January 13, 2003

2002 Year in Review

Compiled by Matthew Harrison

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 columnist.

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 their classrooms.

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 Center.

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 drug use.

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 Management Association.

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 the University.

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.






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