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Wednesday Briefing for August 2

The Provost's Wednesday Briefing is a complement to the Provost's Update and intended to be a quick update on achievements and opportunities in Academic and Student Affairs. In the summer, it will only be distributed when content is available. Please forward any comments or submissions to [email protected].

Rhonda Fowler Named Interim University Librarian

Effective August 1, Ms. Rhonda Fowler will assume the position of Interim University Librarian, until a permanent Librarian is hired. That search will begin in the fall. Ms. Fowler has held a variety of positions at EMU’s Halle Library, most recently serving as Associate Professor and Reference Librarian. She also previously served as Interim University Librarian and as Interim Associate University Librarian. Ms. Fowler received her BA in English Literature and Communication from Tuskegee University, her MILS from the University of Michigan, and her MLS in Technology Management from Eastern Michigan University. Please join us in welcoming her to her new role!

Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Stanley Appointed Department Head for Military Science and Leadership

LTC Matthew Stanley has been appointed to serve as the Department Head of EMU’s Military Science and Leadership program.  LTC Stanley most recently served as an Executive Officer to the Commanding General at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.  He brings with him 16 years of US Army service in various leadership and staff positions.  We wish him well as he transitions to his new position!

EMU Music Therapy Program Ranked #10 in the Nation

Eastern Michigan University ranked among the top 20 places to study Music Therapy in the article  “The 20 Best Music Therapy Bachelor Programs” by TheBestSchools.org. TheBestSchools.org selected Eastern Michigan University’s program based on several weighted factors described in the article’s introduction, which included popularity, annual income revenue, and media references. Congratulations and thanks to Dr. Therese Merrill, Professor Deborah Gombert, Professor Roberta Justice, and Dr. Jody Stark, for their hard work toward the excellence of this program, a legacy of the late Professor Michael G. McGuire.

MDHHS Recommends $133, 738 Award to EMU's MAGIC Program

Congratulations to the MAGIC program! The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has recommended that EMU receive part of a $2,223,507 award in support of the Mentorship Access Guidance in College program (MAGIC). This grant funds the MAGIC coordinator position; as well as services that include like skills assessment and training and transition to adulthood; and programming, including workshops and mentoring, for students who were in foster care in their youth. More information about MAGIC can be found on their web site.

Global Learning Seminar Applications Now Being Accepted - deadline September 10

This year marks a re-launch to the Global Learning Seminar seminar, with a focus on a pedagogical approach to integrating global learning across the curriculum. Seminar co-facilitators will collaborate with a small group of EMU faculty during the fall 2017 and winter 2018 semesters. All interested faculty are encouraged to apply for this important initiative in support of the international endeavor at EMU. The deadline is September 10, 2017, and the first session is September 22. Here [PDF] is the seminar announcement, and here [Word] is the application.

Story Corps Detroit Podcast: Students At The James And Grace Lee Boggs School In Detroit Talk About 1967

Students at the James and Grace Lee Boggs School, an EMU chartered institution, explain what they learned about the 1967 violence in Detroit and its aftermath. In addition, Curtis Rodgers, Jr., now 64, tells his 82-year-old mother Clarice Rodgers about the looting he witnessed on July 23rd back when he was 14. Marsha Music recalls what happened to her father’s record store, located on 12th Street, when she was 13 years old. Access the podcast via the  WDET web site.

Ongoing Updates

Classroom Technology

TEL Systems, working with Information Technology and Physical Plant, continue installation of upgraded classroom technology, including document cameras, Blu-ray players, thin-client workstations and projection equipment. Over the next couple of weeks, they are targeting classrooms in Warner and Halle. Renovation on the AV in the Pray-Harrold and Mark Jefferson auditoriums is currently underway. (Updated 8/1).

Portion of East Circle Drive Closed May 8–August 10

East Circle Drive is closed to all traffic for construction from Lowell St. to Pray Harrold, until August 10. This means that Best Drive, Ford Lot and Alexander Paid Lot are inaccessible. Please see below for accommodations:

  • Ford Staff Parking: Starting May 8, staff parking for Ford Lot will be moved to Alexander Lot, accessed through Sill Staff Lot.
  • Commuter Parking: Starting May 8, commuter parking for Ford Lot will be moved to the Ann Street Lot.
  • Ford Lot Reserved Parking: Will not be affected.

East Circle Drive will remain open from the Ann St. entrance to the cul-de-sac in front of Snow Health Center. If you have any questions, please review the Traffic Plan Map [PDF] for detours around the project site or contact Physical Plant Project Manager Anthony Duty 487.1000.

How to be Informed of IT System Network Outages

The IT system outage page is updated regularly with planned and unplanned outage information. If you have any questions, please call the IT Help Desk at 487.2120 for further assistance.