EMU Today
Friday, October 24, 2014

* FORMER PROFESSOR AT EMU PASSES AWAY: Richard T. Fairfield, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at Heartland Health Care Center in Ann Arbor. He taught printmaking in the Fine Arts Department at EMU for 45 years before retiring in 2008. He was named Professor Emeritus. Rite of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 411 Florence St., Ypsilanti, MI. Burial will follow in St. John Catholic Cemetery, Ypsilanti. Memorial donations may be made to the Fairfield Endowed Printmaking Scholarship at EMU. Envelopes will be available at the church where the family will receive friends on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. until time of Mass. For more information, please visit Janowiak Funeral Home Obitiaries.


OPEN Q&A SESSIONS WITH THE CANDIDATES FOR THE CAMPUS LIFE TRANSFER AND PARENT PROGRAMS CORDINATOR POSITION: Campus Life invites members of the EMU community to join them for an open Q&A session and presentation with each candidate for the position of Transfer and Parent Programs Coordinator on the following dates:

  • Caroline Horste: Monday, Oct. 27, from 2 - 2:50 p.m. in room 320 in the Student Center.
  • Sheri Samaha: Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 2 - 2:50 p.m. in room 352 in the Student Center. 

For more information, please contact Amy Barnhart at asimonso@emich.edu or call 487-2265. 


* SUPPLEMENTAL INSTRUCTION RECRUITMENT: The EMU Holman Success Center is currently looking for qualified students to serve as Supplemental Instruction Leaders (SIL) for traditionally difficult and major gateway courses at EMU. SILs are students who have good academic standing and have performed well in their selected course. For your convenience, a Faculty Recommendation Form is accessible at emich.edu/hsc under the "Supplemental Instruction" tab which can be submitted on behalf of potential new hires. Faculty interested in having an SIL support their classroom are encouraged to stop by the recruitment tables located in Mark Jefferson on Monday, Oct. 27 and Tuesday, Oct. 28 or go to Halle Library on Wednesday, Oct. 29 or Thursday, Oct. 30 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. For questions or more information, please  contact Judy Mack at 487-3187 or email at jmack@emich.edu.


WEAR "PINK" AND SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR BREAST CANCER AWARENESS: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the EMU campus community is encouraged to wear "PINK"  on Wednesday, Oct. 29 to raise awareness and show your support for breast cancer. For more information on breast  cancer awareness and women's health, please visit the University Health Services lobby or visit www.emich.edu/uhs.


FACULTY AND STAFF NEEDED FOR CPR AND AED TRAINING:EMU Environmental Health Safety is looking for faculty and staff volunteers who might be interested in attending Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) training. If you are interested, please sign-up for one of the following training sessions:

  • Monday, Oct. 27: 1:30 - 4 p.m. in room 300 in Halle Library
  • Thursday, Nov. 13: 9 - 11:30 a.m. in room 300 in Halle Library
  • Wednesday, Dec. 17: 9 - 11:30 a.m. in room 300 in Halle Library

To register for a session, please email Kathryn Wilhoff at kwilhoff@emich.edu.


OCTOBER IS CYBER SECURITY MONTH: Each October we are reminded to be e-Safe. The EMU Division of IT would like to remind you to be on the look-out for Phishing attempts in emails. Watch Ben, Benji and Benny in the animated "E-Safe: Phishing Emails - Internet Safety" YouTube video to learn how to avoid becoming a victim. If you have any questions, contact Rocky Jenkins at rjenkins@emich.edu.


SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE EMU EAGLES AND THE HONORS COLLEGE AT THE SAME TIME: Join the EMU Honors College on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at a special Honors College Tailgate Fundraiser on the northwest side of Rynearson Stadium. Cost is $15/Adult, $10/Student and children 10 and younger get in for FREE. Part of the proceeds will go to the Honors College Study Abroad Scholarship Fund. Meet current Honors students and staff and network with alumni before the Eagles go to work against Northern Illinois Huskies at The Factory at 1 p.m. Kids will love visiting EMU’s Family Fun Zone. RSVP at Honors College Tailgate Fundraiser. For more information, call the Honors College at 487-0345.

EMU UNIVERSITY HEALTH SERVICES OFFERS SCREENING FOR TRAVELERS WHO MAY HAVE BEEN TO A COUNTRY AFFECTED BY EBOLA OUTBREAKS: While Ebola poses little risk to the U.S. general population, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended that college health services contact all students, staff and faculty coming to campus from any of the countries where Ebola has had a significant impact. EMU University Health Services (UHS) will be conducting phone screenings for those who, within the past 21 days, may have been in a location where outbreaks have occurred. If UHS determines that someone is at risk, it will work with the Washtenaw County Health Department for guidance on how that person should be monitored. 

UHS has reached out to those who it believes to have traveled to/from an area of concern, however it can be difficult to identify all who might be affected. For those who may have traveled to or from Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, or Nigeria within the past 21 days, please call University Health Services at 487-1122, so that staff can determine your level of risk exposure and provide you with information for monitoring your health. When calling, please let UHS know that you were recently in one of the countries where outbreaks are occurring and that you would like to speak with a nurse. For those seeking further information, you may access the CDC website and read the "Advice for Colleges, Universities and Students on Ebola."

Today's Events

PLANNED COMPUTING SYSTEM DOWNTIME: Monthly maintenance of EMU's computing system will be performed tonight, Oct. 24 through Saturday, Oct. 25. This is a special maintenance window needed to install critical upgrades to Banner. These upgrades will begin on Friday, Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. and will finish no later than Saturday, Oct. 25 at 5 p.m. During this upgrade, the following major computer systems will be unavailable:

• Banner 
• My.emich self-service faculty, student and employee tabs
• Applications Manager/UC4
• Xtender imaging
• Workflow

During the planned outage, 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.emich.edu/jobs )
• EagleMail (available at https://mail.emich.edu/)
• Google Apps (http://google.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 (734) 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.


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 or email at djohn144@emich.edu.

NOTE: An asterisk denotes a new item.


Lectures & Presentations


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, Oct. 29, 5:30 - 7 p.m., room 300, Halle Library
  • Tuesday, Nov. 11, 1:30 - 3 p.m., room 300, Halle Library
  • Friday, Dec. 5, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., room 300, Halle Library

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


“INDIGENOUS PEOPLES, JUSTICE AND CLIMATE CHANGE”: The Philosophy Speaker Series continues with Kyle Powys Whyte, from MSU who will speak on Wednesday, Nov. 5, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in room 300 in Halle Library. In his talk, Whyte will argue that states such as Michigan and scientific organizations have three kinds of moral responsibilities to Indigenous peoples for climate change mitigation and adaptation. For questions, please contact Peter Higgins at phiggin1@emich.edu or call 487-1018.


EMERGING VOICES OF MENA AMERICAN YOUTH: WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES: Join Sylvia Nassar-McMillan, professor and program coordinator of Counselor Education at North Carolina State University and the 2014 Michael Morris Chair as she presents the results of her research and conduct panel and group conversations about related issues on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 7 - 8:30 p.m. in the Student Center Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public. For questions, please contact Regina George at 487-1060 or email at rgeorge@emich.edu.


* CURATOR WILL SHARE MR. CLEMENT'S LIBRARY: In 1923, Michigan industrialist and avid book collector William L. Clements opened a small library on the Ann Arbor campus of the U of M. Nearly a century later, the library has grown into one of the world's great archives of American history with an unsurpassed collection of rare books, pamphlets, maps, prints, photographs and manuscripts. Please join Brian Leigh Dunnigan, the associate director and curator of maps at the Clement's Library as he introduces the library's collections on Monday, Nov. 10, from 4 - 5:30 p.m. in room 300 in Halle Library. For questions, please contact Mary-Elizabeth Murphy at 487-1018 or email at mmurph54@emich.edu.


AUTHOR ANN LAUTERBACH PRESENTS HER CREATIVE WORK: The EMU Creative Writing Department is pleased to welcome author Ann Lauterbach who will present her creative work on Monday, Nov. 10, from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., in Halle Library Auditorium. Books will be for sale at the event thanks to the EMU Student Center Bookstore. For more information or questions, please contact David Boeving at davidboeving@gmail.com.


GEORGE LIEPA SIGMA XI ANNUAL SPEAKER SERIES: Gary Huffnagle, professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Michigan will be the guest speaker at the George Liepa Sigma Xi Lectureship on Thursday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Auditorium. Huffnagle will speak on "Your Gut: More than a Digestive System." A reception with desserts will immediately follow the presentation. LBC approved. Free and open to the public. For more information or questions, please contact Rae Anne Yuskowatz at 487-8040.


2014-15 STAR LECTURE SERIES: The Honors College proudly announces the 2014-15 Star Lecture Series: "Soar Higher: Pursuing a life well-lived." The third Star Lecture will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 7 – 8:30 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. Brian Bruya, assistant professor of philosophy at EMU will talk on “What is Effortlessness?” 

Everyone knows what it feels like to accomplish something with a feeling of effortlessness, but creating a theory of human behavior that includes a concept of effortlessness has proven to be difficult. In this talk, Bruya will discuss three approaches toward effortless that can contribute to a workable theory of effortlessness. From early Chinese philosophy, he will discuss elements of Daoist spontaneity; from behavioral psychology, he will discuss work in post-voluntary attention and autotelic experience; and from cognitive science, he will discuss studies on the focus and control of attention. Together, these disparate approaches help us understand effortlessness as an objective phenomenon, as a subjective experience and as an avenue for improving one's life. To see the complete series, please visit 2014-15 Star Lecture Series. For questions, please contact Rebecca Sipes at rsipe@emich.edu.


VIRAL ART AND STREET ART BLOGGER RJ RUSHMORE TO SPEAK AT EMU: Vandalog began in October 2008 as an online place for people to keep up to date on what’s going on with street art. Today, its focus is on coverage of street art, graffiti, and viral art globally. RJ Rushmore, the founder and editor-in-chief of Vandalog will speak on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 6 – 7:30 p.m. in the Halle Library Auditorium. Rushmore became a fan of street art alongside his father when they began collecting art and searching out street art together in early 2008. He is currently working for the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts program and is the artist liaison for The L.I.S.A. Project NYC. For questions, please contact Gregory Tom at 487-0465.


2015 STAR LECTURE SERIES: The Honors College proudly announces the 2014-15 Star Lecture Series: "Soar Higher: Pursuing a life well-lived." The forth Star Lecture will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, 7 – 8:30 p.m. in the Halle Library Auditorium. Ron Delph, professor of history at EMU will speak on “The Richly Textured Life.”

How does one achieve a richly textured, well-lived and fulfilled life? This is not merely the result of success in one’s chosen profession, although that is important. It is not dependent upon material wealth, although that too plays a role. A large circle of friends and family are part of the equation, of course, but they alone will not define a well-lived, fulfilled life. Fulfillment in life, and creating a life that is well lived and richly textured, comes when an individual’s thoughts, actions, time, and engagement allow him or her to nourish the mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual needs inherent within the human condition. Creativity, kindness, wonder, sweat, an appreciation of beauty and a sense of one’s place in the world—past, present and future—all are present in a life well lived. In his talk, professor Delph will explore the many facets that go into a life well lived and show how they work together to create a rich and rewarding, fulfilled life. To see the complete series, please visit 2014-15 Star Lecture Series. For questions, please contact Rebecca Sipes at rsipe@emich.edu.


Conferences & Workshops


FREE ARTIST’S WORKSHOP FOR CHILDREN AGES 7-12: The EMU Art Department is offering free art classes for children ages 7-12 so that art education majors enrolled in ARTE 460 can gain valuable experience in teaching art to children before they begin student teaching in schools. The art classes will be offered every Tuesday evening from 5:30 – 7 p.m. in room 210 in Ford Hall starting Tuesday, Oct. 28 – Tuesday, Dec. 2. Teachers will develop age appropriate lessons with the guidance of an experienced art educator. Free and open to the public. To reserve a place for your child, please contact Camilla McCombe at 487-5969. Come and make art with our talented teachers.


GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH WORKSHOP: The EMU Graduate School is pleased to present the workshop “Academically Speaking,” which will provide oral communication techniques that can assist students in professionally presenting their research and creative activity. The workshop is designed to support graduate student research and the Graduate Research Conference (GRC) and is open to all graduate students. The workshop will be held on the following dates and times:

  • Monday, Oct. 27, 3:30 - 4:45 p.m. in the Halle Library Auditorium. Presented by Professor Doris Fields.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 11, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. in the Halle Library Auditorium. Presented by Professor Don Ritzehnein.

To register for the workshop, please go to http://goo.gl/ub1Od2. For questions, please send an email to: emu_grc@emich.edu.


PREZI GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH WORKSHOP: The EMU Graduate School is pleased to present Prezi for your GRC presentation or for a future presentation on Monday, Nov. 3, 4 - 5:30 p.m. in the Bonisteel Lab in Porter Building. Presented by professor Michael McVey. To register for the workshop, please go to http://goo.gl/ub1Od2. For questions, please send an email to: emu_grc@emich.edu.


BUDGETING AND PERSONAL SPENDING SEMINAR: Join us on Friday, Nov. 7 from 3 – 5 p.m. in room 301 in the Student Center for a free seminar on budgeting and personal spending. Find out more at www. emich.edu/personalfinance. LBC approved. RSVP to Elena O'Connor at eoconnor@emich.edu.


IRBNET TRAINING WORKSHOPS: The EMU Graduate School presents IRBNet Training to support research with human subjects. Please visit the Training Schedule to see the complete schedule for all the upcoming workshops. For questions, please contact the Office of Research Compliance at 487-3090 or email human.subjects@emich.edu.


INNOVATION AND COMMERCIALIZATION LAB WORKSHOP: The EMU Graduate School is pleased to present a workshop called “Innovation and Commercialization” Lab – taking your research to market on Friday, Nov. 14, 2:45 - 4 p.m. on the 3rd floor in the Student Center. Presented by professor Phil Rufe and Celeste Stachurski, doctoral student, Technology Studies. Register for the workshop at http://goo.gl/ub1Od2. For questions, please send an email to: emu_grc@emich.edu.


USING CREDIT CAREFULLY SEMINAR: Join us on Friday, Nov. 21 from 3 – 5 p.m. in room 104 in the Student Center for a free seminar on using credit carefully. Find out more at emich.edu/personalfinance. LBC approved. RSVP to Elena O'Connor at eoconnor@emich.edu.


Activities and Events


"A TRADITION OF LEADERSHIP” EXHIBIT AT MCKENNY GALLERY: This exhibit highlights Eastern’s rich history of leadership in and out of the classroom. Unique artifacts such as Frederic Alexander’s personal scrapbook, Mark Jefferson’s passport, an original basketball rim designed by Albert Spaulding, a cookbook from 1912, and a bowling pin from the original student center, McKenny Union, have been brought out of University Archives for viewing. Visit the new McKenny Gallery, step back in time and connect with those who learned, taught, worked and walked the paths here at Eastern. The Gallery will be open during these dates/times:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 28, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 5, 4 – 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 12, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 18, 4 – 6 p.m.

For more information, please contact Debra Burke, 487-6895 or email dburke15@emich.edu.


24TH ANNUAL TEACHING EXCELLENCE AWARDS: The EMU Alumni Association is proud to present the 24th Annual Teaching Excellence Awards on Thursday, Nov. 6, 6:30 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. Friends and guests are invited to join the for a wine and dessert reception to honor our five distinguished professors. Tickets for this event are $15 per person or 10 per student. Please RSVP by Friday, Oct. 31 online at emich.edu/alumni and click on event registration. For questions, please call the Office for Alumni Relations at 487-0250.


Arts, Film & Entertainment


EMU PLANETARIUM'S FALL LINE-UP OF MOVIES: The EMU Planetarium has rolled out their Fall line-up of movies. Tickets are $5, and are available 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. The EMU Planetarium is located at 402 Mark Jefferson Science Complex. Ticket price includes seasonal stargazing prior to the featured movie. The movies are as follows:

"Saturn: Jewel of the Heavens" on Tuesday, Nov. 4 with a showtime of 8:15 p.m.Once a planet of great mystery, now we know more than ever before about its amazing system of rings, moons, and storms thanks to modern robotic space pioneers. In this modern 36-minute production, audiences can experience an immersive exploration of one of the most amazing and dynamic planetary collections of our solar system. From its bizarre moons with mysterious features, to the millions of icy particles that compose the enigmatic rings, this is the three-dimensional tour of the Saturnian system that goes beyond the CG experience - It's like flying piggyback on the Cassini spacecraft! Appropriate for ages 13 and up. Run time 36 minutes.


"Back To The Moon: For Good" on Tuesday, Nov. 4 with a showtime of 7:30 p.m. This movie 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.

"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. K-6 Education Guides are available. Each “Little Star” show includes “Seasonal Stargazing” with a run time of 7 minutes. This movie is appropriate for all ages.

  • Saturday, Dec. 6 - Showtime 1 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 13 - Showtime 1 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 20 - Showtime 1 p.m.

"Season of Light" The Season of Light presentation traces the history and development of many of the world's most endearing holiday customs, all of which involve lighting up the winter season — from the burning Yule log, sparkling Christmas tree lights and candles in windows, to the lighting of luminaries in the American Southwest and the traditional ritual of the Hanukkah Menorah. The show also recounts the historical religious and cultural rituals practiced during the time of winter solstice — not only Christian and Jewish, but also Celtic, Nordic, Roman, Irish, Mexican and Hopi. It also takes a look at some of our more light-hearted seasonal traditions: from gift-giving and kissing under the mistletoe, to songs about lords a-leaping and ladies dancing, and the custom of decking the halls with greenery and candles. St. Nicholas, Sinterklaas, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, and Santa Claus all drop by as well. Appropriate for all ages. Run time is 36 minutes. Show dates and times:

  • Saturday, Dec. 6 - Showtime 2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 13 - Showtime 2:15 p.m.

For questions or more information, please call Norbert Vance at 487-4146 or email Tom Kasper at tkasper@emich.edu. Visit the Planetarium Facebook Page or go to www.emich.edu/planetarium.


EMU UNIVERSITY GALLERY EXHIBITIONS: The EMU University Gallery, located in the Student Center is pleased to present a wonderful line-up of exhibitions for the fall semester. Below are the upcoming events:

  • New Fiber 2014: 10/27/14 - 12/10/14: A national juried exhibition featuring contemporary fiber art in a broad range of forms. Works selected will include pieces rooted in traditional and contemporary approaches to fiber art. A reception will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 4 - 7 p.m., University Gallery.

To see the complete schedule of upcoming exhibits, please visit University Gallery events. For questions, please contact Gregory Tom at 487-0465.

EMU FORD GALLERY EXHIBITIONS: The EMU Ford Gallery, located in Ford Hall will feature the following exhibitions for the 2014 semester. For the complete schedule of upcoming events, hours and additional information, please visit Ford Gallery Exhibitions.

  • Graduate and Undergraduate Exhibitions/Capstone Exhibition/Senior BFA Exhibition: 11/17/14 - 11/21/14: Featuring the work of graduation BFA candidates, this all media show is organized, curated and installed entirely by students in the Capstone class and serves to highlight their respective bodies of work.
  • MA Thesis Exhibition: Meghan Lee & Amanda Zsot: 12/8/14 - 12/12/14: A reception will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 4:30 – 7 p.m., Ford Gallery.

To see the complete schedule of upcoming exhibits, please visit Ford Gallery events. For questions, please contact Gregory Tom at 487-0465.



JOIN THE PARTY AT "TURN IT UP, TURN IT GREEN": The EMU Department of Athletics announces a new game day experience for the 2014 campaign. For the Eagle’s home games on Oct. 25, Nov. 1 and Nov. 28, the department will host the "Turn it Up, Turn It Green" pep rally prior to the game at the Convocation Center.

Doors open at 10:30 a.m. with the EMU marching band performing, then the EMU football team will arrive, along with Coach Chris Creighton who will fire up the crowd with a pregame speech. The marching band will close out the event before the EMU football team heads to "The Factory" at Rynearson Stadium to prepare for battle against its opponent. The pregame party is free and open to the public. Tickets for the football game start at just $12 for adults and $5 for youth (12 years old and under). EMU students get in for free. For ticket information, go to EMU Tickets or call the ticket office 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. All football games will be broadcasted live on WEMU 89.1.


  • EMU vs. Northern Illinois, Saturday, Oct. 25, 1 p.m., Rynearson Stadium
  • EMU vs. Central Michigan, Saturday, Nov. 1, TBA, Rynearson Stadium
  • EMU vs. Toledo, Friday, Nov. 28, TBA Rynearson Stadium




KEY ACTIONS AT THE OCT. 7 BOARD OF REGENTS MEETING: The following are key actions that were taken at the Board of Regents Meeting held on Oct. 7:

  • President Martin's contract extended: The Board of Regents voted to extend the the contract of President Susan Martin. Her current contract expires in nine months, on July 7, 2015. The Regents extended her contract for another year from that date, from July 8, 2015 to July 7, 2016. Board Chair Francine Parker said, "President Martin has provided stable leadership since she arrived in 2008 and there have been many positive accomplishments. We appreciate President Martin’s service and by taking this action nine months ahead of the expiration of her contract, we are affirming our support for her and the leadership team.” Additional details can be found at Martin's Contract Extension press release.
  • Financial aid increase for 2015-2016 approved: Eastern Michigan University has taken another strong step in its commitment to helping its students succeed, with plans to award more than $48 million in financial aid in 2015-16. The financial aid proposal of $48,023,000 represents an increase of nearly $4 million (8.9 percent) over the 2014-15 financial aid budget of $44,089,000 million. During the past seven years, Eastern Michigan has increased its student financial aid by more than 100 percent, reflecting its central mission to help Michigan students and their families in a challenging economic environment. Additional details can be found at Financial Aid press release.
  • New undergraduate degree in media studies and journalism approved: Eastern Michigan University will offer a new undergraduate degree in media studies and journalism, designed to prepare future journalists for the changing news media landscape. The new major, which will start in Fall 2015, was developed by combining courses from two existing programs in electronic media & film studies and journalism in response to the changing job market. Students will still have the option of majoring or minoring in journalism or electronic media and film studies. Carol Schlagheck, journalism program coordinator at EMU said, “We are very excited about our new media studies and journalism program, because it will prepare students to work in today's ever-changing, multimedia news profession. Gone are the days when journalists chose between print and broadcast careers. Now all our students must be prepared to write, blog, tweet, shoot and edit video, do live stand-ups, give interviews as well as conduct them and take photographs. Our new program will help students adapt to the changing demands of the profession.” Additional information can be found at New Undergraduate Degree press release.
  • University-wide initiative to retain, graduate more men of color outlined: Eastern Michigan University is embarking on a University-wide initiative designed to retain and graduate more first-generation, low-income and culturally underrepresented men of color at EMU. The Men of Color Degree Completion and Retention Plan is a broad-based, systematic approach to improving services and processes at the University that can enhance student persistence (staying in school) and graduation.  A key component of this effort is the “BrotherHOOD Initiative,” where the “HOOD” stands for “Helping Others Obtain Degrees.” This multifaceted initiative is designed to engage and foster a stronger sense of community for men of color at EMU. In doing so, the program also aims to prepare students to successfully interact with people from diverse backgrounds and improve community perceptions of men of color. Reggie Barnes, Director/Diversity and Community Involvement at Eastern, outlined the program during the EMU Board of Regents meeting. Additional details can be found at University-wide initiative press release.
  • December 20 Commencement speaker announced: Gary C.K. Huang, 2014-15 president of Rotary International, will be the Eastern Michigan University commencement speaker Saturday, Dec. 20.  An Eastern Michigan alumnus, Huang will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Business during the ceremony. Huang is an adviser for Wah Lee Industrial Corporation and the Bank of Panhsin (Taiwan), and director of Federal Corp. and Sunty Development Co. Ltd. (Taiwan). Rotary International is an international service organization that brings together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. There are 34,282 clubs, with more than 1.2 million members worldwide. Additional information can be found at Commencement Speaker press release.

President Martin's Report to the Board of Regents can also be viewed at Martin's Report to the Board of Regents.


NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR DISTINGUISHED WOMAN IN HIGHER EDUCATION LEADERSHIP AWARD: Nominations are now being accepted for the EMU Distinguished Woman in Higher Education Leadership Award. The deadline is December 5. The award is designed to recognize work on behalf of women in higher education that is beyond the scope of the nominee’s formal staff or faculty job responsibilities. A nominee must be an employee of EMU, and an individual who has exhibited outstanding leadership to other women at EMU, in their profession and in society at large. Open to faculty and staff at any level or position at EMU.

The required nomination documents need to include: a 1-3 page biographical sketch, which addresses criteria above and includes the name, title and campus address/contact information of the candidate, as well as a letter of support from a person within EMU who has witnessed the impact of the candidate’s actions. Optionally, attach the candidate's current CV or resume and/or an additional letter of support. All materials need to be submitted electronically to Diane Winder at dwinder@emich.edu. Sponsored by ACE-EMU, the EMU arm of the Michigan American Council on Education Network for Women (ACE). For questions or more details, please contact Diane Winder at dwinder@emich.edu or call 487-4380.


NEW EMU CAMPUS DIRECTORY FOR STUDENTS, FACULTY AND STAFF NOW AVAILABLE: The Division of Communications in collaboration with the Division of Information of Technology has developed a new EMU campus directory. The new directory is touch compatible and features a responsive design for optimized display and functionality on desktop, tablet or mobile devices. Users can now 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.

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.


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.




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

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