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November 13, 2000

United Way, partnerships office on October agenda

By Michael Terrazas

To open the meeting Oct. 24 in Woodruff Library, Jason Chandler of corporate relations gave a presentation on the University’s 2000 United Way campaign. He announced that Emory was a third of the way toward its $380,000 goal and then introduced Toby Spinner, secretary in the Health Sciences library, who explained how United Way agencies helped her raise her two foster children.

JoAn Chace also urged Emory women to participate in the United Way Women’s Initiative, a graduated system of matching grants whereby several foundations turn private donations of $1,000, $2,500 or $10,000 into as much ass triple the amount of the initial gift. She said the programs can also be applied to group donations, though only one person could be listed as the principal donor.

Michael Rich, director of the Office of University-Community Partnerships, explained his new organization’s role and activities. Rich said the office’s three primary goals are to increase awareness of Emory’s involvement with the Atlanta community; to provide a navigable and responsive point of entry for community groups looking for an Emory partner; and to provide students with explicit, focused pathways for sequencing coursework, research and service opportunities.

Rich took the Senate on a tour through the office’s website and encouraged people to send updates on the information the site contains about their individual service projects.

Susan Cook-Prince, president of Employee Council, said the council’s 30th anniversary celebration was a tremendous success. She said the council is collaborating with the president’s commissions on women and LGBT concerns on their campus climate survey, and that Employee Council’s two main issues for the year are examining designated smoking areas on campus and improving the system for internal promotions and transfers.

The library policy, safety and security, and traffic and parking committees all submitted their 2000–01 rosters for approval and announced the issues on which they will work this year.

Judy Raggi-Moore of the honorary degrees committee announced Dec. 1 is the deadline for submitting nominations for degree recipients in May 2002. She added that President Bill Chace has also requested nominations for possible Commencement speakers.

Bridget Riordan announced that Campus Life would begin publishing a weekly column in The Wheel in late October. The column is scheduled to run every Friday.

Jean Porter of the Emory Well House said flu shot serum was not arriving as expected and that the planned schedule for flu shots may need to be revised (see brief).

In closing, some Senate members requested an update on the discussed expansion to the University’s workplace giving program. John Boli said Chace has asked Michelle Smith, executive director of corporate relations, to study the issue further. Senate President Claire Sterk suggested the group contact both Chace and Smith for more information, then discuss the topic again at a later meeting.

The next Senate meeting is Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 3:15 p.m. in the Jones Room of Woodruff Library.

If you have a question or concern for University Senate, contact Sterk at


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