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Friday, February 26, 2010

Photo of the Day: Feel the Love

It's beautiful and sunny here in Atlanta, (although still cold - snow next week, anyone?) which made us think back to our Oakland Cemetery Emory Cares from this past 2009. These two Emory students showed up on a Saturday to help beautify the landscape, all in the "Spirit of Community." See Emory alumni in action world over by viewing the 2009 Emory Cares photos.

- Cassandra Young 07C, coordinator, alumni programs, EAA

Monday, February 22, 2010

Hoop dreams

Sunday was senior day for Emory's men's basketball team--the last home game of Daniel Curtin's, Chad Hixon's, and Anthony Fernandez's college careers--but it was a freshman who led the way to the Eagles' most dramatic victory of the season, a 64-63 win over University Athletic Association rival Brandeis.

Alex Greven (left) a freshman from Winston-Salem, NC, hit a pull-up jumper with five seconds left to seal the come-from-behind Emory victory. It was a thrilling way for the Eagles (15-9, 7-6 UAA) to cap the home portion of what has been a pretty solid season. Just one game remains, a road date with the University of Rochester (14-10, 5-8 UAA).

The Emory men currently sit tied for third in the conference, and a win on Saturday, combined with a loss by Brandeis against NYU, would earn the Eagles a tie for second place in the conference. That would be Emory's best UAA finish since a conference championship in 1990.

Before some of the current team's players, like Greven, were born.

A win on Saturday would also give the Eagles their first a winning record in the UAA, one of Division III's toughest, since 2001. Quite a season for third-year coach Jason Zimmerman.

Sunday was also a big day for the women's basketball team, which celebrated its third-annual Think Pink game for breast cancer awareness. The result wasn't quite as positive as it was on the men's side, though, as Brandeis (15-8, 8-5 UAA) walked away with a 58-38 victory.

Still, it was nice to see the largest crowd of the season come out to see the Emory women (10-14, 3-10 UAA), who have shown flashes of brilliance in 2009-10 but also long stretches of inconsistency.

With the gym wrapped in pink sheets and the Eagles decked out in their pale pink unis, it really was tough to think anything but pink, but the game was also the last appearance on the Emory floor for seniors Keenan Whitesides, Mary Smith, and Whitney Martin, Martin adding two blocks to her career total, giving her 86, which is good enough for second on the Eagles' all-time list.

All the proceeds from the game (which came primarily in the form of donations) went to Emory's Winship Cancer Institute--a good cause, no matter what the score.

-- Eric Rangus, director of communications, Emory Alumni Association

Friday, February 19, 2010

Insert your favorite movie quote here

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will deliver the keynote address at Emory's 165th commencement ceremony Monday, May 10. He will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree.

"Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's achievements in athletics, film, and politics have made him a household name throughout America and the world. His career in public service and his commitments to inner-city youth and sustainable energy resonate with the strategic vision of Emory University. The governor's rise from modest circumstances through hard work and study offers an exemplary ethic for graduating seniors," said Emory President Jim Wagner, who will preside over the ceremony for about 3,600 graduates.

To read the full release, click here.

-- Eric Rangus, director of communications, Emory Alumni Association

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Photo of the Day: Dooley meets Frankenstein

Say hello to a couple of creatures. The bones on the right, you probably know. The creature on the left is ... the Creature. And the star of Theater Emory's presentation of Frankenstein, which opens tonight with a soldout show in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts' Theater Lab.

Frankenstein is a puppet play based on Mary Shelley's legendary novel of the same of same name. The original was commissioned and produced for the 1996 Olympic Arts Festival. The current version is adapted and directed by Jon Ludwig of Atlanta's Center for Puppetry Arts, and the latest example of the center's fruitful and creative partnership with Theater Emory.

Tickets are tough to get for the play, which runs almost nightly through February 27. If you don't already have tickets, a February 23 performance has been added, and it may be your best chance. For more information, click here.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

We are Emory! (and so are you)

In my last semester in the Emory College of Arts and Sciences, I received numerous emails asking me to vote.

"Vote for what?" you might ask. Not a political candidate or a piece of legislation, but for the name of an initiative that would recognize the many community and diversity resources across campus and show that although each resource has its own goals, all of them are committed to improving Emory.

I supported the idea, and I voted. Little did I know that my vote would mean so much. Shortly before graduation, the Office of Community and Diversity offered me a job helping to coordinate a new initiative whose name had just been chosen: “We are Emory.”

I took the job, not really sure of what I would be doing, but had full faith in the people I would be working with. Since that initial survey and initial job offer, We are Emory has developed into a University-wide initiative that aims to recognize people, programs, offices, and institutions dedicated to access, equity, and inclusion. A key component of We are Emory is the identification and celebration of the 100 Community Builders.

The 100 Community Builders are those dedicated to making Emory a place where ideas and practice merge, where thinking and doing are synonymous. Among the Community Builders are students, faculty, staff, and alumni from every division and unit of the University. Many of the alumni featured work for the University as well.

As a new alumna, I join a community that is 108,000 strong, and as a new employee, I become a part of part of a community that comprises more than 23,000. These inspiring 100 Community Builders are just a small percentage of the many who enliven the Emory community, whether it is through their daily endeavors in their workplace or through less frequent activities like volunteering with Emory Cares.

No matter their relationship with Emory, in building that relationship, they become a part of something bigger than themselves. They are Emory. We are all Emory.

Learn more about We are Emory on our website and Facebook fan page.

-- Maria Town 09C, fellow, Office of Community and Diversity

Monday, February 15, 2010

Link-O-Rama Monday

EAAvesdropping knows that Valentine's Day was yesterday, but really ... we know that everyone wants all that good feeling from February 14 (if not the chocolate) to last a very long time. Click here to see how you can make your valentine last forever, and here to learn more about "the science of love."

Speaking of love, EAAvesdropping loves Emory's men's and women's basketball teams, and today marks the beginning of THINK PINK week, which culminates in the women's annual THINK PINK basketball game on Sunday, February 21, against Brandeis for breast cancer awareness.

All week there will be a host of THINK PINK related activities. as well as lots of basketball. Make sure you are at the P.E. Center Friday night for the Eagles doubleheader against NYU (women at 6:00 p.m., men at 8:00 p.m.). The men start things off on Sunday against the No. 21 Judges at noon.

-- Eric Rangus, director of communications, EAA

Friday, February 12, 2010


Today's EAAvesdropping post is canceled on account of snow.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Catching up with ... Nicolai Lundy 09C

Nicolai Lundy 09C is one of the newest additions to the Emory College Office of Admission. A native of Denver, Lundy moved to Atlanta in 2005 to attend Emory. As a student, Lundy was a member of the Student Alumni Association (SAA), co-founder of Greeks Go Green, and co-captain of the men's track & field team. He served as president of Alpha Tau Omega, and was also a tour guide for the college.

Upon graduating from Emory, Lundy received the University’s highest student honor – the Marion Luther Brittain Award – and began working as an admission counselor at the Emory College Office of Admission.

He recently spoke with the Emory Alumni Association's (EAA) Drew Dotson, coordinator of regional programs and here's what he had to say.

DD: How did you learn about Emory?
NL: Being from Colorado – a state with a handful of Emory freshmen every year – I’ve asked myself the same thing. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was a diligent college researcher. I made spreadsheet comparisons of all my schools; I read all of the college books out there; I sought suggestions from people I respected. I even liked reading all of those pamphlets and shiny pieces of paper that you get in the mail. Looking back, it’s a good thing that I was so proactive because an Emory rep never came to my high school and I didn’t know anyone that had gone to Emory. As I brutally whittled my list down to a quasi-reasonable number of applications (seven), I made sure that Emory was never removed.

DD:What made you choose Emory?
NL: April 2005 came around and I had received my Emory admission letter, among others, but I had never been to visit campus. I knew that I couldn’t make a decision without seeing the buildings and meeting the people. Complicating matters, my AP English teacher was ruthless. He wouldn’t excuse an absence so close to the AP exam. With track meets on the weekends, I was left with only one possible day – the Senior Class Ditch Day. I missed my tour and information session, so I approached students on my own. There was such amazing diversity! The students and staff were all so hospitable and intriguing. I remember sitting on the quad on one of the white benches when I made my decision. It felt right. All the stats were there, like the small class size, but it was also a place where I felt comfortable, which wasn’t easy for a high school student on a college campus.

DD: What did you enjoy most about your experience here?
NL: I would get this question a lot as a tour guide. My answer changed over the years, but as I saw more and more semesters whiz by, I formed closer and more meaningful bonds with the people who live and work and study here. I met people who were unlike anyone I knew at home. They opened my eyes in a way that a textbook can’t. As early as the first month of school, I went to a celebratory dinner at the end of Ramadan. Reading about the Muslim faith is one thing, but seeing people practice it and tasting a little bit of it yourself does so much more to help you appreciate the similarities and the differences. The people here, and the things you stand to learn from them, have been what I love about Emory.

DD: Why did you choose to work in the Office of Admission?
NL: It was 2009. I was a philosophy major. I had a harder time landing a job than finding Waldo. When the admission office wanted to hire me, I wasn’t about to say no! Being an admission counselor offered a chance to continue something that I loved in college. At the end of every tour I gave, no matter how stressed out I had been beforehand, I felt this rush, this high. It felt better than winning one of my races. Having a meaningful role in the life of a young adult (in this case making college decisions) does that to you, I think. For the previous two years, I had seen some of my older friends go on to take jobs that they thought they would love, but it didn’t really work out for them. Luckily my experience was different. It started out as a one-year gig, but it’s hard for me to leave when I’m having so much fun. I want to sign up for another year.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Photo of the Day: We feel 'ya DC!

Happy winter everyone! We know it's snowing pretty hard right now up the East Coast from Washington to New England, and we want you to know the Emory campus understands. Our photo of the day isn't from today (although it's darn cold today--for Atlanta--and we had reports of flurries this morning around the metro area ... EAAvesdropping was asleep at the time and unfortunately can't confirm them), but we do know how you feel. It snows here every once in a while.

Thanks for the image Emory University Facebook page!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

It's EATlanta!

On Saturday, January 23, a small, but dedicated group of 11 Emory alumni in Atlanta gathered at the Goizueta Business School in hopes of bringing change to the world. Granted, it may have been only a tiny change. But it was change nonetheless.

Community service has long been a part of Emory's, and the Emory Alumni Association's, legacy. And it is this legacy and the joy of helping others that brought this group together to support the newly developed Emory Alumni Community Service Group (EACS) for the organization's debut project: EATlanta, which stands for Emory Alumni Together Lending Atlanta Nutrition Through Assistance.

The mission of the EACS is to engage Emory alumni in serving their community through group events. EATlanta, EACS's first project, has one simple goal: provide personalized meals to those in need while simultaneously creating a stronger sense of community among local Emory alumni.

With more than 320,000 households in Georgia currently receiving food stamps, according to a U.S. Census Bureau study, there is a palpable need to feed and support the less fortunate in our state. EACS recognizes that even the smallest contributions can have a lasting impact on a community. This is why we developed EATlanta.

Through partnerships with Kroger and Whole Foods, EATlanta’s first project provided 250 needy people with meals made by Emory alumni. Each lunch was packed with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, along with a cookie, drink, napkin... and a whole lot of love. Volunteers gathered in the commons area on the first floor of Goizueta at 10:00 a.m., and worked hard preparing the lunches until about 1:00 p.m.

The alumni volunteers then transported the bagged lunches over to My Sister’s House, a nonprofit organization that provides resources to victims of domestic violence and their children. My Sister's House is long-term residential program associated with the Atlanta Union Mission, a Christian Ministry that seeks to aid any person in crisis through programs of rescue and recovery. My Sister’s House can accommodate between 200-300 residents at a time, a perfect number for EATlanta’s first contribution project.

After this successful event, EACS plans to make EATlanta a recurring project. We would like to encourage all alumni interested in volunteering for the next EATlanta program to join. Next time, we hope to prepare far more meals for the Atlanta Union Mission.

For information or updates, please email eacsvolunteers@gmail.com and we will provide you with details for our upcoming projects.

You can also join our Facebook group, "Emory Alumni Community Service (EACS),” to stay current on all the organization's latest efforts.

-- Blake Covington 07B, Emory Alumni Community Service Group

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Founders Week: The Oxford files

Being at the lecture that Andy Urban delivered at Oxford College for Founders Week was a bit of a Janus experience, seeing like that two-headed Roman god into the past while also looking into the future.

Urban’s lecture, Romance and Race in the Jim Crow South: Yun Ch’i-ho and the Personal Politics of Christian Reform, centered on Yun Ch’i-Ho 1893Ox, a Korean national who was Emory’s first international student and alumnus. Urban, who is a postdoctoral research fellow with Emory’s Transforming Community Project, read Yun’s diary, which he kept while he was at Emory on what is now the Oxford campus, as well as other archival material during his research.

Yun was the first Asian most students and local residents had ever encountered, and his experience in an era of Jim Crow laws was a complicated mixture of acceptance and discrimination. Contrasting with those realities were the many international students in the audience, representing Emory’s rich diversity in the 21st century, and capping it all was the presence of Hena Chun 08Ox 10C (above, left, with Urban), an Emory senior and New Jersey native who is Yun’s great-great granddaughter.

Chun said that Emory was the only university in the South that she considered, partly of course because of the connection to her forebear, but also because she knew it had such a diverse student population. It’s astounding to consider how far we’ve come, but exciting to consider the breadth of achievement that Emory’s wide embrace continues to foster.

Urban’s lecture will be available for viewing/listening shortly through iTunes U.

-- Cathy Wooten, director of communications, Oxford College

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Photo of the Day: Every cake you bake

every leg you break ... every leaf you rake ... I'll be watching you.

Visit the EAA's Facebook fan page for a scenes from Monday night's Founders Dinner at Cox Hall. Yay! Founders Week!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Lost and found

Emory’s Founders Week boasts a lot of talks and events featuring big wigs from Emory, or those big wigs who lent their expertise on Emory, or those big wigs who know about the big wigs who founded this fine institution.

But the real essence of the week grew out of a sort of spin-off from Emory’s Charter Day, the University celebration in honor of its chartering on January 25, 1915. In today's day and age, the week's events serve to promote Emory’s intellectual life and celebrate the arts and sciences.

Founders Week kicked off yesterday with a poetry reading by Robert Pinsky as part of the Robert Danowski Poetry Library Reading Series. He’s an American poet who served as Poet Laureate from 1997-2000.

Tomorrow’s events will continue the week’s festivities with Andrew Urban, a community research postdoctoral fellow with the Transforming Community Project, who will present his research on Yun Ch'i-Ho 1893Ox, a Korean immigrant who who lived in the South in the 1890s and was Emory's first international alumnus. Yun was not quite a founder, but he did provide a founding perspective about Emory’s cultural and social life more than 100 years ago.

Later in the evening, the University will celebrate its participation in the Transforming Community Project since fall 2005. This is more of a focus on our community and less on the founders—but they did lead us here.

Wednesday, February 3, will bring two lectures: one from a faculty member, Phillis Whatley Distinguished Chair in Poetry and Professor of English Natasha Trethewey, and one from one of those experts I mentioned up there, Richard Brookhiser, the host of quite a few PBS specials on founders, though not necessarily Emory's.

Founders Week will close with the 30th anniversary celebration of the Office of Multicultural Programs and Services. A panel of students, staff, faculty and administrators will give a background of their time at Emory and engage in a bit of Q&A.
If you feel a little lost, you can find specific times and locations for all of these events here.

--Lindsey Bomnin 12C, EAA communications assistant