A review of the previous day’s Employee Council-sponsored
Information Fair was one of the highlights of the council’s
Oct. 16 meeting in the Oppenheimer Room on the campus of Grady Hospital.
More than 30 council members, some coming from as far as Oxford
College, made the journey to Grady for the meeting. Several Grady
employees also attended.
Communications chair Susie Lackey announced that 22 tables were
set up at the Oct. 15 fair—the largest ever—and 17 Emory
departments were represented. A significant number of vendors turned
out as well. A dozen door prizes were handed out, and feedback about
the event was excellent.
A location for the spring fair has not been finalized, but one possibility
is the VA Hospital.
Council treasurer Meredith Honeycutt, a representative from Campus
Life, discussed the second annual Faculty/Staff Appreciation Week,
an event cosponsored by the council and the L.E.A.D. team. The week
of Nov. 11–15 has been set aside for the event, which was
a rousing success the first time it took place.
One of the week’s highlights will be the faculty/staff art
show. Employees, Honeycutt said, are encouraged to drop off original
works of art in the Office of Student Activities. A panel of judges
will then determine which pieces will be displayed in the Dobbs
Center art gallery. A reception to premiere the works will take
place in the Dobbs Center on Nov. 14.
Special issues chair Don Newsome asked council members to poll their
constituents about Emory’s new pre-employment drug screening
policy. The goal is to come to a consensus about the council’s
position on the subject. Newsome said employee comments have run
the gamut from negative to positive. Once data have been gathered,
Newsome said, the council can make a formal statement.
Membership chair Robyn Pollette said the attendance roster will
be reformatted so alternates will have their own places to sign
in. The current format does not distinguish between full members
and alternates. The council membership roster also will be reformatted
to list members in alphabetical order as well as by department.
Some members find the current method—by division—difficult
to deal with.
Council historian Cheryl Sroka gave her regular council history
presentation; two of the council’s University Senate representatives,
Paula Bechtler (safety and security) and Gail Mooney (parking and
transportation), gave brief overviews of their committees’
responsibilities; and Sue Topping of the Emory Federal Credit Union
invited council members to visit the credit union’s Autumn
Auto Fest, Oct. 26.
The next Employee Council meeting will be in the Cypress Room of
the Carter Center, Nov. 20, from 2–4 p.m.
have a question or comment for Employee Council, send e-mail to
President Cheryl Bowie at email@example.com.