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December 2012 Division of Campus Life at Emory University

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table of contents Message from Ajay Nair, Senior Vice President and Dean of Campus Life Dear Colleagues, As you know, assessment is a major strength of the Division of Campus Life. The final assessment reports completed in July revealed the common theme of academic engagement. Last month, with the support of Dean Robin Forman, I asked Andy Wilson, Director of Residence Life, and Michael Elliott, Senior Associate Dean of Faculty in the Emory College of Arts and Sciences, to co-chair a task force that will review academic engagement in our residential education program and make recommendations to strengthen that intersection. We will have a series of discussions in the Division of Campus Life staff meetings to highlight the work of the committee. In future years, the academic engagement committee will focus on leadership education and service learning, health and wellness, and multicultural education. In the next five years, chairs from both Campus Life and the faculty along with task force members will rotate in order to have content experts for various areas. I am grateful to Andy Wilson and Michael Elliott for taking on this tremendous task, and I ask you to support their work. Happy Holidays! Best wishes, Ajay MISSION STATEMENT The Division of Campus Life strengthens and enhances the Emory community through our programs, activities, services, and facilities. We create a welcoming and supportive campus environment and are committed to modeling and teaching holistic well-being, ethical leadership, community service, and global citizenship.

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SPOTLIGHT ON CAMPUS LIFE STAFF Lauren (LB) Bernstein, Coordinator of the Respect Program in the Office of Health Promotion, was quoted by the Chronicle of Higher Education in an article about the media attention being paid to policies and processes related to sexual assault at other institutions of higher education. Bernstein commented that the pursuit of changing a campus's culture can’t be led solely by administrators. “We need to be working in tandem,” she says, “with students at the center.”

Congratulations to James Francois, Director of the Office of Multicultural Programs and Services, for the newest addition to his family, Aurielle Gizelle Francois. Aurielle was born Friday, Nov. 16 at 12:57 am. Mother, daughter, and father are doing well! Caleb Peng, (‘13C) an intern at the Office of Health Promotion, has produced two videos about sexual violence that have had over 15,000 views, and he received a call from the White House Council on Women! View the videos at:

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Student Health and Counseling Services Welcomes New Clinical Dietitian

Patti Garrett

Patti Garrett, MS, RD, LD is a Registered Dietitian who has lived in the Atlanta area since 2000. She currently serves as a Preceptor in the Nutrition and Dietetics Program at Georgia State University and provides nutrition education and nutrition counseling at the Counseling and Testing Center at GSU. She received her undergraduate degree from Texas Christian University and a Master’s Degree in Nutrition from the University of TN (Knoxville). Previously, she served as the Dietetics Program Director at the University of TN at Chattanooga and has provided nutrition counseling in private practice in Chattanooga and Atlanta. Patti will serve as a Clinical Dietitian with special interest areas to include environmental nutrition concerns, sustainable food systems, and disordered eating. Patti also serves as a City Commissioner in the City of Decatur.

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April Flint has been named Assistant Athletic Director for Recreation and Play Emory Play Emory is a new recreation program launching fall 2013. The program will ultimately replace the current Department of Health and Physical Education program within Emory College of Arts & Sciences and the Fitness Emory program within Emory Athletics & Recreation. Flint joins Emory from Clemson University where she served as Director of Intramural Sports and Fike Day Camp. Prior to her tenure at Clemson, Flint worked at Georgia Tech in various capacities related to sports, recreation, and camps.

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"The Play Emory program is a novel approach to physical education and an exciting collaboration between the College and Campus Life," said Joanne Brzinski, Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education. "In addition to instruction in exercise or a sport, students learn to incorporate physical activity into their busy lives and discover recreation options they can sustain – an approach we hope leads to a lifelong habit of physical activity." The implementation of Play Emory follows a year-long external review and recommendations from consultant Brailsford & Dunlavey on how to deliver health and wellness through physical activity across the University in a more consistent, efficient, and financially sustainable manner.

Play Emory is currently in the pilot stage this fall. Access to Play Emory for graduate students, faculty, and staff will follow at a later date after its implementation for students.

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SPOTLIGHT ON CAMPUS LIFE STAFF Georgia Learns Learning Technology Summit On November 27, Barkley Forum staff Melissa Wade, Ed Lee, James Roland, and John Turner participated in the Learning Technology Summit of Georgia Learns, an organization which has developed an economic development platform that “continuously engages top Executives from Georgia based organizations that are involved in Nonprofits, Learning Technology, Technology, Investment, Academia and Consulting. The Platform identifies and funds projects focused on establishing Georgia as the global leader in the effective use of technologies in support of learning across all spectrums. The projects earn investments from a wide range of sources including the Teacher Retirement Fund. These projects are self-sustaining and produce an ongoing stream of visible results measured in jobs and economic benefits for those that participate.� The goal of the event was to bring local, national, and global visibility to Georgia-based organizations that are having worldwide impact with innovations in learning and performance. Over 100 corporate technology, venture capital, workforce learning, and non-profit professionals attended the event. The six themes of the summit were: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Innovation in learning Technology in support of performance Collaboration as an accelerator of innovation in learning and performance Debate as an innovation in learning Technology as an accelerator of the success in overcoming family obesity Closing the Gap between Learning and Performance

Melissa Wade was a featured speaker for all Summit participants, which was followed by four breakout sessions (led by Ed Lee and James Roland) on debate as a decision-making and workforce learning tool and was attended by more than 70 participants. The Glenn Pelham Foundation for Debate Education promoted Debate Across The Enterprise, a professional consulting initiative for the benefit of Barkley Forum community outreach programs, at the event. Georgia Learns President Paul Terlmezian and Melissa Wade promoted the event on Atlanta Business Radio X prior to the Summit.

Michelle Wu, Assistant Director of Conferences, received a scholarship to attend the ACCED-I (Association of Collegiate Conferences and Events Directors) national convention in Toronto. page 5

The Campus Life Staff Enrichment Committee celebrates our Campus Life December Birthdays!!! Ian Bonner—Counseling Center Catherine Boyd—Residence Life Bianca Copello—Student Health Services Sherry Ebrahimi—Residence Life Frank Gaertner—Residence Life Carol Kelly—Student Health Eric Stafford—Residence Life Gertrude Thompson—Student Health Roland Witter—Central Campus Life


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The Staff Enrichment Committee would like to thank all Division staff who came out to our very first Campus Life Coffee Break held on November 16. With more than 50 DCL staff attending, the event was a huge success! Mark your calendars for the next Campus Life Coffee Break… Friday, January 18, 2013 2:30—3:30 p.m. DUC 338 Remember...Campus Life Coffee Breaks are eligible for points toward the Campus Life Volunteer Rewards Program. We look forward to hosting you again soon!

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Campus Life Staff Enrichment Committee Upcoming events

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The Pre-Law Advising Office and Emory’s Law School co-sponsored the annual Emory Night at Emory Law dinner for Emory’s pre-law undergraduate students on November 27. More than 60 students enjoyed an evening at Emory Law, including hearing about the application review process and a talk by Emory Law’s Dean, Robert Schapiro. Students also heard from current Emory Law “Double Eagles” (students who attended Emory undergrad and Emory Law) about life as a law student. The Career Center participated in a “Western” themed luncheon with Enrollment Services on November 15. Lunch was served in two different locations within the B. Jones Center. Over 100 people participated from various departments in Enrollment Services. We had a great time!

Presidential Debate Commentary Impact University Communications and Health Sciences Communications compile monthly snapshots of combined media activity for Emory to “track both the scope of our media coverage and effectiveness of our efforts in promoting Emory’s strategic messages and goals.” Presidential Debate commentary by Barkley Forum professional staff (NBC Nightly News, CNN, NPR, Wall Street Journal, etc.), and the Debate Watch program with Emory students resulted in a “media dashboard” which produced the following: Volume of Clips: 256 Circulation (print): 2.8M Ad Value: $484,224 Special thanks to all the Campus Life and University groups who supported Debate Watch! Intercollegiate Debate October national rankings featured the Emory team of Matthew Pesce and Jason Sigalos in 4th place. November rankings are released in December. Pesce and Sigalos and the team of Megan Cambre and Julia Marshall qualified for the last national tournament of the year at Wake Forest and finished in a tie for 16th after a rough set of elimination round draws. Former Emory national debate champion and coach and current Director of Debate at Northwestern University, Dan Fitzmier, Emory '98C, received the Ross K. Smith Coach of the Year Award, a prestigious 45-year old award which has been previously won by three Emory coaches. Dan is the first Emory alumni to receive the honor.

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UNITY MONTH NOVEMBER 2012 The Office of Multicultural Programs and Services (OMPS) kicked off the annual Unity Month celebration with a Dialogue with Provost Earl Lewis on November 5. This was his last talk as Provost at Emory which made it an even more special event. The audience heard concepts and background information on his book, In Their Own Interests: Race, Class and Power in TwentiethCentury Norfolk, Virginia, and engaged in a stimulating dialogue about diversity and the future of higher education.

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The next event was a successful set up at Wonderful Wednesday in Asbury Circle. Despite the rain, the Unity Month Planning Committee was able to reach many at the weekly event. Students came up with words which represented unity to them and then had them translated by participating cultural clubs, including the Italian Club and the Korean Undergraduate Student Association. Many of these students also walked away with a voucher for a free Unity Month T-shirt! Pictures from this event will be featured in the DUC Gallery until the end of November. Dominique Davis Best Individual Fashion Trashion Fashion Show

Friday afternoon there was a fantastic turnout at the International Coffee Hour where international and domestic students enjoyed cuisine from Subway and service by student and staff volunteers, courtesy of OMPS. A panel of Emory staff and international students gave tips on getting connected at Emory and shared many of their own experiences and ways of dealing with acclimating to the US and to Emory culture. That evening the annual Trashion Fashion Show and Benefit for the Women’s and Children’s Shelter hosted by Fashion Forward produced some eclectic fashion made from anything including newspaper, coffee filters, pot pie pans, and colorful industrial-sized trash bags. The event featured student performances to augment the highly anticipated and unique fashions in Winship Ballroom which was transformed into a sizzling runway. Ngambika won first place for best group fashion, and Dominique Davis won best individual fashion. She also won last year’s show representing Black Student Alliance and stunned all in her latest creation.

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Saturday was Emory Cares Day, a campus-wide day of volunteering. Multicultural Outreach and Resources at Emory (MORE), the OMPS peer mentoring program, participated in the Global Growers site project. The students dug water lines to facilitate clean water for use in the gardens. Kicking off the second week of Unity Month was Multicultural Monday at the DUC. Cultural recipes supplied by students and Emory community members were served at both lunch and dinner. These tasty meals were such a hit that Multicultural Mondays will be making an appearance once a month starting spring semester. Tuesday the Center for International Programs Abroad (CIPA) hosted a fun Trivia Night. Thanks to CIPA’s Passport Day on Wednesday, students and staff were able to conveniently apply for or renew passports. After a Trivia Night, Summer Programs Fair and Passport Day, students were ready to go global!

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Thanks to everyone who competed in or attended Emory Pride’s Annual Drag Show on November 2! This was Emory Pride’s best attended drag show yet, and through ticket sales and donations, they raised over $400 for the Emory Student Hardship Fund and over $600 for the DeKalb Rape Crisis Center. This year’s student organization winners were the Women’s Rugby Team (1st prize) and OUTLaw (2nd prize). The Dean of Students team narrowly edged out Residence Life to maintain the Drag Cup for a second year and raised over $600 for Office of LGBT Life initiatives. Stay tuned for an official video of highlights from the night!

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Finally, Unity Month wrapped up with the first annual Poetry Slam Summit. This event was packed with incredible poetic performances consisting of three inspiring events that served to bring together members of Emory’s poetic community while creating a greater awareness of creative artists on campus. About 200 people attended beginning with a poetry and rap performance in Harland Cinema on November 5 where Emory’s own talented students Elliott Levy, Nabila (Lovelace) Madubuko, Ruben Diaz, Dan Weingarten, and Timothy (DJ) Walden (who conceptualized and produced the summit), were featured. Two members of HumUni , both acclaimed poets and rappers, were the feature performers They did not disappoint! Both enthralled students with spoken word, poetic verse, metaphors and symbolism. Ishmael Islam (Ish) is the 2011-2012 New York Youth Poet Laureate and recent author of his first published work called "Meet at Greene" and Mokgethi Thinane (Mega) is an acclaimed national poet and regionally recognized DJ.

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Thirty students also participated in a poetry workshop in DUC Down Under hosted by Mega and Ish. The Slam Party was then MC’d and DJ’d by this HumUni duo in Cox Ballroom.

Emory Dining’s 4th Annual Heritage Harvest Feast November 14.

The Office of Multicultural Programs and Services was pleased at the great turnout at all the Unity Month events. We hope the Emory community gained a new perspective on the term unity. A special thanks to DeLa Sweeney, Assistant Program Coordinator (and the most recent addition to the OMPS staff ), who oversaw this year’s Unity Month programming along with the entire Unity Month Planning Committee for putting on an amazing program!

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2012-2013 Orientation Captains Announced

On November 10, Volunteer Emory and the Emory Alumni Association celebrated the success of the 10th annual Emory Cares International Service Day. The 2012 event was the largest day of service in Volunteer Emory’s 32-year history, engaging more than 1,800 students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the University in community service initiatives around the world.

The Office of Student Leadership & Service (OSLS) is proud to announce that the 20122013 Orientation Captains have been selected. This group of eight students will work all year to provide a seamless transition for the newest Emory class of 2017. Additionally, this group will coordinate Orientation Leader recruitment, selection, and training. This year’s Orientation Captains are:

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This year’s international day of service broke previous records, involving 1,800 volunteers in 76 projects in 35 cities in five countries around the world. The 2011 day of service engaged approximately 1,500 volunteers in 76 projects in 27 cities in four countries. Volunteer projects ranged from community garden and park clean-ups to packing and distributing food and medical supplies for homeless and international populations. Emory Cares International Service Day Founder, Renelda Mack, returned to Emory’s campus to deliver the opening ceremony keynote remarks. Mack articulated her joy in seeing the event in its 10th year, having grown and evolved into Emory’s most visible demonstration of its long-standing commitment to community and civic engagement. Senior Vice President for Campus Life Dr. Ajay Nair and Vice President for Alumni Relations Allison Dykes also spoke at the ceremony, highlighting the idea that a commitment to service is developed at Emory and should extend into post-collegiate life as proud alumni of the institution.

Claire Bailey David Dvorak Meredith Green Meena Iyer Ye Ji Kim Sarah Mosby Christopher Ryan Misha Sharp

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Emory Cares Day 10th Emory Cares International Service Day Largest in History!

Please offer your congratulations if you see these students around campus. Another special thank you to the 2011-2012 Orientation Captains for all of their excellent work this year.

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The 11th annual Emory Cares International Service Day will take place on November 8, 2013, in cities and countries across the globe. To learn more about Emory Cares Day and other Volunteer Emory initiatives, please visit or contact the Assistant Director for Community Engagement Mark Anthony Torrez at

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Emerging Leaders Experience

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The Office of Student Leadership and Service would like to congratulate the Fall 2012 graduates of the Emerging Leader Experience (ELE). Participants worked diligently throughout the semester to delve into the question, “What is leadership?� After a variety of challenging and motivating experiences, participants are now able to add time management, ethical leadership, values, diversity and inclusion, leadership styles, and why involvement matters to their personal leadership toolkit. Participants left the ELE program with an increased understanding of University resources and how to work together as a team to accomplish goals or develop programs that help the Emory community and the Atlanta community. During the commencement ceremony, participants shared the learning that took place over the course of the semester, highlighted the successes (or failures) of their service projects, and shared their goals for the remainder of their time at Emory. Some of the agencies benefiting from the service projects included the Jones Boys and Girls Club, BetterBooks, Camp Kesem, community gardens at Emory, and the Israel Guide Dog Center for The Blind. Many of the participants have already found community in various organizations and are actively taking leadership roles. The Office of Student Leadership and Service is excited to see the ongoing engagement of the ELE participants and is confident that they will follow in the footsteps of past members who have gone on to such things as serving as the president of SGA, serving on the executive board of College Council, and leading large philanthropic efforts. The registration for the Spring cohort is now available. Registration is accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. ELE is open to all first-year students on the Atlanta campus. To apply please visit: .

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For any questions about the Emerging Leader Experience, please contact Natasha Hopkins at:

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Freshman Semiformal -- The annual Freshman Semi-Formal took place on November 17 at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. The event is the largest Freshman only social event held every year and was once again a success. Prior to the event, every Freshman Residence Hall featured programs for residents to participate in such as staged photo shoots or “mocktails.” At the event, students were able to enjoy a catered buffet with the ever-popular dessert bar, then dance the night away. This was the first year that a lighting company was used to liven up the dance floor, and it was met with approval by students and staff. As the night drew to a close, residents were treated with such programs as midnight pancakes or ice cream socials in all Freshman Residence Halls.

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Sweat for Swag! As the students head into finals, and we encourage them to take care of their mental and physical health, we shouldn’t forget about our own mental and physical health! Residence Life staff took part in a mini inter-office competition for the IronSAAC competition. In teams of two, we competed to complete all the components of an Ironman triathlon. Big thanks to our cheerleader Countess for setting up the competition, and to the SAAC staff (Timber, Mark, and Diana) for bringing the competition to fruition for the entire campus. While we’d like to say we’re not all competitive, and we are all winners (in taking care of our own physical health), we did have first, second, and third place finishers in last month’s competition. 1st – Team Zeke & Michelle; 2nd (tie!) – Team Countess & Sherry and Judith & Tina, and 3rd – Team Andrea & Mary. Around the Halls –Finals are right around the corner, and we’ve got many things planned to help students with relieving stress and taking study breaks! On December 11 from 8-9 pm, join us for Cookies, Coffee, and Care in Harris, Alabama, and McTyeire Halls. Administrators will be visiting residents in these buildings the evening before finals to bring them some cookies, coffee, and care. Thanks to the following administrators who have already signed up: Ryan Roche, Andy Wilson, Andrea Trinklein, Ajay Nair, Bridget Riordan, Jason Breyan, Robin Forman, and Megan Janasiewicz. If you are interested in being involved, please contact Ambra Yarborough at 404.727.5870. For the first week of finals, Second Year at Emory (SYE) is piloting The Eight Milestones of Finals. From December 10 through December 15, SYE will be offering programs that not only provide sophomores a chance to refuel and de-stress, but also raise awareness of the learning outcomes in SYE. Offerings throughout the week take classic study break elements (like free food or easy crafts) and add SYE Milestones to the mix. Monday’s New Year’s Resolution Post Secret challenges residents to decorate postcards that describe an interesting extracurricular (milestone 4) or other experience outside of the classroom to build upon coursework (milestone 6). Students can also earn a bonus SYE point for using the Career Center’s Resume Critique Service at any point in the week. For more information about SYE Milestones:

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Clairmont Campus will be hosting the Twelve Days of Finals again this year. For the twelve days leading up to finals, residents of Clairmont Campus will have opportunities to de-stress and take a break with the CC staff! Stop by for any of the events.

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1 – Last Lecture with Dr. Tracy Scott (Sociology) in a packed Longstreet-Means lounge…be on the lookout for a spring installation of Last Lecture! 2 – ResLife staffers who participated in the IronSAAC Challenge 3 – Annual Residence Life Thanksgiving Potluck; sharing what we are thankful for this year. 4 – Freshman Semiformal at Fernbank… dancing with dinos AND holiday décor! 5 – Few and Evans residents participate in Emory Cares Day at Kittredge Park 6 – Have you seen the new bridge behind the DUC, connecting the DUC with the Freshman Quad?

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Barnes & Noble @ Emory University The campus bookstore landscape is changing, adding fresh opportunities and expectations in the higher education marketplace. It is therefore vital to students, faculty, and Emory’s academic mission that the bookstore focuses on delivering what’s next in campus retailing and educational content by continuing to innovate, while focusing on the specific needs of Emory. More than an on-campus provider of course materials and merchandise, the Emory Bookstore delivers students and faculty an unmatched retail and digital learning experience driven by innovation, student and faculty insights, and advanced technologies. This year, Barnes & Noble College finalized its strategic partnership with Microsoft to shape the next-generation of learning content for students and faculty. This innovative and collaborative venture, which ties together the NOOK Digital team and Microsoft, will allow Barnes & Noble College to apply a range of expertise to raise the digital education bar. This partnership combines the industry-leading NOOK and NOOK Study software with Microsoft’s superior technology capabilities to provide students and faculty with a state-of-the-art digital learning platform. The Emory University Bookstore will continue to play a critical educational role by delivering students and faculty the future of teaching and learning.

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Leah Toy joined the Emory team in July 2011 as the Marketing and Sales Manager and became the Assistant Director in February 2012. Previously she was the Marketing Manager at Barnes and Noble at Georgia Tech. Leah has been with Barnes and Noble since 2004 where she worked as a student bookseller while earning her Master's Degree at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Leah's interests include watching the Pittsburgh Steelers, cooking, cycling, and planning her upcoming wedding. page 17

More and more students and faculty are shifting to eTextbooks to save money and to experience new modes of learning. This change is about more than just devices and gadgets. What’s needed is an evolving digital solution that not only provides value, but enhances the teaching and learning experience in and outside of the classroom. Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Study – a free, integrated eTextbook reader and study platform employs a vibrant, easy-to-use interface and a set of innovative, interactive features that help users stay organized, focused, and productive. Designed with input from students and faculty, NOOK Study features a powerful set of study and organizational tools that enable students to study smarter. Emory students and faculty can import/export notes; highlight and tag text; search the Internet directly from the text; create links to notes, handouts, or pages; open multiple textbooks simultaneously; and much more. NOOK Study also integrates into Emory’s learning management system, Blackboard. Through this integration, faculty and students can easily purchase their digital materials; organize their course materials; better communicate with each other by sending links, assignments, and passages from the text; and do much more to enhance academic success. As campus retailing, publishing, and higher education continue to undergo dramatic changes, the Emory University Bookstore will continue to be a strong advocate for Emory’s academic mission, leveraging its retail and digital expertise to create exceptional experiences for students, faculty, alumni, and the communityat-large.

Myra Haley joined the Emory team in October 2009. Previously she was the Assistant Store Director at the Barnes & Noble at Georgia Tech. Myra started her Barnes and Noble career 12 years ago at her alma mater UNC Greensboro. When Myra is not in the store you can find her around campus or the Emory Village making new friends. Myra Haley

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Bookstore Events In addition to serving the Emory community, Barnes & Noble @ Emory hosts a number of free community events throughout the year. Here are a few of the regular happenings at the bookstore: Noble Reads Book Club For the past two years, the Noble Reads Book Club has been meeting monthly to discuss “noble”—in other words, possessing very high or excellent qualities or properties—works of fiction and occasionally nonfiction. The group is open to anyone who wants to participate, including students, faculty, staff, and community members. Each meeting results in engaging conversation. The bookstore offers the club’s selection at a discounted price when the club is mentioned at check-out. If you’re interested in being added to the mailing list for the book club, contact Abby Horowitz at What’s New in Poetry? The bookstore regularly hosts a night of poetry readings called “What’s New in Poetry?” The readings are organized by the Emory Poetry Council and co-sponsored by a grant from the Hightower Fund. The series brings in emerging and established writers from across the country to share their work at Emory. The readings, which take place at least once a month all year around, regularly draw crowds of forty to eighty people, including Emory students and many outside community members. For more information on the series, visit: Children’s Story Time Each week throughout the year, the bookstore holds a story hour on Wednesdays from 10 to 11 am. The story hours are open to children of all ages and have been known to feature some favorite costumed characters. The story hour takes place in the children’s section on the first floor of the bookstore. Nook 101 Every Tuesday at 4 pm, the bookstore hosts an instructional session on the Nook. Egleston Children’s Hospital Book Drive The bookstore is currently holding a book drive for Egleston Children’s Hospital. Customers can purchase a children’s book at a discount and donate it immediately at the store. On December 17, staff members will deliver the books to the hospital. Upcoming Events What’s New in Poetry?: Thursday, December 6 at 8 pm. Five poets from New York will share their work. Author Appearance: Saturday, December 7 at 2 pm. Chef Sonya Jones from the Sweet Auburn Bread Company will discuss her book, Sweet Auburn Desserts, and she just may have some treats to share too. Mini iPad Social: Tuesday, December 11 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. Bookstore staff will demonstrate the new product and answer any questions customers have. There will be snacks and giveaways.

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Campus Life Awards and Distinctions

Rodia Vance

The Career Center would like to congratulate Rodia Vance, Associate Director and University Pre-Law Advisor, on her acceptance into the new Juris Masters (JM) program at Emory School of Law. Rodia will begin the program in January 2013. As one of the inaugural year participants, Rodia will also receive the Founder’s Scholarship from Emory Law for the duration of her participation in the program.

Gina Myers, Communication Coordinatorfor the Campus Life Technology & Communications department was cited as a “writer to watch” in Creative Loafing’s Arts issue, released on November 29. The write-up includes a mention of the Emory Poetry Council’s “What’s New in Poetry?” reading series, coordinated by Bruce Covey and hosted at the Emory Bookstore. Gina’s second full-length collection of poetry, Hold It Down, will be published in April. You can view the Creative Loafing article here:

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ANNOUNCEMENTS Every year, 1,100 college students commit suicide. Suicide is the second or third leading cause of death among college students depending upon which data is used. Either way it is a stunningly tragic and painful experience for any campus community. Send Silence Packing is a traveling exhibit presented by the national group, Active Minds, designed to raise awareness about mental health issues and the impact of suicide on college campuses. The exhibit features 1,100 backpacks donated by the families of loved ones who took their own lives accompanied by the story of that student's life and death. Recently, Emory’s Active Minds student group sponsored a showing of the exhibit on the main quadrangle. In contrast to the beautiful fall day, the exhibit was a powerful and emotional demonstration. Over 1200 informational flyers were distributed during the day. The purpose is to remind and support members of the Emory community to take an active role in identifying people in our community who are at risk to make sure they get the help they need. The following video link was produced by Emory’s media coverage.

Upcoming Events for the Office of Multicultural Programs & Services(OMPS) include the BSA Multicultural Holiday Party and Kwanzaa Celebration co-sponsored annually by African American Studies and the OMPS Office to be held in Winship Ballroom, DUC on December 11 at 4:30 pm. This will conclude OMPS’s 2012 programs and initiatives. The Crossroads III Diversity Retreat scheduled for January 18 – 20 for upper-class students will kick off programming for 2013. Students returning from winter break will enjoy a three -day away from campus, live-in experience at the Rock Eagle Campsite. Raise some Health: Join the Office of Health Promotion’s 20th Anniversary celebration! Check out the Prezi timeline and celebration film online: Film: Prezi: page 21

ANNOUNCEMENTS SAVE THE DATE Creating Change—January 23-27, 2013 Creating Change is coming to Atlanta! The largest gathering of LGBTQ community organizers and activists will be meeting in downtown Atlanta, and we are looking for volunteers. If you are interested in learning more, submitting a workshop proposal, or in volunteering, check out the Creating Change Conference website or email Danielle at

Pride Awards—Nominate now!! The Office of LGBT Life is currently accepting nominations for the 21st Annual Pride Awards to be held on February 28 at 6:30 pm. Now is your time to honor our great Emory faculty, staff, students, and alumni for all the work they do on behalf of the LGBT communities at Emory. Awards include: • • • • • •

Fierce Leadership Award Keeping the Faith Award Transgender Advocate of the Year Award Alum of the Year Award Ally of the Year Award Chesnut LGBT Person of the Year Award

Learn more and nominate at:

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ANNOUNCEMENTS Safe Space: Winter Break Date January 10 from noon to 3:30pm Have you been meaning to get Safe Space trained but just haven’t had the time? Get Safe Space trained during the winter break when the students are gone! Sign up at:

Emory Dining is looking for volunteers to help serve at the Bi-Annual Moonlight Breakfast! It will be held December 12 from 10-midnight in the DUC. This semester’s theme is Cirque Du Soleil. For more information, contact Rebecca Denton

December marks the First Year at Emory (FYE) focus on academic success, so Few and Evans Halls are hosting a number of programs under the title of “Keep Your Head Above Water” (in line with our sustainable themes). December will feature a tai chi program with Dr. Pam Hall so that students can find their holistic centers before heading into finals, a week’s worth of finals study breaks, and a new pilot campaign to reduce water and energy usage when washing clothes. If successful, the program will add to the other campus efforts to reach our goal to reduce our energy footprint by 25% per square foot by the year 2015. page 23

ANNOUNCEMENTS Emory is hosting the 2013 Georgia Resident Assistant Saturday Symposium (GRASS) on January 19. Any student who works in residence halls (not just RAs) from across Georgia is invited to attend this day-long symposium to share best practices, discuss ways to support students, and build a strong network of peers from varying institutions. This year’s theme is “Growing GRASS: Developing Ourselves and Our Communities” and will provide a strong foundation for developing greater self-awareness to help support residents. As conference season approaches for many of us, this may be an excellent opportunity for you to present a version of the program you are preparing. You are also invited to propose an original program. Either way, we ask that the program reflects the theme of personal and community development. Please submit your proposals by December 10 at: ********************************************************************************************** In January, First Year at Emory (FYE) will present its first First Year at Emory Summit. Similar to the SYE Summit (in August), this day-long series of panels and sessions will help prepare first-year students for their second semester and transition to SYE. We are working with campus partners to create informative sessions where students will hear from upperclassmen about their experiences with research opportunities, studying abroad, study habits, organizational involvement, and more! Please contact Ryan Roche ( or 404.727.2068) if your department is interested in participating or presenting in a session or at a resource fair.

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First--Person Perspective by Carolyn Livingston The Value of Mentoring When Bruce Covey asked me to write this first person narrative, it took me a moment to think about what to write. Should I attempt to explain my work, and how each day is different? Should I write about assessment and outcomes? Should I discuss threat assessment, crisis management, and student conduct? Should I discuss various committees and accreditation? Ultimately, I decided to take my mother’s advice in spirit and write about what has mattered most to me in my career—people and mentoring. I went to N.C. State University for my undergraduate experience. During the summer, I attended new student orientation and a program called African-American symposium. N.C. State has always struggled with diversity recruitment and retention, and the symposium was a way for new students to meet African-American faculty and staff, other students, and families. During those three days, I met life-long friends (my husband included) and experienced first-hand the significance of student affairs. African-American coordinators in each school taught an introduction to N.C. State class and met with students on a weekly basis. My African-American coordinators discussed with me various time management strategies, the importance of reputation, and how to balance the academic and the co-curricular. Among that group of African-American faculty and staff was my first mentor. Mentors are found not because they come looking for you, but often because you are in the right place at the right time. I found my mentor at N.C. State University, Dr. Wandra P. Hill, while I was speaking with another student. She asked me who I was, how my studies were going, and told me if I needed anything or just wanted to say “hi,” to come and see her. After that chance meeting, I saw her almost daily, and as I began thinking about transitioning from my computer science major to something else, it was Dr. Hill's math department I became interested in. I was not "in love" with applied mathematics, but I was in love with being supported. I found a student affairs professional who took a vested interest in all aspects of my well-being. Students who interacted with Dr. Hill were succeeding, supported, happy, and graduated. They hung out in her tiny office. It was because of Dr. Hill that I learned everybody has a role in the university. She taught me that the custodial staff is just as important as members of the dean’s office. At N.C. State University and many other institutions, it was the custodial staff who fed and housed marginalized students who were not allowed to eat or sleep on campus. She taught me that those with leadership titles often fail in their responsibilities, and a lot of people are leaders in their own way. Dr. Hill also saw student affairs as my future career path before I did. As a first generation college student, I was taught to go to college and major in the field with the most promise for earnings, which explains my early interest in computer science. Dr. Hill taught me that my purpose in college was to leave with options that would make me happy. She envisioned one of her alumni filling her role upon retirement as Director of Multicultural Affairs for the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences. One of her alumni did, and we set up a scholarship fund in Dr. Hill's honor. However, she would not let the university host a retirement party. She said she wanted to leave the university the way she came in—quietly. When I speak with Dr. Hill today, she always asks me if I helped somebody today. I say “yes,” because that is my passion and responsibility.

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First--Person Perspective by Carolyn Livingston For completely different reasons, my mentor at the University of Virginia had a major impact on who I am and why I believe student affairs matters. When I met Dr. Annette Gibbs, she was the chair of the doctoral program in Higher Education Administration, and I was a master's student who was fascinated by this woman who wore a skirt suit everyday and commanded the attention and respect of everyone at the university. She had been responsible for co-educating U.Va. Dr. Gibbs was asked by then President Edgar Shannon to create an environment where women could attend full-time and succeed at U.Va. At the time, women were seen as a distraction to male students, and some folks said that Mr. Jefferson (Thomas that is) never envisioned a university with women. Women were not smart enough, and if they went to school, men would have no one to marry and to have their kids. Dr. Gibbs overcame all of those stereotypes and misconceptions, and the rest is what we say is history. Like at N.C. State University, I found a student affairs professional turned academic who taught me the politics of higher education. This student affairs professional graduated 12 alumni who went on to become college presidents. She taught me that the administrative assistant is the most critical person within any organization, that history matters, and that sometimes we have to make decisions that are neither popular nor likeable, but we have a responsibility to do the right thing. She also taught me that the greatest responsibility we have to the profession is to help our colleagues become better professionals. I was and continue to be mentored. I value mentoring and believe it is the key to a successful career not only in student affairs, but in any profession. Mentors help celebrate our successes and guide us through our failures. They are the difference between time served and time well served. I hope you will find the time to identify a mentor today! Carolyn is currently Special Assistant to the Senior Vice President and Dean of Campus Life. She is responsible chiefly for supporting the Senior Vice President in daily tasks and projects, supervising the Office of Student Conduct, implementing and coordinating division-wide assessment efforts, addressing off-campus concerns, developing relationships with key internal constituents, policy implementation, event and program development, and serving as liaison to the Dean of Campus Life at Oxford College. She also administers the student medical amnesty process. Prior to joining Emory in July 2006, Carolyn worked for a combined seven years in both the Office of the President and the Office of Undergraduate Admission at the University of Virginia. Carolyn received her Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics from N.C. State University (Raleigh, NC), her Master of Education in Counselor Education, and her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Virginia.

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extra! extra! news from... barkley forum Over 350 people participated in the November 10 Atlanta Urban Debate League tournament at McEachern High School including 85 Emory students, faculty, staff, and volunteers. The final tournament of the semester was held at McEachern on December 1. Barkley Forum has a new partnership with the Emory Law School Street Law program. James Roland and Melissa Wade will conduct training in January for the Street Law students and attorneys from King & Spalding for work in the Atlanta Public Schools. Emory law students will participate in Barkley Forum UDL programs in various ways. The final weekly programs at the Debate Center, Community Activist Debates, and after-school instruction programs will be held on December 12.

Melissa Wade with the Columbus (Georgia) Debate League (founded by Betty Maddox) participants at the November UDL tournament at McEachern High School

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December 2012 Campus Life magazine  

Emory University's Campus Life newsletter December 2012

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