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April 29, 2002

Staff Fest brings tropics to the Quadrangle

Wynell Lauver is communications consultant for Human Resources


Staff Fest 2002 will be held Friday, May 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Quadrangle. Bring your colleagues for lunch and an afternoon of fun in the sun. Beth Grubb, communications manager for Human Resources, submitted the winning slogan/logo design for this year’s event: “A Taste of the Tropics.”

If you plan to eat lunch, you need to bring your Emory ID card. Retired staff members should stop by the retiree table to pick up their meal tickets. This year’s menu will include jerk chicken sandwiches, beef patties, a vegetarian selection, black beans and rice, plantain chips and macaroon cookies. Bever-ages will include sodas and bottled water. Be sure to stop by the popsicle carts for a cool refreshment.

Get caught up in the new “Tidal Wave” giant monsoon or slide see how low you can go in the limbo contest. Visit the Carlos Museum for a free tour at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. or 3 p.m.

Volleyball participation will be limited to the first 14 teams to register. Teams are co-ed and may include up to 10 people. Games will be played six on a side. The last day to register is Tuesday, May 14.

Staff Fest volunteers are needed for all shifts in all areas. To sign up, please contact: Carolyn Yanes (food) at 404-727-1589 or; Pat Hutchinson (games) at 404-712-0810 or; Osborne Pinto (retirees) at 404-727-7645 or; Martin Coleman (Quad maintenance) at 404-727-2544 or; or Wynell Lauver (“floaters” willing to help wherever needed) at 404-727-2242 or All volunteers must sign up by Monday, May 13.

In case of rain, the festivities will move into the Dobbs Center (food) and the P.E. Center (games/entertainment).

Staff Fest 2002 planning committee members include Fatima Blackwell, Dawn Carpenter, Marietta Clark, Martin Coleman, Pat Douglass, Sue Fillon, Beth Grubb, Yvonne Hodge, Rani Huang, Pat Hutchinson, Mark Kimbrough, Wynell Lauver (chair), Ginny Lawver, Vickie Mehta, Kevin Moody, Lynn Nester, Linda Nodine, Mattie Petty, Osborne Pinto, Carrie Roebuck, Gayle Stokes and Carolyn Yanes.

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Apple Fun Run/Walk to be held May 16
Kick off this year’s Staff Fest by participating in the Apple Fun Run/Fun Walk on Thursday, May 16, at Lullwater. The two-mile run at starts at 4 p.m., and the one-mile walk begins at 4:30 p.m. For details, contact Yvonne Hodge at 404-727-WELL or


Retirement fund changes
Emory’s Benefit Funds Committee regularly reviews the funds offered by our retirement plan for performance, diversification and expenses. As a result of this review, effective May 1, five funds will be dropped from the plan and three new funds will be added.

The funds being eliminated are five of the Fidelity Select Funds, which are highly concentrated in specific industries. The plan offers other funds that include these industries but are focused on broader sectors (such as high technology) and therefore are more appropriate choices for retirement funds. The Fidelity funds being eliminated are Select Biotechnology, Select Computers, Select Developing Communications, Select Electronics, and Select Software and Computer Services.

Retirement plan participants directing contributions to these funds have are reminded that they must contact Fidelity at 800-343-0806 prior to May 1 to reallocate future contributions. If you do not reallocate, your contributions will be deposited in the Fidelity Retirement Government Money Market Fund.

The funds being added will round out some industry gaps in our fund selection and allow for additional diversification. The new funds are Fidelity Select Financial Services, Fidelity Utilities and Vanguard Health Care.

Before investing in a new fund you should carefully review the prospectus. Call Fidelity at 800-343-0806 or Vanguard at 800-523-1188 for a prospectus or to talk to a customer service representative.

If you have any questions, contact your benefits specialist.