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Provost's Wednesday Briefing for December 12, 2018

Good News from the Chemistry Department!

The American Chemical Society (ACS) student chapter at Eastern has been selected to receive a Commendable award for its activities conducted during the 2017-18 academic year.  Professor Timothy Friebe and Associate Professor Jose Vites, faculty advisers of the chapter, are to be commended for the time and effort they have contributed to the success of this student organization.  Please join us in congratulating the students and Professors Friebe and Vites on this well-deserved recognition! 

Debt Forgiveness Meets Community Engagement: Eagle Engage Corps!

Eastern Michigan University’s Engage@EMU office announces a new pilot program aimed at combining student debt forgiveness and public service. The Eagle Engage Corps program focuses EMU’s efforts to re-engage current and former EMU undergraduate students who have started at EMU but left or are unable to continue as a result of financial challenges.

Statewide, 1.5 million adults age 25-64 began college but did not earn a degree. As a school of opportunity, EMU wants to make sure those who started here have every opportunity to finish their program...their degree...their path.

Students who join the Corps must enroll in a minimum of 9 credits and commit to community work throughout the semester. Students who complete 100 hours of community work and remain in good academic standing at the conclusion of the Winter 19 semester will see a portion of any debt owed directly to EMU forgiven. Students who participate in the Corps for three consecutive semesters will see debts up to $6,000 forgiven.

The Eagle Engage Corps is an exciting opportunity for students to give back to the Ypsilanti community and remove a portion of the financial burden brought on by pursuing a college education. Corps members can complete their community work with organizations such as Upward Bound, the Collaborative Ypsilanti Child Development Center, Eastern Washtenaw Basketball League, St. Joe’s Community Navigator Program, EMU Bright Futures and the Family Empowerment Program. 

Enrollment for the Winter 19 Eagle Engage Corps is open now and applicants will be advised of their status before the end of the year. In this pilot initiative, spaces are limited. Visit the Eagle Engage Corps website to learn more and apply for membership.

New Board Policy: Minors on Campus

The following policy statement was approved pursuant to new state legislation and regulatory requirements: 

University Policy Statement

It is the policy of Eastern Michigan University that all existing and future University programs and activities involving minors shall be developed and administered pursuant to a comprehensive Minors on Campus administrative procedure, to provide a safe and protective environment for participating minors.

Associated Administrative Procedure

Beginning in Winter 2019, the Minors on Campus Coordinator at Engage@EMU will provide training for students, staff and faculty who interact and supervise minors that come to campus.  In addition to sharing best practices, the coordinator will collect and maintain data for reporting purposes, and verify that programs are properly registered.  Colleges, departments, and other campus entities are responsible for creating, documenting and enforcing procedures that incorporate and support this new procedure. Please visit the Minors on Campus website for information and resources.

IT Scanning Services Update

As a courtesy to faculty, IT Scanning Services offers extended hours during final exams.  Those hours will be 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. beginning Wednesday, December 12 and continuing through Thursday, December 20.

Beginning January 2, 2019, the IT Scanning Services window will have reduced hours.  The new window hours for picking up results will be: Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.  and 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  For your convenience, a new 24 hour dropbox has been installed for submitting exams. 

Did you know you can receive results by email?  To receive your results as soon as the exam has been processed, include the appropriate information under “roster email options” on your request form when submitting exams for scanning.

Please remember that you (or your designee) must have the receipt to pick up results.  If the receipt is lost, only the professor (with picture ID) can pick up exam results.

Eastern Michigan University's Winter 2018 Commencement Ceremony

On Saturday, students will celebrate with their friends and families at Eastern’s Winter 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:

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018
Arrival Time: 8:30 a.m.
Ceremony Start Time: 9:30 a.m. 
Location: Eastern Michigan University's Convocation Center 

You may arrive as early as 8 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.  We are expecting record attendance for this ceremony which will lead to significant congestion on surface streets.  Be sure to allow ample time for your commute and parking.  Due to the unseasonably warm weather, there is a chance parking may not be available on the softball field and lawn areas.  Because of this, we strongly encourage faculty and staff to carpool from main campus, where possible. 

For more general information on commencement, please visit Eastern's commencement web page.  I look forward to seeing you at the ceremony!

Multicultural Graduation Celebration

The Center for Multicultural Affairs is hosting a celebration of the accomplishment and honor of graduation with the class of 2018. The diversity of our student body is one of Eastern’s greatest strengths and this event honors the unique experiences our underrepresented students encounter as they move toward the accomplishment of their degrees.  Please consider attending to celebrate our students on December 14, 2018 at 4 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. 

Call for Nominations: Full- and Part-Time Lecturer Awards

The Provost’s Office is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Full- and Part-Time Lecturers Awards to honor lecturers for their dedication to students’ education, as well as to demonstrate the value placed in full-time lecturers by the institution. The winners of these awards will be recognized at the Distinguished Contributions Awards Ceremony during Eastern’s Week of Excellence celebrations. The guidelines, deadlines and nomination forms may be found online.  Please share this information with staff, students, and any other appropriate people and/or committees within your department, school, or area.

If you have any questions, please contact Tracy Pytlak at 734.487.4875 or via email at emu_internalresearchawards@emich.edu.

Call for Nominations: Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Faculty Awards

The Faculty Senate is pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Faculty Awards for tenure-track and tenured faculty.  The awards are offered annually in the following categories: Teaching I, Teaching II, Research I, Research II, Creative Activity, and Service.  Nominations will be accepted through January 21, 2019.  Information on the nomination process and award guidelines are available online.