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January 19, 1999
Volume 51, No. 16



Reviving and 'inventing' traditions and community are goals of new committee

Emory Women's Alliance provides support for students

First person: Life's lessons can always be learned, even at the end

Tech, Emory research chiefs rely on family chemistry

Taking a peek back at the year that was at Emory

Winter months an excellent time for health and fitness, says Hodge

Issues in Progress: Employee Council

Carter Center Update

Cockfighter joins Humana Festival

EPIC holds annual awards ceremony

The Emory Public Interest Committee (EPIC) is hosting its third annual EPIC Inspiration Awards Ceremony and reception on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the law school.

Former Georgia Congressman Elliott Levitas (1975-85) will present the 1999 awards to three individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the public interest. They include Ben Johnson, founding dean of Georgia State University College of Law and former dean of Emory Law School; Marva Jones Brooks, Arnall Golden & Gregory LLP partner and co-general counsel for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games; and Kathleen Dumitrescu, managing attorney, Cobb County office of Atlanta Legal Aid Society.

The event has become a major fund-raiser for EPIC, which provides stipends to law students pursuing public interest law projects in the summer. A $25 contribution is requested to attend. For more information, contact Sue McAvoy at 404-727-5503 or by e-mail at <smcavoy@law. emory.edu>.

Three undergrads receive community service awards

The joint activities committee of Emory College and the Division of Campus Life has selected three College students to receive an award of $1,500 for the Emory Internship in Community Service, encouraging undergraduate involvement in a community and social service activity.

The awardees are seniors Brant Brown and Mara Tencer and junior Laura Spangler. The three will work a minimum of 10 hours a week in a recognized and structured activity closely related to their fields of study.

Brown's internship will focus on developing and implementing the Grady/Emory Volunteer program, through which students may work collaboratively with Atlanta mental health agencies on child abuse issues. Tencer will intern with AID Atlanta as an assistant Hispanic case manager. Spangler will intern with the Peavine Watershed Alliance, serving as liaison between the alliance, Emory and local schools participating in the Georgia Adopt-a-Stream program.

The community service internship is available each semester to three students. The application deadline for fall awards is March 1. For application information, contact Mollie Korski at 404-727-0671 or by e-mail at <mkorski@college.emory. edu>.

Unsung Heroines saluted by Emory Women's Center

Hailed as women who have demonstrated extraordinary dedication to issues affecting women at Emory are this year's Unsung Heroines: law student Cameron Welborn, undergraduate Shanara Reid, administrator Jody Usher and Spanish professor Emilia Navarro. The banquet to honor them will be held at Houston Mill House on Feb. 16 at 5:30 p.m. and costs $20 per person. RSVP with payment by Feb. 5 to Emory Women's Center, Box GG. Space limited to 60 guests.


Grant may propel researchers toward transplant tolerance

Educational Studies gets Spencer grant to bolster PhDs

Memorial service for Russell Major scheduled for Saturday

A memorial service for Russell Major, professor emeritus of history, has been scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 23, at 4 p.m. in Cannon Chapel. Russell, 77, died of cancer Dec. 12.

A decorated war hero many times over, Major's interest in European history blossomed as he sat on the front lines of World War II. After the war, Major, who'd received a bachelor's degree from Virginia Military Institute in 1942, obtained his PhD from Princeton University on the GI bill.

He came to Emory in 1949 and was widely acknowledged as an authority on French nobility and aristocracy and the affect of both on modern European history.

Major received many awards during his tenure at Emory including a Fulbright Fellowship to France, two Guggenheim Fellowships, a visiting professorship at Harvard University and, here at Emory, the Thomas Jefferson Award. He was the author of eight books and monographs and was named Candler Professor of Renaissance History in 1980. He retired in 1990 but continued to lead an active scholarly life.

Major is survived by his wife, Blair Rogers Major, a son, three daughters and six grandchildren.

The family requests contributions be made to the Department of History's James Russell Major Dissertation Award in lieu of flowers.

Exhibit traces link between civil rights and journalism

A new exhibit in Woodruff Library's Schatten Gallery explores the intertwined relationship between the civil rights movement and journalists on the "race beat." "Reporting Civil Rights: Journalism, Media & the Movement," running through Feb. 20, traces the battles in towns throughout the South.

The exhibit contains more than 100 pieces, including material rarely seen--drafts of newspaper stories, police accounts of civil rights meetings, correspondence from key figures and press releases from civil rights organizations--providing an intimate account of the struggle against segregation in the words of the movement, its opponents and the journalists who covered it.

"I started work as a newspaper reporter in Mississippi in 1949," remembered New York Times correspondent John Hebers, "and, of course, was confronted by [race relations] from the first day on. It was the consuming subject..." At the outset, pressrooms were as segregated as the cities and towns the reporters covered, but over time, as segregation fell throughout the South, the barriers in newsrooms also dissolved.

Exhibit materials are drawn primarily from Woodruff's Special Collections, including recently acquired collections from civil rights activists like Constance Curry and Joan Browning. Materials are also on loan from the Atlanta History Center, the Atlanta University Center, the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African-American Culture and History, and several private collections.