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Kudos for Colleagues: Fall 2018

October 9, 2018

Kudos for Colleagues recognizes staff members for major awards, new hires, promotions, and other accomplishments by ECL staff, including regular, student, and contract employees. Please send your staff highlights suggestions to us at .

Issue 17: October 2018

Elijah Ajayi has been promoted to associate director in the Office of Conference Services, developing marketing initiatives for the Summer Intern Housing Program, coordinating conferences programs at Clairmont Campus, supervising student staff, and assisting with operations on main campus. Elijah joined Emory as a graduate assistant in Athletics in 2007 and moved to Conference Services in 2016. He received his master’s in sports administration from Georgia State University and bachelor’s in management from Clayton State University.

Michael Demers has joined the Atlanta Urban Debate League program in the Center for Civic and Community Engagement (CCE) as an intern serving as a coordinator. He served formerly as a legal researcher and paralegal at a law firm in Atlanta. He holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Emory.

Hallie Dowling-Huppert is a new coordinator in the Center for Civic and Community Engagement (CCE). Most recently, she was a retention coordinator in the Office of Latino Student Services and Outreach at Georgia State University. Hallie holds an master’s in education in community engagement and higher education administration from Merrimack College and a bachelor’s international studies and peace studies from Guilford College. 

Jonathan Duke, associate director of Student Center Operations and Events, has accepted a position at Kennesaw State University as the inaugural director of Camps, Conferences, and Business Development in the division of Campus Services. His last day with Emory was Oct. 3.

Ed Lee, senior director of the Barkley Forum for Debate, Deliberation and Dialogue, brought keynote remarks on the topic of community for the fall kickoff of “Conversations on the Quad.” He followed Emory President Claire E. Sterk who welcomed attendees to the October 4 event. Conversations among attendees considered questions such as: What does community mean to you? Where do you find it? When did you feel like Emory was community to you? Read more in Emory Report:

Meenakshi Palaniappan joined Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) as staff psychologist, having served previously as staff psychologist at Dartmouth College. Meenakshi earned her PhD and master’s in counseling psychology from the University of Florida and a bachelor’s in psychology at the University of San Francisco.

Daniela Muñoz Rogers serves as complex director of Harris Hall and coordinates the Second Year at Emory (SYE) Program. She comes to Emory from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she served as a residence hall director. Daniela completed her master's in higher education and student affairs at Ohio State University, where she also served as an assistant hall director. She holds a bachelor's in interdisciplinary studies with emphases in human development and family studies, biology, and Spanish from Auburn University.

Jordan Schilit is the new assistant coach for Emory Eagles cross country and track, after serving in that role at Middlebury College. He was a six-time NCAA All-American at Haverford College, a former professional athlete for the Nike/Oregon Track Club, and coached over 30 All-Americans while at Middlebury College. Jordan is a USATF Level 1 certified coach and holds a bachelor’s in fine arts from Haverford.

Issue 16: September 2018

Shantrell Bowe has joined Campus Life as a career counselor in the Emory University Career Center. She comes to Emory from her role as a career counselor at Georgia College and State University. Earlier, she served as a graduate assistant at the University of Miami in the Office of the Dean of Students. She holds a master’s in higher education with a concentration in enrollment management and a post-graduate certificate in student life and development.

Tomika DePriest, senior director of Communications, has been chosen as a judging coordinator for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District III awards committee. In this role, she may select two or more other judges to assist her in reviewing and judging the materials submitted for the awards program. The conference, in Atlanta, February 24-27, 2019, expects to attract 1,500 participants. CASE is a membership association serving educational institutions and professionals.

Tharyn Giovanni Grant is a new clinician with Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). A licensed clinical social worker, he served previously with youth and young adults, providing mental health services in the community. He has specialties working with people experiencing trauma and anxiety, as well as other populations, including queer and trans young adults. Tharyn holds an MSW from Smith College.

Brian Klarman is the new assistant director of debate with the Barkley Forum. He is a former assistant debate coach at Dartmouth University, where he earned a master’s in liberal arts. He also holds a bachelor’s in interdisciplinary studies from Emory.

Issue 15: August 2018

Adrianna Baggetta has been named Emory Eagles head softball coach. She will begin her duties on September 5, bringing 16 years of Division I coaching experience to the Eagles' program. Baggetta spent the past eight seasons on staff at the University of Iowa, the first six as an assistant and the final two as associate head coach. Read more:

Don Cornwell, director of Career Services, participated in the United States Marine Corps Recruiting Command's 2018 Educators and Key Leaders Workshop in Quantico, Virginia, last month to explore the Corps’ career opportunities for Emory graduates. The workshop cultivates relationships between the Marine Corps and educators and community leaders from around the country. See Don featured in a USMC video and learn more about the workshop:

David Clark, associate vice president of Campus Life, served on a panel, and Paul Fowler, executive director of the Career Center, delivered closing remarks for the inaugural “Discovering Emory: A Corporate Day Event” this month. The event, hosted by Emory’s Office of Corporate Relations, brought Atlanta companies to campus for vendor exhibits, a corporate/small business match session, a “how well do you know Emory session,” and a panel discussion on the value of partnering with Emory.

Sandra Edwards will fill the executive administrative assistant position in Campus Life, supporting the office of the vice president. She will also continue to provide support for Suzanne Onorato, assistant vice president of Community. Sandra holds a bachelor's in psychology from Georgia State University and a master’s in science management and a graduate certificate in human resources management from St. Thomas University. She is currently pursuing a PhD in industrial/organizational psychology from Northcentral University.

Marlon Gibson will make a presentation to the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA) at the organization’s 47th annual meeting, November 28 through December 1, in Indianapolis. Marlon’s presentation will explore the topic of senior sorority/fraternity black professionals navigating the campus as leaders. Learn more about AFA:

A.T. Helix joins Emory as coordinator of student and facilities operations with the University Center. She served previously as operations coordinator with Student Housing and Residence Life at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. A.T. holds a bachelor’s in neuroscience and a Master of Public Health in health behavior.

B. David Hunter is the new assistant director of facilities management in Housing Operations. He served previously as construction and facilities management officer with the U.S. Army and state construction and facilities management officer with the Georgia Department of Defense. He holds a bachelor’s in civil engineering technology, a master’s in management and leadership, and certification as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt in strategic planning. His professional experience includes cyber construction and security.

Nicole Jackson joins Campus Life as associate director of sorority and fraternity life, bringing experience from Auburn University at Montgomery, where she served as a counseling center coordinator. Nicole also served at the University of Alabama as assistant director of fraternity and sorority life. She holds a bachelor’s from Alabama State University and a master’s in education counseling from Auburn University at Montgomery. Nichole is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

Kathy Moss will end her 15-year tenure as executive administrative assistant for the vice president of Campus Life this month. After serving as a school teacher for a number of years, she joined Emory in 2003 as administrative assistant to John L. Ford, then dean of Campus Life. She continued in that role with Dean Ford’s successor, Ajay Nair. She currently reports to Paul Marthers, interim dean. A retirement celebration is planned for 4:00-5:30 p.m., August 15, in the Raoul Hall lobby. See the story about Kathy in this issue of ECL Connections.

Please send your suggested kudos – new hires, promotions, awards, and other recognitions for yourself or your colleagues – to us at .