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* DEGREE COMPLETION & RETENTION PLAN FEEDBACK: Please plant to attend one of the following Open Forums on the second draft of the Degree Completion & Retention (DCR) Plan. This draft will incorporate feedback to date, and will be available on the DCR website on October 22. A survey for feedback on this second draft will also be available on the website from October 22. The open forum schedule is below. All forums will be held in the Student Center Auditorium:

  • Tuesday, October 29, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, October 29, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 30, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 30, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.


* PLANNED COMPUTING SYSTEM DOWNTIME: A planned computing system downtime is scheduled Friday, October 18, 6 p.m. to midnight. Monthly maintenance of EMU's computing systems is routinely performed on a Friday evening during this time frame. During this month’s maintenance program, the following major computer systems will be unavailable:

• EMU Website (www.emich.edu)
• my.emich
• Library Catalog
• Library Image Database
• Library Intranet
• IRIM (irim.emich.edu)

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. Also, critical upgrades will be applied to Banner modules (General, Human Resources, Advancement, Position Control and Financial Aid).  These upgrades will begin on Friday, October 18 at 6 p.m. and will finish no later than Saturday, October 19 at 3 p.m.

During this upgrade, the following major computer systems will be unavailable:

• Banner 
• My.emich self-service faculty, student and employee tabs
• Xtender imaging
• Workflow

 All other systems and services remain AVAILABLE including:

• Wired and Wireless Internet Access (residence halls, offices, and classrooms) 
• EMU-Online course management system (available at http://emuonline.edu ) 
• EagleMail (available at https://mail.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 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.


* STARBUCKS WILL OFFER HEALTHY OATMEAL OPTIONS: Starbucks at the EMU Student Center will offer two new Whole Grain Oatmeal options (classic or hearty) for only $2 with the purchase of any of their handcrafted Starbucks beverages between Monday, October 21 through Sunday, October 27. No coupon necessary and Meal Plans, Starbucks Cards, Cash/Credit are accepted. For questions, please contact Scott Hartman at 487-6416 or email shartman@emich.edu.


WEMU NEEDS VOLUNTEERS FOR FALL PLEDGE DRIVE: WEMU needs volunteers to answer phones and take pledges during their Fall On-Air Pledge Drive, Thursday, October 10, through Thursday, October 17, in the WEMU studios located on the fourth floor of King Hall. Shifts are a minimum of two hours and run between 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, and 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday. There will be lots of great food and beverages donated from area restaurants. Students are eligible for community service credit. Sign up by phone at 487-2229 on online at www.wemu.org. Please visit WEMU Pledge Drive to donate online. 


MEMORIAL GATHERING FOR BARBARA LEAPARD: Students, friends, family and colleagues are invited to attend a memorial gathering honoring Department of Mathematics professor, Barbara Leapard on Monday, October 21, from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m., in room 300, EMU Student Center on main campus. For more information, contact Elaine Richards at 487-4474 or by email at erichards@emich.edu.


FORMER PROFESSOR AT EMU PASSES AWAY: Naomi Annette Peel, age 77 of Prattville, Alabama, passed away Saturday, October 5 in Prattville. She found her home in Ypsilanti for 40 years where she was a professor at EMU teaching nutrition where she later retired. She believed in education and loved her work and students and continued taking different courses after retirement to enrich her life.


HONORS COLLEGE SEEKS FACULTY MENTORS: The Honors College seeks to identify faculty and administrators at EMU who have received or mentored a student for Boren, Truman or Rhodes scholarships. EMU has many students who would qualify for these highly competitive external scholarships and applicants will benefit greatly from advice from informed mentors. If you have received or helped a student apply for any of these awards, please contact Rebecca Sipe at rsipe@emich.edu. Involvement in this effort will provide university-level service on a mentoring group and include several meetings during the fall semester.


EMU FOUNDATION IS HIRING STUDENTS TO HELP WITH TELEFUNDRAISING EVENT: Are you looking to make a little extra cash? Do you 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 Eastern Michigan University! Flexible night and weekend shifts available and training is provided. Shifts available November 2nd-December 4th. Apply online at: Phonathon.com and use Entry Code: EMU13F. For questions, please contact Jackie Richardson at  481-2330 or email at jthorpe@emich.edu. The EMU Foundation building is located at 1349 S. Huron St., Ypsilanti, MI 48197.


UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN - "MISSION POSSIBLE": The United Way Campaign has begun on Eastern's campus. Every donation, regardless of how small is critical in addressing the underlying causes of problems and helping people who are faced with challenges move from crisis, to stability - to independence. When families are stable, when children succeed, when individuals stay healthy, our community is stronger. That's why United Way focuses on income, education and health - the foundation of stable families.

UNITED WAY does what no single organization alone can do. We bring together leaders from government, corporations, human service providers and the community to develop innovative solutions to local issues. We leverage funding for the network of programs that - together - can make a meaningful, measurable difference. TOGETHER, we can accomplish more than a single person, group or organization. United, we can inspire hope and create opportunities so that everyone can become independent. Our mission is to make our “local dollars change local lives.”

It is quicker and easier to donate than ever before! From your My.Emich account, click on “Click here to donate” and follow the steps. Paper donations are also an option. Please see your United Way department representative or contact this year's chair, Kevin Kucera or Linda Moore at 487-8892 or Dawn Stovall at 487-1105.

REQUIRED MIOSHA TRAINING FOR ALL EMU AND STUDENT EMPLOYEES: MIOSHA has updated the Hazard Communication Standard (Employees Right to Know) by adopting the Global Harmonization System. These changes to the standard require all employees to receive updated training by the December 1, 2013 deadline. Please plan to attend one of the following mandatory training sessions:

  • Wednesday, October 16, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Strong Auditorium
  • Tuesday, October 22, 6 - 7 a.m., room 201, Pray-Harrold
  • Wednesday, October 23, 4 - 5 p.m., room 201, Pray-Harrold
  • Tuesday, November 5, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m., Strong Auditorium
  • Wednesday, November 6, 4 - 5 p.m., 201 Pray-Harrold
  • Monday, November 11, 4-5 p.m., 201 Pray-Harrold

If you would like to schedule a training session for your department, please contact Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) at 487-0794 or environmental_health_safety@emich.edu. EHS will work with departments to ensure all EMU employees are trained by the deadline.


CAMPUS SAFETY AWARENESS & HAZARD COMMUNICATION TRAINING: All new employees of the University are required to participate in the Safety Awareness & Hazard Communication Training presented by Environmental Health Safety (EHS). Please plan to attend one of the following sessions. All training sessions will be held in room 300, Halle Library.

  • Thursday, October 24, 1:30 - 3 p.m. 
  • Monday, November 11, 8:30 - 10 .m.
  • Tuesday, December 10, 8:30 - 10 .m.

Please register at environmental_health_safety@emich.edu or call 487-0794.

Today's Events


MIOSHA TRAINING SESSION FOR EMPLOYEES: There will be a MIOSHA training session today, October 14, 9 - 10 a.m., Strong Auditorium. Please contact Envirionmental Health & Safety  at 487-0794 or environmental_health_safety@emich.edu with any questions.


ORAL DISSERTATION: Syed Naqvi, from the College of Technology will defend his dissertation on "Towards Successful Implementation of 5Ss in a U.S. Manufacturing Industry with Indian Sub-Continent Workers," today, October 14, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in room 206 Sill Hall.


FALL MAJOR FEST: The University Advising and Career Development Center (UACDC) will be hosting the Fall Major Fest today, October 14, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Student Center Ballroom. The Fall Major Fest gives students an opportunity meet with faculty, staff and academic advisors in a casual, fun atmosphere to learn more about the various majors/minors available at EMU. As an extra bonus, students can earn LBC credit. Also, there will be games to win small prizes. Students also enter themselves into raffles to win bigger prizes (EMU T-shirts, gift certificates, etc.). Questions and concerns regarding the event can be directed to Molly Thornbladh at 487-3149.


2014 MCANDLESS SCHOLAR PRESENTS CERAMICS DEMONSTRATION: Daniel Johnston, potter and EMU’s 2014 McAndless Distinguished Scholar, will present an introductory demonstration and presentation today, October 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the University Student Center Ballroom. Based in North Carolina, Johnston is widely regarded as an extraordinary young artist and entrepreneur who has created his own self-made lifestyle. He has been schooled through apprenticeships in the U.S. and England with Mark Hewitt and Clive Bowen, and through studies with native potters in Phon Bok, Thailand. See more on Johnston at Daniel Johnston Pottery. Johnston will return as the McAndless Scholar-in-Residence for the Winter 2014 term. For further information, please contact Diana Pancioli at dpancioli@emich.edu or call 487-1268.


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.

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