Emory Magazine - Winter 2022

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Exploring new paths for scholars to find academic, professional, and personal success.

Alumni 40 Under Forty New Hub for Nursing InnovationThe Carter Center + Emory


Learn. Get inspired. Watch 2O36: The Podium to unlock the mysteries of our human experience, from personal identity to how the brain processes sound.


LISTEN NOW > Imagine a world without fear, brain diseases, or cancer. Explore our collective future with some of the brightest minds and strongest leaders in the Emory community.


Reimagining the Student Experience

Discover how Emory’s Student Flourishing initiative is creating new ways for scholars to find academic, professional, and personal success.

Hidden Emory

In this new series, overlooked places, forgotten spaces, and obscure artifacts that reside on Emory’s campuses await your discovery alongside the curious stories behind how they came to be at the university.

A Beautiful Relationship

Emory and The Carter Center celebrate 40 years of a close, impactful partnership that inspires and engages students, fosters research and real-world problem solving, and provides career pathways for alumni.

An Innovative New Hub for Nursing

Take a peek inside the state-of-the-art Emory Nursing Learning Center—a $20.6 million, 70,000-square-foot facility brimming with new technologies and opportunities—recently opened at 250 East Ponce in Decatur.

CONTENTS Emory Magazine VOL. 97 NO.1













How women’s athletics forever changed at Emory by this landmark law enacted 50 years ago.


See a replay of the latest Carter Town Hall featuring soccer star Megan Rapinoe.


 UNDER FORTY Learn even more about the new class of groundbreaking alumni.

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Dear Emory alumni and friends of the university,

Our alumni are our success stories––the embodiment of what can be achieved with an Emory education. And I have been inspired by our remarkable graduates as I’ve met with them where they live and work, across the nation and beyond.

During the past year and a half, I traveled from New York City to Los Angeles, Miami to Chicago, London to Seoul––and nearly two dozen cities in between––talking with generations of extraordinary Emory alumni who are thriving in their communities, contributing to their professions, and making a distinctive mark on the world. They live the Emory mission of service to humanity with ambition and heart––building careers of achievement while giving back, lending time, talent, expertise, and resources to important causes.

I’ve seen the Emory ethos in the advocacy of Maria Town, who graduated from Emory College in 2009 as an anthropology major and took her commitment to people with disabilities all the way to the White House, where she served as a liaison for Americans with disabilities and older people. Today, she continues this work for the mayor of Houston and while serving as president and CEO of the American Association of People with Disabilities in Washington, D.C.

I’ve seen it in the great heights of success reached by Rick Rieder, a 1983 Emory finance graduate who has earned acclaim and honors as a top executive at

BlackRock. Beyond his achievements in investment management, Rick has poured himself into a range of causes, focusing on supporting education at all levels, including nearly fifteen years of distinguished service on the Emory Board of Trustees.

I’ve seen it in entrepreneurs like Rashida Burnham, a 2014 MBA graduate of Goizueta Business School and business analytics manager at Amazon— we met in Sea le, though work has now taken her to the East Coast. In 2020, she spearheaded a relaunch of the Emory@Work program, in which workplace ambassadors create Emory alumni communities within major corporations. Rashida also volunteers with the National Black MBA Association and National Urban League.

And there is Charles Sco , a former Robert T. Jones Jr. Scholar who excelled at both baroque music history and biochemistry as an Emory undergraduate. Charles graduated cum laude from Emory School of Medicine in 1986 and now heads the Division of Psychiatry and the Law at the University of California, Davis, where he’s drawn acclaim for his teaching and mentorship. He’s also a regional volunteer leader on the Emory 2O36 Campaign and can be found consulting on criminal and civil cases across the nation––most recently, a high-profile trial involving the tragic shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Did I mention that Charles also evaluates astronaut suitability as a NASA consultant?

Browse this issue, and you’ll find more stories about our high-achieving graduates doing incredible things. You will discover, as I have, that Emory alumni are pu ing their educations to use in innovative ways, truly changing the world for the be er. And with three years left in Emory’s 2O36 Campaign, I know our university’s distinctive story will continue to take shape and our alumni will play a significant role––expanding possibilities and outcomes and writing our next exciting chapter together.

INSPIRED BY EMORY ALUMNI President Gregory L. Fenves



Student photographer Tianyi Zhang Ox C took this gorgeous sunset shot of the Oxford campus with his DJI Air s drone. He’s the co-founder of the Emory Digital Media Association student groupthat’s focused on creative collaborations in photography, videography, and other digital media.

Learning about Tyler Perry’s Legacy

While most people are laughing at the antics of Tyler Perry’s characters on the big screen, Tameka Cage Conley is looking for the message that characters like his tough, wise Madea embody. That’s why the assistant professor of English has been teaching a first-of-its-kind class at Emory’s Oxford College about Perry’s legacy to fourteen lucky first-year students this fall semester.

“Perry’s work has not been given the artistic merit it deserves. As an artist, humanitarian, philanthropist, visionary, and entrepreneur, he has transformed the landscape of individual and collective possibilities,” Conley says about the entertainment mogul, whose Tyler Perry Studios resides less than an hour away from the Oxford campus.

“In the wake of the rise of the Black Lives Ma er movement and protests following the killing of


George Floyd, there is a widely held notion that we currently exist in a moment of ‘Black renaissance,’ ” she says. “I believe this class is timely during this movement and is timeless as the ancestral well from which Perry draws his inspiration.”

In the class, titled In the Language of Folk and Kin: The Legacy of Folklore, the Griot, and Community in the Artistic Praxis of Tyler Perry, students are tracing Perry’s path of storytelling and community as rooted in African American folklore and literature in his films, shows, and plays. “The class is a fascinating introspection on Tyler Perry’s influence on formulating and representing Black culture,” says first-year student Zuri Greene 24Ox 26C.

Perry is a good friend to Emory: He gave the keynote address at the 177th Commencement this past spring, and he frequently engages with Emory students and faculty.

The middle-school classmates who nicknamed Emory College first-year student Kira Young 26C “the therapist” were on to something. Curious about how books and TV portrayed mental illness, Young had been researching the topic for years and discussing what she found with friends. When a student died by suicide during Young’s first year of high school, Young responded by launching several initiatives—including the Power of Okay website, which provides mental health resources and advice—to further educate herself and others.

That commitment to understanding mental health and pushing for more awareness recently led her to be selected as the national winner of the 2022 Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship worth $10,000 and named for the franchisor of the Goddard Schools.

Some of Young’s goals at Emory include pursuing undergraduate research opportunities, finding ways to join existing organizations, and beginning to build the framework to create more mental health support for her fellow undergrads.

“College is tough. It’s a transition period,” Young says. “I’d like to work with anyone who is interested in making mental health resources more accessible for the entire campus so that even if it impacts one person, I can help someone going through something tough.”


Thadhani Appointed Emory’s New EVP for Health Affairs

Following an extensive international search, Emory University announced that Ravi I. Thadhani has been appointed executive vice president for health affairs (EVPHA). Thadhani also will serve as executive director of Emory’s Woodruff Health Sciences Center and vice chair of the Emory Healthcare Board of Directors. He will begin his tenure at Emory on January 1, 2023.

Thadhani has most recently served as chief academic officer and dean for faculty affairs for Mass General Brigham and as a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, both in Boston, Massachuse s. At Mass General Brigham, he is a member of the executive leadership team and oversees graduate medical education, professional development, and a $2.3 billion research enterprise.


“I am excited to be coming to Emory University and honored to be joining its outstanding leadership team,” says Thadhani. “Emory’s commitment to serving the Georgia community is impressive and is the driver for its international reputation as a leader in health care delivery and health sciences research, discovery, and innovation.”

As EVPHA, Thadhani will oversee Emory’s academic

health sciences center, the Woodruff Health Sciences Center (WHSC), and in this position will shape the next era of research, training, and healthcare delivery innovation. WHSC includes Emory’s schools of medicine, public health, and nursing; Winship Cancer Institute; Emory National Primate Research Center; Emory Global Health Institute; Goizueta Institute @ Emory Brain Health; and the Emory Global Diabetes Research Center. Notably, it also includes Emory Healthcare and its twenty-four thousand employees, eleven hospital campuses, and 425 locations, which makes it the most comprehensive academic health system in Georgia.

With more than thirty years as a general and specialized internal medicine physician, Thadhani has extensive experience in patient

care, research, and clinical trials. He has led a successful research lab with continuous federal funding for more than twenty-five years, with a focus on kidney disease and developing diagnostics and therapeutics for patients with preeclampsia. He is the author or co-author of more than three hundred scientific manuscripts and has published in top-tier journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, and Journal of the American Medical Association. Thadhani has been inducted into several honor societies, including the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, and the American Clinical and Climatological Association.

“This is an exciting time at Emory. I look forward to supporting the tripartite mission of education, research, and clinical care of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center and advancing its commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice,” he says. “There is no limit to what we can accomplish with the remarkable faculty, staff, and students at Emory.”


‘Lava Lamp’ Sensors Illuminate Brain Degeneration



A Molecule to Block Skin Cancer Growth

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a 2022 NIH Director’s New Innovator Award to biomedical engineer Felipe Garcia Quiroz for his innovative molecular approaches to monitoring clumps of proteins associated with neurodegenerative diseases.

The research will advance sensors that could allow scientists to track disordered proteins thought to drive neurodegeneration—while the proteins move inside living brain cells. Many neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), are characterized by clumps of sticky disordered proteins, which accumulate in aging brain cells. Quiroz is pioneering new molecular tools for visualizing those proteins’ physical state.

Quiroz is an assistant professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Emory and Georgia Tech. New Innovator Awards are part of the NIH’s High-Risk, HighReward Research program and recognize exceptionally creative early career investigators. The award to Quiroz will provide $2.4 million in funding over the next five years.

Quiroz and colleagues at Rockefeller University previously engineered similar sensors to show that certain proteins undergo liquid-liquid phase separation in the skin, like the process seen in a shaken jar of salad dressing or the globules in a lava lamp. During the continual maturation and death of skin cells, these phase-separated proteins are critical for skin barrier function.

With the new project, Quiroz will take the lessons he learned from the skin and apply them to disordered proteins that are pathological hallmarks of neurodegenerative diseases, such as tau (Alzheimer’s), TDP-43 (ALS), and alpha-synuclein (Parkinson’s).

MELANOMA IS THE DEADLIEST TYPE OF SKIN CANCER despite accounting for only a small percentage of all skin cancer diagnoses. Existing therapies can be effective, but in many cases advanced melanomas develop resistance to treatment.

Researchers at Emory University have synthesized a novel molecule that could pave the way for future advancements in melanoma treatment. The molecule, named indolium 1, has demonstrated ability to block the growth of melanoma cells and is well tolerated in animal subjects, according to findings published in the journal Antioxidants

“Only about 15 to 20 percent of melanomas respond to immunotherapy and targeted therapy, so there is an unmet need for new treatments,” says senior author Jack Arbiser, Thomas J. Lawley Professor of Dermatology. “This novel compound works differently than any other therapies on the market and shows promise as a potential treatment for melanomas with poor prognostic features.”

Most melanomas are caused by a mutation in the BRAF molecule that can stimulate cells to grow out of

control. Targeted therapies aim to inhibit molecules in the BRAF pathway that regulate cell growth, and immunotherapies help the body mount a stronger response against cancer cells.

While these treatments can shrink and slow the progression of melanomas, cancer cells that have developed resistance to therapies are often left behind. In developing indolium 1, Arbiser and colleagues sought to target alternative pathways that have not yet been the subject of significant study to combat the aggressive cancer cells that remain.—Rosemary Pitrone

Our findings suggest that indolium 1, administered in sequence with existing therapies, could have significant implications for cancer patients.

Questions with GREGORY BERNS



GREGORY BERNS: I’ve always wanted to write about some of the research I did many years ago about how reading fiction changes the brain. The book became more about how narratives make us into who we are.

Gregory Berns keeps rewriting the narrative

of his life. He earned a PhD in bioengineering, became a physician, and then became a practicing psychiatrist before changing his focus to computational neuroscience. Now a Distinguished Professor of Neuroeconomics at Emory, he researches how using brain imaging technologies can help us understand motivation and decision-making.

For the past decade, he has even used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to understand canine cognition. He was the first to train dogs to enter an fMRI machine and lie awake, unrestrained, and perfectly still during scans. That work yielded glimpses of how man’s best friend processes smells, words, quantities of objects, and food rewards versus praise. He became a best-selling author with the 2013 publication of How Dogs Love Us in 2013 and has written a number of other popular books.

Like many people during the COVID-19 pandemic, Berns took a long, hard look at his life and his work and decided to make some major changes. He moved with his family to a farm about an hour south of Atlanta, where he tends to three dogs, four chickens, and a small herd of seven cattle. His new book, The Self Delusion: The New Neuroscience of How We Invent (and Reinvent) Our Identities, delves into the changing trajectory of his own life.

I can break down the question, “Who am I?” into a professor, a father, a farmer, but those are just labels. The parts alone do not constitute the self. Our identity is the story that we tell ourselves and other people about our lives. This narrative is the glue that binds together the things that happen to us and the things that we do.


BERNS: The book pulls together some of the latest research into how the brain constructs memory and narrative. The brain is not a high-fidelity video recorder of everything that happens to us. Instead it captures snapshots, or a highlight reel, of our lives. The role of narrative is to fill in all the spaces in between to construct an identity that makes sense to us.

Some work done here at Emory shows how childhood memories form and the importance of family narratives in that process. There is evidence that children who hear a lot of detailed stories have richer memories of their childhoods. The implication is that the stories become part of them.

Not just family stories but fairy tales and other stories that we’ve heard provide a template for interpreting our lives that stays with us. The stories

There is evidence that children who hear a lot of detailed stories have richer memories of their childhoods. The implication is that the stories become part of them.
HIS OWN NARRATOR Greg Berns used the pandemic to rethink and rewrite his future.

that you consume, even as adults, shape who you are and who you think that you are. I use the phrase, “You are what you eat.”


BERNS: If you want to change your identity, you must change the narrative. Even though it’s difficult to do that, the realization that you can is the first step.

People sometimes have this feeling that they have always been the same core person, that the person they were as a child is just a younger version of themselves. But really the only basis for that feeling is the stories that you have in your head. On a physical level, there is no way you can say that you are the same because your body and your brain have changed so dramatically.


BERNS: The author that started writing this book in 2019 before the pandemic began is not the author that finished it this year.

COVID-19 certainly changed everyone in some way. We had this major disruption in life. A lot of people died. Technology changed. I thought, “Do I want to go back to pick up the pieces in terms of my research and what I was doing? Or do I want to make a break with that version of me?”

I decided that I wanted to do something different. The world has changed. New interests and questions were tugging at me.


BERNS: I moved to a farm and became immersed in issues surrounding the sustainability of modern life. The farm is eighty-five acres. About twenty acres are pasture and the rest is woodlands and wetlands. It’s a magical place, a miniature ecosystem with a bit of everything.

I started thinking that maybe I could do something to make the world a little better using my background in decision-making and animal cognition. That’s all I can say right now because I’m still working on the narrative for a new version of myself.

Emory Establishes

PhD Program in African American Studies

African American studies faculty at Emory University are energized as they begin the rollout of a new PhD program that will be the first in the Southeast United States.

“Our faculty have invested years of strategic planning, imagination, and bold ambition to develop the curriculum and recruit top scholar-teachers working across the humanities and social sciences in this vibrant interdisciplinary field,” says Carla Freeman, interim dean of Emory College of Arts and Sciences.

The new program had no trouble ge ing the word out; an announcement on social media earlier this fall received some twnety-thousand shares. The program is currently taking applications, with the first doctoral students set to enroll in fall 2023.

African American studies has a long history at Emory, which established the first undergraduate major in the interdisciplinary field in 1971, making it the first degree-granting African American studies program in the South.

“The PhD program in African American studies is something that we have worked so hard for

and is so necessary, given the situation where we are right now in terms of understanding the inequities in America, how we got here, and how we get out,” says historian Carol Anderson, Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies.

“Having that critical mass [of faculty] and knowing we could be the first PhD program in the Southeast, we realized we had an opportunity to create something unique,” says Walter Rucker, professor of African American studies and history, and chair of the faculty commi ee that shepherded the program from proposal to implementation.

With fourteen core faculty and forty more affiliated faculty throughout the university, “Emory will have the largest graduate faculty of any African American studies PhD program in the nation,” says Rucker, adding that the program “is a unique and unrivaled configuration that will provide a rich intellectual space and training for doctoral students. . . . The size, interdisciplinary breadth and depth of that talented pool of faculty cannot be overstated.”—Elaine Justice

PROGRAM SHEPHERD Professor Walter Rucker has helped the PhD program go from proposal to reality.


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As head of global human resources (HR) for Citi, Sara Wechter 03B leads a team responsible for recruiting, training, and retaining some of the top talent in the financial services industry—about two-hundred-forty-thousand employees in ninety-five countries. She has made great strides since taking on the role in July 2018, se ing and achieving ambitious goals to make Citi one of the most equitable places to work in the banking industry.

Wechter championed pay-equity efforts across the multinational organization and helped lead Citi to become one of the first companies to disclose annually its raw pay gap data for women and minorities. She also launched a paid parental-leave standard in every country where Citi operates.

The Emory alumna had many other innovative plans

Managing a Workforce via Diversity and through Adversity

in motion for the company’s workforce future, but then COVID-19 forced her team to pivot on a global scale. “I wasn’t really ready for the chaos the pandemic created—no one in business was,” Wechter says. “My mind had been focused on launching new HR initiatives and then I had a huge, new, unexpected one to deal with. Luckily, Citi is blessed with a fantastic medical office and security team, and all of our business heads came together quickly to make sure our employees around the world were safe.”

She ran Citi’s North American crisis response team and oversaw the big strategic decisions worldwide for its workforce. “Transparent and frequent communication with our employees was key,” Wechter says. “We let them know we were more focused on health data than we were on some set date when it

came to when and how people would return to the office.”

Like many major employers, Citi transitioned to remote and hybrid work environments wherever it could. “If you would have asked me in early 2020 if I could imagine a hybrid bank in my lifetime, I would’ve said no,” she says. “Then just months later, it became a reality. Citi was the first large bank to commit to a hybrid model in early 2021, and we have remained consistent on it.”

Citi found the hybrid schedule improved employee productivity. “We discovered the vast majority of our employees worked more hours from home than they did in the office, primarily because they didn’t have to commute anymore,” Wechter says. “It also gave them more flexibility to take care of themselves as human beings.”

It also had a positive effect on worker well-being.

“The pandemic forced us to take a step back and make our employees’ health a bigger priority—especially their mental health,” she says. “In fact, because it was such a pressing issue. I think we’re now ten years ahead of where we would have been on the mental health front without this crisis. Perhaps most important it normalized our ability to have open and transparent conversations in the workplace about stress, anxiety, and depression.”

Now that things are se ling into a “new” normal, it appears Wechter’s approach to pu ing employees’ needs first is paying off. “Our recruiting and retention numbers have never been be er,” she says. “I think people have seen what we’ve done to give them more flexibility and treat them with greater empathy. We hope they truly see us as that rare bank with a soul.”—Roger

Slavens Emory alumna Sara Wechter helped financial services giant Citi navigate COVID-19 and define the future of work. BUSINESS MINDED Sara Wechter came to Emory to study health care, but a first-year internship with a start-up company shifted her interest to business. Her career at Citi has spanned from banking to human relations.


Soccer star Megan Rapinoe served as the guest of honor at the 41st annual Carter Town Hall held at Emory this fall. Started in 1982 at the behest of President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, the Carter Town Hall was intended to inspire first-year students with a chance to meet President Carter and ask him any question under the sun (read more on page 18). Since retiring from public life, Carter has deferred his once-starring role to admirable guests like Rapinoe. She is one of the most recognizable soccer players in the world. She helped the US Women’s National Team win the 2015 and 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup tournaments and Team USA win gold against Japan at the 2012 London Olympics. Off the field, Rapinoe has been a fierce advocate for many social justice issues, especially gender, racial, and LGBTQ+ equality. Most notably, Rapinoe and her teammates sued the US Soccer Federation (USSF) for gender pay inequity and won a $24 million settlement, as well as the USSF’s commitment to pay men and women players at an equal rate moving forward. At the town hall, first-year students in attendance were invited to ask Rapinoe about her career and activism. In her answers, she encouraged students to use college as a time to figure out who they are and to use their voices to speak out against injustices and speak up for themselves.


As Emory’s Arts and Social Justice (ASJ) Fellows program enters its third year of programming, it welcomed eleven Atlanta-based artists to collaborate with faculty, staff, and students at the university this fall. The cohort of artists includes Leo Briggs, John E. Doyle Jr., Mark Kendall, Jessica Hill, Sierra King, Juel Lane, T. Lang, Alex Mari, Amina McIntyre, David Perdue (see story on page 30), and Kacie Willis. Each fellow is paired with an Emory faculty member from across the university, including teachers from Emory College of Arts and Sciences, Goizueta Business School, and Oxford College. The artists work with their faculty partners to reimagine an existing course, injecting a creative approach to addressing social justice issues that surface within class conversations. “We are thrilled that in the third year of this program we are able to expand participation of students, faculty, and artists so substantially,” says Kevin C. Karnes, associate dean for the arts in Emory College and co-director of the ASJ program.


The nonpartisan Emory Votes Initiative (EVI), led by program coordinator Hannah Joy Gebresilassie, played a big role in making voting easier for students, faculty, and staff this past mid-term election cycle. Members of EVI helped first-time voters navigate the process, hosted registration drives, shared key dates, and overall got the word out to increase participation rates across Emory campuses.

Formed in 2018, EVI has since doubled the number of students registered to vote and tripled the number of students participating in elections. Gebresilassie, along with student volunteers, spoke to classes and at sorority and fraternity meetings to make sure students understood the importance of voting. They also hosted panel discussions and directed students to reliable information where they can learn more about the issues on their state’s ballot. For non-Georgians, EVI worked to ensure that students have the voter information they need for their respective states. EVI even collaborated with the university’s Office of Government and Community Affairs to help the Emory campus become a DeKalb County polling location.


The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), the nation’s top infectious diseases professional organization, has selected Carlos del Rio—professor of medicine at Emory School of Medicine, professor of global health and epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health and executive associate dean of Emory at Grady Health System—as its new president. Del Rio will work with the board of directors, alongside other newly elected representatives, to advance the society’s strategic priorities focused on promoting excellence in patient care, education, research, public health, and prevention relating to infectious diseases. IDSA is made up of more than twelve thousand practicing physicians, academic scientists and researchers, infectious disease specialists, and hospital epidemiologists. The organization and its members play a critical role in some of the most important topics in medicine today—such as offering guidance and care for COVID-19, tackling the growing threat posed by antimicrobial resistance, and addressing emerging outbreaks such as Ebola virus disease and monkeypox.





In this first installment of a new photographic series, Emory Magazine illuminates a few hidden locales and treasures that reside on Emory’s campuses that await your discovery or, at least, reacquaintance. Alongside these images we also share the historic, curious stories of how they all came to be a part of the university.



RUIN — There’s a small, granite-block tower that resides on the Lullwater property at Emory. Mostly covered by trees and vines, the partial ruin sits empty—except for the graffiti and Latin phrases spraypainted inside that signify its occasional use as a clandestine meeting spot for Emory secret societies over the years. Yet the tower is no centuries-old relic of defensive fortification, but rather the remnants of a former powerhouse that once brought electricity to Lullwater House—which now serves as the Emory presidential residence. When Walter Candler, the second-youngest son of The Coca-Cola Company founder Asa Griggs Candler, developed the estate in 1925, DeKalb County had not yet extended its electrical grid that far into the country. So Candler had a dam built on the northernmost end of South Peachtree Creek and created a spillway that powered a generator—hidden by the castle-like turret—to supply electricity to the house. The machinery has long since been removed and the decaying tower has been left as a reminder of Lullwater’s past.

How the Lullwater tower looked circa 1930, situated on the dam, unobscured by overgrowth.

BALSER ART COLLECTION This is Red, Black, and Yellow Circles, 1973 by Alexander Calder, an artist most famous for his sculptures, but whose textile is housed as part of the impressive Balser Art Collection in Goizueta Business School. The collection contains more than 180 pieces of art, including recognizable works by Picasso, Warhol, Dali, Chagall, Lichtenstein, Rauschenburg, and others. They were donated to the Goizueta Foundation Center for Research and Doctoral Education by Ron and Barbara Balser, co-chairs and CEO of the Balser Companies. Their

daughters, Ginger Balser Reid 93BA and Laura Balser 94BBA 01MBA, and son-in-law, Ma hew Smith 01MBA, are all Emory alumni. When the Balsers were approached to make the donation, the couple did not merely want to write a check; they wanted to be an integral part of the process, according to an article in the spring 2006 issue of Goizueta Magazine The Balsers looked through their existing collection, as well as auction houses and art dealers to find the right pieces for the school—a combination of contemporary and international works specifically chosen to be consistent with Goizueta’s goals.


ROBERT W. WOODRUFF DISMISSAL LETTER — Inside the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library resides a laminated 1909 le er from then Emory College President James A. Dickey to a young Robert W. Woodruff 1912C, who had enrolled when the main campus was still in Oxford. The le er suggests Woodruff pause his education to refresh himself after just one semester of indifferent studies (effectively dismissing him). But this proved only a temporary setback for Woodruff, who would go on to join the family business at The Coca-Cola Company and even-

tually become its president—as well as the driving force behind making Coke a global soft drink sensation. Despite his brief stay as a student, Woodruff remained enamored with Emory and its mission, enough so that in 1979, he and his brother George made a $105 million gift to the university, the single largest donation to an educational institution ever made at that time. Overall, Woodruff directed more than $230 million in gifts to Emory during his life. Fi ingly, a tradition was also inspired by Woodruff’s short stint at Emory whereby any student who completes two semesters is officially considered an alum.



Celebrating forty years of a close, impactful partnership

The collaboration between Emory University and The Carter Center, established in 1982, has fostered an extraordinary community of scholarship and practice that has had an impact across the world, advancing peace and improving health. President Jimmy Carter referred to the partnership as a “marriage that has worked out quite well.”

Emory faculty, alumni, staff, and students contribute to Carter Center fieldwork, with students providing the largest cohort of interns for the center. And Carter Center experts are Emory adjunct professors, aiding faculty research and bringing their expertise in international affairs, conflict resolution, public health, and more into the classroom.

Sharing their time and expertise generously, Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn Carter have touched nearly every facet of university life, including establishing a town hall tradition for Emory first-year students that is a magical, “where else but here?” event.

At the Carter Town Hall held on Emory’s campus, just weeks into their first semester, students had the unprecedented opportunity to hear from this incomparable naval lieutenant, peanut farmer, governor of Georgia, downhill skier (a skill learned in

CROWDING TO SEE CARTER Through the years, students filled Emory’s Woodruff PE Center for President Carter’s annual town hall, eager to listen to the wisdom and humor of the former president and engage him in dialogue. During the thirty-eight years Carter was at the lectern, some fifty thousand students heard unforgettable stories of his time on the world stage, including his hosting the 1978 Camp David Accords between Israel and Egypt.

that inspires and engages students, fosters research and real-world problem-solving, provides career pathways for alumni, and much more.



“What is your opinion of the A ordable Care Act?”

“As a peanut farmer, have you ever tried almond butter?”

FOR 38 YEARS, THE CARTER TOWN HALL GAVE FIRST-YEAR EMORY STUDENTS the rare chance to ask President Jimmy Carter a variety of questions, from the serious to the sentimental.

The Carter Town Hall began in 1982 at the behest of Carter, his wife, Rosalynn, and Emory President Emeritus James T. Laney. The premise was simple: first-year students could ask Carter anything without his seeing questions ahead of time, and he would not avoid any question. In a typical year, representatives from the Student Government Association introduced Carter, and student members of the Barkley Forum for Debate, Deliberation and Dialogue moderated, asking the questions. During the past forty years, approximately firty-thousand students have attended the Carter Town Hall, usually held in the Woodruff PE Center around Carter’s birthday, which is October 1.

The room is often filled with anticipation about what questions will be asked from year to year. Carter joked

at the town halls that questions from the students were more unpredictable, and hence harder, than those from the press. Here’s a taste:


CARTER: Keeping our country at peace throughout my four years and also trying to generate peace among other people, including between Egypt and Israel.


CARTER: Tell the truth. . . . I would like very much to see a president sometime in the future, or candidates, tell the truth and pledge to the American people that they will keep our country at peace and honor and protect human rights.


CARTER: My wife and I read the Bible together every night and that’s kept our marriage together for seventy-three years. The Bible and [novelist] Patrick O’Brian— that’s a pre y wide range.

As Carter and his wife settled into retirement, students have had the chance to ask questions of other thought leaders and social activists.

In 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Carter’s grandson Jason, who is chair of The Carter Center board and a former member of the Georgia State Senate, fielded questions via Zoom from students about running for office and lessons from his grandparents.

In 2021, Andrew Young, whom Carter appointed as United Nations ambassador in 1977, spoke to students about nonviolent resistance, building bridges between the public and private sectors, as well as the importance of talking to people with whom they disagree.

This year, more than four hundred questions were submitted for women's soccer World Cup winner and human rights advocate Megan Rapinoe. She spoke to students about the importance of self-discovery and the courage it took for her and her teammates to bring a lawsuit against the US Soccer Federation to secure equal pay for women in the sport.

Even with recent changes to the speaker, the spirit of the event remains the same: working for positive change in the world. No one is too small to make a difference, especially not a determined peanut farmer from rural Georgia.

“How should we x the increasing polarization between parties in our country?”
YEARS AT THE LECTERN President Carter enjoyed engaging with Emory first-year students.

retirement), Nobel Peace Prize winner and thirty-ninth president of the United States.

During the thirty-eight years Carter was at the lectern, some fifty-thousand students heard unforge able stories of his time on the world stage, including his hosting the 1978 Camp David Accords between Israel and Egypt. With Carter’s retirement from public life these past two years, the time-honored tradition now gives students an opportunity to engage in dialogue with international thought leaders.

To Emory President Gregory L. Fenves, the partnership with The Carter Center is one of the most powerful ways that the university’s mission is implemented around the world. “Emory’s decades-long partnership with The Carter Center is unlike any other in higher education, benefi ing communities the world over,” says Fenves. “It continues to harness the immense talent of Emory scholars and alumni, applying their research and expertise to carry out President Carter’s profound vision for peace, health and human rights across continents and borders.”

Strengthened by the involvement of Emory faculty and students, The Carter Center has improved life for people in more than eighty countries by resolving conflicts; advancing democracy, human rights, and economic opportunity; preventing diseases; and improving mental health care.


The year 1979 looms large in Emory’s history for two reasons: Robert and George Woodruff made a gift of $105 million to the university, sha ering previous records for philanthropy to an academic institution.

And Jimmy Carter visited to help dedicate Cannon Chapel at the invitation of then Emory President James T. Laney. The mood was jubilant, having a si ing US president on campus.

When Carter’s term ended in 1981, he sought a university affiliation close to home. Carter a racted the interest of many leading higher education institutions, so Laney lost no time in meeting with him. Laney assured the Carters that “he had a moral and ethical vision for the university that they could share and help to advance.” In turn, Carter presented his vision of an “action-oriented” policy research center to advance peace and health worldwide.

Laney notes, “It was obvious to me that Carter should be allied with Emory both as a professor and through the yet-to-be Carter Center. From its beginning, Emory had been built on academic rigor and moral inquiry.”

Carter joined the faculty as University Distinguished Professor in April 1982, having been assured he would always be able to talk honestly with Emory students—a vow he has kept, even solving the hotly debated question at the 2018 Town Hall of whether he prefers his peanut bu er

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PLANS FOR PEACE (Above) President Carter presents a rendering of The Carter Center as plans move forward for its construction. (Right) A painting of close collaborators Carter and former Emory President James T. Laney.


The human case count has dwindled to the single digits, with just six cases (five in Chad, one in South Sudan) of Guinea worm disease being reported in the period between January 1 and August 30 of this year. Joyful news—and the progress is nearly unimaginable given the starting point: when Carter took the lead on eradication in 1986, there were an estimated 3.5 million cases in at least twenty-one countries in Africa and Asia.

Now hope burns bright for eradication by 2030, which would make it the first human disease to be stamped out since smallpox in 1980. The campaign is more impressive for having been waged without a vaccine or medicine, relying instead on trust, health education, and simple, low-cost methods. For a disease to be declared eradicated, every country in the world must be certified free of human and animal infection.

Adam Weiss 13EMPH, who directs The Carter Center’s Guinea Worm Eradication program and earned an executive master’s degree from Rollins School of Public Health, has been in the battle since 2005. Serving in the Peace Corps, he volunteered in the water and sanitation sector of northern Ghana and saw the epidemic, and its ravages, firsthand.

“Hallmarks of The Carter Center’s program are its agility, data-driven decision-making, deep-rooted partnerships, and commitment to prioritize the needs of the endemic countries,” says Weiss.

The disease has incapacitated people for thousands of years as a result of drinking water contaminated with Guinea worm larvae. About a year after contamination, the adult worm creates a painful skin lesion and emerges over the course of weeks or months. Its victims frequently seek relief by immersing their limbs in water, which renews the cycle of infection by stimulating the worm to release its larvae.

In 1990, Carter met with His Highness Sheikh Zayed, the founder of the United Arab Emirates, who made a substantial personal donation and set in motion a more than thirty-year

shared commitment to eradication. At the Guinea Worm Summit in Abu Dhabi in March 2022, organized by The Carter Center and the United Arab Emirates, representatives from impacted countries recommitted to accelerating all Guinea worm eradication efforts. That meeting also showcased the next generation of spirited fighters against this disease, including Jason Carter, chair of The Carter Center Board of Trustees and grandson of Jimmy Carter; and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, son of the late Sheikh Zayed and now president of the United Arab Emirates.

Among numerous actions to which the participating countries agreed, Chad—as the epicenter of cases—has recommitted to proactively tether dogs to prevent those that are infected from recontaminating water sources. Restraining them also reduces their opportunities to consume infected water.

In August 2022, the prime minister of Japan awarded the eradication program the prestigious Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize in the medical services category, which includes an honorarium of one hundred million yen—more than $750,000. Weiss traveled to Tunisia to accept the award, noting, “The Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize signifies the government of Japan’s high level of interest and involvement in the health and welfare of the people of Africa.”

Carter is briefed regularly about progress toward eradication, and in his most recent statement said “Rosalynn and I are encouraged by the continued commitment and persistence of our partners and the citizens in the villages to eradicate Guinea worm. Today we are closer than ever, and I am excited at the prospect of seeing the job finished.”

When eradication happens, expect words to fall away. Says Weiss, “I am [already] at a loss to describe how exciting it is to be only a few years from zero cases in the world.”—Susan

GUINEA WORM WARRIOR Emory alumnus Adam Weiss 13EMPH tends to a young girl with a lesion on her foot.



USE MEDICINAL PLANTS to treat their offspring for disease garnered worldwide publicity for Emory biologist Jaap de Roode. President Jimmy Carter was among those intrigued by the finding.

Before retiring from public life, Carter was fully present at Emory— meeting regularly with the university president, keeping up with campus news, attending classes, giving lectures and hosting monthly lunches with faculty and staff. He invited de Roode to The Carter Center to join him and others for lunch, and it was de Roode’s turn to be intrigued.

“I was struck by just how normal President Carter is,” de Roode recalls. “We went into the cafeteria at The Carter Center and he lined up with his tray to pay for his lunch with everyone else.”

Lunching with the former US president was far more relaxed and congenial than de Roode could have imagined. “President Carter is very interested in what people do and what they have to say,” de Roode says. “He really likes to listen and learn.”

Carter told de Roode that his wife Rosalynn Carter was concerned that many pollinators, including some butterflies, were not thriving due to habitat loss. The former first lady wanted

to find ways to help conserve them.

It was not just idle chat. That lunch conversation led to a visit by both the Carters to de Roode’s lab on the Emory campus, one of just a handful of monarch butterfly laboratories in the world. The couple also joined de Roode’s lab members in 2012 during a field trip to the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in central Mexico, where tens of millions of migrating monarchs blanket the trees and landscape in the winter.

Rosalynn Carter was inspired to put her passion into action. She co-founded the Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail to help increase habitat for monarchs and other pollinators. She tapped de Roode to serve on the board of directors. The nonprofit took root in Plains, Georgia, and quickly sprouted into one-thousand-seven-hundred registered pollinator-friendly gardens.

Mrs. Carter’s surprise gift to her husband on his ninetieth birthday was the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Pollinator Garden at The Carter Center, which attracted many enthusiastic volunteers to put it together—including Carter Center staff and their families along with de Roode and his students, who donated plants and expertise along with their labor.

The phenomenal energy of both the Carters, de Roode says, helps galvanize others to take positive action. “They could be sipping lemonade while sitting on the porch. Instead they are always creating new things to make the world better. It’s inspiring to see people who have already achieved so much in life keep it going,” de Roode says.—Carol Clark

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smooth or crunchy. Laney recalls that Carter’s presence “electrified” the campus as he crossed it with Secret Service guards in tow heading to a lecture hall or class. “I’ve taught in all the schools at Emory,” Carter says. “It has kept me aware of the younger generation, their thoughts and ideals.”


On September 1, 1982, The Carter Center began as an office staffed by just three people—including Carter—on the tenth floor of Emory’s Robert W. Woodruff Library while its permanent home was being constructed just a few miles away.

Walking on campus one day, Laney and Carter had a chance meeting with Karl Deutsch, then a Harvard social scientist and doyen of international diplomacy. Deutsch told Carter, “You will go down in history as the first president to have made human rights central to foreign policy.” Recalls Laney, “Carter was deeply touched, and for me it was additional validation of Emory’s partnership with him. It has grown through the years and now seems to have been destined from the beginning.”

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PERFECT PARTNER Rosalynn Carter, a stalwart champion of conservation and mental health issues, always had a front-row seat for The Carter Town Hall.


STEVEN HOCHMAN, DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH, SAYS THE CARTER CENTER HAD STUDENT INTERNS BEFORE IT HAD A PROFESSIONAL STAFF. Months prior to the center’s 1982 opening, Jim Waits—then dean of Emory’s Candler School of Theology and future interim director of The Carter Center—tasked a group of his students with researching how such a center might be organized.

“I don’t know how many of their ideas were accepted,” Hochman says. “But these students worked for the institution before it was even given The Carter Center name.”

Forty years later, The Carter Center still provides students with real-world experience through internships and workstudy programs. It also gives them something more: inspiration.

For Phong Le 18B 21MPH, that spark was ignited in the third grade, when Madelle Hatch, chief development officer at The Carter Center, came to his class for career day. She brought a Guinea worm in a jar and talked about the center’s program to eradicate the tropical parasite from poorer parts of the globe. “I didn’t realize you could do work that was that impactful to the world,” Le says.

Le came to Emory and studied information systems and operations management at Goizueta Business School. He applied for an internship at the center and got it. He then continued on to earn a master’s of public health in epidemiology from Rollins.

Along the way, Le returned to the center for a second internship, followed by an opportunity to work as a graduate assistant.

He built an analytics and mapping dashboard for the Trachoma Control program, where today he works as a data analyst.

Current Emory student Kaela Wilkinson 23C was also drawn to The Carter Center’s humanitarian approach. She earned an internship this fall with the center’s Democracy program, which seeks to increase political access and participation around the world. In her first months at the center, Wilkinson has not only gathered resources for election-focused programs in Michigan and Arizona, but she has already started building relationships with local organizers across the nation. And the international studies major expects to make use of the center’s expansive librar y to start her own review of independent legislative theory.

“The center has given us [interns] space to do our own research projects,” Wilkinson says. “It’s been an opportunity to establish some incredible connections and get my foot in the door for international work. I already plan on applying for a second internship.”

Both Wilkinson and Le agree that The Carter Center offers students more than just room to explore their research interests. It also compels them to see the people behind those surveys and studies—no ma er where they go on to work. “You build deep relationships,” Le says. “It’s just like President Carter says: ‘The evidence is the hope you see in their eyes. That’s why we do our work.’ ”



YAWEI LIU 96G HAD DURING HIS TIME AS A PHD STUDENT AT EMORY, ROBERT PASTOR STANDS OUT STRONGLY IN LIU’S MEMORY. Not only was the former Goodrich C. White Professor of Political Science the strictest teacher Liu ever had—giving him his only B—but Pastor also served as

a senior fellow at The Carter Center who monitored village elections in Liu’s home country of China.

Two years after the class, Pastor reached out to Liu about joining him in the center’s efforts to bolster the integrity of local elections in China. It was an email that would forever change Liu’s life.

“I had of course heard of The Carter Center, but I didn’t know what an impact it had made in election monitoring around the world,” Liu says. “I care deeply about when China is going to open up and allow people to elect their own officials. I felt like we could make a difference in making that happen. And that’s what I’ve been doing ever since.”

ENTERPRISING INTERNS Phong Le (left, above) is a former Emory student who now works for the center as a data analyst. Kaela Wilkinson is a current Emory student in international studies.

Twenty-five years later, Liu serves as a senior adviser managing the China Focus for The Carter Center. He is one of scores of Emory alumni who have lent their skills—and the university’s academic reputation—to the center and its mission.

“The training I got at Emory was rigorous,” says Liu. “And the connection between Emory and the center gave us increased credibility on the world stage. The Chinese government is historically nervous about any NGO, especially one from the United States. The relationship between the two made it a lot easier.”

Nowhere is that added credibility more apparent than in global health. Kelly Callahan 09MPH, director of The Carter Center’s Trachoma Control program, experienced Emory’s unique approach when she came to the Rollins School of Public Health to earn a master’s in public health after spending a decade in the field treating disease in Africa.

Prior to her arrival at Emory, Callahan says she was focused purely on how many people were affected and how many she was able to treat. The Rollins faculty challenged her to see her work in more holistic terms, like how it was impacting the country’s gross domestic product, the local and regional economy, as well as global health as a whole.

“I had done it at the community level, but when I came to Emory, I had my eyes opened by the faculty and professors,” she says. “I had some blinders about making sure we worked only on certain outputs and goals [without a holistic view of the problem]. Had it not been for my time at Emory, I would not have gained this global perspective.”

Today, in addition to their positions at The Carter Center, both Liu and Callahan serve as adjunct professors at Emory, where they pass on the education they value so highly, shape the minds and leaders of tomorrow, and perhaps even cultivate future recruits for The Carter Center.—Tony

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In the early years, a few key individuals provided the bridge between the center and Emory. Jointly appointed Carter Center fellows such as Robert A. Pastor in the Department of Political Science, William H. Foege in Rollins School of Public Health, Frank S. Alexander in the School of Law, and others established direct links between the center’s humanitarian work and scholarship at Emory. Foege was well known to Carter, having served as the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) during Carter’s administration.

Numerous Carter Center staff are Emory graduates, and more than two-thousand Emory undergraduates and graduate assistants have interned there. Camila Giraldez 24C served in the Rule of Law program and says: “Staff lunch days were the best because I got to hear about what’s going on in opposite corners of the world.”

Four Carter Center health program directors—Eve Byrd 86N 98N 98MPH, 98N, mental health; Kelly Callahan 09PH, trachoma; Gregory Noland 18MPH, river blindness, lymphatic filariasis, schistosomiasis, and the Hispaniola Initiative; and Adam Weiss 13MPH, Guinea worm—hold degrees from Emory.

“President and Mrs. Carter saw in Emory a collaborator whose principles and ethics reflected the values they believed in,” says Paige Alexander, CEO of The Carter Center. “The partnership remains vital to our global mission, with Emory graduates, researchers, thinkers, and leaders helping us build a healthier, more peaceful world.”

Located on Emory’s campus and dedicated in 2001,

STUDENT ENGAGEMENT Carter met with students in Laney Graduate School, just one of many occasions on which he heard directly from students and influenced their scholarship. GREAT GRADS (Left) Yawei Liu, senior adviser, China Focus for The Carter Center, and (Right) Kelly Callahan, director of The Carter Center's Trachoma Control program. Both are Emory adjunct professors. continued on page 25


SOON AFTER HE JOINED THE UNIVERSITY IN 2016, Jim Lavery learned about the longstanding partnership between Emory and The Carter Center. Lavery, the inaugural Conrad N. Hilton Chair in Global Health Ethics at Rollins, had just given his introductory lecture at the school when he was approached by the center’s Gregory Noland 18MPH.

In addition to being director of The Carter Center’s river blindness, lymphatic filariasis (LF), and schistosomiasis program, Noland also leads the Hispaniola Initiative to eliminate malaria and LF from the island. But in recent years, progress in eliminating LF in Haiti had stalled due to increased insecurity, especially in the capital, which led to declining rates of drug treatment coverage to prevent infection.

Noland and his team were looking for an independent analysis of how to improve program implementation in these difficult-to-access areas. “This was an opportunity for me and my team to apply our expertise in a partnership with one of the world’s leading global health organizations,” Lavery says. “It was clear to me from the very beginning that it was going to be very rewarding experience.”

The overture was a welcome one to Lavery as a newcomer to Emory. However, such collaboration is part of the legendary symbiosis between Emory and The Carter Center, with the two institutions working hand-in-hand together on initiatives involving everything from global health to international peace.

“Being able to engage with Emory’s experts, as well as faculty and students who are passionate about their respective spaces, is a great amplifier of the center’s impact,” says Barbara Smith, vice president of peace programs at The Carter Center. “And the work also provides faculty and students with real-world practical experience that can launch their careers.”

Even as the relationship has proven mutually beneficial to both institutions—and the individual careers of their representatives—the core of this ongoing cooperation is an enduring trust.

“We value the experience and expertise of Emory students and faculty,” adds Kashef Ijaz, the center’s vice president of health programs. “And those who come to work with us often seek us out. That speaks volumes to me.”

Lavery was blown away by the amount of access Noland gave him and his team to real-world problems, as well as the opportunity to work side-by-side with The Carter Center’s experts. But he was impressed most of all by the humanity of the center and its people.

He dove into the program, conducted interviews, and compiled ideas on how The Carter Center team—which includes

former Emory Foege Fellow and longtime center consultant Madsen Beau de Rochars 10MPH—could boost treatment coverage in Haiti.

For instance, after learning that many Haitian residents didn’t trust how the drug treatment posts were presented, Lavery’s team made recommendations about how to professionalize the locations, improving signage and issuing uniforms that clearly identified health workers. The Emory-based team also suggested a supplemental house-to-house approach for drug distribution.

Through this collaboration, a vital friendship has been forged.

“Jim and I are like two musicians each playing their part in sync with one another,” Noland says. “It’s science and learning in action. And it provides cutting-edge answers to common problems faced by similar programs. The work we do contributes to the learning agenda on the global level.”—Tony Rehagen

DYNAMIC DUO The Carter Center’s Gregory Noland (left) has partnered with Emory faculty member Jim Lavery (right) to help eliminate malaria and lymphatic filariasis from the island of Hispaniola.

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the Lillian Carter Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility honors Carter’s mother, who was a nurse and social activist, by improving the health of vulnerable people worldwide through nursing education, research, practice, and policy.

The Carter Center Mental Health program, led by Rosalynn Carter until her retirement, benefits from a dynamic relationship with Emory that includes the departments of psychiatry and psychology as well as the Rollins School of Public Health and Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing.


In 2002, Jimmy Carter was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The Norwegian Nobel Commi ee cited his “decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to

advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development.”

Cheers erupted around the world but were perhaps loudest close to home. “On behalf of everyone at Emory, where President Carter has served for many years as a member of the faculty, we are immensely proud that the Nobel Peace Prize has gone to this messenger and apostle of peace and understanding,” said then Emory President William M. Chace.

A later-arriving honor occasioned good-natured ribbing between Carter and Emory leaders: tenure. Carter first raised the question of his receiving tenure with Laney, who facetiously said that not only would Carter have to develop a good reputation as a teacher, he needed to write books too. As Carter laughingly recalled, “So I wrote one book, then I wrote two books. . . . finally I wrote thirty-three books, and Claire

[Sterk, Emory’s twentieth president] finally granted me tenure.”

His tenured faculty appointment in 2019 in four schools—Emory College of Arts and Sciences, Oxford College, Candler School of Theology, and Rollins School of Public Health—reflects the breadth of the president’s impact on numerous fields.

On October 1, 2021—which is Carter’s birthday—the Atlanta JournalConstitution published “Ninety-seven ways to celebrate Jimmy Carter.” A book out this year by journalist Arthur Milnes ticks that number up to ninety-eight in honor of his most recent birthday.

For Carter, however, the list is just three items long: “I would like to be remembered as a champion of human rights, as a president who kept our country at peace, and as having been a distinguished professor at Emory University.”

DEDICATION AND HONORS (Above) At The Carter Center's dedication in 1986, special guests included President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan. (Right) Then Emory President James W. Wagner at the 2015 Carter Town Hall presented Carter with the Emory President's Medal, which "recognizes those who have, through art and/or intellect, advanced human understanding and the cause of peace."


Emory’s Student Flourishing initiative is creating new ways for scholars to find academic, professional, and personal success.

Make good grades. Join a dozen clubs. Get into a top university. Land a high-paying job. Live happily ever after.

For many college students, their journeys thus far have been paved with gold stars and trophies, always chasing the next great achievement. Then, halfway through college or in many cases after graduation, they realize that there is no syllabus for how to live a fulfilling life. Finding purpose and being the best version of oneself is an intentional undertaking that unfolds daily.

As a part of Emory’s new Student Flourishing initiative, students will be given opportunities inside and outside of the classroom to reflect on who they want to be and how they want to use their intellect to make a positive impact on society.

“Investing in student flourishing at Emory is about preparing students for a lifetime of fulfillment, integrity, creativity, and service,” says Emory President Gregory L. Fenves. “We want our students to be able to answer two key questions for themselves: ‘What do I want to be?’ and ‘Who do I want to be?’ The former means using your Emory education to discover a career and postgraduate pursuits you are passionate about. The second question is even more important because it focuses on the values, sense of purpose, meaning, and inspiration that lead to a life well lived. We want our graduates to not only achieve ambitiously, but to thrive while doing so.”

“To get into a place like Emory, students are asked to stand out amongst their peers through their achievements,” says Ravi V. Bellamkonda, provost and executive vice president of academic affairs. “It’s natural that once students get to college, they continue to follow the same ‘recipe’ of proving they are smart and know how to get As. We want students to learn, to rise to challenges, and to learn new skills.”

Bellamkonda adds, “However, at Emory, we also want our students to build a muscle for reflection, to understand the real purpose and opportunity of college—to define their own path and lay the foundation for a meaningful life. The promise of the Student Flourishing initiative is that we’re intentionally nurturing the whole human being, recognizing that skills, intellect, ethics, values, and purpose need to be woven together for life to be fulfilling.”

Student Flourishing is one of the three pillars of the 2O36 campaign, and the initiative focuses on four interconnected dimensions of the student experience:

1. ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE: Innovative teaching and expanded access to all Emory has to offer

2. PROFESSIONAL PATHWAYS: Holistic career exploration and professional development

3. PURPOSE AND MEANING: Creating opportunities to reflect on questions of ethics, purpose, and meaning through the Emory Purpose Project

4. COMMUNITY AND WELL-BEING: Integrated support for health and wellness, with a culture that builds community and belonging

These four dimensions touch every part of the student journey, from undergraduate education to Campus Life. Over the past year, teams of faculty, staff and administrators across Emory have begun the work of re-envisioning and transforming how students experience their education. From major initiatives such as the Pathways Center, Emory Purpose Project, and Undergraduate Council to a range of pilot programs, courses, and improvements, new ideas are starting to roll out across the Atlanta and Oxford campuses as the Student Flourishing initiative takes root.

“Emory is one of the rare schools that is focusing on how to incorporate teaching about flourishing and teaching for flourishing on campus,” says Ira Bedzow, senior fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion. Bedzow co-leads the Purpose Project, a cross-school Student Flourishing team focused on developing opportunities for reflective practice.

“Emory is unique because it envisions flourishing education to encompass more than just formal classroom instruction,” Bedzow continues. “The initiative is being embedded in all aspects of the student experience to ensure that such a transformational education can happen.”

Opening Doors

Amajor priority of the Student Flourishing initiative is removing barriers for students to chart their own educational futures. This includes everything from streamlining the registration process to extending the drop/add/swap deadline.

Earlier in the year, the university announced that it would eliminate needbased loans for undergraduate students with the greatest demonstrated need, replacing the loans with institutional grants and scholarships beginning this


fall for the 2022–23 academic year. Expanding the Emory Advantage program removes financial barriers to flourishing.

The university is also investing in more innovative courses that bridge the gap between classroom theory and real-world experiences. Over the summer, five Emory College students participated in the DataThink project in the Department of Quantitative Theory and Methods. In this experiential learning course sponsored by Microsoft, the students used data from the Atlanta Regional Commission to build a model that quantifies the metro-Atlanta rental landscape. The course marries the AI.Humanity and Student Flourishing tenets of the 2O36 campaign and serves as a model for future experiential courses.

“By ensuring greater connections between what happens in the classroom and the experiences students have beyond it, we can provide a more fully integrated educational experience,” says Joanne Brzinski, senior associate dean for undergraduate education in Emory College. “From experiential learning to more deliberate career development, the new programs and opportunities within the Student Flourishing initiative will be er prepare students for personal and professional lives of achievement, meaning, and purpose.”

Another exciting component of the Student Flourishing initiative is the opportunity to increase access to Goizueta Business School courses by creating new points of entry into the program. Historically, students who wanted to enroll in the BBA program had to wait for admission into Goizueta Business School when they achieved junior standing. Under the new BBA curriculum, students can choose to enter the program as early as the beginning of sophomore year.

Additionally, starting in January 2023, Emory College of Arts and Sciences students will have the option to pursue a minor in business in conjunction with their liberal arts major. Also, as part of the Goizueta @ Oxford program, the business school will offer pre-BBA advising, career coaching, and additional business courses to Oxford students, who constitute 15 percent of enrolled Goizueta BBA students.

Andrea Hersha er, senior associate dean of undergraduate education at Goizueta, says that the new business minor will remove barriers to business knowledge. “By giving students in the minor access to the foundational areas of business, they will learn how organizations function and how to be more effective within them,” says Hersha er. “Our intention is that liberal arts students will use the minor in order to transfer their intellectual passions into meaningful work within an applied se ing.”

More Than a Job

Thinking about how to apply liberal arts principles in industry is precisely what Branden Grimme is doing with the new Pathways Center. The Pathways Center will prepare under-

graduate students for meaningful postgraduate opportunities by offering professional development, career exploration, experiential learning, mentorship opportunities, and more.

Grimme , who is the new vice provost for career and professional development and associate dean in Emory College, knows firsthand what it looks like to carve out an unconventional career path.

He is a classically trained organist with a master’s degree in theology and a PhD in education. As a person of color in higher education, he says he recognizes the barriers that may exist for students from marginalized groups. He also understands the importance of creating connections for a lasting career.

“When students come to Emory as undergraduates, they know what school is and how to be successful academically, but they do not know what a career is,” says Grimme . “They need to be taught what career management looks like and how to practice it. The Pathways Center will be instrumental in helping students understand the world of work.”

The counterpart to the Pathways Center is Oxford’s Center for Pathways and Purpose (CPP), which will launch in fall 2023. The CPP will connect opportunities at Oxford and in Atlanta as well as help students find opportunities for study abroad, internships, research, fellowships, and more.

The Pathways Center will eventually have its own physical space on campus, but for now Grimme is building a team to transform the way the university talks to students about meaningful work and their liberal arts education. “Pre-health students, for instance, need to understand how their liberal arts classes are preparing them to serve patients at the bedside,” says Grimme . “We also want to train Emory


graduates to pay it forward in a way that goes beyond their own professional interests. If we do that effectively, then any Emory student who interacts with an Emory alum can potentially find a mentor.”

Finding Purpose

The path to finding a fulfilling career starts with knowing one’s purpose. Too often, people don’t think about their purpose until they are down the road in a job or relationship they dislike. The “purpose and meaning” dimension of the Student Flourishing initiative is designed to get students reflecting on who they are early.

Through the Emory Purpose Project (EPP) —among the most distinctive parts of Emory’s reimagined student experience—Bellamkonda charged a university-wide team with examining how space for reflection, defining purpose, and focusing on ethics can be created across all areas of campus. The effort is led by Emory College’s Michelle Lampl and Ed Lee III, Goizueta Business School’s Ken Keen and Emory Law’s Ira Bedzow.

In one of EPP’s first efforts to sup-

port student flourishing, the Health 100 class—required for all first-year students on the Atlanta and Oxford campuses—has been reimagined to include modules focused on positive mental health, values, and character strengths, and developing one’s own health vision and goals.

Christine Whelan, the visiting “purpose professor,” will have conversations with Health 100 students about purpose and well-being. Whelan is the author of several books and courses on purpose and relationships, including her Audible guide Finding Your Purpose and the 2021 book The Big Picture.

At Oxford College, students engaged in reflective work this spring when the first full cohort of second-year students completed the one-credit Oxford Milestone class. As a part of the course, students created an e-portfolio and penned a onethousand-word essay reflecting on who they were when they started at Oxford and how their classroom and extracurricular activities may have transformed them.

Peter McLellan, who leads the Oxford Milestone Project, says that he sees the student projects as a measure of how well the university is doing at creating a sense of belonging. “We know reflection helps students professionally and more broadly in moments when they are in transition,” says McLellan. “It helps them build relationships. When you know who you are, when you’re faced with challenges, troubles, and opportunities, you’re more likely to overcome those situations.”

Students will do similar reflection work in the new First-Year Flourishing Seminars. In these weekly classes, students think about flourishing in a variety of areas from the power of



MESTER. That’s the promise behind ten flourishing seminars being piloted as part of the First-Year Seminar program in Emory College. Following Provost Ravi V. Bellamkonda’s introduction of student flourishing as an overarching theme a year ago, the university has sought ways to deepen Emory’s legacy of preparing students to think critically, act ethically, and work collaboratively.

Each first-year flourishing seminar offers a multidisciplinary approach and an opportunity for students to apply what they learn to their own lives. The ten courses are rooted in a wide range of traditional courses of study at Emory College:

• Fairytales and Flourishing (French)

• The Power of Storytelling (American Studies)

• The Science of Study (Psychology)

• Flourishing, or “The Good Life” (Philosophy)

• Imagine a Just City (Biology)

• Buddhism and Human Flourishing (Religion)

• Economics of Systemic Racism (Economics)

• Nonhuman Flourishing (Comparative Literature)

• Contemplate, Debate, Create (Dance)

• Happiness and Human Flourishing (Philosophy)

A SCIENTIST AND A COMEDIAN WALK INTO A CLASSROOM. They start a discussion about how art can influence social justice. You’ll have to wait for the punchlines. Emory first-year students are creating them as part of a new fall class called Human Flourishing: Imagine a Just City. “Humans cannot flourish without true justice,” says Micaela Martinez, Emory assistant professor of biology, who developed the class. “We have so many huge societal problems that need creativity, imagination, hope, and optimism to solve.”

The class is among the new FirstYear Flourishing Seminars. It is also part of the Emory Arts and Social Justice (ASJ) Fellows program, which pairs Emory faculty with Atlanta artists to explore how creative thinking and artistic expression can inspire change.

Martinez is co-teaching with ASJ Fellow David Perdue, a comedian. “You can’t save the world with jokes,” Perdue says. “But humor can be a good way to raise awareness of what’s going on. It’s a first step.”

Martinez, who joined the Emory faculty last year, is an infectious disease ecologist. Her lab studies how ecology,


social determinants of health, immunology, climate change and demography intersect to shape health and disease.

Martinez comes to Atlanta from New York, where she was on the faculty of Columbia University. “During the pandemic we saw Black and Brown New Yorkers dying at two times the rate as White New Yorkers. It was quite stark,” Martinez says. “It really shined a light on the social inequities of the city.”

She served on a commission tasked with making social justice recommendations to Eric Adams, the new mayor of New York CIty. “We were asked to imagine New York being a just city and what we would have to do to get there,” Martinez says. Her idea for the Emory seminar grew out of that experience.

Co-teaching with a comedian puts an interesting twist on the class. A native of Georgia, Perdue graduated from Morehouse College with a degree in sociology and leadership studies.

“A leadership studies professor, Dr. Walter Fluker, had a heavy influence on how I think about using comedy to reach people and talk about difficult things,” Perdue says. “He opened my eyes to how to build community. Good comedy threads the needle and connects people across divides.”

A prolific entertainer, Perdue co-produces the free 1AM Secret Show for stand-up comedy on Saturdays at Smith’s Olde Bar in Atlanta. He has appeared at comedy festivals throughout the country and on Comedy Central and

co-hosts two comedy podcasts, Forth and Ten and The Confused Caucus.

Becoming an Emory ASJ Fellow was one more opportunity for Perdue to apply his talent in meaningful ways. He and Martinez hit it off immediately through their shared commitment to social justice and building community.

Each week in the class, students discuss a different justice topic, such as food insecurity, sexual and reproductive health, incarceration and policing, climate change, environmental justice, as well as chronic health disparities and infectious diseases. They are then challenged with questions such as, “If you had executive power and limitless resources to create one policy to address this issue, what would it be?”

Workshops will help the students hone group class projects on their chosen topic, some of which will be presented in December at an Emory ASJ Project Showcase and Community Conversation. “When students leave Emory we want them to not only have a solid grounding in critical issues of social justice but also make sure that they are conversant in them,” Martinez says.“It’s one thing to know information,” she adds. “It’s a completely different thing to be a citizen of the world who can navigate conversations about difficult topics in a comfortable, responsible, respectful way.”—Carol

Science and creativity combine to imagine a place where everyone flourishes.
CREATIVE THINKERS Arts and Social Justice Fellow David Perdue (left) and Micaela Martinez, assistant professor of biology.

storytelling to ending systemic racism. Students in these seminars will also meet for dinners throughout the semester where they will discuss flourishing with experts.

Plus, starting in December, fifteen to twenty students will have the opportunity to explore flourishing and build community in a purposeful way through the inaugural Flourishing Fellows program.

Helmed by Rabbi Jordan Braunig of the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life, the fellowship is designed to equip students of all beliefs and backgrounds with the skills to facilitate deep and thoughtful conversations among their peers about a variety of social, political, and spiritual issues. Through a series of twenty-five sessions, students will learn active listening skills and work their empathy muscles.

“We are more connected than we’ve ever been and yet we’re struggling to connect with each other more than we ever have,” says Braunig. “If things are working right, if flourishing is happening, students are connecting with people across lines of identity. Yes, we want to send people out into the world who are doing amazing research in their labs, but we also want them to know how to build a friendship. It seems so basic, but it isn’t.”

Belonging Leads to Well-Being

Decades of research show that success in college is also tied to a sense of belonging outside of the classroom. At Emory, students are encouraged to bring their whole, authentic selves to campus, and the Student Flourishing initiative will help them engage in numerous ways.

Campus Life is the area where many students find their sense of belonging, whether through sports, co-curricular activities, or affinity groups. To enhance the student experience, they published the Be Well, Your Way digital resource hub in the spring to connect students to a variety of resources covering everything from mental and sexual health to academic and financial support. They also hired James Raper, Emory’s first associate vice president for health, well-being, access, and prevention.

For incoming students, Campus Life is also a place to build community early. This fall, 30 percent of first-year students participated in preorientation programs. Preorientation allows students to get a jump-start on exploring their interests, covering



the Student Flourishing initiative builds on robust experiential learning and research opportunities across Emory. At Oxford College—with its distinctive focus on liberal arts education, leadership, and service—students are offered an array of confidence- and career-building experiences right from the beginning of their college careers.

For example, this past spring, Sarah Higinbotham, assistant professor of English, took a group of Oxford students to a graduation at Burruss State Prison, where for fifteen years she has taught humanities courses to incarcerated students through her nonprofit Common Good Atlanta. After the prison visit, two of her students, Dyson Stallworth and Niels Armbruster—along with then Emory PhD candidate Sadie Warren and students from Morehouse and Kennesaw State—researched, wrote, and presented a policy brief on the floor of the Georgia State Legislature about the positive effects of college courses in prisons.

“When students have to think about their work intellectually—in this case reading social critiques of mass incarceration and reform movements in justice—while seeing what it actually looks like in practice, they understand the rest of their time in college that what they’re learning has the transformative power to fix prob-

lems,” Higinbotham says. “The fact that there is crossover between Oxford students and incarcerated students, Oxford students and state senators, demonstrates the power of proximity.”

In another example, Oxford Assistant Professor of Linguistics Jack Hardy took seven students on the road to Northern Arizona University so they could present their research—a rare opportunity for most undergraduates—at the American Association for Corpus Linguistics Conference. For these students, it was a first look at the world of professional academia, networking and conferences.

“I think it’s great for undergrads to be at something like this—not at an undergrad conference, but at a professional conference of working academics,” Hardy says. “They were able to meet the actual people who wrote what they had read and then were able to approach them and network and make connections.”




CENTER launched this semester with the arrival of Branden Grimmett, new vice provost for career and professional development and associate dean for Emory College of Arts and Sciences. An integral part of the university-wide Student Flourishing initiative, the Pathways Center for the first time unites existing resources and programs from Emory College

Q. Tell us a little about your background and how you got here.

BRANDEN GRIMMETT: I have been working in higher education career services for more than fifteen years at six different private liberal arts institutions. My own personal experience as a theologian and musician has been helpful in navigating conversations with students and families, about their concerns around how a college student discerns their career path. I was more than my major and so are students today.

Investment in education is not always immediately seen as valuable on the day you take a course or graduate. Most students I’ve worked with look back on their time in college, and they really do see the value of what they learned. More importantly, they differentiate their own preparedness in the workplace compared to people who have not had a liberal arts education. Every Emory College graduate’s greatest asset is their liberal arts education.

Q. The Pathways Center is an entirely new entity and approach to the student experience for the university and for Emory College of Arts and Sciences in particular. What are its main goals?

GRIMMETT: We want to serve as a national model for higher education by seamlessly preparing students for and connecting them to local, national, and global internships,

and Campus Life. It aims to provide students with career services, experiential learning, national scholarships and fellowship, pre-health advising, and undergraduate research under one roof.

We talked with Grimmett about how students can best leverage their liberal arts education at Emory into careers—and lives—of meaning and consequence postgraduation.

graduate and professional schools, postgraduate fellowships, and full-time employment.

The offices that compose the Pathways Center are now all connected through the new center so that students don’t carry the burden of navigating this themselves, but instead can rely on the institution to remove some of the obstacles for them. Finally, we want the center to serve as a single hub for recruiting Emory talent and attracting top employers in every industry, locally, nationally, and globally.

Q. One of the bigger changes is that the Career Center has moved from Campus Life and is now based in Emory College. What impact will that have for students?

GRIMMETT: The fact that the Career Center is now a part of the academic experience of Emory means that we can more closely tie classroom learning to the skills that will help students solve some of the biggest problems in the world. We will be realigning our work to be more closely integrated with academic departments, ensuring faculty understand what the Pathways Center is doing and how it can be helpful to their teaching, and working together to identify ways we can help each other.

Q. Emory’s focus on providing an excellent liberal arts education has long meant it views education as a public good, not a private transaction. How do we counteract an increasingly skeptical public that sees college as a transactional experience?

GRIMMETT: The best way to counteract that is to look at the alumni of Emory College. We have a population of students who successfully launch after graduation by fully leveraging their liberal arts education to lead companies,


governments, communities, and international bodies. Emory College alumni are leaders because they have an ability to navigate ambiguity due to their liberal arts education. They are adept in approaching difficult situations with empathy and understanding.

At the same time, they have developed the technical skills in their majors that allow them to lead with expertise. Everything we do in the Pathways Center will involve alumni, because they are the nearest expression of what our students’ hopes and dreams are.

Q. How do you plan to demonstrate to students how Emory’s commitment to liberal arts education, and the skills they gain in critical thinking, communication, team building, etc., can translate into potential careers in any field?

GRIMMETT: We want students to understand that their liberal arts skills are the same skills that employers are looking for in all jobs. The National Association of College and Employers has a set of career competencies that map very cleanly with liberal arts skills. Employers recruit and evaluate early talent based on these competencies.

The good news is that most employers looking for recent college graduates or interns are really measuring the fit for jobs in the same way that students are being evaluated in their curriculum.

When students successfully complete their time at Emory, whether they know it or not, they will also have prepared for navigating the workplace.

topics such as leadership development, religion and spirituality, and careers in STEM. This year, new offerings gave students the chance to connect with peers who were interested in innovation, social justice, sustainability, and more.

“We don’t define who they ultimately become; that’s their journey,” says Enku Gelaye, senior vice president and dean of campus life. “We create opportunities for them to explore. We also don’t assume that they don’t have formed, or forming, identities when they get to us. No student comes here a blank slate.”

One of the biggest projects coming out of Campus Life is the Identity Spaces Project, which involves the renovation of Cox Hall. The first phase of the project involved renovating existing cultural identity spaces on the first floor of the Alumni Memorial University Center. In fall 2023, there will be new spaces for Asian Pacific Islander Desi American students, the Center for Women at Emory, Centro Latinx, Emory Black Student Union (EBSU), and Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Life on the third floor of Cox Hall.

Gelaye hopes that by moving students into one space, there will be opportunities for cross-sectional programming to explore multiple identities. “You can be at El Centro and EBSU at the same time if you’re Afro Latina, for example,” says Gelaye. “Those spaces can be programming around similar concepts but also

serve as launch points for students to utilize other opportunities at the university, such as research and study abroad. The center is not the only place these students can experience Emory. It’s a launching point to accessing all of Emory.”

Unlimited Exploration

Giving students more opportunities to explore and define their own, meaningful paths is the central mission of the Student Flourishing initiative. From new and reimagined courses to additional spaces for reflection and connection, student flourishing will fundamentally change how Emory defines student success.

The seven liberal arts, as outlined by Greek philosophers, are grammar, rhetoric, dialectic, music, arithmetic, geometry, and astronomy. For Provost Bellamkonda, the Student Flourishing initiative is building upon these traditional studies to create a be er world.

“The initiative is a journey to rediscover the liberal arts,” says Bellamkonda. “At the time they were conceptualized, these were the skills necessary for a person to be successful in life. At Emory we believe that today’s liberal arts remain fantastic vehicles to instill certain habits of the mind, including critical thinking, reflection, and analysis, so our students can flourish professionally and lead fulfilling lives.”

Gelaye agrees, adding, “What would be an incredible marker of our success is that when they graduate, students will say Emory cared about me as an individual, that Emory met me where I am, and being at Emory helped me be a be er person.”







The new Emory Nursing Learning Center (ENLC) occupies four floors at 250 East Ponce, an eight-level office building constructed in 1962 in Decatur. Outside, “Emory Nursing” stands out in large blue letters. The signage reflects the ties the School of Nursing and Emory Healthcare Nursing share around education, clinical practice, and research.


The Simulation and Clinical Skills Labs at the ENLC are among the largest and most advanced in Georgia. Simulations are one of the key parts of nursing education, and the learning center will provide ample space and employ the latest technology to let students and instructors work through real-life scenarios, ranging from childbirth to geriatric care to disaster drills.

ome years back, it was clear that the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing had outgrown the building at 1520 Clifton Road. There were so many students, one faculty member joked, they were stacked to the ceiling.

It was a healthy problem to have, a sign of the school’s record growth in enrollment, degree programs, and research funding.

Along with success came greater national visibility. Emory has placed among the top nursing schools ranked by US News & World Report since 2017 and the National Institutes of Health since 2015. Greater visibility brought more students, now almost triple the number in 2012. “We had become one of the top-ranked nursing schools in the nation,” says School of Nursing Dean Linda McCauley. “Yet we had inadequate space for enrollment. We could all feel it.”

For some time, McCauley and Sharon Pappas, chief nurse executive for Emory Healthcare, had dreamed of a new interprofessional education building with simulation, clinical skills, and classroom space for nursing, medical, and physical therapy students.



The School of Nursing leadership team, its advisory board, and local business partners made a naming gift to honor Dean Linda McCauley (standing) for her visionary leadership. The McCauley Conference Room is located on the lobby level, where students, faculty, Emory Healthcare nurses, and visitors now come and go daily.


The ENLC’s lobby, known as the student commons, is an open, light-filled space intended to make everyone who enters feel welcome.

The idea had its proponents but never gained the traction needed to move forward. McCauley looked to renovate existing space somewhere on the Emory campus, but the buildings she considered were either too small or slated for use by other schools and units.

McCauley formed a team to explore purchase and leasing options around Atlanta. They looked at several properties, but nothing clicked until they toured 250 East Ponce, an eight-story office building in Decatur, a short drive or bus ride from Emory. Four lower floors were coming up for lease when team members toured the space.

“It was a wreck,” says McCauley of the basement, or terrace level, which still had a 1962 bank vault from the building’s original tenant. But the terrace, first, second, and fourth floors had plenty of room. In her mind’s eye, McCauley could see a spacious state-of the-art simulation lab for students of all levels, classroom and study space, and an inviting lobby. Students could walk to Decatur restaurants, shops, a hotel, and a rapid rail station nearby.

Less than three years later, the school officially opened the Emory Nursing Learning Center (ENLC) at the 250 East Ponce location. The $20.6 million, seventy-thousand-square-foot center was designed to prepare nursing students to engage in


interactive technology and experiential learning environments that will enable them to be the next generation of nurse leaders.

The new space at 250 East Ponce features high-tech simulation and skills labs, where students learn to care for patients of all ages in hospital, clinic, and home apartment se ings. It also offers classrooms, study spaces, a student lounge, faculty touchdown space, a telehealth office, and the Innovation Hub, where students and faculty can develop and test ideas to improve patient care and nursing workflow systems.

Pappas and other Emory Healthcare nurses helped conceive the design and build-out of the simulation, clinical skills, and other spaces at the learning center.

Currently, Pappas is looking to fill one thousand nursing positions across the Emory Healthcare system. Many of the open posts were held by nurses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The learning center can provide students with the clinical and leadership skills that Pappas and her staff look for when hiring nurses to fill those vacancies.

INNOVATION HUB Located at the top of the staircase on the second floor, the Innovation Hub is a place “where ideas will collide,” says associate dean Beth Ann Swan, executive director of the ENLC. The hub features glass walls, white boards, and movable furniture designed to ebb and flow with the ideas. such as artificial intelligence programs and patient care devices, that take shape there.
SKILLS LAB A former bank vault has been remodeled into the Vault Skills Lab, a large rectangular space with eight patient beds and a control room behind mirrored glass where instructors will oversee classes and operate the high-tech manikins that nurses will practice on.


Emory Magazine salutes the 2022 Emory Alumni Association’s outstanding young alumni.

The 40 Under Forty awards program honors alumni across a variety of vocations for having made a significant impact in business, research, leadership, public service, and philanthropic endeavors. Our graduates are some of the most impactful young leaders who are forging partnerships, solving problems, and creating stronger communities both in their professional and personal lives.

Each year, the Emory Alumni Association sorts through hundreds of applications to recognize those outstanding young alumni who represent the very best in achievement and service. Let’s meet Emory’s 2022 Class of 40 Under Forty alumni.







The experiences and learning from Rollins School of Public have already Alaribe on a path to making a difference in global health. Since graduating, she has focused on advancing health equity and diversifying the health care workforce. Alaribe co-founded the Nigeria chapter of Women in Global Health, an organization dedicated to achieving equality in global health leadership. Most recently, after winning a anti-racism hackathon, she co-founded a health care start-up company, Coyfish.

Brown is an accounting executive with more than fifteen years of experience, currently serving as the vice president of North America controllership at Visa. He is responsible for the integrity of Visa’s financial statements for North America and corporate. Prior to that role, Garrard was the chief accounting officer for Avid Technology, where he was a key member of the senior management team leading digital transformation, organizational restructuring, and recapitalization efforts.

As a physician-scientist and medical director of diversity and inclusion at Henry Fold Health, Caldwell strives to make “good trouble,” creating transformational change in health justice. Her studies at Emory exposed her to diverse thinkers, theories, and social justice leaders while enabling her to immerse herself in experiences that taught her about power and privilege, truth and reconciliation, and community healing. She earned a medical degree from the Yale School of Medicine.

Ericksen is a civil rights a orney with a growing national reputation. After graduating from Emory School of Law, he joined the Clayton County Solicitor General’s Office. Ericksen later transitioned to a civil litigation practice. How-

ever, he found his true passion was defending the constitutional rights of people who have been victimized by police brutality and misconduct. So he founded the Ericksen Firm to direct his energy and resources to cases where he feels like he can truly make a difference.

Kadree centers her approach as founder and principal of Compass Strategies Consulting from an unapologetically Black, queer, and feminist perspective. She believes that when all of those identities are engaged and addressed, all will

benefit from the outcome. This grounding ethic has led her to work as a public defense a orney, legislative counsel, chief advocacy officer, and shaper of tech company culture. A recipient of multiple awards for her work, Kadree is also a speaker, panelist, commentator, and moderator.



After graduating from Emory, McNeight earned her dentistry degree from the University of Florida and completed a three-year orthodontic residency. She returned to her hometown of Melbourne, Florida, and co-founded Caudill & McNeight Orthodontics. McNeight is passionate about improving the oral health of her community and chairs the Florida Dental Association Leadership Development Commi ee. She created Give Kids A Smile, an annual event that provides free dental care to children from low-income families.

Okeke is a workplace equity advocate, lawyer, negotiation strategist, professor, and start-up founder. After Emory, she graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law. For fifteen years, she has practiced employment law with a special focus on equal employment opportunity, pay equity, and workplace justice. As the founder of EPIQ Consulting, Okeke now leads an Atlanta-based, Blackowned, and woman-owned enterprise that provides consulting for global businesses, as well as employment services for individuals.



As the executive director of research and business intelligence at the Technical College System of Georgia, Beaude e is directing the launch of a new research and development framework to support innovative technical education throughout the state. In 2021, she was named Data and Analytics Leader of the Year for Innovation by the system’s Leadership Excellence Awards commi ee. For Beaude e, Emory is more than a diploma; the critical thinking and quantitative skills she learned—and the friendships she made—remained an integral part of her life.


Thomas is a passionate strategic partner who helps C-suite executives tackle complicated problems with creative solutions. After

graduating from Emory with a degree in psychology and linguistics, he earned a degree from Stetson University College of Law. Thomas is a three-time general counsel, having served as chief legal officer for Georgia Gwinne College, Valdosta State University, and the City University of New York–Brooklyn College. He recently transitioned to advising the Walt Disney Company on complex ma ers involving labor, entertainment, and employment law.

Chua is a self-described “supply chain rebel,” transforming how organizations source, manufacture, and distribute products around the globe. A rising leader in the

operations industry, Chua has launched supply chain transformations at more than ten companies. As an operations consultant for McKinsey & Company, she leverages digital technologies to build centralized strategies that make supply chains more resilient to bo lenecks arising from pandemics, natural disasters, and more. Chua advocates for women of color in her field, where she works to advance leadership inclusion and achieve gender parity.



Cohen has devoted his career to caring for patients with lymphoma and developing clinical trials investigating new therapies. While at Emory as an undergraduate, he worked in the psychology lab of Professor Irwin Waldman— an expert in the role of genetics in behavior. He earned his medical degree at the University of Florida then joined the Emory School of Medicine faculty in 2013. Today, Cohen leads the lymphoma program at the Winship Cancer Institute and has developed and led national trials evaluating outcomes for new lymphoma treatments.


Reaves is chief of staff at Cellino, a cell therapy technology platform company focused on increasing access to stem cell therapies for patients. Before Cellino, Reaves spent seven years at the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, where he led global product development


Hermann started and led the multi-institution research collaboration that developed the core technology used in the Clean Hands–Safe Hands system. The research team included investigators from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Children’s


Mouat is CEO and co-founder of Hazel Technologies, a Chicago-based agriscience company dedicated to extending the shelf life of fruits, vegetables, flowers, and plants through responsible, sustainable chemistry products. An expert in sustainable and agricultural chemistry as well as food production and supply chains, he has been named to Grist 50 Fixer, Crain’s Chicago’s 40 Under 40, and Chicago Inno’s 50 on Fire lists. Mouat is an advisory board member for the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Northwestern University.

for a business-to-business platform that facilitated partnerships in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry. Outside of work, Reaves enjoys serving on the National Leadership Council of the Society for Science, a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding scientific literacy.

Healthcare of Atlanta, Emory School of Medicine, and Georgia Tech. Hermann licensed the technology, founded the company, and in the past five years has led Clean Hands–Safe Hands to widespread acclaim and implementation—now used in more than one hundred hospitals.


Born and raised in the Philippines, Jeswani flew around the world to a end Emory, despite never having visited Georgia. At Emory, her passion for brand building developed, and she co-founded the Goizueta Undergraduate Marketing Club. Upon graduation, she moved to New York City, where she spent a decade creating digital marketing programs for Fortune 100 companies. Yearning to run a company on her own terms, Jeswani founded Nomad Lane, a brand of elevated and intuitive travel bags and accessories.



Spicer joined Emory’s Office of Sustainability Initiatives as an intern in 2013 while completing a master’s degree in development practice, and she currently serves as its interim director. She works directly with students, faculty, staff, vendors, and community members to deepen their understanding of sustainability and to support them in decision-making that prioritizes sustainability practices and community building. Spicer was a member of the LEAD Atlanta 2022 cohort and is an advisory board member of the Youth Sustainable Development Network.



Bernard founded his first company, Sco y’s Recycling, in the waste-to-energy space. Here, he

designed facilities to efficiently process waste fats, oils, and greases, and his business has grown internationally. He then went on to cofound Veriflux, a clean-tech software company focused on bringing traceability, transparency, and efficiency to waste-to-energy supply chains. Veriflux was awarded an EPA small business innovation contract and recently was selected for a groundbreaking pilot program in New York City. Combining business success with helping the planet is hugely rewarding for Bernard.


Fingert is managing partner at Camber Creek, a venture capital firm focused on property technology with

$700 million under management. After earning a bachelor’s degree in business from Emory, he went on to receive a master’s in business administration from Harvard Business School. Fingert then worked as a principal at Boston Consulting Group, guiding large-scale transformation efforts, and in 2015, he was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as a senior policy adviser on the National Economic Council at the White House.


Hanafi has spent the past decade honing her skills as a private equity secondaries investor, buying and

selling preexisting investor commitments to private equity and other alternative investment funds. In 2021, Hanafi joined leading private equity firm TPG as a principal. She is a member of the Next Gen Leaders for Secondaries: Class 2021—a list of rising stars in the field under thirty-six years old. She is also the co-founder of Women in Secondaries, a nonprofit that supports, elevates, and promotes women in the industry.


As the founder of DiversityPA, a nonprofit that guides students on the path to become physician assistants, Horton is on a mission to increase the number of minorities in the practice today. After graduating from Emory, Horton spent five years with the National Health Service Corps, providing health care to communities with limited access and resources. Now as physician assistant at Emory Healthcare, Horton provides routine primary care in a family practice se ing.

Patel has always been passionate about education and service. After studying at the University of Pennsylvania as an undergraduate, he returned home to a end Emory for medical school and an anesthesiology residency. He then joined Emory University Hospital as a faculty anesthesiologist. Patel is now chief of general and transplant anesthesia, one of the most complex operating room environments in the Emory Healthcare system. He helped lead the group through the COVID-19 pandemic and serves as a faculty mentor.

Pierre is senior counsel at Fiserv, where she supports the bill and digital payment solutions team. Pierre has more than ten years of experience as a transactional a orney in both the public and private sectors, previously working for the state of Georgia as a transportation a orney. Today, Pierre serves on the board of directors and chairs the advisory council for the Health Law Partnership, a medical-legal partnership that provides free legal services to improve the physical, social, and economic environments of low-income children.

Taylor is an assistant professor of gynecologic oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center. After graduating from Emory, she completed medical school at New York University and a master’s program

in public health at University of Texas. While at NYU, she received the President’s Service Award for her role as co-director of the NYC Free Clinic, the largest student-run free clinic in the city. Texas Monthly named her a Texas Rising Stars Super Doctor in 2021 and 2022.


Teekah’s degree in applied mathematics from Emory enables him to solve large, ambiguous problems for top companies around the globe. He started his career in investment banking at Rothschild & Co, helping to found its North

America strategy group. He later went on to join a start-up investment bank, where he served as an investor, board member, and head of strategy. This past summer—inspired by US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey’s 2017 Emory commencement speech—he took a sabbatical to focus on volunteering.



Kim is a global citizen who strives to make peace wherever he is—whether in Atlanta, Clarkston, or Seoul. Through service opportunities at Emory, he discovered the diverse community of Clarkston, where many rese led refugees and immigrants from all over the world have found a new home. Inspired by them, he and his wife founded Re’Generation Movement to empower young people from global diasporas to be peace builders. He also wages peace in South Korea as CEO of start-up Mirrorball Media.


After graduating from Emory with a bachelor’s degree in international studies, LaCroix entered the Department of State’s Foreign Service as a US diplomat. She cut her teeth during the Arab Spring pro-democracy protests as a diplomatic courier, trans-


Maje e is a mission-driven, lifelong learner who strives to help underserved populations live longer and healthier lives. After earning a degree in international studies at Emory, she got an MD/MPH degree from the University of North Carolina. She trained


Milner is a policy expert in racial, ethnic, sexual, and other types of inequity. As director of research and impact at Utopia, Milner uses empirical evidence and quantitative methodology to drive and measure positive cultural and organizational change. She’s helped clients


Padilla a ended schools in the US, Mexico, England, France, and Brazil, and his international background pushed him out of his comfort zone and encouraged him to explore. He graduated Emory with a double major in international studies and

porting classified material around the world. In 2018, LaCroix transitioned to being a political officer at the US Embassy in New Delhi. Currently, she serves in the Political Section of the US Consulate in Dubai, working on humanitarian, labor, trafficking, and women’s issues.

as a resident at the University of Miami/Jackson Health System and then served as the medical director for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Maje e is now a primary care physician with Chen Senior Medical Center, providing comprehensive primary care to seniors.

such as Google, Coca-Cola Europacific Partners, and Kellogg’s become more inclusive, healthy, and entrepreneurial workplaces. Before turning to corporate work, Milner taught at several universities and wrote two books and more than forty peer-reviewed publications on equity, diversity, and inclusion issues.

journalism and went on to earn a master’s degree in business administration from Cornell University. As vice president of strategy at Univision and news anchor for Noticias Univision 24/7’s Weekend Newscast, Padilla continues to explore, ask questions, and challenge himself.



Smothers is a visionary educator with a decade of leadership experience in educational and faith-based organizations, backed by a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Emory and a master’s degree in gifted education from the University of Georgia. She has united progressive educators, given a TED Talk, and coached dozens of school leaders globally. She is the founder and director of the Joy Village School, Georgia’s only private school centered on the thriving of Black youth.



A native of Romania, Visoiu-Knapp has lived and worked on three continents. At Emory, she interned at The Carter Center and the university connected her to the opportunity to live and work in Zambia, leading a team to implement Johnson & Johnson’s HIV-1 vaccine efficacy clinical trial. Now at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, she is senior manager in development program management, working across therapeutic focus areas. She is also a managing director at Golden Seeds—a nationwide investment firm focused on highgrowth, women-led business ventures.


After Lee Brodsky graduated from Goizueta Business School, he worked as a

commercial real estate adviser at several firms. In 2017, Brodsky created BEB Capital, leveraging his family’s real estate portfolio to establish an institutional real estate practice that currently consists of a family office, institutional partnerships, and a bridge lending platform. He credits his experience as an Emory fraternity president for giving him the skills to coach and lead fellow teammates at his real estate firm.


Ewing has built a successful career in mergers and acquisition change management consulting, helping organi-

zations navigate change with an approach that incorporates business strategy, leader engagement, empathy, and cultural understanding. As a co-founder of Switch Consulting Group, she assists companies in realigning their organizational structure and communication strategy with their rapidly evolving strategic, regulatory, and operating environments with more than fifteen years of experience.


After earning a business degree from Goizueta, Hayes Lee’s journey took her to New York City, where she worked

for Hearst, Disney/ABC, and Complex Networks. She was later awarded a fellowship to a end New York University’s Stern Business School, where she received an MBA in marketing and entrepreneurship. Hayes Lee has held leadership roles at Saks Fifth Avenue and, most recently, The Knot Worldwide, where she’s se led in at The Bump as head of marketing. She also recently signed a deal to write children’s books.


Hershenberg is an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and director of psychotherapy in Emory’s Treatment Resistant Depression Program. As a licensed clinical psychologist, board certified in behavioral and cognitive psychology, she specializes in the research and treatment of depression. Her passion is in bridging academic science with clinical practice to improve the lives of people struggling with depression, which motivated her to publish her first self-help book, Activating Happiness


Holmes-Kidd is an a orney, community leader, and avid traveler who has visited all seven continents. She serves as senior vice president, general counsel, and chief administrative officer at Parkway Property Investments, a real estate investment firm that owns and operates commercial office and industrial assets throughout the US. She has been named a “Woman to Watch” and “40 under 40” by the Orlando Business Journal. She and her husband, Judge Embry Kidd 05C, serve on the Emory College Alumni Board.

Jabali is an a orney, activist, documentary filmmaker, and the senior news and politics editor at Essence magazine. Her journalism career started accidentally at Emory—she was focused on a career in law— when she co-founded Black Star Magazine to ensure the university’s Black community had a voice on campus. Since then, her writing has appeared in the New Republic, Vox, the Root, the Intercept, and the Guardian, where she was a columnist.

Mashioff serves as director of asset management at Rialto Capital, where he focuses on reviewing and restructuring commercial mortgage-backed security loans. Mashioff previously played a key role in raising capital and served on the real estate debt and equity investment teams. Prior to joining Rialto, he worked at Psagot Investment House in Israel. Mashioff has been awarded the Public Leadership Credential from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and is currently pursuing a master of liberal arts at Harvard.


When Telep arrived at Emory as an undergraduate, his understanding of what faculty members did was limited to teaching in the classroom.

But he eventually learned they were also scholars who conducted innovative research. Telep is now an associate professor at Arizona State University, as well as associate director of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. He loves teaching and mentoring, and he is passionate about partnering with communities and police agencies on research to enhance fairness and effectiveness.


A change agent and strategic leader, Thomas demonstrates her passion for public health through her work with the Administration for

Strategic Response and Preparedness (ASPR). She leads the nationwide monitoring and evaluation process for the Hospital Association COVID-19 Cooperative Agreement, with recipients across all states and territories. Thomas evaluates and writes the National Health Security Strategy for ASPR, which addresses ever-changing health security threats. She hopes to leave the world be er off than she found it.



With an eye on Emory’s bicentennial, 2O36 is spearheading a movement to shape the future, providing access to transformative and experiential learning environments with world-renowned faculty and groundbreaking research opportunities. One year since our public launch, we’re excited to share our progress.


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Carla Schissel 79G published a children’s book titled The Hot Dog Thief.


Leah Ward Sears 80L an attorney with Atlanta-based law firm Alterity ADR, was voted “Best of” the individual mediator/arbitrator category by lawyers and law firm administrators who read the Daily Report.

Harold B. Yellin 82B 82L, a corporate and real estate attorney for Savannah-based law firm HunterMaclean, was named to the list of The Best Lawyers in America 2023.

Kim Turner 88DR graduated from Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health on May 25, 2022, with a concentration in health management. She has worked in public health for more than 20 years and played a key role in COVID-19 community outreach and Response for Fulton County in Georgia.

Shan Cooper 89C 95B, founder and chief executive officer of Journey Forward Strategy, was honored as Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year by the Greater Atlanta Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Lita Epstein 89B published two books in 2022: Accounting for Healthcare, 2nd Edition, for the University of Arizona, and Reading Financial Reports for Dummies. She started her financial writing business a few years after she earned an MBA from Goizueta Business School and has sold more than 700,000 copies of the 49 books she has written so far.


Brian Pensky 91C was named women’s head coach of soccer at Florida State University. Pensky led the Tennessee Volunteers women’s soccer team, which he had coached for 10 years, to the SEC Championship in 2021. He has also won National, ACC, and SEC Coach of the Year honors during his illustrious career.

Leslie Ellen Petty 92C, associate professor of English and department chair, was honored for Outstanding Faculty Service by Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.

Ilan Markus 96L, a bankruptcy and insolvency attorney for law firm Barclay Damon in Connecticut, was named to the list of the Best Lawyers in America 2023.

Lauren Watel 96G 03G had a poem “And When I Awoke” published in the spring 2022 issue of literary journal Ploughshares.

John Howard 97G published Truths Up His Sleeve: The Times of Michael Cacoyannis, the first critical biography of radio broadcaster, stage director, and auteur filmmaker Michael Cacoyannis—best known for writing and directing the movie Zorba the Greek

Heidi Riney 97C 03MR 07MR was named chief medical officer of Atlanta-based global sleep health company Nox Health. As CMO, she will lead all medical programming and health care innovation across business units and play a supportive role in medical device technology development.

Berman, Karpf & Karpf P.A. in South Florida, and specializes in high-net-worth and high-conflict family law cases.

Jennifer Crabb Kyles 98Ox 00C has received a promotion to assistant vice president of alumni and constituent engagement for Advancement and Alumni Engagement at Emory University. In this new role, she will be responsible for building university-wide strategies for alumni engagement through programming on campus and across the country, volunteer leadership, awards, and regional engagement.


Elizabeth Guillory 00C was appointed as the inaugural director of diversity, equity and community life at Sacred Heart, an independent school in New York City.

Jonathan Nash 02B and his wife Kerin of Los Angeles announced the birth of their third son, Aaron Lev, on July 12, 2022. Jonathan is a video marketing executive at Apple.

Julie Clements Smith 02C and her husband Alex of Bethesda, Maryland, announced the birth of daughter Amelie Juliette Smith, born on March 2, 2022. Julie is vice president of external affairs for UnitedHealth Group.

Elise Hammonds Blalock 04C and husband Travis Blalock 03C welcomed daughter Wynell Louise Blalock on April 23, 2022, in Atlanta. Travis is associate professor of dermatology at Emory’s School of Medicine.

Rachel Tyree Humphrey 06PH married Darren Humphrey in Ojai, California, on January 31, 2022. They welcomed their new daughter EdenAnn Rose on February 22, 2022, in Los Angeles.

Andy Wilson 06C became board certified in marital and family law by the Florida Bar. He is an attorney at Young,

Charles Schwartz 07B and wife Maura welcomed their third son Ashton Charles Ryan Schwartz on July 7, 2022.

Jared Susco 07B was named as chief financial officer for Radiology Oncology unit at Penn Medicine, part of the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

David Feldman 08B, founder and president of 3 Owl, was named to Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under 40 list for 2021.

Kimberlynn Davis 08G, partner with Kilpatrick Townsend and Stockton, was named to Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under 40 list for 2021.

Brittany Manseau Baker 09C, senior director of sales at CyberCube, was named one of 40 “Break Out Award Winners” in 2022 by Business Insurance.

William John Gallagher III 09B, a corporate law attorney for Savannah-based law firm HunterMaclean, was named to the “Ones to Watch” list by the Best Lawyers in America 2023.

Technology platform Veriflux, co-founded by Scott Bernard 09B and Dani Charles 09C, has partnered with the Environmental Protection Agency and New York City Department of Environmental Protection to pilot the company’s end-to-end waste traceability technology. The company’s head of development is fellow Emory alumnus Brian Sobel 00C


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Patrick Rice 09C, an associate in the Tampa, Florida, office of law firm Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick LLP, was named to the “Ones to Watch” list for real estate law by the Best Lawyers in America 2023

Amy Cheng 09C 15L, senior associate with Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough LLP, was named to Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under 40 list for 2021. 10s

Ricardo Duarte 10L was recognized as a Rising Star in Business Litigation by Florida Super Lawyers magazine for the seventh year in a row.

Ariel Esteves 10N, vice president of CareSource, was named to Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under 40 list for 2021.

Jason Esteves 10L, an at-large representative and outgoing board chair of the Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education and a vice president at Equifax, was named one of 2022 Georgia’s 50 Most Influential Latinos by the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Susan Schayes 10PH, chief transformation officer for ChenMed, was named to the Top 50 Leaders of Georgia 2022 list by Women We Admire.

Joel Thompson 10C 13G was appointed as the first fulltime composer in residence at the Houston Grand Opera in Houston, Texas. The company recruited Thompson after commissioning and staging the 2021 world premiere of his first opera, The Snowy Day, based on the Caldecott Medal–winning children’s book by Ezra Jack Keats. His five-year residency began in August.

Oderah Nwaeze 11L, a business litigation partner with law firm Faegre Drinker, was recognized by the Philadelphia Tribune as a 2022 Philadelphia Region Leader, which honors the most influential African

Americans in the Delaware Valley.

Melanie Beatus 12C and Matthew Ettleson of Chicago were married on April 3, 2022.

Sean Joyce 12EMBA became vice president of engineering at Waystar after purchasing Patientco, where he served as chief technology officer. He lives in Decatur, Georgia.

Derick Okwan 13G 13M 16M, an instructor of Pathology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, received a 2022 NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award for his research in understanding neutrophil dysfunction in chronic inflammatory diseases and how to effectively target these cells to improve outcomes in chronic diseases.

Erin Robinson Cutler 12Ox 14C married Josh Cutler 14C 21MR on June 4, 2022.

Emily Laura Mapelli 15C graduated from Drexel University College of Medicine in May 2022 and began her residency in anesthesiology at the University of Pennsylvania.

Roxana C. Chicas 16N 20G, assistant professor of nursing at Emory’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, was named a 2022 Healthcare Heroes Rising Star by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Maya Shields Heideman 16B and Alexander Heideman 15C welcomed their son John Alexander Cooke Heideman born on Aug. 25, 2022, in Atlanta.

Melonie Jordan 16L, an associate at law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP, was named the 2022 Top Young Diverse Lawyer of Orange County, California.

Rebecca Woofter 16C, a specialist in maternal and reproductive health at UCLA’s Fielding School’s Department of Community Health Sciences, received a fellowship for academic excellence at the school’s 2022 Student Academic Honors and Awards Ceremony.

John Rose 18L, an attorney at Fox Rothschild LLP, was named in Variety’s 2022 Legal Impact Report, which highlights the top legal professionals in entertainment whose recent deals and litigation have transformed the industry landscape. He was also listed on the 2022 “On the Rise” list by Daily Report


Joseph Abrahams 37C 39M, of San Luis Obispo, California, on February 22, 2022.


Marjorie Turner Fackler 42G, of LaGrange, Georgia, on July 26, 2022.

Doyce G. Briscoe 43D, of Jasper, Alabama, on September 15, 2022.

James Hardin Sherard 43D, of Highlands, NC, on August 26, 2022.

Luther Jarvis 44C, of Gastonia, NC, on April 27, 2021.

Laree M. Benton 47Ox, of Monroe, Georgia, on December 1, 2021.

Owen Kay Youles Jr. 43Ox 47C, of Valdosta, Georgia, on August 11, 2022.

Anthony W. Shipps 45Ox, of Bloomington, Indiana, on April 9, 2021.

Bert F. Erwin 46C 50D, of Largo, Florida, on June 17, 2022.

Jesse John Morris 46D, of Elizabeth City, NC, on July 3, 2022.

Betty W. McEwan 47G, of Orlando, Florida, on June 30, 2022.

James W. Brown 48B, of Alexander City, Alabama, on April 8, 2022.

Thomas Lumpkin Hodges Jr. 48M, of Clarkesville, Georgia, on December 15, 2020.

Hugh S. Thompson 48C 52M, of Fayetteville, Georgia, on June 30, 2022.

Lavinia Whatley Skinner 48Ox, of Memphis, Tennessee, on April 23, 2022.

Cathryn C. Yantis 48N, of Maui, Hawaii, on June 4, 2022.

William Daniel Barker II 49B, of Atlanta, on July 21, 2022.

Frank H. Gruber Jr. 49C 52M, of Ravenel, SC, on June 28, 2022.

Harold Wilson Mann Sr. 47Ox 49C 50G, of Winchester, Virginia, on April 5, 2022.

Hugh McKee 49C 53T, of Atlanta, on May 1, 2022.

Priscilla Adams Roberts 49N, of Elberton, Georgia, on May 15, 2022.

Sarah Malone Schulz 49M, of Marianna, Florida, on August 20, 2020.

Charles K. Wright 49C 53M 55MR, of Atlanta, on May 22, 2022.


Richard Binion Jr. 48Ox 50C, of Peachtree Corners, Georgia, on August 18, 2022.

George B. Brown 50B, of Atlanta, on June 30, 2022.

Floyd R. Cooper 50C 54M 55MR 56MR, of Bogart, Georgia, on March 25, 2022.

Doris D. Ferguson 50G, of Henrico, Virginia, on June 27, 2022.

Kenneth F. Morris 50G, of Madison, Georgia, on January 31, 2020.

Roderick Ruel Morrison Jr. 50C 56G, of Lawrence, Georgia, on April 13, 2022.

A. Henry Randall 50C 54M 57MR, of Kennesaw, Georgia, on June 21, 2022.

Julia Black Strader 50N, of Lexington, NC, on June 8, 2022.

Clarence D. Cade 51Ox, of Tallapoosa, Georgia, on May 29, 2022.

Daniel C. Elkin 51C, of Danville, Kentucky, on January 10, 2022.

William A. Foster 48Ox 51L, of Fernandina Beach, Florida, on June 16, 2022.

Henry V. Hayes 51 C, of Pelham, NY, on June 30, 2022.

Caroline C. Rael 51N 67N, of Corrales, NM, on September 9, 2022.

James A. Saye 51C, of Houston, Texas, on April 6, 2022.

C. Lewis Shurbutt 51C 54T, of Elberton, Georgia, on March 31, 2022.

Judith C. Sundberg 51N, of Brookhaven, Georgia on August 20, 2022.

J. Fritz Thompson III 51C 55M, of Rockledge, Florida, on May 28, 2022.

Earl B. Carter 52T, of North Little Rock, Arkansas, on July 9, 2022.

James L. Cox 52C 54L, of Lilburn, Georgia, on June 25, 2022.

Marcus H. Smith 52C 55T, of Fairhope, Alabama, on September 18, 2022.

E. Ernest Garrison 53B 56, of Atlanta, on June 22, 2022.

G. Robert Gary Sr. 53C 56T 88T, of Decatur, Georgia, on August 3, 2022.

Henry Precht 53C, of Bethesda, Maryland, on September 11, 2022.

Muriel Kaiser Taylor 53N, of Greenville, SC, on August 25, 2022.

Carol N. Worley 53N, of Kennesaw, Georgia, on December 2, 2021.

Josephine Barron Atchison 54G, of Decatur, Georgia, on April 24, 2022

Jackson Pafford Braddy 54C 57T, of Atlanta, on September 21, 2022.

William S. Evans 54T, of Lexington, Tennessee, on November 15, 2020.

William Thomas Fincher 54Ox, of Conyers, Georgia, on May 7, 2022.

Richard T. Gaines 54C 57D, of New Smyrna, Florida, on March 30, 2022.

Nancy S. Hartley 54N, of Lilburn, Georgia, on July 15, 2022.

Charles E. Hoover 54T 58G 79T, of St. Simons Island, Georgia, on June 18, 2022.

Bruce C. Janes 54T, of Freeport, Illinois, on April 19, 2022.

Donald Robert Jimerson Sr. 54Ox, of Thomaston, Georgia, on September 29, 2020.


Joann Richardson-Kersey 54N, of Jupiter, Florida, on August 18, 2022.

David L. Glancy Sr. 55C 65FM, of New Orleans, Louisiana, on April 24, 2022.

James H. Holmes 55T 85T, of Germantown, Tennessee, on June 21, 2021.

Phil M. Jones 55T, of Columbia, SC, on April 3, 2022.

Carl H. McNair 55C, of Fairfax, Virginia, on May 2, 2022.

Helen M. O’Connor 55N 57N, of Atlanta, on July 13, 2022.

Walton Harrison Owens Jr. 55C, of Clemson, SC, on March 23, 2022.

H. Harlan Stone 55M 62MR, of Piedmont, SC, on April 7, 2022.

Troy Martin Walden 55Ox, of Monroe, Georgia, on February 17, 2020.

Sue T. Barkett 56N 58N, of Vero Beach, Florida, on June 24, 2022.

James William Dupree 56T, of Americus, Georgia, on June 4, 2022.

Marvin H. Harper 51Ox 53C, of Willingboro, NJ, on July 13, 2022.

John H. Hartley 56C 61M, of Atlanta, on August 30, 2022.

Dora Riggins Kramer 56N, of Indianapolis, Indiana, on December 21, 2020.

Frank Longworth Meadows 56C 58G, of Powder Springs, Georgia, on March 31, 2022.

George C. Norsworthy 56T, of Georgetown, Texas, on November 2, 2021.

Marion R. Ramos 56L, of Riverdale, Georgia, on August 11, 2022.

Robert A. Shelley 56T, of Sun City, Florida, on April 20, 2022.

Carter Smith 56C 60M 66MR, of Atlanta, on August 23, 2022.

James G. Youngblood Jr. 56D, of Palm City, Florida, on August 17, 2022.

Billy Ray Banks 57Ox, of Carl, Georgia, on June 13, 2020.

Alford Cumming Bridges 57Ox, of Gray, Georgia, on August 4, 2022.

Ronald E. Eith 57C, of Dunwoody, Georgia, on August 4, 2022.

Ernest Horatio Fogg Sr. 57B, of Ft. Myers, Florida, on September 17, 2022.

John Donald Galligan 57G, of Little Compton, RI, on June 24, 2022.

W. Ernest Hogge 57T, of Irvington, Virginia, on June 24, 2022.

Barbara Bannester Stewart 57C, of Augusta, Georgia, on August 18, 2022.

Alton LeDonne Walker 57D, of Villa Rica, Georgia, on April 1, 2020.

Earl L. Alderman 58C, of Cumming, Georgia, on August 8, 2013.

Jack K. Berry 58L, of Savannah, Georgia, on August 24, 2022.

James William Cox 56Ox 58C, of Lilburn, Georgia, on March 24, 2022.

V.L. Daughtery 58T, of Valdosta, Georgia, on June 8, 2022.

William A. Davis 58C 62M 64MR 69MR, of Atlanta, on August 27, 2022.

Elton A. Eason 58G, of Tampa, Florida, on July 4, 2022.

James O. Evans 58T, of Ruston, Louisiana, on February 28, 2022.

Amos Kempton Haynes Jr. 58C, of Atlanta, on June 28, 2022.

Clifton Gerald Kemper Jr. 58C, of Clayton, Georgia, on June 22, 2022.

Jay S. Paulen 58D, of Atlanta, on May 28, 2022.

Vee Simmons 58G, of Decatur, Georgia, on July 12, 2022.

Roy M. Stockman 58T, of Summerville, SC, on August 24, 2022.

W. Stanley Baker Jr. 59T, of Chehalis, Washington, on June 22, 2021.

Charles Kenneth Caraway 59T, of Mountain City, Tennessee, on April 10, 2022.

Susan R. Daves 59N, of Atlanta, on August 11, 2022.

Floyd Lawrence Davis 59MR, of Alpharetta, Georgia, on September 10, 2022.

Richard M. Isenberg 59C, of Atlanta, on June 20, 2022.

Dougald P. Montgomery 59Ox, of Gainesville, Georgia, on September 12, 2022.

Ralph Williams Jr. 59L, of Atlanta, on June 30, 2022.


Jacalwyn Barlow Birchfield 60C, of Prosperity, SC, on September 23, 2022.

John L. Buckingham 60MR, of Leeds, Alabama, on December 23, 2020.

Olin M. Cook 60G, of Russellville, Arkansas, on May 4, 2022.

Denny L. Gore 60C, of Tallahassee. Florida, on April 30, 2022.

Elaine Ward Hallum 60C, of Jasper, Georgia, on September 5, 2022.

Granville C. Henry III 60T 63G, of Claremont, California, on July 28, 2021.

Allen Keith Jackson 60G, of Meridian, Idaho, on May 5, 2022.

Lewis H. Lipsius 60C 64M 65MR, of Marietta, Georgia, on March 21, 2022.

David L. Marsh 58Ox 60C, of Winter Park, Florida, on June 15, 2022.

Edwin Noel Preston 60C 65M, of Atlanta, on July 23, 2022.

Phillip L. Powers 60Ox, of Akron, Ohio, on June 16, 2021.

Ray Rodman Ruby Sr. 60C, of Lake Harbor, Florida, on May 9, 2021.

Walter Lee Sandlin Jr. 60G, of Marietta, Georgia, on April 15, 2022.

Frances Murphy Whetsel 60C, of Morristown, Tennessee, on October 17, 2020.

Luleen S. Anderson 61G, of Wilmington, NC, on August 19, 2022.

Bette S. Bowden 59Ox 61C, of Fair Oaks, California, on July 17, 2020.

India Dinkins Field 61Ox, of Naples, Florida, on May 20, 2022.

Frances Huntley Fleming 61N, of Rockville, Maryland, on June 5, 2022.

A. Bruce Galloway 61T, of Clyde, NC, on June 27, 2022.

James F. Goodchild 61C 65D, of Sandy Springs, Georgia, on July 22, 2022.

Janet Scott Heisel 61C, of Wallingford, Connecticut, on June 9, 2022.

Susan Heitman-Helmke 61C, of Sunrise, Florida, on August 22, 2021.

Waights G. Henry 61Ox 63C, of Kennesaw, Georgia, on July 26, 2022.

Robert L. Herrington 61T, of Cochran, Georgia, on September 20, 2022.

Martin L. Hess 61T, of Bradenton, Florida, on April 15, 2022.

H. Arthur McLane 61C, of Valdosta, Georgia, on March 3, 2022.

Jan Lee Mize 61B, of Johns Creek, Georgia, on August 27, 2022.

Gerald Earl Munday 61T, of Gulf Breeze, Florida, on April 28, 2022.

W. Forney Osburn 59Ox 61C, of Tallahassee, Florida, on November 15, 2020.

Harold S. Runsvold 61L, of Nashville, Tennessee, on July 8, 2022.

Archibald Felkel Shuler 61M 68MR, of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, on June 13, 2022.

Ralph E. Shuping 61G, of Salisbury, NC, on August 13, 2022.

Ronald C. Simons 61MR, of Vashon, Washington, on October 25, 2020.

Charles A. Sineath 61C 64T, of Marietta, Georgia, on July 23, 2022.

J. Brenton Stearns 61G, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, on November 5, 2021.

Wilton C. Carter 62T, of Wenatchee, Washington, on September 5, 2021.

William A. Craft 62T, of Blairsville, Georgia, on November 20, 2020.

James Daniel Crawford 62T, of Manchester, Georgia, on August 17, 2022.

Elroyce Malone Dodson 62T, of Roswell, Georgia, on August 7, 2022.

Lynn Alan Downey 62C 63L, of Marietta, Georgia, on December 14, 2021.

Dinah S. Floyd 62N, of Cochran, Georgia, on March 19, 2022.

Joel Hodges Gunnells 62B, of Marietta, Georgia, on July 31, 2022.

Lewis S. Hay 62G, of Clinton, SC, on July 30, 2022.

Lynne Kitchens 62C, of Littleton, Colorado, on July 13, 2022.

Patricia K. Mayfield 62C, of Covington, Georgia, on August 4, 2022.

Barbara J. Penn 62C, of Palmdale, California, on January 8, 2021.

Augustus Norman Sharp III 62D, of Jacksonville, Florida, on April 6, 2022.

Sandra B. Connell 63C, of Arlington, Virginia, on October 29, 2021.

Oliver W. Jenkins 63C, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, on July 19, 2022.

Fawzy Saad Mansour 63MR 65G, of Cincinnati, Ohio, on October 3, 2020.

Robert H. McDonald 63MR, of Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania, on June 12, 2022.

Barbara C. Nix 63C, of Atlanta, on August 7, 2022.

Melda W. Page 63C, of Augusta, Georgia, on April 13, 2022.

John C. Staton 63L, of Atlanta, on June 26, 2022.

William A. Werner 63B, of Atlanta, on July 15, 2022.

Gerald L. Batte 64MR, of Houston, Texas, on August 27, 2022.

Nick F. Colmenares 64D, of Tampa, Florida, on June 8, 2022.

Betty Barrett Goetz 64C 72A, of Cleveland, Georgia, on June 4, 2022.

Diane C. Kent 64C, of Bethesda, Maryland, on April 5, 2022.

Rex Alton Miller 64B, of Pensacola, Florida, on May 22, 2022.

John Arthur Nix 64L, of Atlanta, on August 18, 2022.

James Latane Ware 64MR, of Richmond, Virginia, on December 26, 2021.

Robert B. Ansley 65L, of Decatur, Georgia, on August 13, 2022.


Margaret Craig Bryant 65T, of Cumming, Georgia, on August 30, 2022.

J. Bricker Burns 65M 66MR 69MR, of Dunwoody, Georgia, on August 27, 2021.

William B. Tye III 65C, of Okatie, SC, on July 27, 2022.

Cermette Justing Clardy 65T, of Palms, SC, on June 25, 2022.

Bennett Lexon Kight 65C 66L, of Atlanta, on June 21, 2022.

William Nicholas Kotys 65C, of Columbus, Ohio, on August 25, 2022.

I. Lehman Lindsey 65MR 69MR, of Alpharetta, Georgia, on January 29, 2020.

Jack Manning McLaughlin Sr. 65L, of Atlanta, on April 8, 2022.

Stephanie Thorp Meiselman 65C, of Boca Raton, Florida, on April 8, 2022.

John Charles Mooney 65L, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, on July 16, 2022.

J. Wade Munford 65T, of Staunton, Virginia, on January 24, 2022.

Dan R. Musick 65T, of Roswell, Georgia, on April 26, 2022.

Brantley Hamilton Parsley Sr. 65G, of Mobile, Alabama, on May 3, 2022.

John A. Stoneham 65C, of Highland Park, Texas, on April 14, 2022.

Stephen Charles Trawick 65C 70D 72DR, of Pensacola, Florida, on March 25, 2022.

Anita Zinkl Unger 65G, of Norfolk, Virginia, on August 14, 2022.

Patricia Cullum Yarbrough 65T, of Sumerduck, Virginia, on May 13, 2022.

William Raymond Bender 66MR, of Pensacola, Florida, on August 27, 2021.

William Carrol Chapman 66C, of Tupelo, Mississippi, on April 9, 2022.

N. Wayne Clark 66T, of Jonesboro, Alabama, on July 29, 2022.

Marion Farmer Combs 66C, of Cincinnati, Ohio, on July 1, 2022.

Stephen D. Fox 66G 70G, of Englewood, Florida, on August 11, 2022.

Donald D. Gehring 66G, of St. Simons Island, Georgia, on February 11, 2020.

G. Randolph Hand 66MR, of Paducah, Kentucky, on October 22, 2021.

Marshall Lee Helms Jr. 66L, of Macon, Georgia, on August 24, 2022.

John Henry Houser 66Ox, of Perry, Georgia, on July 18, 2022.

W. Ronald Jackson 66B, of Cleveland, Tennessee, on April 22, 2022.

Linda Chapman Lamb 66Ox, of Darien, Georgia, on June 30, 2022.

Gregory J. Magarian 66C, of Portland, Oregon, on August 8, 2021.

Patrick Joseph McGee 66L, of Atlanta, on June 23, 2022.

John W. Stanford 66D, of Gainesville, Georgia, on August 6, 2022.

Danny C. Tate 66C, of Washington, DC, on March 2, 2022.

Albert Linder Vincent 66C, of Tampa, Florida, on January 10, 2020.

Solomon Jackson Yeoman II 66C 69L, of Baltimore, Maryland, on July 7, 2022.

William Mizell Alexander 67B, of Columbus, Georgia, on May 6, 2022.

Nancy Elizabeth Brown 67C, of Decatur, Georgia, on July 3, 2022.

June Mills Campbell 67N, of Pickens, SC, on May 4, 2021.

Don Lee Hartman 67L, of Lookout Mountain, Georgia, on May 24, 2021.

Judy Barrett Litoff 67C 68G, of Providence, RI, on July 3, 2022.

Richard Franklin Livingston Jr. 67C 70L, of Lakemont, Georgia, on June 8, 2022.

Oliver P. Matthews 67C 71M 76FM, of Florence, Alabama, on May 12, 2022.

Grady W. Mills 67T, of Savannah, Georgia, on March 28, 2022.

Selene Main Morgan 67C, of Atlanta, on June 9, 2022.

Barbara Burns Prather 67C, of Carrollton, Georgia, on May 22, 2022.

Frederick W. Bassett 68G, of Greenwood, SC, on June 24, 2022.

Jill Beshell 68T, of Tupelo, Mississippi, on March 23, 2022.

Robert P. Bowen 68B, of Wyatte, Mississippi, on April 5, 2022.

Raymond Pierce Cowan 68G, of Gainesville, Georgia, on July 20, 2022.

Elizabeth Holter Head 66Ox 68C, of Sun City, Florida, on June 10, 2022.

Jayne Gosnell Helm 68N, of Raleigh, NC, on August 7, 2022.

David R. Olson 68M 72MR 75MR, of Edina, Minnesota, on June 19, 2022.

Jerry C. Prewitt 68T, of Palm City, Florida, on March 4, 2022.

Ronald E. Tornwall 68G 74D, of Englewood, Florida, on January 10, 2022.

Susan Upshaw Wannamaker 68C 74A, of Roswell, Georgia, on April 19, 2022.

Maurice Weil 68C, of Atlanta, on July 6, 2022.

James Ronald Anderson 69T, of Cartersville, Georgia, on May 21, 2022.

Portia H. Benton 67Ox 69C, of Covington, Georgia, on March 28, 2022.

Lawrence D. Bourgard 69M, of Bluffton, SC, on July 27, 2022.

Bruce T. Chosney 69MR, of Indianapolis, Indiana, on July 26, 2022.

Elizabeth York Enstam 69MR, of Dallas, Texas, on September 15, 2022.

Charles Edward Gruehn 69B, of Marietta, Georgia, on July 7, 2022.

James Edgar Long 69L, of Holly Springs, Georgia, on April 23, 2022.

Susan Whitmire Ott 69C, of Atlanta, on May 9, 2022.

Richard Dunn Patton 69C, of Harrisonburg, Virginia, on April 30, 2021.

Stephen H. Richards 69C, of Mount Desert, Maine, on August 4, 2022.

Harvey F. Wachsman 69MR, of New York, NY, on December 19, 2021.


Sidney J. Adams 70C, Seneca, SC, on June 8, 2022.

Paul M. Burke 70Ox 94T, of Snellville, Georgia, on April 18, 2022.

Ira A. Ferguson III 70Ox, of Gainesville, Georgia, on July 28, 2022.

Wallace Ernest Hunt 70D 70Ox, of Gainesville, Georgia, on June 3, 2022.

Steven J. Martin 70L, of Smyrna, Georgia, on March 14, 2022.

Nancy Corney Orman 70N, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on April 24, 2022.

Robert F. Westervelt 70G, of Gainesville, Georgia, on October 20, 2021.

Gary I. Wittick 70L, of Lake Mary, Florida, on November 25, 2021.

Thomas Early Wyatt 70MR, of Atlanta, on July 2, 2022.

Cassandra J. Cole 71B, of Morehead City, NC, on August 23, 2022.

Robert Cosper Ewing 71C, of Calhoun, Louisiana, on May 16, 2022.

Susan S. Foster 71B, of Atlanta, on June 30, 2022.

William Edward Frantz Jr. 71L, of Marietta, Georgia, on June 1, 2022.

Lewis C. Gibbs 71T, of Asheville, NC, on April 17, 2022.

Robert Kent Hedlund 71C, of Spokane, Washington, on February 25, 2022.

Amy Rebecca Johnson 69Ox 71C, of Asheville, NC, on August 30, 2022.

James Michael Luckett 71MR, of Gainesville, Georgia, on September 10, 2022.

Albert J. Mokal 71MR, of Sweetwater, Tennessee, on March 18, 2022.

H. Andrew Owen 71L, of Atlanta, on April 5, 2022.

Joseph T. Page 71G, of Decatur, Georgia, on July 20, 2022.

Jean Tremege Robertson 71G, of Atlanta, on June 11, 2022.

T. Stanley Sunderland II 71L, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, on May 31, 2022.

Robert D. Clark 72L, of Atlanta, on May 5, 2022.

Cristina Templeton Ferguson 72Ox, of Houston, Texas, on February 26, 2021.

Edward L. Frome 72G, of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, on December 31, 2021.

Beverly S. Hall 72C, of Seattle, Washington, on June 4, 2022.

William C. Lowe 72G 75G, of Clinton, Iowa, on July 12, 2022.

James Joseph O’Connell 72L, of Lilburn, Georgia, on August 27, 2022.

Katherine Doster Stoddard 72L, of Tampa, Florida, on June 11, 2022.

Joshua Y. Suzuki 72MR, of Shoreline, Washington, on April 19, 2020.

W. Coleman Sylvan 72C, of Dallas, Texas, on July 31, 2022.

Cheryl A. Teninga 72C, of Indian Head Park, Illinois, on June 12, 2022.

Lewis C. Zimmerman 72C, of West Babylon, New York, on February 17, 2022.

Robert S. Dickens 73G, of Camden, Maine, on August 29, 2022.

Alan D. Flury 73B, of Atlanta, on May 19, 2022.

Neil J. Hart 73FM, of Presto, Pennsylvania, on July 9, 2022.

Anne E. Hodges 73G, of New Albany, Mississippi, on April 19, 2022.

James Arthur Lee 73L, of Stone Mountain, Georgia, on August 31, 2022.

Gerald B. Sonenshine 73C, of Columbia, SC, on June 26, 2022.

Douglas N. Campbell 74L, of Atlanta, on June 12, 2022.

P. Stephen Gordinier 72Ox 74C, of Louisville, Kentucky, on June 9, 2022.

John Wesley Heaton III 74B, of Atlanta, on July 2, 2022.

Carl Casimir Hug Jr. 74MR, of Alpharetta, Georgia, on August 27, 2022.

Susan R. Laubacher 72Ox 74C, of Marietta, Georgia, on May 9, 2022.


Edwin G. Morrison 74T, of Platte City, Missouri, on June 20, 2022.

Carol Atha Cosgrove 75L, of Atlanta, on July 16, 2022.

Helen Elizabeth Everett 75N, of Kinston, NC, on March 23, 2022.

Kathy Anne Hicks-Sengun 75N, of Grayson, Georgia, on May 20, 2022.

Joseph J. Meyer 75D, of St. Petersburg, Florida, on September 12, 2022.

Kenneth Gartlir 76L, of Dallas, Texas, on May 20, 2022.

Eric J. Geer 76C, of Marietta, Georgia, on July 14, 2022.

Leslie G. Hansen 76B, of Lewisville, Texas, on April 22, 2022.

Albert T. Kelling 76D, of Raleigh, NC, on July 8, 2022.

Kent Blaine McKell 76D, of Spanish Fork, Utah, on August 8, 2022.

Frederick Irwin Silverman 76DR, of Asheville, NC, on August 1, 2022.

Leon B. Smith Jr. 74Ox 76C, of Atlanta, on March 20, 2022.

Gene Stephens Jr. 76G, of Bluffton, SC, on February 21, 2022.

Joseph K. Wheatley 76MR 79MR, of Bodega Bay, California, on August 27, 2022.

Paul R. Cheney 77M 80MR, of Asheville, NC, on June 10, 2021.

Grace Bailey Heck 77G 89G, of Augusta, Georgia, on August 23, 2022.

Nancy Ruth Angelopoulos 78N, of Arlington Heights, Illinois, on July 31, 2022.

Walter W. Enloe III 78G, of Golden Valley, Minnesota, on April 1, 2022.

Edward L. Farrar 78M, of Wenatchee, Washington, on March 29, 2022.

Kenneth R. Foutz 78T, of Central, SC, on April 21, 2022.

Walt Fullerton 78L, of St. Petersburg, Florida, on August 28, 2022.

Steven N. Galyon 78C 82T 94T, of Trenton, Georgia, on May 17, 2022.

William L. Oliver 78B, of Greenville, SC, on August 5, 2022.

George Gerara Ryan 78D, of Glen, NH, on March 25, 2022.

John M. Shammaa 78M, of Morgantown, WV, on April 23, 2022.

Gertrude Katherine Urso 78A, of Palm Harbour, Florida, on May 5, 2021.

Karen L. Weber-Mullican 78N, of Decatur, Georgia, on August 10, 2022.

Clint Whetstone Sitton 77Ox 79C 83L, of Atlanta, on August 17, 2022.

Lyndel C. Barnes 79T, of Fuquay Varina, NC, on June 21, 2022.

W.G. Henry 79T, of Guntersville, Alabama, on July 1, 2022.

Jon Charles Kasik 79G, of Atlanta, on September 8, 2022.

Hugh J. Kelley 79B, of Atlanta, on August 21, 2022.


Charlotte Lynette Greaves 80G, of Dunwoody, Georgia, on January 12, 2022.

Terence Paul Hannon 80C, of Melbourne, Florida, on August 2, 2022.

J. Ronald Mikolich 80FM 80MR, of Hermitage, Pennsylvania, on April 7, 2022.

Coy B. Newton 80T, of Henderson, NC, on July 10, 2022.

Jane L. Andersen 81L, of Sweetwater, Tennessee, on March 2, 2021.

L. Frank Frye 81T, of Winfield, WV, on July 3, 2022.

William E. Hagen 81D, of Bradenton, Florida, on May 6, 2022.

Lee Ann Harrison Roy 81C, of Dahlonega, Georgia, on May 7, 2022.

Edward L. Scholl 81G 85G, of Avondale Estates, Georgia, on August 10, 2022.

Joseph Rozier Blanchard 82Ox, of Charleston, SC, on July 14, 2022.

Stella J. Caffrey 82B, of Marietta, Georgia, on July 2, 2022.

Hays McKay 82T, of Dothan, Alabama, on July 16, 2022.

Theodore T. Micka 82B, of Walnut Creek, California, on May 27, 2022.

Herbert D. Outlaw 82D, of Roswell, Georgia, on July 2, 2022.

Mark Alan Segal 82L, of Mobile, Alabama, on May 4, 2022.

Allen Hansel Thompson 80Ox 82C, of Hilton Head, SC, on June 8, 2022.

Lois Turi Crawford 83G, of Jasper, Georgia, on April 19, 2022.

David Lewis George 83M, of Memphis, Tennessee, on June 13, 2022.

David L. Gilbert 83T, of Norton, Virginia, on May 28, 2022.

Jerome Carl Landry 83MR 84MR, of Decatur, Georgia, on July 8, 2022.

Lori M. Lowe 83T, of Tucker, Georgia, on April 25, 2022.

Jack Chandler Gardner 84B, of Watkinsville, Georgia, on August 8, 2022.

Nicholas S. Gibson 84L, of Atlanta, on July 31, 2022.

Preston John Phillips 84C 84G, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, on June 1, 2022.

Mary Ashley Churchwell 85 MR, of Germantown, Tennessee, on June 26, 2022.

Betty Reese deVane 85G, of Carrollton, Georgia, on July 6, 2022.

James Armstrong Hearn 85MR 90FM, of Punta Gorda, Florida, on May 30, 2022.

Lauren Singer Goldfarb 87C, of Potomac, Maryland, on July 22, 2022.

Thomas Lionel Samson 87T, of Trinity, Florida, on March 25, 2022.

Howard Isaac Berman 88C, of Brookline, Massachusetts, on May 12, 2022.

Ronald Lee Jackson 89G 90G, of Atlanta, on April 11, 2022.

Robin Carney McMurray 89C, of Atlanta, on March 3, 2022.

Briggs Lovell Tobin 89L, of Ridgefield, Connecticut, on April 7, 2022.

Howard Earl Tucker 89T, of Purvis, Mississippi, on July 30, 2022.


Helen Voncile Adams 90A, of Ringgold, Georgia, on February 26, 2022.

Russell Nye Barton 90C, of Dyersburg, Tennessee, on March 28, 2022.

Hiram Jack Coker Jr. 90T, of Meridian, Mississippi, on July 13, 2022.

Anton V. Dworak 90C, of Longmont, Colorado, on August 3, 2022.

Ruth Baird Shaw 90T, of Rome, Georgia, on August 1, 2021.

Margaret Duval Shufeldt 90G, of Atlanta, on June 22, 2022.

Richard Edward Brooks 91T, of Orange Beach, Alabama, on July 18, 2022.

Lauren Mason Gueriera 91N, of Glenwood Springs, Colorado, on August 25, 2022.

Walter Lee Ingram 91MR 92FM, of Atlanta, on July 26, 2022.

Doris Burns Morton 92G, of Aberdeen, Mississippi, on October 1, 2021.

Jason Lawrence Pernice 94B, of Decatur, Georgia, on August 12, 2022.

Kay Laverne Shaffer 94G, of Newnan, Georgia, on March 27, 2022.

Shayne Thomas McCullough 95N, of Destin, Florida, on March 7, 2022.

Beverly Head Sutton 95N, of Dalton, Georgia, on July 23, 2022.

Dimitry Rabkin 96FM, of Cliffside Park, NJ, on August 27, 2022.

Anne B. Free 97N, of Fayetteville, Georgia, on July 1, 2022.

Jennifer Thibodeau Marzano 97B, of Atlanta, on July 14, 2022.

Douglas Michael Stinnett 97C, of Athens, Georgia, on December 10, 2021.

Salil Ajit Dalvi 98B, of South Orange, NJ, on May 22, 2022.

Craig L. Kruse 98A, of Clarendon Hills, Illinois, on September 9, 2022.


Dara Ellen Goldman 00G, of Urbana, Illinois, on May 13, 2022.

B. Kembrel Jones 00B, of Florence, Alabama, on May 13, 2022.

Carey Latimore IV 02G 05G, of San Antonio, Texas, on July 26, 2022.

Matthew Ryan Gillett 03B 03M 06MR, of Bend, Oregon, on April 1, 2022.

Douglas Driggs Christensen 05FM, of Castle Pines, Colorado, on August 15, 2022.

Tiffany Nichole Porter 05L, of Lilburn, Georgia, on May 5, 2022.

Elizabeth Seiley Vickers 05T, of Calhoun, Georgia, on August 15, 2022.

Harry Kyle Gindhart 06T, of Johns Island, SC, on August 23, 2022.

Deanna L. Fleenor 07C, of Roswell, Georgia, on September 8, 2022.

Aaron Joseph Fox 08B, of Austin, Texas, on August 20, 2022.


Paul James O’Leary 11MR, of Birmingham, Alabama, on May 12, 2021.

Marcus Alan Whitlow 12N, of Decatur, Georgia, on May 4, 2022.

Robert Paul Mocadlo 16G, of Grand Forks, ND, on July 23, 2022.

Adam Bezdek 17C, of Winchester, Virginia, on June 17, 2022.

Caroline Walsh Keenum 17M, of Atlanta, on June 5, 2022.

Jeffrey Michael Dale 19T, of Waco, Texas, on June 30, 2022.


Karen Madison Gray 20T, of Omaha, Nebraska, on July 12, 2022.


Danger Zone: The Coming Conflict with China

It has become conventional wisdom that America and China are running a “superpower marathon” that may last a century. Yet authors Beckley and Brands pose a counterintuitive question: What if the sharpest phase of that competition is more like a decade-long sprint? The Sino-American contest is driven by clashing geopolitical interests and a stark ideological dispute over whether authoritarianism or democracy will dominate the 21st century. But both history and China’s current trajectory suggest that this rivalry will reach its moment of maximum danger in the 2020s. In this book, Brands and Beckley argue that America will still need a sustainable approach to winning a protracted global competition. But first, it needs a near-term strategy for navigating the danger zone ahead.


Seton Girls (a Young Adult Novel)

Seton Academic High is a prep school obsessed with its football team and their thirteen-year conference win streak, a record that players always say they’d never have without Seton’s girls. What exactly Seton girls do to make them so valuable, though, no one ever really says. Soon the actual secrets to the team’s enduring success leak to a small group of girls who suddenly have the power to change their world forever. Thomas’s young adult novel is an examination of the nuances of female friendships and the complex intersection of race, class, and gender. “I wanted readers to find Black girls as main characters— being the pre y ones, the popular ones, the heroes—because we still so rarely get to see ourselves cast in those roles,” Thomas says. “I wanted to remind girls everywhere that they’re more than what boys decide they are. That they are full, capable humans within their own right.”

Something Happened to My Dad: A Story about Immigration and Family Separation

The Something Happened series of children’s books presents and explains sensitive and important events happening in communities across the US and around the world. Told in clear, compelling stories, the books come with the authority of psychological expertise from the American Psychological Association. The series started with Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story of Racial Injustice, which is a New York Times bestseller and one of the American Library Association’s most banned books. This latest entry in the series tells the story of young Carmen, who learns that through community and love, she can find strength in herself and maintain her connection with her Papi, who has been detained because of his immigration status.

Alumni entrepreneurs donate pajamas to Children’s Healthcare.

Emory alumni Lauren Levy 01C and Lawrence Scheer 98C, co-founders of Magnetic Me baby clothing company, this fall flew in from their headquarters in New York City to donate a year’s supply of pajamas to the Heart Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. These lifelong college friends—one an investment banker and the other a security a orney— came up with a promising business idea, quit their day jobs, did a ton of research, and patented a safe magnetic-fastening system originally designed to help parents and health care workers get infants dressed quicker and easier. Today, Magnetic Me sells stylish pajamas, outerwear, raincoats, and more for both children and adults. They are sold nationwide at major department stores and thousands of boutique shops. Magnetic Me’s recent donation to the Heart Center is just one of many to infant care centers across the country.


A Grand Tour (a New First for an Old Editor)

planted by students around campus. Isabel boasts strong political convictions, and these totems of activism made her very happy. As did the abundance of recycling and composting bins. It also didn’t hurt that we took the tour on a crisp, sunny, beautiful Saturday morning in October. The Quad’s canopy of trees had started to show off their autumn colors while the walkways remained an almost clean slate as students took advantage of precious weekend slumber.

At the lecture, which was highly informative, Isabel raised her hand emphatically during the Q&A and asked the very first question: What’s the typical daily class schedule for students? My daughter is often shy, so I was somewhat surprised that she bore no qualms about speaking up in front of a large crowd. The answer was be er than hoped as she found out she didn’t have to sign up for early morning classes if she didn’t want to.

Ihave worked nearly half my career in higher education, and along the way I’ve a ended numerous first-year orientations, graduations, and class reunions. I’ve sat in on a multitude of university lectures and research labs. I’ve eaten in student dining halls, watched sporting events, and once got to don a mascot costume for a few hours.

But this fall I experienced a first: a college admission visit and campus tour.

The occasion wasn’t for work, however. It was instead for my sixteen-year-old daughter Isabel, a high school junior who had just started her college search.

She is no stranger to universities. Through the years, my daughter has hung out at my office often, and she’s a ended a host of college summer camps. However, she hadn’t yet had the chance to get to know Emory well. As we drove into campus, Isabel told me she thought the university was primarily focused on health care; she conflated its well-known professional programs and Emory medical system with its undergraduate experience. I couldn’t wait for her to see the bigger picture.

On our walk from the parking garage to the admission lecture, she pointed out all the get-out-the-vote signs

As we broke up into smaller groups for the tour, I let Isabel stay up front and close to our cheery, knowledgeable student guide while I brought up the rear guard. I wanted her to be able to enjoy the tour on her own, unbothered by my asides and never-ending supply of dad jokes. I couldn’t help noticing the spring in her step as she took everything in—the campus sights, the stories, the possible future. Stepping back also let me regard her in this special moment as she imagined herself one day navigating a college campus by herself.

Afterward, during lunch at Community Q—our favorite place to get brisket and mac-and-cheese—Isabel was particularly cha y, so I asked what she thought about Emory. She was surprised at what a good fit the university was for her, ticking off a lot of important boxes on her list: academic excellence, liberal arts focus, small class sizes, the opportunity to spend her first two years exploring different fields, a diverse and inclusive community, and a gorgeous campus.

I could see myself here, my daughter told me. It feels like a place I could belong.

And for maybe the first time in the nearly three years I’ve been at Emory—mainly due to the pandemic and spending most of my time working remotely—I realized the same thing. I felt like I belonged here. For some of the same reasons my daughter mentioned, but also many more.


“As the child of a US expat, I spent my formative years overseas, moving from place to place. It wasn’t until I went to college that I found a place I could call home. The faculty, staff, and my friends really took me in and showed me that Oxford was a family. This is where I found myself, and I am a better person because of it. People come to Oxford for a good education, and they leave with a broad worldview, a new family, and a lifetime of valuable connections. By making a planned gift, I want to make sure Oxford continues to offer students opportunities to discover themselves and find a place to call home.”

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RECYCLE ME! Finished with this issue of Emory Magazine? Pass along to a friend or colleague! AN OLD TRADITION WITH A NEW TWIST A new Emory College tradition started this fall when the Class of 2026 gathered as a group and walked through the iconic Haygood-Hopkins Gate together, with faculty, staff, fellow students, and alumni cheering them on. They then proceeded to the Quad, where President Gregory L. Fenves led them in the Coca-Cola Toast.

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A Grand Tour (a New First for an Old Editor)

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Managing a Workforce via Diversity and through Adversity

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Emory Establishes

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Questions with GREGORY BERNS

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A Molecule to Block Skin Cancer Growth

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Thadhani Appointed Emory’s New EVP for Health Affairs

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Learning about Tyler Perry’s Legacy

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Reimagining the Student Experience

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