March 24, 2021
A note from the Dean
Dear Faculty and Staff Colleagues,

Today is a Wonderful Wednesday for two reasons - Emory's Day of Giving and the recent announcement on vaccine eligibility for all adults in Georgia. Though very different, each of these items is a welcome springtime sign of hope.

The Emory Day of Giving is a 24-hour long campaign celebrating Emory that offers easy and fun ways to support what inspires you.  Your greatest gifts to Oxford, as faculty and staff, are the time and commitment you dedicate. Participating in this Day of Giving is completely voluntary, and I thank you for considering being a part of it and for contributing to our bright future. I am happy to write that Oxford earned first place in this morning's staff-faculty challenge. Way to go, and thank you! There is still time to participate.

With COVID-19 vaccines becoming eligible to all adults in Georgia starting tomorrow, March 25th, I encourage you to sign up for your vaccine through Emory Forward and by any other means available to you. As more members of our community are vaccinated, we have more hope for returning to our in-person community. We as Oxford, and all of Emory, are working to support staff, faculty, and students to gain access (and transportation) to the vaccine.

As always, thank you. Enjoy some springtime weather.

Mizell Award presented to six faculty members in laboratory sciences
Six faculty members were collectively honored with the Mizell Award for Superior Performance in Furthering the Education of Students during the faculty meeting held on February 26.
Dean Douglas Hicks presented the award and thanked these faculty for their extraordinary efforts, leadership, and contributions to online and in-person laboratory instruction during the pandemic.

Recognized faculty members are:
Deepika Das, lecturer in chemistry
Brenda Harmon, professor of pedagogy in chemistry
Michael Martin, lecturer in biology
Sean Mo, lecturer in chemistry
Phil Segre, senior lecturer in physics
LaTonia Taliaferro-Smith, director of undergraduate laboratories and lecturer in biology

This award is given on an occasional basis to Oxford College educators in recognition of Robert Cotter Mizell and Louise Felker Mizell, whose lives were devoted to improving the quality of education at Emory University.  

In addition to the significant cash award given to Mizell recipients, this year Oxford recognized all its lab-science faculty through a financial contribution of $2,000 to the educational work of Covington's Washington Street Community Center.
Oxford in the news
Emory News Center recognized Saikat Chakraborty, visiting assistant professor of chemistry, in their feature Acclaim: Recent honors for Emory faculty and staff. Chakraborty is the 2020 awardee of the Emory University Warren Westerberg Global Health and the Arts prize. View Chakraborty's winning submission online here.
David Leinweber, associate professor of history, wrote "The Inspiring Story of Saint Patrick," as a Saint Patrick's Day devotional posted by the Conference on Faith and History on March 17.
Congratulations to Stephanie Gonzalez, director of registration, and her husband Eli on the birth of their daughter Gabriella Rae, on March 2. Older siblings Isabella, David, and Eli welcomed their baby sister to the family.
Faculty presentations
Pearl Dowe, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Political Science and African American Studies, virtually presented "Reflecting on Women's History to Improve Future Governance" for the U.S. Embassy Exchange Program with the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, on March 16.

Dowe participated in a symposium on the legacy of Jewel Prestage, the first African American woman to earn a PhD in political science. The symposium was part of the 52nd Annual Meeting of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists, held virtually March 10-13.
On March 20, Gwendolynne Reid, assistant professor of English, provided a virtual professional development workshop on “Supporting Writing Assignments Through Response” to faculty at Mercer University's College of Professional Advancement.
March 27 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 6:00 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.
Participate in Emory Day of Giving through 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24
Emory Day of Giving continues through Wednesday, March 24, at 11:59 p.m. 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: 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, 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. This scholarship endowment will provide need-based scholarships to Oxford students.
Chaplain Lyn Pace to lead virtual Good Friday worship service
Oxford College Chaplain Lyn Pace will lead worship on April 2 at noon for
Beloved Community Protestant Worship's Good Friday service during Holy Week.
If you are interested in attending, please use this link to register and participate via Zoom. Emory Office of Spiritual and Religious Life coordinates this weekly ecumenical Protestant worship service planned for the campus community.
Submit now — scholarship nominations and student summer project fund applications
Brad Edwards Leadership Award and scholarship
Please consider nominating a rising sophomore student for The Brad Edwards Leadership Award. As one of the most generous awards at Oxford College, this year a roughly one-half tuition scholarship will be awarded to the selected student.

Established in 1990 by Pat and J. Joseph Edwards in memory of Brad Edwards, the award is given to a rising sophomore with outstanding character who cares deeply for fellow students, school, and community as demonstrated by a broad-based involvement. Most importantly, the awardee should be someone who senses the needs of others, takes the initiative to reach out to them, "going out on a limb" to do more than what is required or expected. Nominate using this online form before the deadline of Wednesday, March 31, at 8:00 a.m.

Students do not nominate themselves for this award, so we rely on faculty and staff to nominate.
If you have any questions, contact Latasha Brown with Advancement and Alumni Engagement. 
Emory program offers available financial support to students for summer initiatives
Please share this information with any students who would qualify or be interested in applying for this support. The Boozer-Noether funds provide up to $1,500 to help Emory undergraduates on either the Oxford or Atlanta campus undertake an internship, an engaged learning project, or serious volunteer work 20+ a week this summer. Find more information and the submission form at this link. Applications are accepted and considered on a rolling basis through June 1.
Emory Day of Giving
Online link | midnight until 11:59 p.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. 
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: Aaron Belkin: Judicial Reform and the Restoration of Democracy: Why the US Supreme Court Must Be Expanded
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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