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Higher Learning Commission Update

I want to express my gratitude to the entire University Community for the hard work and dedication that led to a successful HLC site visit. From the collection of evidence, through the writing of the assurance argument, to the execution of all the logistical details associated with an undertaking of this magnitude, our campus community pulled together and presented an authentic picture of who we are and what we do.

As for the next steps in the process, we expect to receive the peer evaluator’s preliminary report within the next couple of weeks, at which time we will be given the opportunity to correct any factual errors. After the review period, the report will be submitted to the HLC for consideration. The official decision of the HLC is expected in the new year.

Digital Divas Dazzle Eastern

Last Friday marked the seventh year of the Digital Divas program which brought 275 middle school girls from Southeast Michigan to Eastern's campus for a day of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) exploration. Digital Divas' goal is to connect young women STEM fields by introducing them to educational pathways that lead to careers in technology. To date, approximately 4,000 girls have participated in this program and have been afforded the opportunity to meet and network with Eastern’s professors and students.

If you’d like to get involved, the Digital Diva high school program is scheduled to take place on Friday April 13, 2018. Registration will begin on January 15, 2018. For more information, visit the Digital Divas website or contact Bia Hamed at [email protected] or 734.487.4683.

A special thanks to all of the faculty, staff, students, industry partners and community members who dedicated their time and effort to supporting this event:

  • Cynthia Angiulo, Mercedes Benz Financial, Eastern Alumna and Keynote Speaker
  • Julie Becker, Associate Professor, Visual & Built Environments
  • Kyla Berry, Student Employee, Aviation Technology Management
  • Bia Hamed, Coordinator of Student Services, College of Technology Lawrence Kolopajlo, Professor, Chemistry
  • Holly Mosher, Lecturer, School of Visual & Built Environments ATM
  • Frank Norton III, Engineering, Project Lead the Way
  • Jennifer Schank, Student, Occupational Therapy Program
  • Tom Simon, Aviation Teacher, Dexter Schools
  • The Women of IA Club
  • First Robotics team of the Plymouth Canton Community Schools
  • Google
  • NBS Audiovisual Solutions

Finally, we want to express our gratitude to the sponsors whose support allows us to offer this programming free for all to attend:

  • AT&T
  • ITC Holdings
  • DTE Energy Foundation
  • Consumers Energy
  • LLamasoft
  • Mercedes-Benz Financial Services
  • AAUW
  • Nexcess

[email protected] Winter Youth Camp Program

Calling all campers! Once again, [email protected] EMU is partnering with Dexter Community Schools to offer EMU Excursion camps for sixth-graders during our winter break, February 20–23, 2018. These camps provide a unique opportunity for us to showcase the University and all of the programs we offer. An information session is scheduled for Friday, November 17, 2017. Please register via Eventbrite by Wednesday, November 15, 2017. If you would like additional information, please contact Jaclyn Hazzenzahl at or Sara Phillips at 734.487.9045.

Bruce K. Nelson Remembrance and 102nd Birthday Event

As you may know, Eastern’s Faculty Development Center is named after Bruce K. Nelson. On Friday September 22, 2017, we learned that Dr. Nelson passed away at the age of 101, just shy of his 102nd birthday. Please join us as we celebrate the life of Dr. Nelson and remember the variety and depth of his accomplishments made during his long career at Eastern Michigan University. This open house style event will be held on Bruce's birthday, Monday, November 13, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Faculty Development Center, Halle Library, Room. Please consider attending as your schedules permit.

Event Activities – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Audio Archive - Record your memories of Bruce by making an audio file that will be added to the B. K. Nelson archive collection.
  • Timeline Walk - Take a sentimental journey by walking from station to station learning about Dr. Nelson's successful career at EMU.
  • "Love of Learning" Message Board - share with others why you love learning by adding a note to our message board.
  • Coffee and birthday cupcakes served throughout the day
  • 11 a.m. to noon (only) White Glove showing of Dr. Nelson's archived collection - presented by Alexis Braun Marks - University Library Archivist

Welcome to the New Office of Wellness and Community Responsibility

The Office of Student Conduct Community Standards and Wellness has been undergoing major changes this semester. Along with revising their hearing process, remodeling their space and adopting a new student development, wellness focused model of restorative practice, they will also be changing their name to better reflect their values.

As of today, November 8, the office is now called the office is now called the Office of Wellness and Community Responsibility.

They are celebrating this exciting change with a community art project on the second floor of the Student Center on Thursday, November 9 from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. They ask that you please join them to help mark this occasion.

2017 Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) Region IV-East Award Winners

Please help us in congratulating our Student Affairs professionals who were honored by their peers at NASPA:

  • Outstanding Contributions to Higher Education: Chiara Hensley, Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs
  • Outstanding New Professional Award: Sean Woolf, Interim Associate Director, Student Conduct, Community Standards and Wellness

This well-deserved recognition is the result of the exceptional work Chiara and Sean do each day in service to our students. Congratulations to you both!

Office of Research, Development and Administration Awards

Grant awards for September 2017 totaled just over $1.7 million! Thanks to the following faculty and staff for your commitment to securing funding:

  • Decky Alexander
  • Ethriam Brammer
  • Wayne Doyle
  • Chris Finch
  • Charles Graham
  • Allen Kurta
  • Heather Neff
  • Eric Paradis
  • Steve Pernecky
  • Zuzana Tomas