The Employee Councils June 19 meeting in the Rollins Room
of the Rollins School of Public Health featured two guest speakers,
the naming of a new officer and a brief history lesson.
Missy Douglas, site works system manager with the School of Medicines
clinical trials office, introduced the council to the offices
upcoming website. The site, once operational, will list all clinical
trials at Emory. Not only will it contain information about the
background and goals of each study, but it also will provide contacts
regarding participation as a subject.
Following Douglas was Paula Gomes, director of the Emory Well House.
Gomes, who has led the Well House for five months, addressed the
council for the first time. She detailed some of the Well Houses
programming and answered questions. She also encouraged council
members to promote the July 24 Red Cross blood drive to their constituents.
Employee Council and the Well House are two of the events
Council president Cheryl Bowie announced that Joyce Bergere, who
was elected to a second term as parliamentarian in the spring, would
be leaving Emory. To fill her office, Bowie appointed Susie Lackey.
Bergere also served on two University Senate subcommittees: fringe
benefits and parking and traffic. Bowie asked for volunteers to
take over those slots. Beatrice Salako (parking and traffic) and
Chris Gabriel (fringe benefits) stepped forward.
Bowie also discussed some proposed changes to council bylaws, such
as adjusting the councils calendar to coincide with other
campus governmental organizations. Currently, the councils
administrative year begins in April, while the University Senate
and the rest of Emorys governance groups end their years that
month. Bowie also floated an idea of changing meeting times from
24 p.m. to earlier in the afternoonperhaps 11 a.m.1
p.m. or noon2 p.m. An earlier time may help improve attendance,
she said. Neither of these ideas have progressed beyond the discussion
Historian Cheryl Sroka said she has been browsing the archives
of the 32-year-old council, which are located in Woodruff Librarys
Special Collections area. She said she hopes to bring to attention
the councils long list of accomplishments.
Sroka said the first council meeting was held Feb. 4, 1970, and
that it has had an active role in life on campus ever since. She
focused her discussion on the 198990 council. This active
group, Sroka said, sponsored eight open houses along with many other
activities. She also said that many employees prime concerns
(the high cost of health insurance, internal promotions and career
growth) mirrored current themes. Sroka said she plans to give historical
updates at each meeting.
Lackey, the communications committee chair, updated the council
on the status of the annual town hall meeting with President Bill
Chace, scheduled for Sept. 25 in Cox Hall, and said the committee
is looking for a date in October to hold an information fair in
the Dobbs Center.
Servant leadership chair Julia Leon said the next council-sponsored
brown bag will be with Bob Hascall, senior associate vice president
of Facilities Management, on July 12. She also reviewed Junes
event, which featured Emory Womens Center Director Ali Crown.
Audrey Lee of the membership committee said that council members
who have excessive absences will be contacted along with the person
who appointed them. She also said that council alternates who attend
meetings should sign the roster in a separate place to that attendance
can be properly accounted.
Bergere gave a brief update on the work of the special issues committee,
which focused on parking, traffic and the availability of campus
Employee Council will reconvene Sept. 18.
you have a question or comment for Employee Council, send e-mail
to Cheryl Bowie at firstname.lastname@example.org.