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Provost's Wednesday Briefing for April 18, 2018

Professor Ted Ligibel Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Ted Ligibel, Director of Eastern’s award-winning Historic Preservation program, will receive the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Michigan Historic Preservation Network’s annual conference on May 18.  This award is presented to outstanding and deserving individuals, who through personal effort and/or involvement in historic preservation have made a significant contribution to the preservation of Michigan’s heritage.  Congratulations on this award, Professor Ligibel!

Machine Learning Conference: Deep Learning, Theoretical and Practical Aspects    

Congratulations to Dr. Ovidiu Calin for his work in chairing the Machine Learning Conference which was held on Eastern’s campus April 7.  Bringing together faculty and students, the conference showcased projects focused on advancing neural nets technology for solving important real life problems. 

Started by Dr. Calin in fall of 2017, The Machine Learning Group has grown to more than 80 students and faculty affiliated with either Princeton University, University of Michigan, or Eastern Michigan University. The group brings together individuals from different fields of study such as, engineering, computer science, statistics, mathematics, and biology.  By capitalizing on the complimentary knowledge base of this interdisciplinary group, members collaborate to share ideas and seek areas for future cooperation and innovation. 

2018 Eastern Michigan University Thank-a-Teacher Awards

The Thank-a-Teacher program allows students the opportunity to thank Eastern teachers, graduate students, mentors, administrators, and student programming staff who have gone above and beyond to make a difference in their lives. Created last year by Drs. Amy Johnson (Chemistry Department) and Katherine Ryker (Geology & Geography Department), the 2018 event celebrated 106 individuals.  Congratulations to everyone who works to affect positive change in our students’ lives.  For a list of the award recipients, please visit the Thank-a-Teacher website.

Spring 2018 Commencement

On Saturday, approximately 2,900 students will celebrate with their friends and families at Eastern’s Spring 2018 Commencement Ceremony.  A special thank you to everyone who volunteered to serve on this special day.  Listed below are some details to keep in mind in if you are planning to attend the ceremony:

Eastern Michigan University's Spring 2018 Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, April 21, 2018
Eastern Michigan University's Convocation Center
Morning Ceremony: Colleges of Education, Health and Human Services, and Business at 9:30 a.m.
Afternoon Ceremony: Colleges of Arts and Sciences, and Technology at 1:30 p.m.

Faculty and department heads/school directors will robe in the training room on the lower level of the facility. For the morning ceremony, you may arrive as early as 8​:0​0 a.m., but please plan to be in the robing room no later than 8:​45 a.m. The processional begins promptly at 9:30 a.m. For the afternoon ceremony, you may arrive as early as noon, but please plan to be in the robing room no later than 12:45 p.m. The processional begins promptly at 1:30 p.m. Please leave ample time for parking, as lots are very congested and surface street traffic is heavy, especially in inclement weather and due to people from the morning ceremony exiting as you are arriving.

Board of Regents Meeting Schedule

A reminder that the Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents will meet on Friday, April 20, 2018. 

  • 9–9:45 a.m.  Education Policies Committee in room 205
  • 9–9:45 a.m.  Athletic Affairs Committee in room 201
  • 10–10:45 a.m.  Faculty Affairs Committee in room 205
  • 10–10:45 a.m.  Student Affairs Committee in room 201
  • 11–11:45 a.m. Finance and Investment Committee in room 201
  • 1 p.m. Regular Board Meeting in room 201

Loop 1 Project Reminder

As mentioned in previous briefings, we are moving forward on the Loop 1 project to replace existing primary electrical service to 19 buildings across campus. Phase 2 of the Loop 1 Conversion is set to begin this spring. Phase 2 — called swing space — includes temporary building shutdowns and temporary space locations for building occupants. Please visit the Loop 1 website for information about shutdowns, space assignments and resources.