Provost's Wednesday Briefing - October 9, 2019

Student Success

Institutional Priority #1:

Promote Student Engagement & Success

Come Out and Meet the new LGBT Resource Center Coordinator

On October 11, The Department of Diversity and Community Involvement (DCI) is celebrating National Coming Out Day by hosting a meet and greet with Amy Finkenbine, our new Coordinator of the LGBT Resource Center.  Come out and meet Amy and enjoy some refreshments from 3-5 pm in the DCI Hub (346 Student Center).

Campus Wellness Events Abound!

The Office of Wellness and Community Responsibility is happy to announce upcoming events for the month of October.  Each event, in some way, supports student success and overall wellbeing.  We appreciate you sharing this information with students and welcome you to participate, as well!

  • October 16 – Wellness Woof, 4-6 pm, Lakehouse
  • October 16 – Deep House Yoga, 8-9 pm, 320 Student Center
  • October 21 – Mindful + Resilient, 5:30-7 pm, 320 Student Center
  • October 23 – Happiness Hop, 2-4 pm, 250 Student Center
  • October 24 – Watch Your B.A.C., Noon-2 pm, Student Center lobby tables

Reminder: Call for Academic Proposals for the 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

The MLK Planning Committee invites proposals from faculty, staff, students, and community members for academic sessions to be offered on Monday, January 20, 2020, from 8:30 - 11 a.m. that support the MLK Celebration theme of, Rise Up Against Injustice.

The Academic Programs Sub-committee will consider academic sessions that explore, analyze, or inform our understanding of Dr. King’s legacy. Session content may explore the past, present, or future and address issues, challenges, and successes related to the 2020 theme. 

Proposals are due by October 28, 2019. Download the full call for proposals here.  For more information visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration website.  Questions may be directed to the Academic Program Chair Julia Heck at [email protected] or 734.487.8036.

Invitation to Participate in Winter 2019 Commencement Ceremony and Update to Rental Regalia Billing Process

Faculty are invited to celebrate our graduates by participating in Eastern’s Winter 2019 Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, December 15 at 9:30 a.m. at the Convocation Center.  All commencement participants must attend the ceremony in academic dress. If you do not own regalia and need to rent a cap and gown, you must place your order by November 1. 

Please note: Faculty and staff who place orders for rental academic regalia will notice a change in the billing process.  Upon completion of your order it will show a $0 balance.  Do not panic.  You will be contacted by the EMU Bookstore via the email address provided on the order with instructions on how to submit your payment. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Alex Henne, Assistant Store Manager at 734.483-2850 [email protected]

As always, Eastern's Commencement Ceremony webpage has the most updated information on the ceremony.  We hope to see you there!

Academics & Research

Institutional Priority #2:

High Performing Academic Programs & Quality Research

Apply for a Summer Research/Creative Activity Award

Full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty are encouraged to submit applications for Summer Research/Creative Activity Awards. These funds are intended to encourage and support research, creative, artistic, and scholarly endeavors during the summer months by providing  stipends of $12,000 in lieu of teaching assignments.  The deadline to apply is October 31.  For more information visit the EMU Research page.

Faculty Research Fellowships and Sabbatical Leaves

Full-time faculty are encouraged to submit applications for Faculty Research Fellowship (FRF) Awards and/or Sabbatical Leave Awards.  Applicants must use the online proposal submission portal to upload their application materials.  The online portal is open to receiving applications through January 31, 2020 at 11:59:59 pm.

Service & Engagement

Institutional Priority #3:

Service & Engagement

It’s Homecoming Week!  Join the Fun and Show your Eastern Spirit

EMU Homecoming celebrates the most spirited week on our campus and it is in full swing.  Check out the list of upcoming events and consider joining in and celebrating with our students and alumni! 

You’re Invited! New YpsiWrites Center Celebrates the National Day on Writing

YpsiWrites is a joint initiative of Eastern Michigan University's Office of Campus & Community Writing, Ypsilanti District Library, and 826michigan. You are invited to join us to celebrate the Grand Opening of the YpsiWrites center and the National Day on Writing! Try out writing activities, learn from area writers and authors, and share your own writing experiences. The event features giveaways from local businesses including Worthwhile Paper, STUFD, Tower Inn, and Cross Street Coffee.

It’s all happening on Saturday, October 19, 2019, from 11 am to 2 pm, at the Ypsilanti District Library. Let us know if you'll be there! Questions? Email [email protected]

EMU’s Center for Jewish Studies Welcomes Pamela S. Nadell to Campus

The EMU Center for Jewish Studies Performance/Speaker Series brings respected thought leaders and artists to campus to conduct performances, deliver public lectures, lead conversations, and engage with the university and greater Southeast Michigan communities. 

On October 28 at 7 pm, Dr. Pamela S. Nadell will be in the Student Center Ballroom to talk about and sign copies of her book “America’s Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today.” Dr. Nadell is a Professor and Patrick Clendenen Chair in Women's & Gender History at American University where she serves as the Director of the Jewish Studies Program.  We hope that you are able to attend!  

Effective Operations

Institutional Priority #4

Institutional Effectiveness

If Students Have Questions, Service EMU Has Answers!

Service EMU, located in suite 268 of the Student Center, is a one-stop shop for questions regarding student billing, financial aid, and registration.  Please refer students to this location for assistance as the McKenny location is no longer available. 

University Health Services Medical Clinic at Snow Health Center Closing November 1

A reminder that the University Health Services (UHS) Medical Clinic at Snow Health Center is scheduled to close on November 1.  After that date, UHS will no longer provide any healthcare in person or by phone.  Current patients of UHS should contact their clinician by October 25 to discuss the transition of care to a new provider. The Snow Pharmacy will remain open through November 26.  

On November 4, Integrated Healthcare Associates (IHA) will open the new IHA Health [email protected]  This center will provide both primary care and urgent care services to Eastern’s students, faculty, staff, and surrounding community. Additionally, the center will house the new Campus Medical Pharmacy.  

For those who have used UHS, Eastern will continue to maintain the privacy and security of your medical records according to state and federal law.  Please arrange to obtain a copy of your medical records before December 15, 2019. 

Please visit the UHS webpage for more detailed information on this transition.

Reminder: Open Enrollment for Health Benefits Ends October 15

Just a reminder that the open enrollment period for employee health benefits ends on October 15. This year, if you do nothing, your 2019 benefits elections will automatically carry forward to 2020 with a few exceptions. 

Faculty and staff  MUST  enroll if they wish to continue or elect:

  • Flexible Spending accounts (FSAs)
  • Health Savings account (HSA) 

For more information, please contact EMU Total Rewards Benefits/Compensation Office at 734.487.3195 or visit the Human Resources Open Enrollment webpage

Mark Your Calendar

October 10 – DRC and Offices of Ombuds and Wellness and Community Responsibility Open House, noon to 2 pm, 246 Student Center 

October 17-18 – Symposium: Mark Jefferson at Versailles

October 25 - Global Perspectives on Health Care Teleconference 

October 31 – Academic Service Learning Lecture: Deborah Appleman: Teaching Literacy at a High-Security Prison, 5:30 pm,350 Student Center