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REQUIRED SAFETY AWARENESS & HAZARD COMMUNICATION TRAINING: The Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) will be conducting Safety Awareness & Hazard Communication Trainings on the following dates. This is a required training for all EMU employees who have not yet taken this training and those who may need a refresher. It is open to all employees and student employees and provides information on the safety systems, practices and expectations to maintain a safe campus community.

  • Friday Mar. 8, 1- 2:30 p.m., in Room 300, Halle Library
  • Friday Apr. 12, 1- 2:30 p.m., in Room 300, Halle Library
  • Friday May 10, 1- 2:30 p.m., in Room 300, Halle Library
  • Friday June 14, 1- 2:30 p.m., in Room 300, Halle Library

To register, contact EHS at 487-0794 or email at environmental_health_safety@emich.edu.


TRAINING SESSIONS ON PRIVACY ISSUES: To ensure that Eastern and its faculty and staff are in compliance with all legal and regulatory requirements related to privacy issues, a new training session has been developed by the Office of Business and Finance. The privacy training, which is mandatory for all faculty and staff, is offered on several different dates in an effort to accommodate schedules, and will also be offered in an online format. Faculty and staff can attend either kind of session. Below are the upcoming sessions:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 27, 11 a.m. - Noon, Halle Auditorium
  • Thursday, Feb. 28, 2 - 3 p.m., Halle Auditorium

Based on these sessions, a program will be developed for the on-line HR system called Success Factors, which will be available once developed. If you would like to arrange a training session for your department, please contact Margaret Tsilis at 487-3328. Participation is mandatory to attend one of the training sessions or complete on-line (once developed). No pre-registration is required. Additional dates will be announced. If you have any questions regarding privacy training, please contact Steve LaChance at 487-1490, or Andrea Jaeckel at 487-3328.


FREE INCOME TAX PREPARATION: Do you need your income taxes prepared? Let IRS certified EMU students from the Accounting Club and Beta Alpha Psi help you for FREE. This Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) provides tax preparation to students and taxpayers with a total annual income of $51,000 or less. Tax preparations will be done on a first-come, first-serve basis. Location and dates are as follows:

Saturday, Feb. 16, Mar. 16 and Mar. 23, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., in room 227 & 228, in the College of Business.

Saturday, Apr. 6 and Apr. 13, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., in room 320, in the Student Center.

You will need to bring the following items:

  • A Picture ID with Birth Date
  • Social Security Card(s) for all people being claimed by you, or a Social Security Number Verification Letter issued by Social Security Administration for all people being claimed by you or a Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) Assignment Letter(s)
  • Wage and Earning Statement(s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, 1099-Misc from All Employers, 1098-T (for students)
  • Interest and Dividend Statements from Banks (Forms 1099)
  • A Copy of Last Year's Federal and State Returns (if available)
  • Proof of Bank Account Routing & Account Number (such as a blank check) for Direct Deposit (if desired)
  • Total Paid for Daycare and the Provider's Business Employer Identification Number or the Provider's Social Security Number

Contact David Teague at dteaguej@emich.edu or Evan Scarbrough at escarbro@emich.edu with questions.

MAGIC PROGRAM SEEKS FACULTY & STAFF MENTORS: Mentorship Access and Guidance In College (MAGIC) is seeking mentors to support foster care alumni who are attending EMU. MAGIC is searching for caring and committed EMU faculty and staff members who are interested in a becoming a mentor to students participants. Mentoring with the MAGIC program will provide an excellent opportunity for community service and engaging with EMU students. Potential mentors should be able to:

  • complete the MAGIC mentorship training
  • commit to 6 months of mentorship
  • be able to spend 4 hours per month with their mentee
  • pass a criminal background check

Interested applicants should complete a MAGIC mentor application which can be found on our website at MAGIC homepage. Contact the MAGIC staff with any questions at 487-0899 or email at emu_magic@emich.edu.


* STIGMA AND FEAR MUST END NOW: Many people in the community suffer from mental health illnesses and have thoughts of suicide. While these topics are tough to talk about, it is very important that they be addressed with honesty and openness throughout our campus community.  S.A.F.E. (Stigma And Fear End) NOW is a new mental health awareness and suicide prevention campaign aimed to educate the EMU campus community on these topics and to help break down the stigmas that prevent us from addressing these topics fearlessly. Please join them in spreading the awareness and helping others by promoting and attending S.A.F.E. NOW's Winter Series for 2013. For a complete list of the week's events, please visit (and "like") the S.A.F.E. NOW Facebook Page or go to S.A.F.E. NOW Blog. If you would like to volunteer or have any questions, please contact Bryan Michalowski by email at bmichalo@emich.edu or by phone at 734-395-3202.


Today's Events

PRESENTATION EXPLORES ABORTION WITHIN THE BLACK COMMUNITY: Students for Life presents "The Life of a People" tonight, Feb. 18, from 6 - 7 p.m., at the Halle Library Auditorium. Diane Brookins will be the presenter at this Black History Month event that explores the consequences of abortion within the Black community. This educational and thought-provoking LBC event is co-sponsored by Right to Life of Michigan. For more information, contact emustudentsforlife@gmail.com.


"HUSTLE YOUR HEART OUT" FUNDRAISER: The Center for Multicultural Affairs at Eastern will host its 2nd Annual "Hustle Your Heart Out" fundraiser to benefit the American Heart Association, tonight, Feb. 18, 7 - 11 p.m., in the Student Center Ballroom A&B. The entire campus community is invited to participate. The event is free but a donation is suggested at the door. Last year, over 300 students, faculty, staff and members of the community danced the night away to support the American Heart Association. There will be a DJ playing the latest hustle songs with well-known dance instructors Mr. Smooth from Detroit, Teddy Jam from EzGlide and Sherry Hawkins from Dance with Elegance who will teach the crowd the hustle and lead the night. The American Heart Association will have a booth and be registering individuals who are interested in participating in the Heart Walk in May. Appetizers and beverages will be provided. For more information, Zara Northover at znorthov@emich.edu. Check out our Facebook Fanpage.


SUBMISSIONS TO EMU TODAY: Please note, EMU TODAY is a internal daily e-blast sent to faculty and staff only. 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.

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