Smoking prohibited in Dobbs Center
According to Ed Stansell, director of Dobbs Center, smoking will be prohibited throughout Dobbs Center effective in August. The change in policy, which will include the section of the Coca-Cola Commons currently designated as a smoking area, will bring Dobbs Center into compliance with the DeKalb County Clean Indoor Air Ordinance, and has been made in response to a request by the University Safety and Security Committee of the University Senate.
University Health Service offers confidential, anonymous HIV testing
Scientists at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that half of all HIV-positive people are unaware they have HIV. To address this problem, the University Health Service is offering anonymous and confidential HIV testing for Emory faculty, staff and students. Tests are scheduled by phone and cost $25. Results are given in person, one week after the test is taken. Pre- and post-test counseling is provided. For scheduling or for more information, call 727-5708.
Bill to extend tax-free tuition assistance out of committee
Employees who have been worrying about whether or not their Courtesy Scholarship for graduate study would be taxable for last year and this year may have some good news on the horizon, according to Steve Moye, associate vice president for governmental affairs. On June 12, the Senate Finance Committee marked up tax provisions, which will be considered as a floor amendment when the Senate takes up H.R. 3448, the Small Business Job Protection Act. This House-passed legislation, which includes an increase in the minimum wage, retroactively extends Internal Revenue Code Section 127 (which enables employers to provide tax-free tuition assistance to their employees ) from Jan. 1, 1995, through Dec. 31, 1996. While the House version makes graduate students ineligible for the benefit beginning Jan. 1, 1996, the Senate Finance Committee's amendment would enable both undergraduate and graduate students to receive the tax-free benefit in 1995 and 1996. Moye said that it is not known at this time when the legislation will come to the Senate floor.
Retirement plan amended
Under the new retirement policy effective May 1 (reported in the April 22 Emory Report), an employee with a combination of age and service equal to 70 will be eligible to retire with life insurance, health coverage and Courtesy Scholarship benefits. Human Resources would like to remind employees that benefits are not guaranteed in the future for any group of employees, active or retired, or their dependents. Emory also reserves the right to modify the plan provisions and cost of coverage for active and retired employees. Any questions about the changes in the retirement plan should be directed to a Human Resources benefits specialist at 727-7613.
Emory Report solicits news of Olympic volunteers
The July 15 issue of Emory Report will include profiles of many of the University's faculty, staff and students who are volunteering for the 1996 Olympic Games. If you are volunteering or know of someone at Emory who is, please contact us at 727-0647 (phone), 727-0646 (fax) or firstname.lastname@example.org (e-mail).
Libraries announce summer hours
The General Libraries have announced revised summer hours. Through Aug. 9, Woodruff Library hours are: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-10 p.m. Candler Library's Learning Resource Center will be open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and will be closed Saturday and Sunday. The Chemistry Library will be open Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-9 p.m.
General Reference and Documents Reference services will be available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Special Collections services will be available Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Center for Business Information will offer walk-in reference services Monday-Friday, 3-5 p.m. Circulation services will be available until 15 minutes before closing.
Hours will be shortened during the summer session midterm break (June 29-July 1), and over the July 4 holiday.