August 26, 2011

Welcome to Fall Semester

School roundup: Academic year brings new faces and programs


Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed headlines Candler's convocation ceremony on Aug. 25. The incoming 200 students are from seven countries, 26 states plus the District of Columbia; represent more than 30 Christian denominations; and range in age from 21 to 63. A quarter report non-white ethnicity.

New schedule: First-year students will take their required classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays to better accommodate commuters and those who work. Next year, all students will be able to take Candler's first-ever online and hybrid classes.

Major fall events: Author James Carroll, 2011 Alonzo L. McDonald Family Chair on the Life and Teachings of Jesus and their Impact on Culture will speak on "Jesus Against Himself: From Itinerant Galilean to Christ of God and Back Again."  "The Art of Preaching in the 21st Century" will be Oct. 10-12. For details, visit

New faculty: Jennifer R. Ayres, director of the religious education program and assistant professor of religious education; and Anthony A. Briggman, assistant professor of the history of early Christianity.

Related: Incoming Candler students aspire to make a real difference


The freshman class of Emory's College of Arts & Sciences comprises 1,357 students from nearly a thousand high schools in 48 states and 30 countries. 

New faculty: The Class of 2015 will be joined by nearly two dozen new faculty among 15 departments from mathematics to French, theater to anthropology, philosophy to physics.

Office moves: Some administrative offices have also been on the move this summer.  Candler 200 now houses the Office of International and Summer Programs, the Center for International Programs Abroad, and the Summer School and Pre-College Program.  The Office of Research Funding Support has moved upstairs to Candler 405, and the offices of Human Resources and Finance are now at 1707 North Decatur Rd.

Related: See a class profile and timelapse video of the Emory College Class of 2015

Related: See the College's QuadTalk blog for the latest news and videos


Incoming class: Goizueta's Full-Time MBA Class of 2013, made up of 140 students, has an average of five years' work experience and is comprised of 34 percent international students; 28 percent are women and 10 percent are minorities. Six military veterans in the group represent the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps and Navy. Eleven will pursue joint degrees.

New faculty: Emily Bianchi, assistant professor of organization & management; Peter Thompson, professor of organization & management; James Wade, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Organization & Management.

Related: Three new faculty members join Goizueta in Fall 2012

Related: New EvMBA, MEMBA classes introduced


New program: The Laney Graduate School's 426 new students brings its student population to over 1,800.  Environmental Health Sciences, a new doctoral program, gets its first cohort of students. 

New resources: The graduate school will offer two new professional development opportunities: the Alumni Mentor Program, which pairs current students with alumni for professional guidance, social networking and informal mentoring; and Networking Nights, a new series of quarterly meetings where students can meet and network with a diverse groups of LGS alumni.

New leadership: Cathryn Johnson, senior associate dean to oversee LGS academic and governance policies, graduate fellowships and competitions, and professionalization programming; Carolyn Denard, interim assistant dean for student affairs, overseeing student progress, academic standing and student support services. 

Related: Laney Graduate School welcomes new senior associate dean

Related: Laney Graduate School to offer the PhD in Environmental Health Sciences


Incoming class: The School of Nursing's 222 new students represent 33 states and 10 countries and range in age from 19 to 54. Of the incoming students, 37 percent are from underrepresented ethnic groups and 25 students are male — the largest group in the school's history. Approximately 42 percent hold bachelor's degrees in other disciplines.

Major events and milestones: This year marks the 10-year anniversary of the Lillian Carter Center for Global Health & Social Responsibility. A public lecture from global environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on Nov. 9 will celebrate this milestone.

New faculty or leadership: Deborah Watkins Bruner, professor of nursing; Sydney Spangler, visiting assistant professor; Drenna Waldrop-Valverde, associate professor; Clint Shedd, clinical assistant professor; Faye Routledge, assistant professor.

Related: Emory School of Nursing to Host Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Lecture on Nov. 9


Oxford College's entering class of approximately 450, drawn from a record number of applicants, gives the college its largest total enrollment ever at approximately 945. The first-year students come from 369 high schools in 38 states and 20 nations; 67 percent come from outside Georgia.

Fall highlights: Historic Seney Hall, built in 1886 and one of Emory University's oldest buildings, is undergoing an extensive facelift.  The roof is being replaced and repairs made to soffits and other external features.  Completion of the project is expected in early 2012. 

New faculty: Alicia Ory DeNicola, assistant professor of anthropology; Matthew Moyle, assistant professor of French.

Related: Oxford College's 2011 entering class profile


Incoming class: The Rollins School of Public Health is welcoming 530 first-year students this fall, its largest incoming class ever. This includes 70 participants in the Career Masters Public Health (CMPH) program, 25 MD/MPH students, 32 Master's International students, 54 dual degree program students, and 18 returned Peace Corps Volunteers.  New students represent 43 states and 28 countries. International students make up 19 percent of the incoming class.

New faculty: Thirteen faculty members were hired into the tenure track. Nine faculty members have come aboard as research assistant professors.

New major event: The school will initiate a Public Health Sciences Grand Rounds series starting in October. The goals of the new school-wide series are to promote research and foster collaboration. Kenneth Thorpe, chair of health policy and management, will be the first speaker in the monthly series when he presents on Oct. 7 at noon in the Rollins Auditorium.

New course: The CMPH program started its new Applied Public Health Informatics track this fall with 12 students.

New/upgraded facilities: This fall marks the one-year anniversary of the new Claudia Nance Rollins building and the renovated Grace Crum Rollins building.  Incoming students will have access to a variety of new technology to see each other, share ideas, and work with research data without being limited by geographic boundaries.

Related: Rollins rises to new heights

Related: Welcome to the future: Career MPH!


From 3,953 applications Emory Law welcomes nearly 240 students to its first-year class. The incoming class represents 37 different states, 13 foreign countries and 116 undergraduate institutions, the most popular of which are Emory, Florida, Georgia and Vanderbilt.

New leadership:  Professor of Law Robert A. Shapiro is serving as interim dean. Other recent appointments include Robert B. Ahdieh, vice dean; Michael S. Kang, associate dean of the faculty; Carol D. Newman, interim executive director for the Center for Transactional Law and Practice and a visiting professor in the practice of law.

Related: Schapiro appointed interim dean of Emory Law

Related: Emory Law announces new administrative appointments

Related: Emory Law names interim director of Transactional Law Center


New programs: The medical school played a key role in developing two new Emory PhD programs debuting fall 2011, one in biomedical informatics and the other in cancer biology. The first uses computer technology to analyze and interpret vast amounts of biomedical data to help clinicians design the best treatments for individual patients. Students in cancer biology can tailor training ranging from basic mechanisms that drive cancer initiation and progression to more clinical aspects of cancer therapeutics and drug discovery.

New leadership: Erica Brownfield was appointed assistant dean for medical education. She is vice chair for education and associate professor in the department of medicine. Kathy Griendling was appointed assistant dean for faculty development in the medical school.

New construction: Emory University and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta broke ground in June on a new health sciences research building at Emory. The building will include a two-story bridge to connect it to the Emory-Children's center.

Related: Construction begins for new health sciences research building

Related: New biomedical informatics department created

Related: Cancer Biology is new doctoral program

Related: New degree in genetic counseling to be offered

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