February 12, 2019 Volume 2 Issue 1

Making Connections

Dear College Community –

Laura Papotto

I hope everyone had a joyous, yet restful, winter break and that you are brimming with new energy to tackle the spring semester. I find myself already a bit breathless when thinking of what needs to be done. To keep my focus on what is most important, I have been reflecting on Dean Michael Elliott's "charge" from the November 28th College staff town hall meeting. Dean Elliott shared the new strategic framework One Emory and then related his associated priorities for the College. He ended his talk with a suggestion that all staff could find a way to contribute to these priorities by identifying a related goal they should then discuss with their supervisor.

My One Emory - Engaged for Impact goal has been the implementation of a new initiative called Engaged Citizenship. Dean Elliott mentioned it at the town hall and will soon be sending College Chairs, Directors, and lead staff a letter further outlining the program and asking for their leadership in supporting staff participation.

The College Engaged Citizenship program enables College staff to devote up to 8 hours per year of College-funded effort to the local Atlanta community through participation in non-profit organizations already devoted to improving the lives of community members in chronic or episodic need. If you want to learn more about how you can participate or, as a supervisor, how you can support your staff participation, please see the College HR website. During this first stage of implementation, we are only partnering with the Atlanta Food Bank. As participation grows and additional organizations are vetted, more opportunities for engagement will be added to the program.

Participation offers you the opportunity to be involved in the priorities of the College and University. It provides personal and professional growth experiences, gives you new perspectives and, most importantly, offers you the privilege of connecting with those in need within the Atlanta community – to have real and positive impact on the lives of others.

I am excited about this initiative and look forward to your feedback on and suggestions for this program, as well as your thoughts on other professional opportunities that we can explore.


Laura Papotto
Emory College Senior Director of HR & Faculty Operations/Chief of Staff


Please send your feedback to ECAS_Connections@emory.edu.

Save the Date

College Staff Consortium presents a Town Hall Meeting with Dean Michael Elliott 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 19, in Cox Hall, Second Floor. Snacks, drinks and lunch will be provided.

Please rsvp to cscecrsvp@emory.edu.

Staff Speaker Series: Tayari Jones

Join us for a lunchtime presentation, “People and Their Problems, Not Problems and Their People: The Art of the Political Novel,” by Tayari Jones, Professor of English and Creative Writing, from Noon-1 p.m., Monday, April 8, in Brooks Common, Cannon Chapel.

Tayari Jones

Tayari Jones

Jones is the author of the novels Leaving Atlanta, The Untelling, Silver Sparrow, and An American Marriage, which is on Oprah’s 2018 Reading List. The first 5 people to register for the staff speaker series will receive a free copy of this book upon attendance.

Her writing has appeared in Tin House, The Believer, The New York Times, and Callaloo. A member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, she has also been a recipient of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, Lifetime Achievement Award in Fine Arts from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, United States Artist Fellowship, NEA Fellowship and Radcliffe Institute Bunting Fellowship. Silver Sparrow was added to the NEA Big Read Library of classics in 2016. Jones is a graduate of Spelman College, University of Iowa, and Arizona State University.

Click here to RSVP. 50 slots available.

Health and Wellness

Healthy Emory is an inclusive approach to health promotion, well-being, recreation, fitness, and healthy living across Emory. Its main focus is on: increasing physical activity, improving healthy eating and nutrition, and enhancing stress management skills. Below are two initiatives that are currently being offered to Emory employees.

Know Your Numbers

From January 18 – February 28, Emory employees can get free onsite “Know your Numbers” health screenings at 80 different campus locations. Screenings take approximately 15 minutes and upon completion employees and their spouses will earn a $75 Emory medical plan incentive for participating. Register online (with Registration Key: Emory) or call 855-623-9355.

If you share results with your primary care provider, and start an action plan by completing an online health assessment, you can earn an additional $25 Emory medical plan incentive. The complete screening schedule can be found on the HR website.

Diabetes Prevention Program

This small group program helps participants prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. It is offered at no cost to Emory employees.  To be eligible to participate you must:

  • Have a BMI of 25 or greater (Asian Americans: 23 or greater) AND
  • Have a prediabetes diagnosis through blood test OR
  • History of gestational diabetes OR
  • Screen positive for prediabetes on the American Diabetes Association Risk Survey

Employees who are members of Emory’s medical plan are eligible to receive up to $200 in medical plan incentives for participating in the DPP in 2019.

If you are interested in participating, complete the Diabetes Prevention Program Interest Form. For additional information, call 404-712-3775 or email healthyemory@emory.edu.

Book Club: "Hardwiring Happiness"

Life can be challenging, and having a brain wired to accept the bad and ignore the good makes us worried, irritated, and stressed, instead of confident, secure, and happy. Fortunately, each day there are opportunities to build inner strengths and Rick Hanson, an acclaimed clinical psychologist, shows what you can do to override the brain’s default pessimism.

book cover

In his book, Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm and Confidence, the New York Times best-selling author details the four steps to counterbalance your brain’s negativity bias and hardwire happiness in only a few minutes each day.

The book club is a College-specific program offering that provides the opportunity for the Emory College community to connect. Books will be provided for those who sign up. Join us on March 12 at noon for a discussion on this fascinating area of research!

Click here to RSVP. 15 slots available.

The Hardship Fund

Although the government shutdown has ended, many American households experienced hardship as a result. If you are an Emory employee and were directly impacted by the government shutdown, you may be eligible to receive assistance through the Emory Hardship Fund, which is designed to assist staff and faculty members who are experiencing a temporary financial hardship. Click here for more information on how to apply.

Call for Wellness Committee Members

The Wellness Committee is seeking additional committee members. We are planning events for Spring and Fall 2019 and welcome new ideas and input. If you are interested, please send an email to ecaswellness@emory.edu.