2020 News Archive

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Emory announces plans for fall semester

Oxford College | June 11, 2020

Emory will offer both online and in-person classes this fall, allowing the university to provide the excellence of an Emory education to all students. Our new Emory Forward site (www.emory.edu/forward) will have the latest updates and resources.

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Message from President Claire E. Sterk

Emory University | June 1, 2020

President Claire E. Sterk urges the Emory community to unite June 5 for an online solidarity vigil to mourn victims of racist violence and lift our hope for an anti-racist world.

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Residential Liberal Arts Faculty and the Dissonance of Moving Online

Inside Higher Ed | March 26, 2020

Oxford College Dean Douglas A. Hicks wrote an op-ed piece about how liberal arts college faculty now face the challenge of teaching via modes and methods that they have largely spurned.

Stephanie Maddox and Frad Barry, residence life coordinators at Oxford College, welcome students to Emory’s Atlanta campus on Saturday, March 28.
All hands on deck: Welcoming Oxford students to Atlanta

Emory University | April 1, 2020

Staff at Oxford College come together to help students who can’t return home for remote learning transition to living on Emory’s Atlanta campus.

Medea brings one of world drama’s most infamous characters to controversial new life.
Spring play updates Euripides’ ancient narrative

Oxford College | March 18, 2020

Play adaptation conjures an ancient mood while focusing on a contemporary divorce.

Emory is taking active measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus).
COVID-19 updates for the Emory community

Oxford College | March 18, 2020

As we take active measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), Emory University has instituted remote learning effective March 23.

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Social distancing key to keeping yourself and others safe

Emory University | March 20, 2020

Although everyone in the Emory community is disappointed about changes related to the COVID-19 outbreak, the best way to keep yourself and others safe is through social distancing, including moving out of residence halls as soon as possible.

The final students admitted to Emory's Class of 2024 are among the most academically talented students in the world.
Emory's Class of 2024: Extraordinary students in extraordinary times

Oxford College | March 27, 2020

As they finish their senior year sheltering at home, 5,925 high school students learned March 25 that they are the final students admitted to Emory's Class of 2024. Leaders inside and outside the classroom, they are among the most academically talented students in the world.

Emory established a fund designed to support our students facing financial hardships as a result of COVID-19
EmoryTogether Fund to help students with financial hardships

Oxford College | March 24, 2020

To help students remain focused on their educational goals, Emory University formally launched the EmoryTogether Fund — a $5 million fund designed to support our undergraduate, graduate and professional students facing financial hardships as a result of COVID-19.

Four seniors were selected to receive the Bobby Jones scholarship.
Emory announces 2020 Bobby Jones Scholars

Emory University | March 5, 2020

Emory College students Samah Meghjee, Adesola Thomas, Sarah Hunter and David Kulp have been selected to spend a year studying at the University of St Andrews in Scotland as part of the prestigious Robert T. Jones Scholarship.

Horace Johnson, Superior Court Judge for Georgia’s Alcovy Judicial Circuit, will deliver Oxford's Commencement address.
Canceled: Horace Johnson to speak at Oxford College Commencement 2020

Oxford College | February 27, 2020

Emory University President Claire E. Sterk announced the cancellation of Emory's traditional May commencement activities.

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Vaccines didn’t cause my daughter’s arthritis, they saved her life

Healthline | February 5, 2020

Sarah Fankhauser, assistant professor of biology, was interviewed and heavily quoted for an article by Leah Campbell discussing Campbell's 4-year-old daughter's autoimmune condition and vaccines.

Black History Month events at Oxford kicked off February 3 with a National Pan-Hellenic Council Showcase.
Emory to mark Black History Month with lectures, films and more

Emory University | February 17, 2020

Numerous events on campus will commemorate Black History Month, ranging from lectures on racial issues to film screenings and the opportunity to hear from the first black woman to graduate from Emory's School of Medicine.

Black History Month events at Oxford kicked off February 3 with a National Pan-Hellenic Council Showcase.
Emory to mark Black History Month with lectures, films and more

Emory University | February 14, 2020

Numerous events on campus will commemorate Black History Month, ranging from lectures on racial issues to film screenings and the opportunity to hear from the first black woman to graduate from Emory's School of Medicine.

Oxford students, alumni, and faculty on a recent trip to the Smithsonian Institute.
Students, faculty visit Smithsonian to aid in study of Oxford whale jawbone 

Oxford College | February 13, 2020

A historic whale jawbone that was once thought to be a whale rib and stored in an Oxford attic is now the centerpiece of the school's science building and part of a multi-year research project that took Oxford students, alumni, and faculty on a recent trip to the Smithsonian Institute.

Celebrating 30-plus years of MLK Scholars
Oxford celebrates 30 years of MLK Scholars, 50 years of African American graduates

Oxford College | February 10, 2020

For some, 50 years may seem like a long time, and for others, 50 years is not nearly long enough.

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3 quotes that defined the first Democratic debate of 2020

The Conversation | January 15, 2020

Pearl Dowe, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Political Science and African American Studies, co-authored an article that originally ran in The Conversation and was picked up and appeared in the Beaumont Enterprise, EconoTimes, The Hour, Patch, Salon, Raw Story Pennsylvania Capital-Star, and Wall Street Window.

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Review: Buzz!: Inside the Minds of Thrill-Seekers, Daredevils, and Adrenaline Junkies

San Francisco Book Review | January 29, 2020

Charles Howard Candler Professor of Psychology Ken Carter's book "Buzz!: Inside the Minds of Thrill-Seekers, Daredevils, and Adrenaline Junkies" is reviewed by San Francisco Book Review.

A large fireplace and hearth are built into the south wall, with comfortable seating that invites conversation and group interaction.
Oxford College opens new student center

Oxford College | January 30, 2020

New buildings are frequently referred to as game-changing, but there is none for which that is more true than the Oxford Student Center (OSC).

Volunteers glean vegetables from the Oxford Organic Farm.
Emory to honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy with King Week

Emory University | January 17, 2020

The life and legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. will be honored with Emory's King Week. A series of events featuring lectures, service awards and volunteer opportunities will be held Jan. 20-26.

Alumnus Hugh Tarbutton Jr. 84Ox presented a gift to the college to establish the Tarbutton Leadership Fellows Program in memory of his father, Hugh Tarbutton Sr. 52Ox 55B (above).
Inaugural Tarbutton Fellows reflect on experiences

Oxford College | January 9, 2020

A group of student leaders at Oxford College is ready to help continue a program that in its inaugural year has already had an important impact on leadership education at Oxford.

Oxford helped provide food and supplies to people with food insecurity.
Oxford boosts community initiatives in fight against COVID-19 pandemic

Oxford College | April 30, 2020

When Emory University decided to transition to remote learning for the remainder of the 2020 spring semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Oxford College continued to prioritize its community partnerships.

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What's the point of cooking at home anymore?

Adam Ragusea's YouTube Channel | April 22, 2020

Deric Shannon, associate professor of sociology, appeared on You Tuber Adam Ragusea's series. Shannon was interviewed on Oxford's Organic Farm.

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Teens are wired to resent being stuck with parents and cut off from friends during coronavirus lockdown

The Conversation | April 22, 2020

The typical changes that come with adolescence and the developmental tasks that confront adolescents help explain why they’re having a particularly hard time with social distancing, says Catherine Bagwell, professor of psychology.

Chaplain Lyn Pace
All hands on deck: Spiritual health across Emory’s hospitals and campuses

Emory University | April 17, 2020

Dozens of spiritual health staff provide support to patients, families and staff across Emory Healthcare, while campus chaplains and staff help communities stay connected during remote learning.

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HBCUs are rooted in a space that is edifying, nurturing, and empowering

The Chronicle of Higher Education | April 10, 2020

Pearl Dowe, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Political Science and African American Studies, is the author of an opinion piece published as part of the larger article "How Will the Pandemic Change Higher Education?".

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Personality Plus Plus Plus

Observer Magazine | April 8, 2020

Ken Carter, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Psychology, was interviewed for a Q&A Personality Plus Plus Plus appearing in the April issue of Observer Magazine, a publication of the Association for Psychological Science (APS).

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Quarantine Writing Hour Tips for Writers

Quarantine Writing Hour | April 1, 2020

Ken Carter, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Psychology, appeared on the April 1 Quarantine Writing Hour hosted by Amy Cuddy on her social media accounts.

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Should My Family Wear Face Masks to Prevent the Coronavirus?

Parents | April 6, 2020

Should you wear a mask to prevent the transmission of COVID-19? Sarah Fankhauser, assistant professor of biology and infectious disease expert at Oxford College, offers her expertise in this article.

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Here’s why it is important for India, US to strengthen educational ties amid Covid-19 outbreak

India Today | April 10, 2020

Oxford College Dean Douglas A. Hicks explains why we must keep our eyes on the importance of strengthening India-US educational ties, even in the midst of COVID-19.

Oxford student Sareena Sethi
Classes that click: Introduction to sociology

Oxford College | April 8, 2020

For Oxford student Sareena Sethi, decorating her room at home to be more like her college room is helping ease the transition; for sociology professor Devon Goss, a four-legged assistant helps brighten the days.

Gregory L. Fenves has been elected as the 21st president of Emory University by a unanimous vote of the board. niors were selected to receive the Bobby Jones scholarship.
Emory Board of Trustees names Gregory L. Fenves as 21st president

Emory University | April 7, 2020

Gregory L. Fenves, president of The University of Texas at Austin, has been elected as the 21st president of Emory University by a unanimous vote of Emory’s Board of Trustees. Fenves will assume office on August 1.

Oxford will host two innovative virtual lectures as part of its Oxford Studies program.
Lectures keep students engaged through virtual interaction

Oxford College | April 2, 2020

As Oxford College has transitioned to remote learning for the rest of the spring semester, campus leaders are finding unique ways to keep students engaged through learning and interaction.

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A Big Youth Baseball Tournament Was Played in Missouri. Was It Too Soon?

The New York Times | May 12, 2020

Zach Binney, epidemiologist and incoming fall 2020 assistant professor of quantitative theory and methods, is quoted in a New York Times article. Binney also appeared on an issue of the podcast The Full 48 with Howard Beck of Bleacher Report to discuss the return of professional sporting events and specifically the NBA games.

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Classes that click: a semester to remember

Emory University | May 20, 2020

Staying focused on academics amidst the COVID-19 pandemic brought lessons during class times and beyond. As Emory moves into remote learning for summer courses, faculty and students reflect on what they learned this spring.

Jordan Hasty
First-generation student makes the most of his time at Oxford College

Emory University | May 8, 2020

At Oxford, Jordan Hasty embraced the community that reminded him of home yet offered opportunities to grow in new directions with kindred spirits, including apprenticing at the organic farm and supporting other students from first-gen or low-income families.

Although studying from home was not how Michelle Mugo envisioned completing her senior year, her takeaways include lessons in adapting to change that will help carry her through life.
Classes that click: The making of modern South Africa

Emory University | May 7, 2020

Although Michelle Mugo had not envisioned completing her senior year from home, her takeaways include lessons in adapting to change that will help carry her through life. History professor Clifton Crais believes the pandemic can help us become better teachers, students and citizens.

Oxford College Awards recognize the outstanding academic achievement and extraordinary leadership accomplishments of our students.
Oxford College Awards recognize student achievement

Oxford College | May 7, 2020

At the end of each academic year, Oxford recognizes the outstanding academic achievement and extraordinary leadership accomplishments of our students. Despite its challenges, this year is no different. 

Oxford will celebrate its 175th Commencement exercises virtually.
Countdown to Emory's 175th Commencement

Oxford College | May 6, 2020

As Oxford's and Emory’s May Commencement ceremonies near, learn how you can join in the celebrations. Share memories and messages, read about outstanding graduates, and meet students and faculty receiving awards and honors.

Samah Meghjee
Meghjee garners undergraduate Brittain Award for service and artistic impact

Emory University | May 6, 2020

The undergraduate recipient of Emory’s highest student honor, filmmaker Samah Meghjee has been a creative, consistent voice for improving student mental health and supporting diverse communities.