November 16, 2022
A note from the Dean
Dear Faculty and Staff Colleagues,

I hope you will join me tomorrow in the Dean’s Dining Room for our Staff and Faculty Harvest Lunch—a great opportunity to catch up with one another around a free Thanksgiving meal from 12:00–1:30 p.m. You are still welcome even if you did not RSVP!

In that spirit of Thanksgiving, many of you came together in service to others through the Emory Cares program last weekend. Students, faculty, and staff cleaned the Hearn Nature Trail and packed care boxes for children in Newton County foster care. Thanks to all who attended and, in giving back, expressed their gratitude for our environment and community.
If you’d like to show your gratitude to colleagues or students, there will be a table in the Dining Hall tomorrow (November 17) where you can write thank you notes that will be delivered to your intended recipient. Stop by between 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. If you can’t make it to the Dining Hall, you can submit a note at this link.

Since there will be no Campus Update next week, I wanted to wish you each a happy Thanksgiving holiday. I hope that you are able to relax and spend time with loved ones. We have much to be grateful for here at Oxford, and I personally am thankful for the opportunity to work and share this beautiful campus with all of you.

Happy Thanksgiving,
Submitting to Campus Update
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Oxford in the news
Ken Carter, Interim Dean and Charles Howard Candler Professor of Psychology, was profiled by University Business for his efforts to reignite community at Oxford. Read the piece here.
Staff updates
Congratulations to Wade Manora Jr., who recently earned his Ed.D. from the University of Georgia. Wade's dissertation focused on first generation student retention, a topic pertinent to his D.E.I. efforts at Oxford. Wade completed this degree while simultaneously directing Oxford's student D.E.I. programs and services.  
How to update your directory profile, including your office location
A friendly reminder that all employees have access to log in and update their profile on the external directory (

  • The "Edit Your Profile" button can be found on the upper right corner of directory page.
  • Please log in with your NetID and password. You will be redirected to your information where you can update your profile, which includes title, office location, email address, and phone number.

We encourage all employees to maintain their directory information for accuracy. This process also updates the widely used Inside Oxford Office Directory list that can be found on the Faculty & Staff page under "Communications and Marketing".

Please Note: If an employee leaves Oxford, departments should also email Kristine Gonsalez to have them removed from the external directory.

Please reach out to Kristine if you have any further questions.
Oxford Community Thanksgiving Service
The Oxford Community Thanksgiving Service will take place at Old Church on Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. Everyone in the community is invited to attend this multi-denominational service of gratitude and thanks. Invite your friends and family!
Lighting of the Square
Join the community at the Covington Lighting of the Square on Thursday, November 17, beginning at 6:00 p.m. The festivities will culminate with the Lighting of the Square by Santa at approximately 7:30 p.m. with fireworks immediately following to celebrate Covington's Bicentennial Anniversary. The evening will feature our own Emorja Roberson, along with performances by Noah Teal; the Newton County Community Band; and choruses from Alcovy High School, Newton High School, Eastside High School, Oxford College Chorale, and The Arts Association in Newton County Little Singers, Singing Children and Youth Singers. Santa will also be around after the fireworks for pictures, and businesses will be open late for shopping.
Konrad Paszkudzki Trio performance
On Thursday, November 17, the Konrad Paszkudzki Trio (bass, guitar, and piano) will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Williams Hall.

Sharing a love of classic jazz and the great standards of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, all members of the trio tip the hat to those that have influenced them—Oscar Peterson, Erroll Garner, Art Tatum, Charlie Parker, Israel Crosby, Ahmad Jamal, and Joe Pass—to name a few. The trio has a sound steeped in tradition but always remains creative and inventive. They are the ultimate modern day swingin’ unit. 

The three artists, also known for their nimbleness on their respective instruments, pride themselves on clean, graceful, toe-tapping execution. Listening to the trio play is a swingin’ party of sophisticated, melodic warfare, with Paszkudzki and Grasso constantly bouncing lines back and forth over the immovable bass lines of Dylan Shamat. The result is fiery straight-ahead jazz with melodic elegance and nonchalant grace and a worthy homage to the jazz greats.

Encourage your students to attend this Oxford Studies event.
OxTheatre performance: B.L.A.C.K.
Join OxTheatre for its final installment of "The She Series," a staged reading of B.L.A.C.K. by Mikhail Walker, directed by Nikki Toombs. Performances will be on November 19 at 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in Tarbutton Theater. Tickets are free and can be reserved at the OxBox.

Encourage your students to attend this Oxford Studies event.
Food for Thought Holiday Décor and Book Sale
Be sure to check out the Food for Thought used book and holiday decor sale at Antiques & Stuff, 2177 Elm Street, Covington, this Saturday, November 19. If you would like to donate items for the sale, you may drop them off at Antiques & Stuff during store hours by Friday, November 18. Proceeds will benefit the Covington First United Methodist Church Food Pantry. If you are interested in volunteering during the sale, please email Megan Hulgan at [email protected].
Emory Talks Climate Action
Oxford will host a community conversation to set priorities for Emory's climate action plan on December 2 from 10:00–11:30 a.m. in the Dean's Dining Room. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend and share their perspectives! To learn more, visit the initiative's website here.
Remembrance Gathering for Professor of English Emerita, Dr. Gretchen Schulz
You are invited to join the Oxford community at a remembrance gathering of Gretchen Schulz for a time of sharing, a short video of Gretchen, and a live performance by the recorder group she was a member of on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 3:00 p.m. in the Dean's Dining Room. Contact Chaplain Lyn Pace with questions.
Our thoughts are also with Sarah Higinbotham
We are saddened to share that Carol Townsend, the mother of Assistant English Professor Sarah Higinbotham, passed away last week. You can read Carol's obituary, written by Sarah, here. A memorial service will be held on November 20 at 2:00 p.m. at the North Atlanta Church of Christ.
Call for proposals: Black Emory and Women of Emory Impact Circles Grant Cycle
The Black Emory and Women of Emory Impact Circles invite Emory students, staff, and faculty to submit funding proposals now for Emory projects and programs that advance the causes of their respective communities of interest on campus, in the city, and beyond. Learn more about grant eligibility and submit your application for the Black Emory Impact Circle here or the Women of Emory Impact Circle here. Applications will be accepted online through January 27, 2023, with funds to be used during the 2023-2024 academic year. Contact Julie Earnhart ([email protected]) with any questions.
Veterans Day Spotlight: Jeff Anderson
In celebration of Veterans Day last week, Jeff Anderson was profiled on the Oxford website. Jeff served in the United States Army for more than two decades before joining Oxford College as manager of the Transportation Department. Read more about how his military experience prepared him for his current career here.

Jeff was also featured in Emory's "Reflections from Veterans" piece. You can read thoughts from Jeff and other veterans throughout the university here.
Staff and Faculty Harvest Lunch
Dean's Dining Room | 12:00–1:30 p.m.
Covington Lighting of the Square
Covington Square | 6:00 p.m.
Men's Basketball vs. Piedmont University Reserve Squad
Williams Gym | 7:00 p.m.
Konrad Paszkudzki Trio
Williams Hall | 7:30 p.m.
Food for Thought Holiday Decor and Book Sale
Antiques & Stuff, 2177 Elm St., Covington | 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Men's Basketball vs Southern Crescent Technical College
Williams Gym | 3:00 p.m.
OxTheatre's "The She Series": B.L.A.C.K.
Tarbutton Theater | 3:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
Men's Basketball vs Oglethorpe University Reserve Squad
Williams Gym | 7:00 p.m.
Oxford Community Thanksgiving Service
Old Church | 7:00 p.m.
Take a Break Tuesday
Office of Religious & Spiritual Life
Oxford Student Center Front Plaza | 1:15–2:45 p.m.
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