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April 15, 2002

PCSW approves new membership slate

By Stephanie Sonnenfeld


New and familiar faces will be a part of next year’s President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) roster, as a slate of 29 members for 2002–03 was approved at the group’s April 4 meeting in 400 Administration.

The membership includes full members and alternates, who will be notified before the next PCSW meeting in May. The proposed membership still has to be approved by President Bill Chace, said chair Deb Floyd. Applicants who weren’t chosen as members or alternates will be invited to join PCSW subcommittees.

In other business, Vicki Powers of the faculty concerns committee said the yearlong study of female faculty is in its final stages. Daniel Teodorescu of Institutional Planning and Research has been gathering data for the project and will meet with Claudia Adkison from the School of Medicine later this month to discuss that school’s data. Teodorescu said he would have a preliminary report by May.

Amy Wheeler of the staff concerns committee said the alternative work arrangements website will be up by the end of April. The site, which is maintained by Human Resources, will include information about telecommuting, condensed schedules and other alternative work arrangements. The committee had money left over from its budget and used the funds to buy 23 tickets to the PCSW’s Spring Event. Tickets will be given to its members and others interested in attending the event.

Elaine Gossett updated members on Mentor Emory’s pilot program, which is planned to launch in July. Mentor Emory is a voluntary program for all female staff interested in career enhancement. Gossett said the goal is to match up five pairs for the pilot, and if all goes according to plan, the program will debut Universitywide in January 2003. Applicants for both the mentor and mentee positions are being solicited. For more information, contact Gossett at or Marsha Hendricks at

On a similar note, the student concerns committee said the Emory Women’s Alliance is working on its mentoring program, which pairs rising juniors with freshman students. Lisa DeMik of University Housing said she has access to all incoming freshmen and would help promote the program via LearnLink or through mailings.

Floyd reminded members of the PCSW’s Spring Event on Thursday, April 18 at 5:30 p.m. in the School of Law’s Tull Auditorium. Cost is $5 and includes food and entertainment (see story).

The PCSW holds its meetings on the first Thursday of each month at 3:30 p.m. in 400 Administration. Its next meeting will be May 2.

If you have a question or concern for PCSW, contact chair Deb Floyd at