May 3, 2004

Employee Council picks Burton as 2004-05 president-elect         

By Eric Rangus

Employee Council elected officers for the 2004–05 academic year at its April 21 meeting in Woodruff Library’s Jones Room. Louis Burton, senior business manager for the emergency medicine department, was chosen as president-elect. In his position, Burton also will chair the council’s special issues committee and have a seat on the University Senate.

Elected treasurer was Kenton Kelly, assistant director of facilities operations for the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life and custodial services. Lynne Randolph, program development coordinator for the Carter Center’s mental health program, was elected historian, and Terri Campen, academic and research administrator for ophthalmology, was picked to be secretary-elect.

Chance Hunter, assistant director for communication at the Center for Ethics, gave a PowerPoint presentation and led a discussion introducing the council to “One on Ones.” One on Ones are informal, person-to-person conversations aimed at building community, he said. The council is looking at extending this idea campuswide as a diversity initiative. Hunter, through the Center for Ethics, volunteered to set up and lead training modules for interested council members over the summer.

The meeting’s second guest speaker, John Ellis, co-director of academic technologies for the Information Technology Division, gave an overview of EmoryLink, a Universitywide project that will offer a common platform for e-mail calendaring and electronic collaboration.

Chris Gabriel announced that the council’s 11-person Relay for Life team brought in more than $1,800 for the American Cancer Society (ACS)-sponsored fundraiser, April 16–17. The goal was $1,000 and Gabriel, the relay team captain, said the council relay squad also exceeded the ACS team goal of $1,500.

Katherine Hinson from Human Resources (HR) gave a brief overview of Staff Day, May 14. She said that while its format hasn’t changed, the event has been outsourced. Emory employees will no longer have to staff booths and instead can participate in the full activities of the day, although volunteers are appreciated.

Special issues chair Susie Lackey said her committee is continuing to work with HR on revamping new-employee orientation. Communications chair Melodye Moore discussed council outreach efforts for 2004–05, including the next information fair, to be held at Grady Hospital in the fall.

The next Employee Council meeting will be held Wednesday, May 19, in room 102 of the faculty office building on the Grady campus.


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