President's Report to the Board of Regents
December 15, 2011
On behalf of the leadership team at Eastern Michigan University, I want to wish our students, faculty, staff, friends and supporters a wonderful holiday season and best wishes for a happy and healthy 2012.
As we close 2011, we can look back with pride at the reopening of Pray-Harrold, completion of the new addition to the Science Complex, 30 new faculty joining our campus, and an increase in our freshman class this fall. Although we had extremely difficult budget challenges due to the 15 percent reduction in our state appropriation, we will continue to work harder to effectively manage our resources and strategically utilize them to enhance Eastern and continue enrollment growth.
We launched a strategic planning process this fall and the results of our initial survey of internal and external stakeholders was exciting with more than 2,400 students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends participating and providing hundreds of thoughtful comments (over 350 pages of them!) which shows how much everyone cares about Eastern’s future.
I am delighted to announce that Eastern Michigan University’s first-ever comprehensive campaign has exceeded the $50 million goal with $51,642,025 million as of this morning. The campaign will continue until June 30, 2012 and conclude one year early. We view this as a first step in establishing a culture of giving back to Eastern among over 140,000 alumni and friends of Eastern. This giving back will strengthen Eastern’s future with a larger endowment and support for our academic programs, our faculty and our students.
The leadership team is complete. It is my distinct honor to welcome and introduce our new Provost and Vice President, Kim Schatzel. (Please stand and be recognized.)
Pending approval by the Board of Regents today, Dr. Schatzel will begin January 4. She is joining us from UM-Dearborn, where she was dean of the College of Business. Dr. Schatzel has proved to be an outstanding dean who brings a strong voice to lead and advocate for the faculty and Division of Academic Affairs. Her success in advancing academic excellence, and in strategically building academic programs responsive to the needs of today's students, employers and the State of Michigan, make her ideally suited for Eastern Michigan University. Dr. Schatzel also brings extensive experience in private industry, with more than 20 years of new venture and start-up experience.
I am pleased to formally welcome back to Eastern Police Chief and Executive Director of Public Safety, Greg O’Dell. I also would like to personally thank the two lieutenants who took on expanded leadership roles during Chief O’Dell’s absence, Lieutenant Robert Heighes, who served as Interim Chief, and Lieutenant Jeffrey Nesmith who served as Interim Deputy Chief. (Please stand and be recognized). They are outstanding officers and help lead an exemplary safety effort by the entire Department of Public Safety team. Our campus is safe and we not only solve but prevent crimes.
I am also pleased to report that I and more than 80 campus leaders, supervisors, managers, residence hall advisors and our student judicial conduct board participated in Title IX training on “Handling Complaints of Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence” which provided specific guidance by national expert Gina Smith on how to specifically respond to sexual misconduct allegations in the university setting with checklists and schematics. This training is vital to creating a climate where inappropriate behavior is reported and investigated in a timely manner.
The Presidential Scholarship Competition attracted approximately 400 students to campus the past two Saturdays with their families. The students are competing for a chance to receive a four-year full-ride Presidential Scholarship, or the Regents Gold Scholarship, which provides tuition and fees for four years.
Six outstanding professors were recently honored with EMU’s Teaching Excellence Award. Winners were Glenn Walker, professor in biology; Sally Burton-Hoyle, associate professor in the Department of Special Education; Gretchen Reeves, professor in occupational therapy; Geoffrey Hammill, professor in communication, media and theatre arts; Jamil Baghdachi, professor in the School of Engineering Technology; and Stewart Tubbs, professor of management.
Commencement ceremonies take place on Sunday at the Convocation Center – more than 1,800 graduates will be presented with their degrees. Former Eastern basketball standout George Gervin, “The Iceman,” will be our commencement speaker. Gervin is in the NBA Hall of Fame and was named one of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players. He now leads the George Gervin Youth Center, which provides vocational training, remedial education, mentoring, tutoring, job placement and supportive services for hundreds of at-risk and disadvantaged youth and their families in San Antonio, Texas.
This concludes my formal remarks. The full President’s Report, with additional information, is available on the University’s website.
Thank you, Chairman Wilbanks.
The College of Business was named an outstanding business school by The Princeton Review for the eighth consecutive year.
Student diplomats from the Political Science Department’s Model UN class and the EMU United Nations Student Alliance participated in the American Model United Nations conference, a four-day simulation exercise in international diplomacy. Our 26-member team won an Outstanding Delegation award and will advance to the national conference in New York.
EMU's Mock Trial team finished first at the Billiken Barrister Invitational, which was hosted Nov. 18-20 by St. Louis University. EMU finished with a record of 7-0-1. In addition to the host school, competition included Washington University, several large universities (Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri), and a number of other colleges and universities. This was the team's last tournament of the semester. Students Stephen Hurbis and Marques Banks finished in the Top 10 Attorneys, and Chris Knight and Stephen Hurbis were among those picked for Top 10 Witnesses.
Eastern Michigan University student Flora Du, who served as president of a student organization that promotes understanding of supply chain and operations management, has been recognized for exceptional leadership and volunteer service by the industry's leading professional organization, APICS The Association for Operations Management.
Eastern Michigan University is recognized in the recent issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the top 15 master's institutions that has generated the largest number of Fulbright students in 2011-2012.
Frank Fedel, assistant professor of orthotics and prosthetics, won the NASA Create the Future Design Contest 2011 (Electronics category) for a prosthetic research device he co-invented.
Dr. Mansoor Moaddel, professor of sociology, was recommended by Office Naval Research program staff to provide a briefing on the Arab Spring and potential implications for national security to Representative Adam Smith, the ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee.
Eastern Michigan University was named one of the country's top "military friendly" schools by GI Jobs magazine for 2012. This is EMU’s third consecutive year for the honor.
EMU played host to the State of the Strait conference that focused on how to better manage and monitor water and shoreline in the Huron-Erie corridor. Steve Francoeur, associate professor of biology, was the United States co-chair. The event attracted students, government managers, concerned citizens and environmental organizations from the U.S. and Canada.
Faculty and students in the Geotourism program were recently chosen to host the 2013 International Society of Tourism and Tourism Educators' international conference.
Tana Bridge, School of Social Work; Peggy Wiencek; Institute for the Study of Children, Family, and Communities (ISCFC); Russell Olwell, ISCFC; Pamela Lemerand, School of Health Sciences; and John Benci, ISCFC were awarded a $253,000 grant from Starr Commonwealth in Albion. The grant is to design and implement a program to evaluate an autism program.
Kristine Ajrouch, Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology, was awarded a $22,000 grant by the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. The grant is to support analysis on domestic policy issues with particular emphasis on topics pertaining to Muslims.
Jamil Baghdachi, School of Engineering Technology, was awarded two grants from BASF. One grant for $12,596 is to fund a project in which he will conduct a comprehensive literature search on automotive crater resolution technologies. The second, for $45,000, funds a study of the cure rates of selected automotive topcoats.
Barbara Hopkins and Arlene Cook, Center for Organizational Risk Reduction, received a $40,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth to provide lead and asbestos awareness training to small and mid-sized businesses in Michigan.
Dean Murali Nair and Crystal Mills, College of Health and Human Services, received a grant for $920,000 from the Detroit/ Wayne County Community Mental Health Agency to support community collaboration and related initiatives.
David Wozniak, Accounting and Finance, received an $18,201 National Science Foundation award for a 2-year project with the University of Oregon to study gender differences in making choices, possible factors behind the gender gap in wages, and the scarcity of women in top executive and academic positions.
Alissa Huth-Bocks and Sarah Ahlfs-Dunn (both from Psychology) received a grant in the amount of $4,000 from the International Psychoanalytic Association to investigate the relationship between maternal experiences of childhood and adulthood interpersonal trauma and disrupted prenatal maternal representations of the child.
Head Football Coach Ron English was named 2011 MAC Coach of the Year. The team finished in the top 50 nationally in five categories. Eastern also won the Michigan Mid-American Conference trophy, presented to the state MAC team that defeats the other two Michigan teams. Five student-athletes from the team were named to the All-MAC teams.
Cross-Country Coach John Goodrich was named the MAC Coach of the Year for the second straight season. The men’s cross-country team captured its 16th Mid-American Conference championship.
The Eastern Michigan University E-Club, a group of former EMU varsity athletic letter-winners, has announced the addition of seven new members into the Athletic Hall of Fame. The event is Feb. 11. Honorees are Howard Booth (men's gymnastics), Ingrid Boyce (women's track), Traci (Parsons) McMullen (women's basketball, women's track), Linda Milholland (softball), Jamie Nieto (men's track), Norm Parker (football) and John Schmidt (football).
Eastern Michigan’s women’s basketball team is off to a 6-3 start to the season, after beating University of Michigan last week for the second time in two years. In the victory over Michigan, senior guard Tavelyn James broke the EMU women's career scoring record with a 38-point effort to give her 1,935 points for her career at Eastern. James passed former EMU guard Laurie Byrd (1978-82) who scored 1,899 in her illustrious Hall of Fame career.
The Eastern Michigan University wrestling team is currently ranked 16th nationally. The team is off to its best start in years, with a 5-1 overall record and 1-0 MAC record.