November 5, 2018 Volume 1 Issue 4

Making Connections

by Laura Papotto

As the holidays approach I have been reflecting on the difference between my holiday aspirations and reality.  After reading The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg, the book currently being read and discussed by those in the College book clubs, I have been reflecting on what holiday “habits” I need to change or implement to make things more meaningful and less stressful during the upcoming months.  I challenge you to do the same.

To get you started I challenge you with this simple exercise similar to those found in the book:  Write down three things you believe are essential to a happy family gathering.  What habits do you need to replace or create to meet those essentials?  For me, the essentials are that every person gathered would feel a true sense of welcome, that there would be something for everyone (I’m thinking food here), and that there would be a focus on things for which we are grateful.  As I reflect on these essentials for me, I realize that I can be more intentional by creating a habit or routine of overtly and directly welcoming each person who enters the gathering.  A simple thing that can be powerfully meaningful.  This exercise works for any situation or intent.  When you focus on your intent, and break it down into the habits needed to fulfill your intent, you are far more likely to achieve the desired outcome. 

Dean Michael Elliott presents...One Emory

Dean Elliott will speak to Emory College staff about the University’s strategic framework and what “One Emory” means for the College of Arts and Sciences.

Wednesday, November 28th from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. | Cox Hall: Ballrooms 2 & 4

Light refreshments will be served.  Register here.

Healthy Eating...Happy Holidays!


 Tuesday, December 4th, 12pm-1pm | Brooks Common – Cannon Chapel

The holidays are approaching and food is always a big part of the celebrations.  Trying to manage your health and or weight while enjoying your time with family and friends? Dawn McMillian, Senior Wellness Specialist will provide tips for maintaining a healthy and enjoyable holiday.

Attend this session where we will cover:

  • General nutrition tips
  • Healthy cooking methods
  • Label leading
  • Advice on eating out during the holiday season

Register here for the workshop.

Annual Benefits Enrollment

Emory’s Annual Benefits Enrollment period is October 29 through November 12, 2018. Employees can select their medical plan and select or make changes to other benefits such as dental, vision, life insurance and more. This is also the time when employees can set aside funds for their 2019 expenses in the Healthcare FSA, Dependent Day Care FSA or Health Savings Account (HSA).

For additional information go to

Learning & Organizational Development 2019 Programs Application Announcement

Learning & Organizational Development is now accepting applications for the following 2019 Development Programs:

  • Essentials of Leadership at Emory Program

Ideal Candidates:  Individuals in a people management role, regardless of being new to the role or experienced (e.g. supervisors, managers, assistant/associate directors, and directors). This program is also appropriate for faculty and principal investigators who supervise people.

  • Aspiring Leaders at Emory Program

Ideal Candidates: Any full-time employee currently in an individual contributor role.  The employee should be considered high potential and be expected to transition into a position managing people within two years.

  • Administrative Professionals Program

Ideal Candidates: Any full time employee of Emory University in an administrative role (e.g. Administrative Assistant, Program Coordinator, Secretary, etc.).

  • Mentor Emory Program

Ideal Candidates: Any full time Emory University employee who has the interest and time to provide one-on-one coaching on career development.

Applications are being accepted from now through Friday, November 16, 2018.

Please go to the Learning and Organizational Development website to access applications.

Engaged Citizenship


We are excited about the January 2019 rollout of a new program called “Engaged Citizenship.”  Engaged Citizenship is an Emory College Arts and Sciences initiative that enables College staff to be of service to the Atlanta community.  By encouraging College employees to devote up to 8 hours per year of College-funded effort, we hope to see College staff lend their time, expertise, and talent to local, non-profit organizations already devoted to improving the lives of community members in chronic or episodic need. 

Engaged Citizenship enables employees to enhance professional skills like customer service, people/time management, teamwork, and effective communication.  As importantly, participating in the Engaged Citizenship program provides an opportunity to gain a new perspective and learn more about our community. This program, which provides labor in direct service to humanity, is one way the College can contribute to the vision of One Emory – Engaged for Impact. 

Currently several groups are piloting the program including the College Staff Consortium Executive Committee members.   We look forward to rolling out this community focused program more broadly in early January.  

Travel Policy

The Procurement Department will host a presentation to ECAS faculty and staff clarifying the recent changes to the Emory University Travel Policy on November 9th in White Hall, room 208. Anyone who travels or has travel reimbursement responsibilities is encouraged to attend. If you’re unable to attend the session on November 9th, Procurement has scheduled additional sessions on the dates below.

  • November 16th – 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • December 12th – 10:00am – 11:00am
  • January 22nd – 11:00am – 12:00pm

We Want Your Feedback


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Upcoming Events

Nov 28, 1:30 - 2:30 PM Dean Elliott presents "One Emory"

Location: Cox Hall: Ballrooms 2 & 4

Dec 4, 12:00 - 1:00 PM Healthy Eating

Location: Cannon Chapel (Brooks Common)

Dec 17, 2:00 - 3:30 PM DOM Meeting

Location: Atwood (Chemistry) Room 360