October 22, 2001
Council members invited to join service program advisory board
By Eric Rangus firstname.lastname@example.org
Employee Council welcomed three guest speakers to its Oct. 17 meeting
in Harland Cinema. Michelle Smith, director of corporate relations, led
off with her presentation on EmoryGives, the Universitys new workplace
giving program. Smith included in her discussion an overview of the program
as well as a short film describing EmoryGives.
Smith also introduced Wendy Wilson of Community Health Charities of Georgiaone
of EmoryGives six charitable partners. Wilson detailed not only
her own groups work, but that of the other partners.
Volunteer Emory Director Hildie Cohen took to the podium next. She introduced council members to a program VE began last year called Social Entrepreneurs at Emory. It offers block grants to students who create new service programs. Cohen said council members and their constituents could support this program in two ways: through monetary donations or by serving on an advisory board.
Cohen said council members with experience on the boards of community
organizations or a background in grant writing or another skill appropriate
for nonprofit organizations would be ideal participants.
Cohen also invited council members to participate in a VE event Nov.
12, in which students and employees would travel to Cary Reynolds Elementary
School in Doraville to read to the students in their classrooms.
The council expressed interest in participating and President Bill McBride
said if additional transportation to the school was needed (Cohen said
VE had the use of at least one van) he might be able to secure a van from
Yvette Hart, benefits manager with Human Resources, was the councils
final guest speaker. She outlined some of the changes in Emorys
benefits packages so council members could inform their constituents.
In general council news, special issues chair Cheryl Bowie said her committee
continues to work on issues involving the donation of unused sick leave
to employees who may require it. Bowie also discussed working with the
Rollins School of Public Health on the distribution of a short survey
the school is working on to gauge constituent opinion on making the entire
Emory campus smoke free.
Other items addressed by special issues included the Emory hospital cafeterias
policy of offering 20 percent discounts to hospital employees rather than
all Emory employees (it is an incentive for hospital employees to eat
lunch on-site, Bowie said, not an attempt to exclude anyone) and possible
ways to expand Emorys courtesy scholarship program.
Membership chair Don Newsome said his committee will begin preparing
for 200304 officer election next month, which is when the nomination
process will begin. Voting will take place in February. The committee
also is continuing its search to fill the vacant secretary-elect position.
Council members overwhelmingly agreed and, and the communications committee
was tasked to set up an off-campus site for the spring.
The next council meeting will take place Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. in the Jones Room of Woodruff Library.
If you have a question for Employee Council contact Bill McBride at email@example.com.