June: 10 things to do for $10 or less

By Laura Douglas-Brown | Emory Report | June 6, 2016

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On June 17, head to the Student Activity & Academic Center for the "Dive In Movie" at 8:45 p.m. to see "Inside Out." The event costs $5 per member family; non-members also pay guest fees. Discounted memberships are available for Emory faculty and staff.

Emory's calendar is less crowded during the summer, when most students are away from campus, but there are still plenty of entertaining and educational events and opportunities.

Here are 10 things to do this month for $10 or less:

1. Tour the WaterHub.

Emory's innovative WaterHub is the first system of its kind in the United States and awards have been pouring in since it opened last spring. Learn how the onsite water recycling system uses eco-engineering to clean wastewater by taking a free student-led tour, offered most Tuesdays and Thursdays. Check out the schedule to sign up.

2. Get free advice for starting an exercise program.

Want to get more exercise, but not sure how to begin? Emory's Faculty Staff Assistance Program presents a free online webinar to answer your questions. "Starting an Exercise Program" takes place June 9 from 12-12:30 p.m.; June 14 from 10-10:30 a.m.; and June 16 from 2-2:30 p.m. Register by clicking the dates.

3. Experience tuba and percussion performances.

Emory hosts a variety of conferences over the summer, and many have free performances open to the public. The Emory Percussion Symposium is a full-day event on Saturday, June 11, with a free concert at 7 p.m. in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. The International Euphonium Tuba Festival comes to Emory from Sunday, June 19, to Saturday, June 25; see the festival's website for performance schedules as the event approaches.

4. Audit an Emory class online through Coursera.

Interested in expanding your knowledge without pursuing a degree? Emory offers a variety of classes through the online platform Coursera. Classes are free to audit; some also offer a certificate and other benefits for an additional fee.

Courses starting June 13 include "Understanding Violence"; "The Bible's Prehistory, Purpose and Political Future"; and "From Freedom Rides to Ferguson: Narratives of Nonviolence in the American Civil Rights Movement."

"Childbirth: A Global Perspective" starts July 11, while several other courses are available on demand, including "The Addicted Brain," "Ebola Virus Disease: An Evolving Epidemic" and classes on copyright issues for multimedia, educators and libraries.

5. Learn about Emory degree programs.

Emory offers a variety of advanced degree programs and Emory University employees may be eligible for courtesy scholarships, with a percentage of tuition covered based on your years of service.

This month, check out breakfast information sessions for Candler School of Theology's Master of Religion and Public Life on June 14 and June 24 at 8 a.m. in room 517 of Candler's Rita Anne Rollins Building.

Goizueta Business School also hosts multiple information sessions in June and July for its MBA programs for working professionals.

6. Enjoy a "Dive In Movie" at the Student Activity and Academic Center.

The Aquatic Center at Emory's Student Activity and Academic Center is a popular summer destination for individuals and families, with a host of upcoming special events. On June 17, come out for the "Dive In Movie" at 8:45 p.m. to see "Inside Out." Bring your own snacks or purchase items from the SAAC Café; there will also be free glow necklaces and inner tubes while supplies last.

Admission for the movie is $5 per family for SAAC members; non-members also pay the $10 daily guest rate. Discounted memberships are available for Emory faculty and staff.

7. Visit campus exhibits before they close.

Several campus exhibits are scheduled to close this month. Don't miss your last chance to see these free, fascinating options:

  • Changing Atlanta 1950-1999: The Challenges of a Growing Southern Metropolis. See this exhibit through June 19 in the Schatten Gallery on Level 3 of the Woodruff Library. The materials illustrate how city leaders and citizens met the challenges of Atlanta’s rapid growth during the second half of the 20th century.
  • Learning from the Empire: Japan in the Archives of Oxford College and Emory University. Also continuing through June 19, this exhibit of 19th century Asian objects, artifacts and antique photographs features materials from the Oxford College Collection of Asian Artifacts, the Rose Library and the Pitts Theology Library. It is located in the rotunda on Level 3 of the Woodruff Library.
  • Dispatched in Post: The Bard on Cards. This exhibit, on display through June 26, showcases some of Emory English professor Harry Rusche’s extensive collection of late 19th to early 20th century postcards depicting iconic Shakespearean characters and scenes. The exhibit, located on Level 2 of the Woodruff Library in the alcove near the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence, is part of Shakespeare at Emory.
  • Plants Are Set Before Us: Shakespeare’s Natural Worlds. Another Shakespeare-related exhibit is on Woodruff Library Level 2 in the service desk alcove. Plants play key roles in Shakespeare’s works, symbolically as well as physically. This exhibit cites references from a variety of the playwright’s scenes and includes specimens from the Emory University Herbarium. It is ongoing through June 26.
  • Reading the Telling: The Passover Haggadah Across Time and Place. The exhibition at the Pitts Theology Library at the Candler School of Theology highlights the Haggadah, a compilation of biblical passages, prayers, hymns and rabbinic literature that is read each year during the Jewish Passover Seder. It will run until June 30 in the Pitts Exhibit Gallery. A collaboration between Pitts and Emory’s Tam Institute of Jewish Studies, the exhibit includes various Haggadot from 1695 to the present.

8. Reduce stress through mindfulness meditation.

Learn skills to reduce stress and increase awareness before the hectic academic year resumes in August. Emory offers multiple options for meditation on campus; many groups meet over the summer, including Cultivating Compassion classes and Guided Mindfulness Meditation led by the Emory Buddhist Club. All are welcome.

9. Take a walk with friends through the Emory hospital tunnels.

Don't let the heat be a reason not to stay active. Take a lunchtime walk with colleagues from Emory University and Emory Healthcare through the tunnel that connects Emory University Hospital; Emory Clinics A, B & C; and the Emory Rehabilitation Hospital. Meet Me @ The Tunnel is a free six-week walking group every Wednesday at noon from June 22 through Aug. 3.

10. Find tasty treats at the Emory Farmers Market.

Held weekly during the academic year, the Emory Farmers Market moves to a monthly schedule during the summer, but still offers the same great fresh produce, healthy snack items and delicious prepared foods. This month's Farmers Market will be Tuesday, June 28, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Cox Hall Bridge, weather permitting. Many items cost less than $10.