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Kudos for Colleagues: Spring 2018

March 6, 2018

Issue 10: March 2018

Paul Marthers, Emory’s vice provost for enrollment management, has been appointed to serve as interim vice president of campus life, as Ajay Nair, senior vice president and dean of campus life, transitions to his new position as president of Arcadia University on March 31. During the month of March 2018, Dean Nair and Dr. Marthers will work together to allow for a strong transition of the campus life leadership. Read more.

Ben Perlman and Tina Chang of the University Center and Office of Communications, respectively, developed the CLC website, which won first place in the professional website category of the ACUI 2018 Steal this Idea Awards. AUCI, according to its website, is “a nonprofit educational organization that brings together college union and student activities professionals from hundreds of schools in seven countries. The organization’s mission is “to support its members in the development of community through education, advocacy, and the delivery of services.”

Gary Wilson joined Campus Life as a coordinator for special operations with the University Center team, supervising deep cleaning of Cox Hall and DUC-ling spaces overnight. He served most recently as a supervisor at Georgia State University.

Paulo Zambianchi is a new event management technician with the Campus Life University Center working in Cox Hall. Paulo worked most recently with Nestlé Brasil in the São Paulo headquarters as a gastronomy consultant and chef. He holds two professional certifications – one in gastronomy, defined by Merriam-Webster as the “art or science of good eating,” and another as a flight attendant.

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Issue 9: February 2018

Marqiece Cunningham has joined ECL’s new Office of Social Justice Education as a practicum student. Most recently, he served at the University of Georgia as graduate assistant for administration and facilities in the Department of Recreational Sports and as a fellow for the Ignite Social Justice Retreat. Marqiece holds a bachelor’s in computer science from the University of Southern Mississippi and currently is studying toward an MEd in college student affairs administration at UGA.

Ajay Nair, senior vice president and dean, is being honored with the Doris M. Ching Shattering the Glass Ceiling Award by NASPA, the leading association for student affairs professionals. He will be recognized at the awards ceremony of the Asian Pacific Islander Knowledge Community (APIKC) during NASPA’s annual conference, March 3-7, in Philadelphia.

Sharon R. Rabinovitz will become interim assistant vice president and executive director of Emory University Student Health Services (SHS), succeeding Michael J. Huey. Sharon will assume this role following Mike’s retirement on July 31, 2018. Since joining Emory in 2017, she has been director of clinical services at SHS, responsible for ensuring that SHS has the resources to provide care for Emory students and support for health care providers.

James Roland was recently inducted into the prestigious Gold Key Society, one of the nation's most respected institutions in speech and debate. He is being recognized for his more than 20 years of coaching and service and ongoing commitment to the field of debate. Roland’s recognition is particularly noteworthy in that he is not a high school debate coach. Less than 25 of the 184 society members across the nation are not high school debate coaches or educators.

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Issue 8: January 2018

Anthony W. Hansen, PhD, is the new post-doctoral fellow in Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), reporting to Katie Werner. Most recently, Anthony was an intern in the CAPS program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill. He holds a PhD in counseling psychology and a Graduate Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy, both from University of Georgia.

Xion Lester joined Campus Life as assistant director of development services. She served most recently with the Winship Cancer Institute development office. Before joining Emory, Xion was an associate in conference and event management with Independent Sector in Washington, DC. Earlier in her career, she worked in television news and communications marketing. 

Kerry Milhaven is Emory DAR’s new associate director of development for Campus Life and Athletics. Most recently, she served with Make-A-Wish Georgia as director of signature events and earlier as director of golf. In this role, she was responsible for managing all internal events while leading a team who helped drive support and facilitate the execution of each event. Kerry attended Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Derek Moore is the new administrative assistance in Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). His previous position was assistant office manager for Kayal Dermatology & Skin Cancer Specialists in Marietta. 

Neeraja Panchapakesan is the new coordinator of student conduct in the Office of Student Conduct. She served previously in Development and Alumni Relations at the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned an MSEd in higher education. Neeraja also holds BA in biology and music from Agnes Scott College. 

Julia Rizzo, PsyD, was welcomed aboard as a post-doctoral fellow in Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). She served previously as a pre-doctoral intern at Montana State University in Bozeman. She earned her doctor of psychology in counseling psychology with a concentration in athletic counseling from Springfield College in Massachusetts.

Elaine Turner, senior director of housing operations, has been selected to serve this summer as faculty for the Southeastern Association of Housing Officers (SEAHO) Regional Entry Level Institute (RELI). The institute is an intensive four-day developmental experience for entry-level housing and residence life professionals in university/college housing. 

Jade M. Turner is the first director of the new Office for Racial and Cultural Engagement (RACE). She served previously as the Associate Director of the Cross-Cultural Center at the University of California, Irvine, where she earned her bachelor’s in criminology, law, and society. Jade also holds a master’s in counseling from California State University, Long Beach.


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