Upcoming wellness events

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The 2018 Atlanta Heart Walk.

We wanted to make you aware of three upcoming events. There is still time to join the 2019 Atlanta Heart Walk on Sept. 28, 2019! Check it out at:https://www2.heart.org/site/TR/HeartWalk/General?sid=1071&type=fr_informational&pg=informational&fr_id=4458. You can register, join a group, donate, whatever works best for you. This is a great event where you can have fun and help a worthy cause.

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Bike festival in New Zealand.

Second, it’s time to sign up for the Refresh From Stress: 30 Day Inspiration. You’ll learn 30 simple steps to enhance your emotional health. It will be held Oct. 1st to the 30th and all benefits-eligible employees can participate. You can register online at: www.fsap.emory.edu/refreshfromstress. For those of you who are part of Healthy Emory Connect, you can earn extra points toward medical plan incentives. These are enormously helpful; for example I was just able to use some when I cut my foot recently and had to have stitches and such. If you have any questions about the event, please contact FSAP at efsap [at] emory [dot] edu.

Finally, don’t forget about the Biketober event, coming, yes, in October. You can find information and register for Emory Teams at: https://www.lovetoride.net/atlanta.

As always, if you have any questions concerning wellness, please reach out to me or your Wellness Committee at LITS-WELLNESS [at] LISTSERV [dot] CC [dot] EMORY [dot] EDU.

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Upcoming grant deadlines

As a friendly reminder from the Libraries Grants Support Committee, we are here to help you! If you have an idea for a grant, or even a project you are currently working on that could benefit from some funding, please feel free to contact any one of the Committee to develop your ideas!

Some upcoming grant opportunities are:

Libraries Grants Support Committee roster:

  • Courtney Chartier (Rose Library)
  • Conor Cook (Foundation Relations)
  • Sandra Franklin (WHSCL)
  • Rosalyn Metz (Library Technology and Digital Strategies)
  • Kim Norman (Conservation)
  • Sarah Quigley (Rose Library)
  • Chella Vaidyanathan (Research, Engagement and Scholarly Communications)
  • Michael Williamson (LITS Finance)
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Matt Denius, Manager, Business Analysts

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“The team has its hands in a bunch of different projects. They are all over campus and it’s a pleasure to be here and support them.” – Matt Denius

Matt Denius is the new manager of the business analysts team. Before making his way to Emory, Matt worked for a year and a half as a project manager for the software consulting company Soltech. Previously he worked a year and a half as the director of a product management team for a startup software company called Bio IQ. He also spent 13 years as the manager of the business analysts team for NexGen Healthcare.

Born in Big Horn, WY, Matt came to the deep South after his family sold its Wyoming ranch and moved to Melbourne Beach, Florida. He earned a bachelor’s degree in earth and atmospheric sciences from Georgia Tech, and a master’s degree in information technology from the University of Denver.

Matt is a family man, with his ten and twelve-year-old kids taking the majority of his free time. “It’s an endless stream of baseball, ballet, and gymnastics.”

Of his new work, Matt says, “The team has its hands in a bunch of different projects. They are all over campus and it’s a pleasure to be here and support them.”

You can reach Matt at matthew [dot] jared [dot] denius [at] emory [dot] edu.

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Marlon Montgomery, Project Manager, PMO

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“Everyone is so willing to go out of their way to help you.” – Marlon Montgomery

Marlon Montgomery has joined the Project Management Office (PMO) as a new project manager. He previously spent the past sixteen years at NetPlanner Systems, Inc., where he most recently served as the service manager and was also a project superintendent.

Born and raised in Birmingham, AL, Marlon moved to Atlanta in April of 2003. He earned an associate’s degree in telecommunications technology from Herzing University.

Marlon enjoys traveling, hanging out with family, and, his favorite, watching Alabama football.

“Everyone is so willing to go out of their way to help you,” says Marlon. “The leadership and my teammates have made this a very easy transition.”

You can reach him to discuss Tua Tagovailoa at marlon [dot] montgomery [at] emory [dot] edu.

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Pet of the Week: Dixie

Meet my cat, Dixie!

A coworker found Dixie living in the woods behind her house in Tucker. She saw the monkey grass at the edge of her yard “dancing” one day, and it was a tiny kitty playing. To this day, that cat loves nothing more than to fight monkey grass.

My coworker’s family was calling her D.C. for “Damn Cat.” I thought it was mean, but she was already responding to the sound of “DC” so I changed it to Dixie. She does answer to her name.

We think she is about 11-12. She has been with me for just over 10 years and seemed to be about 1 when she came to live with me.

My family has always had cats, and my boyfriend has always had cats too. When I moved in with him, Dixie and his cat, Sam, fought all of the time and never became friends, and it made her mean to us as well. Sam made it to 21.5 years old and the day that we came home from the vet without him, Dixie was transformed into a sweet kitty who loves to cuddle and make biscuits so hard that they hurt. She even lets Michael pick her up and pet the floof on her tummy.

Despite her size, Dixie is a serious hunter and protector of the house. I was brushing my teeth one day when she came into the bathroom with a live chipmunk and dropped it at my feet. Her outside-time now is restricted to our back porch, which is enclosed and one story up. Nevertheless, she’s caught birds out of the sky and even jumped off the deck (about a 30-foot drop) to fight a neighborhood stray.


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LITS recent headlines and upcoming events

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Recent LITS headlines:

Upcoming LITS events:

(go HERE for more information for each event)

  • September 23Event: AFPL library card drive, 11:00 – 4:00 pm, Level 2, Woodruff Library (bring your Emory ID card)
  • September 25InfoForum: 10:00 – 11:00 am, Jones Room, Woodruff Library
  • October 3Event: “Jack Stewart: The Birth of Subway Graffiti,” opening reception, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, 378 Clifton Rd., 378 Gallery
  • October 4Event: Off Script Symposium, 12:00 pm – 6:45 pm, Woodruff Commons, Rose Library
  • October 5 Event: “Jack Stewart: The Birth of Subway Graffiti,” live graffiti painting, 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm, 378 Clifton Rd., 378 Gallery
  • October 16LEAF Coffee and opening of “How Might We” exhibit: 10:30 am – 11:30 am, Jones Room and Schatten Gallery, Woodruff Library
  • October 17IT Briefing: 10:15 – 12:00 pm, 4th Floor Auditorium, North Decatur Building
  • October 19Event: “Jack Stewart: The Birth of Subway Graffiti,” closing reception, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, 378 Clifton Rd., 378 Gallery
  • October 19Event: National History Day Georgia Research Roundup, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Rose Library
  • October 22InfoForum: 2:00 – 3:00 pm, Jones Room, Woodruff Library
  • October 22Evenrt: Open Access Author Reception, 4:00 – 6:00 pm, Woodruff Commons, Rose Library
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InfoForum schedule announced for fall 2019

logo for a lecture seriesThe InfoForum is back! Campus and Community Relations (CCR) is announcing its Fall 2019 InfoForum schedule.

The InfoForum is an opportunity for employees to share new projects or initiatives, learn more about what’s going on in other areas of Emory Libraries and information technology, and collaborate and connect with their colleagues.

In an effort to bring broadly diverse content to the meeting, each session features a trio of 20-minute presentations: one from Emory Libraries, one from Emory IT, and one from outside of LITS.

Each InfoForum will also be recorded and rebroadcast later. There will also be some light refreshments at each meeting.

Here is the Fall lineup:

September 25, 10 am – 11 am, Jones Room, Woodruff Library

  • Kathy Dixson (Exhibitions) – “Community Connections: Exhibition Outreach with Local Schools”
  • Paul Petersen (Cloud Advisory Group) – “The Next Steps in Emory’s Cloud Revolution”
  • John Bence (Rose Library) – “Employee Council’s 2020 Vision”

October 22, 2 pm – 3 pm, Jones Room, Woodruff Library

  • Jen Doty (Scholarly Communications) – “Partnerships for Instruction”
  • Jymbellyn Carthon (LITS Messaging Team) – “Tips and Tricks for Office 365”
  • Rob Renner (LITS HR) – “Things to Know About Your Benefits”

November 19, 10 am – 11 am, Jones Room, Woodruff Library

Theme: Anatomy of a Project: Three leaders discuss how projects develop

  • Kari Harwitz (Project Management Office)
  • Rosalyn Metz (Library Technology & Digital Strategies)
  • Haniya Vaid (Provost’s Office)

December 9, 10 am – 11 am, Jones Room, Woodruff Library

  • Lyndon Batiste (Library Service Desk) – “The Service Desk and Our Patrons”
  • Dana Haggas (Enterprise Applications) – “The Evolving World of Enterprise Applications”
  • Daniel Parson (Oxford Farm) – “Living and Learning on the Oxford College Farm”

We will keep you informed of the many exciting topics that this group will be discussing, so stay tuned!

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