Emory Report
November 9, 2009
Volume 62, Number 10


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November 9, 2009
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Food drive wants to stop hunger, break world record
An attempt to break the one-day food collection world record is the latest salvo in the fight against hunger by Emory Dining-Sodexo Campus Services, and its campus operations.

Donations for the Atlanta Community Food Bank are being accepted through Tuesday, Nov. 10, at Cox Hall Food Court with auxiliary campus locations. The community-wide appeal for non-perishable food items is part of the nationwide Helping Hands Across America effort to help stop hunger on the local level.

The effort culminates Thursday, Nov. 12, weigh-in day, when the Emory unit joins with Sodexho clients across the nation in an attempt to set a new record for “largest food drive by a non-charitable organization in a 24-hour period“ as governed by the Guinness Book of World Records.

Visit Emory Dining for more information.

SGA pushes service initiative campus-wide
A community service initiative passed by the Student Government Association is designed to emphasize participation and financial giving.

President Alex Kappus says under the initiative SGA urges student organizations and University offices to sign up for community service, specifically noting Emory Cares Day on Nov. 14, which encompasses opportunitites to “participate with the entire Emory community: students, alumni, faculty and staff alike.”

Kappus’ message also asks “that your office choose an area of the University to direct personal donations,” noting that not only would it make a difference but could result in boosting the University’s rankings.

LGBT employees can get reimbursed for training
The Professional Development Fund of the President's Commission on Sexuality, Gender Diversity, and Queer Equality (PCSGDQE) will award grants to reimburse costs for professional conferences or expenses for training.

Applications are due by Nov. 15 for a limited number of awards not to exceed $300 per grant.

The fund’s goal to promote the visibility and professional development of self-identifying LGBT Emory staff and junior faculty by helping individuals to attend conferences, seminars or trainings. Applications are open to self-identifying Emory LGBT staff and non-tenured junior faculty to attend conferences or obtain training directly related to their field of employment and research/teaching.

Priority consideration will be given to those who have not previously received an award.

To apply, go to the PCSGDQU Web site.

Ask Carter about his creative side
Community members are encouraged to suggest questions for the free, public "Creativity Conversation” with former President Jimmy Carter that is being held on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 2:30 p.m. in the Schwartz Center's Emerson Concert Hall.

Suggestions can be sent to creativity@emory.edu or through the Emory Report's Facebook page.