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Wednesday Briefing for August 9

The Provost's Wednesday Briefing is a complement to the Provost's Update and intended to be a quick update on achievements and opportunities in Academic and Student Affairs. In the summer, it will only be distributed when content is available. Please forward any comments or submissions to emuprovost@emich.edu.

Thank You, Becky Sipe!

As many of you may know, Dr. Rebecca Sipe has decided to return to her faculty position in the English Department and leave her appointment as ​Assistant Vice President, Honors College, effective fall 201​7. Dr. Sipe has enjoyed a long and successful history at EMU, beginning in 1997 as an Assistant Professor in the English Department. She was appointed as Interim Department Head for English in 2007 and was made permanent in that position in July 2008. In August 2010, she became the Director of the Honors College, and was named Assistant Vice President in January 2016. I am extremely grateful for her outstanding service to our University and her effective leadership of the Honors College during her tenure there. I hope you all join me in thanking her for her service and wishing her great success and happiness in her return to faculty.

Global Learning Seminar Applications Now Being Accepted – Deadline September 10

This year marks a re-launch to the Global Learning Seminar seminar, with a focus on a pedagogical approach to integrating global learning across the curriculum. Seminar co-facilitators will collaborate with a small group of EMU faculty during the fall 2017 and winter 2018 semesters. All interested faculty are encouraged to apply for this important initiative in support of the international endeavor at EMU. The deadline is September 10, 2017, and the first session is September 22.

Ongoing Updates

Classroom Technology

TEL Systems, working with Information Technology and Physical Plant, continue installation of upgraded classroom technology, including document cameras, Blu-ray players, thin-client workstations and projection equipment. Over the next couple of weeks, they are targeting classrooms in Warner and Halle. Renovation on the AV in the Pray-Harrold and Mark Jefferson auditoriums is currently underway. (Updated 8/1).

Portion of East Circle Drive Closed May 8–August 10

East Circle Drive is closed to all traffic for construction from Lowell St. to Pray Harrold, until August 10. This means that Best Drive, Ford Lot and Alexander Paid Lot are inaccessible. Please see below for accommodations:

  • Ford Staff Parking: Starting May 8, staff parking for Ford Lot will be moved to Alexander Lot, accessed through Sill Staff Lot.
  • Commuter Parking: Starting May 8, commuter parking for Ford Lot will be moved to the Ann Street Lot.
  • Ford Lot Reserved Parking: Will not be affected.

East Circle Drive will remain open from the Ann St. entrance to the cul-de-sac in front of Snow Health Center. If you have any questions, please review the Traffic Plan Map [PDF] for detours around the project site or contact Physical Plant Project Manager Anthony Duty 487.1000.

How to be Informed of IT System Network Outages

The IT system outage page is updated regularly with planned and unplanned outage information. If you have any questions, please call the IT Help Desk at 487.2120 for further assistance.