October 3 , 2005
Senate holds first meeting
The University Senate held its first meeting of 2005–06,
Sept. 27 in the Jones Room of Woodruff Library, and new President
Michael Rogers welcomed new members and introduced them to the Senate
In his remarks, Provost Earl Lewis announced that Emory’s
strategic plan, “Where
Courageous Inquiry Leads,” was being rolled out to various University constituencies.
Lewis said it is appropriate to take a moment for congratulations, but that much
work remains to implement the plan’s recommendations and ambitions.
Next was Student Government Association (SGA) Christine
Reeves, who spoke about several student events and activities. Reeves
that SGA was sponsoring
a “Relief-A-Thon,” Sept. 28 on the Quadrangle, to benefit hurricane
relief, and discussed a number of other relief activities. SGA has helped implement
an “Emory Buddies” program to assign peer contacts for the roughly
120 students from New Orleans-area schools who are temporarily enrolled at Emory.
Richard Levinson, chair of the honorary degrees committee,
said the committee seeks nominations of honorary-degree candidates,
that he is looking
for diversity in the nomination pool. Anyone interested in submitting a nomination
can contact Levinson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next up were plans for 2005–06 from the Senate’s
The headline items of those plans were as follows:
Athletic policy (reported by Betsy Tanner): to integrate varsity athletics with
the culture of the University.
Campus development (Joyce Piatt): to continue to review plans for development
of the Emory campus and Emory Village.
Campus life (Cynthia Shaw): to focus on involving students in the community and
measuring the long-term impact of such service on the students themselves.
Environmental policy (Tim Bryson): to continue consulting with University planners
and helping instill environmentally sustainable values in long-range planning.
Fringe benefits (Sid Stein): to continue to work with administration in implementing
the recommendations made following last year’s benefits review.
Library policy (Steve Strange): to continue to address problems in storage capacity
at Woodruff Library and other Emory libraries.
Parking and transportation (Lynn Magee): to examine shuttle use on campus and
explore the possibility of adding neighborhood shuttle service for employees
who live close to campus.
• Safety and security (Leslie Campis): to continue raising awareness of sexual
Following committee reports, the Senate voted unanimously
to approve committee
rosters submitted by the chairs.
Richard Mendola, chief information officer and vice
president for information technology, introduced himself to the Senate
about his priorities
for the short and long term (see column, page 4). Mendola said one immediate
priority is to upgrade Emory’s wireless capabilities, and he anticipated
installation of wireless service in all residence halls by semester’s end.
Closing the meeting with his remarks, President Jim
Wagner announced that an additional 120 residents would be moved
from the Turman
residential complex because
of moisture-intrusion problems. The students will be relocated to the Marriott
hotel on Clairmont Road near I-85 for the remainder of the semester. “This
situation is not ideal,” Wagner admitted, though he hoped the relocation
would enable Turman’s problems to be solved once and for all.
Wagner also said he hoped at a future meeting to discuss
with Senate members their processes for reporting Senate business
back to their
The next Senate meeting will be at a special time and
location on Tuesday, Oct.
25. To coordinate with Wagner’s State of the Union Address which will immediately
follow, the meeting will take place in Cox Hall Ballroom from 3–4:30 p.m.
If you have a question or concern for University Senate,
e-mail President Michael Rogers at email@example.com.