Volunteer Service

There are a myriad of ways that Emeritus College members help fulfill the mission of the College. Below are some ways that members actively engage in service to the University.

Members of the Emeritus College teach courses in the Osher Institute of Lifelong Learning (OLLI), which is a part of Emory Continuing Education.  Clark Poling (Art History), John Bugge (English), Herb Benario (Classics), and Michael Zeiler (Psychology) are among the Emeritus College OLLI instructors.

International MedShare and Atlanta Food Bank:Emeriti and others from the Emory community collectively volunteer to sort and package salvaged medical supplies to developing nations.  Via the EUEC's Service Committee, members are also very active in assisting with the annual Thanksgiving Food drive for the Atlanta Food Bank.

The Beckett Project:  The papers of playwright and novelist Samuel Beckett are housed in the MARBL. EUEC member, Brenda Bynum (Theater/Drama) leads a small group of Beckett papers editors.

Emory Alumni Collaborations: a) Following the example of Clark Poling, Professor Emeritus of Art History who offers lectures to the Emory Alumni Chapter in San Francisco, the Emeritus College endeavors to match its out-of-state members with regional chapters for speaking engagements. B) Emeriti as hosts of international travel programs for alumni is a second initiative that has borne fruit: Matthew Morris, Professor Emeritus of French at Oxford, a 2010 Heilbrun Fellow, accompanied an Emory Alumni group in 2013 to Provence, France and served as their tour expert.

The Emeritus College is immersed in the Senior Mentor Program in the health sciences. Since September 2012, some 26 members of the Emeritus College each have been assigned a “tutee” from the Medical School, the Nursing School, or the Physician’s Assistant Program, and meet with that person once a month over a period of 12 months.  For details about the Senior Mentor Program, visit: http://aging.emory.edu/documents/Binder1.pdf 

Mentoring opportunities include the following constituencies: 

  • Pre-professional undergraduate students who are planning to apply to law school, medical school, or graduate school starting in their junior years.  Our membership has centuries of accumulated wisdom to offer to these students about their career choices.
  • Beginning assistant professors in all sectors of the University who may profit considerably through contact with a senior academic mentor with years of experience in the Emory culture.

Volunteer Appreciation: This is an annual celebration designed to recognize, thank, and energize those who volunteer their time to the EUEC.  The first celebration was held in February, 2013.