April 7, 2021
A note from the Dean
Dear Faculty and Staff Colleagues,
Each spring the Office of Enrollment Services works diligently to admit and recruit our next class of entering students. Over the next several weeks we expect admitted and prospective families to visit campus and utilize the self-guided campus walking tour. This new tour will help students get a feel for what it would be like to attend Oxford College, while still maintaining the safety of our campus community. All visitors are asked to wear their masks and to refrain from entering campus buildings during their visit. 
If you encounter admitted or prospective families walking around campus, I hope you will take a moment to warmly welcome them.  In fact, the random greeting that you offer and conversation that you might have on the quad--while masked and distanced, of course--will likely be the most individualized, in-person interaction that prospective students and their families will experience this year.  
We have arranged for a pop-up bookstore in the Dean's Dining Room for families to stock up on their Oxford gear while on campus. The Dining Hall is also where visitors are directed to use the restrooms.
Thank you for all that you do to support our campus community and take care of each other.

Oxford in the news
Zachary Binney, assistant professor of quantitative theory and methods, was quoted in the Athletic article "Epidemiologist questions UFC returning to full capacity: ‘It doesn’t make any sense to do this now.’"
Ken Carter, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Psychology, is quoted in
Amanda Yu-Nguyen, director of the Center for Healthful Living, was featured in the New York Times article "Dogs Can Have a Little Charcuterie, as a Treat: 'Barkuterie' boards are a new way to spoil your beloved pets." Yu-Nguyen's creative outlet and hobby during the pandemic recently turned into a business.
Welcome, new staff
Megan Pendleton (she/her) joins Campus Life as Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. In her role, she will provide student-focused equity and inclusion programming, advise student organizations, and foster collaborations within and beyond Oxford College. A native of Baltimore, Md., Pendleton holds a bachelor of science degree in environmental engineering from Lehigh University and a master of education degree in college student affairs administration from the University of Georgia.

Prior to joining Oxford, she served as assistant director of the Office of Multicultural Services and Programs at the University of Georgia and most recently as assistant Ddrector of the Emory University Office of LGBT Life. Pendleton is an avid basketball fan, a sometimes-bullet-journal enthusiast, a lover of spoken word, and a doctoral student in the higher education leadership program at Colorado State University.
Faculty presentations and appointments
Sarah Higinbotham, assistant professor of English, presented alongside Emory University's Director of First-Year Writing, Kathleen Leuschen, Emory PhD student Isaac Mizra, and two students whom Higinbotham taught inside prison at the Conference for College Composition and Communication (“4Cs”). They presented on “Dignity Matters: Public Writing, Graduate Student Education, and Prison Writing Programs.” Higinbotham has served as Mizra's faculty mentor for his Mellon Public Writing Fellowship. 

Higinbotham was also invited to present at the seminar
“Shakespeare in the Age of Mass Incarceration" on Friday, April 2, at the
49th Annual Conference of the Shakespeare Association of America.
The Georgia Coalition for Higher Education in Prison (GACHEP) announced that Stacy Bell, professor of pedagogy in English, will serve as co-president of the non-profit organization's first board of directors. GACHEP is a coalition of higher ed institutions providing college-level programs in Georgia prisons. The organization serves to build high-quality educational pathways, from pre-college coursework to accredited degree completion, for people who are in prison and people who have left prison in Georgia.
April 17 on-campus service opportunities
Volunteer Oxford will host several on-campus service opportunities on Saturday, April 17, as part of Emory Cares: Honoring the Legacy of Volunteerism and Justice. This university-wide day of service in April honors the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Due to this year's spring semester start date, Oxford staff and students were not able to organize the annual service events during MLK week. In collaboration with Volunteer Emory, Emory Center for Civic Engagement, and the Office of Advancement and Alumni Engagement, both virtual and Oxford-specific in-person opportunities at the Oxford Organic Farm and the Oxford Student Center are available for Oxford community member participation. Sign-up is required using this online form.
Oxford graduates recognized by Emory University Center for Women
The Emory University Center for Women held a pinning ceremony on March 31 to honor the
2021 Graduating Women of Excellence. This award honors women graduates who have demonstrated leadership, inclusivity, and a commitment to making Emory a better place for all. Four Oxford graduates were recognized--
Natalie Frazier 19Ox 20C
Louise Liu 19Ox 21C
Elizabeth Liang 19Ox 21C
Charlotte Wang 19Ox 21C

You may share congratulations, words of encouragement, memories, photos, and more on the event's Kudoboard online!
Oxford student a cappella community virtual performances
Oxappella Oxford continues to harmonize together from near and far and their talent shines even while socially distanced. Visit the group's YouTube page to watch videos of their recent performances recorded on Zoom.
Erin Markey: Performance, "Little Surfer in Progress" 
Zoom Event Link | 8:00 p.m. 
Performance by George Staib
Event Zoom link | 7:30 p.m.
Five Fridays with James Baldwin Virtual Film Series: If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)  
Email Eric Solomon to RSVP and receive Zoom link | 7:00 p.m. 
Southern Circuit Film Series—Socks on Fire 
Screening available to view through April 13
Take a Break Tuesday  
Student Center front plaza | 1:30-2:45 p.m. 
Student rest day 
Lecture: Alex Zamalin: Beyond Civility:
The White Supremacist Roots of Civility in the U.S. 
2021 Lyceum Lecture Series: Toward a Social Justice Spring 
Co-sponsored by Emory College’s Department of Political Science 
Zoom Event Link | 7:30 p.m. 
Emory Cares: Honoring the Legacy of Volunteerism & Justice
Take a Break Tuesday  
Student Center front plaza | 1:30-2:45 p.m.
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