EMU Today
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

* BLACK FRIDAY, CYBER MONDAY, #GIVINGTUESDAY: We have a day to give thanks and two days to get deals! Now it's time for a day to give back. EMU has become an official partner of #GivingTuesday, a national movement that kicks off the giving season with a day dedicated to charitable giving. Last year we raised$138,000. In the spirit of celebrating our good fortune, strong community values and educational excellence, EMU will harness the power of social media and the generosity of our alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students. We will be counting all gifts made to EMU via web, phone and mail on December 2nd as part of our #GivingTuesday campaign.

Please visit Giving to EMU (http://www.emich.edu/foundation/news/givingtuesday.php) and learn more about how you can be a part of the second annual, single-day fundraising campaign and make your gift on December 2nd. Join the EMU #GivingTuesday event on Facebook to tell us you're taking the pledge to give back to EMU. For any questions, please contact Susan Rink srink@emich.edu.


* PLANNED COMPUTING SYSTEM DOWNTIME: Monthly maintenance of EMU's computing systems is routinely performed on Friday, Dec. 5 from 6 p.m. to midnight. During this month’s maintenance program, the following major computer systems will be unavailable:

• Banner
• My.emich 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)
• 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 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.


HERTZ ON DEMAND CAR SHARING PROGRAM ENDS: The Hertz on Demand Car Sharing program will come to an end on Saturday, Dec. 6, however, the EMU University Support Services group is working to replace the Hertz program with another car sharing program and it is hoped that the new provider will be in place shortly after the New Year. Please contact Steve Siller at 487-8064 or email at ssiller@emich.edu with any questions.


UNDERGRADUATE SYMPOSIUM NOMINATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED: The 2015 Undergraduate Symposium nomination site is now open for students to submit their research projects. The site will remain open for student submissions through January 15, 2015. The 35th Undergraduate Symposium will be held on Friday, Mar. 27, 2015 at the EMU Student Center. For more information, please visit the event website at emich.edu/symposium or contact Wendy Kivi at 487-31978 or email wkivi@emich.edu. 


THE GIVING TREE PROJECT: Do you remember last winter? So does Michigan’s 86,000 homeless. The EMU National Pan Hellenic Council (NPHC), Black Student Union (BSU) and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) student organizations are teaming up to help keep the homeless warm this winter. They are asking for donations of new and gently used/clean items listed in order of priority: Coats, hats, gloves and scarves.

Their goal is to keep 500 people warm this winter. Items will be disbursed throughout the Metro Detroit and Ypsilanti to communities in need. There are three ways to donate: a) Contact any NPHC, NAACP or BSU member; b) Donate clothing items at their Lobby Table in the Student Center on Tuesdays from 1-3 p.m. or c) Drop-off items in their Christmas themed donation boxes located in the Student Center and Pray-Harold. For questions, please contact Cherise Floyd- Gallon at cfloyd3@emich.edu.

THE WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTER NEEDS VOLUNTEERS TO SPEAK AT THEIR BROWN BAG SERIES: The Women's Resource Center will be kicking off another round of the Brown Bag Lecture Series in January and they are seeking interested graduate and undergraduate students, faculty and/or staff to present on women's-related research topics during the Winter 2015 semester. The Brown Bag sessions are held every Wednesday from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. in the Halle Library. If you are interested in becoming a presenter, please click on the link at: http://goo.gl/forms/mWRKr4FTRc. For questions, please call the WRC at 487-4282 or email at wrc_brownbag@emich.edu.


RECYCLE YOUR GENTLY USED SHOES: The EMU Children’s Institute has once again teamed up with the Michigan Orphan Kitten Rescue and Shoe Box Recycling to help locally rescued orphaned kittens. Please drop off all paired children's, men’s and women’s shoes that are still usable to the Children’s Institute, located at Fletcher School on Cornell. The Michigan Orphan Kitten Rescue gets money for the shoes to help orphan kittens. Please keep in mind, they can't use heavy boots, flip flops, skates or blades. For questions or additional information, please email mokr@mikittens.org. To see photos of kittens they have rescued, please visit their Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/mikittens. If you have any questions, please call Tracey Buhinicek at 487-2348.

Today's Events

SUBMISSIONS IN EMU TODAY: Please note, EMU TODAY is an internal daily e-blast sent to faculty and staff. To submit an announcement or post an event, please forward your entry electronically to emu_today@emich.edu. Please be sure to format your entry with a title and include a description of the event, where the event will be held (room and building), the date and time, and a contact name, phone number and/or e-mail address. For questions, contact Debra Johnson at 487-2484 or email at djohn144@emich.edu.

NOTE: An asterisk denotes a new item.


Lectures & Presentations

* FREE OSHA TRAINING SEMINAR: EMU’s Department of Professional Programs and Training is offering a free OSHA course for EMU staff, faculty and students on Tuesday, Dec. 2 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in room 350 in the Student Center. The Introduction to Safety and Health Management course covers a variety of workplace health and safety issues and is designed for those without a background in safety. If workplace health and safety is part of your job and you would like to attend this FREE seminar, contact Beth Stoner atestoner@emich.edu or 487-8285 to register. 

CAMPUS SAFETY AWARENESS & HAZARD COMMUNICATION TRAINING: There will be a Safety Awareness & Hazard Communication training session presented by the EMU Environmental Health Safety (EHS) on 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 if you have any questions.


"THE RICHLY TEXTURED LIFE" TOPIC FOR 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


WORKSHOPS AT THE FACULTY DEVELOPMENT CENTER: The EMU Office of Research Development and Administration will hold the following workshops for faculty and staff. The workshops will be held from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. in the Faculty Development Center (109 Halle).

  • “The Review Process” - Tuesday, Dec. 2 and Wednesday, Dec. 3
  • “Introduction to Technology Transfer” - Monday, Dec. 8 and Tuesday, Dec. 9

For more information, please contact Harriet Lindsay at hlindsay@emich.edu.


Activities and Events


EMU JEWISH STUDIES WELCOMES RABBI SHMULY YANKLOWITZ: The EMU Jewish Studies welcomes Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz on Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. Rabbi Yanklowitz will speak on “Jewish Ethics and Social Justice.” Modern Orthodox Rabbi Yanklowitz exploded onto the national scene in 2010 as one of the starts of the PBS Independent Lens documentary “The Calling.” He has used his position to advocate for LGBT inclusion, including support for gay marriage. A fierce and determined voice for animal welfare, Yanklowitz is also a committed and determined vegan. He has written six books and has twice been recognized by Newsweek as one of the most influential Rabbis in America. For more information, please contact jewish.studies@emich.edu.


EQUALITY SPEAKER SERIES: ADVANCING THE LGBT COMMUNITY IN NORTHWEST MICHIGAN: Please join the Equality Research Center on Tuesday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m. in room 300 in Halle Library to learn more about this brand new research. Nick Romerhausen and Nina Brennan, traveled to the small northern Michigan city of Cadillac to conduct structured interviews to illuminate how event organizers negotiate the identity of LGBT community and strategies of advocacy in a region that has never held an organized pride celebration. This event is free and LBC credit approved. Please contact Nicole Richards at nrichar8@emich.edu or call 487-3032 with questions.


Arts, Film & Entertainment


EMU THEATRE PRESENTS TINTYPES: Tintypes is a kaleidoscope of America set at the turn of the 20th century, presented as a lively musical revue of 50 songs from approximately 1880-1920. Tintypes will be presented on Thursday, Dec. 4, Friday, Dec. 5 and Saturday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 23 and Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. in the Quirk Theatre. Nominated for three Tony Awards, including best musical, Tintypes is conceived by Mary Kyte with Mel Marvin and Gary Pearle and directed by Wallace Bridges with music direction by Howard Cass. This charming musical production is recommended for audiences ages 10+.

Ticket prices for Tintypes are $15 regular admission, $12 for students and seniors, $9 for main stage patrons and $7 for children ages 6-12, no further discounts apply. Tickets are available in person at the Convocation Center, the Student Center ticket office 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.


EMU PLANETARIUM MOVIES FOR THE HOLIDAYS: The EMU Planetarium will feature two seasonal movies December. 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: 

"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 FEATURES FIBER EXHIBITION: The EMU University Gallery, located in the Student Center is pleased to present the exhibit New Fiber 2014 now through Dec. 10. This 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. To see the complete schedule of upcoming exhibits, please visit University Gallery events. For questions, please contact Gregory Tom at 487-0465.

MA THESIS EXHIBITION AT FORD GALLERY: The EMU Ford Gallery, located in Ford Hall will feature the MA Thesis Exhibition: Meghan Lee & Amanda Zsot on Monday, Dec. 8 - Friday, Dec. 12.A reception will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 4:30 – 7 p.m. To see the complete schedule of exhibits, please visit Ford Gallery events. For questions, please contact Gregory Tom at 487-0465.




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. Toledo, Friday, Nov. 28, 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. at Rynearson Stadium




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."


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.




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