Emory Report
July 7, 2008
Volume 60, Number 34



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July 7, 2008

Kent Alexander, senior vice president and general counsel, received the 2008 Community Leader Award from the 2008 National Conference for Volunteering and Service.

Alexander was honored as one of the founders of Hands On Atlanta. This is the first year that the host committee selected a group to receive this award, a spokesman said.

The Hands On founders sparked a local movement that led to the development of statewide and national infrastructure for supporting citizen-centered efforts for service and volunteering, he said.

Joseph Crespino, assistant professor of history, was honored by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters for his nonfiction work, “In Search of Another Country: Mississippi and the Conservative Counterrevolution.”

The book is a history of how white Mississippians responded to the moral and political challenge of the civil rights movement and implications that story had for Southern and national politics from 1964 to 1980.

Thomas Frank has been elected to the board of Partners for Sacred Places.

The Philadelphia nonsectarian, nonprofit organization focuses on older and historic sacred places.
Frank is professor of religious leadership and administration at Candler School of Theology.

Heather Zesiger, director of health promotion at Emory University Student Health and Counseling Services, was honored with an Affiliate New Professional Award at the American College Health Association’s annual meeting in Orlando, Fla.

Zesiger was also elected chair of the Health Promotion section of ACHA for 2009–2010. She will serve the section as chair-elect in 2008-2009.