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ADMINISTRATIVE LEADERSHIP MEETING: The next administrative leadership meeting is Tuesday, September 27 from 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., in the Student Center Ballroom. Muffins, donuts, fruit, coffee, and juice will be provided. The tentative agenda includes:

  • Comments from President Smith
  • Enrollment & Housing Update
  • Higher Learning Commission Accreditation Update
  • Update from the Advancement Division
  • Fall Marketing Campaign Preview

We look forward to seeing you Tuesday morning.


SPECIAL MEETING OF THE BOARD OF REGENTS: The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents will hold a Special Meeting on Friday, September 30 at 8:00 a.m. The meeting will be held in 201 Welch Hall and is open to the public. Agenda items are:

  • Section 1: Proposed Minutes of the June 21, 2016 General Board Meeting
  • Section 2: Proposed Minutes of the August 2, 2016 Special Board Meeting
  • Section 3: Approval of Employment Agreement for the Head Gymnastics Coach
  • Section 4: FY 2017-18 State Capital Outlay Request
  • Section 5: Collective Bargaining Agreement Between Eastern Michigan University and the EMU Federation of Teachers Full-Time Lecturers Unit (EMUFT)

It should be noted that the Capital Outlay Request will once again specify Strong Hall, even though the planning authorization for the project was approved by the state in June. Under Michigan rules for capital funding, we must submit Strong Hall as the University's priority project until we receive approval for the construction phase, which will not happen before the state's November 1 deadline for 2017-2018 capital projects. The timing of this is not unusual given the necessary work to prepare bonds and secure funding, and does not reflect any problems with the project, which remains on track.

The following items will be prohibited at all meetings of the Board of Regents:

  • Sticks and poles
  • Any noise making devices
  • Backpacks are allowed but subject to search as needed
  • According to EMU Board Policy 9.4, no person shall possess or use any firearm or other dangerous weapons, concealed or otherwise, on property owned, leased or controlled by the University or otherwise in the course of University business. Further, no person shall possess or use explosive materials, incendiary devices or other dangerous objects or substances on property owned, leased or controlled by the University or otherwise in the course of University business.

We ask that you respect the spirit of this forum and allow all speakers the opportunity to speak and conduct official business. Behavior that disrupts the event or prevents speakers from being heard, or from being able to continue, is prohibited. Failure to comply may result in criminal and/or student conduct code sanctions.

The room capacity for 201 Welch Hall, as dictated by the building code, is 135 individuals. Guests are encouraged to arrive early to ensure seating. For additional information or questions, please visit the Board of Regents homepage or contact Vicki Reaume at 487-2410 or by email.


PIERCE METER PARKING AREA: The Pierce Meter Parking area will be closed on Tuesday, September 27 due to the Swoops Student Food Pantry Open House.  It will reopen on Wednesday, September 28.


LOT A-1 CLOSURE: Lot A-1 will be closed Friday, September 30 due to an event that will be taking place at the Student Center.


AMERICAN RED CROSS FALL BLOOD DRIVE: The American Red Cross is running blood drives on Monday, September 19 and Tuesday, September 20, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom and Thursday, September 29 in the Marshall Hall Atrium, also from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Red Cross needs blood donors again, and your donation can help extend a life. To register, log onto the American Red Cross website and use the sponsor code "emu".


NOMINATIONS SOUGHT, 2017 SYMPOSIUM KEYNOTE SPEAKER: The College of Arts and Sciences is seeking nominations of EMU alumni with dynamic, engaging speaking styles to serve as the Dennis M. Beagen Undergraduate Symposium Keynote Speaker for its 37th event on Friday, March 31, 2017. Although previous EMU Undergraduate Symposium presentation is preferred, it is not required. Please email Wendy Kivi or call 7-3198 to request a nomination form. Nominations due by September 30.


56TH ANNUAL ALUMNI AWARD SUBMISSION DEADLINE: The Office of Alumni Relations encourages the nomination of outstanding alumni for its showcase event. The Alumni Awards Dinner Honors multiple recipients in four categories; Outstanding Young Alumni, Alumni Achievement, Distinguished Alumni and the Dr. John W. Porter Distinguished Service Award. Submissions may be made by anyone in favor of those who meet the award criteria. The deadline for the formal nomination of potential winners for the upcoming Alumni Awards is Friday, October 14. For more information, visit the Alumni website. Nominations must be submitted to Eastern Michigan University, Office for Alumni Relations at 234 McKenny Hall by October 14 in order to receive consideration.



Go Green! EMU will be testing several energy savings strategies in an effort to save energy dollars and be more environmentally conscious. The strategies vary by building type, controls, and design and include pre-cooling at night and "coasting" through peak hours (11:00 am to 7:00 p.m. as defined by DTE Energy); raising cooling temperature setpoints by one to two degrees and resetting discharge air temperature setpoints based on actual space temperature.

Be Green! You can help. Minimize the use of appliances especially during peak hours. Shut off lights, computers, televisions, etc. when leaving a room. For air conditioned spaces, raise thermostat setpoints to 75 degrees or higher especially in buildings with older controls which only have local control. Close blinds and curtains in air conditioned spaces to minimize heat gain from the sun.

Save Green! The challenge. Last year the annual electrical demand peak was 10,154 kW set in the month of September. A five percent reduction in this demand peak would result in annual savings of more than $68,000 in electrical demand charges. A 10 percent reduction would save more than $136,000 annually. There are also additional savings in electric supply charges and environmental benefits as well. Every little bit will help. So do your part and help EMU Go Green!


MICHIGAN ORPHAN KITTEN RESCUE AND SHOE BOX RECYCLING: The Children's Institute has teamed up with the Michigan Orphan Kitten Rescue and Shoe Box Recycling and needs your extra shoes to help local orphaned kittens from newborn to four weeks of age.

Please drop off all paired men's, women's and kids shoes (no flip flops or boots please) that are still usable at the Children's Institute at Fletcher School on Cornell. The rescue gets money for the shoes to help orphan kittens. So far The Children's Institute has helped the MOKR earn over $1,500!

For questions or additional information please send an email to Michigan Orphan Kitten Rescue or check out their Facebook page. If you have any questions, please call Tracey Buhinicek at 487-2348.


EMU ATHLETICS ANNOUNCES CLEAR BAG POLICY FOR ALL EVENTS: EMU Athletics has announced it will implement a clear bag policy for all athletic events in 2016-17, the school announced today, Aug. 10. The move is to provide a safer environment for the public and to expedite fan entry into stadiums.

The new EMU policy is consistent with what the NFL and other professional organizations have done for the past several years. The policy is also in line with what numerous institutions around the Mid-American Conference and the country are putting into place this year.

Only clear tote bags smaller than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches or one-gallon plastic freezer bags will be allowed inside Rynearson Stadium and other athletic venues on the EMU campus this year. In addition, small handheld clutch purses (smaller than 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches) will continued to be permitted into Eastern Michigan venues.

All backpacks regardless of size are prohibited and any bags larger than 12" x 6" x 12", clear or non-clear will be strictly prohibited. Exceptions will be made for approved medical needs.

Other prohibited items include, but are not limited to: purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, non-approved seat cushions, luggage of any kind, computer bags and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size.

All bags will be subject to search and inspection.

Full details of the new policy can be found here.


EASTERN EXPERTS WEBSITE: The Division of Communications has established a new, robust Eastern Experts website. The EMU Experts Directory will highlight the wide variety of expertise and insight on our faculty, with the goals of enabling journalists to quickly secure experts to comment in stories and interviews and of helping community organizations find speakers for their events. If you are an EMU faculty or staff member with an area of expertise that might be of interest to the media or an area organization, we hope that you will consider becoming a part of the Eastern Experts Directory. The process is simple. Simply log on to the Eastern Experts Directory. There you will find easy tips on how to join the directory, along with tips on writing your bio and completing the expert form. First, click "Join the Directory" and read the text there. After reading the text there, click "Complete the EMU expert form" and then log in using your my.emich credentials.

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