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February 9, 1998
Volume 50, No. 20



Emory students measure up in annual UCLA survey of college freshman

ITD's 'customer-focused' reorganization nearly complete

Johns: Health Sciences ideally positioned for 21st century

Investment performance for funds available under the Emory University retirement plan

Pitt's rare book collection jumps over the 90,000 volume mark

Comedian Bill Bellamy highlights February's Black History Month

Carter Center Update

Conversations on Teaching

Issues in Progress

holiday schedule announced

Following are holidays the University will observe in the upcoming year.

Memorial Day
Monday, May 25

Independence Day
Friday, July 3

Labor Day
Monday, Sept. 7

Thursday and Friday,
Nov. 26 & 27

Thursday and Friday,
Dec. 24 & 25

New Year's Day
Friday, Jan. 1, 1999

Martin Luther

King Jr.'s Birthday
Monday, Jan. 18, 1999

In addition to these, employees who are eligible for paid holidays are allowed one or two floating holidays per year, depending on their date of employment. Due to operational needs, some employees must work on University holidays. Information regarding work performed on holidays can be found in the Emory Policies and Procedures Manual.

Consideration must be given to employees wishing to take leave for religious observances not recognized as University holidays. This time off can be taken as vacation leave or as floating holidays and should not be denied to employees unless it creates undue hardship within a department.

Women's Center seeks advisory board nominations

The Emory Women's Center advisory board is seeking recommendations for at-large members for the 1998-99 academic year.

Administration, staff, faculty and students are eligible to serve as at-large members. Nominations or expressions of interest should be sent to Marianne Scharbo-DeHaan, School of Nursing, room 340. Nominations are due March 1.

For more information, contact Scharbo-DeHaan at 404-727-6929 or by e-mail at <mdehaan@nurse.emory.edu>.


First Person:
Valentine's lament: Is this the best of times for lovers?

John Lennon brings a well-known name to Emory's music department


Researchers test more effective treatment ro brain tumors

Psychologist examines students' expression of prejudice

Pride Banquet
set for March 2

The sixth annual Pride Banquet, sponsored by the President's Commission on Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Concerns, is scheduled for March 2 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Cox Ballroom 4. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m.

Cindy Patton, professor of lesbian/gay studies in the graduate school, will be the featured speaker, and musical artist Doria Roberts will provide entertainment. President Bill Chace will present the Writing Awards for Excellence in LGB/Queer Studies.

Reservations may be made before Feb. 20 through Danielle Doughman by e-mail <ddoughm@emory.edu> or at P.O. Box 21796.

Get your heart
checked in February

Emory Healthcare will provide low-cost HeartCheck screenings at selected clinic locations this month. The screenings will include blood pressure and cholesterol screenings, weight and nutrition counseling, and consultation with a registered nurse. Screenings will be held at the following locations:

Feb. 19 at Emory Clinic Crawford Long and Emory Clinic Smyrna and Feb. 21 at Emory Clinic North, the 1525 Building and Emory Clinic Social Circle.

Emory Healthcare also invites children to attend the American Heart Association's "Heart Power!" program at Emory Clinic, Emory Clinic North and Emory Clinic Social Circle Feb. 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants will learn about heart health and the prevention of heart disease and stroke. A variety of educational tools teach children about the heart, healthy eating choices, the importance of physical activity and living tobacco free. For more information or to register for either of these programs, call Emory HealthConnection at 404-778-7777.

Teaching fund accepting proposals

Faculty have until Feb. 27 to submit proposals for 1998-99 University Teaching Fund awards.

The University Teaching Fund Committee (UTC) invites proposals for intramural funds to support teaching improvement and innovation. The UTC expects to disburse $250,000 in teaching grants, and recipients will be announced in April. Projects conducted through summer 1999 are eligible.

Questions regarding proposal guidelines may be directed to UTC chair V. S. Sunderam, Dobbs Professor of Mathematics, at 404-727-5926 or <vss@emory.edu>. The UTC also invites suggestions on refinements to the guidelines and the selection process for subsequent years.

Special Collections extends closing period

Due to additional work on the renovation of Woodruff Library, Special Collections will remain closed through Feb. 27 and will reopen Monday, March 2. The closing affects the public areas as well as the reading room.

Research access will continue to be provided on an appointment- only basis. Staff will respond to e-mail, phone and fax requests, and urgent onsite research appointments may be made from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Appointments must be made in advance. Special Collections will be closed on Saturdays, and limited space may prevent accommodation of some needs. For more information, call 404-727-6887 or send e-mail to <speccollref@ emory.edu>.