Gifts at Work

Matt Dorian
Matt Dorian 13OX and Physics Assistant Professor Frosso Seitaridou

   

When he was a high school sophomore, Matt Dorian 13OX watched his mother battle breast cancer. Determined to help find a cure, he transferred to a medical magnet high school in Tampa, Florida, and began searching for the best university to prepare him for medical school.

Learning about Oxford’s strength as a national leader in hands-on science education, Dorian applied and was accepted as a Dean’s Scholar. He signed up for Assistant Professor Frosso Seitaridou’s physics course his first semester. Although Dorian had never taken physics before, Seitaridou was impressed by his aptitude and asked him to work as her research assistant.

“Working with freshman and sophomore students, you can be a recruiter. It is the most exciting thing in the world when students begin to understand the insight physics can give into how the world works,” Seitaridou says.

Dorian says working one-on-one with professors has motivated him to succeed. “The professors here want to help students learn to like a subject,” Dorian says. “They really make you work at it because they want you to learn and do well.”

Leadership-level annual gifts to scholarships help attract the best students from across the country and help them excel at Oxford and beyond.


 

Two years with Teach for America at Creekside High School in Atlanta was a life changing experience for Audra Williams 13M 13MPH.

“Many students were being held back academically by health problems. Asthma, vision problems, and other health needs were not being met, and it was impacting their ability to learn,” says Williams.

She applied to Emory School of Medicine, drawn to the joint MD/MPH program offered with the Rollins School of Public Health. At Rollins she received Adopt A-Scholar funding provided by alumnus Michael Lindsay. An associate professor at the School of Medicine and director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Grady Memorial Hospital, Lindsay believes investing in young scholars will improve the future of health care.

As part of her work at Rollins, Williams helped create a new classroom-to community course with Teach for America, providing health lessons specifically addressing issues teachers are seeing in their classrooms. “My course work in behavioral science and health education has really given me an understanding of what we can do to teach people about health and help them make healthier decisions. This is definitely something I want to incorporate in my future as a physician,” she says.

   

 Audra Williams
Audra Williams 13M 13MPH


 

Katie Sack
Katie Sack 14T

   

The daughter of a methodist minister, Katie Sack 14T was accustomed to people asking if she would follow her mother into the ministry. Her answer was always no.

After many years of global travel, Sack knew she wanted to work with marginalized children, including refugees, the abused, and the neglected. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a religion minor in 2011 and planned to pursue a doctorate in clinical child psychology. She began to rethink her plans after a chance meeting with several Candler students piqued her interest. Sack researched Candler and decided to enroll in the master of divinity program.

As a first-year student at Candler, Sack worked with pregnant women at a local women’s prison. “It brought everything I have learned together in a way I had never experienced. I had always worked with children, but I had no understanding of the parents,” she says. “I have learned that these women not only are parents; they also were children who were abused and neglected.”

Now Sack hopes to combine clinical practice with chaplaincy in a children’s hospital. “I’d always equated seminary with pulpit ministry. I never considered other things could be done outside of that,” she says. “When a child is in a difficult life situation, there are always many questions, not just about life, but about faith as well.”


 

When Tracy Barash’s position was eliminated in the early 1990s, her manager at the New York telecommunications firm where she worked suggested she pursue an MBA. She chose Goizueta Business School because of its reputation and small classes. Today she is a vice president at Turner Broadcasting in Atlanta, and she credits the Goizueta MBA program with preparing her for her career progression.

“An MBA makes you see all of the different points of view and how the pieces fit together. The benefit of a Goizueta MBA is you get to do that in an intimate environment.”

She landed her first job after graduation—marketing and product development at a small housewares company—by networking with other Goizueta alumni. She went on to brand management positions at Diageo and Warner Bros. At Turner, she is vice president of brand development for the Cartoon Network.

Grateful for her professional opportunities and her Goizueta education, which she describes as “comprehensive,” she now makes leadership-level gifts to provide student scholarship support.

“Once you get out there and see the advantages you have from getting that quality Goizueta education, you want to pay it forward,” she says. “Business school is expensive, and there are a lot of smart people out there who just need an opportunity.”

   

Tracy Barash
Tracy Barash 93MBA


 

Asha French
Asha French 16G, Fellowship Recipient

   

One morning on her way to work as a Newton Fellow in Emory’s Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL), Asha French 16G stepped onto the elevator with Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Alice Walker, who was visiting her personal archive. “It felt good to tell her how much her work means to me. I’m so glad to be a fellow here,” says French, an Emory PhD candidate who is writing a dissertation based on the works of Walker and three other influential African American writers.

MARBL’s Anne and Bill Newton Fellowship is supporting French this year as she finishes her dissertation and builds the portfolio she’ll need to secure a teaching position. In return, she works in MARBL sixteen hours each week, updating the library’s online tools to help scholars—including Emory undergraduates—do their research.

Wise Heart Society members Anne and Bill Newton 75C 76G are among Emory Libraries and Information Technology’s most dedicated friends, and the Newton Fellowship they funded is perfect for French, a poet who depends on MARBL to inform her scholarship. She studies the voices of young black girls in contemporary fiction and is editing The New Letter Project, a volume of correspondence from established and emergent authors celebrating the art of letter writing.