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Provost's Wednesday Briefing for July 18, 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].

Matt Sauber Wins Best Paper at Malaysia Conference

Dr. Matt Sauber, Professor, Marketing, won the Best Paper Award at the Joint 11th Language for Specific Purposes/10th Global Advances in Business Communication Conference in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.  Matt’s paper was entitled, “Digital Transformation of Global Trade: A Paradigm Shift.”  Congratulations on this noteworthy achievement!

 Women, Leadership, and Change Study Trip a Success

Doctoral Fellow Allison Boone and Assistant Professor Carmen McCallum and eight students from the EMU LEADership minor spent the week of June 24 in Washington D.C. on a Women, Leadership, and Change, study trip.  The students were afforded the opportunity to meet with many outstanding women leaders including Dr. Mary Sue Coleman, President of the American Association of Universities, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, and Senator Debbie Stabenow.

The first trip of its kind in LEAD’s brief history, the LEAD minor and the Higher Education Student Affairs programs are looking to provide future opportunities like this for women at EMU. For additional information about the Higher Education Student Affairs program, contact Carmen McCallum at [email protected]  For more information on the LEAD minor, contact Allison Boone at [email protected]

Clinical Research Administration Program Ranked 4th in the Nation

Please join us in congratulating our colleagues Jean Rowan and Irwin Martin as their program, Clinical Research Administration was just recognized as the 4th best master's program in Clinical Research in the U.S. by College Choice, a leading authority in college and university rankings. This follows the program's #1 ranking last year by the prominent health care website the Healthcare Management Degree Guide.

Mental Health 101 Training

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is offering a training for staff and faculty on mental health issues among college students.  More students with mental health challenges are coming to universities and our staff need to be educated about these issues and how to respond effectively with our students.  Mental Health 101 is a training designed to give the lay person some greater comfort with talking to students about mental health issues.  Students talk to our staff and faculty about their personal life and this program can help us feel better equipped to respond.  The objective of the program is to increase your awareness and comfort about psychological issues and allow you a space to practice ways to respond to students who present with depression, anxiety and other mental health concerns.

This full-day training session is highly interactive and requires participants to commit to the full six hours.  All faculty, staff, and graduate assistants who have a job on campus that involves interacting with students are welcome.  Online registration is available here.

Mental Health 101
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
9 a.m.–4 p.m.  (lunch on your own)
Halle Library, Room 300

For more information contact Lisa Lauterbach, Director, Counseling and Psychological Services at 734.487.1117 or [email protected] 

EMU Bright Futures Continues to Grow

EMU Bright Futures has been awarded two additional 21st Century Community Learning Center grants from the Michigan Department of Education.  EMU Bright Futures currently serves 15 sites and this additional funding allows us to serve 10 more for the 2018-19 school year.  For more information on EMU’s Bright Futures program, visit their website.

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.

James H. Brickley Endowment for Faculty Professional Development and Innovation – New Funding Opportunity

Tony and Lois Evans have recently graciously donated an additional $30,000 of funding for the James H. Brickley Endowment for Faculty Professional Development and Innovation. Graduate Studies and Research will accept new proposals for funding beginning, July 1, 2018.

We anticipate making 15-20 awards during this funding cycle. Consideration for larger awards will be given to projects that focus on innovation, interdisciplinary teams, and/or the application of newer techniques, technologies, or programs. We encourage the submission of innovative projects from faculty teams and/or for projects with timelines that extend beyond one funding cycle (for example, 2018-2019 and 2019-2020). Additionally, we encourage the revision/resubmission of unfunded proposals from previous funding cycles.

More information regarding the Brickley Awards and other funding opportunities, visit the EMU Research website.

AT&T Tower Construction at Pray Harrold

Work has begun this week to install an AT&T cell tower on the roof of Pray Harrold.  The most intrusive work of installing fiber cables should be completed by early next week.  We will keep you updated on the progress as the project continues.

Reminder: Call for Submissions to the Database of International Engagements

The Global Learning Seminar and General Education-Global Awareness area are in the process of creating a database with an aim to extend, update and make searchable information pertaining to international engagements by EMU faculty. The objective is to create a resource for instructors who would like to integrate virtual global learning opportunities into their courses.  Additionally, the database may be used to research opportunities that instructors may make available to students. Through this project, we endeavor to create a network of faculty contacts in universities worldwide resulting in opportunities for our students to engage in conversations and collaboration with students in universities outside the United States. 

Please consider adding your information to this searchable database today.