EMU Today
Wednesday, November 25, 2015

2016 MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY CELEBRATION – CALL FOR PROPOSALS: EMU’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Planning Committee invites proposals for academic sessions to be offered as part of the 2016 MLK Day Celebration, to be held on Monday, January 18, 2016.

This year, the theme is “And Justice For All?” The Pledge of Allegiance ends with “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” How do we, as a society, come together to achieve the ideal behind this pledge? Do we, as a nation, believe justice for all can be achieved? Reverend, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. did believe and he marched a nation forward towards that ideal.

The session format can be interactive, panel or a presentation of research. Proposals are due by midnight on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015 in electronic format. Please find the application and directions for submission by visiting clicking the MLK Proposal Submission. The Committee’s hope is that the events and discussions from this 2016 MLK Celebration will encourage each of us to pick up Dr. King’s charge and galvanize us to take action for change. For more information, please contact Nicole Johnson at njohns13@emich.edu or call 487-3529.


WEMU-FM CELEBRATES 50 YEARS ON THE AIR WITH OPEN HOUSE & JAZZ JAM SESSION: WEMU-FM is celebrating their 50th anniversary with an open house and live jazz jam sessions on Tuesday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. During the event, jazz musicians will be performing all day in the King Hall lounge. There will also be a display of WEMU memorabilia and a hot chocolate and cookie bar. Station staff will be available to conduct tours through the station and studios. WEMU first signed on the air on December 8, 1965. For more information, visit the WEMU homepage or call 487-2229.


EMU CAMPUS BOOKSTORE CUSTOMER SURVEY: The Student Center is conducting a customer survey with our Campus Partner, the EMU Campus Bookstore. Your feedback will provide valuable information for future planning and improvement of standards and services. Please take a moment and visit Campus Bookstore Customer Survey and complete the survey. For more information, contact Kevin McKay at kmckay@follett.com or 483-2850.


HOLIDAY HOURS FOR THE STUDENT CENTER: The EMU Student Center and its vendors will have abbreviated hours today, Nov. 24. The hours of operation will be 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The building will be closed over Thanksgiving break, starting Wednesday, Nov. 25 - 29. Normal hours will resume on Monday, Nov. 30. For more information, visit the EMU Student Center homepage for a detailed list of building and vendor hours over this period or call Student Center Administration at 487-1100.


BECOME A CERTIFIED TOURISM AMBASSADOR: The Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti Area Tourism Ambassador Program is a multi-faceted opportunity to increase regional tourism by inspiring front-line employees and volunteers to turn each visitor encounter into a positive experience. To become a Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA), you must complete the required class pre-reading, attend a class and complete an open book exam. You will receive a certificate and a pin upon completion. Benefits include: 

  • Freebies and discounts from businesses throughout the county
  • Networking opportunities at CTA social events
  • Professional development and skill training
  • Opportunities for incentives and rewards locally and nationally

The class will be held Friday, December 11 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in room 310A in the Student Center. To enroll, visit the Certified Tourism Ambassador homepage and chose "Become a CTA" to sign-up for the class. Select a program, input your contact information, select the class and submit payment (use code 10000 to get $10 rate). Review and submit payment.  Scholarships are available. Contact Erica Steuwe at esteuwe@emich.edu for more details or questions.


UNDERGRADUATE SYMPOSIUM SUBMISSIONS: The submission site is open for EMU students to present their research at the April 1, 2016 Undergraduate Symposium. To access the site, visit Undergraduate Symposium Submission homepage. Contact Wendy Kivi at 487-3198, wkivi@emich.edufor additional information.


NEW EASTERN EXPERTS WEBSITE: The Division of Communications is excited to announce that it 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.

Today's Events

SUBMIT AN EVENT TO THE EMU EVENT CALENDAR: To submit an event to the EMU event calendar, click on Submit an Event, or go to the EMU homepage, click on "calendars," then click the green button labeled "Submit an Event" (located on the bottom left) and enter your event information. All events are subject to approval.


SUBMISSIONS FOR POSTING IN EMU TODAY: EMU Today is an internal daily e-blast sent to the 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 or email at djohn144@emich.edu.

NOTE: An asterisk denotes a new item.


Lectures & Presentations


EARLY COLLEGE ALLIANCE INFORMATION SESSIONS: The Early College Alliance at EMU will hold an information session for its enrollment cycle for the 2016-17 school year. All interested parents, students, family and friends are welcome to attend to learn more about the great educational opportunities the ECA has to offer. The information sessions will be held on the following dates:

  • Monday, Dec. 7, from6:30 - 8 p.m., in the Student Center Ballroom B
  • Tuesday, Dec. 15, from6:30 - 8 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom B
  • Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom B

Please Note: Information sessions are open to all students, regardless of which district they reside in. Students who are currently in the 9th or 10th grade, and in any public school district, charter, independent, parochial school or home schooled, are eligible to enroll for the 2016-17 academic year at Early College Alliance. For more information, contact Crystal Jackson 487-4290 or email at jackson.eca@gmail.com.


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 and Safety Department (EHS). Below is the schedule of the upcoming training sessions which will be held in room 300 in the Halle Library. 

  • Friday, Dec. 11, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, 1:30 - 3 p.m. 
  • Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, 1:30 - 3 p.m.  
  • Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, 10:30 a.m to 12 p.m.
  • Monday, Mar. 14, 2016, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.   
  • Wednesday, Apr. 13, 2016, 1:30 - 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 19, 2016, 1:30 - 3 p.m.  
  • Tuesday, June 14, 2016, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.      

Please register at environmental_health_safety@emich.edu or call 487-0794. This training is now also available online through "E-training." Please contact the EHS at 487-0794 for additional information.


SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES LIVING WITH AUTISM: The EMU Autism Collaborative Center will hold a discussion group Monday, Dec. 7, 6 - 7:30 p.m., room 121, Fletcher Building for parents, caregivers, brothers, sisters and family members to share experiences and resources. This is a free community service. Childcare is provided during the session for those families that RSVP in advance. Please contact estoelt@emich.edu or call the ACC-EMU at 487-2892.


2015-16 STAR LECTURE SERIES "SOARING HIGHER-PURSUING A LIFE WELL-LIVED": The Honors College is pleased to present the next Star Lecture speaker on Tuesday, Dec. 1, from 7 - 8:30 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. John Feldkamp will speak on "Conflicts We Face with our Identities While Pursuing a Well-Lived Life." 

We all wear multiple identities that define us, and it’s the decisions we make in that identity that define us not only in that role, but also as a person: child, parent, professional, partner, and self. Born and raised as a musician, farmer's son, expected math teacher; come hear the evolution of Feldkamp as he shares the joys, the sorrow, and the tension that shape some of the identities he wears today seeking the best decision in any given moment while pursuing a well-lived life. For more information, visit the EMU Honors College homepage or contact Rebecca Sipes at rsipe@emich.edu.   


EQUALITY KNOWLEDGE PROJECT SPEAKER SERIES: Beverly Mihalko, from EMU will speak on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 5:30 p.m. in room 310A in the Student Center. Mihalko will talk on “Assessment of Culturally Competent Care for LGBT Older Adults: Current Practice in Michigan Long-term Care Facilities.” For more information, visit the Equality Knowledge Project Speaker Series homepage.


Conferences & Workshops


SOUL SPEAK, SUPPORT GROUP FOR WOMEN OF COLOR: Soul Speak provides a safe space for all EMU students, that identify as a woman of color, to connect and discuss the unique experiences of being a student and a woman of color while at EMU. The group will meet on the following dates from 2 - 3:30 p.m., in the Kiva Room, located on the 3rd floor of the Student Center:

  • Thursday, Dec. 3, 10 & 17

The group offers a safe, supportive and encouraging environment to learn more about yourself and be empowered. The event is free and completely confidential. For questions, please contact Joi Rencher at 487-0899 or email jrencher@emich.edu.  Please encourage your students to attend.


FIRST WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES GRADUATE CONFERENCE: EMU's Department of Women's and Gender Studies will host a Graduate Conference on Thursday, Dec. 3 and Friday, Dec. 4 in McKenny Hall. The theme of the conference is "Intersectionality: Theory and Activism." Proposals are currently being accepted for workshops, panels, posters, paper presentations and artwork. Faculty, staff, students and community members involved in scholarship and activism related to the theme are strongly encouraged to submit proposals. Proposal submission deadline is Nov. 15. The conference is free and open to the public. For more information and to register, visit WGST Graduate Conference homepage. Contact Sofia Brewer-Berres or Christa Jiamachello for more information.


BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS ASSOCIATION OF MICHIGAN CONFERENCE: The Behavior Analysis Association of Michigan (BAAM) will hold a 2-day conference on Thursday, Feb. 18 and Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the 3rd floor of the Student Center. The BAAM conference has been organized to support and promote scientific research on the basic principles of behavior and the extension of those principles to create demonstrably effective and humane outcome-based therapies with the primary goal of establishing and enhancing functional independent living skills. For questions, contact Ambreen Shahabuddin at ashahabu@emich.edu or visit the BAAM homepage for more information.


Activities and Events


HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA: Eastern Eateries will bring the Holiday spirit to campus with their Holiday Extravaganza dinner on Wednesday, Dec. 2. Come enjoy a three course meal, which will  include Bananas Foster and special holiday cupcakes for dessert! Of course there will be Egg Nog, Hot Cider and Hot Chocolate as well. Meals are only $7.90 and include an entry into a drawing for a 5 lb. Hershey's Chocolate Bar. If you have any questions, call Derek at 487-0444 or email derek.kell@emich.edu.


GRAD FAIR AT THE EMU CAMPUS BOOKSTORE: Purchase your official EMU Commencement Regalia at the Grad Fair on Monday, Dec. 7 and Tuesday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Check out the array of EMU and EMU Alumni merchandise, diploma frames, announcements and more. Visit with EMU class ring vendors in the Student Center Lobby outside the bookstore and get your Commencement tickets at the EMU Ticket Office. The EMU Campus Bookstore store hours are Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 483-2850 with questions or email at kmckay@follett.com. Visit EMU Commencement homepage for ceremony details, ticket information and regalia pricing.


Arts, Film & Entertainment


BRITISHMANIA: A BEATLES TRIBUTE: Having performed at hundreds of theaters, clubs, festivals, corporate parties and the legendary Cavern Club in Liverpool, Britishmania, invites you to take a memorable journey through the historic career of The Beatles. The show will be held on Saturday, Dec. 5 at Pease Auditorium. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Britishmania features a spectacular multimedia video that takes you from the early 1960s, telling the story of where and what was going on while The Beatles were in the thick of it. Beginning with a short Cavern Club era, then The Ed Sullivan Show era from 1964, featuring songs like “I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” “She Loves You” and “A Hard Day’s Night,” it moves to the Shea Stadium concert era (circa August 1965) which features songs like “Help!” ”Drive My Car” and “Day Tripper.” Tickets start at $10 for student and go up to $35. See more at Britishmania Info or to buy tickets, visit the EMU Ticket Office or call 487-2282.


HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS: The EMU Convocation Center will welcome the Harlem Globetrotters on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016 at 7 p.m. Celebrating 90 years of providing smiles, sportsmanship and service to millions of people worldwide, the world famous Harlem Globetrotters are bringing their unrivaled brand of family entertainment to Louisville during their 90th Anniversary World Tour. After the game, Globetrotter stars will sign autographs and take photos with fans. Ticket prices range from $17 - $78. Visit the EMU Ticket Office homepage or call 487-2282. This event is for all ages.


ELLIE GOULDING COMES TO THE EMU CONVOCATION CENTER DURING HER DELIRIUM WORLD TOUR: Ellie Goulding will be at the EMU Convocation Center on Monday, May 9, 2016 at 7 p.m. Tickets go on sale on Friday, Nov. 6. Tickets range from $35 - $59.50. Visit the EMU Ticket Office homepage at EMUTIX.com or by phone at 487-2282.



GO EMU EAGLES: Please visit the EMU Athletics homepage for more information about all Eagles athletic games, schedules, rosters and much more. For ticket information, go to EMU Tickets or call the ticket office at 487-2282.



SWOOP’S FOOD PANTRY NEEDS DONATIONS: Swoop’s Food Pantry opened on Sept. 21, and has provided more than 803 pounds of food to 71 different EMU students in need of food assistance. Due to overwhelming success, Swoop’s Food Pantry needs food donations. Examples of items needed include: healthy soups, canned tuna or other canned fish or chicken, pasta and pasta sauce, fruits, yogurts, toiletry items, granola bars and juice boxes. Swoop’s Food Pantry is located in 376 Marshall and is open to students Monday through Thursday from 3 - 6 p.m.

Food donations can be dropped off at the following locations:

  • Swoop’s Food Pantry in Marshall Building (Room 376) – By appointment
  • The Provost Office in Welch Hall (Room 106): Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The Social Work Office in Marshall Building (Room 317) Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Donation bins have been setup outside the Food Pantry and the Social Work Office if you wish to drop food items off after hours. Monetary donations are also welcome via the EMU Foundation's Make a Gift homepage or by sending a check to: EMU Foundation, P.O. Box 972057, Ypsilanti, MI 48197. Additional information can be found at Swoop's Student Food Pantry homepage or call 487-4173 or email swoopspantry@emich.edu.


ENTERPRISE CAR SHARE NOW ACCOMMODATES EMU BUSINESS USAGE: EMU faculty and staff can now rent vehicles through EMU’s Car Share program by the hour or by the day and the sales tax will be excluded from the invoice and receipt. If you have not signed up for the Car Share program and want to use the convenient on campus vehicles for EMU business purposes, please enroll at Enterprise EMU Car Share program. If you have already enrolled and have business use need or have questions, please email Sarah Yager at: sarah.a.yager@erac.com or call (517) 202-8840 for help with the tax free program.


ARE YOU EATING RIGHT? Learn how to make better decisions about your nutrition and overall health. Visit the Office of Nutrition Services, EMU's authority on nutrition information. Confidential, individualized counseling services help work toward better nutrition and overall health on topics including eating on a time/money budget, weight management and food allergies. Additional services include nutrient analysis, body composition testing, nutrition presentations and cooking demonstrations. The Office of Nutrition Services is located in room 160 in Rackham. Open to students, faculty and staff. Prices vary and are priced within the budget of a college student. Start on the road to better health today. Visit the Office of Nutrition Services homepage for a list of services and prices or call 487-6572 to learn more or make an appointment. 


DONATE YOUR GENTLY USED SHOES AND HELP SAVE A KITTEN: The Children’s Institute has teamed up with the Michigan Orphan Kitten Rescue (MOKR) and Shoe Box Recycling and need your gently used shoes. As you begin preparing for the upcoming change in weather, help the Children’s Institute help local kittens by dropping off all paired men’s, women’s and kids shoes that are still usable to the Children’s Institute at Fletcher School on Cornell. The kitten rescue gets money for the shoes to help orphan kittens. To date, the Children's Institute has help MOKR raise over $1,000 for the orphaned kittens care and preparation for adoption into  their forever homes. For questions or additional information, email mokr@mikittens.org or visit their Facebook Page at Michigan Orphan Kitten Rescue Facebook homepage. If you have any questions, please call Tracey Buhinicek at the Children's Institute at 487-2348.


EMU CAMPUS DIRECTORY FOR STUDENTS, FACULTY AND STAFF: The directory is touch compatible and features a responsive design for optimized display and functionality on desktop, tablet or mobile devices. Users can search for students, faculty or staff via a single search box with results being cleanly displayed in expandable/collapsible rows. The new campus directory can be accessed directly at www.emich.edu/directory or by using the single search box at the top of any EMU webpage. For more details, please read the press release about the new EMU Campus Directory. Please contact Darcy Gifford at 487-5375 or dgiffor2@emich.edu if you have any questions.


PERSONAL DIRECTORY CORRECTIONS/UPDATES: Personal Directory listings are populated through the Banner system. To check your personal listing for accuracy, please visit http://it.emich.edu/service/online/directory/index.cfm?fuseaction=main. If a listing needs to be updated, an employee’s supervisor should update the information through a link located on the supervisor’s My.Emich Employee tab. Instructions are as follows:

  • Click on the Employee tab
  • Click on the Employee link below the row of tabs
  • Click on the Update Employee Campus Address link. You will then see a table of your direct reports. To edit, click on the EID or Phone links to edit. Once you have completed your edits, click the Submit button. NOTE: it may take up to 24 hours for your change to take effect. 

For non-supervisory staff, alternate update methods are explained on the Directory Information Updates page at https://www.emich.edu/it/services/directoryupdates.php.


EMU ONLINE DEPARTMENT DIRECTORY CORRECTIONS: Please take the time to check your department directory listing at http://www.emich.edu/telephones/ for accuracy. If the information needs to be updated, please send the information to: dept_directory@emich.edu. For questions, contact Debra Burke at 487-6895 or by e-mail at dburke15@emich.edu.


EMU PUBLIC SAFETY TIPS AND REMINDERS: The EMU Police Department provides 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.

The EMU Police Department 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.




ROAD TO COMPLETION SCHOLARSHIP: The $2500 Road to Completion Scholarship for winter semester is available for current or previous Detroit residents with 110 credit hours by the end of this semester. Other requirements include a 2.5 GPA and completion of core classes including math. Applications are due by Tuesday, Dec. 1. Contact Regina George at rgeorge@emich.edu for additional information. 


SEARCH SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: To find out about current scholarship opportunities, go to search scholarships.

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