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Yearbook to Include Print Version, New Alterations

By Amanda Kline Posted: 02/17/2012
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Emory’s yearbook The Emory Campus will be published in print for the first time since 1994 this year and will include new features geared toward the entire undergraduate student body.

Kenny Liebowitz (’11C) and Kyle Picone (’11C) established the idea during the 2010-2011 school year to reinstate the tradition of having a yearbook on campus after a 17-year lull. Liebowitz, who worked with Emory’s Alumni Association to produce the yearbook — published online last year — brought the idea to Gloria Grevas, director of alumni and student programs at the Alumni Association.

“My hope is that after they have left campus, students will enjoy flipping through the pages and remembering their time at Emory,” Grevas wrote in an email to the Wheel. “It is intended to be a compilation of the memories they made here, and I hope it will help them maintain their connection with Emory and each other.”

Grevas wrote that the idea of restarting the yearbook had been discussed in the Alumni Association office for years. When Liebowitz approached Grevas last year with the intent of compiling a yearbook, Grevas “let [him] run with the idea.”

“Lo and behold, by the end of the school year we had a yearbook,” she wrote. “I was very impressed.” 

Last year, Liebowitz worked closely with Picone and current College sophomores Will Ezor and Michael Simon to put together the online yearbook, which is still available for viewing on the Alumni Association website, free of charge.

Ezor, the current editor in chief of the Campus, said he looks forward to using his experiences both from last year from his high school yearbook to make a print version of the Campus a reality. Ezor noted that he plans to expand the yearbook beyond a 100-page book geared primarily toward seniors. This year’s book, he said, will be “double or triple the size” and will appeal to all undergraduate students.

The yearbook will serve as an overview of the main events of the year instead of what comes to mind in thinking of the traditional high school yearbook, such as individual pictures of each student and sports team photographs, Ezor said. This change will appeal to a wider spectrum of people, according to Ezor.

The cost per book has not yet been confirmed, but Ezor said he expects they will run around $30.

Working closely with the Alumni Association, particularly the Senior Experience Committee (SEC), Ezor said he is planning on publishing two print editions of the Campus. The first edition will be available for immediate purchase on campus with sales beginning around finals time.

The second edition will additionally include details about commencement and will be available for online order shortly after graduation.

One major perk, for seniors in particular, in ordering the second edition of the print version of the yearbook is that there will be two pages at the very end that they will be able to personalize. Seniors will use access codes, to be given out in the coming weeks at Wonderful Wednesdays and other campus events, to log on to the website of TreeRing — the yearbook’s publishing company — and create their own yearbook pages using photos and memories of their choice, according to Ezor.

Students will then receive their own yearbooks, complete with the two personalized pages, in the mail.

If seniors feel that anything has been left out of the yearbook that they would like to remember as part of their college experience, they will be able to add that in themselves and make those two pages uniquely their own, Ezor explained.

Ezor and the yearbook staff chose to use the TreeRing to print the yearbooks to align themselves with Emory’s sustainability initiatives. TreeRing is an environmentally-friendly publishing company that pledges to plant a tree for each yearbook purchased. All yearbooks produced by TreeRing are also printed on recycled paper.

Ezor said that students interested in volunteering for the yearbook staff should contact him via LearnLink.

— Contact Amanda Kline.

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