Campus News

January 12, 2012

Welcome to Spring Semester

School roundup: Semester ushers in new programs, courses, milestones

Candler School of Theology

New class options: Candler's first online-only courses will debut in the spring. Anne Burkholder and Bill Daniel will teach classes in Methodist studies in this new format.

Major spring events: Candler's spring conference, "The Singing Church: Current Practices and Emerging Trends in Congregational Song," March 19-21, made possible by grant support from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, will feature workshops and performances led by renowned ecumenical scholars and musicians. As part of the conference, John Bell, of the Iona Community in Scotland, will perform on March 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Cannon Chapel. Bell, who has written many collections of original hymns and songs, is noted for his commitment to participatory worship. Registration for the conference includes the John Bell concert; additional concert tickets are available to the general public for $20. For details, visit

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Emory College of Arts and Sciences

Class notes: This year's freshmen included among their ranks the first Emory cohort of "ED1" students, accepted under early decision back in December 2010. Overall the Class of 2015 hails from 48 states and 30 countries. Two dozen new faculty members across 15 departments join them this year.

Student honor: Senior Garrett Turner became the third consecutive, and 15th overall, College winner of the prestigious Marshall Scholarship for graduate study in the United Kingdom.

New courses: New classes offered in the College this spring include Journalism 260, "News Literacy in a Digital Age" –- which places Emory among just 20 universities nationwide teaching news literacy –- and "Men Stopping Violence," a collaboration between the departments of interdisciplinary studies, African American studies, and women's, gender and sexuality studies.

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Goizueta Business School

Speaker series: Goizueta will welcome three Dean's Speakers in the spring including David Darst, chief investment strategist, Morgan Stanley Global Wealth Management Group; Patrick Viguerie, director, McKinsey-Atlanta, head of strategy practice for the Americas; and Neville Isdell, former CEO of Coca-Cola. Dean's Leadership Speaker Series events are open to the public.

New faculty: Wesley Longhofer, assistant professor of organization & management

Leadership conference: Grammy-winning recording artist Usher will be the keynote speaker at the annual Undergraduate Business School Leadership Conference to be held in February. (This event is not open to the public.)

Incoming class: The Weekend Executive MBA Class of 2013 includes students from 20 countries of origin who currently reside in five states across the Southeast. This class will be the 33rd graduating class of the WEMBA program. According to the EMBA Program Office, 37 percent of new students hold graduate degrees. The class, on average, has 14 years of work experience. 

Student research: Goizueta is one of the first business schools to offer fellowships directly tied to its research centers, including the Emory Center for Alternative Investments, the Emory Marketing Analytics Center  and Social Enterprise @ Goizueta.  Student fellowships, awarded to full-time MBA students, include tuition considerations and a role as a research assistant.

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Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

New programs: Emory's School of Nursing is launching a new Health Systems Leadership graduate degree program, beginning in fall 2012. This dynamic program combines experiential learning in top health care organizations with cutting-edge coursework taught by several distinguished professors. This 48-credit-hour program can be completed on either a full- or part-time basis in as few as four semesters. Applications for the Health Systems Leadership program will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with a final deadline of Feb. 15.

New faculty: Elizabeth Corwin, acting professor; Ashley Darcy, research assistant professor; and Bonnie Jennings, visiting professor

Leadership transitions: 
Marsha Lewis, associate dean for education, has been named dean at the University at Buffalo, effective in February.

Major events: David Vlahov, dean of the nursing school at the University of California at San Francisco, will serve as the keynote speaker for the Hugh P. Davis Endowed Lecture on April 16 at 4 p.m.

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James T. Laney School of Graduate Studies

New programs: The Program for Scholarly Integrity (PSI) has been approved by the Laney Graduate School Executive Council. PSI is a comprehensive program to educate all doctoral students throughout their graduate careers in the ethical pursuit of scholarly research. Training will be both interdisciplinary and program-focused.

New resources: The Laney Graduate School will offer two new professional resources: The Versatile PhD, a web-based service to help students identify and prepare for non-academic careers, and Interfolio, a premier academic dossier service.

National appointments: Dean Lisa A. Tedesco recently became the chair of the Council of Graduate Schools' Board of Directors during its 51st annual meeting.  Tedesco has also been appointed to a national commission comprised of university and corporate leaders from across the country that will address how graduate students in the United States progress through graduate school into careers.

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Oxford College

Building improvements: As resident and custodian of Emory's original campus, Oxford College has both the privilege of enjoying and the responsibility of stewarding the university's most historic buildings. This spring Oxford will continue work on the preservation and development of its architectural assets.  The restoration of Seney Hall begun last summer will be completed.  Preliminary work will begin on the substantial renovation of Language Hall, built in 1874.  Final construction designs on the redevelopment of the Oxford College Library will be completed, a process that will modernize and increase it in size, while also giving it a façade more in keeping with adjacent buildings: the Chapel (1875) on the south and Phi Gamma (1851) on the north.

Campus improvements: Improvements will continue on the quad, converting it to a vehicle-free zone that will recreate the simplicity and quiet of its 19th-century origin.

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Rollins School of Public Health

Major events:

• Rollins co-sponsors the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Awards on Jan. 19.

• The Public Health Sciences Grand Rounds series will continue in February 2012 with Lance Waller, professor and chair of the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics.

Visit Emory!, held March 22-23, allows prospective students to interact with RSPH student body, engage in dialogue with faculty members, and tour the Emory campus and Rollins public health complex.

• On April 5, Nancy Adler, vice-chair of the department of psychiatry at the University of San Francisco, will head the annual Virginia S. DeHaan Lecture on Health Promotion and Education.

• Rollins will participate in the annual National Public Health Week, April 2-8.

New courses: Rollins is launching its Classroom to Community: Health in Education in Action course in collaboration with Teach for America (TFA). Students will conduct health education in the classrooms of TFA teachers throughout Atlanta and learn about the context of coordinated school health.

Noteworthy milestone:
 2012 marks the 15th anniversary of distance learning at the Rollins School of Public Health. The Graduate Certificate program at Emory, the precursor to the RSPH Career MPH program, accepted its first students in 1997.

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School of Law

New programs: Emory Law launches its Juris Masters program in January. Applications are due April 15 with classes beginning this fall. For information, visit

Major events: The Emory Law Journal hosts the 31st annual Thrower Symposium on Feb. 9. This year's topic is "Innovation for the Modern Era: Law, Policy, and Legal Practice in a Changing World." Learn more at And the Center for the Study of Law and Religion continues its series on "When Law and Religion Meet" this spring (see page 8).

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School of Medicine

Leadership transitions: 
Thomas J. Lawley, dean of Emory School of Medicine, will step down as dean, effective Aug. 31, 2012. After a sabbatical year away, he will return to Emory as a faculty member. Plans are under way to create a committee to guide a national search for his successor. Lawley's tenure was notable for growing the school's research base to 15th in the country in NIH funding; doubling the size of the faculty; creating six new departments; and pioneering a new undergraduate curriculum.

New programs: The SOM launched a new master's degree program in genetic counseling. The two-year program, housed in the Department of Human Genetics, combines cutting-edge coursework with multiple and varied clinical experiences. Graduates will receive a Master of Medical Science in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling. Cecelia Bellcross will direct the program.

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