24 is “Take Our Daughters to Work Day”
The Emory Women’s Center is hosting a breakfast for employees
and their daughters on Thursday, April 24 in honor of “Take
Our Daughters to Work Day.” Door prizes will be handed out
and all will be invited to discuss how the opportunities facing
young women today are going to impact the workforce of tomorrow.
The event will run from 9–11 a.m., in Dobbs Hall Parlor. Contact
Marsha Hendricks at 404-727-4144 or at email@example.com
by Monday, April 22 to reserve a space.
Celebrate Oxford Weekend, April 26
This year’s Oxford Weekend alumni event will be held Saturday,
April 26 from
8 a.m.–3 p.m.
The annual celebration will include a road race, kids’ carnival,
convocation, performances by local bands and reunions of classes
ending in “3's” and “8's.”
Oxford Weekend is free and will take place on the Oxford campus.
For more information, contact Marvlyn Kirk at 770-284-8447 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
EFCU car sale
slated for May 3
The Emory Federal Credit Union (EFCU) will hold a car sale on Saturday,
May 3, at North DeKalb Mall from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Cars can be chosen from a large selection of new and previously
owned vehicles on hand or special orders may placed through EFCU’s
auto locator service. Loan rates will be at 4.95 percent and pre-approvals
can be done through applications at www.emoryfcu.com
or through applications mailed out to the the
University community or at EFCU locations. Auto leases also will
be available at the car sale.
For more information, call 404-329-6415.
We are writing at the request of Michael Johns, executive vice president
for health affairs, to address widespread questions from faculty,
administrators, and students about the new disease known as SARS
(Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome).
As yet, SARS has been primarily centered in Asia (Guangdong Province,
Hong Kong, Singapore, Hanoi) and Toronto, Canada. SARS has not affected
any member of the Emory community to our knowledge, nor have we
treated any confirmed cases of SARS in the Emory hospitals or clinics.
There have been only two confirmed cases of SARS in Georgia (see
Georgia Division of Public Health at http://www.ph.dhr.state.ga.us/healthtopics/sars.shtml
for the latest statistics).
However, given the fact that SARS is contagious, and capable of
being spread like the common cold, we are concerned about the potential
for SARS at Emory.
Under these circumstances, we wish to share the following information
•To date, cases of SARS in the United States involved persons
who have recently traveled from Asia, or who have been in direct
contact with such a person.
•Hence, doctors and nurses in all of Emory's emergency rooms
and primary care clinics have been instructed to ask a series of
routine questions about travel, or personal contact with anyone
who has recently returned from Asia or other areas where the disease
has occurred whenever persons are present with SARS-like symptoms.
•The clinical symptoms of SARS include a fever of more than
100.4 F; chills, headache, and other flu-like symptoms; and symptoms
of respiratory illness. A careful patient history must be taken
and chest X-rays must be made to confirm the criteria of SARS are
Currently, there is no diagnostic test for the SARS virus although
many researchers are working on development of such a test.
•The incubation period is currently believed to be 2–10
For the most credible, up-to-date information on SARS, we recommend
checking the following excellent websites, which are refreshed not
only daily but almost hourly as new authenticated information becomes
• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/sars/
• World Health Organization: http://www.who.int/csr/sars/en/
Finally, many persons are wondering about the advisability of previously
scheduled travel to Asia. We concur with the CDC that at this time,
no one should travel to Hong Kong, Hanoi, Singapore or mainland
China unless the trip is truly essential. For up-to-the-minute,
country-by-country advice, check with the CDC and WHO websites given
Of course, SARS is by no means the only illness that should concern
international travelers, so in closing, we would like to take this
opportunity to remind everyone of the indispensable services offered
by Emory's TravelWell Clinic (404-686-5885) and the Emory University
Student Health Services Travel Clinic (for Emory students only,
404-727-7551). A stop at one of these clinics to check one's immunization
record and country-specific recommendations should be a key item
on every international traveler's checklist.With healthy best wishes,
Jeffrey P. Koplan, MD, MPH
Vice President for Academic Health Affairs
David S. Stephens, MD
Professor and Executive Vice Chair
Department of Medicine