Letter from the Editor: August 2019

Elizabeth Cobb Durel celebrates the beginning of the school year and shares stories about alumni entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and new students.

By Elizabeth Cobb Durel
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Dear friends,

Much more so than New Year’s Day, for me, the first day of school has always felt like a fresh start, the beginning of a brand new season of opportunities. The Georgia fall is beautiful and my favorite time of year—or it is once the temperatures drop below 90 degrees. This summer we’ve been getting ready for Homecoming and started planning for the 16th Emory Cares. It’s going to be a great fall. The students are arriving and campus is awakening. Come back and see us.

This month, I am so proud to present a wonderful event we called The Dinner Party. It’s been a long time in the making because we wanted it to be just right. A few months ago, in commemoration of the 5th anniversary of the opening of Atlanta’s own National Center for Civil and Human Rights (NCCHR), EmoryWire invited some special guests to dinner. Over the course of an evening, we discussed Emory’s commitment to service, how the center came to be, and how Emory and the NCCHR could move forward together. And we laughed. I hope you enjoy it.

Let me know what you think, too. Would you like to see more of these types of stories? And what would you like for us to discuss? Your opinion matters and I welcome it.

In this month’s issue, you’ll also meet Rohit Malhotra 08C, who is innovating in the public sector while working to reframe and revalue public service work. Jordan Stein 12C tells us about his life now and what inspired him to launch the Student Hardship fund while he was on campus. Also, we’re staffing up regional offices around the United States to serve you better, so check out who might be getting in touch with you soon.

There’s always something going on. So, join us to keep up.

In the meantime, enjoy EmoryWire.

Elizabeth Cobb Durel
Editor, EmoryWire

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