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BOARD OF REGENTS MEETING: The EMU Board of Regents will hold its October 2014 Board Meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 1:45 p.m. in room 201, Welch Hall. Below is the schedule for the committee meetings. All meetings will be held in Welch Hall.

  • Athletic Affairs Committee: 9 - 9:45 a.m., Room 201
  • Educational Policies Committee: 9 - 9:45 a.m., Room 205
  • Faculty Affairs Committee: 10 – 10:45 a.m., Room 205
  • Student Affairs Committee: 11 – 11 :40 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 ANNUAL SECURITY AND FIRE SAFETY REPORTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE: A copy of EMU's Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report is now available. The security report contains crime statistics for the previous three years (2011-2013) concerning reported crimes that occurred on-campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Eastern Michigan University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from campus. The report includes institutional policies relating to campus safety, such as policies concerning sexual assault and other matters. The report also includes the fire safety report, which contains statistics for the reported fires in University housing units and fire safety systems in these buildings. Additionally, the report contains policies and information concerning fire safety and reporting procedures. A copy of this report can also be obtained by contacting the University’s Department of Public Safety at 487-0892.


GOOGLE DRIVE FILE SHARING AND COLLABORATION TOOLS NOW AVAILABLE TO FACULTY AND STAFF: Announcing the future of file sharing and collaboration at Eastern Michigan University: Google Drive is now available to faculty and staff as well as students.

Google Drive on your Mac, PC, Android or iOS device gives you a single place to access and share up-to-date versions of your files from almost anywhere.  Using your EMU NetID, you and every faculty, student, and staff member have 30 GB of free space available.  You can share files with your EMU colleagues, or with other individuals outside of the university.

Google Drive includes a word processor, a spreadsheet, and a presentation application that you can use from almost anywhere to edit and share your documents.  You can also store and share other types of files such as PDFs, images, videos, or Microsoft Office files (from Word, Excel, or PowerPoint).

Already using Google Drive for your personal files (linked to your personal email account)?  You can keep two separate Drive accounts (one for personal files, and one for EMU files) or link them so that you can be logged into both accounts simultaneously. You can also share files between the two accounts.

Access Drive from the web or also install the Drive App for desktop access to your files.  Want access? You have it already! Visit http://drive.emich.edu and login with your NetID and password to begin using Google Drive. Questions or issues can be directed to Rocky Jenkins (rjenkins@emich.edu or 487-3145).


GRADUATE RESEARCH PROPOSALS NOW BEING ACCEPTED: The Graduate Research Conference (GRC), scheduled for Friday, Nov. 14 is now accepting proposals. Graduate students of all levels and disciplines are eligible to apply and participate. Graduate students are encouraged to work with a faculty mentor or advisor on their proposals. Details about the proposal can be found on Graduate Research Proposal. Applications are due by October 10, 2014. If you have questions, please send to emu_grc@emich.edu.


EMU FOUNDATION NOW HIRING STUDENT CALLERS FOR THE TELEFUNDRAISING PROGRAM: Looking to make a little extra cash? Enjoy talking on the phone? The EMU Foundation is looking for outgoing, friendly, TRUEMU students with excellent communication skills to join the Phonathon this fall to help the EMU Foundation connect with alumni and friends while raising needed funds to support EMU. Flexible night and weekend shifts available and training is provided. Shifts available October 25-December 4. To apply, please visit www.phonathon.com and enter code EMU 14F.


NEW EMU CAMPUS DIRECTORY FOR STUDENTS, FACULTY AND STAFF NOW AVAILABLE: The Division of Communications in collaboration with the Division of Information of Technology has developed a new EMU campus directory. The new directory is touch compatible and features a responsive design for optimized display and functionality on desktop, tablet or mobile devices. Users can now search for students, faculty or staff via a single search box with results being cleanly displayed in expandable/collapsible rows. The new campus directory can be accessed directly at www.emich.edu/directory or by using the single search box at the top of any EMU webpage. For more details, please read the press release about the new EMU Campus Directory. Please contact Darcy Gifford at 487-5375 or dgiffor2@emich.edu if you have any questions.


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.


EMU UNIVERSITY HEALTH SERVICES OFFERS SCREENING FOR TRAVELERS WHO MAY HAVE BEEN TO A COUNTRY AFFECTED BY EBOLA OUTBREAKS: While Ebola poses little risk to the U.S. general population, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended that college health services contact all students, staff and faculty coming to campus from any of the countries where Ebola has had a significant impact. EMU University Health Services (UHS) will be conducting phone screenings for those who, within the past 21 days, may have been in a location where outbreaks have occurred. If UHS determines that someone is at risk, it will work with the Washtenaw County Health Department for guidance on how that person should be monitored.

UHS has reached out to those who it believes to have traveled to/from an area of concern, however it can be difficult to identify all who might be affected. For those who may have traveled to or from Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, or Nigeria within the past 21 days, please call University Health Services at 487-1122, so that staff can determine your level of risk exposure and provide you with information for monitoring your health. When calling, please let UHS know that you were recently in one of the countries where outbreaks are occurring and that you would like to speak with a nurse. For those seeking further information, you may access the CDC website and read the "Advice for Colleges, Universities and Students on Ebola."

The 2014/2015 EMU Student Handbook and Policy Guide is now available for your reference. Faculty and staff are encouraged to familiarize themselves with parts I and II of the handbook which contain valuable information and resources for academic success, personal health and well-being, important campus information and a glossary of terms. Part III is a detailed guide to the EMU policies, procedures and protocols every member of the campus community needs to know. You may download the document as a PDF using the above link or by visiting our website: http://www.emich.edu/ombuds/. Faculty, staff and students should contact the Office of the Ombuds with questions, concerns or complaints related to EMU policies and practices. The Office of the Ombuds is located in room 248 in the Student Center and is open Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Faculty and staff wishing to contact us or, wanting to refer students, can do so by walk-in, submitting an Ombuds Intake Form, sending email to emu_ombuds@emich.edu, or, by calling 734.487.0074 to get assistance or to schedule an appointment with the University Ombuds.


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.


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

ACAPELLA: THE HIP-HOP AND LYRICISM PROJECT: Melvin Peter will speak on “Acapella: The Hip-Hop and Lyricism Project" tonight, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. in room 300 in the Student Center. This program will highlight the dimensions of hip-hop and lyricism and how it has grown to be a root of black culture and how it has developed over time. LBC approved. Hosted by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Delta Beta Chapter. Please contact Basia Mack with any questions at bmack4@emich.edu.


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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