August 20, 2019 Volume 2 Issue 3


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Emory College of Arts and Sciences Staff Service Awards Ceremony

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SAVE THE DATE! The College Staff Service Award Ceremony and Reception for 2019 is at 3 p.m., Aug. 22, in the Atwood Chemistry Building, 2nd Floor atrium area.

In 2006, Emory College instituted the Emory College Service Awards to be presented each year in recognition of College employees who complete milestone years of service (multiples of 5 years) at Emory University.

In this annual event, held at the end of the summer each year, the Dean of the College publicly recognizes service milestone recipients with monetary service awards and an ice cream reception. All current and retired College staff and faculty are invited to attend this event.

To see current and past honorees, click here.

New Faces in Emory College




Angela Banks


Academic Degree Program


Eric Canosa


Academic Department Administrator

Michele Hilary Freesman

Inst. Study Modern Israel

Academic Research Coordinator

Jasmine Hardaway

Office of Undergraduate Education

Academic Services Coordinator

Lakesia Sherrell Hayes


Program Coordinator

Jennifer Lauren Hayward

Office of Undergraduate Education

Academic Advisor

Keisha Kuma

Institute of Liberal Arts

Program Coordinator

Jeffrey Lenhard

University Music Admin.

Administrative Assistant

Bryan Owens

Research Administration

Research Admin. Post Award III

Myleshia Symone Perryman

Ctr for the Study of Human Health

Administrative Assistant

Victoria Ashley Risner


Clinical Research Specialist

Sadiyah Sabree

Office of Undergraduate Education

Program Coordinator

Ashley Santana


Laboratory Assistant

Renee Sevy-Hasterok


Program Coordinator

Christa M.Tinari

Ctr of Contemplative Science

Senior Instructor Content Developer

Amber N. Wallace


Research Specialist

Staff Speaker Series

Join us for the staff speaker series from Noon-1p.m., Oct. 23 in Brooks Common, Cannon Chapel. Gregory C. Ellison, associate professor of pastoral care and counseling in Candler School of Theology, will present “Fearless Dialogue.”

Gregory Ellison

Dr. Ellison is a product of the Atlanta Public School System and a proud alumnus of Frederick Douglass High School. On May 10, 1999, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory University, where he was inducted into the Emory College Hall of Fame, the first black male bestowed with that honor.

Professor Ellison continued his educational journey at Princeton Theological Seminary as a Presidential Scholar where he received his Master of Divinity degree and Ph.D. in Pastoral Theology. Ten years after graduating, he returned to Emory to join the faculty of Candler School of Theology.

In his second year of teaching at Candler, Ellison was awarded Faculty Person of the Year (2010-2011). Three years later, he received the Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award, Emory University’s most prestigious faculty teaching honor. He is author of Cut Dead But Still Alive: Caring for African American Young Men and Fearless Dialogues: A New Movement for Justice. He is an ordained Baptist minister who has served on the ministerial staffs at both Methodist and Presbyterian churches. Click here to register; 45 slots are available.

Health and Wellness

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Emory has a variety of fresh, low-calorie options to encourage healthy eating at their dining facilities. Look for the “Better Choice” label, which will help you identify the healthiest options. Emory Dining provides quality food using authentic, seasonal dining options prepared with balance and well-being in mind. Menus are created based on seasonality and availability of regional fresh products. Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, kosher and halal are also options.

Click here for additional information on Emory dining facilities and menus.

Does Your Resume Need a Makeover?

Emory's Faculty Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) is offering a webinar on "Resume Writing and Interview Skills" from Noon-1 p.m., Aug. 21. This webinar will cover best practices for writing a resume that highlights your skills and accomplishments. Tips will be provided that can transform your resume into a powerful tool that will help you with your job search. The webinar will also cover what you should expect on an interview, and steps to prepare for an interview. Click here to register.

Book Club: Hardwiring Happiness

Life isn’t easy, and when your brain is wired to take in the bad and ignore the good, it causes us to be worried, irritated and stressed instead of confident, secure and happy. The human brain is wired in a way that makes negative experiences stick like Velcro and positive experiences slide off like Teflon.

The good news is that there is power in your everyday experiences to build new neural structures and override the brain’s default pessimism. Hardwiring Happiness lays out a simple method to transform your brain into a refuge and power center of calm and happiness. Join us from Noon-1 p.m., Nov. 5 for a discussion on how you can rewire your brain for happiness.

Sign up here. 12 slots available. Books will be provided by Emory College Human Resources.

Engaged Citizenship Program

The Engaged Citizenship program is well underway, and employees are signing up and sharing their experiences:


Alonda Simms
Program Coordinator, English Department

"I volunteered for the Pop-Up Market. I helped to setup a low-cost produce stand and sold to patrons in the Vine City community. We sold a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. I had a great time meeting new people and being outdoors. It was such a beautiful and sunny day. There is also a community garden that sits behind an apartment complex that is well-maintained by a few of the residents living in the community. The garden is open to the community to pick what veggies they need. I really enjoy volunteer work and have also participated with other organizations throughout metro Atlanta. I have signed up for some additional volunteer work for Engaged Citizenship and hope to complete up to 8 hours by year-end with the Atlanta Community Food Bank. I’m looking forward to more rewarding experiences."

Beverly Cox-Carter
Director of Communications, Emory College

"Our time at MedShare in May was a great opportunity to spend time with colleagues outside of our work routines and help out an outstanding local non-profit. I enjoyed the hands-on work and I especially liked learning more about the work MedShare is doing to bring everything from bandages to sonograms to medical facilities around the world that need them."

Reminder: available hours for service are reloaded with the new fiscal year. Plan to participate!

We now have a second organization, MedShare, a humanitarian aid organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of people, communities, and our planet by sourcing and directly delivering surplus medical supplies and equipment to communities in need around the world.

For additional information about the Engaged Citizenship program and instructions for signing up, go to ECAS HR Professional Development. There is also a survey available for you to fill out after you have completed your service.

Learning and Organizational Development

This year, Emory’s Human Resources division received national awards in recognition of the university’s achievements in learning and organizational development programs. The Learning and Organizational Development department offers a variety of learning opportunities, including open enrollment courses, customized workshops, performance consultation and facilitation services. Some of these courses include:

  • Communicating with Impact
  • Change Cycle for Staff
  • Crucial Accountability
  • Developing Yourself and Others

Below are two professional development programs offered by Learning and Organizational Development:

Administrative Professionals Program creates a community of learning for Emory’s administrative staff, enabling them to build professional relationships and make meaningful contributions within their careers. This program utilizes a nomination and selection process. You can be nominated by someone, or you can nominate yourself. Some of the themes covered are Self-Awareness, Competency Building and Strengthening, Professional Development, and Organizational Knowledge.

Mentor Emory can benefit you no matter where you are in your career or what your professional goals are. It provides individuals with one-to-one partnering that enhances the growth of both the mentee and the mentor. This program also uses a nomination and selection process.

For additional information about learning and development courses and programs, click here.

Records Management

Each department is encouraged to do an assessment of their current record-keeping practices. Record keeping is not just maintaining and disposing of records at the appropriate time. Departments have a responsibility to efficiently manage records during their active life. Emory Libraries and Information Technology offers several courses on the topic of records management. They also offer customized, department-specific training upon request. For additional information, go to

Upcoming Events

Aug 22, 3:00 PM Staff Service Award Ceremony and Reception

Location: Atwood Chemistry 2nd Floor Atrium

Oct 23, 12:00 - 1:00 PM Staff Speaker Series

Location: Cannon Chapel (Brooks Common)

Dr. Gregory Ellison - Fearless Dialogue

Nov 5, 12:00 - 1:00 PM Book Club: Hardwiring Happiness

Location: Atwood (Chemistry) Room 320