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Emory University Recognized by National Wildlife Foundation as a Campus Leader in Environmental Initiatives


Emory University has been recognized by the National Wildlife Federation for its achievements in developing an environmentally sustainable campus. In a national survey report of nearly 900 college campuses, Emory was acknowledged specifically as a leader in water conservation.

Home Depot Co-founder Endows Emory Institute


Emory's Institute for Jewish Studies has received a five-year, $5 million challenge grant from the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. The gift gives naming rights for the institute to Arthur Blank, co-founder and retired co-chairman of The Home Deport, who has decided to honor Rabbi Donald Tam. The program will be called The Donald A. Tam Institute for Jewish Studies at Emory.

Kenneth Cole Foundation Funds Fellowships in Community Building, Social Change


Fashion industry executive Kenneth Cole has long combined social consciousness messages in marketing his products, and now he will help Emory University train agents for social change through a gift from his foundation to create The Kenneth Cole Fellows in Community Building and Social Change Program at his alma mater.

Emory Receives $297.8 Million In Gifts In Fiscal Year 01


Emory University received 31,854 gifts totaling $297.8 million in contributions between Sept. 1, 2000, and Aug. 31 of this year. This amounts to 3,502 more gifts and some $205 million more than last year.

Emory Establishes Islam and Human Rights Program


Emory University's Law & Religion Program has received a $707,000 grant from the Ford Foundation to establish a new Islam and Human Rights Fellowship Program. The three-year project will bring together scholars and activists from around the world to develop human rights scholarship and strategies for advocacy from an Islamic perspective. Directing the effort is Emory human rights scholar/activist Abdullahi An-Na'im.

Emory Celebrates Cherry Emerson at Building Dedication


The Emory community gathered at 11 a.m. Tuesday April 10 to celebrate two-time alumnus('38, '39) Cherry Emerson and to dedicate the new science building named in his honor. A lover of the arts and the sciences, "Cherry has been one of our most generous, intellectually keen, and broadly engaged donors," says John Ingersoll, associate vice president of arts and sciences development.

Emory Law and Religion Program Receives $600,000 For Study of Christianity and Law


Emory University's Law and Religion Program has received a $600,000, six-year grant to complete a two-phase study on Christian jurisprudence. The project, supported by The Pew Charitable Trusts, is part of a broader effort to stimulate and support new Christian scholarship in various academic fields. Pew has awarded a total of $3 million to the University of Notre Dame to coordinate this effort.

Market Faces Less Uncertainty With Presidential Decision But Traditional Investment Strategies Are Still Required


Atlanta, Ga. With the presidential election finally decided, the market now faces less uncertainty and is better positioned to deal with the economic slow down and end-of-the-year sell off, says Emory University economist Hashem Dezhbakhsh. But new theories that attempt to explain patterns in the rise and fall of the stock market still require investors to use traditional investment strategies.

Emory Fund-raisers Break Records


Atlanta, Ga. Emory fund-raisers are coming off a strong year for fund-raising, and the future looks rosy, too. "This was one of our best fund-raising years in the history of Emory," said Bill Fox, senior vice president of Institutional Advancement.

Emory University Breaks Ground Oct. 19 On Performing Arts Center


Atlanta, Ga. Emory University's campus will overflow with culture on Thursday, Oct. 19 when the university breaks ground for the Donna and Marvin Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. Before and after the 4 p.m. ceremony, student musicians, singers, dancers and actors will celebrate the birth of their new home with performances at the site and along the route to a nearby reception area. The center will be the centerpiece of an increasing arts presence across the campus.

Emory University Completes Strong Fundraising Year


Atlanta, Ga. Emory University has completed a strong fundraising year, receiving $92.6 million in contributions between Sept. 1, 1999, and Aug. 31, 2000.

"This was one of our best fund raising years in the history of Emory," says Bill Fox, senior vice president of Institutional Advancement. "The total for this year has only been exceeded three times, and that was during years when we received eight- or nine-figure gifts. That happened in 1980, 1997 and 1999."

Oxford College Meets Arts Center Fundraising Goal with $1.2 Million Gift

Atlanta, Ga. Thanks to a $1.2 million gift from an alumnus, Oxford College of Emory University has reached its fundraising goal for new and expanded arts facilities that are part of the Renaissance at Oxford campus plan.

Mellon Minority Undergraduate Grant Awarded


Atlanta, Ga. The Mellon Foundation has awarded Emory a $475,000 grant as part of its Mellon Minority Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) Program, Emory College Dean Steven Sanderson announced today. Established in 1989 with a select group of colleges and universities, the program seeks to boost the numbers of African-American, Hispanic-American and Native American students in doctoral programs. The long-term goal is to increase the diversity of faculties at institutions throughout the country in order to bring a wider range of experiences and perspectives to teaching and scholarly discussion.

Sloan Foundation Approves $3.6 Million Grant To Emory University To Establish Center on Rituals and Myths in Working Families


Atlanta, Ga. Atlanta, Ga.The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has approved a grant of $3.6 million to Emory University to establish a center on rituals and myths in working families. The Emory Center for Myth and Ritual in American Life (the Marial Center) will be led by Emory anthropologist Bradd Shore.

Emory's Rosalynn Carter Distinguished Fellows Discuss Their Experiences as "Women Making a Difference"


Atlanta, Ga. Rosalynn Carter has been a distinguished fellow of the Emory Institute for Women's Studies since 1989, and in that capacity she has worked to generate programs centered around public policy. One such program is the Rosalynn Carter Honorary Fellows, a group of local women serving three-year terms who have distinguished themselves as leaders in public policy. The 2000-2002 honorary fellows will kick off their term with an informal panel discussion titled "Women Making A Difference."

Rajmohan Gandhi To Give Series of Public Lectures At Emory Jan. 5 - Feb. 8, Includes Panels With Archbishop Tutu and Andrew Young


Atlanta, Ga. Rajmohan Gandhi-a scholar, political commentator and the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi-will be on campus for three weeks as the second distinguished fellow of the Claus M. Halle Institute for Global Learning at Emory, and in that capacity will give a series of forums and lectures on religious reconciliation, India's role in global trade, and politics.

The Robinson and Piedmont Foundations Honor Emory Trustee Emeritus With Naming of University Clock Tower, Carillon Bells


Atlanta, Ga. The Robinson and Piedmont Foundations have honored Emory University trustee emeritus Bill Robinson and his wife, Betty, by making a gift to name the university's clock tower and to install carillon bells that will chime music for the enjoyment of the campus community.

Gifts to Emory Total $233.9 Million for FY99; Second-Best Year Ever


Atlanta, Ga. Divinity students Regina Anderson-Cloud and Bert Cloud are a married couple who seek to become parish ministers. First-year medical student Charles Perkins hopes to find new ways to combat cancer. These Emory students are well on the way to realizing their goals thanks to scholarships that so often represent the real story behind a successful fund raising year.

Research Funding Shows Extraordinary Growth; Passes $200 Million Milestone


Atlanta, Ga. University researchers brought in a record-breaking $205.7 million during the 1999 fiscal year, a 25 percent increase over last year. In the past seven years, Emory's sponsored research base has more than doubled, going from $95.4 million in 1992 to $205.7 million.

Emory Receives High Bond Ratings; Borrows $295 Million to Pay For Capital Projects


Atlanta, Ga. Emory has received favorable ratings on bonds that will be issued in late September on the university's behalf to fund construction projects. Emory received an Aa1 rating from Moodys Investors Service and an AA rating from Standard & Poor's (S&P) on $295 million worth of bonds. The money is being borrowed to finance major construction projects including the Whitehead Research Center, the Physical Sciences Center and the new nursing school.

Emory Receives $8 Million Gift To Name New Performing Arts Center For Alumna and Her Family


Atlanta, Ga. Emory University will name its new performing arts center, scheduled to begin construction next summer, for alumna Donna Schwartz and her husband, Marvin. The Schwartzes have donated $8 million toward the new facility -- the Donna and Marvin Schwartz Center for Performing Arts -- which will bring together the university's music, theater and dance programs in a space dedicated to the arts.

Emory Law School To Use $2.5 Million Settlement To Establish Sam Nunn Chair, Fellowships, Colloquia


Atlanta, Ga. Emory Law School will use income from a $2.5 million settlement received earlier this year in a case involving DuPont Co. to establish a faculty chair in ethics and professionalism, student fellowships for professional service, and a series of colloquia on the profession of law, all named in honor of former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn, an alumnus of the school.

Emory University Student Receives Honor Society Scholarship


Atlanta,Ga. Emory University junior Danielle Sered, daughter of Joan Sered Smith of Evanston, Ill. (60201), has been awarded the 1999 Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society Junior Scholarship Award of $2,000. The award, offered in honor of E. Nelson James, long-time executive secretary of Sigma Tau Delta, is given to applicants who demonstrate both academic scholarship and chapter service.

Emory's Candler School of Theology Receives Largest Gift in Its History


Atlanta, Ga. Emory University's Candler School of Theology is one of four beneficiaries of a $166 million trust established by W.I.H. and Lula Pitts of Waverly Hall, Ga., whose generosity throughout their lives touched Emory and other Methodist institutions across the state. The bequest is the largest gift ever received by Candler, one of 13 seminaries of the United Methodist Church, and the third largest in Emory's history.

CEO of 'Best Company To Work For In America' To Give Business Ethics Lecture at Emory


Atlanta, Ga. Synovus Financial Corporation CEO James Blanchard has managed to develop a multi-billion dollar business that's also been called "The Best Company to Work for in America" by Fortune magazine. Guided by a philosophy known as a "culture of the heart," Synovus under Blanchard has practiced a different approach to the financial services industry.

Oxford College Receives $1.5 Million Gift for Arts Facilities


Conyers, Ga. Oxford College of Emory University has taken a giant leap toward its goal of raising $6 million for the expansion and renovation of its performing arts venues thanks to a $1.5 million gift from an anonymous donor.

Emory University Professor/Author Scores Guggenheim Fellowship


Atlanta, Ga, Emory University Assistant Professor of English/creative writing Xuefei Jin, who writes under the name Ha Jin, has been awarded a coveted 1999 Guggenheim Fellowship to complete work on a novel in progress. The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awarded 179 grants from a pool of 2,785 applicants to provide scholars and artists the means to engage in research or the creation of art with complete freedom. Jin, who joined the Emory faculty in 1993, is one of fewer than a dozen writers who were awarded grants this year. The 1999 grants are worth $33,866 each and will allow Jin to take a year of leave from his teaching duties to complete his novel.

Future of U.S.-Japan Partnership to be Discussed by Japanese Expert


Atlanta, Ga. Yukio Okamoto -- a prominent businessman, public policy advisor and media consultant in Japan -- is the first Distinguished Fellow of the Claus M. Halle Institute for Global Learning at Emory University. He will lecture on The U.S.-Japan Partnership: Will it Strengthen or Splinter? on Monday, February 15, at 7 p.m. The lecture will be held

Sugarman Named Emory University Trustee


Atlanta,Ga. Alvin Sugarman, senior rabbi of The Temple in Atlanta, has been named a trustee of Emory University. An Emory trustee serves a term of eight years or until age 70. The board is made up of 39 active trustees and trustees emeriti.

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Emory Law School Receives Scholarship Endowment in Memory of Lawyer Killed in Valujet Crash


Atlanta, Ga.Emory University School of Law has received a gift of $510,000 from the Miami law firm of Colson, Hicks, Eidson, Colson, Matthews & Mendoza and Richard P. Kessler Jr. of Atlanta and his daughter Grace Kessler to establish a scholarship endowment in memory of Kathleen Kessler, a 1972 law school alumna who was killed in the 1996 ValuJet Airlines crash.

Sponsored Research at Emory Attracts $ 164.9 Million


Atlanta, Ga.Emory University researchers brought in a record-breaking $164.9 million during the 1998 fiscal year, a five percent increase over 1997. "In the past 11 years, our sponsored research base has increased more than 300 percent going from $54 million in 1987 to $164.9 million," says Nancy Wilkinson, director of sponsored programs.

Emory Receives Funding for New Distinguished Professorship on Cultural Impact of Jesus


Atlanta, Ga.Emory University has received a gift of $1.5 million from the Alonzo L. McDonald family to fund a distinguished university professorship dedicated to the study of the person and teachings of Jesus and their impact on culture.

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Emory's Endowment Grew 35 Percent Last Year Thanks to Increase in Value of Coca-Cola Stock


Atlanta, Ga.Emory had a 35 percent increase in the market value of its endowment for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1996, according to a National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) endowment study released Feb. 10. Emory's market value increased to $3,013,112,000 on June 30, 1996, compared to $2,232,188,000 on June 30, 1995.

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Emory Is Atlanta's Fourth Largest Employer; Total Economic Impact Estimated at $2.4 Billion


Atlanta, Ga. Emory University, with nearly 13,750 employees, is the fourth largest private employer in metro Atlanta behind corporate giants Delta Airlines, AT&T and Bell South Corp. According to a recent economic impact study, direct spending by Emory and its students, retirees, and visitors totaled $1.1 billion in metro Atlanta last year and rippled through the community to create an additional $1.3 billion in spending from other Atlanta area industries, for a total economic impact of $2.4 billion. The business that Emory generates every two years nearly equals ACOG forecasts of a $5.1 billion boom in Georgia1s economy from the Olympics.

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