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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:

  • Monday, Sept. 22, 1:30 - 3 p.m., room 300, Halle Library
  • 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

GREG O'DELL GOLF OUTING AT EAGLE CREST GOLF CLUB: The third and final Greg O'Dell Golf Outing will be held today, Sept. 19 at the Eagle Crest Golf Club. Cost for an individual golfer & dinner is $125.00, EMU Faculty/Staff Golfer & Dinner $75.00 and Dinner only $55.00. To register, sponsor or donate, please visit http://www.emich.edu/odell. Please contact Casey Wooster at 487-2212 or email jwooster@emich.edu with any questions.


PLANNED COMPUTING SYSTEM DOWNTIME: Monthly maintenance of EMU's computing systems will be performed tonight, Sept. 19 from 6 p.m. to midnight. During this month’s maintenance program, the following major computer systems will be unavailable:

• EMU Website (www.emich.edu)
• Banner
• Banner Self-Service (faculty, student and employee tabs in my.emich)
• my.emich
• IRIM (irim.emich.edu)

For a full list of all systems affected please visit IT’s system outage page: http://it.emich.edu/portal/systems/index.cfm?fuseaction=all

 All other systems and services remain AVAILABLE including:

• Wired and Wireless Internet Access (residence halls, offices, and classrooms)
• EMU-Online course management system ( http://emuonline.edu )
• Online Hiring System (http://www.emich.edu/jobs)
• EagleMail (mail.emich.edu)
• Google Apps (http://google.emich.edu)

All planned maintenance for major EMU systems is scheduled in conjunction with the ERP-Business Operations Committee (BOC). The BOC includes representation from various campus units and Faculty Senate. Please contact the Help Desk at 487-2120 or it.helpdesk@emich.edu if you have any questions about this scheduled downtime. We appreciate your patience during this important and required system outage.


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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