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Wednesday Briefing for June 14

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 .

Applications Being Accepted for Interim Director, Student Conduct, Community Standards and Wellness (SCCSW)

The Assistant Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs is accepting applications to fill this position. Please visit the EMU Job posting site to submit letters of interest no later than, Monday, June 19, 2017.

Congratulations to Our Physician Assistant (PA) Program Graduates

100% of the 2017 Physician Assistant Program graduates have passed the national certification exam for that field. To date 100% of PA program graduates have passed the exam on the first attempt. Congratulations and thanks to the faculty and staff who are the core of this program, and work tirelessly to teach and support these talented students.

More Congratulations, to April's Grant Award Recipients:

  • Jessica Alexander, $89,859 renewal funding in support of the Family Empowerment Program in Ypsilanti.
  • Elise Buggs, $153,000 Michigan Workforce Development Agency GEAR UP and VISTA Support Award; and $91,437 College Day Appropriation.
  • Christine Finch, $25,000 from the Michigan Department of Education, in support of the Child and Adult Food Care Program.
  • Allen Kurta, $11,447 from Consumers Energy Corporation, in support of the Bat Habitat Evaluation Near Saginaw.
  • Richard King, $484,500 from Grand Valley State University, in support of the statewide Small Business Development Center, Region 9.
  • Erik Lokensgard, $2,990 from Askings Holdings, LLC, to provide physical strength testing of molded nylon rings.

Ongoing Updates

STEM Education Activities Planning Opportunity – June 20

EMU and the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum (AAHOM) have received funding from the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement in order to form a partnership which provides quality informal STEM education activities to the children and families of Ypsilanti. Interested faculty from all disciplines are encouraged to help make the most of this opportunity by participating in a joint planning session with educators from the AAHOM on Tuesday June 20 from (campus location TBA).

The initiative is lead by Sarah Fabian and Kelly Grossman (Library) and Amy Flanagan Johnson (Chemistry). Please RSVP by noon on Friday, June 16th, though earlier responses for planning purposes are greatly appreciated. Snacks will be provided.

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 Sherzer and Quirk.

Traffic Flow Direction Reversal on West Circle Drive May 1–July 10

From May 1 through July 10, there will be modifications to the traffic and pedestrian patterns on West Circle Drive, resulting from the Central Heating Plant project. West Circle Drive traffic flow will reverse direction and will exit on to Oakwood Street from Structure Drive. Anthony Duty 487.1000 is the project contact person for the Physical Plant.

The West Circle Drive traffic changes are indicated on the traffic plan map [PDF].

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.

Performance Evaluation System Assistance

All performance evaluations for AP, PT, PE, AH, AC, CA, and CS employees are due to be completed in the Simitive System by by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 30, 2017. Please note that some University divisions may impose an earlier deadline. Be sure to check with your divisional leadership to make sure you are meeting your divisional deadline. To fully complete your evaluation(s) you will not only be evaluating the goals from 2016–2017; you will also be developing and inputting new goals for the 2017–2018 year.

Two in-person training sessions will be offered on Friday, May 19 and Thursday, June 8 in 110 Halle Library. To register for training, go to the LOD Eventbrite page and select the session that works best for you. Additional performance evaluation information (including FAQs [PDF]), can be found on the evaluations and performance reviews web page.

Have questions or need help in the Simitive system? For the fastest response, submit all support requests directly to our department by clicking on the ‘Support’ link located in the upper right corner of the home page on the Simitive system. You can also email emu_lod@emich.edu.