Employee Council hosted four guest speakers at its most recent
meeting, May 15, in WHSCAB auditorium. Del King of Human Resources
explained Emorys new drug testing policy for new hires. He
reiterated that Emorys policy applies only to prospective
employees and currently is limited to five areas: HR, Campus Life,
Facilities Management, Community Services and all temporary employees.
In 12 months, King said, the program should be in place in all departments
throughout the University.
He said that since drug testing began in March, 120 prospective
employees had been tested and five had turned up positive.
Jacqueline Anthony, director of community affairs, spoke of the
Emory University Partnership Advisory Council, a 15-year relationship
Emory has had with Druid Hills High School and Fernbank Elementary
School. Through the council, Emory provides the schools with college
counseling, awards for outstanding achievement, meeting space on
campus, complementary admission to the Carlos Museum and several
other perks. Anthony said the program recently has added Shamrock
Middle School as a partner.
Neurologys Karen Carney told of her experiences as a courtesy
scholarship recipient. She graduated with a Career MPH degree from
the Rollins School of Public Health in December and participated
Not only did Carney, a 10-year Emory employee, discuss the challenges
of earning an advanced degree while holding down a full-time job,
but she also stated how crucial her scholarship was in financing
The final guest was Sue Topping of the Emory Federal Credit Union.
She showed a video describing the advantages of joining the credit
union, which is available to all Emory employees and their immediate
family members, and discussed several aspects of her work as well
as the credit unions mission and special programs.
Communications committee Chair Susie Lackey said the date for next
falls annual town hall meeting with President Bill Chace has
been set for Sept. 25 in Winship Ballroom. She also said the next
information fair will be held in the Dobbs Center sometime in October.
Special issues committee chair Don Newsome discussed the difficulties
off-site employees (those at Oxford, Crawford Long and the Carter
Center, for example) have with attending Staff Fest. Transportation
to the main campus is a major issue and he expressed hope that something
could be done to accommodate off-site employees for the 2003 event.
Newsome also brought up the issue of shuttle service to the council,
which he said has been reduced from three per hour to two. This
is something that will be discussed in the future, he said.
Membership committee chair Robyn Pollete said her committee intends
to focus on meeting attendance, recruitment and ensuring that each
member has an alternate.
President Cheryl Bowie said the council is still looking for a
site to hold its blood drive in July. Anyone with ideas should pass
them along to her.
The next Employee Council meeting will be held June 19 in the Rollins
Room of the School of Public Health.
you have a question or comment for Employee Council, send e-mail
to Cheryl Bowie at firstname.lastname@example.org.