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This issue of our newsletter is sent to members and friends of the Emory University Emeritus College (EUEC). I hope the newsletter will help keep you informed about our activities and help you feel connected with our members throughout the U.S. On the left are links to our website and links to contact either me or the EUEC office.
With best wishes,
Gray F. Crouse
Message from the Director
As we mark the end of 2015 and look to the New Year, I would like to once again thank you for your support of EUEC, both financially and in the many ways you contribute to our various programs.
A new feature in this issue is the listing of members who have recently joined EUEC. For this issue, "recently" means in the last half of this year, but in the future I want to do more frequent lists. Many of you will know some of the new members: Please be sure to offer them a hearty welcome. Also, please let them (or me!) know of ways they could benefit from, or contribute to, EUEC.
There is a report on the December Lunch Colloquium, including as a bonus two of the poems that were read. Thanks to all of those who stepped in at the last minute to make sure everything went as planned! There are more faculty activities to report, an announcement of a new retirement seminar series, reports on campus activities, a reminder of the upcoming arts exhibition, and an announcement of the passing of two people close to EUEC.
Wishing all of you the best for 2016!
I am very grateful to John Bugge, Herb Benario, and Gretchen Schulz for help with proofing and editing.
December 7 Lunch Colloquium
Poetry Mash-up and Holiday Party Combined
Our faculty continue to be active. EUEC members Ted Weber and Ron Schuchard both have had significant publishing accomplishments.
We will have a program in the spring to celebrate all of our new members who have joined in the past year. However, I have realized that we shouldn't wait so long to acknowledge our newest additions. This is the beginning of a newsletter feature that will list our new members. In order to partially catch up, members who have joined in the last half of the year are listed.
EUEC is involved with many different types of seminars dealing with issues of retirement. We sponsor ones aimed primarily at active faculty (with two being planned for next semester), our Membership and Development Committee sponsors seminars aimed primarily at our own members, and EUEC offers a welcome and provides literature for retirement workshops run by Human Resources. In January, EUEC will have a new series, co-sponsored with CFDE.
2016 Arts ExhibitionThe EUEC has again been invited to display the artwork of its members in the Chace Gallery of the Schwartz Center next spring.
The article below gives more details about this exhibition and a Call for Submissions. We have already received a number of excellent submissions, but there is still time to meet the January 15 deadline and we look forward to receiving more entries.Click here to find out more about the exhibition and how to submit your art
We note the passing of EUEC member Henry Edelhauser and Dianne Becht's father.
Diversity and Inclusion at Emory
As reported in the previous issue of this newsletter, there have been campus protests and a list of demands presented by some students. Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Claire Sterk and Senior Vice President and Dean of Campus Life Ajay Nair presented a detailed response to the student demands. Their response may be read by clicking here
Peggy G. Duke, MD, Associate Professor Emerita of Anesthesiology
Francine D. Dykes, MD, Associate Professor Emerita of Pediatrics
Anthony A. Gal, MD, Professor Emeritus of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Murray Gilman, MDCM, Associate Professor of Medicine, retired
Consuelo Kertz, JD, Professor Emerita of Accounting
Howard Kushner, PhD, Professor Emeritus of the Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts
Clinton Lawrence, MD, Professor Emeritus of Medicine
Thomas G. Long, PhD, Bandy Professor Emeritus of Preaching
John C. Lucchesi, PhD, Asa Griggs Candler Professor Emeritus of BiologyBhagirath Majmudar
, MD, Professor Emeritus of Pathology
Alan L. Plummer,MD, FCCP, Professor Emeritus of Medicine
David Rimland, MD, Professor Emeritus of Medicine
, PhD, Librarian for English, retiredTransitioning
Active faculty who are in any part of the process of retirement, from those considering the possibility to those with a firm date, are most welcome to join! EUEC members have a wealth of experience in the transition to retirement and are pleased to share their experience with others.
Leonard Carlson, PhD, Associate Professor of Economics
Steven T. Levy, MD, Professor of Medicine
Welcome to our newest members!
It is a great pleasure to announce a new retirement seminar series that is being co-sponsored by EUEC and the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence (CFDE). This is a welcome partnership and one that has a lot of potential. Pamela Scully, CFDE Director, shares the vision with EUEC that retirement should be viewed as a natural progression in one's faculty career, and not as the end of one's faculty life. The series is titled "Continuing On in Retirement
" and all of the panelists are EUEC members. The seminars are intended primarily for active faculty; details are as follows:
January 11 and 20: Maintaining a Scholarly Life in Retirement
In January 2016, the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence and the Emory Emeritus College will present two programs exploring issues in maintaining a scholarly life in retirement. Both discussions will explore some of the more "existential" questions for faculty pondering their futures in retirement: What might scholarly projects look like after retirement? In what ways do they change? What can a retired faculty member think about doing in terms of intellectual projects, and how do things alter in terms of resources and support? Are there ways in which scholarly engagement might be refocused to new activities?
1) On Monday, January 11, 2016, Al Padwa (Chemistry, Emeritus), Marilynne McKay (Dermatology, Emerita), and Steve Nowicki (Psychology, Emeritus) will speak on "Continuing on in Retirement: Maintaining a Scholarly Life in the Experimental and Clinical Sciences" at noon in the Jones Room of the Woodruff Library. When considering retirement, faculty in the experimental and clinical sciences face complicated questions about lab space, grant funding, and clinical activities. Those resources and activities may be limited or even eliminated in retirement. These three panelists have maintained active and rewarding lives as scientists in retirement.
2) On Wednesday, January 20, 2016, Don Saliers (William R. Cannon Distinguished Professor of Theology and Worship, Emeritus), Ronald Schuchard (Goodrich C. White Professor of English, Emeritus), and Holly York (French, Emerita) will speak on "Continuing On in Retirement: Maintaining a Scholarly Life in the Humanities and Non-Experimental Social Sciences" at noon in the Jones Room of the Woodruff Library. Faculty in the humanities and non-experimental social sciences may wonder to what degree their scholarly activities may be curtailed by more limited institutional support for activities such as travel and publication. These three panelists have maintained active and rewarding lives as scholars in retirement.
Lunch Colloquium December 7 and Holiday Party
Holidays are "supposed" to be a time of unmitigated joy and frequently involve complicated planning that is "supposed" to all fit together perfectly. Sometimes the conflicts between expectations and reality can make holidays some of the more difficult times of the year. Gray began his opening welcome by noting that Administrative Assistant Dianne Becht's father had died two days previously after a brief illness. Even with her father in the hospital, Dianne had worked the previous week on making preparations for the Lunch Colloquium and had set up the room for us on Friday. Gray also announced that Gretchen Schulz, who had done an incredible amount of work in planning and arranging for the Lunch Colloquium, had just called saying that her car would not start and that she hadn't even been able to get through on the phone to AAA in order to get her car started. Thanks to help from many volunteers, particularly John Bugge who picked up our food, Julianne Daffin who checked everyone in, and Tiny Westbrook and Holly York who took care of the cookies that many people brought, we all ate well and enjoyed the full range of activities that Gretchen had planned. We were reminded again later of the fragility of our lives, when Gene Bianchi announced that Beverly Schaffer, who had planned to attend, had fallen on Friday and broken her hip.
In the absence of Gretchen, John Bugge was the MC. The program began with Don Saliers and Gene Bianchi reading some of their poetry. Don read several of his unpublished poems and Gene read from two of his published books; he also had copies available for members to purchase at a bargain price. The poems that each read spanned a wide range of settings and emotions. Interestingly, both read a poem about silence, and those are presented below
. Those poems presented a counter to the noise of the holiday and the seeming lack of time for reflection in the bustle of activity.
Next on the program were several members reading some original poems and some poems by others
. Brenda Bynum read several poems including some by
Cary Bynum, her husband. Linda Hubert read a poem, Holly York read a poem in French, John Bugge two poems, including one in Old English, and Tiny Westbrook two poems in German. All-in-all, an amazing assemblage of poets, readers, and language! You can click here
to see the webcast of the readings.
On to the party! There was an abundance of cookies and John Bugge provided cider for everyone.
While we ate, Don Saliers led us in a number of holiday songs and carols:
Many people brought toys for Toys for Tots; Gretchen came later in the week to get those and take them to a collection center.
Thanks to everyone who helped in so many ways! Click here to see the webcast of the poetry readings
.Click here for the poems on silence.
Two Poems on Silence
It's the Silences
I say it's the silences that get me most
Get me most where no defense is mounted
No defense is mounted in days like this
In days like this where conversations once were
Where conversations once were, now the spaces;
Now the spaces full of traces and phantom sounds.
But there's music in proximity
In proximity the arms, the face
The arms, the face, the whole body next,
The whole body next to me yet
Next to me yet the love that was and is
The love that was and is now altered.
I say it's the music that gets me most
Gets me most together and apart from her
Apart from her I imagine hearing as it was
As it was there was sighing and singing
Singing in the night, sighing at the beauty
Sighing at the beauty lost now begets me
Music and silence, spaces between the notes
Between the notes the lost sound
The lost sound echoing in the imagined ear
The imagined ear hearing what's not recovered
What's not recovered is the perishing love
Perishing love coming back, but from silence.
(copyright Don E. Saliers, 2011)
Listen to the Silence
"How then does one speak of God?
Through silence. Then why do you speak
in words? The Master laughed out loud.
When I speak, my dear, listen to the
silences." (One Minute Wisdom,
Anthony de Mello, pg. 124)
Away from the roar of cutting firewood,
partly to tell myself I can still do it and
okayed by my overseer if I stay off the roof,
I settle on the old bench by the Oconee to
watch a silent movie at this
unlikely outdoor nickelodeon,
with light and dark clouds moving fast
against blue sky as the green river
carries its quiet waters across Georgia
into the Altamaha and on to the Atlantic.
It's one of those between-times when the
heat and stress of effort gives way to
a sudden shifting of gears in the universe.
Now the Buddhist prayer flags dance
in the wind as it whips young cedars
like pompoms at a game or parade.
Then in a flash he appears on the screen,
lovely red-tail hawk swooping all grace,
now slow, now quick riding the currents,
one eye on me - I swear it - the other on
his supper menu, all the while enjoying
this free ride on nature's carousel. Back
and back he circles down to a few yards,
as I wave to this avian Nureyev
pausing with wings full spread,
flashing his ballet style for unsung
bravos, encores and merited bouquets.
Now no noise in my breathing, just in and out
with a virtual mantra: Buddha, Jesus, Red
Hawk, water, sky, trees, here, now, enough.
Eugene C. Bianchi
March 25, 2014
Theodore R. Weber
Professor Emeritus of Social Ethics
EUEC member Ted Weber has just published his book, War, Peace, and Reconciliation, A Theological Inquiry
. Information on the book may be obtained by clicking here
. The very first lines of the acknowledgments are as follows: "This book was written with the support of The Alfred Heilbrun Distinguished Research Fellowship for Emory Emeritus Faculty in Arts and Sciences, named in honor of Alfred B. Heilbrun Jr., Professor Emeritus of Psychology. I want to thank the Heilbrun family for providing the funding for this fellowship, and the Emeritus College of Emory University for granting it." Ted has supplied a signed copy of this text for our library, and it is now in the display case in the lobby of The Luce Center.
W. Ronald Schuchard
Goodrich C. White Professor Emeritus of English
As reported in Thoughtwork
, EUEC member Ron Schuchard received the Modernist Studies Association's inaugural prize for a distinguished edition for the second volume of his co-edited digital work, The Complete Prose of T.S. Eliot: The Critical Edition. Schuchard worked with the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship as well as a co-editor and other digital scholarship experts to compile and edit the text. When complete, the collection will be eight volumes. The prize is awarded to an edition, anthology, or essay collection that made the most significant contribution to modernist studies in the previous year. The third volume was published in September, and the fourth is slated for release this month. To read more, please visit this link.
2016 Arts Exhibition
|2015 EUEC Exhibition|
The EUEC has again been invited to display the artwork of its members in the Chace Gallery of the Schwartz Center next spring. A committee of EUEC members (Pat Miller, Katherine Mitchell, Dorothy Fletcher, and David Goldsmith) is helping to organize this exhibit. There are many very talented artists of all types in EUEC and we hope that you will want to participate in this exhibit. Below is the committee call for submission:
Call for Submission
The 2016 Emory University Emeritus College Art Exhibit will showcase works of art created by members of the Emory Emeritus College community. It is a juried exhibit that will hang in the Chace Gallery of the Donna and Marvin Schwartz Center for Performing Arts during March of 2016. As we did this past spring, we will also have a reception to open the exhibition, although the date for that has not yet been set. We would like the focus of this exhibition to be artwork that has been created in retirement.
Artwork for Exhibition
Art works for the exhibition must be ready for hanging on the walls of the Chace Lobby and must be framed (if appropriate). It will also be possible to mount at last one mobile. There are no facilities for permanent exhibition of other types of artwork, such as sculpture or carvings. However, for the reception, we will have spaces in which works that do not hang can be displayed, and we encourage submission of any type of work that could be displayed during the reception. The Schwartz Center is locked when not in use. However, the Chace Lobby is a public space. Although in general there have not been problems with the security of any hung art, it is not possible to guarantee the safety of any submitted art. Jpeg photographs of such artwork should be submitted by the January 15 deadline.
Guidelines for Participation
Entry deadline: Friday, January 15, by 5 p.m.
Artists may submit photographs (in jpeg format) of up to three works of art in any medium. No single work may exceed 34 inches in any direction.
The application should include:
1-A separate jpeg (plus any detail shots) for each work submitted.
2-Documentation list of images: Name. Title. Date. Media. Dimensions.
3-Contact information: Name, address, phone numbers, email address.
Applications may be submitted online to email@example.com
or by a packet delivered to the Emeritus College Offices at The Luce Center, 825 Houston Mill Road NE #232, Atlanta, GA 30329. If you are willing to ship your artwork, EUEC members who live anywhere can participate in this exhibition! For initial judging, do not send original works of art.
Selection and Delivery:
The committee will notify artists about the inclusion of their work in the exhibit in early February.
Works accepted for the exhibit must be delivered to the Emeritus College Offices at The Luce Center by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 19. Work must arrive ready for presentation, framed, and ready to hang if suitable. Installation instructions, if needed, should be included. You may have your work shipped to the office if you prefer not to deliver it yourself.
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Following is the text of an email sent by John Morgan, Chair of the Emory University Board of Trustees
December 21, 2015
Dear Emory Community,
I am writing to provide an update on Emory University's presidential selection process, which I am pleased to report is making significant progress.
The Presidential Selection Committee has met twice since being approved by the Board of Trustees in November, embarking on a thorough, thoughtful, and inclusive process. These are the first of many deliberations by the committee as it reaches out to the Emory community and ultimately selects a presidential nominee to present to the full Board of Trustees.
An important milestone of the committee's work thus far is the engagement of an executive search firm to assist and guide the selection process. Following consideration of several highly respected search firms, the committee has selected Spencer Stuart, an international company with considerable experience in university presidential searches and with 56 offices in 30 countries, as its executive search partner. Spencer Stuart is no stranger to Emory, having consulted with the University on numerous executive searches over the past several years.
The next critical step in our process is to continue the engagement with the Emory community that is essential to a successful presidential selection process. We have had productive and informative meetings during the past month with the University Senate (which included faculty, staff, and students) and the Emory Alumni Board. The committee is now positioned to purposefully pursue input from additional members of our community during the weeks ahead.
To that end, the Presidential Selection Committee has created subcommittees that will meet with faculty, staff, students, alumni, physicians, and other stakeholders during the month of January 2016. The goal is to engage a broad range of Emory constituencies whose perspectives are invaluable to the selection process. Input gathered from these forums will help inform and shape the prospectus, which in part is a job description, but will also include the strategic opportunities, the aspirations and deeply held and shared values of Emory, as well as the leadership qualities that will be pivotal in the identification and recruitment of potential candidates.
Additionally, our presidential selection web site serves as the continuous hub of news and information related to the presidential selection process. We encourage you to take advantage of the web site to submit direct input regarding the credentials, experience, qualities, and values the selection committee should consider for the next president.
We will keep you informed as the selection process unveils. Should you have questions at any time, please do not hesitate to contact us at PresidentSearch@emory.edu.
Thank you for your support. We encourage your input as we continue with this transforming initiative.
John F. Morgan
Board of Trustees
Note: the underlined links in John Morgan's email will take you to the indicated parts of the search website or will direct your email to the search committee. EUEC members have a valuable perspective on Emory and your input should be important to the process.
Henry Edelhauser, Professor Emeritus of Ophthalmology
EUEC member Henry F. Edelhauser, PhD, was the former director of research for Emory Eye Center (1989-2013). He had been in failing health for several months and died Wednesday evening, Dec. 2. Click here to read more about his career at Emory
Leonard Clarence Becht Sr
The father of our Administrative Assistant, Dianne Becht, passed away in the morning hours of Saturday, December 5, 2015 at Piedmont Hospital of heart failure/complications. You can read more about him by clicking here
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