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Provost's Wednesday Briefing for December 5, 2018

Good News from the Office of International Students and Scholars

Jenny DuChene, immigration/student advisor in the Office for International Students and Scholars, was selected to join the Michigan Association of International Educators (MAIE) Team as one of the International Student and Scholar Services Knowledge Community Chairs. This knowledge community provides professional development opportunities for international student and scholar advisers and for those who work or volunteer in campus- and community-based international programming. Jenny was selected from a host of applicants from universities across the state. Please join us in congratulating her on this appointment! 

Good News from the College of Technology

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Kasim Korkmaz, Assistant Professor, Visual and Built Environments, on his recent award of $250,000 from the Transportation Research Board.  His proposal 'Transit Traction Power Cables: Replacement Guidelines' (TCRP Project C-24) was created as a product of the College of Technology Dean's Summer Support Program. The research will answer key questions and determine end of life and replacement criteria for transit traction power cables. The objective of the research is to develop guidelines for determining when to replace transit system cables. Nonlinear analysis will be performed to understand the current practice and capacity for the cables. While the cables are in use, the system will be checked through finite element analysis to understand the capacity and life time.

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. 

Eastern Awarded Funding to Expand Campus Sexual Assault Prevention

EMU has been awarded a 2019 Campus Sexual Assault Prevention Grant by the Michigan State Police, Grants and Community Services Division for $68,693. This grant will allow the University to expand on our commitment to provide innovative programs related to sexual assault prevention. To learn more about the grant or to become involved in this initiative, contact Ellen Gold at 734.487.1107 or via email at egold@emich.edu

Thank-An-Eagle Program

We encourage you to share with students a university-wide program called Thank-An-Eagle (formerly known as Thank-a-Teacher).  This program provides an opportunity for students to thank an instructor, staff member, coach, graduate assistant, or mentor who has helped them during their time here at Eastern. Students submit a message of gratitude online and the Faculty Development Center and Provost Office deliver each message in the form of a letter to the person thanked.  At the end of the academic year, a special "Thank-An-Eagle" event will take place to recognize all of the Eagles who made a positive contributions to our students’ experience. 

Call for Nominations: EMU-FT Full-Time Lecturers Distinguished Teaching Award

The Provost’s Office is now accepting nominations for the 2018 EMU-FT Full-Time Lecturers Distinguished Teaching Award to honor full-time lecturers for their dedication to students’ education, as well as to demonstrate the value placed in full-time lecturers by the institution. The winner of the EMU-FT Full-Time Lecturers Distinguished Teaching Award 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

James and the Giant Peach – A Family Friendly Night at the Theatre

Looking for some family-friendly fun?  Consider attending a performance of James and the Giant Peach at Eastern’s Quirk Theatre.  Directed by Dr. Christine Tanner, this classic tale has been imaginatively reworked into a sensory exploration that will delight audiences of all ages.  

Of special note, this production was designed to improve accessibility, inclusiveness and enjoyment for all patrons. Working with Dr. Elena SV Flys, certain performances on the schedule are designated “accessible” and “sensory friendly.”  Accessible performances are designed to offer accessibility services to enhance the experience of patrons with sensory impairments (blind and low-vision; deaf and hearing loss). Sensory friendly performances are designed to create a performing arts experience that is welcoming to all families with members with autism or with other impairments that create sensory sensitivities.

Ticket information and a detailed performance schedule may be found here

Handmade for the Holidays

Visit the AMP! Handmade for the Holidays event and shop for unique, hand-crafted gifts for your friends and family.  The AMP! Student Organization at Eastern is dedicated to connecting student artists with audiences, venues, and opportunities. AMP! both empowers student artists to move their creative practices into careers and offers opportunities for the entire Eastern community to explore their own creative side. 

​December 6, 2018
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Student Center, 1st floor, Across from Amazon 

Last Call for 2018 CPR and AED Training

There is still time to sign up for training that might help you save a life.  Please consider participating in one of the upcoming the Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) certification trainings.  Reserve your spot for the December 9 session by emailing Katherine Wilhoff, Director of Environmental Health and Safety, at kwilhoff@emich.edu