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June 20 , 2006
CONTACT: Ward Mullens
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President Fallon's report to the Board of Regents

June 20, 2006

YPSILANTI - Thank you, Regent Valvo.

Although this time of the year usually allows the campus community to regroup after a very hectic and successful year, it appears that EMU hasn’t really slowed down since the last Board meeting.

Several of the state’s 15 public universities, including Eastern Michigan, testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education, April 19. It was an excellent time for us to present our strengths and concerns to committee members.

Several themes were presented by each of the presidents and chancellors. We thanked the Governor and the Senate for proposing modest funding increases for higher education, but cautioned House subcommittee members that even with a 2 percent increase, Michigan universities will continue to lose ground. Other states across the nation are increasing funding for higher education at double-digit levels, while Michigan has not even caught up to where it was before it began cutting budgets several years ago.

Michigan is taking an increasingly user-fee-based approach to public education. For EMU, that means that the state now pays only about 35 percent of the cost of an education, and students must bear the additional 65 percent. This causes me great concern, particularly as it reduces access to education. If we are to create jobs in Michigan, keep talent in Michigan and make Michigan a greater state, there must be a sustained investment in higher education. 

I’d also like to update you on the status of the searches for the government relations, chief information officer and business and finance positions. Interviews are under way for the government relations position. The committee expects to complete its interviews before the end of June and make a recommendation to me. The chief information officer search committee has been formed, the position has been posted and interviews will take place during July. We hope to have that position filled by September 1.  The search for the Vice President for Business and Finance is in its early stages.  The committee has been appointed and the position has been posted.  It is expected that the search will be completed during the Fall semester.

Thanks to a grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, the College of Education hosted “The State of the African American Male in Michigan: A Courageous Conversation,” summit at EMU June 9. The summit attracted 275 representatives from 45 school districts, the Michigan Education Association, the Congressional Black Caucus, 25 public higher education schools, the Michigan Association of School Boards, community organizations, social service providers and the Mott, Skillman and Kellogg Foundations among others. The College plans to continue the momentum by hosting a series of think tanks around specialty issues.

The Visioning Task Force had its final meeting June 13. The group will produce a finished draft by mid-July. The draft will be made available to the University community for feedback. The final version is scheduled to be completed by mid-August and will go to the Board of Regents in September.

There is good news from the EMU Foundation.

  • With a recent deposit of $500,000, the University’s endowment has grown to more than $42.7 million.  It will end FY06 at a record level, surpassing the previous high of $39.9 million at the end of FY 2000.
  • The Foundation is also completing a record year in cash gifts, new pledges and gifts-in-kind. They expect to finish FY06 near the $7.5 million mark, compared to $5.1 million in FY05.

With the start of EMU’s capital campaign and the upcoming new fiscal year, gifts such as these are critical for our success.

As directed by the University's Board of Regents and its Finance, Audit and Investment Committee, during May 2006, the University released a Request for Proposal (RFP) for an Anonymous Ethics and Compliance Reporting system.  In response to the RFP, the University has received several bid proposals and is in the process of reviewing and evaluating those proposals. 

Unlike private corporations, the University is not mandated by Sarbanes-Oxley to establish a confidential reporting system.  The Board of Regents and the administration, however, believe that it is in the best interest of the University to implement a system that would allow for reporting and investigation of concerns without fear of adverse consequences.

Anonymous reporting systems are increasingly being viewed as a "best business practice," and a number of universities around the country have implemented such systems over the past several years. After the bids received by EMU have been evaluated, a prospective vendor will be recommended to the Board in July.  Subject to Board of Regents' approval, the anonymous reporting system should be in place by Fall 2006.

EMU and the EMU chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) began formal negotiations June 9 to work out a new collective bargaining agreement. The AAUP’s current contract, which affects approximately 668 faculty members, expires at midnight, August 31. EMU’s administration will keep all faculty and staff updated during the next few months as negotiations continue.

As we all know, students are EMU’s lifeblood. On the enrollment front, we are slightly below our target for Fall, but we are gaining each week. Summer enrollment is ahead of budget by approximately 5 percent.

The Enrollment Services staff is also working hard to make sure we offer the best services possible for all our students. Some of their efforts include:

  • Partnering with ConnectEdu, a company that will facilitate electronic exchange of transcripts between partner colleges and high schools.  This will provide faster, more efficient service to students moving between our institutions and will serve as a pilot for further expansion of the program to other schools.
  • Implementing IntelliResponse, an online Question-and-Answer service on EMU's website.  Students can ask questions and receive an automated answer to common inquiries.
  • Participating in two new federal grant programs for fall:  the Academic Competitive Grant and the SMART Grant, which will provide additional money to Pell grant recipients who have completed a rigorous high school curriculum.
  • Working with the Saudi Arabian government to set up three offices for Michigan universities in that country’s major cities. This will help coordinate and facilitate the enrollment of Saudi students at EMU.
  • For the third consecutive year, Diverse magazine has recognized EMU for its growing number of African-American students who earn undergraduate degrees. The national publication ranked us 74th out of more than 300 colleges and universities for the number of baccalaureate degrees bestowed upon African-American students. Approximately 18.3 percent of EMU’s 19,000 undergraduates are African-American. EMU ranked first among the 12 Mid-American Conference Schools.

FACULTY AND STAFF

  • Sandi Nielsen, director of the Professional Education Center at the College of Business, was appointed to the 2006 Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The award is the highest level of national recognition for performance excellence that a U.S. organization can receive. The board is composed of leading experts selected from industry, professional and trade organizations, education and health care organizations, and government.
  • EMU sociologist Mansoor Moaddel [pronounced moe-ah-dell], an internationally-known expert on the Middle East, recently released findings from the second of two comprehensive surveys of Iraqi citizens that may help the U.S. government’s role in Iraq. Dr. Moaddel and two University of Michigan researchers found that despite the Iraqis’ mistrust of American forces in their country, their increasing attachment to a national identity and support for secular politics may lead toward modern nation building and some basic democratic values. Moaddel is a member of an ad hoc partnership group with the Department of Homeland Security, and frequently briefs state officials and the U.S. Congress.
  • Jerry Robbins, former dean of the College of Education, was in Washington, D.C. recently as an invited member of the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development/NCATE Teacher Education Research Roundtable. The purpose of the Roundtable was to review current child and adolescent development research.
  • Jiang Lu, interior design, is the co-principal investigator in a project that is studying the environmental impact of urban development and how architects and designers are turning more and more toward “green” design in China. An Earthwatch-supported research project in Shaanxi Province, China examines traditional cave dwellings as an inspiring example of sustainable design. Lu presented her team’s findings at the international conference of the Interior Design Educators Council, in Scottsdale, Ariz.
  • Marilyn Wedenoja, social work, has received the "Outstanding Community Involvement Award for 2006" from the Washtenaw Community Health Organization. 
  • WEMU exceeded its goal of $120,00 during its recent spring on-air pledge drive and was voted “Best Radio Station” by the readers of Current magazine (April 2006). WEMU raised $128,003 during the pledge drive, $8,000 more than its goal of $120,000 and 10 percent more than its 2005 goal.
  • Lynne Rocklage from special education, along with 30 faculty and students from the department, participated in Ypsilanti Township’s Community Build program June 17. The group helped install a barrier free Playground Adventures structure at Ford Heritage Park.
  • If you notice five trailers near the softball field, you’ll be surprised that the Centers for Disease Control have set up an innovative health care program designed to improve our community’s health. The program, which runs through Aug. 1, uses health care professionals to evaluate and recommend treatment for health issues affecting Washtenaw County residents who are without insurance or access to quality care. EMU is one of only 15 sites in the nation to be selected. Jeff Schultz, associate dean of the College of Health and Human Services, and the physical plant staff paved the way for EMU’s participation.

  • Linda Yohn, music director for WEMU, won the 2006 Duke Dubois Jazz Humanitarian Award from JazzWeek Magazine.  The award is given to an individual to recognize a long-standing commitment to jazz, jazz radio, jazz education and generous service to the jazz community.

STUDENTS

  • Andrew Gloster, a graduate student from Westland, recently made EMU history when he became the first student to earn his Ph.D. in EMU’s doctoral program in clinical

      psychology. Gloster has accepted an assistant professor position at the University of       Dresden in Dresden, Germany.

  • Senior Crosby Houpt, from Mt. Gillead, Ohio, is one of only 56 college students nationally—and one of only two in Michigan—to earn a prestigious internship with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
  • Laina Shuey, a senior from Cincinnati, Ohio, recently attended The Fund for American Studies' Annual Conference. She was one of only two students nationally to receive a full scholarship for the event.
  • Jennifer Onslow, a junior from Warren, Michigan and EMU VISION student coordinator, was selected to represent the State of Michigan at the national Campus Compact 20th Anniversary Summit in Chicago in October. Jennifer is the only student representing Michigan and the MCC. Her selection was based on her essay regarding the work of the Compact and her vision for the next 20 years. Jennifer is a former AmeriCorps national service volunteer and Michigan Campus Compact Student Community Action Network (SCAN) representative.
  • EMU’s Forensics Team placed fifth at the national competition in Wisconsin. Rachon Massey, a junior from Flint, finished second in the nation in poetry.
  • Jason Bishop, a graduate student from Plymouth, is the most recent EMU student to be awarded a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship. Bishop will travel to Germany in the fall to teach. Since 2004, every EMU student who has applied for the grant has won.
  • EMU’s Student Human Resource Management Program was recently recognized as one of the best in the nation at the national SHRM and Holmes Corporation Conference. EMU was recognized for outstanding enrollment performance for the SHRM Learning System Course. EMU was ninth in the country (out of 277 universities/colleges) with more than 190 HR professionals enrolled for 2005.
Nearly 60 EMU students and five faculty and staff members recently                                                                                                                                                                    completed EMU LeaderShape, an intensive six-day leadership                                                                         institute focused on leading with integrity. Over the past six years, graduates of this institute have brought their vision back to campus, leading initiatives such as founding new student organizations, implementing cultural celebrations and major campus events, participating in community service in the Dominican Republic, and collaborating to establish and support various campus services.

The Center for Multicultural Affairs hosted a successful Asian/Pacific Islander heritage celebration. Their Taste of Asia panel discussion was attended by more than 125 members of the EMU community.  There was a rich dialogue on "Merging Cultural Respect and Identity."  The panel included five EMU faculty members.The Center for Multicultural Affairs collaborated with the College of Education to host the Asian Arts and Artifacts Exhibit in McKenny Union’s Intermedia Gallery. The featured artist was Sarakot, an 11-year-old Asian girl whose original framed art was available for silent auction, with donations going to help the victims of the mud slide disaster in Leyte, Philippines. 

ALUMNI

A number of our alumni have won regional, state and national awards recently:

  • Cindy Hasselbring, a math teacher at Milan High School and an Eastern Michigan alumna, has won the 2005 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, the nation’s highest honor for teaching in this field. She was awarded a $10,000 grant from the National Science Foundation that administers the program on behalf of the White House, and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. where she was honored May 4. Hasselbring earned a master’s degree in curriculum from EMU in 2001.
  • Jennifer Leach (’92) has been named the 2006 ATHENA Award winner. The award is presented each year by the Women’s Council, an affiliate of the Ypsilanti Area Chamber of Commerce, for professional excellence, community service and for assisting women in their pursuit of professional distinction.
  • Jerry Warkentien (’70) was selected as a regional Athletic Director of the Year by the Michigan Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. Warkentien is athletic director at Marine City High School in the East China School District.
  • Tom Pachera (’97), a technology education teacher at Forsythe Middle School in Ann Arbor and adjunct professor at EMU’s School of Technology Studies, was recently honored with the Michigan Teacher Excellence Award by the International Technology Education Association.
  • Dr. Gary Telgenhoff (’89) came back to campus recently and caused quite a stir with his presentation in Pease Auditorium. Dr. T, as he is called, is the coroner for Clark County, Nevada. He also is a consultant for the top-rated television show “CSI.” Dr. T spoke about how EMU was a turning point for his career and shared case files from some of his more bizarre cases.
  • And two alumni are helping to make a difference in our laboratories. A leadership gift of $250,000 from American Electric Power (AEP) will assist in the purchase of laboratory equipment at Eastern Michigan. Based in Columbus, Ohio, AEP is one of the largest electric utilities in the Untied States. The gift was made possible by former EMU Regent Michael G. Morris (’69,’73), AEP’s chairman, president and chief executive officer; and EMU Foundation Trustee Dale Heydlauff (’78), vice president-New Generation, at AEP.

ATHLETICS

EMU student athletes continue to demonstrate excellence in their scholarly pursuits.

  • EMU student-athletes have earned the highest cumulative GPA in school history at 3.094 for the 2006 winter semester. The previous best was 3.05 one year ago.
  • For the second semester in a row the women’s tennis team (3.792) and the baseball squad (3.146) earned the highest team GPA’s for the men’s and women’s programs. During the winter semester, 78.9 percent of the athletic teams posted a 3.0 or higher in both cumulative and semester GPA.
  •    In the interest of time I cannot mention all of the EMU players who were honored on Mid-American Conference all-academic teams. Suffice it to say that 32 EMU athletes from 10 different sports earned those honors.
  • One group that deserves special mention is women’sswimming and diving team,whichwas named the nation's top Division I academic team by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. The Eagles recorded an overall 3.56 team grade point average, and EMU was the only Mid-American Conference team honored. The men's team also deserves accolades, ranking 18th in the nation.
  • Six members of the Eastern Michigan University men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams qualified for the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, Calif. Representing the EMU men’s team were Corey Nowitzke, David Adamek, and Adam Kring. The EMU women’s team was represented by Patrice Beasley, Ashley McCullough and Chrystal Dooley.
  • Eastern Michigan University men's golfer Korey Mahoney, of East Lansing, has been named to the PING All-Region Midwest team by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Mahoney was also the 2006 MAC Golfer of the Year and participated in the NCAA Central Regional.
  • Eastern Michigan University pitcher Jeff Fischer, a sophomore from Farmington, is the Mid-American Conference Pitcher of the Year and was just named to the 2006 Rawlings NCAA All-Mideast Region First Team by the American Baseball Coaches Association.
  • Lauren Clark, a junior from Flat Rock, Mich., was named Mid-American Conference Softball Player of the Year. Lauren was also named to the NCAA All-Region First Team.
  • All 11 women’s athletic programs earned higher than a 3.0 GPA, and 15 teams overall earned a 3.0 GPA for the winter 2006 semester.

ON THE HORIZON

  • If you see various high school students using a fire extinguisher; analyzing blood spatters or working on 3-D modeling and simulation, you’ll know its time for EMU’s popular SummerQuest program. SummerQuest, a weeklong academic program for students in grades 10-12, runs June 25-July 1. The seven career tracks are Teen Safety & Emergency Response Training; Crime Scene Investigation; Forensics; 3-D Modeling and Simulation; Theatre; Technology and African American Studies; and Multimedia Authoring.
  • June 24-25: A team from EMU will again participate in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. It is a 24-hour relay to help raise money to find a cure for cancer. It will be at Riverside Park in Depot Town Ypsilanti.
  • June 29: The Lucy Parker Golf Outing will benefit women’s athletics at Eagle Crest.

And, finally,

  • I just want to say how All Shook Up I am that Michigan Elvisfest returns next month to Ypsilanti’s Depot Town starting July 7.

On a personal note, I would like to thank Board secretary Dana Aymond. After 10 years of service, Dana is retiring from EMU at the end of June, and we will miss her. There will be a reception for Dana across the hall in 205 Welch, immediately following today’s Board meeting. All of you are invited to attend.


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