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Wednesday Briefing for June 7

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] .

More Kudos

  • To Dr. Raul Leon, who received the Outstanding Men's Program Award from ACPA - College Student Educators International, on behalf of the Coalition on Men and Masculinities.
  • To all who participated on behalf of EMU in the National Science Foundation's Higher Education Research and Development Survey, in particular Katharyn Schortgen, who provided the response.
  • To EMU's Chapter of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS), formally recognized as a Gold Star chapter for the 2016–2017 academic year. The Chapter implemented highly engaging events throughout the year, demonstrating its integrity and dedication to NSCS's values of scholarship, leadership, and service.

Congratulations and many thanks to all of you for the distinction you bring to EMU through your dedication.

Change to EMU Human Subjects Review Process

As of June 10, the EMU Human Subjects Review Committee will no longer accept human subject applications on IRBNet. After June 10, all human subject applications, along with the supplementary documents, must be emailed to [email protected] for review.

The Human Subjects Review Committee is switching research support systems, from IRBNet to Cayuse IRB. Cayuse IRB offers more functionality, including a fully online application, and will take time to implement. The anticipated implementation date is August 1, and the campus will be notified when the date is finalized. In the interim, all human subject submissions must be sent to [email protected]. Access to IRBNet will end on June 20, 2017.

Please contact Sonia Chawla or April Gravitt at [email protected] with any questions.

Fall, 2017 Academic Service-Learning Fellows

We would like to recognize the following faculty, selected as fall 2017 AS-L fellows:

  • Steve Benninghoff, Department of English, Language and Literature
  • Audrey Bernard, Department of Special Education
  • Bilquis Ferdousi, School of Information Security and Applied Computing (SISAC)
  • You Li, Department of Communication, Media and Theatre Arts
  • Stephanie Wladkowski, School of Social Work

Kudos to Math Challenge Participants

Approximately 400 students from charter schools came to EMU's campus on May 22 to participate in the fourth annual Math Facts Challenge. The event was sponsored by EMU's Charter Schools Office. "Mathaletes" from 19 schools participated in a series of competitions where they answered grade-level questions ranging from addition facts to multi-step equations. Mlive posted an article and EMU issued a press release on the event.

New Round of Funding for James H. Brickley Endowment for Faculty Professional Development and Innovation

Tony and Lois Evans have recently graciously donated an additional $20,000 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, 2017. Additional information will be released in the coming weeks regarding the application process and how to access the application portal.


  • Submission of proposal: July 1–Oct. 2, 2017 by 5 p.m. EST
  • Written award decision notification by October 16, 2017
  • We encourage revision/resubmission of unfunded proposals from winter 2017.

Please, feel free to contact Tracy Pytlak at [email protected] or 734.487.4875 with any questions or concerns about the program, and visit the Brickley Awards web site.

Pease Commuter Lot Closed Friday, June 9

The Physical Plant will be conducting repairs to the entry and exit of the Pease Commuter Lot, which will require the closure of that portion of the lot beginning Friday, June 9. The lot will re-open Monday morning, June 12. These repairs also will affect the exit of the Pease Staff Lot—the gate to that portion of the lot will remain open for entry and exit while the project is underway. If there are any questions regarding this project, please call Chris Grant at 734.487.0435.

Ongoing Updates

STEM Education Activities Planning Opportunity — June 20

EMU and the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum (AAHOM) have received funding from the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement in order to form a partnership which provides quality informal STEM education activities to the children and families of Ypsilanti. Interested faculty from all disciplines are encouraged to help make the most of this opportunity by participating in a joint planning session with educators from the AAHOM on Tuesday June 20 from 2–4 p.m. (campus location TBA).

The initiative is lead by Sarah Fabian and Kelly Grossman (Library) and Amy Flanagan Johnson (Chemistry). Please RSVP by noon on Friday June 16, though earlier responses for planning purposes are greatly appreciated. Snacks will be provided.

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 Sherzer and Judy Sturgis Hill Building.

Traffic Flow Direction Reversal on West Circle Drive May 1–July 10

From May 1 through July 10, there will be modifications to the traffic and pedestrian patterns on West Circle Drive, resulting from the Central Heating Plant project. West Circle Drive traffic flow will reverse direction and will exit on to Oakwood Street from Structure Drive. Anthony Duty is the project contact person for the Physical Plant at 734.487.1000.

The West Circle Drive traffic changes are indicated on the traffic plan map.

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 Pedestrian and Vehicular Traffic Map 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.

Performance Evaluation System Assistance

All performance evaluations for AP, PT, PE, AH, AC, CA and CS employees are due to be completed in the Simitive System by by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 30, 2017. Please note that some University divisions may impose an earlier deadline. Be sure to check with your divisional leadership to make sure you are meeting your divisional deadline. To fully complete your evaluation(s) you will not only be evaluating the goals from 2016–2017; you will also be developing and inputting new goals for the 2017–2018 year.

Two in-person training sessions will be offered on Friday, May 19 and Thursday, June 8 in 110 Halle Library. To register for training, go to the LOD Eventbrite page and select the session that works best for you. Additional performance evaluation information (including FAQs [PDF]), can be found on the evaluations and performance reviews web page.

Have Questions or Need Help in the Simitive System?

For the fastest response, submit all support requests directly to our department by clicking on the ‘Support’ link located in the upper right corner of the home page on the Simitive system. You can also email [email protected].