EMU Today
Monday, April 21, 2014


MY.EMICH IS GETTING A FACELIFT: The Division of Information Technology (IT) is upgrading My.Emich this summer. This upgrade will give My.Emich a more contemporary look and feel, starting with the login page (where the My.Emich username has been rebranded to “NetID”).  Once logged in, you will see a modern design around familiar content with two notable exceptions - My Courses and Groups will no longer be available in My.Emich.

As part of a separate university initiative, courses and groups will now be created and managed using EMU Online. Beginning April 30, instructors and students will use EMU Online to email a class, share files, and participate in discussions. Faculty, instructors, and students will still be able to send email messages to their class via EagleMail (see “Sending an Email Message to a Class List” for more information).  Also, if you are an owner of a My.Emich group, you will be able to recreate your groups using EMU Online (for faculty) or Google Apps for EMU (for students). Visit http://www.emich.edu/it/features/upgrades2014/myemich_changes.php for a sneak-peek of the changes coming to My.Emich.

Also, our email service provider is upgrading the EagleMail system to Zimbra 8 this summer (tentatively scheduled for late July). This vendor-required upgrade includes a number of features designed to improve the user experience, including a streamline interface, enhanced search capability, and new calendaring tools. Visit http://www.emich.edu/it/features/upgrades2014/zimbra8.php for a sneak-peek of the changes coming to EagleMail this summer. Questions regarding these initiatives can be directed to the IT Help Desk at 487-2120 or via email at it.helpdesk@emich.edu.


SUPPORT EMU STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS BY BUYING AN "E" LICENSE PLATE: This valuable program allows the Alumni Association to help children of EMU alumni attend Eastern, achieve their dreams and continue the EMU legacy. As you renew your license plate, please consider supporting deserving students by purchasing an “E” plate. The plates cost $35 above the annual vehicle registration fee for a regular plate, with $25 of that fee going directly to the program. If you already have an “E” plate… don’t forget to specify on your renewal form that you want to keep it. The renewal fee is only $10 above the regular registration fee, with that $10 going directly to the program. It’s a great way to show your pride in Eastern and promote EMU in the community. To order your “E” plate, visit http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,1607,7-127-1585_1595_9026-20400--,00.html.


EMU ETHICS AND COMPLIANCE REPORTING HOTLINE: The Ethics and Compliance Reporting Hotline is active and available to faculty and staff. Established by the Board of Regents in January 2007, the Hotline includes a toll-free telephone number and website where individuals can report, anonymously if they choose, an ethical or compliance-related issue involving any Eastern employee. The Hotline is operated by Global Compliance, a leading global provider of comprehensive, integrated compliance solutions. The toll-free number and website are available 24/7, 365 days a year. The toll-free number is 866-213-4862. The website can be accessed at Compliance Helpline

Today's Events


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.

NOTE: An asterisk denotes a new item.


Lectures & Presentations


TRAINING LECTURE ON FOCUS GROUPS: There will be a lecture and participation opportunities for graduate students on Tuesday, Apr. 22, 5 – 6:30 p.m., in room 203 Porter or Wednesday, Apr. 23, 9 – 10:30 a.m., in room 202 Porter. “Focus Groups from Start to Finish” will provide a comprehensive overview and demonstration of key steps in effective use of focus groups: recruiting, screening, facilitating, de-briefing, analyzing and disseminating data. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in focus group facilitation and coding as part of a regional study of high school and college students self-identified as youth of Middle Eastern/North African (MENA) descent. Refreshments will be served. Please R S V P by Thursday, Apr. 17 to Johnnetta Ricks at jricks@emich.edu or call 487-1060.


DISSERTATION DEFENSE: Natalie Nugent, MS from the Psychology Department, will defend her dissertation, "The Impact of Experiential Avoidance on the Relationships Among Military Sexual Trauma, Excessive Behaviors and Health-Related Outcomes in Female Veterans, on Monday, Apr. 28, 11 a.m., room 327 in the Science Complex. For more information, contact Ashley Stauffer at 487-1155.


CAMPUS SAFETY AWARENESS & HAZARD COMMUNICATION TRAINING: All new employees of the University are required to attend one of the Safety Awareness & Hazard Communication training sessions presented by the EMU Environmental Health Safety (EHS). Training sessions have been scheduled for the following dates:

  • Wednesday, May 14, 1:30 - 3 p.m., room 300, Halle Library
  • Thursday, May 15, 1:30 - 3 p.m., room 300, Halle Library
  • Tuesday, June 10, 8:30 - 10 a.m., room 300, Halle Library
  • Monday, June 16, 1:30 - 3 p.m., room 300, Halle Library

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


Conferences & Workshops


EASTERN MICHIGAN WRITING PROJECT: Eastern Michigan Writing Project (EMWP) is pleased to announce Inkstains, a summer writing camp for middle and high school students on the campus of EMU. The middle school writer's camp is scheduled for Monday, July 7 to Friday, July 11. The high school writer's camp is scheduled for Monday, July 14 to Friday, July 18. The camp runs Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. The cost of the camp is $225. For more information, or to request a brochure and application, please contact Kim Pavlock at kpavlock@emich.edu. The Inkstains camp brochure and application are also available to download from the EMWP website: http://emichwp.org/wp/for-families/inkstains-writing-camp/


Activities and Events


FINALS STRESS RELIEF - PET-A-PUPPY-DAY: The EMU Pre-Vet Club is sponsoring it's semi-annual (fall/winter semesters) "Finals Stress Relief Pet-a-Puppy Day" on Tuesday, Apr. 22, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Rock Garden of Mark Jefferson Science Complex (the lower floor). There will be puppies to pet and hug all your worries away. The event is free but there will be a donation jar available which will help support a local animal shelter. For questions, please contact Judy Pokrywki at 487-4242 or email at jpokrywk@emich.edu.


IMPROVE YOUR PUBLIC SPEAKING SKILLS AT OPEN HOUSE: The EMU Business School invites the EMU faculty and staff to the Huron Valley Toastmasters Open House on Tuesday, Apr. 22, 6:30 - 8 p.m. in room 114 Owen Building for those who want to improve their public speaking skills. The featured speaker will be Marlena Reigh, a well-known voice image specialist, (http://marlenareigh.com) and EMU alum. Reigh will demonstrate good voice skills that contribute to personal and professional growth. For more information, email Juliann Trudell at Trudelljuliann@yahoo.com.


FAREWELL RECEPTION FOR JANN JOSEPH: The College of Education will host a farewell reception for Jann Joseph on Tuesday, Apr. 22, 3 - 4:30 p.m., in room 100 in Porter. Please stop by to thank Dean Joseph for her service to EMU and wish her well as Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Indiana University South Bend.


TRANSFER OPEN HOUSE: Join us at EMU–Livonia on Tuesday, Apr. 22, 4 – 6:30 p.m. to apply to EMU for free; meet financial aid and transfer admissions advisors and tour the EMU Livonia center. To RSVP, please visit emich.edu/admissions/register/transfer.


MULTICULTURAL GRADUATION CELEBRATION: The EMU Center for Multicultural Affairs under the department of Diversity & Community Involvement will be hosting the Multicultural Graduation Celebration on Saturday, Apr. 26, 4 p.m., in room 310 in the Student Center. All faculty and staff are encouraged to let your graduating students know about this event.

The Multicultural Graduation event was created to celebrate the success of our students and acknowledge the value and uniqueness of our student's experiences. It serves to commemorate the accomplishments of all students that participate in this celebration. Doors open at 3 p.m. The keynote speaker will be Michael Tidwell, Dean of the College of Business. To participate in the Multicultural Graduation Celebration, students may complete the registration form at https://www.emich.edu/cma/graduation.php and send a head shot to Darquillius Mayweather at djohn179@emich.edu. All registration information must be submitted by Monday April 21 at 5 p.m.

For more information, call the Center Multicultural Affairs office at 487-2277 or email at cma.dci@emich.edu. This event is free for participants and attendees and complimentary tickets (up to 5 per person) can be obtained with valid student ID at any EMU ticket office location.


RETIREMENT RECEPTION FOR LORRAINE WILSON AND MARTHA TANICALA: The School of Nursing will host a retirement reception for Lorraine Wilson and Martha Tanicala on Friday, Apr. 25, from 12:30 - 2 :30 p.m., in Marshall building Faculty Gathering Room. To celebrate their contributions, donations may be made to the Nursing Emergency Aid Fund (www.emufoundation.org) in Dr. Wilson’s honor and The Heifer Organization (www.heifer.org) in Dr. Tanicala’s honor. Please RSVP to jwright@emich.edu by Monday, Apr. 21.


AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION HEART WALK AT EMU: Please join one of the numerous EMU teams and participate in this years American Heart Association’s Heart Walk on Saturday, May 10, 8 – 10:30 a.m. on main campus. Registration for the walk is free or you can registration to participate in the timed 5K for $35. There will be lots of fun events including a Kids Zone, tributes, memorials, free health screenings, music and refreshments. Dogs are welcome! Please contact Chris Karshin at 487-0077 or email at ckarshin@emich.edu for additional information or visit http://washtenawheartwalk.org to find a team, register or donate.



Arts, Film & Entertainment


UPCOMING ART EXHIBITIONS AT EMU: Several art exhibitions will be featured in the Ford Gallery showcasing the works of graduate artists as follows:

  • MFA Exhibition: Breanne Sherwood and Jessica Tenbusch – Monday, Apr. 21 – Friday, Apr. 25
  • MA Exhibition: Charlotte Allen and Stephanie Stein – Monday, Apr. 28 – Friday, May 2

Should you have any questions or comments, please contact Gregory Tom at gtom@emich.


POTTER'S COLLECTION ON DISPLAY IN THE STUDENT GALLERY: The works of Daniel Johnston, a prominent young member of a North Carolina handmade pottery tradition that goes back to the 18th century will be on display through Friday, Apr. 18 in the Student Gallery. Johnston's work is represented in many private collections as well as the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institute, The Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC, The North Carolina Pottery Center, The Gregg Museum of Art and Design, Penland School of Crafts and Texas A&M University at Corpus. Johnston is EMU's 2014 McAndless Distinguished Professor. The Student Gallery Hours are:

Monday - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday - 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 – 5 p.m.
Thursday - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Should you have any questions or comments, please contact Gregory Tom at gtom@emich.


EMU PLANETARIUM MOVIE - "BACK TO THE MOON FOR GOOD": The EMU Planetarium will show the film "Back To The Moon For Good," on Friday, Apr. 25, 7:30 p.m., in the EMU Planetarium, located at 402 Mark Jefferson Science Complex. "Back To The Moon For Good" offers an exciting, educational full dome show narrated by award-winning actor Tim Allen. The 25-minute digital film highlights the history of exploring the moon and provides an insider’s look at the teams vying for the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE, the largest incentivized prize in history. The stunning visuals and compelling narrative of the show explain the importance of the Google Lunar XPRIZE in encouraging today’s space entrepreneurs and innovators to collaborate toward building a new space economy while inspiring the next generation to “shoot for the moon.” This movie is appropriate for 13 years and up audience. Tickets are $5 and are available in person at the door, at any EMU ticket office, online at www.emutix.com or by phone at 487-2282. All shows are open to the public. Seating capacity is limited to 37 and all shows will start promptly at their designated times so please arrive early. Ticket price includes seasonal stargazing prior to the featured movie. For questions or more information, please call Norbert Vance at 487-4146 or email Tom Kasper at tkasper@emich.edu.


MOVIE "THE LITTLE STAR THAT COULD" WILL PLAY IN EMU PLANETARIUM: "The EMU Planetarium will show the film  "The Little Star that Could" on Friday, Apr. 25, 6 p.m., in the EMU Planetarium, located at 402 Mark Jefferson Science Complex. "The Little Star that Could" is a story about a little star, an average yellow star in search for planets of his own to protect and warm. Along the way, he meets other stars, learns what makes each star special, and discovers that stars combine to form star clusters and galaxies. Eventually, Little Star finds his planets. Each planet is introduced to your audiences with basic information about our Solar System. Run time is 35 minutes and is appropriate for all ages, recommended for families. Each show includes “Seasonal Stargazing” with a run time of 7 minutes. Please visit the "Little Star That Could" to see a preview of the movie. This movie is appropriate for all ages.

Tickets are $5 and are available in person at the door, at any EMU ticket office, online at www.emutix.com or by phone at 487-2282. All shows are open to the public. Seating capacity is limited to 37 and all shows will start promptly at their designated times so please arrive early. Ticket price includes seasonal stargazing prior to the featured movie. For questions or more information, please call Norbert Vance at 487-4146 or email Tom Kasper at tkasper@emich.edu.




GO EMU EAGLES: The 2014 athletic schedule of events is available for Football,
Women's Gymnastics, Women's Softballand Men's Baseball.

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. All football games will be broadcasted live on WEMU 89.1.


  • EMU vs. Morgan State, Saturday, Aug. 30, TBA, Rynearson Stadium
  • EMU vs. Buffalo, Saturday, Oct. 11, TBA, Rynearson Stadium
  • EMU vs. Northern Illinois, Saturday, Oct. 25, TBA, Rynearson Stadium
  • EMU vs. Central Michigan, Saturday, Nov. 1, TBA, Rynearson Stadium
  • EMU vs. Toledo, Friday, Nov. 28, TBA Rynearson Stadium



  • EMU vs. IPFW (DH), Tuesday, Apr. 29, 3 p.m., Varsity Field



  • EMU vs. Madonna, Tuesday, Apr. 29, 6 p.m., Oestrike Stadium
  • EMU vs. Bowling Green, Wednesday, Apr. 30, 6 p.m., Oestrike Stadium
  • EMU vs. Central Michigan, Friday, May 9, 6 p.m., Oestrike Stadium
  • EMU vs. Central Michigan, Saturday, May 10, 3 p.m., Oestrike Stadium
  • EMU vs. Central Michigan, Sunday, May 11, 1 p.m., Oestrike Stadium
  • EMU vs. Notre Dame, Tuesday, May 13, 6 p.m., Oestrike Stadium



GRADUATING MILITARY VETERANS - GET YOUR HONOR CORD: Military veterans who have honorably served and who are graduating this April can pick up an honor cord at the Veteran Services Office located in room 401 in Pierce Hall. Please bring a copy of your DD 214 if you are not currently using GI BIll benefits at EMU or haven't used those benefits in the past few years. Please contact the Veterans Services Office at 487-3119 if you have any questions.


THE EMU CHILDREN'S INSTITUTE NEEDS YOUR HELP: The EMU Children’s Institute has teamed up with the Michigan Orphan Kitten Rescue and Shoe Box Recycling to help orphaned kittens. As you begin your spring cleaning, please drop off any paired men’s, women’s and kids shoes that are still usable to the Children’s Institute at Fletcher School on Cornell. The rescue gets money for the shoes to help orphan kittens. For questions or additional information, please email mokr@mikittens.org or go to their Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/mikittens or call Tracey Buhinicek at 487-2348.


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.

DEPARTMENT DIRECTORY UPDATES: If your Department Directory listing is not accurate, please send the updated information to: dept_directory@emich.edu. For questions, contact Debra Burke at 487-6895 or by e-mail at dburke15@emich.edu. Please note that personal directory listings are populated by Banner and you will need to contact Academic HR or Staff HR to update personal listings. 


POST AN EVENT TO THE EVENTS CALENDAR: To submit a new event, click on Submit an Event, or go to the EMU homepage, then click on "calendars," then click the green button labeled "Submit an Event" (located on the bottom left) and enter your event information. If you need help or have questions, please contact Debra Johnson at djohn144@emich.edu or call 487-2484. All events are subject to approval.



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