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Provost's Wednesday Briefing for August 8, 2018

The Provost's Wednesday Briefing provides updates 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].

Presentations at International Conference on Teaching Statistics

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Dr. Stephanie Casey at the ICOTS10 Conference

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Stephanie Casey, Associate Professor, Mathematics, who attended and made three presentations at the recent International Conference on Teaching Statistics in Kyoto, Japan. In two invited sessions she shared her work on the NSF IUSE project ESTEEM to design e-modules for use in statistics teacher education. She also presented a poster about methods for developing teachers' statistical knowledge for teaching developed for another NSF IUSE project, MODULE(S^2).Presentations at International Conference on Teaching Statistics

Eastern Faculty Awarded Fellowship to MAC Academic Leadership Program

Congratulations to Dr. Andrea Zakrajsek, Associate Professor and Aging Studies Program Director, on being named the 2018-19 EMU Fellow to the Mid-American Conference (MAC) Academic Leadership Development Program. The MAC Academic Leadership Development Program (ALDP) is a professional development program that aims to identify a select group of faculty and administrators in an effort to develop, prepare, and enhance their ability to be effective academic leaders. We are pleased to have Andrea follow in the footsteps of faculty who completed this program in the inaugural cohort in 2017-18: Tana Bridge, Professor of Social Work & The Graduate School Faculty Associate; Debra Ingram, Professor and Department Head; and W. John Koolage, Associate Professor of Philosophy & Interim Director of General Education.

2018–19 Global Learning Seminar – Call for Applications

I am pleased to share with you a call to participate in the 2018–19 Global Learning Seminar (GLS). The focus of GLS is to work with faculty to develop a global-centered approach to curriculum development and course design. Seminar co-facilitators Solange Simoes and Shiri Vivek will collaborate with a small group of Eastern faculty during the Fall 2018 and Winter 2019 semesters to share teaching and learning strategies that support faculty in their efforts to impart a global perspective into their courses. Please take a moment to review the seminar announcement and application. I encourage all faculty to consider applying. 

Eastern’s College of Health and Human Services Hosts the Sixth Annual Global Perspectives on Health Care Teleconference

Congratulations to Dr. David Thomas, Professor, Therapeutic Recreation, for organizing the sixth annual international teleconference: Global Perspectives on Health Care.  This year’s conference will focus on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Scheduled speakers for this event include Eastern faculty Dr. Cassandra Barragan, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, along with colleagues from the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center, Ann Arbor, and the Institute of Gerontology, Kiev, Ukraine.  The Teleconference will be broadcast from Eastern’s Halle Library Auditorium from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday, October 26, 2018.  This event is free and open to the public. For more information, download the event flyer [PDF].

Eastern a Finalist in Community Innovation Competition

Congratulations to Decky Alexander and Marquan Jackson of [email protected] on being named finalists in the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation’s Vital Seniors: A Community Innovation Competition! Their project, Aging in Place with Grace, is a partnership between Eastern’s Family Empowerment Program and the Ypsilanti Housing Commission. Finalists receive a capacity grant of $20,000 and participate in trainings, coaching and mentoring sessions over the summer where they receive technical assistance to develop and strengthen innovation products. In Fall 2018, a total of six prizes will be awarded ranging from $50,000 to $500,000.

New Graduate Student Orientation

The 2018 Graduate Student Orientation is scheduled for August 28, 2018, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Student Center Auditorium.  Although not mandatory, we encourage all new graduate students to participate as they are provided important information on resources, policies, and the graduate school experience.

Invitations are being sent to newly enrolled students this week.  Please feel free to encourage attendance at orientation by sending this link for registration to any new graduate students you may encounter.

ORDA Weekly Updates

As you may know, the Office of Research, Development, and Administration publishes weekly updates to keep the campus community informed on a wide array of internal and external funding opportunities.  Please consider visiting ORDA’s website today to see what opportunities exist for funding your next research endeavor.

Parking Lot Improvements Underway

We appreciate your patience while the following parking lots are receiving some much needed maintenance:

  • Oakwood South Lot: Unavailable from Tuesday, August 7 through Monday, August 13.
  • McKenny Paid Lot: Unavailable from Tuesday, August 7 through Monday, August 13.
  • Porter Circle: Unavailable from Saturday, August 11 through Sunday, August 12.
  • Normal Lots: Unavailable from Saturday, August 11 through Sunday, August 12.

Please note: ADA/Handicap parking will be accommodated in McKenny Staff Lot and West Circle Drive for the duration of the above projects.