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SEARCH FIRM FOR PROVOST TO SEEK CAMPUS INPUT DEC. 12: The firm Academic Search has been retained to assist with the national search for the position of Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. Academic Search will be campus on Monday, December 12 to meet with key stakeholders and learn more from the University community about key attributes for successful candidates. The firm will be conducting a general input session that is open to all members of campus. It will take place on Monday, December 12, from 10 - 11 a.m. in the Student Center Auditorium. The search process will include opportunities for the campus community to meet with finalist candidates in a public forum. 


LATEST UPDATES AND CAMPUS RESOURCES RELATED TO RACIST VANDALISM INCIDENTS: A website has been developed as a resource for ongoing updates and information about the three incidents of racist vandalism on Eastern Michigan University's campus. 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.


UNIVERSITY HEALTH SERVICES LAST FLU CLINIC: University Health Services last flue clinic of 2016 will be on Wednesday, December 14 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Snow Health Center. Now is the time to get vaccinated before the break. Please call UHS at 487-1122 if you have questions.


MESSAGE FROM UNIVERSITY ADVISING AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTER: As many of you are likely aware the State of Michigan approved legislation (in 2014) to increase the state minimum wage to $9.25/hour by 2018. This will take place gradually, with several increases, the third of which is scheduled to take place on January 1, 2017. The remainder of the increases are as follows:

  • Beginning January 1, 2017: $8.90/hour
  • Beginning January 1, 2018: $9.25/hour
  • Every January, beginning with January 2019, the state treasurer will adjust the minimum wage to reflect the average annual percentage change in the consumer price index. The new minimum wage will be posted on February 1 of each year, with the new adjusted minimum wage becoming effective April 1 of that same year.

Any student employees currently working for your department who are earning less than $8.90/hour will automatically be increased to this new minimum wage amount on January 1, 2017 (and the same for each subsequent increase). As you hire new student employees (College Work Study or Regular), we would appreciate your help with entering a wage of at least $8.90/hour as this will decrease the number of modifications we'll need to make to the approximately 3,000 students we currently have working on campus.

Please note that departments are responsible for managing their discretionary spending, and the number of hours you have student assistants working may need to be adjusted based on the minimum wage increase.

Should you have questions regarding the increases or how they will be handled, please feel free to contact Jieron Robinson (7-4352) or Mary Jones (7-1005).


SCANNING SERVICES CLOSED: IT Scanning Services located at 118 Pray Harrold will be closed on Friday, December 9 from 11:15 a.m. until 1:45 p.m. For questions or additional information please contact IT Operations via email or call 734-487-1492.


PRESIDENT SMITH TO HOLD LISTENING SESSIONS: As President Smith continues to immerse himself in the Eastern Michigan University community, one of his recurring goals is to listen -- to faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community supporters -- to learn more about Eastern's history, strengths, challenges, and opportunities. As part of this process, President Smith will hold a series of "listening sessions" during the 2016-2017 academic year. 

Discussion of the recent incidents of racist vandalism on campus is certainly welcome and encouraged. These sessions have been planned for some time, however, and are intended to focus on a variety of short- and long-term issues. First, broadly speaking, President Smith is eager to hear directly from various stakeholders about their concerns and hopes for Eastern; simply put, he wants to hear what is on the minds of members of the Eastern community. Second, and more specifically, President Smith is eager to focus the University's Strategic Plan to develop specific goals for the campus in several areas, including retention and degree completion, diversity and inclusion, academic program development, internationalization, efficient resource management, and community engagement. Ideas in other areas also will be welcomed. The listening sessions will hopefully generate ideas from campus stakeholders about how best to develop specific goals in these and other areas.

The President will hold six listening sessions around campus at different locations over the next two months. Each of the sessions will be open to all employees. (Separate from this initiative, the President is conducting outreach to student leaders, alumni, and the community). Each listening session will last approximately one hour and will begin with short introductions. The bulk of the hour will be for attendees to express their thoughts on any topic, particularly the University's future opportunities and suggestions for focusing the Strategic Plan's themes. 

Schedule of Listening Sessions:

Session 2: December 9, 2016           1:00 p.m.    108 Marshall

Session 3: January 6, 2017             10:00 a.m.    201 Pray-Harrold

Session 4: January 17, 2017             2:00 p.m.    217 Porter

Session 5: January 18, 2017           10:00 a.m.    114 Owen

Session 6: February 3, 2017           10:00 a.m.     Student Center Auditorium


UPCOMING COFFEE AND CONVERSATION SCHEDULE: Coffee and Conversation sessions have been scheduled as follows:

  • Bob Heighes, chief of police: Thursday, December 15, 9 - 10 a.m., 2nd floor of Student Center across from Information Desk

  • John Donegan, vice president for operations and facilities, and Jill Hunsberger, interim vice president for advancement: Monday, January 9, 2017, 2-3pm, Student Center Lounge across from the Information Desk

Employees are encouraged to visit their favorite campus coffee shop (or other venue) to pick up a beverage or snack and then participate in an informal discussion. No appointment is necessary.


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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