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Provost's Wednesday Briefing for April 10, 2019

You're Invited! SIO and Honors Dean Open Forums

As you may know, we are welcoming candidates to campus this week and next in an effort to find our next Senior International Officer and Dean of the Honors College. As part of the interview process, open forums are scheduled to provide an opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to interact with the candidates and offer feedback to the search committee.  Please consider attending sessions as your schedule permits.   Your input is welcomed and valued!

Senior International Officer Candidates – Welch 205 @ 2 p.m.

Thursday, April 11, Witold Wolny

Friday, April 12, Dennis Hart

Monday, April 15, Jeremy Straughn

Participants may send their feedback to the committee by using this online survey for the Senior International Officer candidates

Dean, Honors College Candidates – Welch 205 @ 3:15 p.m.

Friday, April 12, Timothy Nichols

Monday, April 15, Matthew Altman

Wednesday, April 17, Ann Eisenberg

Thursday, April 18, Scott Breuninger

Participants may send their feedback to the committee by using this online survey for the Dean Honors College candidates

Coatings Research Institute Adds Advanced Material Characterization Capabilities through Donation from Toyota

Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing (TEMA) has donated two advanced material characterization instruments to Coatings Research Institute (CRI) of Eastern Michigan University. The two instruments – Thermogravimetric Analyzer (TGA) and Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC) are very useful in measurement of thermal properties of polymers, plastics, composites, metals and alloys, and ceramics. This donation values approximately $60K as per the current market price.

In his consistent efforts to enhance instrumentation capabilities of CRI, Professor Vijay Mannari worked with Lisa Comben, Director of Development, Corporate & Foundation Relations of EMU foundation and the team of TEMA in securing this very useful donation. “I am very excited to see addition of these two instruments that will help our students, faculty, in not only polymers and coatings area but also researchers across the EMU working in area of advanced material research”, said Prof. Mannari.  These instruments are housed in CRI material testing lab within CRI and are up and running. CRI is only of its kind in the US Midwest that focuses research and development in the niche area of polymers and coatings and enjoys very high national and international reputation from industries and academia.

RSVP Reminder for Faculty Participation in Commencement

Faculty who plan to participate in the April 2019 ceremony must inform their department head or school director by April 19 to ensure we have adequate seating at the ceremony. All commencement participants must attend the ceremony in academic dress. If you need assistance with regalia, please send an email to Alex Henne or call the bookstore at 734.483.2850.  We look forward to seeing you at the ceremony!

Help Get the Word Out: Eastern's Graduation Fair

We ask for your help in encouraging any students planning to participate in the upcoming commencement ceremony to attend the Graduation Fair on April 15 and 16, from 10 a.m to 6 p.m. on the first floor of the Student Center. Students can pick up regalia, commencement tickets and Honors tassels, as well as customize and order their Eastern class ring. As an added bonus students who attend receive a free gift with regalia purchase and may also take time to decorate their cap at the free “Mortar Board Decoration Station” immediately outside the Bookstore.

EMU Summer Science Research Program for High School Students         

Do you know any high school students with an interest in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics? Refer them to a one-of-a-kind program that matches high school students with faculty mentors to work on research projects during an intensive three-week summer program. The program runs from June 24-July 16 and costs $1,400.  Scholarships are available for students who qualify.  Space is limited so register early! Check out the website for additional information on this exciting program.  

2020 MLK Celebration Committee Seeks Input

Eastern Michigan University will soon begin planning for the 34th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration.  The committee is seeking input from the campus community for the 2020 annual theme and to identify potential keynote speakers. To offer your suggestions or to volunteer to as a subcommittee co-chair or subcommittee member, please complete the online form by April 18, 2019.

Contact the 2020 MLK Celebration Co-Chairs Ellen Gold or Steve Bryant with any comments, questions or concerns.  More information on the MLK Annual Celebration can be found online

GEC Offers Campus 2 Career Professional Retreat for International Eastern Students

The Global Engagement Council is organizing an off-campus professional development retreat aimed at helping international students learn to successfully adapt to the multi-cultural workplaces in the US and leverage their unique strengths, talents, and skills.

Led by Dr. Diana Wong, Associate Professor of Management, this small group retreat will provide students the opportunity to learn various skills, such as following employment trends, developing professional identity, key workplace behaviors and etiquette, as well as cultural "dos and don’ts." The retreat will be held at Eastern’s Fish Lake facility on April 25 and 26, 2019.  Please consider sharing this information with your students and colleagues.