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| Tuesday, January 10, 2017

SPECIAL NOTICES:

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.

 

PRESIDENT JAMES M. SMITH INAUGURATION: The inauguration ceremony will take place on Thursday, March 2, 2017, in Pease Auditorium at 2 p.m. The theme of the day is supporting student success across the University. More details will be available in the weeks ahead and will be posted on the inauguration website.

 

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 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

 

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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