October 1, 2001
Changes streamline annual event
By Eric Rangus firstname.lastname@example.org
A record 2,800 Emory graduates registered for Sept. 2023s
Alumni Weekend, according to Bob Pennington, vice president for alumni
affairs and special development projects, who called this years
event an absolutely resounding success.
The weekends festivities were retooled this year, Pennington said,
with the idea of centralizing more activities and using the Miller-Ward
Alumni House as a Homecom-ing epicenter. Evidence of the weekends
success lies in the fact that, despite the nations recent tragedy,
the Association for Emory Alumni received just 27 cancellations, he said.
We have traditionally had an Alumni Weekend that was scattered
about the campus with all the school-specific events, and the only all-alumni
events, really, were the Emory Medal ceremony and alumni luncheon on the
Quadrangle, said Pennington, who oversaw his first Homecoming since
being appointed to his position last December.
So we decided to centralize Alumni Weekend at the Miller-Ward House
and grounds and the Houston Mill House, all the while having the various
and traditional school-specific events and functions, and it just worked
beautifully, he said.
On Saturday, Sept. 22, the Emory Medal ceremony was held in Governors
Hall at the Miller-Ward House, another difference from past years, in
which the event was held in Glenn Auditorium. Also, AEA decided to go
without a keynote speaker at the ceremony and instead showed a video highlighting
the Emory Medalists.
This years recipients of the Universitys highest honor for
Ellen Bailey 63C,
87EMBA. Bailey is chief operating officers for Cardiology
of Georgia, a 27-physician private practice and one of the 20 largest
practices in Georgia.
Sara Barger 73MN.
Berger is dean and professor at the University of Alabamas Capstone
College of Nursing and has authored or coauthored more than 30 articles
and book chapters and given more than 40 academic presentations.
Max Cleland 68G.
Cleland is the senior Democratic senator from Georgia in the U.S. Senate.
Under President Jimmy Carter, Cleland was director of the Veterans Administration,
and he is former Georgia secretary of state.
Bradley Currey Jr.
Currey recently stepped down after six years as chair of the University
Board of Trustees. A former president and chief operating officer for
Rock-Tenn Co., Currey still serves on the companys board. Emory
presented him with an honorary degree in May.
Joseph Gladden Jr. 64C.
Gladden recently retired as vice president and general counsel for the
Shain Schley 62C,66M.
Schely is a faculty member and chair of the otorhinolaryngology at Cornell
University Medical College and otorhinolaryngologist-in-chief at New York
Leah Sears 80L.
Sears is a justice on the Supreme Court of Georgia. She was an attorney
at Alston and Bird and a judge on the City Court of Atlanta before being
elected to the superior court bench.
Pennington said he expects AEA to stick to this years format for Alumni Weekend 2002. We really nailed this first time, he said. We always want more of our alums to be here, and we would like to see more participation in the school-specific events.