EMU Today
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

LATEST UPDATES AND CAMPUS RESOURCES RELATED TO RACIST VANDALISM INCIDENTS: A website has been developed as a resource for ongoing updates and information about the three incidents of racist vandalism on Eastern Michigan University's campus. The site includes links to all campus update messages sent to date to students, faculty and staff; forums that have been scheduled; and, information about resources available to the campus community. Please visit the resource page for additional information.


PRESIDENT JAMES M. SMITH INAUGURATION: The inauguration ceremony will take place on Thursday, March 2, 2017, in Pease Auditorium at 2 p.m. The theme of the day is supporting student success across the University. More details will be available in the weeks ahead and will be posted on the inauguration website.


PRESIDENT SMITH TO HOLD LISTENING SESSIONS: As President Smith continues to immerse himself in the Eastern Michigan University community, one of his recurring goals is to listen -- to faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community supporters -- to learn more about Eastern's history, strengths, challenges, and opportunities. As part of this process, President Smith will hold a series of "listening sessions" during the 2016-2017 academic year. 

Discussion of the recent incidents of racist vandalism on campus is certainly welcome and encouraged. These sessions have been planned for some time, however, and are intended to focus on a variety of short- and long-term issues. First, broadly speaking, President Smith is eager to hear directly from various stakeholders about their concerns and hopes for Eastern; simply put, he wants to hear what is on the minds of members of the Eastern community. Second, and more specifically, President Smith is eager to focus the University's Strategic Plan to develop specific goals for the campus in several areas, including retention and degree completion, diversity and inclusion, academic program development, internationalization, efficient resource management, and community engagement. Ideas in other areas also will be welcomed. The listening sessions will hopefully generate ideas from campus stakeholders about how best to develop specific goals in these and other areas.

The President will hold six listening sessions around campus at different locations over the next two months. Each of the sessions will be open to all employees. (Separate from this initiative, the President is conducting outreach to student leaders, alumni, and the community). Each listening session will last approximately one hour and will begin with short introductions. The bulk of the hour will be for attendees to express their thoughts on any topic, particularly the University's future opportunities and suggestions for focusing the Strategic Plan's themes. 

Schedule of Listening Sessions:

Session 4: January 17, 2017             2:00 p.m.    217 Porter

Session 5: January 18, 2017           10:00 a.m.    114 Owen

Session 6: February 3, 2017           10:00 a.m.     Student Center Auditorium


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

DOCTORAL DISSERTATION DEFENSE: The Educational Studies Doctoral Program, Urban Education Concentration, cordially invites the campus community to attend the Doctoral Dissertation Defense of Chloe Wilson in Room 224 Porter, Thursday January 19 at 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. The dissertation is titled: "Inclusion, Community, and Social Relationships: A Phenomenological Study of the Experiences of Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities" Dissertation Co-Chairs: Dr. Valerie Polakow and Dr. Alane Starko. For questions please contact either of them by email.


Conferences & Workshops

SALESMANSHIP FOR GRANT WRITERS: A special presentation and workshop with Sandler Training and the Office of Research Development and Administration on January 25, from 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. in 310-B Student center. Proposals are a sophisticated sales pitch, but most researchers are not taught to write this way. Work on your "elevator pitch" and learn tips to polish your next grant. RSVP by emailing Jennifer Glass.


APPLYING TO THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS BROWNBAG: Thinking of applying for an NEA award? Join ORDA Pre-Award Officer Christine Kropelnyckyj and Leslie Atzmon, Professor of Graphic Design, on January 30, from 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. in 224 Rackham for an informal and informative discussion. Bring your lunch and your questions!


APPLYING TO THE HEALTH RESOURCES AND SERVICES ADMINISTRATION BROWNBAG: Targeted to faculty interested in applying for HRSA funding, join ORDA pre-award officer Donelle Goerlitz and HRSA awardee Deb Willis on February 6, from 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. in 368 Marshall for an informal and informative discussion. Bring your lunch and your questions!


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:

Friday: 1/13/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.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


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

MICHIGAN DECA HOSTS HIGH SCHOOL MARKETING STUDENTS: Michigan DECA will host 1,700 High School Marketing Education Students on Campus Thursday, January 12 and Friday, January 13 for their annual district Competitions. Most of the events will take place in the Student Center and McKenny Hall. The students will participate in various examinations and evaluations to qualify to compete at DECA's State Conference in March. For more information or to volunteer as a judge, contact Dave Wait by email or at 7-3322.


UNDERGRADUATE SYMPOSIUM SUBMISSIONS: Visit the Undergraduate Symposium webpage for a link to the submission site for students to present at the 2017 Undergraduate Symposium. Submissions need to include a prepared abstract (word document) approved by the student's faculty mentor. Deadline for submissions is January 15. Contact Wendy Kivi for assistance.


MLK PRESIDENT'S LUNCHEON: The 31st annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. President's Luncheon will take place on Dr. Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 16 in the EMU Student Center Grand Ballroom, doors open at 11:00 a.m. Our distinguished Keynote Speaker will be civil rights leader and former president and chief executive officer of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Benjamin Jealous.

Tickets for the Luncheon are on sale now until the day of the event. Prices are $10.00 for students and $20.00 for faculty, staff, and community members. Tickets can be purchased via phone or in person at the EMU Convocation Center ticket office, the Student Center ticket office located on the 1st floor, and the Quirk building ticket office. Tickets are also available for online purchase. For more information, please contact Amber Mornseau (Center for Multicultural Affairs) at (734) 487-2377, Ron Reid (EMU Ticket Office) at (734) 487-2282, or Gergory Thomas (University Advising and Career Development Center) at (734) 487-0400.

Ticket Locations and hours of operation:

  • EMU Convocation Center: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • EMU Student Center: 1:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Quirk Ticket Office: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Call (734) 487-2282 to order by phone ($4.00 processing fee will be charged)
  • To purchase tickets online go to EMUtix


DISABILITY LIAISON PROGRAM'S FIRST LUNCHEON 2017: Join the Disability Resource Center at the Disability Liaison Program's first luncheon of 2017. In addition to reconnecting with one another and briefly discussing committee work for disability equality, we will learn about the Americans with Disability Act's (ADA) impact on higher education and ways that we as a University can continue to move forward in ensuring that equality as it relates to disability is a constant factor here at EMU. The information will be presented by Steven Smith, who is an extremely well-versed case manager working at the Disability Resource Center and will provide those in attendance with a well-rounded foundation of the ADA in higher education. The luncheon will be in Room 320 of the Student Center at 12:00 p.m. on January 19. RSVP is preferred but not mandatory.


WHITE MORAL BLINDNESS AND THE IMPORTANCE OF EXPERIENCING RACIAL OPPRESSION: Come join Professor Meena Krishnamurthy on Thursday, January 26 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in Room 300 of Halle Library for a conversation on whether one must be racially oppressed in order to know what it is like and to be motivated to take action to end racial oppression. Visit the Facebook event page or Professor Krishnamurthy's website for more information.


TRANSCENDING THE CISTEM: The Trans/Genderqueer Group and the Queer People of Color Collective are hosting an interactive affirmation and education event aimed at empowering transgender, gender non-conforming, and gender-questioning folks while also providing a space for cisgender people to learn and grow. The event will take place on January 30 at 6:00 p.m. in room 310A of the Student Center.


2017 INTERNSHIP FAIR: The 2017 Internship Fair will be held on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. This event provides an opportunity for freshmen through graduate students to meet with companies that offer internships and/or employment. There are still booth spaces and sponsorship opportunities available. Interested employers can contact Mary Jane Fallot, Sr. Corporate Relations Manager at (734) 487-5621 or by email for more information. Students can view the registered employers and sign up for the fair via Handshake.


SIXTH ANNUAL SOCIAL WORK CONTINUING EDUCATION EVENT: The Sixth Annual Social Work Continuing Education Event will be held on Friday February 3, 2017 with a network lunch beginning at 12:00pm and Continuing Education from 1:00-4:30pm.  The keynote speaker is Dr. Sarah Shea.  For more information please visit our webpage.  To register please visit the event registration page.


MICHIGAN ORPHAN KITTEN RESCUE AND SHOE BOX RECYCLING: 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 helped MOKR raise over $1,500 for the orphaned kittens care and preparation for adoption into their forever homes. For questions or additional information, email MOKR or visit their Facebook Page. If you have any questions, please call Tracey Buhinicek at the Children's Institute at 487-2348.


EMU CHILDREN'S INSTITUTE REUSABLE TOTE BAGS FOR SALE: The Children’s Institute has two styles of reusable tote bags for purchase. The proceeds from the tote bag sales will go towards the family scholarship fund. The Thermal Grocery Tote is $6.00 and has an insulated foil liner, zippered top and flat bottom along with liner for stability. It measures 13”W x 15H x 10”D and is black with Children’s Institute logo in bright green. The Laminated Shopping Tote is $4.00 and it has an outside pocket and laminated for durability. The Shopping Tote measures 13”W x 15”H x 8.5”D and is black with a grey and white pattern, along with Children’s Institute logo in bright green. Photos and the order forms for the totes can be found at EMU Children's Institute homepage or you can also purchase the totes at the Children’s Institute, located at 1055 Cornell, Suite 101, in the Fletcher Building. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call the Center at 487-2348 with any questions.


STUDENT GOLD MEDALLION AWARDS NOMINATIONS OPEN: Nominations are due February 17 for the 2016-2017 Student Gold Medallion Awards. Nominate a Student, Student Organization, Advisor, or Program for this prestigious award recognizing outstanding student leadership and service. For more information and to submit a nomination visit the Student Gold Medallion Awards webpage.

The Award Ceremony will take place on Tuesday, March 28 during the Week of Excellence and will be held in the Student Center Ballroom. An hors d'oeuvre reception will precede the ceremony at 3:00 p.m., and the awards program will begin at 4:00 p.m.



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.

Make a Gift
  • facebook
  • twitter
  • youtube
  • linked in
  • Blog EMU
  • EMU app