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Wednesday Briefing for July 19

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]

Canvas Learning Management System Authentication* Planned Downtime -  July 21, 6 p.m. to midnight.

Monthly maintenance of EMU's computing systems is routinely performed on Friday evening from 6 p.m. to midnight. During this month’s maintenance program, faculty teaching in summer should note that the following major computer systems will be unavailable:
• Log on access to all systems which require NetID authentication including:
   • Canvas Learning Management System ( http://canvas.emich.edu/ )
   • Gmail / Google Apps (http://google.emich.edu)
• Banner
• My.emich (including self-service faculty, student and employee tabs)

A full list of all systems affected can be found on IT’s system outage page.

*If you are already logged in to Canvas at the time of the outage, you will still be able to use it. However, you will not be able to log in during the outage.

McKenny Hall Loading Dock Closed July 15-July 24

As part of the Campus Loop 1 Primary Electrical project, starting Saturday, July 15, 2017, access to the McKenny Hall loading dock will be closed, and will reopen July 24, 2017. If there are questions, please contact Chris Longerbeam, EMU Physical Plant Project Manager, at 487-1000

Webinar: Racial Battle Fatigue: Shift Your Campus Culture to Better Support Students, Faculty &

Staff of Color - July 26, 2:00-3:30, 310B Student Center

Ellen Gold, AVP for Student Well-Being, and Steve Bryant, Director, Diversity and Community Involvement, invite faculty, students, and staff to attend this webinar, with experts Dr. Kathy Obear and Dr. Tanya Williams, who will provide insights into how to help shift the campus culture to better support racially marginalized groups, and challenge racism on campus. Please see  this flyer [PDF] for learning outcomes and presenter bios. There will be some time for discussion afterward. Please share this with anyone who might be interested in attending.

RSVP to  [email protected].  

Mental Health 101 Training - July 27

Mental Health 101 is a training designed to give the lay person some greater comfort with talking to students about mental health issues. Every summer, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers this training to faculty and staff. This year, the training will take place on Thursday, July 27, 9:00-4:00, in Halle Library Room 300. Lunch will be on your own; please plan to attend training for the full day. Sign up via this Google form; for questions, please contact Dr. Lisa Lauterbach, Director, Counseling and Psychological Services, (734)487-1118.

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. They will also begin to renovate the AV in the Pray-Harrold and Mark Jefferson auditoriums. (Updated 6/28).

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.