EMU Today
Sunday, September 25, 2016

PIERCE METER PARKING AREA: The Pierce Meter Parking area will be closed on Tuesday, September 27 due to the Swoops Student Food Pantry Open House.  It will reopen on Wednesday, September 28.


PLANNED COMPUTING SYSTEM DOWNTIME: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 6 P.M. TO MIDNIGHT: Monthly maintenance of EMU's computing systems is routinely performed on Friday evening from 6 p.m. to midnight. During this month's maintenance program, the following major computer systems will be unavailable:

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  • my.emich (including self-service faculty, student and employee tabs)

For a full list of all systems affected please visit IT's system outage page.  All other system and service remain available including:

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 if you have any questions about this scheduled downtime. We appreciate your patience during this important and required system outage.


AMERICAN RED CROSS FALL BLOOD DRIVE: The American Red Cross is running blood drives on Monday, September 19 and Tuesday, September 20, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom and Thursday, September 29 in the Marshall Hall Atrium, also from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Red Cross needs blood donors again, and your donation can help extend a life. To register, log onto the American Red Cross website and use the sponsor code "emu".


STATE SENATOR REBEKAH WARREN'S COFFEE HOUR: State Senator Rebekah Warren will be hosting a coffee hour on Monday, September 26 from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. in room 203 of the Student Center.


NOMINATIONS SOUGHT, 2017 SYMPOSIUM KEYNOTE SPEAKER: The College of Arts and Sciences is seeking nominations of EMU alumni with dynamic, engaging speaking styles to serve as the Dennis M. Beagen Undergraduate Symposium Keynote Speaker for its 37th event on Friday, March 31, 2017. Although previous EMU Undergraduate Symposium presentation is preferred, it is not required. Please email Wendy Kivi or call 7-3198 to request a nomination form. Nominations due by September 30.


56TH ANNUAL ALUMNI AWARD SUBMISSION DEADLINE: The Office of Alumni Relations encourages the nomination of outstanding alumni for its showcase event. The Alumni Awards Dinner Honors multiple recipients in four categories; Outstanding Young Alumni, Alumni Achievement, Distinguished Alumni and the Dr. John W. Porter Distinguished Service Award. Submissions may be made by anyone in favor of those who meet the award criteria. The deadline for the formal nomination of potential winners for the upcoming Alumni Awards is Friday, October 14. For more information, visit the Alumni website. Nominations must be submitted to Eastern Michigan University, Office for Alumni Relations at 234 McKenny Hall by October 14 in order to receive consideration.



Go Green! EMU will be testing several energy savings strategies in an effort to save energy dollars and be more environmentally conscious. The strategies vary by building type, controls, and design and include pre-cooling at night and "coasting" through peak hours (11:00 am to 7:00 p.m. as defined by DTE Energy); raising cooling temperature setpoints by one to two degrees and resetting discharge air temperature setpoints based on actual space temperature.

Be Green! You can help. Minimize the use of appliances especially during peak hours. Shut off lights, computers, televisions, etc. when leaving a room. For air conditioned spaces, raise thermostat setpoints to 75 degrees or higher especially in buildings with older controls which only have local control. Close blinds and curtains in air conditioned spaces to minimize heat gain from the sun.

Save Green! The challenge. Last year the annual electrical demand peak was 10,154 kW set in the month of September. A five percent reduction in this demand peak would result in annual savings of more than $68,000 in electrical demand charges. A 10 percent reduction would save more than $136,000 annually. There are also additional savings in electric supply charges and environmental benefits as well. Every little bit will help. So do your part and help EMU Go Green!


MICHIGAN ORPHAN KITTEN RESCUE AND SHOE BOX RECYCLING: The Children's Institute has teamed up with the Michigan Orphan Kitten Rescue and Shoe Box Recycling and needs your extra shoes to help local orphaned kittens from newborn to four weeks of age.

Please drop off all paired men's, women's and kids shoes (no flip flops or boots please) that are still usable at the Children's Institute at Fletcher School on Cornell. The rescue gets money for the shoes to help orphan kittens. So far The Children's Institute has helped the MOKR earn over $1,500!

For questions or additional information please send an email to Michigan Orphan Kitten Rescue or check out their Facebook page. If you have any questions, please call Tracey Buhinicek at 487-2348.


EMU ATHLETICS ANNOUNCES CLEAR BAG POLICY FOR ALL EVENTS: EMU Athletics has announced it will implement a clear bag policy for all athletic events in 2016-17, the school announced today, Aug. 10. The move is to provide a safer environment for the public and to expedite fan entry into stadiums.

The new EMU policy is consistent with what the NFL and other professional organizations have done for the past several years. The policy is also in line with what numerous institutions around the Mid-American Conference and the country are putting into place this year.

Only clear tote bags smaller than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches or one-gallon plastic freezer bags will be allowed inside Rynearson Stadium and other athletic venues on the EMU campus this year. In addition, small handheld clutch purses (smaller than 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches) will continued to be permitted into Eastern Michigan venues.

All backpacks regardless of size are prohibited and any bags larger than 12" x 6" x 12", clear or non-clear will be strictly prohibited. Exceptions will be made for approved medical needs.

Other prohibited items include, but are not limited to: purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, non-approved seat cushions, luggage of any kind, computer bags and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size.

All bags will be subject to search and inspection.

Full details of the new policy can be found here.


EASTERN EXPERTS WEBSITE: The Division of Communications 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.

NOTE: An asterisk denotes a new item.


Lectures & Presentations

DR NATHANIEL S. BORENSTEIN: "FALSE PROPHETS AND DUBIOUS PROFITS: ETHICAL AND POLITICAL CHALLENGES IN THE TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY": People are drawn into the technology industry for several reason, most notably the sheer coolness of the work and the potential for untold riches. Most are disappointed on both counts. Profits and prophets are surprisingly rare, but fortunately there are better reasons to follow the high-tech path.

Nathaniel S. Borenstein is Chief Scientist for Mimecast and co-creator of the MIME standard, for which he is sometimes called "the father of the email attachment." He has been an Internet researcher, activist, author, standards maker, and entrepreneur since 1980.

The EMU Center for Jewish Studies Speaker Series brings respected thought leaders and artists to EMU's campus to conduct public lectures, lead conversations and engage with the university and greater Southeast Michigan communities. This lecture is made possible through an Impact Grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor.

The presentation will take place on Monday, September 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Center Auditorium. Admission is free.


THE INTERSECTIONS OF SOCIAL WORK & CRIMINAL JUSTICE: APPLYING SOCIAL JUSTICE PRINCIPLES IN THE COMMUNITY: The School of Social work is holding a luncheon and keynote speech presented by Carl Reed, followed by a plenary given by Derrick Jackson, and interdisciplinary workshops focused on the school-to-prison-pipeline, restorative justice, mentoring, and community policing. This event will be held on September 30 from 11:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. in the McKenny Hall Ballroom. The RSVP deadline is September 26 and cost to attend is $10.00. To register for the event visit the Professional Programs & Training website. If you have any questions contact Ashley TenHaken by email.



Conferences & Workshops

REGIONAL CONFERENCE ON TEACHING PHILOSOPHY: A regional conference on teaching philosophy in the Michigan area will be held on September 24 - 25, all sessions taking place in Halle Library. The event is free and open to everyone. All philosophy students and educators in the area are encouraged to attend and participate in the conference, regardless of whether they are presenting. Keynote speakers include Margaret Crouch ("The Way We Teach Now: Neoliberalism and Higher Educations") and Maureen Linker ("Finding the Goldilocks Zone in the Classroom"). For questions please e-mail the Program Committee.


WOMEN IN PHILANTHROPY GRANT APPLICATION DEADLINE: Women in Philanthropy at EMU will be accepting grant applications through Sunday, October 9 for the 2016 grant year.  Faculty, students, staff, and alumni are eligible to apply for up to $5000 for research or project support.  Applications must be submitted using the online template on the WIP-EMU website. For assistance, check the application guidelines on the website or contact Dr. Anne L. Balazs by e-mail.

Workshops for grant preparation and individual consultation will be held in 302 Halle Library on Sept. 27 and 28 and Oct. 3 and 4 from 3:30-5pm.


CPR AND AED TRAINING: As part of the EMU Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Program, CPR and AED training is available to faculty and staff. Training will be held in 300 Halle on the following days:

Wednesday: 9/21/2016: 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday: 10/19/2016: 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Monday: 11/28/2016: 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Monday: 12/19/2016: 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

To register, please e-mail Kathryn Wilhoff with the date you want to attend or call 7-0794 to register.


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 the Environmental Health and Safety department (EHS). You may register by calling (734)487-0794.  EHS now offers an online training version through "E-training", please contact them for further information.

2016/2017 Training Schedule:

*All training sessions will take place in room 300 of Halle Library


Tuesday: 9/13/2016: 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Monday: 9/19/2016: 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Thursday: 10/6/2016: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 10/12/2016: 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday: 11/8/2016: 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Friday: 12/9/2016: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Friday: 1/13/2017: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Tuesday: 1/24/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Thursday: 2/9/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 2/22/2017: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Monday: 3/13/2017: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 4/12/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Thursday: 5/18/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday: 6/13/2017: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.



Activities and Events

EXPLORE EASTERN UNDERGRADUATE OPEN HOUSE: Know a high school junior or senior? Ask them to attend Explore Eastern on Saturday, October 1 or Saturday, October 22, where they will explore 300 majors and minors, talk with faculty, students, admissions, financial aid advisors, and apply for free with official transcripts. For additional information visit the undergraduate admissions website.


FALL OPEN HOUSE AT THE HONORS COLLEGE: We are pleased to invite our many good friends among EMU's faculty, staff and administration to participate in the official Open House for The Honors College located at 511 West Forest on the EMU campus. We are so proud of our new facility that we moved into in mid-January of 2016! Please join us between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Friday, October 7 for a reception, Honors Fair, and tour of the college! to RSVP, use the following evite link. If you have any questions about the event email Diane Brinson-Days.


CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS FOR WEMU PLEDGE DRIVE: WEMU needs volunteers to answer phones and take pledges during the fall on-air pledge drive Wednesday, October 5, through Wednesday, October 12. Shifts are a minimum of two hours and begin at 6:00 a.m. Lots of food and beverages donated by area businesses are available for volunteers. Students may use this time for community service credit. To sign up, call 487-2229 during regular business hours or register online.


GRADUATE OPEN HOUSE: At Eastern Michigan University, graduate education is never limited to the classroom. What you will discover is more than what you will find in books. On Saturday, October 15, you will have the chance to discover hundreds of market-driven graduate degrees or certificates at EMU's Graduate Open House. This is the best way to talk with faculty, students and financial aid and admissions advisors at one time and one place. Tour campus, get answers and learn about gradate assistanceships and doctoral fellowships. Save money. Apply on site to a single program for free. At EMU, discovering never really ends. Be TRUEMU! Register today.


EDCAMP EMWP: TOTAL CONTENT LITERACY: This conference is about literacy in all its forms, created by attendees for themselves. Join other committed educators as they learn together on October 15, from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. in room 213 of Pray-Harrold. This event is free, breakfast will be provided, four SCECHs available, and a parking pass is your registration ticket. For more information or any questions e-mail Bill Tucker or call 734-487-0997.


TRUEMU NIGHT AT JOE LOUIS ARENA: Visit "The Joe" one last time! Watch out Detroit Red Wings skate around the Nashville Predators in their "Farewell Season" during TRUEMU Night at Joe Louis Arena on Friday, October 21 at 7:30 p.m. Ticket holders will receive a free Red Wings/EMU branded t-shirt at the arena before the game. The first 200 tickets sold will include a food voucher. To buy tickets, visit the Detroit Red Wings website. Enter promo code TRUEMU. For a free bus ride, contact Ted Coutilish by e-mail. Bus availability is limited. For more information, contact Ted Coutilish, AVP, University Marketing, at 487-2483.


CALL FOR STUDENT ORG LEADERSHIP SUMMIT FACILITATORS: Campus Life is seeking Student Organization Advisors interested in volunteering to be trained to facilitate a group of 10 student org leaders as they engage in discussion and dialogue about leadership at an off campus site on Friday, October 21 at noon, continuing through Sunday, October 23 at 1:00 p.m. Help support the success of our student leaders and their organizations! Food, transportation, housing and a small stipend will be provided to our facilitators.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Kate Curley by email or at 7-9322.


AGING STUDIES PROGRAM ANNUAL LECTURE: Aging and the 2016 Election:  Promises, Positions and ClaimsWednesday, October 26th, 4-6 pm in the EMU McKenney Ballroom.  Please join the EMU Aging Studies Program as we explore key senior programs like Social Security, Medicare, and long term care supports and services in light of the 2016 Presidential Election.   This lecture will feature Mr. Jim McGuire, MSW, the Director of Research, Policy Development and Advocacy at the Area Agency on Aging 1-B.  A light hors d'oeuvres reception will immediately follow the lecture. This event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. For questions, please contact Andrea Zakrajsek by email or at 487-3220.


GRADUATE @ THE PODIUM: The Graduate @ the Podium (GaP) will be taking place on November 18, all throughout the day at the Student Center. This event will provide graduating graduate students with an opportunity to both practice their oral presentation skills and present their scholarly/creative work before they graduate. GaP will encourage cross-disciplinary interaction and conversation. Each plenary session will gather graduate students from differing disciplines and/or colleges to celebrate scholarly research through common themes (e.g. community, environment, etc.). If you are a student who is interested in presenting at GaP please submit a GaP proposal by Wednesday, October 5. You will be notified of acceptance on October 19



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.



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 the EMU Online Directory. 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.


EMU ONLINE DEPARTMENT DIRECTORY CORRECTIONS: Please take the time to check your Department Directory Listing 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.



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

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