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Wednesday Briefing for July 26

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].

Michael Tew Appointed Associate Provost and AVP for Academic Programming and Services

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Tew, who will now be serving as Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Programming and Services. For the past year he served as Interim Director for Undergraduate Studies, and is also a Professor in the School of Communication, Media and Theatre Arts. We are pleased and excited to work with him in this role!

The Provost's Office Welcomes Amy Ducher

We are delighted to welcome Amy to EMU. She replaces Akosua Dow as the Administrative Associate to the Provost. Prior to working at EMU, Amy held the position of Project Assistant for Academic Affairs at Henry Ford College. Please join us in wishing her well and supporting her transition to her new position with us!

Renewals of Two of EMU's Most Transformational Community Programs

EMU Bright Futures

This marks the 10th year of EMU Bright Futures, a high-quality, research based program, focused on providing out-of-school programming for underserved youth, schools and communities.

EMU Bright Futures currently oversees 15 sites after-school sites: 7 sites in Wayne-Westland and 8 sites in Ypsilanti. For FY17, EMU Bright Futures was one of 7 organizations to be awarded a Michigan Department of Education, 21st CCLC Cohort J grant award (providing support for five school sites). EMU Bright Futures was one of 3 that received the full award amount of $675,000/year. The grant is slated for 5 years of funding for a total of $3,375,000.

EMU Bright Futures is under the direction of Lynn Malinoff. To learn more about all of the EMU Bright Futures' sites and programs please visit its website.

Upward Bound

Now in its 50th year, EMU's Upward Bound program is one of the country's longstanding Upward Bound Trio programs. Through academic academies, mentoring, and college prep courses, Upward Bound has provided one our area's most consistent and clear pathways to post -secondary opportunities for Ypsilanti high school students. For FY17, EMU's Upward Bound was awarded 5 years of funding at $410,242 per year and serves annually 89 students.

Upward Bound is under the direction of Jennifer Fong. To learn more about Upward Bound please visit its website.

To learn more about other EMU community based programs and opportunities, visit the Engage @EMU Web Site.

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 a.m.–4 p.m., 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 at 734.487.1000.

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 734.487.2120 for further assistance.