Asked by President Jim Wagner to provide feedback
to the University’s draft Vision Statement, Employee Council
discussed the issue at its most recent meeting, Wednesday, Oct.
15, in the Rollins Building’s Rollins Room.
The draft statement reads: "Emory University: An academic destination
and a resource for changing the world, whose unique blend of intellectual
quest and ethical discourse makes it a leading community for teaching,
scholarship and service."
Working off sheets that provided some prewritten notes and suggestions,
council members noted that there were no mentions of the general
staff in the statement. One member suggested adding a phrase about
respecting all people at Emory. Another offered snippet statements
like "enhance the sense of community and inspiring its members
though service and accomplishment" and "exemplifying good
stewardship of our vast resources."
Council President Don Newsome said the council’s executive
committee would take all suggestions under advisement and prepare
formal comments for Wagner.
The council hosted several guests. Dottie Toney, coordinator of
mentoring programs for DeKalb County Schools, introduced members
to "Partners ‘N’ Pals," a program that provides
adult mentors to children at Shamrock Middle School. Joining Toney
was Shamrock Principal Tom Davis, whose school has a partnering
relationship with Emory.
Mentors are asked to spend 30 minutes a week with a child during
their lunch hour. More than 200 Shamrock students are on a waiting
list for mentors. Interested Emory faculty and staff members are
encouraged to contact Toney at 678-676-1884. They would first attend
a mentoring orientation session followed by training. Then they
would be paired with a child.
Emory guests included Mary Smith from Human Resources, who outlined
the Open Enrollment period that begins Oct. 20, and Michelle Smith
of corporate relations, who encouraged the council to promote the
University’s corporate giving program, EmoryGives.
Special issues chair Susie Lackey said her committee is considering
exploring the issue of a living wage at Emory. Communications chair
Melodye Moore announced that the council’s town hall meeting
with Wagner—his first—has been scheduled for Nov. 11
at noon in Winship Ballroom.
The next Employee Council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov.
19 in the Jones Room of Woodruff Library.
If you have a question or concern for Employee Council, contact
President Don Newsome at firstname.lastname@example.org.