For its most recent meeting, Feb. 19, Employee
Council journeyed to Oxford College, where Dean and CEO Dana Greene
greeted the group, and Associate Dean for Campus Life Joe Moon gave
a brief history of the campus since 1919, the year Emory College
moved to Atlanta.
Moon’s comments were related to his soon-to-be-released history
of Oxford, An Uncommon Place: Oxford College of Emory University,
Also addressing the council were Kathy McKee, training specialist
in Human Resources, who told the council about “Reading Readiness,”
a new HR program designed to help employees improve their reading
skills. The pilot program is seeking staff volunteers to be reading
tutors for two hours a week over 18 weeks. Volunteers would be trained
prior to the start of tutoring. McKee said the program is slated
to begin May 3.
Also speaking was HR Recruiting Specialist Carolyn Yanes, who updated
the council on the plans for Staff Fest, which will take place from
11 a.m.–3 p.m. on the Quadrangle, May 16. Yanes stressed that
Staff Fest is geared toward employees, not their families, friends,
children or pets. In previous years, she said, the proliferation
of guests has weakened the meaning of the celebration, which is
intended to foster camaraderie among Emory employees.
In other business, communications chair Susie Lackey confirmed that
the council’s spring information fair would take place April
29 from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. at the VA Hospital. This is the first
time the fair has gone to the hospital.
Finally, council President Cheryl Bowie gave an update on the status
of the motion—backed by the council—to rescind Emory’s
pre-employment drug-testing policy.
Bowie said the issue had been tabled at the January meeting of University
Senate and that it would be revisited in February. Council members
assembled a packet containing articles, minutes and research related
to the issue and delivered it to Senate members. Bowie told the
council she hoped to have the packet distributed prior to the senate
meeting, which took place Feb. 25 (see story).
The next Employee Council meeting will take place March 19 from
2–4 p.m. at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center.
have a question or comment for Employee Council, e-mail Cheryl Bowie