March 17, 2021
A note from the Dean
Dear Faculty and Staff Colleagues,

Together we celebrate Yaza Sarieh 18Ox 20C, who was recently selected as a 2021 Luce Scholar. One of Oxford's hallmarks in the student experience is the opportunity to develop close mentoring relationships with faculty and staff. I hope you will take a moment to read and share the article about Yaza and her two faculty mentors, Dr. Susan Ashmore and Dr. Florian Pohl. This special tribute to Yaza's mentors is a perfect representation of the many ways our faculty and staff support, guide, and inspire our students. Most of those "mentoring moments" take place quietly, far beyond the spotlight, and they play an outsized role in what makes Oxford a special place.

Oxford in the news
Zachary Binney, assistant professor of quantitative theory and methods, 
was quoted in the Sports Illustrated article, "Did the NBA Get Too Much Credit For Its Coronavirus Response?" and the Athletic article, ‘We seek voluntary compliance’: Can Rangers keep fans safe with stadium at capacity? People Magazine mentioned Binney's quote from the Atlantic in their article, "Texas Rangers Will Allow Full Capacity at Stadium for Home Opener Next Month."

International press included recent quotes in Kuwait Times, "US sport inching back to normalcy," and France 24, "One year on from shutdown, US sport inching back to normalcy."
The Emory Wheel featured Natalie Rodriguez-Ema 21Ox in "Dorm Room Gardener Brings 70 Plants, Community to Oxford." Oxford staff members Veronica Roman, associate director of Student Involvement and Leadership, and Asia Wynn, program coordinator in the Advising Support Center were interviewed about their shared enthusiasm with Rodriguez-Ema and community found in caring for and growing plants.
Faculty awards, presentations, and publications
Tanya Davis, senior lecturer in Spanish, published the book, Creating Your Own Space: The Metaphor of the House in Feminist Literature with Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. The book is available for purchase now at Barnes & Noble. Davis uses a feminist literary criticism approach to examine the use of the house as a metaphor in nineteenth and twentieth-century literature.
Pearl Dowe, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Political Science and African American Studies, was honored by the Association for the Study of Black Women in Politics with the 2021 Anna Julia Cooper Best Publication Prize
for her article, "Resisting Marginalization: Black Women's Political Ambition and Agency" published by PS: Political Science & Politics.
On March 2 and 16, Sarah Fankhauser, assistant professor of biology, provided a two-day professional development course titled “Beyond Experiments: Using Primary Literature in Scientific Inquiry” for MathforAmerica Teaching Fellows. The workshop is funded in part by her National Science Foundation grant. 
Alix Olson, assistant professor of women's, gender, and sexuality studies, will give the keynote address at the 2021 Lavender Graduation and Pride Awards hosted by Emory University Office of LGBT Life on March 30 at 6:00 p.m. Her talk is titled "Cultivating Queer Curiosity." 
The February issue of the academic journal Perspectives in Politics published a review of The President and the Supreme Court: Going Public on Judicial Decisions from Washington to Trump (Paul M. Collins Jr . and Matthew Eshbaugh-Soha. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019), written by Katie Vigilante, senior lecturer in political science.
Music Midterms virtual concerts continue through March 19
Free concerts the week of March 15-19 for Music Midterms. Lyceum Committee and Oxford SGA collaborated on this week of musical events for the Oxford community.

We might not have music festivals right now, so let's make a virtual one! Each evening we will showcase different artists at 7:30 pm.

March 17: Ian Wayne, Pat Kelly, and Charlie Kaplan
March 18: The Kernal
March 19: SGA hosted giveaways

Staff member presenting at mini-conference on ePortfolios and digital storytelling
The Center for Research on Storytelling in Education (CRSE) and the Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL) invite you to a mini-conference on ePortfolios and digital storytelling on Friday, March 19. The event will be divided into two sessions,
one from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. EDT on storytelling in ePortfolios and the second, from 2 to 4 p.m. EDT, focusing more broadly on how to tell stories digitally. You are welcome to attend one session or both.
The first session will feature workshops from: 
Elize Hellam, University of Puget Sound 
Peter McLellan, Oxford College of Emory University 
Candyce Reynolds, Portland State University 
Paul Wasko, University of Alaska Anchorage 

RSVP online here to attend the event. Contact Peter McLellan, educational analyst with Academic Technology, for more information. 
Mark your calendars for March 24 for Emory Day of Giving
Emory Day of Giving, Wednesday, March 24 from midnight until 11:59 p.m, is the most Wonderful Wednesday of the year—a day where students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends join in support everything exceptional at Emory, from life-changing scholarships to outstanding experiences, and more. Offering fun and easy ways to support what inspires you, Emory Day of Giving allows you to help advance the cause, program, or enterprise within Emory that matters most. For example, you can support Oxford by directing your gift to any of the funds listed below. You can amplify the impact of your gift on Emory Day of Giving through matches and challenges.

Gifts of all sizes are vital to sustain Emory’s mission to create, preserve, teach, and apply knowledge in the service of humanity. Please visit to participate.

On Emory Day of Giving, we are highlighting these giving opportunities:
  • Brook International Travel Endowment
The Brook International Travel Endowment supports Oxford College students who are first-time international travelers with airfare for study abroad and travel courses.
  • Tarbutton Leadership Fellows Endowment
Through programs such as the Tarbutton Leadership Fellows and Leadership Oxford, our students develop as leaders in Oxford’s 80+ clubs, organizations, varsity sports, and programs.
  • Oxford College Fund for Excellence
Allows Oxford to support the most urgent needs and priorities (financial aid, scholarships, and immediate needs such as COVID response).
  • Horace J. Johnson, Jr. Scholarship Endowment
A new scholarship endowment established in memory of Judge Horace J. Johnson, Jr. 77Ox 79B, one of Oxford's pioneering and most prominent African American alumni. The Judge Horace J. Johnson, Jr. Scholarship Endowment will provide need-based scholarships to Oxford students.
Memorial service for first-year student Dave Zhang
From the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and Lyn Pace, Oxford College chaplain:
As you are already aware, we suffered a deep loss in the death of first-year student, Dave Zhang earlier this month. To remember Dave, honor his life, and help us in our grief, a memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 27 at 6 p.m. EDT. Please use this zoom link to view the service, which will include music and reflections from faculty, staff, and students. Let us continue to keep his family and this community in our thoughts and care now and in the days ahead.
Oxford College Library is a resource for on-campus and class-based film screenings
Whether you are planning an in-class or other on-campus screening or looking to assign a film to your students, the Library can help guide you through the basics of copyright compliance. A new Films and Copyright Basics Guide is now available, with answers to commonly asked questions including “How do I show a film on campus in a non-classroom setting?” and “How do I find streaming films available at Emory?” Have more questions about films and their copyright restrictions? Contact the Course Reserves Team at [email protected]. Other questions? Please contact your personal librarian for assistance.
Scholar featured in 2021 Sundance Film Festival
Ian Wang 19Ox 21C was featured in a film at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. Wang is in a documentary titled Try Harder!, which follows five seniors at San Francisco's most prestigious high school as they navigate the highs and lows of the college application process. For more information, visit
Student scholarship and awards nominations open
Nominations are open for scholarships and leadership awards listed below. Please nominate a student (Sammy Clark Scholarship or Gold and Blue Group) or encourage qualified/interested students to apply or self-nominate (Temple Scholarship and Gold and Blue Group).
Gold and Blue Group student leadership awards
Student leadership takes on many forms at Oxford, especially this year. Please help the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership recognize sophomore leadership across all areas of our community -- on or off-campus, in and out of the classroom -- by submitting nominations for the Gold and Blue Group

Monday, March 22 at 9 a.m. EDT.  
Sammy Clark Scholarship
The Sammy Clark Scholarship, named for Oxford's longest-serving chaplain, is given to a rising sophomore student each year and presented at the annual All-College Awards Ceremony in April. You may learn more about the scholarship and recommend a student online here.

Students do not nominate themselves for this award, so we rely on faculty and staff to nominate. Please help us with this important process and nominate by Wednesday, March 24. Please contact Rev. Dr. Lyn Pace with questions.
2021 Temple Scholarship Application 
Each spring, a Temple Scholarship is awarded to an Oxford College graduating sophomore who will continue study at Emory College. This scholarship provides a full-tuition scholarship for the Junior and Senior years of Emory CollegeA Temple scholar is selected on the basis of the student's commitment to academic achievement, community service and leadership abilities, extracurricular activities, and campus involvement as well as the quality and content of the essay. A committee comprised of Oxford faculty, staff, and the former Temple award winner selects the Temple Scholar from a pool of qualified sophomore applicants. 

John Temple served as Emory's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for twenty years and in this role was a reliable and helpful friend of Oxford College. John and Ouida, also, are parents of two Oxford alumni, Leslie (Temple) Owens (OC '89), and Elliot Temple (OC '92). The Temple family continues to be valued supporters of Oxford and this scholarship honors their many contributions. 

For more information and to apply please visit the website, The deadline to apply is 
Monday, March 22 at 8:00 a.m. If you have questions about the Temple Award, please contact Dean Joe Moon.
Oxford College Memorial Service honoring Oxford alumni and friends who have passed away since March 2019. Held each year during Alumni Reunion Weekend. View a list here of alumni and friends being remembered
RSVP online to receive the zoom link for the service, led by Rev. Dr. Lyn Pace leads the virtual service at 3:00 p.m. EDT. Please contact Tammy Camfield 89Ox 91C 770.757.4641 with any questions
Take a Break Tuesday hosted by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life  
Oxford Student Center front plaza | 1:30-2:45 p.m. 
OSO meeting
Zoom event link  | 9:00 a.m.
Lecture: Jane Ward: The Tragedy of Heterosexuality 
2021 Lyceum Lecture Series: Toward a Social Justice Spring    
co-sponsored by Oxford’s WGSS program & Emory’s Studies in Sexualities   
Zoom event link | 8:00 p.m. 
Memorial service for Dave Zhang, Oxford College first-year student
Zoom event link | 6:00 p.m.
Take a Break Tuesday hosted by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life  
Oxford Student Center front plaza | 1:30-2:45 p.m. 
Lecture: Kim TallBear: Identity is a Poor Substitute For Relating: Genetics, Critical Polyamory, and Property 
2021 Lyceum Lecture Series: Toward a Social Justice Spring    
co-sponsored by Oxford’s WGSS program & Emory’s Studies in Sexualities   
Zoom event link | 8:00 p.m. 
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