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LATEST UPDATES AND CAMPUS RESOURCES RELATED TO RACIST GRAFFITI INCIDENTS: A website has been developed as a resource for ongoing updates and information about the two incidents of racist graffiti found on Eastern Michigan University's campus on September 20 and 21. The site includes links to all campus update messages sent to date to students, faculty and staff; forums that have been scheduled; and, information about resources available to the campus community. Please visit the resource page for additional information.


BOARD OF REGENTS MEETING: The EMU Board of Regents will hold its next Board Meeting on Tuesday, November 1 at 1:00 p.m. in room 201, Welch Hall. Below is the schedule for the committee meetings, which will be held in Welch Hall.

  • Athletic Affairs Committee: 9:00 - 9:45 a.m., Room 201
  • Educational Policies Committee: 9:00 - 9:45 a.m., Room 205
  • Student Affairs Committee: 10:00 - 10:45 a.m., Room 201
  • Faculty Affairs Committee: 10:00 - 10:45 a.m., Room 205
  • Finance and Investment Committee: 11:00 - 11:45 a.m., Room 201

Please note that the following items will be prohibited at all meetings of the Board of Regents:

  • Sticks and Poles
  • Any noise making devices
  • Backpacks are allowed, but subject to search as needed

According to EMU Board Policy 9.4, no person shall possess or use any firearm or other dangerous weapon, concealed or otherwise, on property owned, leased or controlled by the University or otherwise in the course of University business.

Further, no person shall possess or use explosive materials, incendiary devices or other dangerous objects or substances on property owned, leased or controlled by the University or otherwise in the course of University business.

We ask that you respect the spirit of this forum and allow all speakers the opportunity to speak and conduct official business. Behavior that disrupts the event or prevents speakers from being heard, or from being able to continue, is prohibited, failure to comply may result in criminal and/or student conduct code sanctions.

For additional information or questions please visit the Board of Regents homepage or contact Vicki Reaume at 487-2410 or by email.

The room capacity for 201 Welch Hall, as dictated by the building code, is 135 individuals. Guests are encouraged to arrive early to ensure seating. For any guests beyond the capacity limit, a viewing room with a live feed of the Board of Regents proceedings will be located in 205 Welch Hall immediately across from the meeting in 201 Welch Hall.


BOARD OF REGENTS MEMBER TO HOLD OFFICE HOURS:  An EMU Board of Regents member will hold office hours October 27 and October 28 from noon to 2 p.m. in 207 Welch Hall.  During the office hours, the Regent will meet with individuals -- students, faculty or staff members -- for 25 minutes each to listen to matters related to the University community.  Topics can range from questions, concerns, ideas, suggestions or positive points on matters related to the University.  Office visits are coordinated through the Board Office by contacting Vicki Reaume, vice president and secretary to the Board of Regents. To schedule an appointment, please contact the Board Office at 487-2410 or via email.  The subject or topics of the meeting must be provided in advance when scheduling the appointment.  As a reminder, the Regents are always accessible through the Board Office by email.


2017 OPEN ENROLLMENT IS HERE: Benefit selections are effective January 1, 2017. Please refer to Open Enrollment emails and letters for any changes specific to your employee classification. You can also visit the Benefits website for all your Open Enrollment needs.

Open Enrollment Events Schedule


STUDENTS TANASIA MORTON AND KEVIN HILLMAN ELECTED TO PUBLIC SAFETY OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE: EMU's Public Safety Oversight Committee is pleased to welcome Tanasia Morton and Kevin Hillman as its two student members for the 2016-2017 academic year. The Public Safety Oversight Committee was established by a March 25, 2991 resolution of the EMU's Board of Regents, and by Michigan law. The scope and purpose of the Committee is to receive and address any grievances brought against EMU public safety officers and/or our Department of Public Safety. The results of the Committee's findings are reported to the University President. Michigan law also requires that members of the PSOC be elected by EMU's faculty, students, and staff. This year, only the Committee's two student positions were open to election, as the Committee's faculty and staff members are in the middle of serving a two-year term. Joining Morton and Hillman on the 2016-2017 Public Safety Oversight Committee are faculty members Marilyn Corsianos and Daryl Barton, and staff members Tony Martin and Brian Fillpiak.


PLANNED COMPUTING SYSTEM DOWNTIME: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 6 P.M. TO MIDNIGHT: Monthly maintenance of EMU's computing systems is routinely performed on Friday evening from 6:00 p.m. to midnight. During this month's maintenance program, the following major computer systems will be unavailable:

  • EMU Website (www.emich.edu)
  • Banner
  • my.emich (including self-service faculty, student and employee tabs)
  • BOE

For a full list of systems affected please visit IT's system outage page.

All other systems and services remain available including:

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 (734) 487-2120 if you have any questions about this scheduled downtime. We appreciate your patience during this important and required system outage.


BANNER LOGIN BECOMES MORE CONVENIENT: On Tuesday, November 1, Banner systems will be updated to use Single Sign-On (SSO). SSO is a technology that will make it more convenient for those who navigate between the University's administrative systems by requiring them to login only once using their NetID (formerly my.emich) username and password. Employees with security rights to multiple systems will be able to access Banner, AppXtender Web (formerly WebXtender), and Workflow without being prompted for additional login requests. For more information visit IT's website or contact the IT Help Desk at 734-487-2120.



Go Green! EMU will be testing several energy savings strategies in an effort to save energy dollars and be more environmentally conscious. The strategies vary by building type, controls, and design and include pre-cooling at night and "coasting" through peak hours (11:00 am to 7:00 p.m. as defined by DTE Energy); raising cooling temperature setpoints by one to two degrees and resetting discharge air temperature setpoints based on actual space temperature.

Be Green! You can help. Minimize the use of appliances especially during peak hours. Shut off lights, computers, televisions, etc. when leaving a room. For air conditioned spaces, raise thermostat setpoints to 75 degrees or higher especially in buildings with older controls which only have local control. Close blinds and curtains in air conditioned spaces to minimize heat gain from the sun.

Save Green! The challenge. Last year the annual electrical demand peak was 10,154 kW set in the month of September. A five percent reduction in this demand peak would result in annual savings of more than $68,000 in electrical demand charges. A 10 percent reduction would save more than $136,000 annually. There are also additional savings in electric supply charges and environmental benefits as well. Every little bit will help. So do your part and help EMU Go Green!


MICHIGAN ORPHAN KITTEN RESCUE AND SHOE BOX RECYCLING: The Children's Institute has teamed up with the Michigan Orphan Kitten Rescue and Shoe Box Recycling and needs your extra shoes to help local orphaned kittens from newborn to four weeks of age.

Please drop off all paired men's, women's and kids shoes (no flip flops or boots please) that are still usable at the Children's Institute at Fletcher School on Cornell. The rescue gets money for the shoes to help orphan kittens. So far The Children's Institute has helped the MOKR earn over $1,500!

For questions or additional information please send an email to Michigan Orphan Kitten Rescue or check out their Facebook page. If you have any questions, please call Tracey Buhinicek at 487-2348.


EMU ATHLETICS ANNOUNCES CLEAR BAG POLICY FOR ALL EVENTS: EMU Athletics has announced it will implement a clear bag policy for all athletic events in 2016-17, the school announced today, Aug. 10. The move is to provide a safer environment for the public and to expedite fan entry into stadiums.

The new EMU policy is consistent with what the NFL and other professional organizations have done for the past several years. The policy is also in line with what numerous institutions around the Mid-American Conference and the country are putting into place this year.

Only clear tote bags smaller than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches or one-gallon plastic freezer bags will be allowed inside Rynearson Stadium and other athletic venues on the EMU campus this year. In addition, small handheld clutch purses (smaller than 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches) will continued to be permitted into Eastern Michigan venues.

All backpacks regardless of size are prohibited and any bags larger than 12" x 6" x 12", clear or non-clear will be strictly prohibited. Exceptions will be made for approved medical needs.

Other prohibited items include, but are not limited to: purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, non-approved seat cushions, luggage of any kind, computer bags and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size.

All bags will be subject to search and inspection.

Full details of the new policy can be found here.


EASTERN EXPERTS WEBSITE: The Division of Communications has established a new, robust Eastern Experts website. The EMU Experts Directory will highlight the wide variety of expertise and insight on our faculty, with the goals of enabling journalists to quickly secure experts to comment in stories and interviews and of helping community organizations find speakers for their events. If you are an EMU faculty or staff member with an area of expertise that might be of interest to the media or an area organization, we hope that you will consider becoming a part of the Eastern Experts Directory. The process is simple. Simply log on to the Eastern Experts Directory. There you will find easy tips on how to join the directory, along with tips on writing your bio and completing the expert form. First, click "Join the Directory" and read the text there. After reading the text there, click "Complete the EMU expert form" and then log in using your my.emich credentials.

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