the fifth-grade students of Jason Clark 02C, a lunch at
the DUC was about more than just eating hamburgers and pizza.
arranged for his entire class to spend a day at the University
last spring, and for an Emory student or faculty member to be
at each table during lunch. A bright yellow handout reminded
students to use their etiquette skills, share their career goals,
and ask your lunchtime buddy for their business card or
the early networking?
meal isnt always about just consuming food. A meal is
a time to interact with someone, Clark said. I want
them to be able to ask intelligent questions, use active listening,
and get information back that theyll be able to carry
with themto take it to the next level.
who graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelors degree in
psychology from Emory, teaches elementary school in Atlanta
as part of the Teach for America program. The program, which
requires a two-year commitment, places outstanding recent college
graduates of all majors in urban and rural public schools.
Rone, an assistant professor of anthropology who taught Clark
while he was at Emory, attended the lunch.
was a really special student. He took a lot of positive risks
in the classroom. I am happy to support him, said Rone,
who also gave a guest lecture to Clarks class at Jones
Elementary earlier in the school year. They caught on
Danielle Jackson said she enjoyed having Clark as a teacher
because he makes assignments fun and really interesting
and works hard to break things down so we can learn it. Also,
he tells us jokes.
was impressed with Emory, as well. Its the most
amazing college, she said. The dorm rooms, the libraries.
. . . I am definitely planning on going here.
students toured the campus, including the Woodruff P.E. Center
and the Michael C. Carlos Museum, attended a scholarship information
session with Senior Associate Dean Peter Dowell and Martin Luther
King scholarship recipients, sat in on a literary seminar in
the Woodruff Library, and heard a lecture by Associate Dean
Nagueyalti Warren on an Alice Walker novella.
wanted them to see Emory as a place of plenty, a place of enrichment
and excitement, and a place they can come if they focus and
continue to work hard, Clark said. I wanted them
to see the person they aspire to be.
took special care to enlist male role models like Paul Simms,
a sophomore who is a member of the Brotherhood of Afro-Centric
Men. I try to do something like this every month or so,
Simms said. I just talk to the students about general
stuff, like what college is like, and what they want to do in
Deion and Daesha Robinson, twins from Jones Elementary, know
exactly what they want to be: teachers. So that I can
teach other students what my teacher taught me, Daesha