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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Fresh from the farm - Sustainable Emory

Duck out of Cox Hall on a Tuesday afternoon, and you'll run across vendors selling everything from warm empanadas, to roasted pumpkin seed goat cheese tartlets, to heritage turkeys. The weekly farmers' market is one initiative in the Sustainable Emory program, offering fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and cheeses from local farmers and artisan food producers.

As the Sustainable Emory website reports, "The farmers market offers a weekly gathering for the Emory community to support local Georgia farmers and to expand knowledge about healthy eating and sustainable production systems. Small Georgia farmers are can sell their products and it allows the community to establish a relationship with the people who grow their food, a component of a local, sustainable food system."

I can tell you from personal experience, from one cook to another, the antibiotic and hormone free, free range, pastured heritage turkey I ordered at the market from White Oak Pastures was sensational - plump, moist, and delicious. The turkeys are available by special order online for the December holidays and will be the tastiest centerpiece of the holiday table.

The Emory Farmers' Market will be open Tuesday, December 6 from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. After a school holiday closure, the market will reopen again on Tuesday, January 24, 2012.

According to the website, "Emory's sustainability vision sets an ambitious goal of 75 percent local or sustainably grown food in its hospitals and cafeterias by 2015."

Why not visit campus for lunch, connect with Emory friends and faculty, and enjoy the bounty from our local farms and food producers?

Finals Season: Eek!!

Thanksgiving was fantastic, but as every Emory student knows the holiday is a cheery reminder of the impending doom that is to come: Finals Week.

The weather is cold, dreary, and everyone is starting to look like zombies. Hordes of people camp out in the library, Cox, and Starbucks. Students catch power naps in random locations.

With all the looming projects, papers, presentations, and exams coming up, I feel like this semester just needs to end. However, with this semester closing, that means I’m only one semester away from entering the “real world” . . . and that’s slightly terrifying.
Where am I going to live? Who am I going to live with? I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve never lived alone. I have three other siblings; I’ve always had roommates throughout college, and living alone just sounds . . . lonely. Where am I going to get a job? Am I going to even get a job? The questions are endless, and my mind could race for hours without any answers.

As I approach this years’ final exam season, I just have to remember to take it one day at a time. Just tackle the classes I’m in now, and worry about the future a little later. :)

--Cindy Okereke 12C, EAA communications intern

Nose - In or Ticket!

We all know to display parking permits prominently or we’ll return to our cars to discover a dreaded yellow parking citation envelope on the dashboard. And anyone who has circled their assigned lot fruitlessly because violators have taken one of the allotted spaces will be relieved.

The Parking and Transportation Office has announced that they’re rolling out new scanner technology soon to automatically identify registered license plates.
But, there’s a catch. In order for the new recognition system to work, even properly permitted cars must be parked nose–in to spaces to avoid an envelope now! Because Georgia does not require cars to have a license plate on the front, the new regulation is to ensure that all plates are facing the same way for the new scanners to work correctly. If you failed your driver’s test the first time because you have no idea how to back into a space in the first place (guilty…) don’t worry! But everyone else should think twice when pulling in.

Also for all proper permit users, be sure to remember to register every car you drive-no more simply moving the hanging tag from car to car. Abusers beware!

For all of you alumni visiting the Emory campus, this new system will help ensure you'll have plenty of visitor parking spaces even at the Miller-Ward Alumni House. Stop by for a visit next time you're on campus!

--Liz Speyer 14C, EAA communications intern

B. Who?

We all know the B. Jones Center. Any freshman will tell you it’s the building you rush to when you lose your Emory card. Our seniors know it as the location of the Career Center, their second home. And parents will recognize the name as home of the office that fields their frantic financial aid inquiries.

But have you ever wondered who exactly B. Jones was? And why he was special enough to have one of the most important buildings on campus named after him?

It turns out the B. stands for Boisfeuillet. Boisfeuillet attended Emory College in 1934, and stayed here to earn his law degree three years later. In 1946 he came back to work as an assistant professor of political science, dean of administration and vice president of health services. So what job was important enough to finally lure him away from Emory? Turns out President John Kennedy needed him as his special assistant for health and medical affairs. Mr. Jones also stayed on to help President Lyndon Johnson after JFK died. This didn’t stop him from serving on the Emory Board of Trustees, however!

Emory is known world-wide for its accomplishments in medicine and health. Well, B. Jones was the first person to oversee Emory’s medical activities and institutions, and his vision for expanded clinical services and the establishment of dentistry, medicine, and nursing schools directly lead to the creation of The Emory Clinic in 1953.

In his free time he helped shape the legislation that became Medicare. And then he spent a great deal of energy in philanthropy. The Emily and Ernest Woodruff and the Robert W. Woodruff Foundations gave $105 million to Emory during his time as president of both. Imagine how much that would equal today! Sadly Boisfeuillet Jones died in July 2001. But that wasn’t the end of his connection to Emory.

In the words of Gary Hauk 91 PhD, “Generous even in death, he donated his body to the Emory University School of Medicine.”
--Liz Speyer 14C, EAA communications intern

EAA Playlist on YouTube

Did you know the Emory Alumni Association has its own playlist on Emory's YouTube channel? We do! And that's exactly where you'll find fantastic videos of interviews with alumni, and updates on Emory news of interest to alumni just like you. Check us out!

Emory University's channel shares student films, faculty interviews, event coverage and much, much more.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Alumni voices on iTunesU

You can read about Emory alumni in EmoryWire, Emory Magazine, on this blog, and in chapter newsletters. But where can you actually hear the storytellers' voices, listen to their tone, and truly understand the nuances in their meaning?

The alumni association has created an outlet for stories on iTunes U. Alumni interviews and EAA program recordings can be both seen and heard right here. You may also access the iTunes store on iTunes, simply search for Emory University, and look through tons of recordings and videos separated by category and collection. For videos specifically created by the EAA, click on "Alumni Association" under Featured Contributors.

Two years ago, when I first started working at the EAA as a sophomore, I interviewed Emory alumna and Atlanta poet Stacey Lynn Brown 92C and made a podcast of our chat.

Holed up in my supervisor's office (the most soundproof place we could find at the Miller-Ward Alumni House), I recorded our phone interview using an iPod and a mic I rented from the Cox Computing Center. Brown spoke to me via speakerphone. My methods were a bit primitive given how much technology now exists just two years later. Digital media recording techniques continue to advance, but Brown's words will always be poetry.

--Lindsey Bomnin 12C, EAA communications intern

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

App-lause for the Emory Magazine iPad app

App-lause, please! The FREE Emory Magazine iPad app is here!

Now our alumni will always have Emory at their fingertips. As the magazine describes this snappy app, you'll be able to "Experience the life-changing discoveries, remarkable alumni, and notable faculty and students of this acclaimed international research university—all wrapped in its central magazine and delivered to your iPad."

When I grow up . . .

When you were a student, did you often wonder who you could talk to about your intended career and find out the real scoop?

Of course, you were well-rehearsed in the career routine from your early days. Study and do your homework, take the career assessment test in grade school that determined if you should be a fireman or a lumberjack, ignore the skewed test results because you were making a pretty picture on the standardized answer form, listen to the moms and dads at the front of the class talk about their jobs, then shake up the Magic 8 Ball and reveal your future career. The process was quite simple – until you enrolled into college and stepped closer to the real world.

The real world is tough, especially in an economy that boasts record unemployment, unstable corporate security and collapsing industries. Want ads, headhunting firms and job networking sites can be misleading or confusing. But, it doesn’t have to be so tough for Emory’s up-and-coming future full-time workers.

As an alumnus, you are a valuable resource. You have power. You have the power to help change the life and future professional direction for a current student – simply by opening up and sharing your experience. By spending even a few minutes sharing what you know about your profession, you might well influence the course of their endeavors, and as a result, broaden the creative intelligence in your own field.

Become a career contact, for as little or as long as you like. All that’s involved is reading and responding to an occasional email from an interested Emory student or taking a phone call or meeting to discuss your career and answer questions. If you find the experience as rewarding as many of your peers do, you may wish to do more for Emory’s Alumni Career Services by volunteering your time for chapter events and other programming such as moderated panels.

Emory University is built on strength and camaraderie amongst its students and alumni. To become a career contact, simply visit the alumni directory and update your information. Step by step instructions and a link to the alumni directory are available here under the heading Be a Career Contact.

A Turkey Treat for Winslow 42C 44M

We thought this was a wonderful Emory tradition from the World War II era - run a race and win a turkey! Dr. Winslow 42C 44M was a runner with the men's cross country team. Though athletic records aren't tracked to the days when computers weren't yet a dream, we can tell you that Dr. Winslow was a member of Alpha Kappa Kappa Medical Fraternity and a member of the Beta Chi Chapter of Sigma Chi. He was a sophomore at the time of this photo from 1943 Campus.
And in case you have a hankering to race for your Thursday bird, visit Run Georgia for a complete listing of all Gobble Jogs and Turkey Trots in Emory's home state.
For more information about the Emory men's cross country team today, visit Emory Athletics.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Senior Semi part Deux!!

Senior semi was a blast! I ran into so many people I hadn't seen since roaming the halls of my freshman dorm, Harris. I ran into friends I haven't had a chance to catch up with in ages because our lives are so busy.

The DJ played all the classics from our Freshman days and even some from our high school and middle school days. Standing there on the dance floor surrounded by old friends and new friends, I realized these are some of our last class memories. I'm planning to make the most of them! #leggo

Girl power at Emory!

Hanging above the south entrance to the Cox Computing Center in Cox Hall is a sign that reads, "Center for Women" with an arrow pointing to a hallway. At the end of that corridor, a staircase and an elevator lead to the third floor where you can find the Center for Women.

The center's purpose is to "provide the best possible environment for women as students, scholars, and employees." Constantly working to find ethical solutions to gender issues affecting women on campus, the center provides women with various academic and social opportunities.

The Center for Women grew out of a need for a stronger female presence and greater resources for women on campus in response to two women who were raped in February of 1990. The President's Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) directly responded to these events by recommending the creation of a center for women at Emory, and two years later, the administration created the center.

Now, almost 20 years later, the Center for Women provides a graduate fellowship and supports academic scholarship related to women and gender, leadership development both professionally and personally, educational programs and resources, and ways to engage the Emory community with local and global gender issues.

Emory alumna have been involved in all things women throughout the Center for Women's history. Several alumna serve on the center's Advisory Council, including Laurie Speed-Dalton 96C 99L, who presented a professional development workshop last week entitled "1o Practical Tips for Salary Negotiation."

Alumni have also donated funds to the center--the major way in which alumni engage with the Center for Women, according to Assistant Director Sasha Smith. And they attend events sponsored by the Center for Women. In the past, the center has even partnered with the Atlanta Women of Emory chapter for several events.

If you'd like to learn more about the Center for Women at Emory, you can contact Smith at nasmit2@emory.edu or by phone, (404) 727 2001.

--Lindsey Bomnin 12C, EAA communications intern

Friday, November 18, 2011

Senior Semi!

Tonight is Senior Semi and I'm excited! This night takes me back to being a freshman and getting all dressed up for our first Semiformal experience at Emory. Except this time, there are fewer strangers in the crowd and more friendly faces.
Come reminisce and dance the night away in the Emory Conference center tonight at 10pm!

Senior Semi!

--Cindy Okereke, EAA communications assistant

November 30 Webinar for Over 50 Job Seekers

The economic downturn of the past few years has resulted in significant lay-offs and job loss, and those over 50 have been particularly hard-hit.
• What special challenges face the “over 50” job seeker?
• How can mature workers highlight their experience while minimizing their age?
• What services can recruiters provide, and what are the best ways to work with them?
• How can you best leverage social media?
• How should you translate experience from one industry to another?
• Have you become a “reluctant entrepreneur?” How do you continue to create business while pursuing other opportunities?
All alumni are welcome to join us for this special webinar with a panel of experts from around the country as we discuss these and other questions.

Meet our Panelists:

Roger W. Davidson, Sr.
Business Manager, Accounting & Finance Group, Avalon Synergy, Dallas, TX

Cydnee Dubrof
Managing Director, The Dubrof Group, Atlanta, GA

Amber Handman 95C
Legal Search Consultant, Seltzer Fontaine Beckwith, Los Angeles, CA

David Kirshenbaum 83C
Senior Vice President, Hilco Real Estate, Northbrook, IL
Adjunct Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, IL

Jessica Saltz 99C
Vice President, Talent Management, BNP Paribas, New York, NY

Jodie Charlop 82Ox 85C
Founder and Chief Coaching Officer, Potential Matters, Atlanta, GA
Executive Career Coach, Emory Alumni Association, Atlanta, GA

This program will take place November 30 from 7:00-8:15 pm ET / 4 :00-5:15 pm PT.

Click here to register via secure link.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Zipping around town

How do you get around Atlanta if you don't have a car?

There are the Cliff Shuttles, but they can only take you to Clairmont campus, to the Publix near campus or to Lenox on Saturdays.

There's MARTA, but its buses are not always reliable and its routes can be quite confusing.

How about Zipcar? Never heard of it? Well, the program is less than 10 years old on campus.

Zipcar is a car sharing service that provides 24-hour, seven-day-a-week car service in metro Atlanta with car availability right on Emory's campus. And it's open to everyone on campus as long as you're a registered member of Zipcar.

Here's how it works: sign up online for a monthly fee (only if you're 18 or older!), get approved, and reserve a car on any given day for a period of time that's available.

(My freshman year roommate was a Zipcar member, but I reaped the benefits of her passenger seat.)

Zipcars are good for running errands, going out to dinner, or short trips, like hitting up all those touristy spots in Atlanta.

And one of the best things about Zipcar is that you can fill up the tank with free fuel using the gas card located in each Zipcar.

If you're coming back to campus, alumni, all you need is to be a member of Zipcar and the service is yours to use.

--Lindsey Bomnin 12C, EAA communications intern

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

"Be Fully Present" Says Teresa Rivero 85Ox 87B 93PH

Last week, potential Emory students from surrounding middle and high schools were invited to attend a day-long workshop during the 12th Annual Latino Youth Leadership Conference on campus. About 500 teachers, students, and parents gather in the Woodruff P.E. Center for the opening remarks by several panel members before heading off to a series of workshops to learn about how to attain a higher education.

Among the panel members that spoke, Emory Alumni Board member Teresa Rivero 85Ox 87B 93PH addressed the crowd about the path that led her to Emory and how important it is to fight for a higher education. Rivero is originally from Miami, FL and currently works as the Senior Program Officer for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Rivero encouraged young scholars to see beyond their current scholastic situations. "It's just not about making it through. It's so important to finish high school and think about taking the next step. It's about taking the opportunities like you are today to participate and to meet people and to build on those experiences so you see a range of things for you. I took those opportunities, and I encourage you to be fully present."

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

"Follow Your Curiosities" Says Noorani 10C 11PH

EAAvesdropping is fortunate to catch up with Shamim Noorani 10C 11PH. We asked her about what led her to college and through the Haygood-Hopkins Memorial Gate for the very first time:
"On my first day of kindergarten my parents told me that I would be in school for a quarter of my life, but for the other three quarters I would be working. Hearing this at the age of five was mind-boggling. What I took away from the conversation was that I should enjoy my time in school and work towards a fulfilling career that would allow me to impact others in a positive way. Growing up I went through phases of career options including a teacher, a police officer, a doctor, a judge, and several other token Halloween costumes, but the constant that stayed true throughout each stage were the wise words of my parents and the desire to make an impact on others through the work I would do."

Did Noorani believe she made the right choice in Emory?
"Coming to Emory for my Bachelors and staying for my Masters was the first of many steps in the right direction. While at Emory I took advantage of the GERs and explored courses and fields that stimulated my mind and challenged by beliefs. Through the years I grew a passion for Public Health in the domestic and international spheres and pursued internships in the non-profit sector, explored unanswered questions through research, and worked to sharpen my analytical skills through courses in biostatistics and epidemiology.

Looking to graduation and beyond, she recalls:

"At the end of my five years I was still uncertain of what I wanted to do but a particular individual at Emory stood by my side and mentored me through the delicate stage of student to young professional while challenging me every step of the way: Paul Bredderman at the Career Center supported my numerous career paths and coached me through the applications and interviews and encouraged me to live up to my vision of success and explore new opportunities along the way. With his support I find myself in the healthcare arena serving as a consultant working alongside hospitals to make their procedures and processes more efficient with the ultimate goal of making the healthcare experience patients experience more enjoyable.

On looking back at her five years with Emory, she says:

"I took away much more than a degree; I walked out a young professional with an ambition to be true to the values of the Emory Community, a desire to make a difference in the lives of those around me, and a network that is vast in geography, expertise, and support.

Noorani's advice to current students:

"Take advantage of the numerous resources Emory has to offer from their world- renowned staff to the Emory Experience shuttles sponsored by RHA, connect with faculty members and learn about their research, and challenge yourself intellectually by following your curiosities."

Thank you for sharing, Shamim!

Soul-Stirring Soup Tasting at Miller-Ward

On a gray and rainy day in November (today, if you're guessing!), the folks in the Development and Alumni Relations group flocked to the Miller-Ward Alumni House to devour a few soul-stirring and belly-warming soups.

The perfect afternoon treats were served from simmering pots by cheerful volunteers. Generously donated by Emory Catering, the soups featured were Pumpkin Apple Soup, Corn Bisque with Red Bell Pepper and Rosemary, and Black Bean & Bacon Soup. An added bonus of the day were the recipe cards featuring much-loved family recipes of DAR staffers.

The day also marked the launch of the DAR food drive to benefit the Atlanta Food Bank. Participants were asked to bring canned goods to supplement the food bank's pantries. Non-perishable food donations will be accepted until December 19.

Monday, November 14, 2011

"Hire Great People" Says Governor Haslam 80C

"With forty-five thousand employees, there is no way, on a day-to-day basis, to run every department. Like any successful leader, I have to hire great people. I like that part, i like finding people who are willing to help make a difference," Haslam says. "The ability to change things and make a difference is far greater than I thought."

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam 80C

For more insight, read View from Rocky Top by Maria Lameiras, Emory Magazine, Summer 2011

To listen to this article, please download from iTunes U.

Friday, November 11, 2011

In Honor of Emory's Veterans

A moving flag-raising ceremony was conducted this morning to pay tribute to Emory's veterans and honor them for their service to our nation's military.

Participants in the third annual flag raising ceremony included Army and Marine Corps veterans and Emory ROTC cadets who wore service uniforms while raising the flag to pay tribute to Emory's and all of our nation's veterans. After the flag raising, Vice President and Deputy to the President Gary Hauk spoke about Emory's long history of support to the nation's military.

With functions on campus spanning two days, activities included a motivational address on leadership by General Arnold on Thursday followed by a symbolic 5K run in formation across the Emory campus.

The 3rd annual event was founded in part by U.S. Marine Corps Reservist Andrew West 93C, Center Administrator, Sr. for Emory's Atlanta Clinical & Translational Science Institute (ACTSI), and others at Emory University. As the effort has grown, the Veteran's Day recognition events are now organized by the Emory Veterans' Club and sponsored by a number of student and staff organizations including: the Employee Council, the Student Government Association, Graduate Sutdent Government Association, the Interfraternity Council and the Intersorority Council, Campus Services, Emory Political Union, Young Democrats, and College Republicans.

--Photos courtesy of Jack Kearse/Emory University

Two New Sculptures on the Quad and in Lullwater

Emory’s artist-in-residence, John Grade, is on campus for two weeks to design and build two new public sculptures centered around environmental issues.

Consistent with The Center for Creativity & the Art’s chosen theme of Water for this academic year, his project named Piedmont Divide aims to draw the public’s attention to water as a scarce natural resource through a temporary and non-invasive artistic intervention. Grade hopes to facilitate important conversations between science and art to bring environmental awareness to Emory and its surrounding communities.

Combined with Emory’s commitment to sustainability and strengths in science, health, social research and public health, the sculptures will visually and conceptually relate to Emory’s research on the West Nile Virus, and to world – wide water sustainability. The two – part sculptural installation aimed to link Lullwater to the Quadrangle will be composed solely of recycled and biodegradable materials, including over 20,000 re-purposed plastic water bottles.

Emory Visual Arts Gallery will transform in to a working studio during John Grade’s stay, and volunteers are needed every day through Sunday, November 19th to help assemble the two sculptures! Both Emory and Atlanta communities are encouraged to participate. Click here for more information and to register!

- Liz Speyer 14C, communications assistant, EAA

We open our hearts for Open Hand with Emory Cares

Each year, the EAA staff participates in Emory Cares by volunteering for a service project at a local Atlanta organization. Yesterday, the EAA assembled at Open Hand, a nonprofit organization that helps people prevent or better manage chronic disease through comprehensive nutrition care. Open Hand combines home-delivered meals and nutrition education for a diverse population of men, women, and children with unique nutrition needs. With the help of volunteers, Open Hand prepares and packages more than 4,500 meals each day and the EAA staff was fortunate to take part in this incredible process.

--Michael Parker, EAA

Changing a Life Forever

We use our hands for just about everything. Eating, communicating, driving, waving, and even hugging. Most of us take it for granted that we were blessed with two hands, and we barely give pause to think about what it would be like to function without one of them.

But Linda Lu understood this situation all too well. Before she even turned one year old, Kawasaki Disease forced the amputation of her left hand. For Lu, life growing up presented challenges none of us can truly comprehend - except, that is, for Dr. Linda Cendales 12G.

Dr. Cendales understood and answered the call to action when Linda Lu reached out to her. Months later, after coordinating University-wide efforts to make hand transplantation surgery a reality for Lu, Cendales led the multi-disciplinary team that would change Lu's life forever.

On Thursday, November 17, you'll have the chance to hear about this extraordinary turn of events. Dr. Linda Cendales will share her story with guests at Faculty Within Your Reach at Emory Hospital Midtown. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. with networking and refreshments and is followed by the 7:30 p.m. presentation. Advance tickets are preferred but not required.

To register in advance or receive more information, please click here.

Recent Faculty Within Your Reach programs have featured such noteworthy speakers as Dr. Patrick Allit and Dr. Deborah Lipstadt, Sir Salman Rushdie, Natasha Trethewey, and others.

The Wise Heart Seeks Knowledge at Miller-Ward Alumni House

Have you seen this gorgeous window at the Miller-Ward Alumni House? Stop by and visit us next time you’re on Houston Mill Road and we’ll give you the grand tour!

We’ll show you where you can pause and reflect on Emory’s motto cor prudentis possidebit scientiam. Or, in English, “the wise heart seeks knowledge.” What does it mean to you? Leave us a comment and let us know – we’d love to hear your thoughts.

If you’d like to learn more about your alumni house, contact Carey Smith-Marchi 09C or Missy Rodil. You are always welcome here in our home!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

"Be Mature to Handle Failure and Success" says Jonathan Krinn 90C

“As an Emory student in international studies, Jonathan Krinn 90C couldn’t anticipate that one day he’d become a sought-after strategic consultant in our nation’s capital. Now known for his keen ability to “run a tight ship,” Krinn first excelled as an innovative chef for more than eighteen years in New York City, France and Washington D.C.

“At Emory, I was surrounded by the best of the best,” Krinn recalls. “I was used to being with people who appreciated culture, quality and the finer things in life. With an Emory education, I knew I could own my own business someday.” He took that appreciation with him as he entered the food world professionally, rising through the ranks to become a restaurant owner. Inspired in part by his father, who is not only a doctor but is also an accomplished baker, Krinn says, “We’re a food family, so for me the career was a natural progression.”

The award-winning chef has made a name for himself, earning recognition by the prestigious James Beard Award Foundation for creative modern American cuisine at 2941 and Inox, his restaurants in the D.C. metro area. Opened during our country’s recession, despite rave reviews and national recognition, Krinn made the difficult decision to close his Inox venture after only a few short years.

Now he puts his considerable talents to use as a strategic consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton, helping government and commercial clients open new businesses and manage staff. “People know I’m an honest business owner, that I can exist in chaos, and that I can bridge that gap between creativity and business sensibility,” he explains. Krinn taps into the relationships he’s made in the restaurant industry throughout his career to make valuable career connections for his clients.

Reflecting on his time at Emory has allowed him to share advice with students and young professionals. “The most important thing you can learn is how to handle failure as well as success with an extreme level of maturity. What you don’t know at twenty-one is that life will always have ups and downs. No matter how well-intentioned you are, life changes when you least expect it,” he says. “It’s hard to understand when you’re young, but after you’ve failed, success is that much sweeter.”

Hand Transplantation Expert to Speak November 17

On Thursday, November 17, Emory's pioneering hand transplantation surgeon Dr. Linda Cendales 12G will address guests at the Faculty Within Your Reach program at Emory Midtown Hospital.

In her Emory Magazine article "My Left Hand," author Mary J. Loftus writes:

Cendales, the only surgeon in the US with formal training in both hand microsurgery and transplantation, says many potential transplant patients contact her directly. “Everyone has different circumstances, and every email is a personal email, so I individualize each email back,” she says. “It’s one of the great privileges I have.”

That privilege led Dr. Cendales to successfully transplant the left hand of Orlando college student Linda Lu in a groundbreaking surgery.

To listen to the complete Emory Magazine article, please visit Emory University iTunes U. Or, enjoy the audio slideshow with commentary from hand recipient Linda Lu.

Are you Ready to CARE with Emory November 12?

Emory Cares. Are you ready? These Emory folks in Miami, Chicago and Seoul were last year as they sported Emory garb while giving back and having fun!

Saturday, November 12 is the big day - the Emory Cares International Service Day. Community projects will unite Emory volunteers across the globe, and EAA staffers and volunteers have been busy shipping boxes of t-shirts to groups in nine countries and dozens of states across the country.

Doesn't it just make you proud to know that so many Emory students, faculty, staff and alumni are making a difference in the towns where they live and work?

Jody Strickler's 70C Critical Role-Playing Trains Doctors

In one week, Josephine “Jody” Strickler 70C might come down with a case of appendicitis, swollen lymph nodes, pneumonia or cystitis. But it’s not a problem, medically speaking. Strickler is a freelance professional actress (Actors’ Equity Association), and she works with young doctors and medical students at the Medical College of Virginia to teach patient interaction skills.

“This week, the med students will have exams,” she explains. “I’ll play someone with an ulcer, and they’ll get a grade for everything from the way they take blood pressure to the way they ask questions and deliver information.” For this critical role, she is rewarded. “I get to see the growth of these young doctors, and I always give them feedback from my seat. I tell them to close with next steps and give patients reassurance. It’s my chance to lobby for patient rights.”

Additionally, she acts on camera and supervises scripts on film shoots. With meticulous attention to detail, Strickler documents every component of script production for commercials. “I take very careful notes about shots, camera angles, takes, cuts, screen directions and dialogue.” She recalls working on a Coca-Cola commercial that involved three days of shooting for a 29-second commercial.

“To keep body and soul together I’ve put together a collection of odd jobs,” she says of the creative lifestyle she’s embraced since college. “I’ve used my craft in the corporate environment. I embody real employees and their characteristics and flaws in videotaped role-playing situations to help managers develop skills to deliver assessments and performance evaluations. I never break character, and I respond to the challenges and questions they present. It’s a 30-minute improvisation that adds real value to a business.”

With a childhood nickname of Sarah Bernhardt, this mom of two college-aged kids “used to tell everyone I wanted to be an actor,” Strickler says. At Emory, Strickler participated in the University’s glee club and studied history after taking a self-directed one-year abroad to Istanbul, Turkey. Now, her diversified talents have led her to a one-of-a-kind career.

When speaking to a local Girl Scout troop, she recalls, “I told the girls the truth. After college, I went out in life and asked, ‘What is out here for me?’ But questions get answered naturally, and opportunities present themselves like potholes in the road. Always stay open to new ideas.”

Turkey Day!! Senior Reflections

Turkey day is a family holiday, but this year marks the first year I won’t be going home for Thanksgiving. It dawned on me the other day that I won’t be baking brownies and cookies for my Mom. I won’t be watching football and the parade with my Dad. And, I won’t be eating the traditional plateful of stuffing my Mom sets aside especially for me.

Instead, this year, I will be learning to “grow up” and spend Thanksgiving with my Emory friends in their homes here in Georgia. I'll experience new traditions, and see how other families celebrate.

The real world doesn’t often let you go home for the holidays whenever you want. Often, as a doctor my Father is called away during holidays and that’s just a part of being a working member of society. So I figure, I might as well start practicing to be an adult now, right?

After all, we've got less than 200 days to graduation . . . and the real world!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

How do you celebrate "200 Days til Graduation"?

With the Senior Experience Committee's Biergarten! To celebrate this senior year milestone, the committee held an Oktoberfest-like celebration on McDonough Field, Thursday, October 27, complete with beer, food, and commemorative plastic beer steins.

I want to ride my "Emory Bike"

You've probably heard of Queen's famous "Bicycle Race" anthem, but if you graduated from Emory before 2007, you've probably never heard of Bike Emory, so here's your crash course.

Cyclists of the Emory community--or those just looking to get to or around campus a whole lot faster--can rent a bike for FREE right on campus through this on-campus service.

Sponsored by national partner Fuji Bikes and local partner Bicycle South in Decatur, GA, Bike Emory even provides on-campus bike repair twice a week at two Mobile Repair Center locations: in front of the Dobbs University Center and in front of the Student Athletic and Academic Center on the Clairmont Campus.

And if you'd like to own your very own two-wheeled thigh master, Bike Emory offers them with outrageous discounts.

It might be time to come back to Emory for that next degree, if only for the benefits of a free bicycle ride.

--Lindsey Bomnin 12C, EAA communications intern

Monday, November 7, 2011

Lights! Sony Studios! Emory Alumni Panel in Los Angeles!

Please welcome EAAvesdropping Guest Columnist Ron P. Bruno Jr. 96Ox 98B.

Dear EAA Community,
The Los Angeles Emory Alumni Entertainment Forum at Sony Studios in Culver City, CA, featured four successful Emory entertainment industry alums and was a smashing success! Alums and friends were red carpet VIPS as visiting hosts from the Emory Alumni Association and the EAA’s Alumni Career Services greeted them under the “Emory Alumni Entertainment Forum” marquee. On the famed New York Street on Sony Studio's backlot, recent graduates mingled with graduates from the 80s and 90s, while treated to hors d’oeuvres catered by Wolfgang Puck.
After networking, alums moved into the Rita Hayworth Dining Room – once the premiere gathering place for studio executives and movie stars. Ariane Fitch, assistant director of regional volunteer programs, kicked off the evening by sharing a bit about the EAA, the Los Angeles Emory Alumni Chapter and a bit about how the program came about. Carolyn Bregman, the EAA’s director of alumni career services, spoke of resources available at Career Services, the importance of networking and why the evening was so important. I personally shared a few words about the state of employment in California and the nation and stressed the need for young alums to be aggressive and strategic in their career search, as competition is fierce, not just among peers, but the entire workforce.

After a brief introduction of the four panelists, David Buckholtz 96B, vice president and divisional chief information officer for Sony Pictures Entertainment; Ellen Cohen 85L, vice president business affairs, Disney/ABC Cable Networks Group; Mark Goffman 90C, producer and director, and Alex Yarosh 98B, talent agent, The Gersh Agency, we jumped right into the program. Our esteemed panelists each revealed their career paths.

As Mark and Alex agreed, it wasn’t necessarily a straight line into their current career. As we delved deeper into the panelists’ personal experiences, it became clear these professionals all had one thing in common: they hustled and took risks.

Ellen remarked that if you want to succeed and stand out, “It takes a lot of hustle, 'sell,' networking, making contacts, getting the breaks, and convincing people that you are the one they want to hire.” In addition, “You have to network. Focus. If you know what you want, tell everyone. Find out the qualifications, have informational interviews, find out what the expectations are of the people interviewing you. Temp. Volunteer. Get as close to the job as possible. Be committed, driven.”

Following Ellen, David jumped in and advised, “So much is about showing up! You may find opportunities on location outside of Hollywood, even internationally.”
In the creative world of producing, directing and writing, Mark offered his advice, “People want to read great scripts. "Good" may not stand out.” Alex then shared his viewpoint, “You have to find the biggest, broadest form for demonstrating your talents. It's great if you can create your own content. In today's world, audiences watch content where they want to.” The slate of questions was equally weighted to career advice for young alums – where the opportunities are, how to make your mark – as well as thoughts on where the industry was going.

After the main program, we opened to Q&A, where great questions included how to improve your resume to stand out from the crowd and how to raise capital and financing from films through the investment banking community.
After the program, guests were treated to a VIP backlot tour of the studio, led by a studio docent. We thank everyone for coming, especially our panelists who shared time out of their busy schedules. The Los Angeles chapter plans to offer other industry forums, to be advertised through the chapter newsletter and social media, as well as at http://www.alumni.emory.edu/, where additional information about benefits, services and resources for alumni may be found.

--Ron P. Bruno Jr. 96Ox 98B

Be on the lookout for articles on upcoming Career Services programs!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

George Vernon Hudson's Brilliant Idea - for Tonight

Now why would a long-deceased New Zealand Entomologist and Sub Antarctic explorer’s idea be relevant to us here at Emory? Because George Vernon Hudson is credited with formally “inventing” Daylight Savings Time (DST) – or so says Wikipedia.

Most people attribute this invention to Benjamin Franklin, but in fact, Mr. Franklin’s repetition of the proverb “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise” furthered his association with our nation’s adoption of DST. To read his witty, observant and tongue-in-cheek letter about daylight to Parisians in 1784, see below, where the text is reprinted in its entirety.
Remember to set your clocks back one hour this Sunday morning at 2:00 a.m.
Yeah! An extra hour of sleep this weekend!
--Michelle Valigursky

Benjamin Franklin's Essay on Daylight Saving
Letter to the Editor of the Journal of Paris, 1784

To THE AUTHORS of The Journal of Paris 1784

You often entertain us with accounts of new discoveries. Permit me to communicate to the public, through your paper, one that has lately been made by myself, and which I conceive may be of great utility.

I was the other evening in a grand company, where the new lamp of Messrs. Quinquet and Lange was introduced, and much admired for its splendour; but a general inquiry was made, whether the oil it consumed was not in proportion to the light it afforded, in which case there would be no saving in the use of it. No one present could satisfy us in that point, which all agreed ought to be known, it being a very desirable thing to lessen, if possible, the expense of lighting our apartments, when every other article of family expense was so much augmented.

I was pleased to see this general concern for economy, for I love economy exceedingly.
I went home, and to bed, three or four hours after midnight, with my head full of the subject. An accidental sudden noise waked me about six in the morning, when I was surprised to find my room filled with light; and I imagined at first, that a number of those lamps had been brought into it; but, rubbing my eyes, I perceived the light came in at the windows. I got up and looked out to see what might be the occasion of it, when I saw the sun just rising above the horizon, from whence he poured his rays plentifully into my chamber, my domestic having negligently omitted, the preceding evening, to close the shutters.

I looked at my watch, which goes very well, and found that it was but six o'clock; and still thinking it something extraordinary that the sun should rise so early, I looked into the almanac, where I found it to be the hour given for his rising on that day. I looked forward, too, and found he was to rise still earlier every day till towards the end of June; and that at no time in the year he retarded his rising so long as till eight o'clock. Your readers, who with me have never seen any signs of sunshine before noon, and seldom regard the astronomical part of the almanac, will be as much astonished as I was, when they hear of his rising so early; and especially when I assure them, that he gives light as soon as he rises. I am convinced of this. I am certain of my fact. One cannot be more certain of any fact. I saw it with my own eyes. And, having repeated this observation the three following mornings, I found always precisely the same result.

Yet it so happens, that when I speak of this discovery to others, I can easily perceive by their countenances, though they forbear expressing it in words, that they do not quite believe me. One, indeed, who is a learned natural philosopher, has assured me that I must certainly be mistaken as to the circumstance of the light coming into my room; for it being well known, as he says, that there could be no light abroad at that hour, it follows that none could enter from without; and that of consequence, my windows being accidentally left open, instead of letting in the light, had only served to let out the darkness; and he used many ingenious arguments to show me how I might, by that means, have been deceived. I owned that he puzzled me a little, but he did not satisfy me; and the subsequent observations I made, as above mentioned, confirmed me in my first opinion.

This event has given rise in my mind to several serious and important reflections. I considered that, if I had not been awakened so early in the morning, I should have slept six hours longer by the light of the sun, and in exchange have lived six hours the following night by candle-light; and, the latter being a much more expensive light than the former, my love of economy induced me to muster up what little arithmetic I was master of, and to make some calculations, which I shall give you, after observing that utility is, in my opinion the test of value in matters of invention, and that a discovery which can be applied to no use, or is not good for something, is good for nothing.

I took for the basis of my calculation the supposition that there are one hundred thousand families in Paris, and that these families consume in the night half a pound of bougies, or candles, per hour. I think this is a moderate allowance, taking one family with another; for though I believe some consume less, I know that many consume a great deal more. Then estimating seven hours per day as the medium quantity between the time of the sun's rising and ours, he rising during the six following months from six to eight hours before noon, and there being seven hours of course per night in which we burn candles, the account will stand thus;--

In the six months between the 20th of March and the 20th of September, there are
Nights 183
Hours of each night in which we burn candles 7
Multiplication gives for the total number of hours 1,281
These 1,281 hours multiplied by 100,000, the number of inhabitants, give 128,100,000
One hundred twenty-eight millions and one hundred thousand hours, spent at Paris by candle-light, which, at half a pound of wax and tallow per hour, gives the weight of 64,050,000
Sixty-four millions and fifty thousand of pounds, which, estimating the whole at-the medium price of thirty sols the pound, makes the sum of ninety-six millions and seventy-five thousand livres tournois 96,075,000

An immense sum! that the city of Paris might save every year, by the economy of using sunshine instead of candles. If it should be said, that people are apt to be obstinately attached to old customs, and that it will be difficult to induce them to rise before noon, consequently my discovery can be of little use; I answer, Nil desperandum. I believe all who have common sense, as soon as they have learnt from this paper that it is daylight when the sun rises, will contrive to rise with him; and, to compel the rest, I would propose the following regulations; First. Let a tax be laid of a louis per window, on every window that is provided with shutters to keep out the light of the sun.

Second. Let the same salutary operation of police be made use of, to prevent our burning candles, that inclined us last winter to be more economical in burning wood; that is, let guards be placed in the shops of the wax and tallow chandlers, and no family be permitted to be supplied with more than one pound of candles per week.

Third. Let guards also be posted to stop all the coaches, &c. that would pass the streets after sunset, except those of physicians, surgeons, and midwives.

Fourth. Every morning, as soon as the sun rises, let all the bells in every church be set ringing; and if that is not sufficient?, let cannon be fired in every street, to wake the sluggards effectually, and make them open their eyes to see their true interest.

All the difficulty will be in the first two or three days; after which the reformation will be as natural and easy as the present irregularity; for, ce n'est que le premier pas qui coƻte. Oblige a man to rise at four in the morning, and it is more than probable he will go willingly to bed at eight in the evening; and, having had eight hours sleep, he will rise more willingly at four in the morning following. But this sum of ninety-six millions and seventy-five thousand livres is not the whole of what may be saved by my economical project. You may observe, that I have calculated upon only one half of the year, and much may be saved in the other, though the days are shorter. Besides, the immense stock of wax and tallow left unconsumed during the summer, will probably make candles much cheaper for the ensuing winter, and continue them cheaper as long as the proposed reformation shall be supported.

For the great benefit of this discovery, thus freely communicated and bestowed by me on the public, I demand neither place, pension, exclusive privilege, nor any other reward whatever. I expect only to have the honour of it. And yet I know there are little, envious minds, who will, as usual, deny me this and say, that my invention was known to the ancients, and perhaps they may bring passages out of the old books in proof of it. I will not dispute with these people, that the ancients knew not the sun would rise at certain hours; they possibly had, as we have, almanacs that predicted it; but it does not follow thence, that they knew he gave light as soon as he rose. This is what I claim as my discovery. If the ancients knew it, it might have been long since forgotten; for it certainly was unknown to the moderns, at least to the Parisians, which to prove, I need use but one plain simple argument. They are as well instructed judicious, and prudent a people as exist anywhere in the world all professing, like myself, to be lovers of economy; and,from the many heavy taxes required from them by the necessitities of the state, have surely an abundant reason to be economical. I say it is impossible that so sensible a people, under such circumstances, should have lived so long by the smoky, unwholesome, and enormously expensive light of candles, if they had really known, that they might have had as much pure light of the sun for nothing. I am, &c.

Source: The Ingenious Dr. Franklin. Selected Scientific Letters. Edited by Nathan G. Goodman. University of Pennsylvania Press. 1931. Pages 17-22

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Emory Cares: Seattle Alumni Gearing Up for Glitter

Teams of volunteers are pulling together to support Emory Cares projects all over the world. In Seattle, Washington, last year's enthusiastic volunteers did major landscape clean-up at regional parks.

This year, even more Emory grads and volunteers are ready and willing to help on November 12, Emory Cares International Service Day, at the infinitely popular Goodwill Glitter Sale.

As Emory Cares Coordinator Kate Gregory says of the program, "Emory's local volunteers gained ground last year, but this year, the Emory Cares program in Seattle was one of the first to fill. That show of spirit is so inspirational! In fact, we expanded the local project to accommodate even more volunteers."

To learn more about this and other Emory Cares projects around the world, please visit the alumni.emory.edu/emorycares.

The Final Registration

Class registration is a time to start fresh. Conveniently, it arrives mid-semester when you’ve realized you hate every class you’re taking at the moment, and you just can’t take another lecture, discussion, paper, project or exam.

Second semester senior registration is an underrated occasion. You choose the final academic memories of your Emory Career. This usually means you’ve saved your “dream” classes until this final semester out of interest, fun, ease, and overall joy it will bring you.

For me, this meant saving my final poetry workshop to enjoy on lovely spring afternoons. This meant finally taking a class in the classics department to satisfy my love of the ancients. This meant finally taking a theatre class so I can get over my public performance anxiety.

When all was said and done, it’s bittersweet to pick my last classes, but pretty baller all the same. Seniors 2012!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

26 Hours Remain for 100 Senior Honorary Nominations!

We are now accepting nominations for the newest group of 100 Senior Honoraries from the Class of 2012 - but nominations close at midnight November 3.

The 100 Senior Honorary is an award and designation presented by the Emory Alumni Association (EAA) and the Student Alumni Board (SAB). The honor is given to the 100 most outstanding seniors in the undergraduate schools. Graduates of Oxford, Emory College, Goizueta Business School, and the School of Nursing are represented in the 100 Senior Honorary.

Any undergraduate senior in good standing who is set to graduate from the College, Business, or Nursing School in Fall of 2011 or Spring of 2012 is eligible to be nominated. Any Emory student, Emory Alumni, Emory faculty member, or Emory staff member may nominate as many different seniors as they like.

Click here for the nomination form, more information and to view honoree lists from past years.

Nominations close on Thursday, November 3, 2011.

Student-to-Alumni Reflection on 100 Senior Honorary

Please help us welcome guest columnist Arjun Seth 11C! He shares his experience with the 100 Senior Honorary. Nominations for this year's group close at midnight tomorrow, November 3.

As I sat at the 100 Senior Honorary ceremony this past February, I listened to Allison Dykes, the Vice President for Alumni Relations, speak about the transition from student to alumni. Up until that point, I had been in a state of denial about my imminent graduation and the future: I had no job in hand, and still had papers and exams to complete. I did not think I could take on a new challenge—learning how to be a good alum—when I had more pressing matters to attend to.

The 100 Senior Honorary, however, helped me to work though this challenge gradually during my final semester. It allowed me to understand the role of the alum by hearing the experiences of the alumni who had previously been inducted into the 100 Senior Honorary. These alumni had been incredible leaders in their class, contributing significantly to the Emory community and leaving a meaningful legacy for students.

What struck me was how these alumni continued to serve Emory well after they had graduated—they were interviewing applicants for admissions, participating at Evening with Emory programs around the country, and organizing events for alumni and friends in their area. They kept both themselves and their friends connected to Emory, expanding their personal friendships and their relationship to our alma mater. I was beginning to learn what a good alum does.

The 100 members of the Senior Honorary for the Class of 2011 have kept me connected to Emory, and represent a portion of what we accomplished as a class and the promise of what we can accomplish in the future. They were nominated and selected for the impact they had on members of my class, and deserved the recognition they received.

Each year, you have the opportunity to nominate those people in the senior class who you believe are deserving of this award—they can include seniors who have mentored you, shown you how to navigate Emory, assisted you in starting up a club, or helped you through adversity. Nominate those who you believe are outstanding, who have defined your Emory experience, and who you believe have led and will continue to lead your class. Their impact on you as well as the Emory community merits recognition and should be celebrated.

Crossing Generations

Last Wednesday afternoon I sat nervously chatting with four other journalism majors, each of us squirming in our blazers and jumping with every creak of the door. We were over an hour early. When Pulitzer Prize- winning authors Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein finally walked in, a hush fell across the lecture hall. My heart raced uncontrollably. In only a few minutes, I would directly address the legendary reporters. But I didn’t have to wait until my question. After climbing down the stairs both reporters stopped at our table of student panelists and shook our hands after asking our names. Bernstein even asked the girl next to me to repeat hers, and later he interrupted a student already sentence in to a question, saying “Wait, tell us who you are!” To my surprise, they were curious about us, too.

A week earlier, the five of us student panelists freaked out, for lack of a better word, the closer their arrival came. We created an email conference on Learnlink called “Deepthroat” to organize our nervous energies, and used the space to agonize. What should we buy as a token of gratitude? How should we word the card? Who was going to check that the waters were both cold and Coke products? But when the afternoon program actually started, all the fussing over details completely faded. And true to their profession, the only thing that mattered was the words these two amazing men imparted to us for nearly an hour.

After applause and second handshakes, Woodward and Bernstein left the building the way they came. When a reporter from the Wheel tapped my shoulder for comment a second later, I managed only to stammer, “Did that really just happen? I can’t believe it. Woodward and Bernstein just shook my hand, twice. It’s still shaking.” My adrenaline level was right back at square one. Except this time, the shaking was from pure joy.

The two outlined an adventure of stumbling across first journalism, and then later as one lead on Watergate preceded another. Their instinct and drive complemented their willingness to take unconventional and creative routes in search of the truth (such as conducting a majority of their reporting at night). This combination of strengths created a burning passion to which they credit their successes.
What I love about Emory is that it brings the intangible names of figureheads and their unimaginable accomplishments to us, but in a way that makes these heroes accessible and extremely relatable.

After my first two months of college, Margaret Atwood looked me straight in the eye and told me to go home, put my pen to paper, and just start writing anything and everything as every story must begin somewhere. Jimmy Carter assured me that no question was irrelevant when he answered someone’s inquiry of “boxers or briefs?”, with a straight face. Alice Walker and Richard Gere sat 200 feet in front of me next to the Dalai Lama and taught me the importance of laughing and dreaming. And Wolf Blitzer prodded me to cross boundaries in assumptions about humankind as a whole.

Last week Woodward and Bernstein illustrated to us the strength and importance of sincere passion. When they described what they loved about their craft, the immediacy of the newsroom, the thrill of truth, and the spontaneity of challenge, I realized they had perfectly articulated the passion I had already found.

That afternoon I heard from two reporters who accomplished unprecedented and amazing results when they were just two young people with an opportunity and a dream. They commended us dreaming, and told us if we thrive on opportunity, we will be next. I will never forget that moment, because I believed them.

--Liz Speyer 14C, EAA communications assistant

--Photos courtesy of Ann Borden, Emory Photo/Video executive director

"Pure, Unbridled Joy" -- Emory Magazine

"There seems to be this perception that I don't care about health, or that somehow if Man vs. Food didn't exist, neither would hunger," he says. "But I hope people will see it like I do, an expression of pure, unbridled joy and pleasure in taste, flavor, and fun."

Adam Richman 96C

For more insight, read Soul Food by Paige Parvin 96G, Emory Magazine, Summer 2011.

To listen to this article, please download from iTunes U.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Emory Cares for HouseProud Atlanta

It's true - Emory cares . . . seriously cares. In just two weeks on November 12, service projects will be happening all over the globe in 40 cities, nine countries and on five continents. Here in Atlanta, Dana Robinson 03PH is taking a hands-on approach by coordinating Emory University's efforts for HouseProud Atlanta Inc. on the 2011 Emory Cares International Service Day.

"This is my first time participating in Emory Cares," says Robinson. "Participation in the International Service Day is not only an opportunity to show solidarity as an Emory alum, but also an opportunity to give back to the community, serve a greater cause and assist those who are less fortunate than us."

According to the organization's website, HouseProud "provides no-cost repairs to low-income senior and /or disabled homeowners living in ten downtown Atlanta neighborhoods. The primary goal of HouseProud is to keep homeowners warm, safe and dry in their existing homes."

Robinson urges people to participate in their own communities. "Overall, encouraging alums and staff to participate was never a daunting task because many of those I contacted are passionate about Emory, understand the importance of community service and want to support me in my role as project coordinator." After being appointed project coordinator in September, Robinson recruited colleagues and fellow alumni to save the date for the event "The best thing about my role as project coodinator is that I get to share my passion for volunteerism with fellow alumni, students and friends, as well as foster a relatioinship with the outstanding organization HouseProud Atlanta."

We support you, too, Dana! To find out more about Emory Cares and projects in your area, please visit Emory Cares.