January 12, 1998
Volume 50, No. 16
1997: The year in review
CDC receives funding approval for construction of West Campus as part of a planned expansion that would increase the size of the main campus for the CDC by about 70 percent. Federal funding approval was granted for construction, which was expected to begin January 1998 and encompass most of the block bounded by Clifton Road, Clifton Way and Michael Street, which contains the Clifton Child Care Center and a number of private homes.
Emory College faculty approve the first revision of educational requirements in over 20 years. College Dean David Bright said the direction in which Emory is heading is "not unlike what other colleges are doing in the area of liberal education, including an increased awareness of an international context and understanding of foreign languages, placing an increased emphasis on writing courses, and providing greater access to regular faculty during the freshman year."
Emory/MARTA team up to support light rail study. Public hearings began for a federally funded study to create a light rail line linking the Lindbergh MARTA station, the Emory campus, the Decatur area and south DeKalb County. In an unprecedented partnership with MARTA, Emory agreed to provide $82,000 for the $820,000 study.
Library's acquisition of Ted Hughes' papers brings greater depth to literary collections. The extensive archive of English Poet Laureate Hughes, acquired by the Woodruff Library, had a shipping weight of 5,000 pounds and includes many drafts of poems from each of Hughes' published collections as well as literary correspondence, photographs and related materials.
Emory tallies victories from 1997 legislative agenda. According to Kathy Fine, director of state government affairs, Emory fared well during the 1997 Georgia General Assembly. "We didn't lose anything in the budget and were able to help restore $946,847 in state funding for Grady's residency program," said Fine, who noted that the Georgia funds are matched by federal funds for a total of $1.6 million in funding for Grady. Emory's interests also fared well in other budget issues such as HOPE Scholarships, Emory-held state contracts, the Georgia Research Alliance and Medicaid.
Yerkes protests turn ugly as demonstrators attempt to push past barricades and police. The Yerkes protest was another of several annual marches by demonstrators opposed to the use of animals in research. The demonstrators attempted several times to push past a barricade set up by Emory police on Gatewood Road, about a quarter mile from the Yerkes campus. Fifty-two adults were arrested in connection with the incident and 12 juveniles taken into protective custody until their parents could be found.
Emory and the United Methodist Church grapple with legal and traditional ties as a result of the controversy over same-sex marriages. When an Oxford College employee was denied use of the Oxford College chapel to hold a same-sex commitment ceremony in May, the decision sparked a debate on the Emory and Oxford campuses. President Bill Chace apologized to the employee and his partner and issued a statement regarding the situation. Emory trustees directed the University chaplains to develop a policy for the use of chapels on campus.
1525 Building opens Aug. 17 housing primary care, fitness center. "We're especially proud of the 1525 Building [located on Clifton Road across the street from the Rollins School] because it brings together Emory Healthcare's growing programs in preventive medicine and wellness and those of the Rollins School of Public Health," said Michael Johns, executive vice president for health affairs. The five-story, 80,000-square-foot facility was designed to house 25 Emory Clinic primary care physicians practicing internal medicine, family medicine, gynecology and occupational health. The Earle B. and Stephanie S. Blomeyer Health and Fitness Center occupies the top floor.
Emory's No. 7 party school ranking leaves administrators scratching their heads. Campus Life Dean Frances Lucas-Tauchar defended Emory against the unscientific ranking, which appeared in the Princeton Review, saying that most people who heard about it took it as a joke. She did spend some time reassuring anxious parents from far away, who took the list a bit more seriously. "I think it's really irresponsible," she said of the list's publication. "It's tabloid, which is completely inappropriate for any institutional ranking."
New Clinic facility opens in bustling North Fulton. The new facility is the largest, most comprehensive component of Emory Clinic outside the Emory campus, measuring 80,000 square feet and housing more than 20 specialists and 10 full-time primary care physicians. "The Emory Clinic North is the only facility completely designed and built to provide a full array of primary, specialty and diagnostic services for The Emory Clinic," said Clinic Director Rein Saral.
Study finds salaries in pay grades equal at Emory, but women may face barriers to promotion. The study, conducted by the President's Commission on the Status of Women, found parity in the pay rates of male and female employees in four grade levels. But the data may have revealed a larger issue: a "glass ceiling" that blocks women from managerial and supervisory roles.
Halle Institute for Global Learning officially opens. The dedication of the Claus M. Halle Institute for Global Learning was held Oct. 9. President Chace stressed Emory's commitment to enhance internationalization and affirmed the Halle Institute would play a key role in Emory's internationalization effort. Marion Creekmore, vice provost for International Affairs and the institute's first director, noted plans to bring distinguished international visitors to campus as Halle fellows, to arrange faculty and visiting expert-scholar discussion forums on academic and public policy issues, and to facilitate student research abroad.
Coca-Cola CEO and Emory friend Roberto Goizueta dead at 65. Trustee Roberto C. Goizueta, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of The Coca-Cola Company, died Oct. 18 at Emory Hospital from lung cancer. "Roberto Goizueta embodied a style of leadership that grew out of a blend of deep culture and great discipline," said President Chace.
Attorney General Janet Reno comes to campus. Using the occasion to address the issue of domestic violence, Reno delivered the fifth annual Institute of Women's Studies Rosalynn Carter Distinguished Lecture on Oct. 23. "I call on everyone to renew our efforts against domestic violence," said Reno, who has served as attorney general since 1993.
Orthodox patriarch receives President's Medal. His All Holiness Bartholomew, ecumenical patriarch of the Orthodox Christian Church, paid a visit to Emory Oct. 31 to receive the third President's Medal ever awarded. Previous recipients are the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet and President Carlos Menem of Argentina.
Board of Trustees votes to adopt chaplain's guidelines for University, hospital chapel use. The guidelines allow same-sex ceremonies in chapels provided they meet certain criteria recommended by University chaplains Susan Henry-Crowe and Sammy Clark. Of the 24 recognized religious groups on campus, two permit same-sex ceremonies. "This decision is an affirmation of freedom of religion," said Henry-Crowe.
Fall sports teams all advance to Division III championships. For the second consecutive year, all five of Emory's fall sports were represented at their respective NCAA Division III national championships.The strong showing across the board boosts the Eagles' standing in the Top 10 for the Sears Directors' Cup, presented to the school with the best all-around athletics program.
-Compiled by Peter Mills and Scott Saposnik