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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Georgia on Our Minds

“Emory and Georgia: A Partnership of Heart and Mind.” Hanging on banners around campus and metro-Atlanta, this simple phrase is the theme of Emory’s demisemiseptcentennial celebration.

As Emory celebrates our 175th anniversary, what better time to reflect on the impact Emory has made on our local community and how our community continues to shape the University?

In light of this year’s particular focus on the relationship between Emory and Georgia, it is only fitting that on April 12, alumni and friends of the University gathered together to honor the Georgia Congressional Delegation. President Wagner and several members of the Emory Board of Trustees hosted a reception in the Russell Senate Office Building to celebrate the partnership between Emory and Georgia, and to honor our state leaders. (Click here for more pictures from the reception.)

Senators Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson were joined by Representatives John Barrow, Sanford Bishop 71L, Tom Price, Austin Scott, and David Scott as our guests of honor for the evening. Throughout the evening, President Wagner presented each member in attendance with a special plaque with a picture of the iconic Haygood-Hopkins Gate and an inscription recognizing the important work our leaders are doing on behalf of the University.

Each member addressed the crowd and emphasized the vital connection between Emory and the local community. All of the speakers noted Emory’s role as a national leader in higher education and health care. Each speaker pledged to continue to support Emory in his work on the Hill.

Despite the intense budget negotiations captivating the Capitol and the nation during the week preceding our reception, the air was certainly convivial and the mood, celebratory, as alumni, administrators, congressional staffers, and friends took a moment to celebrate the dynamic partnership of heart and mind between Emory and Georgia.

--Shawn Scott 09T, Assistant Director of Regional Volunteer Programs, EAA

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