EMU Today


| Friday, November 15, 2013


ANNUAL THANKSGIVING LUNCHEON: The Office of President Susan Martin would like to invite 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.


EMU ATHLETICS AND FOOD GATHERERS OF WASHTENAW COUNTY LAUNCH FOOD DRIVE: Throughout the month of November, the EMU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is asking students, fans and the community members to donate canned food items to the main atrium area of the Convocation Center. The food donation box is set-up through Food Gatherers of Washtenaw County. All food donations will go to service 150 non-profit agencies and programs providing direct food assistance in the form of hot meals, nutritious snacks and more to low-income adults, seniors and children in Washtenaw County. 


CELEBRATE #GIVING TUESDAY ON DECEMBER 3: Eastern Michigan has become an official partner of #GivingTuesday, a national movement that kicks-off the giving season on Tuesday, Dec. 3. We invite you to take the pledge to make a gift to EMU on #GivingTuesday and use the power of your social network to encourage others to celebrate their good fortunes and make a gift as well. All gifts made to EMU via the web, phone and mail on Dec. 3 will count towards our #GivingTuesday campaign. Please be a part of the first-ever single-day fundraising campaign in our University's history and make your gift on Tuesday, Dec. 3.


UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN - "MISSION POSSIBLE": The United Way Campaign on Eastern's campus still needs your help. Every donation, regardless of how small is important and your contributions will help many EMU organizations including the Autism Collaborative Center, WEMU and the EMU Foundation, just to name a few. 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. The campaign deadline is Friday, Dec. 6. For questions, please contact Kevin Kucera or Linda Moore at 487-8892 or Dawn Stovall at 487-1105.


HELP HOMELESS FAMILIES IN WASHTENAW COUNTY - DONATE TO THE SALVATION ARMY: Now through Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, Eastern Michigan University has the opportunity to show the Washtenaw County community just how much we care – all while showing our Eagle pride.

EMU's PRSSA is partnering with The Salvation Army to give hope to those in need this holiday season. We are competing against other state universities (including Wayne State University and the University of Michigan – Dearborn) to raise the most money for this noble cause and we are asking for your help.

Please make a tax-deductible donation to the EMU PRSSA online Red Kettle at www.onlineredkettle.org/EMUPRSSA or give “EMUgives” to 71777.

This past year, money raised through the Red Kettle Campaign helped The Salvation Army provide more than 23,500 meals and more than 12,000 nights of shelter to those in need in Washtenaw County. For more information, please follow along with EMU PRSSA on Twitter (@emuprssa) or their website: www.emuprssa.com.


* UNDERGRADUATE SYMPOSIUM OPEN FOR STUDENT NOMINATIONS: The nomination process for students to present at the Friday, March 28, 2014 Undergraduate Symposium is underway at www.emich.edu/symposium/nomination. This nomination site is open to students through January 15, 2014. To learn more about the value of student presentation of research, here is a link to a special EMUblog post: http://blogemu.com/kerris-konsciousness-undergraduate-symposium/ by Symposium Undergraduate Research Fellow Kerri Musick. For more information, contact wkivi@emich.edu. 


EMU DINING SERVICES OFFERS FOOD TRUCK: EMU Dining Services will be operating a food truck in conjunction with Bearclaw Coffee Co. for a two-week test run. The food truck will be parked in the Pierce/Roosevelt area from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. today, Nov. 15. The following week, Monday, Nov. 18 through Thursday, Nov. 21, the food truck will be parked in the North Lot/Ann St. area from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Please stop by and check it out. They will be accepting cash and credit. Contact Dining Services at 487-0418 or visit us at fb.com/emichdining, twitter.com/emichdining, and emich.edu/dining.


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:

  • 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

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 the training on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 8:30 - 10 a.m., room 300, in Halle Library. Please register at environmental_health_safety@emich.edu or call 487-0794.


WINTER BREAK COURSE - BECOMING JEWISH IN AMERICA: Earn up to three credits this Winter break traveling to New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. learning about the Jewish contribution to America. Visit emich.edu/ust for more information or contact Jen Short at 487-3229 or jen.short@emich.edu.

EMU PUBLIC SAFETY TIPS AND 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

LIMITED HOURS AT UNIVERSITY HEALTH SERVICES PHARMACY: The University Health Services Pharmacy (UHS) will be open today, Nov. 15, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Normal business hours will resume on Monday, Nov. 18. Should you have questions, please feel free to contact the UHS Pharmacy at 487-1125 or email at emu_pharmacy@emich.edu.


EMU HOSTS BI-ANNUAL MICHIGAN COLLEGIATE JOB FAIR: EMU will host its bi-annual Michigan Collegiate Job Fair (MCJF) today, Nov. 15, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Burton Manor in Livonia, MI. MCJF is one of the state's largest career fairs, bringing graduating seniors and alumni from Michigan’s colleges and universities together with over 100 employers to begin their job search. Candidates may view a list of participating employers and pre-register for this event online at www.mcjf.org. Candidates can register on-site the day of the fair for $15. Contact the University Advising & Career Development Center at 487-0400 with any questions.


LEARN CHINESE FOR FREE: The Chinese program invites the campus community to drop in on our beginning Chinese class today, Nov. 15, 12:30 - 1:20 p.m., in room 306, Porter and learn some useful Chinese words. Celebrate International Week with us. This event is LBC approved.


BOLLYWOOD DANCE NIGHT: As part of International Week, come dance and have fun while experiencing the Indian culture at Bollywood Dance Night tonight, Nov. 15, 7 - 10 p.m., in the McKenny Ballroom. Refreshments will be provided. This event is free and LBC approved. Sponsored by the Indian Students Association and the College of Arts and Sciences.


PLANNED COMPUTING SYSTEM DOWNTIME: Monthly maintenance of EMU's computing systems will be performed tonight, Nov. 15, 6 p.m. to midnight. During this month’s maintenance program, the following major computer systems will be unavailable:

• EMU Website (www.emich.edu)
• Banner
• Banner Self-Service (faculty, student and employee tabs in my.emich)
• my.emich

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

 All other systems and services remain AVAILABLE including:

• Wired and Wireless Internet Access (residence halls, offices, and classrooms)
• EMU-Online course management system ( http://emuonline.edu )
• Online Hiring System ( www.emujobs.com )
• EagleMail (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.


ANNUAL OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR 2014 BENEFITS ENDS NOV. 15: The annual open enrollment period for 2014 benefits for EMU employees runs 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.


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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