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BOARD OF REGENTS MEETING: The EMU Board of Regents will hold its October 2015 Board Meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 1:30 p.m. in room 201, Welch Hall. Below is the schedule for the committee meetings. All meetings will be held in Welch Hall.

  • Faculty Affairs Committee: 8:45 – 9:30 a.m., Room 205
  • Athletic Affairs Committee: 9:45 - 10:30 a.m., Room 201
  • Educational Policies Committee: 9:45 - 10:30 a.m., Room 205
  • Student Affairs Committee: 10:45 – 11 :30 a.m., Room 205
  • Finance and Investment Committee: 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Room 201

For additional information or questions, please visit the Board of Regents homepage or contact Vicki Reaume at 487-2410 or email vicki.reaume@emich.edu.


EMU HOMECOMING WEEK OF EVENTS: Mark your calendars for the most spirited week on campus as EMU celebrates its 95th Homecoming starting Sunday, Oct. 4 through Saturday, Oct. 10. Homecoming brings together the past, present and future while celebrating our pride in EMU. Check out the full schedule of events planned for the Homecoming celebration by visiting the EMU Homecoming homepage.


GALA FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT STUDENTS IN THE COMMUNICATION, MEDIA & THEATRE ARTS DEPARTMENT - DEADLINE EXTENDED THROUGH OCT. 5: Its not too late to join the Communication, Media & Theatre Arts Department for a gala "Suspense and Spirits" fundraising event and strolling dinner (cocktail attire/semi-formal) on Saturday, Oct. 10, in the Student Center Ballroom beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 with proceeds going to purchase much needed equipment and technology to better prepare electronic media and entertainment design & technology students for their professional careers. There will also be a silent auction and dance to "Accidentally Hip," a big band led by our own R. MacKenzie Lewis. Visit the Online Registration or contact Wendy Kivi at wkivi@emich.edu or by phone at 487-3198.


PURCHASE CUSTOM ADIDAS “BLOCK E” SHOES AND SUPPORT THE MEN'S & WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD/CROSS-COUNTRY PROGRAMS: On Sept. 5, EMU welcomed over 400 EMU Track & Field/Cross Country alumni, friends and supporters to campus to honor legendary Coach Bob Parks at “A Tribute to a Legacy” event. As part of their participation, they proudly wore custom designed Adidas shoes.

Due to the overwhelming demand, EMU is now proud to offer the custom “Block E” Adidas shoes to the EMU campus community. The specialty Adidas shoes can be ordered for $100, with $37 from each shoe sale going to support the Men's and Women's Track & Field/Cross-Country programs at EMU. This fund will go towards helping purchase of an Alter-G treadmill to help with training for our Men's and Women's Track & Field/Cross-Country student-athletes. This is a limited time offer and the deadline to purchase the shoes is Sunday, Oct. 25. Production and shipping may take up to 45 days to arrive. Shoes can be picked up at the EMU Convocation Center or you can select to ship your shoes directly to you for an additional $20. To purchase now, visit Purchase Custom “Block E” Shoes. For questions, please contact Becky Heckart at 487-8684 or email becky.heckart@emich.edu.


NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR STUDENT ADVOCACY COACHES: The Office of the Ombuds has created Student Advocacy Coach (SAC) positions to assist the University Ombuds with providing better services to students in need of help representing themselves during Student Conduct & Community Standard hearings, grade grievances, and other situations to ensure fair and equitable practice with regard to EMU policy and procedure.

SAC's will help students by amplifying their voice, clarifying their issues and providing an impartial, listening ear to guide them through university processes. Individuals interested in the SAC position must apply for the service position. To become a candidate, applicants must be a student, staff, or faculty member in good standing with the University. Those selected must go through a training process that covers pertinent information about the student conduct code, grade grievance procedures, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and other policies that affect students at EMU. If you are interested in serving as an advocate, please fill out the online application. Applications will be reviewed by the Office of the Ombuds and applicants will be notified through their University email address if they have been selected. For questions, please contact Julia Heck, at 487-0074 or email EMU_ombuds@emich.edu.


THE MICHIGAN DEPT. OF EDUCATION TO CONDUCT PUBLIC FORUM AT EMU: The Michigan Department of Education will be conducting a public comment session at EMU on Monday, Oct. 5 from 5 - 8 p.m. in the McKenny Hall Ballroom. This presentation will feature information on the proposed science and social studies standards, along with comments and from local educators, school and community business leaders and other organizations on their understanding of the proposed standards. Sessions include multiple breakout periods for the public to have a better idea of these standards. There is no registration necessary for the sessions. MDE also is collecting feedback from online surveys at MI Dept. of Education Science Survey and MI Dept. of Education Social Studies Survey.

CPR & AED TRAINING FOR FACULTY AND STAFF: Environmental Health and Safety will hold the following CPR & AED training for faculty and staff as follows:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 21, 1:30 - 4 p.m. in room 300 in Halle Library
  • Thursday, Nov. 19, 9 - 11:30 a.m. in room 300 in Halle Library

To register, please send an email to Kathryn Wilhoff at kwilhoff@emich.edu or call 487-0794.


PLANNED NETWORK DOWNTIME: Maintenance of EMU's network equipment will be performed on Friday, Oct. 2, beginning at 6 p.m. and completing by midnight. Computing systems hosted at EMU will be sporadically unavailable during this outage. The following services are affected:

• Wired / Wireless Network - Network equipment configuration updates will occur for the following buildings, interrupting services for up to one hour per building. Buildings that will experience a service disruption during this outage include:

            611 Cross

• Network Core Services - Updates will be completed for central network equipment that affects much of EMU's network. This work is not expected to cause service disruptions. However, we ask occupants of all buildings to be prepared for service disruption in case issues emerge during the work.     

This maintenance may not require the full allotted window to complete. However, the full window is reserved in case issues emerge during the work. This maintenance is scheduled for this date and time to minimize impact on students, faculty and their access to campus services. Please plan to schedule work around these outages. For a full list of all systems affected please visit IT’s system outage page. Although network maintenance may disrupt access to these services, all other systems and services remain online and will be available as network service is restored:

• Banner 
• My.emich self-service faculty, student and employee tabs
• EMU-Online course management system ( http://emuonline.edu ) 
• Online Hiring System ( www.emich.edu/jobs )
• EagleMail (available at https://mail.emich.edu/)
• Google Apps (http://google.emich.edu)

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.


ATTENTION BANNER USERS OR OTHER EMPLOYEES THAT HANDLE SENSITIVE DATA: Do you have ESP? Can you afford to have the EMU sensitive data you handle at risk? Let the DoIT Security Team help you protect data on your electronic devices with the Eagle Security Package (ESP). In a 2-hour training session you will install and be trained on EMU provided software, DUO (two-factor authentication) and LastPass (encrypted password vault), absolutely free. You’ll also receive advice on other ways you can keep your data secure. Don’t put sensitive data at risk, we encourage EMU employees to sign up for a session. Additional sessions will be added to meet demand. Questions or concerns may be directed to Rocky Jenkins at rjenkins@emich.edu or 487-3145.



  • Login with your NetID and password, if prompted.
  • Click the “Request VPN Access” link.
  • In the "Why you need VPN Access" dialog, enter a one-sentence justification that accurately reflects your basic business need for access.
  • Click “Submit Request.” Once approved, the requester will receive an email message with information on how to download and install the VPN client software.

Current VPN users: Employees that registered during the Summer term do not need to repeat the registration process. All other users that need VPN access must register using this new process described above. All users that register will receive the standard welcome email, but you do not need to update your client software. Effective October 1, 2015: VPN accounts without a renewal request on file will be purged from the system until a request is received per the instructions above.For questions or concerns, contact Rocky Jenkins at rjenkins@emich.edu or call 487-3145.

Today's Events

ADD AN EVENT TO THE EMU EVENT CALENDAR: To submit an event to the EMU event calendar, click on Submit an Event, or go to the EMU homepage, click on "calendars," then click the green button labeled "Submit an Event" (located on the bottom left) and enter your event information. All events are subject to approval.


SUBMISSIONS FOR POSTING IN EMU TODAY: EMU Today is an internal daily e-blast sent to the 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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