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The Visual Arts Flourish at Oxford
he ﬁrst thing you notice “These are the best art students I’ve ever
about the art studio in the had in my life,” says Cottrell. “It’s a
new Tarbutton Building is serious analytical thing that we do in
the light. The studio is all the studio. My art students use the same
glass on one side, part dedication and discipline in the art stu-
of which are doors that open onto an dio as they do in their other classes.”
enclosed patio. “The studio has beautiful Emily Pope ’04Ox appreciates
light,” says Camille Cottrell, assistant Cottrell’s enthusiasm. “She’s very pas-
professor of art history and visual arts. sionate about what she does,” she says.
“The studio is a relatively small space, Pope signed up for art classes with
but it is designed so well that you can Cottrell her ﬁrst semester at Oxford,
get ﬁfteen to twenty people in here and she liked them so much she has
working, with lots of good energy.” taken studio art or art history every
This small but powerful studio space semester. She now plans to major in art
is the perfect setting for Oxford’s small history when she continues at Emory.
but powerful visual arts program. The “Professor Cottrell makes art more
visual arts program is in its second interesting and more important than
year and was created by Cottrell, an I ever thought it would be,” says Pope.
accomplished printmaker who came to Cottrell owes a lot of her program’s
Oxford from the University of Georgia success to the support she has gained
to head up both art history and visual from Dean Dana Greene. “Oxford has
arts. It is at Oxford that all the elements a great tradition of art history, but it has
came together—light, good energy, and never devoted many resources to studio
learning—both for the arts program and art,” says Cottrell. “Dana believes you
for Cottrell. The philosophy, students, Professor Camille Cottrell, working here with art student Nicole Reynolds can’t have a true liberal arts program
and support at Oxford have made for ’04Ox, has built a small but strong visual arts program at Oxford. without visual arts, and she has given
a unique arts program. great support to help me get the pro-
“I have always worked at big universities with lots of faculty,” says gram going.” With that support, Cottrell’s art program has strengthened,
Cottrell. “This position is so different from any position I’ve ever had.” and she has been able to develop other art ventures on campus. She shows
At Oxford the program is small, and the art faculty so few (just her), that student and faculty work in two galleries on campus, and she has begun a
Cottrell has been able to develop an integrated method for learning art. Art tradition of hosting visiting artist shows as well. Cottrell is even negotiating
students take both art history and studio art, and as a result, the students to have a couple of national juried shows on campus. Recently Oxford was
understand art differently. “What is created is an intimate dialog between one of the host venues for the Atlanta Celebrates Photography exhibit,
artist and scholar,” says Cottrell, “and traditionally art isn’t taught that which also showed at such esteemed sites as the High Museum and the
way.” The philosophy of learning both disciplines at the same time makes Faye Gold Gallery in Atlanta.
students ﬁner at both, believes Cottrell. In spite all this growth, Cottrell does not want to lose what makes her
The students themselves add an interesting element to the mix. In art program unique. “I’d like to grow the department to be a substantial
Cottrell’s classes, which include art history survey courses and foundation art department in the Southeast, but I want it to remain an intimate, inte-
courses for studio arts, you ﬁnd future art majors (about thirty-ﬁve last grated experience,” she says. Just as the studio space itself seems to strive
year), but you can also ﬁnd future premed, history, and French majors— for an unusual blend of light, space, and energy, so does Cottrell’s program
not your typical art class demographics. Cottrell credits the liberal arts strive for an unusual blend of learning and creativity. “We are going to
atmosphere at Oxford for giving students valuable skills for studying art. make something different, something ﬁner,” she says. Ox
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Health Issues Dominate
Oxford Peace Lecture
ental health awareness, childhood She lauded new treatments and
immunization, conﬂict resolution, and research, but noted much more needs
the Carter Center’s worldwide disease- to be done. “The stigma is still perva-
prevention efforts were subjects discussed by for- sive,” said Carter. “It keeps people
mer ﬁrst lady Rosalynn Carter during her Samuel from seeking treatment because they Former ﬁrst lady Rosalynn Carter delivered the Samuel W. Mills Peace
W. Mills Peace Lecture, Wednesday, February 18, don’t want to be labeled mentally ill.” Lecture in February.
at Oxford’s Allen Memorial Methodist Church. Carter then presented a solution.
Carter spoke to a crowd of several hundred, then “The way to overcome the stigma is for
answered questions. She donated to the library a a neighbor, friend, or coworker to come out against Guinea worm. Carter said there once
signed copy of a children’s book her husband, for- and say they suffer from depression. It takes were 3.5 million cases of Guinea worm worldwide,
mer President Jimmy Carter, wrote about conﬂict the fear away.” now there are just 35,000, primarily in Africa. She
resolution, saying that conﬂicts can be resolved the Carter also expressed concerns about child spoke of a recent trip she and the former president
same way for everyone regardless of age. immunizations in this country. When her husband took to the west African nations of Togo, Benin,
Founder and chair of the Carter Center’s became president in 1977, she said just ﬁfteen and Ghana.
Mental Health Task Force, Carter devoted the states required children under two be immunized “We give hope where none exists,” she said
ﬁrst portion of her talk to the importance of against diseases such as measles. of the Carter Center’s work, “and we give people
mental health, a subject she has stressed since Carter said she was proud that Georgia was a reason to believe that things will get better.”
becoming the ﬁrst lady of Georgia in the 1970s. third in the nation in the percentage of children The Mills Peace Lecture was established by John
under two who have been immunized, but and Elizabeth Mills to honor their son, Samuel, a
expressed disappointment that the national former student at Oxford, who was killed in a car
Tatum to Speak at average (76 percent) has dropped. accident in 1986. The lecturer must be a Georgian
Courtesy of Spelman College
Turning her thoughts globally, Carter discussed who has contributed signiﬁcantly to peace and
Commencement the Carter Center’s disease-prevention efforts in understanding. The lecture is sponsored by the
everly Daniel Tatum, presi-
B dent of Spelman College,
will deliver the keynote
the developing world, speciﬁcally the center’s battle Pierce Program in Religion. —Eric Rangus
address at Oxford’s com-
mencement ceremony May 8.
A nationally recognized
authority on racial issues in
PORT Project Opens Doors
the United States, Tatum’s
research examines racial identity development in
teens and the impact of race on classroom dynam-
ics. She is author of Why Are All the Black Kids
Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? and Other ike any portrait, detail is essential to divine
Conversations about Race.
who the subject is. The Oxford College
Tatum’s speech will coincide with Oxford’s cele-
PORT project has brought this detail to the
bration of the ﬁftieth anniversary of desegregation
college experiences of its students. PORT, which
in schools following the 1954 Supreme Court ruling
on Brown v. the Board of Education. represents a portrait, a portfolio, and a portal, is
an online system allowing students to track their
activities in a more enriching way than a resume.
Joe Moon, dean of campus life at Oxford The PORT project helps Oxford students log on and
organize their extracurriculars, research papers, and
Wagner Inauguration Celebrated College, said he and his staff ﬁrst conceived of
this project ﬁve years ago.
O xford kicked off the University-wide festivities
celebrating the inauguration of President
James W. Wagner. On March 29, a celebration
“Oxford students have a lot of leadership, but
because Oxford is only a two-year college, we wor- or goal-responsive choices in their academic careers
ried that students did not consider the lessons they and extracurricular activities.
of Emory’s heritage and tradition was held on the
Green by the Ignatius Few Monument. Oxford was learned from their activities and experiences,” he “We ask students to think about where they are
chosen as the location of the ﬁrst event in a week- says. “At ﬁrst we were going to create a college- heading and what they want to do,” says Moon.
long inauguration celebration in recognition of maintained transcript of student activity to supple- “For example, if their goal is to be admitted to
the fact that Oxford College is the site of the ment the academic transcript, but research found graduate or medical school, their PORT should
University’s founding. Wagner was inaugurated that this is hard to maintain, and students didn’t have something related to that.”
as the nineteenth president of Emory University really buy in.” Faculty advisers can use PORT to gain a
in a ceremony on the Quad at Emory on April 2. Oxford’s campus life staff wanted to go beyond glimpse into students’ lives. When students want a
The ceremony was attended by delegates who a list and have an in-depth way to track students’ recommendation from a professor, PORT gives an
traveled to Emory from schools as far away as activities. PORT offers a way for students to write explanation of the skills a student has taken from
Oxford University in England.
about their experiences with leadership positions, involvement on campus and in the community.
research papers, and volunteer activities. As with a The success of PORT at Oxford can be attrib-
journal, students can write about their frustrations, uted to its being an institutionalized program.
their achievements, and the skills they’ve learned. Students in this year’s ﬁrst-year class are the ﬁrst
“A resume is a very brief listing of activity or to have goal setting as a part of the freshman semi-
work life, and a mention of a major or degree; a nar, and also to have PORT required when apply-
PORT should bring depth to a student’s experience ing for campus leadership positions. Moon believes
at college,” says Moon. “Students add activities, that at this level, students’ involvement must be a
and then there are about ﬁfty descriptors for them transition between high school and college, a shift
to check, such as life skill or social experience, that from being a joiner to an engaged participant.
allow them to clarify what types of activities they “High school is passive and about joining as
are participating in.” much as possible; at college that appears thin and
Another important PORT attribute Moon superﬁcial,” says Moon. “Students are beginning
emphasizes is goal setting, whether it be a personal, to build a portrait of themselves in college, which
academic, career, or human relations goal. This makes being thoughtful about extracurricular activ-
helps students to make thoughtful goal-directed ities that much more important.” —Megan Jentz
Oxford’s Inclusiveness Exemplifies Education
Reﬂecting on Oxford’s diverse humanity with our ﬁrst alumni
ometimes I wander student population is the most diverse of the and females, those of different socioeconomic back-
the corridors of Seney University’s nine schools, 11 percent African grounds, those who were outside the established
Hall examining the American, 24 percent Asian American, 4 percent community. I would also ask our antique alumni to
class photographs from the Hispanic. Students’ religious affiliation, Christian reﬂect on the purpose of their classical liberal arts
late nineteenth century that and non-Christian, is equally diverse. The ﬁrst hint education, with its fundamental commitment to
line the walls. The sober of diversity came in 1962 when African Americans intellectual breadth and to exploration of connec-
and earnest young men entered Emory College, long after the historic tive links between specialized forms of knowledge.
who look out at me are Supreme Court ruling, Brown v. Board of I would remind these forefathers that religious sen-
dressed in the requisite high collar and formal Education, in May 1954. At our May commence- timent and intellectual commitment require that
wear. They are Methodist and Caucasian, except ment this year we will celebrate the ﬁftieth anniver- one reach out to that which is unknown, that
for the lone Yun Ch’i-ho, Class of 1893, the ﬁrst sary of that ruling. Beverly Tatum, President of which is different. Such action produces not only
Korean to be educated in America. Trained for Spelman College, psychologist and noted author great heartedness, but understanding and wisdom
the professions—the ministry, medicine, law—the of Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together too. I would welcome these long-resurrected alumni
future of these young men was to lead Georgia and in the Cafeteria?, will be the speaker. and ask them to celebrate with us our inclusion of
the South into the twentieth century. They would In addition to women, our nineteenth-century women with men, of whites with every shade of
accomplish this with great success. As I scan their visitors would be perplexed by this welter of brown, of Christians with Jews, Muslims, and
Scot-Irish-English faces, I wonder what they would humanity we have gathered as our student body. Hindus. I would remind them we are kin and kith,
think if in 2004 they were somehow resurrected at I would try to explain to these befuddled alumni all part of the Emory lineage that they began long
their alma mater. that there is a connective link between the world ago. And I would assert that the open inclusiveness
They would be surprised, ﬁrst by the women— they knew and the one we have created here at of this little college makes it a better environment
there are women everywhere. Although beginning Oxford today. I would ask them to recall their both for the mind and heart. Vive la difference.
in the late nineteenth century Emory allowed a few small classes, engaged teachers, and the vital stu-
daughters of faculty to attend class as nondegree dent life they experienced. In that regard, life
day students, the college only officially became has not changed at Oxford. I would suggest they
coeducational in 1953. In 2003 we celebrated that remember their Methodist heritage, which is rooted
event with great fanfare. But for our nineteenth- in John Wesley’s belief—that as he said, “The Stay in touch with your alma mater,
century alumni, women and non-Caucasian class- world is my parish.” The Wesleyan tradition fosters Dana Greene
mates were virtually nonexistent. Today Oxford’s a wide-spreading openness to all people—males firstname.lastname@example.org
SPORTS “My number one purpose in life is to serve God
with my heart and my soul and my mind and my
HONORS AND DISTINCTIONS
H eather Voelkel’s ’04Ox dream is to have a big
house with a lot of children running through it
with glee. Her dream is not about giving birth to a lot
strength,” Voelkel says.
“Heather is a great example of the student-ath-
letes we want to attract to Oxford,” says her soccer
• Euler Bropleh ’02Ox-’04C was one of four stu-
of children but rather giving hope to abandoned kids. coach and the school’s athletics director, Edgar Flores. dents university-wide who were selected for the pres-
“I want to get kids off the street and give them a “And her laugh, well, you can hear it from the other tigious Robert T. Jones Scholarship for study next
sense of direction,” she says. “A number of people side of the campus.” year at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.
helped me to get where I am today.” The echo of that booming laugh would ﬁt in well • Tina L. Edgerly ’03Ox-’05C has received the 2003
Today Voelkel is an accomplished student, a in a large house full of playful children. Princeton Review scholarship at Emory College and
skilled athlete (soccer) and a positive inﬂuence in her —John Arenberg
has been awarded a full scholarship for Scholars
communities. She was one of three Oxford student-
Summer Study Abroad.
athletes to receive
honors from the
T he rebirth and rise of the athletics program
at Oxford is akin to an eagle in ﬂight. Hence,
“Eagles’ Flight” is an apt name for an ambitious
FACULTY AND STAFF
National Junior venture to permanently elevate the program to a • Ken Carter published “The Grim Sleeper: Five
Collegiate Athletic new stratosphere. Disorders that Make for Scary Slumber,” in Mental
Association, which The athletics department, guided by Edgar Flores, Floss, January 2004.
requires a 3.6 grade is aiming to raise $100,000 for an endowment fund • Fang Chen and Wendy Dirks will participate in
point average by a to support Oxford for varsity and recreational athlet- the Gregory Seminar in May.
sophomore. ics. The interest from the endowment fund would • Gayle Doherty participated in the 2004 Halle
As a soccer play- supplement the school’s existing budget for the ath-
Institute trip to India. She will attend the University
er, Voelkel was the letics department.
team’s top scorer “The money will help us sustain longevity of Advisory Council on Teaching’s training seminar
with thirty-two excellence in athletics,” Flores says. “An endowment for master teachers in May.
points in twenty fund will give us a solid foundation to keep our ath- • Adriane Ivey will participate in the
games last season, letics program here forever.” Oxford/Emory College exchange. Darrell Stokes,
which ranked her ﬁf- The top items on the current wish list are facility Department of Biology, Emory College, will teach
Soccer isn’t Heather Voelkel’s teenth in the region. maintenance, purchases of equipment and training here in 2004–2005.
only game. She was named to room supplies, and salaries for the medical staff. • Nitya Jacobs, Fang Chen, Christine Loflin, and
the all-conference The endowment project began last fall with the Guibao Yang will attend a faculty retreat in March
ﬁrst team for the second consecutive year. help of Oxford basketball coach Lance Von Vogt at Callaway Gardens sponsored by the Emory
“I really like soccer, but there are many other who worked with the campus’ institutional advance-
College Center for Teaching and Curriculum.
things that I also enjoy,” Voelkel says in an under- ment office. In January, approximately 500 letters
statement after one reviews the list of activities on were mailed to former Oxford athletes and their • Kristina Jensen, reference instruction librarian,
her resume. parents. has been accepted to the teaching track of the
In the last two years alone, she has taught English The drive coincides with the establishment of a ACRL Institute Program for Information Literacy.
as a second language to adults, tutored kids in an booster club for Oxford athletics. The club was set • Patti Owen-Smith’s article “How We Understand:
after-school program, volunteered with a community up to coordinate activities to promote the program Using Student Writing to Assess Insight” appeared
garden project, taught marine biology to innercity to its parents, alumni, and friends. Dennis Spruell of in the Journal of Student-Centered Learning.
children, and coached youth soccer. After she gradu- Monroe, Georgia, father of basketball player Andy • Included in Peter Seldin’s 2004 edition of The
ates, Voelkel wants to serve in the Peace Corps and ’05Ox, is the booster club president. Teaching Portfolio: A Practical Guide to Improved
Teach for America. Club members will receive tickets, polo shirts, Performance and Promotion/Tenure Decision
Her service-oriented zeal can be traced back to t-shirts, car decals, and newsletters, depending on
(Anker) are two chapters by Oxford faculty,
her parents who were actively involved in Mexico in how much money they donate.
a civic organization, Feed the Hungry. Dad provided Parties interested in contributing to the Oxford Myra Frady’s “Developing and Implementing the
expertise in agricultural development to the local athletics endowment fund may contact Edgar Flores, Teaching Portfolio at Oxford College of Emory
farmers, while Mom set up and taught in a school athletics director, at 770.784.4672 or University” and Steve Henderson’s “Sample
for children. egﬂore@emory.edu. —John Arenberg Portfolio.”
From the Director of Development
Oxford on the Move
Alumni Lead in Local Politics
T he Office of Institutional Advancement reports
n January 2004 an Oxford alumni coup
signiﬁcant fund-raising accomplishments in the
occurred. Don Ballard ’48Ox was elected mayor
ﬁrst six months of 2003–2004. We had a very suc-
of Oxford, and Sam Ramsey ’59Ox-’61B was
cessful EmoryGives campaign led by Mary Barnes
elected mayor of Covington, Georgia.
in the IA office. We raised a total of $5,959 (out
Ballard, who had served as city attorney for
of a university-wide total of $489,647) from thirty-
ﬁfty-one years and spent twenty-six years in the
one donors (out of 2,091). EmoryGives solicits the
legislature (representative for fourteen years and
Emory community for gifts to a wide variety of
senator for twelve years), enjoys being mayor
nonproﬁts in the greater Atlanta area, and Oxford
because, as he says, “You get to do something
College was among the top units at the University
for your fellow citizen.” Ballard is a attorney at
in terms of percentage increase over last year.
Ballard, Stephenson, and Waters, and he has been
We have also had a great
practicing for ﬁfty years.
Annual Fund response this
Though he was interested in political science
year. At the end of January,
while at Oxford, and eventually majored in it at the
we had raised $245,464
University of Georgia, Ballard had no plans for pol-
from 548 donors, which was
itics during his college years. He entered the politi-
well over our 2003–2004
cal realm later in life, because he “watched things
goal of $165,000, and we
work for years and has gotten an idea about what
still have six months of the
needs to be done,” he says. “Now I can do some-
thing about it.”
Our campaign to sell
While Ballard is beginning his ﬁrst mayoral
seats in Williams Hall has
term, Ramsey is serving his third term as mayor
already brought in over
of Covington. He cites his business administration
$20,000 in new funds for the arts endowment.
major at Emory for part of his success in managing
Together with the seats sold in the previous cam-
Covington and working with the four large compa-
paign, we have sold a total of ﬁfty-nine. We still
nies within its boundaries. The rest, he says, is due
have around 125 seats to sell, and one of our
to a “great city manager and a great group of city
young alumni has stepped forward and offered
employees.” Covington received Georgia Trend Mayors Don Ballard (left) and Sam Ramsey say they
to match all gifts for this campaign from the Class became involved in politics to give something back.
magazine’s City of Excellence award in 2003.
of 1988. You will be hearing more about this chal-
Like Ballard, Ramsey had little interest in poli-
lenge grant in the months to come.
tics during college. He began his political career
The Department of Athletics has started a new
when he served on Covington’s planning commis- “I have always enjoyed public service,” he says.
Booster Club and is also soliciting funds for the
sion for seventeen years and then spent eleven “Covington and Newton County have always been
athletics endowment fund. (See Sports, p. 3.)
years on the city council. But his “political blood” good to me, and I want to give something back to
The Sophomore Class Gift Committee is work-
made a career in politics seemingly unavoidable. the community.”
ing hard, and the IA office is providing all necessary
Ramsey’s great grandfather was tax commissioner When each was asked about the other’s position
help to the committee. The gift itself will be
in Newton County, and his grandfather was as mayor, Ballard and Ramsey both responded,
announced at Oxford Day.
sheriff of Rockdale County and mayor of Conyers. “I’ve known him all my life,” and agreed they have
We are making plans for a new calling center
In addition to running Ramsey Furniture in a strong working relationship. “We work well for
on the Oxford campus, and it should be opera-
Covington, politics is a good career ﬁt for him. the good of everybody,” says Ramsey. Ox
tional by fall 2004. Not only will this center enable
Oxford students to call Oxford alumni, but it will
also provide students with well-paying, convenient,
part-time jobs. We think our Annual Fund solicita-
Return, Renew, Rediscover Giving to Oxford
tions will be even more successful; more important- Emory in the Spring. is just a click away.
ly, the calling center will help us reconnect with
The Association of Emory Alumni and Oxford
alumni who have been “lost” to Oxford. College are proud to announce
Among large gifts recently received at Oxford
are James E. Barker’s ’47Ox pledge of $180,000 to EMORY WEEKEND
the library and to the general fund; a new scholar- A University-wide celebration of old friends,
ship in memory of Edred ’57Ox and Judith Benton professors, new graduates, and all things Emory.
($50,000); and a new scholarship in memory of Beginning in May 2004, Alumni Weekend will
become Emory Weekend, a prelude to Emory’s
Alan Palmer ’86Ox ($50,000, initially; $100,000,
liveliest time of year: commencement. Alumni
ﬁnal goal). of all ages are invited to come home for
We are continuing to work on funding sources Emory Weekend.
for the new Library and Information Technology To learn more, visit www.emory.edu/
Center. We are conducting research on individuals, ALUMNI/EMORYWEEKEND2004/ or call www.emory.edu/OXFORD/Alumni/gifts
404.727.6400 or (toll free) 866.727.6485.
corporations, and foundations, and we are looking
OXFORD’S SUCCESS DEPENDS ON SUPPORT FROM
for that lead gift that will get this project moving.
ALUMNI, PARENTS, AND FRIENDS LIKE YOU.
We welcome your suggestions, and we promise
to follow up on all leads. This is the largest single
OXFORD IN PRINT
fund-raising project in Oxford’s history, and it • Tommy R. Sikes ’83Ox of Meridian, Mississippi,
is pastor of the First Christian Church and has pub- Oxford Outlook is published biannually for
will take all of us working together to make it Oxford College of Emory University by University
lished his second book, Wind Chimes: Inspiring
successful. Publications, a department of Public Affairs, located
Stories of Grief and Grace that includes stories
at 1655 North Decatur Road, Atlanta, Georgia
about Oxford College, Chaplain Sammy Clark,
30322. Third-class postage paid.
and life as a student at Oxford College.
Editor: Jane Howell
Contributing Writers: John Arenberg, Dana Greene,
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