February 23, 2004

Council visits Oxford

By Eric Rangus

Employee Council made its annual visit to Oxford College, Wednesday, Feb. 18, for a meeting at Seney Hall. Oxford Dean and CEO Dana Greene delivered opening remarks, and Oxford Associate Dean for Campus Life Joe Moon made a special presentation, "An Uncommon Place: Oxford College of Emory University, 1914-2000", in which he outlined the history of Emory's mother campus. He illustrated his historical narrative with dozens of photos showing the campus and its students through the years.

President-elect and special issues chair Susie Lackey briefed the council on a diversity summit she attended with council President Don Newsome. Attendees included representatives from the council, the president's commissions and the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs (EOP). They met to discuss ways to improve diversity and increase tolerance on campus. Attendees were asked to devise two diversity-related programs for presentation at the next summit in March.

Newsome asked council members to contact their constituents for further ideas regarding diversity-related programming. Staff members with ideas also are encouraged to contact their council representative (members are listed on the Employee Council website at www.emory.edu/EmployeeCouncil ).

In other business, Lackey said special issues is continuing its discussion with representatives from Human Resources (HR) regarding new ways to promote and expand new-employee orientation.

Membership chair Cheryl Sroka said nominations for 2004-05 officer positions were closed. Biographical sketches for nominees would be prepared in time for the March meeting. Communications chair Melodye Moore said the spring information fair will be held in the Dobbs Center, Thursday, March 11, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

The next Employee Council meeting will be held Wednesday, March 17, at noon in the Woodruff Library's Jones Room.

If you have a question or comment for Employee Council send e-mail to President Don Newsome at dnewsom@emory.edu.