Emory Report

January 12, 1998

 Volume 50, No. 16

1997: The year in review

Rebecca Chopp named interim provost for 1997-98, to serve beginning June 1 [1997] when Provost Billy Frye becomes chancellor.
Chopp, formerly dean of faculty and academic affairs and professor of systematic theology in the Candler School, was selected by President Bill Chace because she "brings superb skills with people, great administrative energies and clarity of mind, a dedication to excellence in both teaching and scholarly research, determination and a balanced judgment," he said.

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.

Growth in market value of endowment.
The 35 percent increase in the market value of Emory's endowment for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1996, propelled Emory into sixth place nationally among university endowments, according to the National Association of College and University Business Officers. Emory's endowment grew from $250 million in 1982 to $3 billion.

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."

Oxford glimpes the future with new planning document.
Oxford College unveiled Oxford 2005, a document that articulates the college's future goals and identifies human, academic, physical and financial resources needed to achieve them. The plan "creates a context for us to revisit our mission in light of current challenges and opportunities," said Joe Moon, associate dean of student affairs.

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.

Frye announces fund for internationalization.
Designed to advance key objectives of Choices & Responsibility, the internationalization fund provided $250,000 for the 1997-98 academic year to support initiatives in research, teaching, language training, and exchange, travel and study abroad programs.

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.

Christiane Amanpour speaks frankly, passionately about the world's leadership crisis during the CNN correspondent's commencement address.
"Free your minds and your mouths from today's tyranny of political correctness and her evil twin, moral equivalence. Distinguish between good and evil, and then do the right thing when you are called," she said.

Department of Natural Resources gives green light to unrestricted use of Lullwater site.
The low-level radioactive waste site was the beneficiary of a comprehensive clean-up by the University. The site is located in the southeast corner of Lullwater, to the north of the walkway that parallels the railroad tracks. "Most of the materials, as far as radioactivity goes, were at background level or below after all this time," said Director of Environmental Health and Safety Frank Lisella. The burials took place from 1960 to 1975 and were carried out in accordance with the law.

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.

North Kilgo closes from Cox Hall to Cannon Chapel.
North Kilgo was closed to create an 18-foot wide pedestrian/service lane between the Psychology Building and Callaway Center.

Emory ranked ninth-best national university by U.S. News & World Report. Emory tied with five schools for its ninth-place ranking in the national university category of the magazine and had the highest "value-added" factor among the top 25 universities.
Emory moved up from its previous 19th-place ranking, primarily on the strength of its improvement in all criteria used by the magazine to rank universities. "We are pleased that the U.S. News survey recognizes the tremendous investment we make in our faculty and academic programs," said Interim Provost Rebecca Chopp.

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.

Teaching Commission report affirms opportunities and responsibilities regarding pedagogy at Emory.
The report found "a longstanding commitment to teaching in the different schools of the University, rich diversity in teaching practices in and beyond the classroom, and a widespread hope that Emory will distinguish itself in the future-in some tangible and credible fashion-as a university that values teaching as much as it values research." The commission urged the president and provost to "set an agenda in which teaching is regarded as highly as research," and encouraged deans, directors, department chairs, staff and students to encourage teaching.

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.

Goizueta Business School dedication sees crowd of 1,000 celebrate new $25 million facility.
The new Goizueta Business School was dedicated Sept. 26. Classrooms and study rooms are located on the school's second and third levels. The typical classrooms, with tiered seating for 66 in a classic case study arrangement, are set along a wide corridor that opens onto an arcade overlooking the courtyard. Offices are on the fourth and fifth levels.

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.

Emory and Georgia Tech create a joint biomedical engineering department.
Innovations in medical imaging, computer-assisted surgery, innovative medical devices and more efficient delivery of drugs to disease sites will be research pursuits for the new department. Plans call for 18 faculty members recruited to the new department over the next five years.

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.

New primate research center aims to provide Living Links to questions of human evolution.
Emory and Yerkes announced the creation of the Living Links Center, an interdisciplinary endeavor aimed to study the evolutionary relationships between humans and their closest living relatives. Using the animal populations housed both at Yerkes main site and the Lawrenceville field station, the new center will focus on behavioral, cognitive, neurological and genetic links between hominoids-humans and apes.

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

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