Eastern Michigan University logo
direct edit
Office of the Provost

Wednesday Briefing for May 17

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 .

Banner Upgrade This Coming Weekend

The Banner system is being upgraded to Banner 9 on Monday, May 22 to maintain support standards. After the upgrade, the biggest differences those who use Banner will notice are more browser options (e.g., Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox), a modern look and feel, and navigating to a form, within a form, and between forms.

Both versions of Banner will be accessible concurrently beginning on Monday, May 22; however it is recommended that those who use Banner make every effort to perform forms (e.g., SPAIDEN) related tasks in Banner 9, once it becomes available.

For more information or to sign up for an information session, visit the Banner 9 upgrade page or contact the IT Help Desk at 734.487.2120.

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, 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.

Budget Forum Presentation and Video

For those unable to attend, the PowerPoint presentation and video from yesterday's Budget Forum is posted on the EMU Business and Finance Budget Forum website.

Ongoing IT and Construction Updates

Classroom Technology Update

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 continuing to target classrooms in Sherzer.

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.

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 Pedestrian and Vehicular Traffic Map for detours around the project site or contact Physical Plant Project Manager Anthony Duty 487.1000.

How to be Informed of 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.