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* NEW TRUEMU CAMPAIGN 'ELEVATING COMMUNITIES, INSPIRING GENERATIONS' SHOWCASES RESEARCH AT EMU: Eastern Michigan University is launching a new campaign this week to highlight the broad spectrum of exciting and impactful research and creative activities at EMU. One hundred faculty members, whose research reflects the breadth and depth of research and creative activities at EMU, are highlighted in the campaign. The purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness of these activities in both the academic and local communities. A news release with full details can be found at http://bit.ly/1ritpCX


NEW STUDENTS ORIENTATION VIDEO: Turn up the sound and check out this wonderful new video of Eastern Michigan University students showing off their TRUEMU spirit during the 2014 Orientation Weekend. Events include move-in-day, family picnic, Convocation ceremony, student and parent tailgates, Close Up theatre, Eaglepalooza resource fair, O-Team dance, Fajita Fest student organization fair and EMU's football victory over Morgan State.


NEW ANTI-MALWARE (ANTI-VIRUS) SOFTWARE: During the Fall 2014 term, EMU will be transitioning from the McAfee Virus Scan product to Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP). Installation will occur automatically to university owned non-academic Windows computers per the transition schedule available at http://www.emich.edu/it/security/software/winschedule.php. The installation process is designed to run when the computer is idle to assure that the process is minimally disruptive to end-users.

The installation schedule for university owned faculty Windows computers will be determined in consultation with Faculty Senate and other academic leadership. The installation process and schedule for Macintosh computers will be communicated at a later date. More detailed information including the transition schedule and frequently asked questions is available on the Anti-Malware page at: http://www.emich.edu/it/security/software/. Questions or concerns can be directed to Rocky Jenkins at rjenkins@emich.edu or 487-3145.


YOU'VE GOT THE GRANT - NOW WHAT?: The Office of Research Development and Administration will hold two workshops for faculty and staff on what to do once you've received a grant on Thursday, Sept. 25 and Monday, Sept. 29 from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. in the Faculty Development Center located in 109 Halle. For more information, contact Harriet Lindsay at hlindsay@emich.edu.


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP PLANNING THE ANNUAL NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH OF EVENTS: The Center for Multicultural Affairs (CMA) is seeking help from all interested individuals with the planning of their annual Native American Heritage month of events, which will take place during the month of November. The CMA Office will continue to host it’s annual “Fall Feast” which includes dinner and a live pow wow presentation. If you have any new ideas for educational, social or volunteer programs geared towards creating awareness of the Native American culture, please join them for their first planning meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 24, from 3 - 5 p.m. in room 347 in the Student Center. For more information, please contact Ebony Walls at emucmaffairs@emich.edu


INTERNATIONAL STUDENT RESOURCE CENTER: The International Student Resource Center is available to help International students who need assistance with using English for academic assignments. The ISRC can help with essays, reading and comprehension, listening and note-taking, improvement of grammatical accuracy, research papers, study skills, conversation and more. The ISRC is located in 316 King Hall and is open Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students can make appointments through the website at www.emich.edu/esl/isrc or by calling 487-0338. Faculty and staff can call with questions about referring students.


HERTZ ON DEMAND: Hertz On Demand - Click. Book. Drive. That's all you'll have to do. EMU has partnered with Hertz On Demand to make affordable rental cars available on campus. This free membership program, available to EMU students, faculty and staff allows users to rent  current model high mileage vehicles right here on campus, (in the Mayhew lot immediately adjacent to the DPS building, in front of Putnam Hall and in front of old Goddard Hall). Members may rent the vehicles by the hour for as low as $8.50/hr. including gas, full no deductible insurance, up to 140 miles, and 24-hour Roadside Assistance.

These rentals are approved for EMU business use. Sign-up for a personal membership using your personal credit card, and/or sign up for a business use membership, using your payment card. Join online at www.connectbyhertz.com and choose EMU's location. Once your membership is processed, you may reserve your vehicle online. Key fob access allows you to unlock the vehicle and drive. It's that simple. For more information, go to www.hertzondemand.com or contact Steve Siller at 487-4386.


COMPUTER BACKUP SERVICE NOW AVAILABLE: Imagine the inconvenience that you would experience if you lost all of your computer files. What would you do if your computer was stolen, your hard drive crashed or your computer was infected by a very malicious virus? As we become an increasingly mobile workforce, the probability of theft and damage of our laptops increases. CrashPlan is a product that stores encrypted copies of your files in the cloud so that you can restore them when they are lost.

EMU is now offering licenses of CrashPlan for faculty and staff users of EMU computers for $99/year. Each license provides unlimited storage, unlimited file types and backup for up to four devices per user. The license also includes mobile access to your files via the CrashPlan smartphone app. To learn more about this service and how to order it, please see the service description in the IT Service Catalog. EMU students and employees that wish to use CrashPlan to back up their personally owned devices get a discount off of CrashPlan’s unlimited annual plans via their consumer service when you subscribe at: https://www.crashplan.com/emich Please contact Rocky Jenkins at 487-3145 or rjenkins@emich.edu with any questions or concerns.


CAMPUS SAFETY AWARENESS & HAZARD COMMUNICATION TRAINING: All new employees of the University are required to attend one of the Safety Awareness & Hazard Communication training sessions presented by the EMU Environmental Health Safety (EHS). Training sessions have been scheduled for the following dates:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 14, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., room 300, Halle Library
  • Wednesday, Oct. 29, 5:30 - 7 p.m., room 300, Halle Library
  • Tuesday, Nov. 11, 1:30 - 3 p.m., room 300, Halle Library
  • Friday, Dec. 5, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., room 300, Halle Library

Please register at environmental_health_safety@emich.edu or call 487-0794.

Today's Events

STUDENT CENTER OPEN HOUSE: Come and explore the resources housed at the Student Center today, Sept. 23, 12 - 4 p.m. on the Student Center Patio. This is an excellent opportunity to discover EMU's "Main Street." The departments and vendors at the Student Center will be on display and students, faculty and staff will have an opportunity to engage with department representatives, ask questions, taste food samples, win prizes, receive giveaways and much more. For more information, please contact Valerie Biwa at 487-8380 or vbiwa@emich.edu.


PRODUCER OF MODERN FAMILY TO SPEAK AT EMU: Emmy Award winning producer Sally Young of Modern Family and an EMU alum ('72) will share her experiences and career in the television industry today, Sept. 23, 2 - 3:15 p.m. in the Sponberg Theatre. Her appearance will include a Q&A opportunity. This event is free and open to the public. Please contact Wendy Kivi with any questions at 487-3198.

IRB PROCESS TRAINING SESSION: The EMU Office of Research Compliance will hold a training session for faculty, staff and students who are conducting research with human subjects today, Sept. 23, 2:30 - 4 p.m. in room 320 in Halle Library. The IRB Process training session will explain the human subject review criteria so that applications can be tailored for IRB review, resulting in faster approval times. The session is not required, but attendance is encouraged, especially for those who are new to campus or who are conducting research with human subjects. For more information or for questions, please contact Sonia Chawla at 487-3090 or email at schawlaw@emich.edu.


THE 2014-15 STAR LECTURE SERIES: The first Star Lecture will be held tonight, Sept. 23, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. Heather Neff, professor of English and director of the EMU McNair Scholars Program will speak on “To Seek a Better and Truer Self: How concepts of racial identity create, sustain and complicate American culture.” To see the complete series, please visit 2014-15 Star Lecture Series.


PIANO TRIO RECITAL: David Lamse (violin), Daniel Thomas (cello) and Patrick Thomas (piano) will present a program of music from the Old World (France) and the New World (Argentina) on tonight, Sept. 23, 7:30 - 9 p.m. in Alexander Recital Hall, in the Alexander Music Building. Featured are works by Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel and master of the bandoneon, Astor Piazzolla. This event is free and open to the public. For more information or questions, please contact Evelyn Hawkins at 487-2255 or email at chawkin7@emich.edu or visit the EMU Music & Dance homepage.


SUBMISSIONS IN EMU TODAY: Please note, EMU TODAY is an internal daily e-blast sent to faculty and staff. To submit an announcement or post an event, please forward your entry electronically to emu_today@emich.edu. Please be sure to format your entry with a title and include a description of the event, where the event will be held (room and building), the date and time, and a contact name, phone number and/or e-mail address. For questions, contact Debra Johnson at 487-2484 or email at djohn144@emich.edu.

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