Emory Report
February 28, 2005
Volume 57, Number 21


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February 28, 2005
Employee Council to replay last year's relay

BY Eric Rangus

Employee Council's annual visit to Oxford, Wednesday, Feb. 16, featured the American Cancer Society's (ACS) Korrie Chapman, who spoke about ACS's upcoming Relay for Life fund-raiser.

The all-night event, which begins at 7 p.m., Friday, May 13, and concludes the following morning, will take place at Adams Stadium at 2383 N. Druid Hills Road. Last year 50 teams, including one from Employee Council, participated in a Relay for Life at Druid Hills High School. Emory organizers were unable to return to Druid Hills or secure a campus location for the 2005 event, so the community is encouraged to join in the Adams Stadium relay. Chapman said, with Emory participation, 125 teams are expected, and the monetary goal is $50,000.

"Some may think of Relay for Life as 'just another fundraiser," Chapman said. "It is about raising money, that's true. But it is primarily about not forgetting those we lost and supporting those going through treatment right now."

The council sponsored an 11-person team at the Druid Hills relay and raised more than $1,800, nearly doubling its goal. It will form another team for the Adams Stadium relay, and Kimberly Campbell volunteered to be team captain.

Council President Susie Lackey passed out copies of the best-selling book Good to Great. The book, which outlines management strategy, was a gift from Mike Mandl, executive vice president for finance and administration, in appreciation for the council's invitation to speak in January. Copies were provided for every council member.

Mandl's office also pledged funding support for the council's spring town hall meeting, April 26 in Winship Ballroom. The town hall is a follow-up to the annual presidential town hall last fall. President Jim Wagner was so encouraged by the event that he offered to participate in another; this is the first time the council has presented a spring town hall.

At the fall event, Wagner was a solo act; in April he will be joined by special guests like Mandl, Provost Earl Lewis, Senior Vice President for Development and University Relations Johnnie Ray, and Vice President for Equal Opportunity Programs Bob Ethridge. Speaking for the council's communications committee, Sylvia Ennis said the sponsorship from Mandl's office will cover expenses such as refreshments and the event's webcast.

Special issues' Amy Harms said the committee is drafting a letter inquiring about the possibilities of adding shuttle service to the Carter Center and the Child Care Center at the Clairmont Campus.

The next Employee Council meeting will be held Wednesday, March 16, at the Carter Center.

If you have a question or comment for Employee Council, e-mail Susie Lackey at slackey@rmy.emory.edu .