Provost's Wednesday Briefing - December 18, 2019

Student Success

Institutional Priority #1:

Promote Student Engagement & Success

Eastern Michigan University's Winter 2019 Commencement Ceremony a Success

We would like to express our gratitude to the team of employees and volunteers whose combined efforts resulted in a successful and memorable commencement ceremony.  The coordination, cooperation, and commitment of the individuals and teams that support our students through their work on this important event is very much appreciated. Thank you for helping to make this such a special day for our students and their loved ones.

You're Invited! Participate in a Signature Learning Arc Dialogue

The Bringing Theory to Practice grant team invites the campus community to participate in the second in a series of three dialogues about creating a signature learning arc at EMU. The first session focused on the first year component of a signature learning experience, while this dialogue will consider the middle component from sophomore to junior year.  The data from the November dialogue is being analyzed and an executive summary will be shared in January. From information gathered in the post-dialogue feedback form, we will convene a working group to design the first year experience in Winter 2020.

We wish to bring together a diverse group of stakeholders, including but not limited to students, faculty, staff, and administrators from both EMU and Washtenaw Community College, as well as local employers and alumni, to design a purposeful and meaningful experience to help students transition successfully from the beginning to the end of their degree. We ask that you pass this invitation along to others with whom you work and/or collaborate, either inside or outside of the university, who would be interested in contributing to this dialogue.

We hope you can join us for this important conversation on January 10, 2020.  Refreshments and socializing begin at 9:45 a.m. The dialogue will run from 10 a.m. to noon in room 310A of the Student Center.  room 310A.  Please RSVP online at your earliest convenience.

This project is being supported through an Amplifying, Disseminating, and Increasing the Public Reach of Research and Practice (AMP) grant from Bringing Theory to Practice. 

Tell Your Teaching Story and Win a $1,000

The Liggit Family and Friends Teaching & Learning Partnership Scholarship endowment annually awards $1,000 to an instructor-student pair who exemplify an outstanding example of an effective teaching and learning partnership. Applicants will describe how each contributed to the process of creating this partnership in learning. The $1,000 award will be split between the instructor and student.   The student need not be enrolled the semester the award is given.

All tenured and tenure-track faculty, full- or part-time lecturers, and adjunct faculty are encouraged to apply. The student may be an undergraduate or graduate and must be in good standing with all university policies. The winner of the Teaching and Learning Partnership will be announced on April 17, 2020 in conjunction with the Thank-an-Eagle Celebration from 9:30–10:00 a.m.

Download the Application [PDF] today and submit by March 6th, 2020.

Deadline for Discounted Quick Lane Bowl Tickets is Today!

The deadline to purchase discounted tickets through the Eastern Michigan ticket office for the Quick Lane Bowl on Dec. 26 is this Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 5 p.m. After that time, tickets can only be purchased through the Quick Lane Bowl. Get your tickets today at, at the Convocation Center box office, or by phone at 734-487-3669.

For students who graduated on Sunday: As a gift from the alumni group GameAbove, students who graduated Sunday are being welcomed as Eastern Michigan University alumni with two complimentary tickets per student, as was announced at the Commencement ceremony. For those who participated in Commencement and received a ticket voucher, take the voucher to the box office to redeem it and receive your complimentary tickets. For those who did not attend Commencement, visit the box office at the Convocation Center.

Academics & Research

Institutional Priority #2:

High Performing Academic Programs & Quality Research

You’re Invited! CONNECT Mini-Conference

The CONNECT Mini-Conference is a day to celebrate, create, and communicate together across disciplines and departments. Join the Faculty Development Center and EMU partners for the 9th Annual event packed full of presentations, demos, giveaways, with snacks and a light lunch included. Drop in for one or two sessions or stay the whole day.  Learn about the eFellows grant program, SoTL and Research Writer's Collaboratives, CANVAS, high impact practices, research strategies and much, much more!

Register today and join us on February 14, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., in Halle Library. 

Reminder: Call for Nominations – Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Faculty Awards

The Faculty Senate is pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Faculty Awards for tenure-track and tenured faculty. The awards are offered annually in the following categories: Teaching I, Teaching II, Research I, Research II, Creative Activity, and Service.  Nominations will be accepted through January 20, 2020. Information on the nomination process and award guidelines are available online.

Service & Engagement

Institutional Priority #3:

Service & Engagement

Dana Heller Appointed to Peabody Awards Board of Jurors

The Peabody Awards honor the most powerful, enlightening and invigorating stories in television, radio, and digital media.  We are proud to announce that Dr. Dana Heller, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, has been appointed to serve as a member of the Peabody Board of Jurors.  The Peabody Board of Jurors is composed of media industry professionals, media scholars, critics and journalists all of whom are considered thought leaders.  Their task is to nominate 60 programs across genres and platforms from which the Peabody 30 – the best stories of the year – are selected as representative of the highest standards in media. Please join us in congratulating Dean Heller on this prestigious appointment!

Emeritus Professor Receives Special Tribute from State of Michigan

Ron Woods, Emeritus Professor, Africology and African American Studies, is the recipient of a special tribute from the State of Michigan honoring his long and illustrious career at Eastern Michigan University.  We are proud to see Professor Woods’ contributions within and beyond the classroom during his 43 years of service honored by our Governor.   

Local Writer Lauds Eastern’s Community Collaboration

89.1 WEMU has forged a partnership with Concentrate Ann Arbor to highlight some of the positive things taking place in Ypsilanti. The sponsored-project from SecondWave Media is called, "On the Ground Ypsi.” Sarah Rigg, On the Ground Ypsi project manager has recently noted, “a theme that has come up over and over again in my 2019 coverage for On the Ground Ypsilanti has been the power of collaboration. Collaborative projects include the YpsiWrites initiative that grew from a partnership between Eastern Michigan University, the Ypsilanti District Library, and 826michigan; local churches partnering with the county parks and recreation department or the YMCA to provide recreational opportunities; and Black Men Read formalizing its partnership with Washtenaw My Brother's Keeper.” 

We are grateful to have forged such a deep connection to our community partners and we look forward to continuing our community engagement in the new year!

Effective Operations

Institutional Priority #4

Institutional Effectiveness

Remembering Colleagues We’ve Lost

As we approach this holiday season, we ask that you hold in your hearts the memories of colleagues we’ve lost this academic year. 

  • Patti Cartwright, Administrative Secretary, Honors College, October 31, 2019
  • Chiara Hensley, Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs, December 9, 2019
  • Nancy Snyder, Senior Secretary, School of Technology and Professional Services, November 11, 2019
  • Mary Viehaber, Professor, Management, December 17, 2019

Personnel Updates

As we approach the half-way point of this academic year, please join me in welcoming colleagues who have recently joined the university, congratulating those who have received promotions or have taken on administrative roles, and bidding farewell to those who have retired.

New Faculty and Lecturers
  • Karen Foor, Assistant Professor, Physician’s Assistant Program
  • Alicia Jones, Lecturer II, School of Health Sciences
  • Dyann Logwood, Assistant Professor, Women’s & Gender Studies
  • Lindsay Kalinowski, Assistant Professor, Physician’s Assistant Program
  • Adena Rottenstein, Lecturer III, Psychology
  • Chandler Wilson, Assistant Professor and Associate Director of Bands, School of Music and Dance
New Administrators and Staff
  • Julie Becker, Interim Director of the School of Technology and Professional Services
  • Seth Brown, Teacher I, Child Care Center
  • Sherry Bumpus, Director, Nursing Operations
  • Marko Delic, Project Coordinator, Academic Success Partnerships
  • Logann Dolan, Career Coach
  • Amy Finkenbine, Program Coordinator, LGBTQ Resource Center
  • Sydney Finkenbine, BCBA Therapist, Autism Center
  • Cathleen Gable, Sponsored Projects Officer, Research Development
  • Deanna Gower, Supervisor, Nursing Learning Resource Center
  • Annabel Kaplan, BCBA Therapist, Autism Center
  • Meredith Krus, Academic Advisor
  • Brad Minton, Career Coach
  • Sandra Mroz, Mental Health Counselor, CAPS
  • Krish Narayanan, Interim Associate Director, Honors College
  • Stephanie Newell, Interim Department Head, Management
  • Amy Otteson, Institutional Research Analyst, IRIM
  • Benuel Post, Complex Director, Housing Administration
  • Ali Siewert, Psychologist, CAPS
  • Erin Smith, Psychologist, CAPS
  • Silsa Waldroop, Administrative Assistant II, School of Nursing
  • Jamila Whitaker, Associate Director, Charter Schools Office
  • Emily Wilcox, BCBA Therapist, Autism Center
  • Dustin Yates, Community Program Development Manager, [email protected]
Recent Retirements
  • Kimberly Anderson, Director, Office of English as a Second Language*
  • Randal Baier, Professor, University Library*
  • Claudette Braxton, Field Coordinator, School of Social Work*
  • Paul Bruss, Professor, English Language and Literature
  • Linda Burilovich, Professor, Accounting and Finance*
  • Ella Burton, Professor, Leadership and Counseling*
  • Mary Ann Butkovich, Library Associate, Halle Library*
  • Thomas Cullen, Professor, World Languages*
  • Laura Davis, Professor, School of Social Work*
  • Margaret Davis, Professor, School of Art and Design
  • Jamin Eisenbach, Professor, Biology*
  • Harry Eiss, Professor, English Language and Literature
  • Daniel Fields, Professor, Engineering Technology*
  • Beverly Goodman, Associate Professor, English Language and Literature
  • Sylvia Sims Gray, Professor, School of Social Work*
  • Susan Haynes, Professor, Computer Science*
  • Robert Jones, Professor, Geography & Geology
  • Michael Kielb, Lecturer I, Biology
  • Theodore Ligibel, Professor, Geography & Geology*
  • Arnold Mackowiak, Lecturer, Communication, Media & Theatre Arts*
  • Judy Massingill, Coordinator of Records, Office of Records and Registration*
  • Rebecca Martusewicz, Professor, Teacher Education*
  • Lorraine McKnight, Senior Career Coach, University Advising and Career Development Center*
  • Joanna McNamara, Professor, Music and Dance*
  • Carol Orlowski, Secretary II, Chemistry*
  • Anne Nerenz, Professor, World Languages*
  • Loreena Parks, Professor, Special Education*
  • Kenneth Rusiniak, Professor, Psychology*
  • Katherine Schindler, Secretary II, Office of Computer Information Systems*
  • Spencer Schubbe, Coordinator, Library Network Services*
  • Natthi Sharma, Professor, Physics and Astronomy*
  • Leonard Sholtis, Lecturer II, Management
  • Deborah Silverman, Assistant Professor, Health Sciences*
  • Lizbeth Stevens, Professor, Special Education*
  • Brian Stiemel, Coordinator – Circulation Services, Halle Library*
  • Bonnie Taylor, Senior Secretary, Office of World Languages*
  • Estela Thompson, Transfer Credits Tabulator, Office of Records and Registration*
  • Gary Thompson, Teacher I, Children’s Institute*
  • James Thornton, Professor, Economics*
  • Laurie Walker, Lecturer II, English Language and Literature
  • Mary Ann Watson, Professor, Communication, Media & Theatre Arts*
  • Ronald Woods, Professor, Africology and African American Studies*

Please note: (*) denotes emeritus status conferred by the Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents

Working Over the Break? 

If you plan to work on campus during the holiday break, please be sure to inform the Department of Public Safety upon your arrival to campus. DPS will patrol and investigate any activity they see, so the courtesy of a call to 734.487.0892 is very much appreciated. 

Grade Deadlines

A friendly reminder that grades are due by 11 p.m. on December 22, 2019.  For additional information download Eastern’s Grade Submission Policy [PDF].

IT Scanning Services Final Exam Hours - Fall 2019

Scanning Services will have extended hours during final exams.  Beginning Monday, December 16 and continuing through Friday, December 20 hours will be 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.  Please be aware that processing turnaround time is one business day.  In order to receive your results by the end of the semester, please submit your exams for scanning no later than end of business on Thursday, December 19.

Rec/IM Hours of Operation: Finals Week and Winter Holiday Break

As you may know, the Rec/IM continues to move forward with an extensive renovation project and has opened floors three, four and five of the facility this past semester.  Floors one and two are scheduled to be completed in Fall 2020. Until that time, the facility is continuing to operate out of multiple locations within floors three, four and five of the Rec/IM and throughout the Warner building.  We appreciate your patience as we work to improve our facilities for students and staff.  

As we approach finals and the holidays, we want to share the following dates and hours of operation for the upcoming weeks: 

  • Monday, Dec.16 - Friday, Dec. 20: 10 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 21 - Sunday, Dec. 22: noon to 4 p.m. (limited facility access will include Rec/IM floors three-four and Jones Natatorium)
  • Monday, Dec. 23 - Wednesday, Jan. 1: CLOSED (includes entire facility and aquatics)
  • Thursday, Jan. 2 - Friday, Jan. 3: 10 a.m. to  6:45 p.m.
  • Saturday Jan. 4 - Sunday Jan. 5:  noon to 5:45 p.m.

CPR and AED Training Available

Faculty and Staff are encouraged to participate in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) certification training.  Reserve your spot at an upcoming training by emailing Katherine Wilhoff, Director of Environmental Health and Safety, at [email protected].

  • January 14, 8:30 a.m. – noon
  • February 12, 1:30 – 5 p.m.
  • March 19, 8:30 a.m. – noon
  • April 20, 1:30 – 5 p.m.
  • May 15, 8:30 a.m. – noon
  • June 16, 1:30 – 5 p.m.

All trainings will be held in 300 Halle.

Mark Your Calendar

Be sure to bookmark the EMU Today site to keep current with all the news and events taking place on campus!


  • December 26 – Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field: EMU vs. University of Pittsburgh
  • January 20 - Martin Luther King, Jr. President’s Luncheon @ 11 a.m.
  • February 13 - Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents Meeting