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Facilities: In recognition of the support of the O. Wayne Rollins Foundation, the first phase of the new Candler School of Theology building was named in memory of Rita Anne Rollins. A special service of naming took place on Jan. 16, with President Emeritus James Laney delivering the address. Opened in 2008, the Rita Anne Rollins Building houses Candler classrooms, administrative and faculty offices, community gathering spaces and Emory's Center for Ethics. This semester, Candler begins construction on the second phase of its building project. Bishops Hall will be demolished to make way for the new construction.

Major events: Acclaimed poet and funeral director Thomas Lynch, whose work inspired HBO's "Six Feet Under," will deliver the McDonald Lectures. On March 19, Lynch addresses "The Good Funeral and the Empty Tomb" at Candler. On April 17, he presents "The Feast of Language" at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church.

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New Faculty: The College hired its first faculty under a Mellon Grant to support interdisciplinary inquiry in the humanities – Daniel Reynolds, in  film and media studies, and Elena Conis in history – and named Abdul JanMohamed to the Longstreet Chair in English and African American Studies and Marc Bousquet as director of college writing.

Facilities: An imaging center will open soon in the Psychology and Interdisciplinary Sciences Building featuring a new 3 Tesla Siemens scanner system that will allow multiple departments to better understand the complexities of the brain and body.

Programs: The Center for International Programs Abroad debuted new summer school programs for international students and for undergraduates interested in clinical neurology.

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Class notes: Goizueta recently announced exceptionally strong employment statistics for the Full-Time MBA Class of 2012. The vast majority of the class—91 percent—had job offers in hand by graduation, representing a 6 percent increase over last year. Three months post-graduation, 98 percent of the class had job offers. Goizueta's starting salary and bonus figures have grown double digits in the last four years, the only school among the U.S. News & World Report Top 25 MBA programs to do so.

New faculty: Vic V. Anand, assistant professor of accounting, and David A. Schweidel, associate professor of marketing

Major events: Adjunct Professor Joey Reiman will discuss his new book, "The Story of Purpose," during the annual Undergraduate Business School Leadership Conference in February.

Incoming classes: The Modular Executive MBA Class of 2014 is comprised of a uniquely international group of students hailing from countries such as Brazil, India, Italy and Zimbabwe, among others. The Weekend Executive MBA class of 2014 includes students who work for a wide variety of companies, including Delta Air Lines, Newell Rubbermaid and Google. The Evening MBA Class of 2015 boasts an increase in the number of outstanding women in the class, with a population above the national average. In addition, this diverse group of students represents 10 countries and 60-plus employers. This class profile also represents an increase in both class size and GMAT average from the prior two enrolling Evening MBA classes.

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Programs: The School of Nursing has added Haiti as a new site for the Alternative Winter Break program. Nursing students will travel to Cap-Haitien in January and June to provide health care services to medically fragile children in Eternal Hope in Haiti—an orphanage founded by Emory alumnae Twilla Haynes ‘80MN, Angela Haynes ‘91MPH-'08N-'09MN and Hope Haynes Bussenius ‘93MN.

New faculty: Anne Dunlop, research associate professor

Leadership transitions: Melissa Faulkner has been named associate dean for educational innovation, effective Feb. 1.

Major events: Shirley Moore, associate dean of the nursing school at Case Western University, will serve as the keynote speaker for the Hugh P. Davis Endowed Lecture on April 15.

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Facilities: In mid-January Oxford celebrated the re-opening of newly restored Language Hall. Built in 1874, the building now has four state-of-the-art classrooms and additional space for faculty offices. Construction continues on the new Oxford library and academic commons, expected to be complete by early May. The University has given Oxford the go-ahead to set a date for construction of a new science building. Preparation will require about a year and a half; construction start is expected in summer 2014. Construction will begin in May on a new 213-bed residence hall.

Programs: Oxford has been selected through a competitive process to be a site of the Teagle Foundation's 2013 study of secularity and the liberal arts. And the College has launched its sophomore honors seminars, an enriching extension of the Oxford general education program.

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Programs: Recruitment and admission is in full swing for the Laney Graduate School's new Islamic Civilizations Studies (ICIVS) doctoral program. LGS will welcome the inaugural class in fall 2013. Using a broad-based and integrated multidisciplinary approach to understanding and analyzing the Islamic world, graduates of the ICIVS program will be well prepared to assess and make sense of the momentous changes taking place in the Islamic world in a wide range of professional capacities.

Major events: This spring, the Laney Graduate School will pilot the Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®). 3MT is an academic competition developed by the University of Queensland, Australia. The LGS competition will offer students one of two ways to compete: an oral, three-minute presentation or a written, 350 word-count abstract. The exercise challenges PhD students to present a compelling oration or abstract on their thesis topic and its significance. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners.

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Class notes: Eleven Rollins students and three alumni were selected as semi-finalists for the Presidential Management Fellow Program class of 2013. Emory has a total of 23 participants in the semi-finalists round. Finalists will be selected in March.

Major events:

  • The Public Health Sciences Grand Round series launched its second year with a lecture on Jan. 18 by Edmund Becker, professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management. DuBois Bowman, associate professor of biostatistics and bioinformatics, will present the second lecture of the year on Feb. 15.
  • Rollins co-sponsors the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Awards on Jan. 24.
  • Visit Emory!, held March 21-22, allows prospective students to interact with the RSPH student body, engage in dialogue with faculty members, and tour the Emory campus and Rollins public health complex.
  • On April 8, S. Leonard Syme from the University of California Berkley School of Public Health will head the annual Virginia S. DeHaan Lecture on Health Promotion and Education.
  • Rollins will participate in National Public Health Week, April 1-7. This year's theme is "Public Health is ROI: Save Lives, Save Money."

New faculty: Terryl Hartman, epidemiology professor with tenure

 Rollins has renamed its eatery the Rollins Café. Located on the plaza level of the Grace Crum Rollins Building, the Rollins Café has extended hours and an expanded menu that includes local and organic products, made-to-order sandwiches, house-made soups, and more.

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Programs: The Project on War and Security in Law, Culture and Society, which was launched in the fall, provides interdisciplinary perspectives from across the University and introduces students to the impact of war on American democracy and on the relationship between international affairs and American legal history. The project is directed by Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law Mary L. Dudziak.

Partnerships: Emory Law looks forward to welcoming new juris masters students through the HHS University Alliance Program. This joint program allows U.S. Department of Health and Human Services employees and contractors, and their immediate families, to participate in the JM program at reduced rates. The application fee is waived and tuition discounts are given: 15 percent discount for part-time students and 25 percent discount for full-time students.

New leadership: Susan A. Clark, associate dean for marketing and communications and chief marketing officer

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Leadership transitions: Christian Larsen became dean of the School of Medicine on Jan. 15. He also serves as vice president for health center integration for the Woodruff Health Sciences Center and as chair of the board of The Emory Clinic. Larsen was chair of the Department of Surgery and founding director of the Emory Transplant Center. Thomas Pearson is the new executive director of the Emory Transplant Center, and John Sweeney is acting chair of surgery. Martin Sanda, professor of surgery and urology at Harvard and director of the prostate cancer center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, will become chair of urology on Feb. 28.

Facilities: The Health Sciences Research Building will open in April. The 200,000-square-foot building will house 65 principal investigators and their colleagues. About 115,000 gross square feet will be dedicated to pediatric research. Other research space will focus on cancer, immunology and drug discovery, among other areas.

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