The National Wildlife Federation honors Emory for its achievements
in developing an environmentally sustainable campus. With more than
$800 million in construction under way on campus, President Bill
Chace is determined to remain environmentally friendly. “Through
careful planning, input from all stakeholders, and establishment
of common goals, we have been able to create an environment that
is more conducive to studying, learning and living,” he says.
The Candler School of Theology is awarded a $172,453 grant by the
Lilly Endowment to conduct studies on improving and expanding graduate
education in religious practices. “[This grant] will open
the door for us to look … at the ways we can train those who
will teach future generations of religious leaders,” says
Candler Dean Russell Richey.
Emory ranks second among the nation’s top universities in
its percentage of federal work-study funding that goes toward community
service projects. Emory, which directs 13.8 percent of work-study
funds to service, ranks behind only Stanford (22.3 percent) among
top American universities.
Renowned sociologist Robert Bellah, co-author of the best-selling
books Habits of the Heart and The Good Society,
addresses “Marriage: Sacred Institution or Obsolete Tyranny?”
at the annual Currie Lecture in Law and Religion.
The School of Law is appointed the new home of the Southern Juvenile
Defender Center, part of a national network of centers associated
with the American Bar Association that provides grassroots assistance
and advocacy for juvenile justice issues.
Emory’s celebration of King Week begins with the opening ceremony
of the exhibit “A Dream Deferred: African Americans at Emory
and Oxford Colleges, 1836-1968.”
Due to rapidly increasing costs for benefits services and a slowdown
in revenue growth, the University announces it is considering several
changes to its employee benefits package.
The Alliance to Improve Emory Village (AIEV) holds a workshop to
discuss progress in its plans for changing Emory Village and improving
its crowded and dangerous main intersection.
Emory’s African American Studies program celebrates its 30th
anniversary. Launched in September 1971, Emory’s was the first
degree-granting undergraduate program at a major Southern university,
according to founding director Delores Aldridge.
With $447,043 in donations from Emory employees in its coffers,
EmoryGives, the University’s workplace giving campaign, exceeds
its $415,000 goal by nearly 8 percent.
Three leading national health organizations commit $15 million to
establish the Tobacco Technical Assistance Consortium in the Rollins
School of Public Health. The consortium will help states and communities
develop and run effective programs to prevent and reduce tobacco
use in the ongoing battle against smoking-related disease and death.
Theater Emory presents Eugene O’Neill’s valentine to
the American family, Ah, Wilderness!, as part of a project
cosponsored with the MARIAL Center that examines the American family
throughout the 20th century.
William Foege, Presidential Distinguished Professor of International
Health Emeritus, addresses individual and global struggles and the
ability to make a difference in the world of international health
at Emory’s third annual Science and Theology Symposium.
The first Kenneth Cole Forum serves as the inaugural event for the
Kenneth Cole Fellowship in Community Building and Social Change,
a comprehensive, 12-month program designed to prepare Emory undergraduates
to become part of the next generation of community builders.
Emory’s Board of Trustees approves the $425 million Educational
and General Budget for the 2002–03 fiscal year, projecting
a growth in revenue of 4.8 percent and new incremental resources
of just under $19.3 million.
The Women’s Center hails its 2003 Unsung Heroines at a ceremony
in the Miller-Ward Alumni House. Honorees include Eleanor Main (faculty);
Patricia Douglass (administrator); Cheryl Elliott (staff); Laura
Steinberg (student); and Shaila Rao Bheda (alumna).
John Temple, executive vice president and chief operating officer,
and Alice Miller, vice president for Human Resources, hold several
open meetings to discuss proposed changes to the employee benefits
plan, including modifications of retirement plan contributions,
courtesy scholarships and retiree health benefits.
Carol Moseley-Braun, the first African American woman to serve in
the U.S. Senate, delivers the keynote speech for Emory’s Women’s
History Month celebration. Titled “Right Side Up,” Moseley-Braun’s
address discusses “women who turn things around.”
Alfred Uhry, Pulitzer and Tony award-winning playwright, is named
the main speaker for Emory’s 2002 Commencement exercises.
Uhry is best known for the Academy Award-winning screenplay for
the 1989 film Driving Miss Daisy, which he adapted from his play
of the same name.
Catherine Manegold, Cox Professor of Journalism, moderates the panel
discussion, “Struggling for a Voice: Women Journalists in
the South.” Panelists included M. Alexis Scott, publisher
and editor of the Atlanta Daily World, Melissa Fay Greene,
author of the award-winning nonfiction works Praying for Sheetrock
and The Temple Bombing, and Cynthia Tucker, editorial page
editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and syndicated
At a March 20 meeting, the Emory College faculty approves by a 75-7
margin a resolution calling upon the administration and the Board
of Trustees to maintain current employee benefits and increase funding
by launching an “unprecedented capital campaign.”
More than 200 attend the University’s inaugural “Education
Forum on Academic Technology at Emory (EduCATE),” as a celebration
of the many ways faculty have incorporated new technologies into
Michael Johns, executive vice president for health affairs, announces
that Jeffrey Koplan, outgoing director of the Center for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC), will become Emory’s new vice
president for academic health affairs at the Woodruff Health Sciences
Roughly 120 people gather to celebrate the opening of the Whitehead
Biomedical Research Building. Nearly three years and $81.3 million
after it broke ground in the summer of 1999, the Whitehead Building
opens officially on April 2 with music in the atrium and a brief
ceremony in the auditorium.
The three-day Sam Nunn Policy Forum, addressing “Commercialization
of the Academy,” pulls together a range of scholars, education
administrators and other professionals to discuss the ties between
corporate funding and academia.
The Board of Trustees approves changes in the University’s
employee benefits program. The president’s final recommendations
are made following two months of deliberation about alternatives
for responding to skyrocketing health care costs for employees and
retirees—a problem being experienced by institutions nationwide.
Emory’s new pre-employment drug screening program is piloted
in four University divisions before expanding to all departments
within 12–18 months, according to Human Resources. Implemented
March 1, the program tests non-faculty job candidates for illegal
University’s first “Philanthropy and the Research University”
conference explores the historical and contemporary links between
two of America’s pillar institutions. The two-day event aims
to define the relationship between American higher education and
the private philanthropic foundations that have provided integral
financial support to universities since the Industrial Revolution
of the 19th century.
Alice McDermott, author of 1998’s Charming Billy,
is the star presenter at the English and creative writing departments’
awards night, April 15. McDermott also reads from her in-progress
novel and holds a colloquium on writing the following day.
Survey results show a solid majority of Emory students rate the
University’s academic integrity as either “strong”
or “very strong.” The survey is a collaborative project
among the offices of Strategic Development and Institutional Planning
and Research, and the Information Technology Division.
“Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America”opens
at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. Cosponsored
by Emory, the exhibit is based on a collection of photographs, on
permanent loan to Special Collections, owned by Atlantans James
Allen and John Littlefield.
Perhaps moving one step closer to developing vaccines for the world’s
most lethal infectious diseases, Emory dedicates the Hope Clinic
in downtown Decatur to facilitate human vaccine trials.
Emory hosts the fifth annual Bike There Ride and Festival, organized
by the Atlanta Bicycle Campaign. An estimated 500 participants are
welcomed by President Bill Chace and DeKalb Co. CEO Vernon Jones.
Maria Saporta, business columnist for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
emcees the event.
Yerkes is renamed the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, in
recognition of its involvement with and impact on research programs
throughout the United States and the world.
Emory celebrates its 157th Commencement, in which Alfred Uhry delivers
the main address for the University, while Margaret Edson, Pulitzer
Prize-winning author of the play Wit, is featured speaker
at the Oxford ceremony. Receiving honorary Emory degrees in 2002
are mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot, World Bank Director Mamphela
Ramphele, U.S. Army veteran Hugh Thompson and Alfred Uhry.
At a public meeting, AIEV unveils its recommendations for changing
Emory Village. The next step is for the group’s various constituencies—village
business owners, Druid Hills residents and the University—to
begin exploring how to bring those plans to fruition.
Thomas Arthur, interim vice provost for international affairs, is
named dean of the School of Law. “On behalf of the University
and the law school,” President Chace says, “I am delighted
that Tom Arthur has accepted my invitation to serve as dean of the
school and successor to Dean Howard Hunter.”
The Oxford Institute for Environmental Education begins its 11th
year of helping teachers bring the natural world into their classrooms
by taking their classrooms out into the natural world. Participants
in the 10-day program go into the field and learn not only how to
conduct their own ecological investigations, but also how to teach
their students to do it.
The main concert hall of the under-construction Donna and Marvin
Schwartz Center for Performing Arts will be named for longtime Emory
benefactor Cherry Logan Emerson, who has donated more than $1 million
in support of the project.
Emory’s revised intellectual property (IP) policy is approved
by the Board of Trustees, giving the University a firm base from
which to deal with the increasingly complicated IP issues that have
crept into multimedia publication and scientific research.
Egypt’s Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities
of Aahi Hawass accepts the Carlos Museum’s offer to return
to Egypt a male mummy that scholarly evidence suggests is that of
the missing pharaoh Ramesses I, the founder of the famous line that
included Seti I and Ramesses II (the Great). Acquired by the Carlos
in 1999, before its return the mummy first will be the star of a
gala exhibition to open in May 2003.
Effective Jan. 1, 2003, Emory Healthcare announces it will consolidate
employees of the Emory Children’s Center, Emory Hospitals,
Emory Clinic and Wesley Woods under the single Emory Healthcare
umbrella. The new alignment will allow the organization to better
compete with other health care systems while preserving its affiliation
with the University.
Two Emory professors, Howard Frumkin, professor and chair of environmental
and occupational health in the Rollins School of Public Health,
and Julie Mayfield, director of the Turner Environmental Law Clinic,
are named to the inaugural class of the Institute for Georgia Environmental
Leadership (IGEL), a statewide group that hopes to foster learning
and collaboration among the state’s environmental leaders.
Mentor Emory, a joint project of Human Resources and the President’s
Commission on the Status of Women, continues to pair younger female
employees seeking career advice, guidance and development with more
experienced female staff members.
The Emory Area Bicycling Suitability Map is released, capping a
collaborative effort by the Office of Alternative Transportation,
the Atlanta Bicycle Campaign and the Clifton Corridor Transportation
The Clifton School child care center’s new Clairmont Campus
facility opens. This marks the second location for the nonprofit
center, which first opened in 1988 on Clifton Road, for the children
of Emory, Children’s Healthcare and CDC employees.
Leading research institutions and public health programs throughout
the Southeast join forces in the new Southeastern Center for Emerging
Biologic Threats, a partnership designed to combat biologic agents
with increasing potential for harm, using knowledge, research and
communication as the primary weapons.
To prepare Emory for the fiscal realities that lie in the immediate
and mid-term future, the University launches a “budget equilibrium”
or “cost containment” project, designed to make the
entire Emory enterprise more efficient.
The University community—just like the rest of America—takes
time to remember the events of 9/11. The range of activities, with
the theme of “Looking Back, Looking Forward,” includes
a gathering on the Quadrangle and a moment of silence on the morning
of Sept. 11, beginning at 8:45 a.m.
Emory’s Woman’s Club celebrates more than 80 years of
connecting the women of the University. It is perhaps the oldest
continuous club at the University, with a simple yet resilient motto:
to foster social interaction among the faculty and to provide service
to the University.
The Whitehead Building becomes the first building in the Southeast
to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification
from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Emory maintains its 18th place ranking for the fourth year in a
row among 249 national universities in the U.S. News & World
Report annual college rankings.
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer John Temple
announces he is retiring at the end of 2002–03 after 20 years
of service. “My fondest memories of Emory will be all the
great people I have had the privilege of knowing and working with
over the past 20 years,” Temple says.
Former President Jimmy Carter offers frank opinions during his annual
Town Hall meeting with Emory students. Carter touches on subjects
ranging from Cuba to the 2000 presidential election, to the current
economic slowdown, to memories of his own father.
At Employee Council’s 11th annual presidential Town Hall meeting,
Chace gives a brief address, then answers questions about subjects
ranging from Emory’s pre-employment drug testing to whether
employees could formally review their managers.
Wesley Wachob is appointed senior pastor of Glenn Memorial United
Methodist Church. Formerly a senior minister in Mobile, Ala., Wachob’s
goal is to connect Glenn more closely with the University.
Emory hosts “Lynching and Racial Violence in America: Histories
and Legacies,” a wide-ranging conference that brings together
more than 90 academics and historians from around the world for
a serious conversation about lynching in the United States and how
it still influences racial relations today.
Bill Fox, senior vice president for Institutional Advancement, announces
that Emory’s fund raising for fiscal year 2002 totalled more
than $210 million—a feat all the more impressive in light
of the economic recession and possible shifting of philanthropic
priorities in the wake of 9/11.
The $40 million, 138,000-square-foot Math & Science Center enjoys
its grand opening. The newest addition to the Emory campus provides
lavish new accommodations for three College departments (environmental
studies, math and computer science, and physics) and features a
range of high-tech classrooms and labs, a 60-seat planetarium and
a 5-foot-long Zeiss rooftop telescope.
Former U.S. President and Emory Distinguished Professor Jimmy Carter
is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. “I am delighted, humbled
and very grateful that the Nobel Prize committee has given me this,”
says Carter of the honor.
Emory hosts the leaders of the nation’s top research universities
when the Association of American University (AAU) holds one of its
semiannual meetings on campus. The AAU is an association of 61 American
and two Canadian schools, representing the elite of research universities
in North America.
Following a nearly $1 million renovation, the Cox Hall computer
lab reopens and quickly becomes the most innovative and comfortable
place to do computer work on campus.
This year, Unity Week, Emory’s longtime celebration of diversity
on campus, is expanded to include the entire month of November.
Events include a variety of educational, artistic and cultural programming.
Emory becomes one of the first research universities in the country
to implement a process to address institutional conflicts of interest
in research. The new policy deals with situations in which Emory
has significant direct or indirect financial or other interest in
a product or process being developed by researchers associated with
Asian studies’ Paul Courtright moderates the panel discussion:
“Displaying Violence: Museums and the Politics of Representation.”
The discussion focuses on what role and responsibility do museums
have when it comes to exhibitions that deal with the harm people
do to one another.
The inaugural Emory Public Issues Forum examines whether the United
States should attack Iraq and what repercussions such an attack
might have. Headlining the event is Jay Bookman, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
editor and columnist, who says an attack on Iraq could signal the
beginning of a U.S. push for global empire.
President Chace announces he will retire from the presidency at
the end of the academic year. Inaugurated as Emory’s 18th
president in 1994, Chace says he will take a year’s sabbatical
before returning to the English faculty to teach.
The Board of Trustees elects four new alumni members, each of whom
will serve a six-year term: Richard Bagby ’62C, ’66M;
Walter “Sonny” Deriso ’68C, ’72L; Lynn Heilbrun
Stahl ’76C; and William Warren ’79M, ’82M.
The Emory Women’s Center holds a gala 10th anniversary celebration
in Miller-Ward Alumni House. Director Ali Crown honors President
Emeritus James Laney on behalf of his work in helping establish
the center during his tenure.
Winter break 2002 arrives to find Emory in a period of transition.
Current high-end administrative vacancies the University will need
to fill in the near future include: president, provost, Emory College
dean, executive vice president and chief operating officer, and
vice provost for international affairs.