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SPECIAL MEETING OF THE BOARD OF REGENTS TO ELECT THE 23rd PRESIDENT OF EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY: The EMU Board of Regents will hold a special meeting today, Feb. 12 at 1 p.m.to elect the University's 23rd President. The meeting will be held in 201 Welch Hall and is open to the public. The formal schedule and agenda can be found at the Board of Regents Schedule.

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 email vicki.reaume@emich.edu.

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 the hall from the meeting in 201 Welch Hall.

RECEPTION FOLLOWING MEETING: A reception will take place following the Board of Regents meeting in the Alumni Room, 342 McKenny Hall, for an opportunity to meet the next president. The reception is open to the campus community and will last until 3 p.m.


OVERVIEW OF THE FY2016 FEDERAL BUDGET: Please join Keith Morrison, EMU's federal relations representative on Monday, Feb. 15, from 8:15 – 9:30 a.m. in room 300 Halle Library. This overview will provide information on the status of funding programs for research and other sponsored activity. Some highlights will include:

  • 5% increase over sequestration levels
  • 8% increase in research and development funding over FY2015 levels with both NSF and NIH receiving increases
  • Increased funding for U.S. Department of Education’s Institute

 Coffee and pastries will be served. For questions, contact Jennifer Glass at jglass5@emich.edu.


NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2016 STUDENT GOLD MEDALLION AWARDS ARE DUE FEB. 15: To nominate a student, organization or organization adviser for a Student Gold Medallion Award, please visit the Student Medallion Award Homepage. Nominations are due February 15, 2016 by noon. All currently enrolled EMU undergraduate and graduate students in good standing are eligible to be nominated for Student Gold Medallion Awards. All recognized student organizations at EMU and their advisers are also eligible. Visit the List of Student Organizations for 2015-2016 to see all the student organizations at EMU. Any current student or EMU employee may submit nominations. For questions, please contact Kate Curley at kcurley@emich.edu 


EMU AND COMMUNITY PARTNERS WATER DRIVE TO HELP FLINT RESIDENTS: A Flint Water Drive is under way on EMU's campus and at several community partner sites until Friday, Feb. 12. The goal is to receive more than 500 cases of bottled water, along with gallon and five-gallon containers of water to help Flint residents with the water crisis. The water delivery will occur on Friday, Feb. 12. The donation sites and their associated drop off hours are:

  • The EMU Convocation Center (Loading Dock), located at 799 N. Hewitt Rd., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
  • The EMU Student Center (west entrance circle drive, drop off at information desk inside), located at 900 Oakwood St., 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Friday
  • The Ypsilanti Community Schools Administration Building, located at 1885 Packard Rd., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday.
  • Ypsilanti Community High School, 2095 Packard Rd., 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday.
  • Gene Butman Ford, 2105 Washtenaw Ave., 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.
  • Ypsilanti City Fire Department, 525 W. Michigan Ave., 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

The EMU departments involved include the Athletics Department, Student Government, various student organizations, The Honors College, Bright Futures, VISION Office, EMU Housing and Residence Life and EMU Campus Life. For more information or to volunteer to help during the Flint Water Drive, contact Evan Sweet at esweet4@emich.edu.



Today's Events

CONNECT 2016 - FACULTY DEVELOPMENT CENTER MINI-CONFERENCE: Join the FDC  Development Center for their 5th annual conference today, Feb. 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in various rooms in Halle Library. What is CONNECT? It is a day to celebrate, create and communicate together across disciplines and departments - packed full of presentations, demos and giveaways. Snacks and a light lunch included. Drop-in for one session, meet & greet, or stay the day. For more information and to register for lunch visit the Connect 2016 Conference homepage. Contact Peggy Liggit at 487-2530 or email with questions to facultydevelopment@emich.edu.


SESI CONFERENCE: The Center for Entrepreneurship at the College of Business is proud to present the Sesi Entrepreneurship Conference today, Feb. 12, at the Student Center. The Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization of EMU is hosting the event and students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the inspirational conference. The Skandalaris Business Plan Competition will also be held during the conference, which includes a continental breakfast and a sit-down lunch. The event is FREE but online registration is required. Register by visiting Sesi Conference Registration


PLANNED COMPUTING SYSTEM DOWNTIME: Monthly maintenance of EMU's computing systems will be performed tonight, Feb. 12, from 6 p.m. to midnight. During this month’s maintenance program, the following major computer systems will be unavailable:

• Banner
• My.emich (including self-service faculty, student and employee tabs)

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) 
• Canvas Learning Management System ( http://canvas.emich.edu/ ) 
• Online Hiring System ( www.emich.edu/jobs )
• EagleMail (available at https://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 if you have any questions about this scheduled downtime. We appreciate your patience during this important and required system outage.


EMU THEATRE PRESENTS "THE PIANO LESSON": Celebrate Black History month with EMU Theatre's presentation of August Wilson's The Piano Lesson. Directed by Lee Stille, The Piano Lesson is a haunting poetic drama that will be performed in the Sponberg Theatre tonight, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. Recommended for ages 13+. Ticket prices are $15, $12 for students and seniors, and $9 for MAINSTAGE patrons. Tickets are available in person at the Convocation Center, the Student Center or the Quirk Box Office, by phone at 487-2282 and online at www.emutix.com. Please note that there is an additional surcharge for tickets purchased by mail, phone, or online. For more information about EMU Theatre, our season and directions to our theatres, visit www.emich.edu/emutheatre, fan us on Facebook: Eastern Michigan University Theatre or follow us on Twitter: emutheatre.


SUBMIT 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.


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