Having voted at its December meeting to support a resolution
from the Carter Center asking the administration to suspend its
pre-employment drug testing policy, Employee Council spent a significant
portion of its Jan. 15 meeting crafting its statement to the University
Senate in order to present its position.
“We need to make sure that our statement is exactly what we
want to say, that it expresses our sentiments as a council and is
the direction that we want to take,” council President Cheryl
Bowie told the group just prior to its vote on the statement’s
In between the council’s December and January meetings, Bowie
had met with members of the Senate’s executive committee who
asked her the background behind the resolution. The committee told
her the topic will be on the Senate’s Jan. 28 agenda and asked
her to prepare an introductory statement.
In other council business, nomination forms were handed out for
officer elections, which will be held later in the spring. Council
members may nominate themselves or others for positions, and the
forms will be accepted through February. Completed forms should
be returned to membership chair Robyn Pollette in 211 Bishops Hall.
Questions should be directed to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Communications chair Susie Lackey said the council most likely will
hold its spring information fair in April at the VA Hospital. She
is taking suggestions for a theme.
Guest speakers included servant leadership chair Julia Leon, who
discussed the council’s ties to the Center for Ethics’
Servant Leadership program, and Veronica Finkelstein, director of
Student Legal Services. Finkelstein introduced the council to her
law school-affiliated office and said that any member of the Emory
community can come by for free legal advice on anything ranging
from criminal to civil law. The advice, which comes from Emory law
students and a practicing attorney, is free of charge.
The next Employee Council meeting will be held Feb. 19 at Oxford
you have a question or comment for Employee Council, send e-mail
to Cheryl Bowie at email@example.com.