Oct. 16, 2006
Provost Earl Lewis proclaimed 2006–07 the “Year of the Faculty” at the first Faculty Council meeting held Sept. 19.
This concentration on faculty is part of the University’s strategic plan, and will help define faculty distinction by analyzing how hiring is executed and tenure appointed, looking at how the conversation on faculty distinction varies across different schools, and pinpointing how the University ranks the performance of its faculty in terms of research, service and teaching, Lewis said.
Next, Ellen Dracos Lemming and Jan Gleason of University Marketing gave a presentation on “Emory University: Capturing Emory’s Essence through the Master IDEA.”
The idea, stated as “Use Your Gift,” is a communications platform to express Emory’s dedication to work collaboratively to create positive change, Gleason said. The presentation was also made at the Employee Council meeting.
Discussion regarding U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings’ report on higher education will continue at the council’s next meeting.
Mike Mandl, executive vice president for finance and administration, opened the first 2006-07 meeting of the Employee Council, held Sept. 20. Speaking on the upcoming parking fee increase, he said the University plans to discontinue subsidies for parking, which added up to be about $300 annually per employee, and put the savings towards alternative transportation.
Funding University alternative transportation initiatives that support Emory’s sustainability goals, including the reduction of single-occupancy vehicles in the Clifton Corridor, help the University meet its commitment to improving the quality of life around campus, he said.
After the presentations, council president Linda Sheldon reviewed the council’s mission and responsibilities for the upcoming year.
One of the council’s first responsibilities will be to nominate candidates to serve as this academic year’s president-elect. The election is set for Oct. 18, the council’s next meeting.
President Jim Wagner opened the University Senate’s first meeting of the semester on Sept. 26 with a preview of the State of the University Address he was about to deliver. With a full complement of cabinet members and deans in place, as well as a complete strategic plan, “it’s as if we are loaded and launched” to start the 2006–07 academic year, Wagner said.
Ryan Paddock, president of the Student Government Association, spoke briefly on his organization’s plans for the year, which included crafting a mission and vision statement.
Peter Barnes, vice president for human resources, gave a special presentation to brief members on the upcoming open enrollment period for health plans and explained some of the changes to those plans. During the past four years, Emory’s total medical plan costs have increased 67 percent, Barnes said.
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• Faculty Council, Oct. 17, 3:15–5 p.m., 400 Admin. Bldg.
• Employee Council, Oct. 18, Noon–2 p.m., Jones Room*
• University Senate, Oct. 24, 3:15–5 p.m., Jones Room*
*320 Woodruff Library