EMU Today


| Wednesday, October 30, 2013



CONVERSATIONS WITH THE PRESIDENT ABOUT SAFETY AND SECURITY: Eastern Michigan University President Susan Martin will be available to answer questions and provide updates about safety and security at Eastern today, Oct. 30 at the following times and locations:

  • 10 a.m. College of Education, room 301, Porter
  • 11 a.m. The Commons - Dining Area
  • 1 p.m. College of Technology, room 138, Sill
  • 2 p.m. College of Health & Human Services, room 101, Marshall
  • 3:15 p.m. CrossRoads MarketPlace - Seating Area

Police Chief Bob Heighes and Provost Kim Schatzel will join President Martin. These sessions are open to all students, faculty and staff.

MIOSHA TRAINING CLASS CANCELLED: The MIOSHA training class scheduled for today, Oct. 30 has been cancelled.

* ANNUAL THANKSGIVING LUNCHEON: The Office of President Susan Martin invites the campus community to the Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon on Wednesday, Nov. 20. Advance reservation ticket purchase is required for seating at 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. Tickets cost $6 and are on sale through Friday, Nov. 15 at the following Ticket Office locations:

  • Quirk Building - 12 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Student Center - 1 - 9 p.m.
  • Convocation Center - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tickets are also available for purchase online at emutix.com. During the event, the EMU Vision Office will be accepting canned goods or monetary donations. Be sure to buy your tickets early, as this event may sell out. For more information please click here.


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.


EMPLOYEE BENEFITS & WELLNESS FAIR: All EMU employees are encouraged to attend the Employee Benefits & Wellness Fair on Thursday, Oct. 31, between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Student Center Ballroom. For questions, please contact the Employee Benefits Office at 487-3195.


ANNUAL OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR 2014 BENEFITS: The annual open enrollment period for 2014 benefits for EMU employees begins Friday, Nov. 1 through Friday, Nov. 15. The selections you make during this time will take effect January 1, 2014. During open enrollment, you can:

• Change your health plan elections
• Change your dental plan elections
• Elect to contribute to a flexible spending account (FSA) for 2014
• Change your life insurance elections (increases require evidence of insurability)

See the Open Enrollment Meeting Schedule or for more information, please call HR Benefits at 487-3195 or visit http://www.emich.edu/hr/benefits/self-service.php.


YOU.COMMUNITY.STORY - PLEASE TAKE THE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SURVEY: Please share how you engage or have engaged with our local, state, national and global communities. The Community Engagement Survey was sent to your emich.edu email box on 10/23. The survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete. To learn more about the survey, its value and impact by visiting the Community Engagement Survey. For questions, please contact Decky Alexander at aa_asl@emich.edu.


FLU VACCINES ON EMU CAMPUS: The University Health Services will offer flu vaccines on Thursday, Oct. 31, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Ballroom A, Student Center. EMU employees with BC/BS coverage can get a vaccination for FREE. (Important – You must bring your insurance card with you when you come to get vaccinated.) For non-BC/BS policyholders, the cost is $30. Students on the EMU student health insurance plan and those with BC/BS coverage can also get the vaccine for FREE (by presenting their insurance card). Methods of payment are cash, check, Visa, MasterCard or Discover card. Students can bill the charge to their student  tuition account (E-bill). For information or questions, call University Health Services at 487-1122.


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:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 5, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m., in Strong Auditorium
  • Wednesday, Nov. 6, 4 - 5 p.m., room 201, in Pray-Harrold
  • Monday, Nov. 11, 4-5 p.m., room 201, in  Pray-Harrold
  • Wednesday, Nov. 13, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m., in Strong Auditorium
  • Monday, Nov. 18, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m., in Strong Auditorium
  • Monday, Nov. 18, 4 - 5 p.m., room 201, Pray-Harrold
  • Monday, Nov. 25, 4 - 5 p.m., room 201, Pray-Harrold
  • Wednesday, Nov. 27, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m., in Strong Auditorium

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.

  • Monday, Nov. 11, 8:30 - 10 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 10, 8:30 - 10 a.m.

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


EMU POLICE DEPARTMENT REMINDERS: The EMU Police Department facilitates a variety of community service programs focused on safety awareness for our residential halls, classrooms and campus. These include crime prevention seminars, and training sessions and programs on sexual assault and alcohol awareness for faculty, staff and students.

EMU Police use high visibility foot patrols, mobile patrols, bicycle patrols and an extensive video monitoring system to help deter crime. It is important to report crimes or suspicious activities immediately -- police have a better opportunity to apprehend suspects and solve crimes. Please review the information below and report any crimes or any suspicious activities. Reporting a crime or suspicious activity can be done anonymously.

  • To report an incident, or information anonymously, please call 487-4847 or send an email to dps_questions@emich.edu.

Telephone numbers and email accounts listed above are set-up specifically for those who wish to report a crime or information related to a crime. Your identity will remain anonymous.

For questions pertaining to EMU Safety Tips or crime prevention, please contact Police Officer Candace Dorsey, Crime Prevention Coordinator at 487-0987 or by email at cdorsey@emich.edu. The Crime Prevention office is located within the EMU Police Department at 1200 Oakwood Street. Police Dispatch at 487-1222. For emergencies, call 911.

Previous Events


DEGREE COMPLETION & RETENTION PLAN FEEDBACK: Please plan to attend the Open Forum on the second draft of the Degree Completion & Retention (DCR) Plan today, Oct. 30, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. or at 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., in the Student Center Auditorium. The draft will incorporate feedback to date and is available on the DCR website.


LUNCH AND LEARN SESSION: EMU Human Resources will offer a Lunch and Learn session today, Oct. 30, 12 - 1 p.m., room 100, HR Training Suite, McKenny Hall on UAW 1976 PE/PT/PS contracts. Participants are encouraged to bring their lunch with them to the session. Registration for these sessions is completed through Survey Monkey. If you have any questions, please contact Allison Gordon at 487-3430 or email at hr_tod@emich.edu.


PHILOSOPHY SPEAKER SERIES WELCOMES AMI HARBIN: As part of the Philosophy Speaker Series, EMU welcomes guest speaker Ami Harbin, tonight, Oct. 30, 5:30 - 7 p.m., in room 216, Pray-Harrold. Harbin will speak on "The Limits of Post-Traumatic Growth.” For questions, please contact Peter Higgins at 487-0069 or email at phiggin1@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.

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