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March 28, 2005
Development officers visit Employee Council
BY Eric rangus
The March 16 meeting of the Employee Council, held at the Carter Center, featured a presentation by Dan Macaluso and Phil Hills, vice presidents for University development and health sciences development, respectively, who discussed ways in which staff can contribute to the upcoming comprehensive campaign.
The pair gave an overview of the upcoming campaign, which aims to raise more than $1 billion over seven years. Macaluso suggested a committee be formed to discuss development issues and communicate staff concerns and ideas.
Other guests included Susan Butler, chair of the Campus Tobacco Control Team, and Julie Bernath, wellness coordinator for the Faculty Staff Assistance Program (FSAP), who each discussed a variety of issues involving smoking.
Butler, gave an in-depth history of Emory’s smoking policies, which now prohibit lighting up within 25 feet of building entrances. Bernath listed current FSAP smoking cessation programs on campus.
In council business, special issues chair Louis Burton said the subcommittee continues to work on expanding shuttle service to both the Carter Center and the Clifton Child Care Center. He also said an assessment of 120 buildings on campus will soon take place, gauging their compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Another phase involving 86 more buildings will follow.
Burton said the subcommittee is considering how staff could have a say in where new eateries are located on campus; the group may also look into parking at Emory Village. He said that if patrons move from one village establishment to another, they risk having their cars booted. The Student Government Association also is studying the issue.
Finally, Burton encouraged council members to review the job description for the new vice president for Human Resources, now posted on the web. “Staff are the majority of people on campus,” said Burton, a member of the search advisory committee for the position. “I need your input so we can attempt to choose the right person.”
Communications co-chair Sylvia Ennis confirmed that the spring town hall featuring President Jim Wagner and other senior administrators will be held April 26 in Winship Ballroom. Membership chair Jennifer Vazquez distributed bio sketches of council members running for elected office. Those elections will be held at the April meeting.
Kim Campbell, captain of the council’s Relay for Life team, said around $800 in donations has already been collected, putting the team more than halfway toward its $1,500 goal. Campbell said 17 people have signed up to participate for the May 13–14 relay at Adams Stadium on North Druid Hills Road, and more are welcome.
Council President Susie Lackey said outgoing HR Vice President Alice Miller was presented with a decorative desk clock to thank her for helping the council during her 13 years as Emory’s chief HR officer.
The next Employee Council meeting will be held Wednesday, April 20, in the Jones Room of Woodruff Library.
If you have a question or comment for Employee Council, e-mail President Susie Lackey at firstname.lastname@example.org.