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New book showcases University traditions
By Paige P. Parvin 96G
Emory may be one of the “new” Ivies, but its 170 years of history nonetheless have decorated the place with its fair share of tradition and culture.
Much of this institutional narrative is now documented in The Emory Memory: Traditions, Legacy & Lore, a small, hardback handbook for students, alumni, faculty, and anyone interested in learning more about Emory’s story.
How good is your Emory memory?
Think you know your alma mater? Put your memory to the test with this playful crossword, created expressly for Emory Magazine by puzzle maker Andy Harrison. Not all the clues are Emory-specific, but if you find yourself stumped, you may want to brush up on your University lore.
Spearheaded by Anna Altizer 08C, copresident of the Student Alumni Association, and Isabel Garcia 99L, a member of the Emory Alumni Board, the project originated during a board meeting last year. “It was a response to the problem that people from schools other than Emory College do not know much about Emory at all,” Altizer says. “Originally, I suggested making a brochure to give a little more information. It turned into the book project when research started, and I realized that there was a lot the undergraduates do not know, as well.”
The colorful book is divided into sections including “Landmarks,” “Athletics,” and “Rites of Passage.” Most alumni easily will recognize such standards as Lullwater Estate and Emory’s first president, Ignatius Few; but also featured are more offbeat aspects of the University’s history, such as the Gravity Monument, Campus Moviefest, and the Coca-Cola stock exchange booth that resides in Goizueta Business School.
“The book is written in a way that you can turn to any page and learn something about Emory,” Altizer says. “The goal is to spark curiosity so people will want to learn more. The book provides readers with a way to become connected with Emory and, in turn, with each other.”
The Emory Memory is available at the Emory Bookstore, 404.727.6222, or www.emory.bkstr.com.