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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.
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.
Atlanta, Ga. The long process of more than 20 years of planning, fundraising and construction has brought the dream of a performing arts center for Oxford College of Emory University to fruition. The Hugh and Gena Tarbutton Performing Art Center will be dedicated at 4 p.m. Friday.
Atlanta, Ga. Emory College, the universitys liberal arts undergraduate division, has enrolled approximately 1,233 students this fall from every part of the United States and 29 other nations. Thirty-seven percent of the incoming class applied through early decision, meaning that Emory was the students top choice and that they withdrew applications to other institutions when accepted by Emory. International student applications and enrollment continued a strong upward trend again this year, with a 20 percent increase on top of increases of 26 and 40 percent during the past two years.
Atlanta, Ga. Emory University and the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site have formed a collaborative partnership to present an exhibition on the history of lynching throughout the United States from the 1870s to 1960s. The exhibition, which runs May 1Dec. 1, 2002, will be mounted in the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. Additionally, Emory faculty and staff will start the development of educational materials and programs related to the exhibit.
Atlanta, Ga. Emory University has expanded its workplace giving program in response to employee requests to increase the range of charitable contribution options. Community Health Charities of Georgia, Earth Share of Georgia, Georgia Black United Fund and Georgia Shares will join longtime Emory partners United Way of Metro Atlanta and the United Fund of Newton County where Oxford College resides, to provide Emory employees with 399 individual charitable agencies from which to choosea 56 percent increase from last year.
Atlanta, Ga. Three new members have been elected to Emory University's 39-member governing board of trustees. The new board members are alumni trustee Russell R. French, alumni trustee Wendell S. Reilly, and term trustee William Wesley Morris.
Atlanta, Ga. Catherine Manegold, a long-time New York Times correspondent and author of the book "In Glory's Shadow," has been selected as Emory University's James M. Cox Jr. Professor of Journalism following a national search.
Atlanta, Ga. Emory University's 156th commencement will feature not just one keynote speaker, but foureach of the four honorary degree recipients will speak at the ceremony at 8 a.m. Monday, May 14.
Atlanta, Ga. Emory's long-awaited Reconciliation Symposium, featuring former President Jimmy Carter, U.S. Rep. John Lewis and renowned Harvard naturalist E.O. Wilson, was a big success.
Atlanta, Ga. Gov. Roy Barnes will receive the 2000 Georgia Speaker of the Year Award tonight from the Barkley Forum, Emory's national champion debate program at its annual awards banquet. He is expected to address the issues of education reform and the state flag resolution.
Atlanta, Ga. Emory University Provost Rebecca S. Chopp recently assumed the presidency of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), a learned society and professional association of more than 9,000 teachers and research scholars who teach in some 2,000 colleges, universities, seminaries and schools in North America and abroad, as well as independent scholars.
Atlanta, Ga. Emory University's Martin Luther King Week activities include a popular volunteer tree planting project; talks by theologian Vincent G. Harding and civil rights pioneer Doris A. Derby; and a worship service featuring a Presbyterian pastor from Johannesburg, South Africa. All events are free and open to the public.
Atlanta, Ga. Ben F. Johnson III, managing partner in the Atlanta law firm of Alston & Bird, was elected chairman of Emory University's board of trustees Nov. 9 following the retirement of Bradley Currey after six years as chairman. Prior to his appointment as chairman, Johnson was elevated from alumni to term trustee.
Atlanta, Ga. Robert G. Pennington, partner at the King & Spalding law firm since 1989, has been named vice president for alumni affairs and special development projects at Emory University, effective Jan. 16, 2001. He replaces Jack Gilbert, associate vice president for planned giving and leadership development, who is retiring in May 2001 after 21 years at Emory.
Atlanta, Ga. Thousands of inner city students are flocking to competitive debate programs modeled after the Atlanta Urban Debate League founded by Emory University more than a decade ago. Thanks to urban debate leagues (UDLs) begun in the last three years, students in Detroit, New York City, Chicago, Tuscaloosa, Kansas City, St. Louis, Baltimore and the San Francisco Bay area are reaping the profound benefits of debate training: increased verbal, analytical, research and critical thinking skills; greater confidence; higher grades; less physical violence and offers of college scholarships.
Atlanta, Ga. The National Institutes of Health has awarded nearly $7 million to Emory and five institutions within the Atlanta University Center for a postdoctoral training program designed to increase the quantity and quality of fellows entering careers in the biological and biomedical sciences and of teachers within undergraduate institutions serving minority students.
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.
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.
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."
Atlanta, Ga. Emory University has appointed John Ford, Robert W. and Elizabeth C. Staley Dean of Students and Professor at Cornell University, as its new vice president and dean of campus life, pending expected trustee approval.
Atlanta, Ga. The Emory-Dillard Teaching Fellowship Program has named Patrick Uchenna Mbajekwe of Stone Mountain, Ga. (30083) and Dwain Carlton Pruitt of Spartanburg, S.C. (29301) as inaugural fellows for the 2000-2001 academic year. The program, a collaborative venture of Dillard University and the Emory University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, provides advanced doctoral students from Emory with mentored teaching opportunities at Dillard, an historically black liberal arts institution in New Orleans, La.
Atlanta, Ga. For 28 years the Emory National Debate Institute has been spreading the gospel of competitive debate as a teaching and learning tool for junior high and high school students from across the country. The annual two-week, intensive training camp will run this year from June 18-July 1, and for many past participants, the experience has paid off in a big way with college debate scholarships.
Atlanta, Ga. Emory University's Division of Educational Studies has proven its commitment to producing quality teachers by achieving accreditation this past April under the performance-oriented standards of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This national organization is recognized by the U.S Department of Education as the professional accreditating body for schools, departments and colleges of teacher education. Emory's program met all 20 NCATE standards for accreditation without any weaknesses being cited.
Atlanta, Ga. Emory University has named Robert Paul as the next dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Provost Rebecca Chopp announced last week that Paul, current director of the Institute of Liberal Arts and Candler Professor of Anthropology and Interdisciplinary Studies, will take the reins of the graduate school on June 1, succeeding Don Stein, dean since 1995. Stein will use an upcoming sabbatical to do research as a Fulbright scholar and to co-author a book.
Atlanta, Ga. The Barkley Forum, Emory's debate team, made collegiate history by taking top honors in the National Debate Tournament held March 23-27 in Kansas City, Mo.
Atlanta, Ga. President Bill Chace voiced the university's elation
at this week's victory by Deborah Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern
Jewish and Holocaust Studies, who prevailed in a highly publicized libel
suit in England brought by writer David Irving. His suit alleged that
Lipstadt's labeling him a "Holocaust denier" in her book,
"Denying the Holocaust," had hurt his
Atlanta, Ga. Emory has the second highest percentage of full-time and tenured black faculty among the nation's highest-ranked colleges and universities, according to a new study by The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education (Winter 1999/2000).
Atlanta, Ga. James W. Flannery, professor of performing arts at Emory University and director of the W.B. Yeats Foundation, has been named one of the "Top 100 Irish Americans" by Irish-America magazine. This is the fifth time that Flannery has been named to the list, which honors Americans of Irish descent who have made exceptional contributions to their respective fields of work or study.
Atlanta, Ga. Emory junior Hetal Doshi, daughter of Janak and Sohag Doshi of Vestavia Hills, Ala. (35216), has been awarded a Harry S. Truman Scholarship for graduate study in preparation for a career in government or public service. Doshi plans to pursue a law degree, with the long-term goal of working on women's rights and Islamic legal issues.
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.
Atlanta, Ga. Students from Oxford College and Emory University will become intimately acquainted with the university's history when they gather this Saturday, March 25 at 10 a.m. to clean up and document the portion of the Town of Oxford Historical Cemetery that was restricted to blacks. That section of the cemetery has not been well-maintained throughout the years, and has not been closely documented. Many of the Oxford residents buried in the black section of the cemetery were employees of Emory and later Oxford College when the university established the Atlanta campus. According to anthropologist and Oxford professor Mark Auslander, the cemetery is the resting place of many men and women who made significant contributions to the college during the past 160 years, including Robert Hammond (1858-1923) the college's head janitor whose headstone was donated by Emory students.
Atlanta, Ga. Emory author and English professor Xuefei Jin, a native of China, will be honored with a professorship named after Young J. Allen, the first Methodist missionary to China who remained there until his death in 1907. Jin, who writes under the name Ha Jin, will be recognized as Emory College's first Young J. Allen Professor of English and Creative Writing at his April 12 reading at Oxford College. The event will be at 7:30 p.m. in Allen Memorial Church, also named after the missionary. Allen graduated from Emory in 1858 when the campus was located at what is now Oxford College of Emory University in Oxford, Ga.
Atlanta, Ga. Emory University has named Brian Shaw, former principal transportation planner for the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), to head its ambitious alternative transportation program designed to alleviate traffic congestion and improve air quality on campus and in the surrounding community.
Atlanta, Ga. Former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell, a Democrat from Maine who recently brokered the peace negotiations in Northern Ireland, will deliver the address at Emory University's 155th commencement on Monday, May 15.
Three Emory University Students Named To USA Today Academic Team, Capping Off Year Of Major Faculty, Student Awards
Atlanta, Ga. Emory University has had a banner year when it comes to major faculty and student awards -- first a National Book Award winner, then a Rhodes Scholar -- now three students have been named to the 20-member USA Today 2000 All-USA Academic Team. No school has ever had this many students on the same team. Past recipients, considered by the panel of educators as the "best and brightest college students" in the country frequently have been from schools such as Harvard, Yale and Stanford.
Atlanta, Ga. Emory University ranks fifth among colleges and universities in the Southeast for currently serving Peace Corps volunteers, according to Peace Corps Southeast Regional Manager John Eaves. In an announcement yesterday, Eaves released the following rankings:
Atlanta, Ga. Kent Alexander, a partner in the King & Spalding law firm and former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, has been appointed senior vice president and general counsel of Emory University, effective Jan. 1, 2000. Alexander will serve as the chief legal officer for the university and provide legal perspective and advice on a wide range of legal issues.
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.
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.
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.
Atlanta, Ga. Emory facilities are continuing to expand and improve to meet the needs and expectations of students and faculty---and of community members, particularly in the health care and research areas. This growth is being shepherded by a campus master plan---a conceptual guide for the long-term physical growth and development of academic, research and health care facilities within the university's current boundaries. A separate master plan is under development for Emory West, the former Georgia Mental Health Institute site on nearby Briarcliff Road, that was purchased by the university in 1998.
Emory Recognized For "Smart Growth" at U.S. Senate Task Force Forum; Sen. Max Cleland, Gov. Roy Barnes Are Featured Speakers
Atlanta, Ga. Difficult decisions lie ahead, but what city planners advocating smart growth are proposing "isn't rocket science." That was the message more than 200 people carried away from the Emory Conference Center Aug. 25, when the university hosted a field tour of the U.S. Senate Smart Growth Task Force.
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 facilitythe Donna and Marvin Schwartz Center for Performing Artswhich will bring together the university's music, theater and dance programs in a space dedicated to the arts.
Atlanta, Ga. For the 10th consecutive year, Emory University's Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) is providing valuable hands-on scientific research experience for 75 college and university students from across the country, mainly from groups underrepresented in the sciences. During the course of 10 weeks, each participant conducts an independent research project under the supervision of an Emory faculty member.
Atlanta, Ga. Emory University President William M. Chace is sporting new wheels around campus these days, thanks to a suggestion from a student and officials at Georgia Power, who have loaned Chace a Toyota RAV4-EV (electric vehicle) to help him emphasize the benefits of alternative transportation for the university's approximately 15,000 employees and 11,000 students.
Atlanta, Ga. Communication and dialogue, long recognized as a way to air grievances, resolve problems and sustain relationships, often is neglected until the situation seems overwhelming, says Emory University's Jennifer Obidah. An education professor who studies the effects of violence on learning, Obidah offers the following advice to adults on improving the dialogue and connecting with young people:
Atlanta, Ga. Archbishop Desmond Tutu will remain on the faculty of Emory University for the forthcoming academic year 1999-2000. He will continue in residence teaching courses at the Candler School of Theology as the William R. Cannon Visiting Distinguished Professor of Theology.
Atlanta, Ga. Emory University has established an interdisciplinary Institute for Jewish Studies (IJS) to coordinate, monitor, guide and promote the future growth of Jewish studies and enhancement of Jewish life at the school. Emory faculty member Deborah Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies, has been named director of the institute.
Atlanta,Ga. On Monday, May 10, Emory University will graduate approximately 3,156 students from the academic year 1998-99. Of those students, 36 will receive double degrees. Forty-give percent of the graduates are male and 55 percent are female.
Atlanta, Ga.The situation is frustrating, but Julia Perreault, director of financial aid at Emory University, sees it all the time. Parents who've saved money faithfully for their child's college education find out that another family, with the same annual income but no savings, is eligible for more financial aid than they are, says Perreault, who recognizes the perceived savings disincentive built into the current system.
Atlanta, Ga.Self-beliefs play a critical role in academic success, according to Frank Pajares, associate professor of educational studies at Emory University. Also the co-author of the forthcoming book "Self-Beliefs and School Success," Pajares offers the following advice for parents and students to maximize success:
Atlanta, Ga.The shortcomings of American high school education have been part of the national angst for so long, it's hard to imagine when or how the system went astray. Emory University education professor Jeffrey Mirel and University of Michigan colleague David Angus think they know, and they want to make sure that the nation is not ignorant of its educational history, nor doomed to repeat it.
Atlanta, Ga.Emory Educator Helps Teachers Relate To Parents From Other Cultures The problem with teachers and parents, says Emory University's Jacqueline Irvine, is that too often they have the same basic values but don't understand how to work together.
Atlanta, Ga.Science Outreach Efforts at Emory Target K-12 Students: Emory University is helping to boost student interest and achievement in science on the K-12 level with outreach programs-many in partnership with several institutions in the Atlanta area. After years of programs aimed at women and minorities across the country, growth among women studying and pursuing careers in science has been improving steadily at the graduate and undergraduate levels, while participation among some minorities, particularly African Americans and Hispanics, remains flat, according to Pat Marstellar, director of Hughes Science Initiatives at Emory. Three programs targeting this problem include:
Atlanta, Ga. A Nobel Peace Prize winner, a retired Methodist bishop, an Emory alumnus now Korean university president, and a retired railroad executive and arts advocate will receive honorary doctoral degrees at Emory University's 154th commencement on Monday, May 10. Former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich, the commencement speaker, also will receive an honorary doctoral degree.
Emory to Host Tutu, Bradley, Shalala Addresses on Values, Ethics, Leadership at 3rd Annual Sam Nunn Nationsbank Policy Forum
Atlanta, Ga. As worry about the moral health of the nation becomes a national pastime, Emory University will bring together students, scholars, community and national leaders to focus on how our communities can strengthen the civic and moral ties that hold us together at the third annual Sam Nunn NationsBank Policy Forum March 21-23. The forum will feature keynote addresses by retired South African Archbishop and visiting Emory professor Desmond Tutu; presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Bill Bradley; and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala.
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.
Atlanta, Ga. The Druid Hills Civic Association (DHCA) has negotiated a compromise with CVS/pharmacy regarding plans for its Emory Village store, to include expanding its food product lines and providing a separate retail facility within the store for Shield's Market, which will carry meat and fresh produce.
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Atlanta, Ga. Oxford College of Emory University has adopted a long range campus plan that calls for the preservation of Oxford's old growth forest, the reclamation of green space from pavement, attention to the historic character of the campus buildings, and the creation of a car-free inner core. The plan reflects the fact that Oxford College and the town of Oxford were planned together, so growth and changes at the college should be carefully considered and mutually beneficial.
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.
Atlanta, Ga. Archbishop Desmond Tutu arrives at Emory University this week, where he will spend the 1998-1999 academic year in residence at the Candler School of Theology as Robert W. Woodruff Visiting Professor of Theology.
Atlanta, Ga. The first annual Pullet Surprises, an "award" program created by Emory University's journalism program as a spoof of the Pulitzer Prizes, has given three special awards for performance "above and beyond" in 1997-98 to media owner Rupert Murdoch, Internet publisher Matt Drudge and the CBS network.
Atlanta, Ga. Information for college graduates about job market trends. Issues concerning Liberal Arts majors, students with learning disabilities, digital portfolios, the legal job market, Emory MBAs, and physician assistants discussed.
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Emory University Launches New Fraternity Management Program To Address Common Issues Facing Greek Life on College Campuses
Atlanta, Ga. The recent deaths of fraternity members as a result of excessive alcohol consumption has focused increased attention on the future of the Greek Life system of fraternities and sororities on many university campuses. This past May, Emory University implemented a new fraternity management program, the Phoenix Plan, designed to help university administrators and Greek Life members work together to resolve maintenance, behavioral and other issues facing Greek Life. The Emory program includes the following requirements for the approximately 300 fraternity members living under the plan:
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