li 14B

Lisa Yue Li 14C

Megan Louise Light 14C

Alexandra Michelle Lopez 14C

Emily Paige Lorsch 14B

Elizabeth Daniele Mack 12OX 14C

Kadean Remington Maddix 14C

Salima Sikander Makhani 12OX 14C

Nicole M. Makris 14N

Samuel Blake Mayes 14C

Patrick Barley McBride 14B

Khatdija Amin Meghjani 12OX 14C    

Meredith Helen Metcalf 14B    

Lubna Rizvan Momin 14N

Cathryn Marion Morette 14B

Sarah Elizabeth Mosby 14C

Amanda Mun-Yi Mui 14C

Sidoney Ann-Marie Mullings 14N

Clare Christian Mullins 14C

Laila K. Nurani 14N

Matthew Michael O'Brien 14B

Niketu Pankaj Patel 14C

Raj Kartik Patel 12OX 14C

Matthew Domenic Pesce 14C    

Thanh Thuy Thi Phan 14C    

Kerry-Ann Veronica Pinard 14C    

Jordan Ross Pople 14B

Chelsea Cariker Prince 12OX 14C

Qichen Qian 14C    

Wilma Qiu 14B    

Kristin May Rebescher 14B

Christopher Damian Ryan 12OX 13C

Eyelle Elizabeth Sacher 13N 14N    

Tova Safier 14N    

Sarah Ruth Saggese 14N

Misha Nicole Sharp 14C

Micah Sims 14B    

Arianna Skibell 14C    

Sungjun Son 12OX 14C    

Tigest Workneh Teshome 14N    

Sara Katherine Tomaso 14N  

Timothy Dahjyon Walden 14C

Christopher Prentice Wilson 14N       

Tianshi Xia 14C    

Henry Farrell Yelin 14C

Howell Zheng 14B    

Emory's scholar athletes prepare for a winning season

Originally reported in the Emory Report

With soccer, volleyball, and cross-country teams actively competing in their fall seasons, Emory's scholar athletes are passing, punting, assisting, blocking, and sprinting as well as studying.  

Like soccer standouts Lauren Gorodetsky 14C, a psychology major from Palm City, Fla., and Dylan Price 15C, a business administration and Russian language and cultures major from Great Falls, Va., student athletes fit practices, games and travel into already tight schedules of classes and extracurricular activities.  

Gorodetsky is one of the top soccer players in the nation and the first three-time all-American in Emory's history. In addition to being named D3Soccer.com's Defensive Player of the Year, and playing for both the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and D3Soccer.com All-America First Team, she is also a member of Emory's softball team and writes for The Emory Wheel.  

Price, a two-time honorable mention All-UAA selection, was an academic all-district pick last year and maintains a solid GPA. "Emory is a perfect combination of great academics, competitive athletics, and a friendly community," he says.  

"The athletic accomplishments of our students is noteworthy on its own, but it's the academic achievement that sets the Emory Eagles apart and continues to validate why athletics in higher education matter," says Director of Athletics and Recreation Tim Downes.  

Emory's soccer teams are poised for championship years. After advancing to the title game of the 2012 NCAA D-III Championships last year, women's soccer head coach Sue Patberg has 21 returning players, including nine starters. Offensively, the top four point producers will play again this year, including Veronica Romero 15C, a Spanish and Latin American studies major from Tucker, and Emily Feldman 15C, an international studies major from Highland Park, Ill. "It's definitely a challenge to figure out a routine with schoolwork combined with practices usually four times a week and two games, leaving us one day off," Feldman says. "However, finding that balance is possible, which makes being a student athlete a unique and amazing experience."   

The men's soccer team will look to earn another berth to the NCAA Tournament. Head coach Sonny Travis's six starters are among twenty returning players, including leading scorer Price. Noah Rosen 15C, a neuroscience and behavioral biology (NBB) major from Pittsburgh, Pa., started 17 of 19 games last season, and Abe Hannigan 16C, of Montrose, N.Y., returns as goalkeeper. 

  

The volleyball team last year made its 17th consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament and took its third University Athletic Association title. Returning players include setter Sydney Miles 16C, an NBB major from Oklahoma City, who captured First Team All-America honors.  

Head Coach Jenny McDowell says her players spend three to four hours a day on athletic-related activities, travel most weekends, play 35 matches each fall, and still have a team GPA of 3.49. "They have an unbelievable ability to prioritize the academic demands of Emory while succeeding at the highest level on the volleyball court," McDowell says.  

"The key for our team is that we always put academics first no matter what the circumstances are. I believe that my job as a coach is to help them grow in every area of their lives including their mind, body, and soul, and volleyball is the platform in which I get to do just that."   

The cross-country men's team hopes to make its mark this year with returning players like Lukas Mees 16C, a psychology major from Marion, Iowa, the program's Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year who earned an at-large spot to the D-III Championships last season.  

"I've been excited about this season since I crossed the finish line at nationals last year. We have an incredible incoming class, which is doubling our roster size with some very talented freshmen," says Mees, who stays busy training, working for Emory Reads, and studying for pre-med classes. "I've been looking forward to training and racing with them all summer, and after a nine hundred mile off-season I feel fresh and prepared to help get Emory to nationals."  

Head Coach John Curtin also has strong returning runners in Eddie Mulder 14B, a business major from Pompano Beach, Fa., and Hank Ashforth 14C, an NBB major from Whitehouse Station, N.J., both of whom captured All-South/Southeast Region honors last year.  

The women's team went to its eighth-straight NCAA D-III Championships last year, and is heading into its 28th season, with returning players including Marissa Gogniat 15C, an NBB major from Monroeville, Pennsylvania, who was named the team's Most Improved Runner while securing all-region kudos, and Tamara Surtees 14C, an anthropology and human biology major from Chagrin Falls, Ohio, who earned recognition on conference and region teams after scoring in all seven of her competitions.   

For more information about Emory athletics, including game schedules, go to www.emoryathletics.com.

Campus Life launches academic year with fresh ideas

From the Emory News Center

Ajay Nair studies the whiteboard in his Campus Life office, eyes lingering upon the priorities he's scrawled there —a list that represents a critical touchstone for the coming academic year.  

The words challenge him, motivate him and remind him what matters — part of a deliberate strategy for what Nair believes will help make Emory "a distinctive learning community."  

… Explore Dobbs University Center renovation … reimagine residential education … serve students in distress … grapple with issues of dissent and protest ... nurture a climate of cultural humility…

If last year — his first year here — was a time of listening for Emory's senior vice president and dean of Campus Life, consider the coming academic year a time for action.  

For after a year of talking to campus stakeholders, Nair has a developed a renewed vision for Campus Life, a plan for building a stronger, more unified community that relies heavily on relationships, education and engagement.  

And this fall, students will begin to see a difference, with changes that include:  

  • New appointments within the division's leadership structure (see sidebar).

  • A new campus-wide policy on dissent and protest, including the proposed creation of a Committee on Open Expression.

  • Food trucks on campus for late-night dining, and more local food producers/vendors in Cox Hall.

  • Increased faculty involvement and academic engagement in residence life.

  • A long-range strategic plan for Greek Life.

  • Emory parents as educational partners.

  • Advancement of the Emory Bubble as a campus communication platform.

  • Employing the Barkley Forum/Dooley Debates to address controversial topics within the community.

  • Installation of the Black Student Union in the Dobbs University Center (DUC).

  • Social justice programming.

  • A revised Campus Life mission, vision statement and credo.

The initiatives are among some 15 new priorities for Nair, who believes the time to advance them couldn't be better. And he's anxious to welcome the wider Emory community as participants.  

Framing the plan is a desire to seize educational opportunities in everyday places, whether that arises from serving international students to campus-wide cultural dialogues to reimagining what residential education at Emory — perhaps even creating "a living lab within residence life," says Nair, adding that specific recommendations from an Academic Engagement Committee are due out in a few weeks.  

"Emory is a liberal arts research residential community," Nair explains. "How do we embody that?"  

"As a university, I feel like we're coming of age in come interesting ways," he says.  

"We talk about being a ‘destination university' — I say we're a destination for dreamers. That means you aren't coming into a static community, you are always going to be changing, always ‘becoming.' And I think that's an exciting prospect, an opportunity not only to dream, but to dream big."  

In the past year, Nair has come to understand how relationships "are the foundation of Emory and drive our ability to affect change" — a strength he counts among the University's many "uncommon characteristics."  

Nowhere was that more evident that the Campus Life Compact for Building an Inclusive Community at Emory, a student-driven report released this past spring to help advance campus dialogue around issues of social justice.  

Initiatives that arose from that report — created with input from campus forums, conversations and peer-to-peer activism — are either already underway or will be in the coming year, according to Nair, who credits the rapid momentum to Emory students who were willing to act as "change agents."  

"More than anything else, I think we need to create a culture at Emory where we can speak openly and freely about our lives and experiences," he adds, "to help us get to a better place, better decisions — just a better community."  

As new freshman arrive on campus this fall, Nair has one wish for them: "That every student can feel not just a sense of belonging, but the invitation to actually put their footprint on the campus community and the world around them."  

But this year's priorities are only a starting point: "There are a hundred other things we'd like to do, but these are things we can accomplish this year, and they will be transformative for the University community."  

"Some of these goals are low-hanging fruit for us, others are more complicated, more complex and will require community energy to make it happen. But we're going to do it all and it's going to be huge for Emory. I'm excited to help lead it."

2013 Campus Life appointments

  • Paula Anderson, curriculum coordinator, Play Emory
  • Jill Camper, associate director, Office of Student Leadership and Service
  • Sarah Clark, assistant director for prehealth career counseling; liaison to chemistry and human health departments
  • Bruce Covey, initiatives on technology, expanded business opportunities
  • Natalie Cruz, coordinator of international student life
  • Aysha Daniels, assistant director, Office of Student Leadership and Service
  • Arthur Doctor, assistant director of Sorority and Fraternity Life
  • Sherry Ebrahimi, Campus Life ombudsperson/director of University Conferences
  • Marlon Gibson, associate director of student conduct; will help create the Greek Judicial Board
  • Andrea Grant, complex director, Second Year at Emory
  • Annie Herold, complex director, Clairmont Campus
  • Lisa Kendall, associate director for Office of Student Leadership and Service
  • Carolyn Livingston, senior associate vice president, Campus Life
  • Jessica Morrison, interim assistant director in the Office of Multicultural Programs and Services
  • Scott Rausch, assistant dean for Campus Life and director of Residence Life
  • Kat Shareef, senior administrative assistant, Play Emory 
  • Eric Stafford, project support specialist for housing operations
  • Andrea Trinklein, assistant vice president and executive director of Residence Life and Housing
  • Andy Wilson, senior associate dean for Campus Life external relations

2013 Campus Yearbook Now Available

The 2013 Campus Yearbook is now available online. Click here for more information.

Taking Pride in Students

From Emory Magazine

When he arrived at Emory from his small central Texas hometown of Thorndale, Carl Kroeger 15C did his best to blend into the background.

Through friends and mentors, he became involved in the university’s Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Life. There he found the courage to step up and make a difference for other Emory students. “I was incredibly shy. My involvement has definitely helped me open up and feel more comfortable,” Kroeger says. “It was a safe space to talk about whatever I needed to without feeling self-conscious.”

Kroeger was honored with the 2013 GALA Leadership Award. Presented by the Emory Gay and Lesbian Alumni (GALA) group, the award honors a student’s leadership efforts to advocate for LGBT rights within the Emory community. It comes with a stipend based on financial need.

With the encouragement of Michael Shutt, assistant dean for Campus Life and director of the Office of LGBT Life, Kroeger ran for an office with Emory Pride, the undergraduate LGBT and ally organization, and was selected to serve as secretary.

Kroeger served on the Emory Pride community service subcommittee and coordinated Emory undergraduate students’ involvement with the Names Project, which brings the AIDS Memorial Quilt to campus each year with sponsorship from GALA. Kroeger’s dedication to service inspired Emory Pride to donate a percentage of the proceeds from its annual drag show to the Emory Student Hardship Fund. “I support the hardship fund because I have gone through hardships in my life and this is something that is prevalent, especially in the LGBT community. It is important to me to work for something that benefits students and our community,” he says.

A gift from the father of an Emory graduate allowed GALA and the Office of LGBT Life to present the first GALA award in 2009. The award was endowed in 2010 with more than $100,000 in private donations. The Office of LGBT Life is dedicated to increasing the endowment to $200,000, which will provide funding for two $2,500 awards annually, and the fund continues to grow as alumni, parents, and friends support the effort. Previous recipients of the award include Olivia Wise 10C, Bassel Rabah 11C, Conrad Honicker 14C, and Dohyun Ahn 14C.

Roots for the Home Team

From Emory Magazine.

As a student, Michael Kaminsky 89C played intramural baseball, football, and basketball, and served as sports chairman of his fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Pi, which won the “all-row” title his senior year.

Now managing director at investment firm Neuberger Berman in New York City, Kaminsky gave $1 million to improve athletic fields and facilities and establish an endowment for the intramural program.

“It’s meaningful to me that I’m helping improve Campus Life at Emory,” said Kaminsky.

Given in collaboration with Marla Whitman Kaminsky 89C, the gift honors his brother-in-law, Todd Whitman, a member of the Emory Class of 1993 who died during his senior year; and Harris Silver 89C, a close friend who died in 2003.

The facilities portion of the gift has been used to expand the parking area, improve the safety and look of the fields, and add a club and intramural sports fieldhouse, while the endowment portion ensures that intramural sports will continue to thrive.

Other private gifts made during Campaign Emory benefitted student-athletes, both on varsity teams and in intramural sports. Alumni and friends helped build a new grandstand at the Woodruff P. E. Center outdoor tennis courts, for example, expanding seating capacity to two hundred spectators and building a pavilion and champagne tables overlooking the courts. In addition to expanding Emory’s ability to host conference and NCAA championships, this showcase facility helps Emory attract members of the regional, national, and international tennis community.

A new endowment for the swimming and diving team comes from Charles Barron 45C 46D, and an anonymous parent has established an endowment for the women’s soccer team.

Several alumni, including Deborah Jackson 85C, created an endowment to name the Department of Athletics and Recreation director’s position in honor of Clyde “Doc” Partin Sr. 50C 51G. An Emory icon for more than fifty years, Partin was a teacher, coach, athletics director, and historian.

Fittingly, Partin’s family has donated his papers to Emory’s Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL). The gift includes Partin’s essays on baseball Hall of Famers, posters, documents, signed baseballs, and a large collection of books about African American athletes.

The archive is a tribute to Partin’s life and work, says his son, Emory physician Clyde Partin Jr. 78C 83M 86MR.

Making Room for Debate

Anne Bordon writes in the Spring issue of Emory Magazine:

As a freshman, Rajesh Jegadeesh 13B found a home at Emory in the small Barkley Forum office at the back of Dobbs University Center. Sitting in the same office as a senior, preparing to graduate from Goizueta Business School with a degree in finance, Jegadeesh realizes how much he gained in four years with the nationally renowned team.

“There was always someone here—from the coaches to the other members—to listen and discuss anything. There is no place on campus where I have found more intellectual curiosity than here,” he says. “It is amazing how the skills learned through debate can be applied in all aspects of life, especially being able to intelligently incorporate all sides of an issue into consideration. I think it makes you a more complete person.”

Jegadeesh will work in finance when he graduates, and his plans for the future include working in the nonprofit sector.

“I never would have thought about doing that before, but working with the Urban Debate League has had a huge impact on what I want to do down the line. In teaching younger kids how to debate, I have learned how important it is for them to have someone to listen to them and to help them develop advocacy skills for themselves,” he says.

During Campaign Emory, alumni and friends raised more than $1 million to establish an endowment for the Barkley Forum.

Lilly Correa 73C is the Campus Life representative for the Emory Alumni Board and was cochair of the committee that helped fund the endowment. As a student, she came to Emory specifically to be a part of the Barkley Forum.

“I attended a two-week summer high school workshop with the Barkley Forum. It was an intense debate experience, but it was so much fun,” Correa says. “In much the same way other people go to a school to be on a football team, I wanted to come to Emory to be a part of the Barkley Forum.”

Correa still counts many fellow participants among her closest friends and colleagues. She also gained skills from debate that have helped her in her career in financial services.

“The Barkley Forum taught me how to be successful, but it also teaches you the balance you need to have between career, family, and social justice issues,” she says. “Hopefully this endowment makes that true for many future Emory students as well.”

Brittain Award Winner: Katie Dickerson

From the Emory News Center.


Emory University senior Katie Dickerson is this year's recipient of Emory's highest student honor, the Marion Luther Brittain Award, which honors service to Emory and the greater community without expectation of recognition. The award comes with $5,000 -- no strings attached -- which she is donating to Appalachian Service Project.

During four very full years at Emory, Dickerson played on the basketball and lacrosse teams and was involved in an astounding number of campus organizations. She recently was awarded the Bobby Jones Scholarship and will spend a year studying at University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

Past recipients of Emory University’s highest student honor, the Marion Luther Brittain Service Award, include: 

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Emory Athletics Announces 2012-13 Award Winners

Story originally posted at Emory Athletics

The Emory University Athletics Department held its annual awards banquet on Tuesday, April 30, where it announced the recipients of its major awards for the 2012-13 school year.  The following is a list of the winners with a brief description of the award.

ALIBERTI AWARD – Presented to a male and female varsity athlete who demonstrates continued athletic improvement, persevere in their academic studies and show profound loyalty to Emory athletics.

Male – Michael Friedberg (Basketball)
Female – Mia Michalak (Swimming and Diving)


McDONOUGH AWARD – Presented to the male and female varsity athlete who have made positive contributions to the Emory community as a student, athlete and citizen.

Male – Richard Upton (Swimming and Diving)
Female – Katie Dickerson (Basketball)


BRIDGES AWARD – Presented to the outstanding all-around male and female varsity athlete.

Male – Jake Davis (Basketball)
Female – Kaele Leonard (Soccer/Track and Field)


PARTIN AWARD – Presented for outstanding career or season performance in a team-based sport by a male and female varsity athlete.

Male – Alex Greven (Basketball)
Female – Lauren Gorodetsky (Soccer/Softball)


McCORD AWARD – Presented for outstanding career or season performance in an individual-based sport by a male and female varsity athlete.

Male – Miller Douglas (Swimming and Diving)
Female – Gabrielle Clark (Tennis)


EMORY SCHOLAR-ATHLETE AWARD -- Presented to the varsity athlete who best exemplifies the ideals of a student-athlete through their academic and athletic success.

Recipient – Isaac Chambers (Track and Field)


FRESHMAN IMPACT AWARD – Presented to a first-year student who demonstrates the exceptional dedication and spirit that defines Emory athletics.  The recipient will have made a positive impact on his or her team through competition and sportsmanship.

Male – Andrew Wilson (Swimming and Diving)
Female – Taylor Erwin (Volleyball )




Katie Dickerson of the women's basketball team presented the Senior Reflection.  The text of her speech follows.

You’re all insane.  Every single one of you is certifiably crazy. 

You wake up, often much too early in the morning, and work through grueling practices for hours on end.  Do you know how many things you could be doing that don’t involve blood, sweat or tears?  And don’t even try to tell me that it’s good for your health.  I was sprightly as a freshman.  Now I require at least thirty minutes to warm up and have the joints of an 80-year-old woman.
 

Well, chances are you know that you miss out on a lot to play NCAA athletics.  There were inevitably times when you really could have used an extra few hours to study for a test, sleep or just really wanted to party with “Narps” instead of resting up for a competition.


Sometimes it seems like the sport consumes your entire life.  At least for me, it dictated my highs and caused my lows.  So are you ready for a huge secret? …It all ends.  At some point the wins and losses don’t matter and all you take with you are the life experiences you gained by being a student athlete.  The bus rides, the plane rides, the team dinners, the competitions… those times when your teammates became your therapists, your teachers, your singing partners, backup dancers and most importantly- your lifelong friends.  
 

Points and wins and losses are cheap, but the effort that goes into them is not. Nobody can judge effort or assign points to it, because ultimately it’s between you and yourself.  We get one chance to lay a foundation and make a mark on life, one chance to seize every opportunity made available to us.  And opportunity is not something that comes around very often in life.  Even the swim team, god bless their winning selves, will still be able to count their NCAA championships on one hand when they leave this place.

 

So really it’s actually pretty humorous that I was even asked to talk to you this morning.  If any of you ever venture to peruse the athletics website I’m pretty sure that one of the highlighted statistics in my bio is averaging something like one minute per contest.  So as unabashedly as I deemed you all to be crazy, I certainly am no exception.  Not only did I endure the aforementioned suffering but I kept doing so from the highly sought after position of left bench. 

 

I stayed in part because I couldn’t imagine not playing the game I love, but honestly that alone wouldn’t have kept me.  After suffering a season ending injury last year that put me through two surgeries and made every single step I took painful, I wasn’t staying for the game.  I was staying for those people at that table right there and I would do anything for any one of them.  I would limp through suicides, oh coach I’m sorry I mean “champions”.  And I would take a bullet for them because I know at the end of the day it’s not about me.  It’s not about my personal glory because it’s about the team.

 

Ten years from now, nobody will remember the stats, the scores, that pass you threw away or that race you lost.  They will remember the impressions you made, the relationships you built and the great moments that came when you were doing the sport you love with the people you love more.

 

And if you had told me a few years ago that my team, the Emory Women’s Basketball team would win a UAA championship and make it to the NCAA tournament I probably would have laughed.  Maybe it wasn’t my shot that won the crucial game, but it was my blood, sweat and tears that went into what this program has become. 

To all of you who have ever doubted yourself, or thought you didn’t measure up, or wanted to quit- don’t you ever give up.  Don’t you ever let anyone play harder, or give more of themselves to their team.  Success is not about records.  It’s about knowing you did the best of which you are capable.  These four years are too short to hold yourself back.  And being an Emory Athlete is too precious of a gift to throw away.

 

There are so many people in this room who deserve my thanks, however after seeing most of you studying late last night in the library I’m sure you’d really like me to just be quiet.  So I’ll leave you with this…

 

Whatever legacy you’re going to leave at this place, choose it well.

Emory Women's Tennis Places 22 on the UAA 25-Year Team

From Emory Athletics

Emory University Women's Tennis was well-represented on the University Athletic Association's (UAA) 25-Year Team, with 22 Eagles among the 32 total players named to the conference's silver-anniversary squad.

Players were selected based on the UAA honors earned during their collegiate careers.  Awarding two points for an all-UAA First Team selection and one point for a Second Team honor (only as a singles player), any athlete who totaled five or more points during their career was named to the team.  In addition, a player who was named the UAA Most Valuable Player during her career received an automatic selection to the team, as did any of the top-flight singles winners when a UAA MVP was not named from 1989-93.

Highlighting the list for Emory is former Eagle Mary Ellen Gordon, who was named the UAA Most Valuable Player all four years of her career, a feat still unmatched in conference history by any female athlete in any sport.  Jessica Levy is Emory's only other multiple-time UAA MVP, having won the award in both 1994 and 1995.  Current junior Gabrielle Clark, the 2011 UAA MVP, was the only active player in the conference selected to the 25-Year Team.  Emory head coach, Amy (Smith) Bryant, was named to the team as well, winning the MVP award as player in 1996.

Other former Eagles who were named UAA MVPs during their careers included Karen Kirschbom (1987), Alexa Wilensky (1998), Julie Sterner (2000), Carina Alberelli (2005), and Tshema Nash (2008).  Nicole Sullivan, who won the top-flight singles championship in 1989, also earned a spot on the team.


Other Emory selections to the UAA 25-Year Team include Megan Bern, Jamie Chan, Zahra Dawson, Mandy Jackson, Stefanie Leshaw, Shannon McGlame, Margaret Moscato, Lindsay Reidenbach, Tracy Shub, Erin Terrell, Jill Tobin and Emily Warburg

Emory has won 23 UAA Women's Tennis Championships during the program, including each of the first 22 awarded in the conference's history.  The Eagles have gone on to win National Championships on five occasions (1996, 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006), and have finished among the top-three teams at the NCAA Championships 12 times, including each of the last four years.

Click here to see the list of players who made the team.

Volunteer Emory and Center for Community Partnerships Celebrate the Power of Partnership

Reported by the Emory News Center

Volunteer Emory, and the Center for Community Partnerships (CFCP) are hosting an End of Year Celebration on Friday, April 26 from 6-7:30 p.m. in Winship Ballroom.  

The University-wide event will celebrate the contributions of community partners and Emory staff, faculty, alumni and students from across campus.  

Volunteer Emory, part of the Office of Student Leadership & Service, organizes weekly service trips for students, alternative fall and spring breaks, special events and social justice dialogues.  

The Center for Community Partnerships is Emory's centralized resource for coordinating, aligning and enhancing the University’s engagement and outreach to serve the greater Atlanta community. Working closely with partners at Emory and in the community, CFCP collaborates with other Emory organizations to coordinate their related programs and develops a range of its own initiatives.  

"There's a real breadth and depth of community engagement work at Emory,  everything from going to make sandwiches in the DUC, to tutoring, to courses that are heavily involved in solving real-world problems in the Atlanta community," says Maureen Sweatman, director of operations for CFCP.  

The celebration on April 26 is an opportunity to illustrate how Volunteer Emory and CFCP work together with Emory's community partners, says Volunteer Emory Fellow Alexis Irby.  

The power of partnership is the theme of the evening.  

The celebration is "a way to appreciate all the players involved – the coordinating offices, the staff, the students, the alumni, the community partners – everyone who has a hand in community partnership and community engagement," says Sweatman, who will give remarks during the celebration.    

McKenzie Wren, executive director of Clarkston Community Center and Emory alumna, is the keynote speaker. Other speakers include:  

  • Ozzie Harris, senior vice provost for community and diversity

  • Bridget Riordan, dean of students

  • Mark Torrez, assistant director for community engagement.

Refreshments will be served. RSVP requested.  

"Our hope is that this event will grow and eventually become a University-wide community engagement celebration," says Irby.