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 April 20 at the Luce



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April 13, 2015

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
Director, EUEC
In this Issue:
DirectorMessage from the Director


We have had a great Celebration of the Arts this spring. The art exhibition in the Schwartz Center has just ended, on April 6 we had a fantastic presentation by Will Ransom and the Vega String Quartet (you can read about it below), and on April 8 we were treated to an outstanding lecture by Brenda Bynum at the annual Sheth Lecture (which you can read about in the next issue). Our Arts Celebration continues with a trip to the Shakespeare Tavern on May 3 followed by a discussion of the play the next day. You can read about plans for that in this issue. Last year over 40 members attended our excursion to the Tavern and had a great time.


We will also be traveling to Central America next Monday, courtesy of Fred Menger--you can sign up for that trip below. There is also information about the next cycle of the Bianchi Excellence Awards, how to be part of the Emory Travel Program, and an invitation to a faculty "Happy Hour" to discuss formation of a faculty club. The final installment of the report on the latest Interdisciplinary Seminar is in this issue, as well as a link to the complete report.


I am very grateful to Herb Benario, Gretchen Schulz, and John Bugge for help with proofing and editing.  


AWTopApril 20 Lunch Colloquium

Faces of Central America

The Luce Center, Room 130, 11:30-1:00


Come travel with us as we hear about Central America from Chemistry professor Fred Menger. 



LCTopApril 6 Lunch Colloquium

As the second part of our Arts Celebration this semester, we traveled around the World with Will Ransom and the Vega String Quartet.


Click here to read about our musical journey



In yet another celebration of the arts this semester, on May 3 and 4, we will have two opportunities to enjoy Shakespeare.

BianTopBianchi Excellence Awards

The Bianchi Excellence Awards represent a wonderful opportunity to receive financial support for ongoing intellectual activities.

TravTopEmory Travel Program

Would you like to be a faculty study leader for an Emory Travel Program trip?

Click here to find out about the program

FacActTopFaculty Activities

EUEC Member Nanette Wenger has received yet another award.

Click here to read about her latest award.

UiCTopThe University in Crisis

The EUEC members who participated in last fall's Interdisciplinary Seminar on the topic of The University in Crisis have compiled a report of their discussions.  In this issue, we feature the final part of their report.  For the first five parts, please see Issues 12, 13, 14, 15, and 16. 

FCTopFaculty Club

Mike Kutner has been working tirelessly to build support on campus for establishing a faculty club.  He welcomes all EUEC members in this effort.

Click here to read his invitation to the next faculty "Happy Hour."

AWBotApril 20 Lunch Colloquium

Faces of Central America

The Luce Center, Room 130, 11:30-1:00


Charles Howard Candler Professor of Chemistry

This is a presentation of photographs from Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala obtained when the speaker traveled solo through these countries or worked there with an NGO. But this is no mere travelogue. The visuals are a means to the end of insight into the lives the subjects of the photos lead, insight into their histories and cultures, and Fred will use the photos to share what he's learned from his extensive experience in that interesting part of the world.


Fred received his AB from The Johns Hopkins University in 1958 and his PhD from the University of Wisconsin in 1963. 

From an article in the Emory Report:

Fredric Menger likes to joke that "fire had yet to be domesticated" when he first came to Emory. He arrived in 1965 as an assistant professor of chemistry.

Emory was still a regional college and the chemistry department was "just a tiny little developing department," he recalled. In fact, he spent the first eight years at Emory in the Psychology Building because there wasn't room in the Chemistry Building.

In his lab, Menger and his lab group focus on bioorganic chemistry. The three main areas of his research are enzymes - proteins that speed up reactions and how exactly they make reactions faster; biological membranes - how they behave, divide and undergo fission and fusion; and organic synthesis - making new compounds.
Menger has been recognized by many in his field as a leading organic chemist. He won the Herty Medal, an award given annually by the Georgia Section of the American Chemical Society, in 1997.

In a nominating letter, Nobel Laureate Roald Hoffmann wrote about Menger: "Fred Menger's work is distinguished by three things: (1) its sheer originality, (2) its fearlessness in tackling inherently complex problems and/or questioning pre-conceived notions, and (3) an attention to language, style and pedagogy in the presentation of the work."

Outside the classroom and lab, Menger spends a great deal of time in nature. "I really love the outdoors a lot," he said.

For many years he was an avid mountain climber, scaling such peaks as Mount Aconcagua in Argentina, the highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere at nearly 23,000 feet, and Mount Klyuchevskaya, the highest mountain in Russia. He was the first American to climb Klyuchevskaya after access was allowed at the end of the Cold War. 
The Lunch Colloquium promises to be a fascinating adventure!

Click here to register for the Lunch Colloquium.



LeveyBotApril 6 Lunch Colloquium

Around the World with the Vega Quartet


As part of the EUEC Arts week, Will Ransom, Mary Emerson Professor of Piano, and the Vega String Quartet, Emory's quartet in residence, presented a private concert for us at the Carlos Museum reception Hall on April 6. The program was entitled "Around the World with the Vega Quartet," an apt choice for a group of multilingual musicians from different cultural backgrounds. The members of the Quartet, Domenic Salerni and Jessica Shuang Wu, violins, Yinzi Kong, viola, and Guang Wang, cello and Dr. Ransom provided introductions to each selection and also told us a bit about what they do as a resident quartet at Emory.


The major mission of the resident quartet is, of course, education. Dr. Ransom and the Quartet believe strongly that it is important to educate non-professional musicians who will be the future audience for wonderful classical music. Dr. Ransom pointed out that although Emory has a distinguished music department with 140 majors, Emory is not a conservatory, and over 95% of our music students are double majors who go on to careers in non-music fields. Their contact with the Vega Quartet (as with Will himself and the other members of the Music Department) will help keep them excited about classical music for the rest of their lives. Domenic explained that in addition to teaching in the music department, the Quartet members collaborate with faculty throughout the University. In addition, they teach pre-college student chamber music ensembles, participate in the Young Audiences Program in the Public School System, and also give free public performances, both on campus and off (including in retirement homes in the Atlanta area).


All the varied music in that intimate setting was magical. The first piece was American, a beautiful rendition of the classic by Jerome Kern, "All the Things You Are." But then we took off on our journey and heard music representing China, Italy, Poland, France, Germany, and England. We learned from Yinzi that China's music, like its stories, ends happily. She explained that in The Butterfly Lovers' Violin Concerto, written in 1959 by two Chinese composers, Chen Gang and He Zhanhao, and played by the Quartet, the first section is about doomed lovers, both of whom die, and the second section denotes their reincarnation as beautiful butterflies. This helped us appreciate the pathos of the first and the joy and lightness of the second section of this lovely piece. We learned about and heard Yinzi and Jessica play a Handel Passacaglia, a musical composition based on the harmonies in the first four bars. It was truly amazing to hear how differently the same phrases could be presented and how exciting the performance could be.  In honor of Domenic Salerni's Italian heritage, the quartet played Puccini's Chrysanthemums.  Representing Russia, Guang Wang sang the Rachmaninoff Vocalise on his cello, accompanied by Will Ransom on the piano.  


Dr. Ransom contributed a spectacularly brilliant Chopin Scherzo #1, a piece of program music in which the teenage Chopin expressed his anger and frustration at being unable to return to his family and home because of war. Of course the program ended with a movement of the Beethoven String Quartet Op. 131 since, as Yinzi explained, the two passions of the Quartet members are Beethoven and food. The Vega Quartet will play the entire string quartet at their (free) concert at the Schwartz Center on May 2.






The quartet residency has been funded on an annual basis by the Katz Foundation, which has given a one million dollar Challenge Grant to endow the residency if it can be matched by September 2016. This quartet residency program has transformed music at Emory and is a rare resource that we should cherish. Will reminded us that we might still plan to attend the Spring for Strings auction to help match the grant on Saturday evening, April 11, if we hadn't planned to do so already. And Gretchen Schulz suggested we might express our appreciation for Will Ransom and the Vega String Quartet by making tax deductible donations to this fund (checks to Emory sent to Dr. Ransom) to keep the resident string quartet based on our campus forever.


 --June Scott




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You're invited!


EUEC Theater Excursion


Sunday, May 3, 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.


Lunch Colloquium, Monday May 4, 11:30-1:00 




Gretchen Schulz, Emeritus College member and Resident Scholar of the Atlanta Shakespeare Company (ASC), invites Emeritus College members, along with their family and friends, to join her for a production of The Merchant of Venice at the New American Shakespeare Tavern, 499 Peachtree Street, Atlanta. The ASC has reserved seating on the main floor for Emeritus College guests. Show time is from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Arriving no later than 6:00 is recommended-or earlier if you plan to have dinner. Food and drink are available and may be enjoyed during the play. The menu is posted online: Click here for menu.


Gretchen has secured discounts that will keep the cost at $30 per person. Gretchen will pay for tickets in advance, with reimbursement due by cash or check at the event. If you would like one or more tickets, you can register below. Registration is requested no later than Monday, April 27, 2015. On the evening of the play, you may pick up your ticket (s) at the ticket desk. Mention that you are with the Emory group when you pick up your ticket (s) as well as prior to being seated. And look for familiar EUEC figures waving you towards the tables we have reserved.


The Tavern is located across from Emory Midtown Hospital. Parking is readily available in the Hospital parking deck and in an open lot, also belonging to the Hospital, at the corner of Renaissance and Peachtree, half a block north of the Tavern. Maps and directions can be found on the Shakespeare Tavern website. Parking in the deck is payable upon exit. Parking in the open lot is payable upon arrival.


The front entrance to the Tavern involves one flight of stairs, down to the main level. There is a good chair lift attached to the stair railing. Handicapped parking and an entrance without stairs are available at the rear of the Tavern (see details online).




Click here to register for the play.


Click here to register for the Lunch colloquium


UiCBotThe University in Crisis



Emory University Emeritus College

Interdisciplinary Seminar:


The University in Crisis

Fall, 2014


January 8, 2015







"Administrative Bloat"


While the colloquial title for the topic of this seminar was "Administrative Bloat," the serious threat which that trend poses to the traditional university is summarized in the (admittedly somewhat hyperbolic) title of the session's main reading assignment, Benjamin Ginsberg's 2012 book, The Fall of the Faculty: The Rise of the All-Administrative University. The burden of Ginsberg's argument is simple: the unprecedented and disproportionate increase in the number of administrators and their staff at the nation's best universities in the last few decades is changing the character of American higher education by interfering with and even displacing the faculty's traditional prerogatives in the areas of research and curriculum, not to mention institutional governance.


According to Ginsberg, some of the bad effects of administrative bloat are the following:


  1. The continually rising cost of a university education, resulting in impossible levels of student debt.
  2. The diversion of university income to support more administrators, leading to less funding for faculty.
  3. The increased use of adjunct faculty (but not adjunct administrators), undermining the tenure system, which is the universally acknowledged safeguard of academic freedom.
  4. The rise of the professional administrator and the usurpation of the faculty's role in university governance even in areas traditionally the exclusive purview of the faculty, like the curriculum.
  5. An epidemic of "assessment" - strategic plans, self-studies, surveys, commissions, studies, accountability tests, and so on - which are too often "make-work" projects for administrators and staff.
  6. An increase in the general trend toward the corporatization of the university, wherein the following equivalences obtain: administration = management; faculty = employees; students = paying customers; knowledge and skills = the products of an increasingly mercantile enterprise.
  7. A fundamental reorientation of the university's mission, wherein research and teaching, which are ends in themselves for faculty, become for the institution products to be sold to society, sources of income.
  8. The university as a social institution dedicated to free inquiry and innovative thinking is in jeopardy, since those activities are essentially exclusive to the faculty as the intellectual core of the institution.


Ginsberg's book presents some disturbing statistics. Writing of "the enormous variation among schools in the number of managers and staffers they employ," he asks, "why does Vanderbilt employ sixty-four staffers for every one hundred students when Emory manages with a still grossly inflated thirty-four, and the University of Wisconsin makes do with only seventeen deanlets per hundred students?" (p. 204) He continues: "[I]f Vanderbilt or Duke or Hopkins or Rochester or Emory or any of the other administratively top-heavy schools lost a few notches in the USNews rankings because of their particularly egregious administrative bloat, their boards would be forced to ask questions" (p. 209).


Seminar members agreed that Emory might consider several measures to address this apparent imbalance:


  1. The Board of Trustees should be presented with a "benchmarking" survey comparing Emory's administrative staffing levels per 100 students with that of other comparable universities.
  2. A strategic plan should be developed whose goal is a certain percentage reduction across the University in the number of administrative positions, including support staff.
  3. Faculty participation in shared university governance should continue to be enhanced at all levels, including perhaps the election of a senior faculty representative from each school to the Board of Trustees with ex officio status, but including at a minimum the establishment of a democratically elected faculty governing body in each school and unit of the University -- in accordance with the Principles of Shared Faculty Governance recently adopted by the University Faculty Council.
  4. A centrally located faculty club should be established to promote the kind of social interaction among faculty that is critical to a culture of shared university governance.





The general topic of this seminar has been the institution of the university and the status of higher education generally at the outset of the twenty-first century. Universities are in the throes of critical change, and it seemed opportune that a cohort of highly experienced and knowledgeable academics in the Emeritus College convene to investigate and evaluate these changes, consider their potential impact, and make some determinations about actions that our University might consider in light of them.


We hope that our suggestions will be taken in the spirit in which they are offered, that of a positive and constructive attitude to the institution that all of us admire and respect.


Edited by: John Bugge

Professor Emeritus of English and Chair, Executive Committee

Emory University Emeritus College


Click here for a complete copy of the report, including the Appendix.


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FacActBotFaculty Activities

Nanette Wenger Recognized for Contributions to Cardiology

Nanette Wenger (Cardiology) has been presented with the inaugural 2015 Bernadine Healy Leadership in Women's Cardiovascular Disease Award at the 64th Annual American College of Cardiology Scientific Session. Wenger is one of the world's most respected experts on coronary heart disease in women and focuses on reducing women's disability and death from cardiovascular disease.

The Bernadine Healy Award was created in honor of the work and memory of Bernadine Healy, who was the first woman to direct the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the first physician to lead the American Red Cross, and the founding editor of Journal of Women's Health. For more on this award and Wenger's career achievements, please click here:

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TravBotEmory Travel Program

Like many universities, Emory has an extensive travel program for friends and alumni.  You can click here to read about Emory's Program.  Many of these trips have study leaders, and many of those leaders are faculty.  Emeritus faculty have much to offer for such trips, and travelers love having Emory faculty on such trips.  Here is what the Alumni Association has to say about faculty leaders:

Our excursions afford the opportunity for the faculty study leader to impart his or her knowledge of specific subjects or sites to the group. This is typically accomplished through lectures; a reasonable expectation is between 3-5 lectures per trip.  Most programs will be co-sponsored by another institution and the available lecture time will be divided between the study leaders. Additionally it is an expectation that that the study leader be available to the participants for informal discussions or to answer questions throughout the journey. All accommodations are paid by the travel program with the option to take a companion at a discounted rate set by the travel partner.


This is a great opportunity for any of you who like to travel and would like to be a leader.  If you are interested, please send a statement of your interest and experience to EUEC at and your information will be forwarded to EAA.

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BianBotBianchi Excellence Award

It is time for applications for the third annual Bianchi Excellence Award. The award, named in honor of the founder of the Emeritus College, Eugene Bianchi, Professor Emeritus of Religion, is funded largely by his own very generous bequest to Emory, as well as by contributions from many of his retired colleagues.



The Award is meant to advance the interests of the Emeritus College by providing its membership with financial support for ongoing intellectual activities by means of small, strategic grants to cover expenses incurred in pursuit of a broad range of activities, including, among others, research and writing, lecturing, training, development of teaching materials, and presentations at academic conferences. The Award will foster continuing professional development and thus play a significant role in building a vibrant emeritus community at Emory.


In the past two years the Bianchi Excellence Fund was able to support at least two Awards each year in amounts ranging up to a maximum of $2000 for a twelve-month term starting September 1st - the start of the normal academic and fiscal year.  


The application process is open to all retired members of the EUEC and applications must be received by May 15, 2015.


Click here to read about how to apply.


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FCBotFaculty Club

Mike Kutner on behalf of the Faculty Council Faculty Life Course Committee invites EUEC Members to the next Faculty Happy Hour on April 22 at 4:30 in the Claudia Nance Rollins Building Klamon Room (8th floor).  Click here for full details.

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