EMU Today
Tuesday, February 09, 2016

EMU FOUNDATION BOARD OF TRUSTEES: The EMU Foundation Board of Trustees will meet on Friday, Feb. 12, at 1 p.m. at Arbor Brewing Company, located 720 Norris Street, Ypsilanti. The public is welcome. For more information, call Maria Cyars at 487-0078.


EMU AND COMMUNITY PARTNERS WATER DRIVE TO HELP FLINT RESIDENTS: A Flint Water Drive is under way on EMU's campus and at several community partner sites until Friday, Feb. 12. The goal is to receive more than 500 cases of bottled water, along with gallon and five-gallon containers of water to help Flint residents with the water crisis. The water delivery will occur on Friday, Feb. 12. The donation sites and their associated drop off hours are:

  • The EMU Convocation Center (Loading Dock), located at 799 N. Hewitt Rd., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
  • The EMU Student Center (west entrance circle drive, drop off at information desk inside), located at 900 Oakwood St., 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Friday
  • The Ypsilanti Community Schools Administration Building, located at 1885 Packard Rd., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday.
  • Ypsilanti Community High School, 2095 Packard Rd., 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday.
  • Gene Butman Ford, 2105 Washtenaw Ave., 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.
  • Ypsilanti City Fire Department, 525 W. Michigan Ave., 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

The EMU departments involved include the Athletics Department, Student Government, various student organizations, The Honors College, Bright Futures, VISION Office, EMU Housing and Residence Life and EMU Campus Life. For more information or to volunteer to help during the Flint Water Drive, contact Evan Sweet at esweet4@emich.edu.


* PLANNED COMPUTING SYSTEM DOWNTIME: Monthly maintenance of EMU's computing systems will be performed on Friday, Feb. 12, from 6 p.m. to midnight. During this month’s maintenance program, the following major computer systems will be unavailable:

• Banner
• 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: http://it.emich.edu/portal/systems/index.cfm?fuseaction=all

All other systems and services remain AVAILABLE including:

• Wired and Wireless Internet Access (residence halls, offices, and classrooms)
• Canvas Learning Management System ( http://canvas.emich.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 487-2120 if you have any questions about this scheduled downtime. We appreciate your patience during this important and required system outage.

Today's Events

DINING SERVICES WILL HOST MARDI GRAS & PACZKI DAY: Stop by Eastern Eateries on Tuesday, Feb. 9, from 12 – 8 p.m. for a traditional Mardi Gras celebration, highlighting creole dishes such as red beans and rice, andouille and chicken jambalaya, ragin cajun pasta with king cakes and more. Cost is $7.90 and can be paid with Meal Plans, Flex Dollars, cash, credit or debit. And make sure you grab a fresh Paczki from the Eastern Eateries, Lobby Shop or Eagle Cafes.


2016 STAR LECTURE SERIES: The Honors College is pleased to present the 2016 Star Lecture Series "A Life Well Lived: Improving Race Relations on Campus, within the Community and in the Workplace." The guest speaker is Cheyenne Luzynski who will talk on "Leadership is a CHOICE" tonight, Feb. 9, from 7 - 8:30 p.m. in the Halle Auditorium. This lecture will provide an upbeat approach to leadership and practical concepts to help make positive daily improvements. For more information and/or questions, contact the Honors College at 487-0341 or visit the Honors College homepage.


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.


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Lectures & Presentations

MORRIS CHAIR - DR. PHILLIP BOWMAN LECTURE: Phillip Bowman, the Michael G. Morris Chair, will speak and lead a session engaging stakeholders across the University to consider strategies focused on creating a campus community where students of color can thrive academically, socially and professionally. His lecture on "Promoting Success among Black Males in Higher Education: Rethinking Intervention Strategies at EMU and Beyond – What Works?" will be presented on Wednesday, Feb. 10 from 12 – 1 p.m. in room 221 in John W. Porter Bldg. Dr. Bowman is a professor at UM-Ann Arbor's Center for the Study of Higher and Post-secondary Education and the Founding Director of the National Center for Institutional Diversity. For questions and/or more information, visit the Morris Chair homepage or contact Regina George at rgeorge@emich.edu.


WOMEN’S & GENDER LECTURE SERIES: The Women’s & Gender Studies Department has put together a stellar line-up of guest speakers who will talk as part of the Women's & Gender Lecture Series. The guest speakers, date and times are as follows:

  • Solange Simoes on Wednesday, Feb. 10, from 12 – 1:30 p.m. in room 217 in Halle Library. Simoes will talk on "Resisting Economic Precarity and Fighting Gender Inequality in the Global South: Brazilian Women and Public Policy."
  • Alison Kafer, McAndless Scholar on Thursday, Mar. 17, at 8 p.m. in the Halle Auditorium. Kafer will talk on "Haunting the Edges of Social Justice: Disability Across Movements." Prior to the lecture there will be a reception at 7 p.m. in the Carrillon Room in Halle Library.
  • Lora Lempert on Tuesday, Mar. 22, from 4 – 6 p.m. in room 300 in Halle Library. Lempert will discuss "Eating the Life Sentence Elephant: One Day at a Time."

  • Liat Ben-Moshe on Tuesday, Apr. 5, from 6 – 8 p.m. in room 300 in Halle Library. Ben-Moshe will talk on "Disability Inc. (Incarcerated)." 
  • Aleksandra Bednarowska on Monday, Apr. 11, from 4 – 6 p.m. in room 300 in Halle Library. Bednarowska will talk on "German Jewish Feminists and the Holocaust."

These events are free and LBC approved. Contact Jennifer Stavros at 487-1177 or email jstavro1@emich.edu with questions.


CAMPUS SAFETY AWARENESS & HAZARD COMMUNICATION TRAINING: All new employees of the University are required to participate in the Safety Awareness & Hazard Communication Training presented by Environmental Health and Safety Department (EHS). Below is the schedule of the upcoming training sessions which will be held in room 300 in the Halle Library. 

  • Thursday, Feb. 11, 1:30 - 3 p.m. (CANCELLED)
  • Wednesday, Feb. 24, 10:30 a.m to 12 p.m. (CANCELLED)
  • Monday, Mar. 14, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.  
  • Wednesday, Apr. 13, 1:30 - 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 19, 1:30 - 3 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, June 14, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.      

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


CPR & AED TRAINING FOR FACULTY AND STAFF: Environmental Health and Safety will hold the following CPR & AED training for faculty and staff in room 300 in Halle Library on the dates and times below:

  • Thursday, Mar. 24, 1:30 – 4 p.m.
  • Monday, Apr. 18, 9 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, May 18, 1:30 – 4 p.m.
  • Monday, June 13, 9 - 11:30 a.m.

To register, please send an email to Kathryn Wilhoff at kwilhoff@emich.edu or call 487-0794.


2016 STAR LECTURE SERIES: The Honors College is pleased to present the 2016 Star Lecture Series "A Life Well Lived: Improving Race Relations on Campus, within the Community and in the Workplace." Daniel Seely will present "The Language that Separates Us" on Tuesday, Mar. 8, from 7 - 8:30 p.m. in the Halle Auditorium. Seely's talk will explore current linguistic research about the nature of language, providing students with the opportunity to learn more about language and how it can both divide and unite us. For more information and/or questions, contact the Honors College at 487-0341 or visit the Honors College homepage.


THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOOKS: The CSIE Program invites you to a panel discussion on alternatives to traditional textbooks on Tuesday, Feb. 16, from 4 - 5 p.m. in the Halle Library Auditorium (G03). Our panel of library experts and faculty will address why you may want to consider alternatives, as well as what options are available and how to evaluate them.  We invite questions and discussion from those who attend. For more information, contact us via e-mail at csie.info@emich.edu or by phone at 487-0281.


2016 EQUALITY KNOWLEDGE PROJECT SPEAKER SERIES: The lineup for the 2016 Equality Knowledge Project Speaker Series will feature the following topics and guest speakers:

  • Logan Casey, from the University of Michigan will talk on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 5:30 p.m. in room 300 in the Student Center. Casey will speak on "Disgust and the Dynamics of LGBT Politics."
  • Courtney Caviness, from the University of California-Davis will talk on Tuesday, Mar. 8, at 5:30 p.m. in room 310A in the Student Center. Caviness will talk about "Organizational Inequality and Policing of LGBTQ Sexual and Gender Identities Post-Don't Ask Don't Tell."
  • Brandon Robinson, from the University of Texas-Austin will talk on Thursday, Apr. 14, at 5:30 p.m. in room 320 in the Student Center. Robinson will discuss "OUTcasts: LGBTQ Homeless Youth Surviving in the South."

Sponsored by the EMU Equality Center. For questions, contact the Equality Center at 487-3032 or visit the Equality Center homepage.


Conferences & Workshops


CONNECT 2016 - FACULTY DEVELOPMENT CENTER MINI-CONFERENCE: Join the FDC  Development Center for their 5th annual conference on Friday, Feb. 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in various rooms in Halle Library. What is CONNECT? It is a day to celebrate, create and communicate together across disciplines and departments - packed full of presentations, demos and giveaways. Snacks and a light lunch included. Drop-in for one session, meet & greet, or stay the day. For more information and to register for lunch visit the Connect 2016 Conference homepage. Contact Peggy Liggit at 487-2530 or email with questions to facultydevelopment@emich.edu.


SESI CONFERENCE: The Center for Entrepreneurship at the College of Business is proud to present the Sesi Entrepreneurship Conference on Friday, Feb. 12, at the Student Center. The Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization of EMU is hosting the event and students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the inspirational conference. The Skandalaris Business Plan Competition will also be held during the conference, which includes a continental breakfast and a sit-down lunch. The event is FREE but online registration is required. Register by visiting Sesi Conference Registration


* ANNUAL ECOJUSTICE AND ACTIVISM CONFERENCE: The annual EcoJustice and Activism Conference will be held Thursday, Mar. 17-19 in the Porter Building. Peter Linebaugh will open the event at 7 p.m. and Friday, Mar. 18 and Saturday, Mar. 19, the conference runs from 9a.m. to 6 p.m. Join activists, students, and scholars for a series of presentations, panels, workshops, and art exhibits addressing current social and environmental injustices. Faculty and students in EMU’s EcoJustice Education Masters Program have organized this event to examine the interactions and interdependencies among diverse cultures, languages, and living systems. This year’s theme, “Reclaiming the Commons: Diverse Ways of Being and Knowing” aims to engage discussions about the importance of diverse commons practices, their relations, and their histories. We will be especially interested in local issues like water, food, housing and education given the most recent crises in Flint and Detroit.

Featured speakers include: Mary Poole, Peter Linebaugh and Ashley Falzetti. The featured panel, “Reclaiming the Commons in Detroit” will include: Tom Pedroni, Monica Lewis Patrick, Hanifa Adjuman, Andrew Herscher and Emily Kutil. For free registration for the conference or to learn more about the master’s degree in EcoJustice Education at EMU, visit the EcoJustice Conference homepage. For more information, contact co-chairs Rebecca Martusewicz at rmartusewicz@gmail.com or Monica Shields at mshield1@emich.edu.


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


Activities and Events


DINING SERVICES HOSTS SPECIAL EVENTS: EMU Dining Services will host the following events to celebrate Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras, Paczki Day, the Chinese New Year and Vendor Day.

  • Valentine’s Day Bake Sale: Eastern Eateries is having its annual Valentine's Day Bake Sale now through Sunday, Feb. 14. Featuring large heart-shaped chocolate chip cookie cake with a selection of Valentine messages for only $9. Gluten-free options are also available, as well as other great snacks like the strawberry kiss cupcakes, Valentine sugar cookies (6 pk.), M&M Valentine brownies and Valentine Rice Krispy treats. All can be purchased using Meal-Plan, Flex Dollar, cash, credit or debit.
  • Chinese New Year Celebration: The Commons presents Year of the Monkey Chinese New Year Celebration on Thursday, Feb. 11 from 4 – 8 p.m. Expect to have traditional Asian dishes, such as buddha delight, mongolian beef and egg drop soup. Please keep in mind that The Commons will be closed between 2 – 4 p.m. for setup. ! Cost is $7.90 and can be paid with Meal Plans, Flex Dollars, cash, credit or debit.
  • Vendor Day: Crossroads Marketplace invites you to come try new products from your favorite vendors during Vendor Day on Tuesday, Feb. 16, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy free samples from vendors like Famous Amos, Starburst, Skittles, Juicy Fruit, Welch’s Fruit Snacks, Air Heads and more.

For questions, please call Taye at 487-2442 or email tteklema@emich.edu.


FUNDRAISER FOR AMP! STUDENT ORGANIZATION: A fundraiser will be held for EMU’s AMP! Student Organization on Thursday, Feb. 11, from 7 – 10 p.m. at Cultivate Coffee & Tap House, located at 307 N. River St., in Ypsilanti. The event will feature 10 - 16 visual artists who will create their work live through out the course of the evening. The sensational works of art will be silently auctioned off while the artists are in the midst of their creative acts. Spectators will have the opportunity to witness the working process and watch as the artist's ideas transform into completed pieces of art. Bidding will start at $5 a piece, with 75% of the profits going towards AMP!’s Washington D.C. trip for Arts Advocacy Day. The remaining 25% will go towards Cultivate Coffee & Tap House's efforts to end hunger. For more information, visit the AMP! Facebook homepage or visit the AMP! homepage.


GRADUATE OPEN HOUSE: Learn how an EMU graduate degree is the advantage you need to succeed during the Graduate Open House on Saturday, Mar. 12 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. Apply onsite to a single program for free and enter to win three credits of tuition, a $1,500 award. Register today at Graduate Open House Registration or call 487-6453. 


* LIFETOUCH PRESCHOOL PORTRAITS FUNDRAISER: Lifetouch will photograph children from six weeks old to 10 years old at the EMU Children's Institute on Monday, Mar. 14 and Tuesday, Mar. 15, from 8 - 11 a.m. You must pre-register anytime from Feb. 8, through Feb. 19 by either stopping in to the Children's Institute, located at 1055 Cornell, in the Fletcher Bldg. or by emailing or calling Beth Kahl at bkahl@emich.edu or 487-2348. No walk-in's will be accepted. In our continued commitment to support the safety of our community, every child photographed will receive two complimentary SmileSafe ID cards. 10% of all proceeds raised will go towards the Family Scholarship Fund. Please contact Beth Kahl at bkahl@emich.edu or 487-2348 for more information. 


Arts, Film & Entertainment

EMU THEATRE PRESENTS "THE PIANO LESSON": Celebrate Black History month with EMU Theatre's presentation of August Wilson's The Piano Lesson. Directed by Lee Stille, The Piano Lesson is a haunting poetic drama that will be performed in the Sponberg Theatre on Wednesday, Feb. 10 through Saturday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. with a matinee at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13 and Sunday, Feb. 14. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for drama, The Piano Lesson takes audiences back in time to 1930s Pittsburgh. Boy Willie has come from Mississippi and attempts to persuade his sister Berniece to sell the family piano in order to purchase land back home. Berniece is forced to take a stand to protect the antique piano that depicts the family’s struggle out of slavery through its ornate carvings. Recommended for ages 13+. Ticket prices are $15, $12 for students and seniors, and $9 for MAINSTAGE patrons. Tickets are available in person at the Convocation Center, the Student Center or the Quirk Box Office, by phone at 487-2282 and online at www.emutix.com. Please note that there is an additional surcharge for tickets purchased by mail, phone, or online. For more information about EMU Theatre, our season and directions to our theatres, visit www.emich.edu/emutheatre, fan us on Facebook: Eastern Michigan University Theatre or follow us on Twitter: emutheatre. 


TRUEMU NIGHT AT THE PALACE OF AUBURN HILLS:  Join EMU students, staff, friends and alumni on Wednesday, Mar. 23, at 7:30 p.m. for an exciting night as the Detroit Pistons take on the Orlando Magic! Cost to attend is $45 per person and includes FanDuel Club 300 game ticket, all-inclusive beverages, arena fare buffet, and a custom green and white Detroit Pistons winter hat. To purchase tickets visit TRUEMU Night Tickets. Deadline to purchase tickets is Tuesday, February 23, 2016.  For questions regarding this event please contact the Office for Alumni Relations at 734.487.0250 or alumni.relations@emich.edu.


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




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




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.


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.



ROAD TO COMPLETION SCHOLARSHIP: The Road to Completion Scholarship in the amount of $2,500 is available for Detroit students with 110 credits. To apply, visit the Road to Completion Scholarship Application or contact Regina George with questions at rgeorge@emich.edu or call 487-1060.


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

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