Emory Report

August 31, 1998

 Volume 51, No. 2

Issues in Progress:

Employee Council

To open the August meeting, President Ron Foust again introduced Yvonne Hodge of the Emory Well House, also guest speaker at the July meeting, who extended her thanks once more to the council for its participation and promotion of the Aug. 10 blood drive. Hodge said the Red Cross collected 52 pints.

Madge Donnellan, associate professor of nursing, presented the results of the health risk appraisals council members filled out at the July meeting. Each member received a personal health appraisal, and Donnellan explained what the various risks listed on the reports meant. She also stressed five components of overall health: physical, spiritual, intellectual, social and emotional well-being.

Donnellan's colleague in the School of Nursing, Professor Marcene Powell, explained Emory's partnership with Fernbank Elementary School and Druid Hills High School. Started in 1986, the partnership seeks to strengthen all three schools through shared resources and services that recognize the needs of both students and teachers. Powell encouraged anyone interested to learn more and volunteer for the partnership.

Bill Collier, director of parking, addressed the council to present the Parking Office's plan for voluntary remote parking at "Emory West," the former Georgia Mental Health Institute property on Briarcliff Road. Emory employees who volunteer to park at Emory West will park free of charge through at least January 1999. For more information or to volunteer, call 404-727-PARK.

With time running short, the council postponed committee meetings until September, and Jeremy Berry delivered his report on matching retirement benefits not being available to employees under 26. He presented analyses, given various salary breakdowns, for the cost to the University of extending this benefit to the 119 Emory employees under that age. The council voted to pass along a letter signed by Berry and seven other employees--all Emory alumni--urging the University to re-examine its position on this issue.

--Michael Terrazas

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