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Provost's Wednesday Briefing for March 14, 2018

National Association of Social Workers Names Alyssia Hence Student of the Year

Please join us in congratulating McNair Scholar Alyssia Hence, who was named the National Association of Social Workers Student of the Year!  Under the mentorship of Dr. Celeste Hawkins, Alyssia's research examined the factors leading to African American student suspensions in the public schools.  As a result of her participation in the University of Michigan's Summer Research Opportunity Program in 2018, she will be listed as co-author on a peer-review article drawn from her team's research.  

Alyssia is in her final semester and on track to graduate magna cum-laude.  We wish her well as she entertains offers from both Wayne State University and University of Michigan to continue her education in the field of social work.  We are exceedingly proud of Alyssia, and all who have supported her during her time at Eastern.  For additional information on Eastern's McNair Scholars program, please visit the McNair Scholars program website.  

Distinguished Contributions Awards Ceremony

A reminder that you are cordially invited to attend the 2018 Distinguished Contributions Award Ceremony on March 21, 2018, in the EMU Student Center Ballroom.  A reception begins at 3 p.m. and the formal program takes place from 3:45 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The awards honor EMU faculty and staff who have advanced the University’s mission to enrich the lives of its students in a supportive, intellectually dynamic and diverse community. It is important to value and reward the contributions so many make to the success of students and colleagues across our campus. My hope is that you'll join us at the event to recognize the work of these valued colleagues and all the individuals nominated for awards this year.

This year’s winners of the following awards will be revealed at the ceremony:

Distinguished Achievement Recognition Awards

  • Student Engagement and Success Award
  • Leadership Award
  • Innovation Award
  • Community Engagement and Service Award

Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Faculty Awards

  • Creative Activity Award
  • Research Awards
  • Teaching Awards
  • Service Award
  • Excellent Teachers Engaging Alumni Award
  • Lecturer Distinguished Teaching Awards

We hope that you will attend the ceremony to support and congratulate your colleagues as they receive this honor.  Please submit your RSVP today!

Invitation to Soup and Substance

The Disability Resource Center (DRC) cordially invites you to our first ever Soup and Substance.  Come join us on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at noon–1:30 p.m. in room 352 of the Student Center as Eastern's very own Dr. Sally Burton-Hoyle gives a presentation on Supporting the Executive Functioning of College Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. 

The DRC Soup and Substance is an educational lunch series designed to engage university students, faculty, staff and community members in discussions, presentations, and research that foster understanding and appreciation of disability awareness.  Come enjoy free lunch provided by the DRC and a phenomenal presentation by Dr. Sally Burton-Hoyle. 

Please RSVP online or by calling the DRC at 734.487.2470.   

For more information, please contact Izzie Bullock at 734.487.2470 or [email protected]

Eastern Michigan University provides individuals with disabilities reasonable accommodations to participate in university activities, programs, and services. Individuals with disabilities requiring an accommodation to participate in an activity, program, or event should call the Disability Resource Center, 734.487.2470 or [email protected], at least one week prior to the event.


Please consider joining Eastern Michigan University's RUN for Title IX! to honor Eastern's commitment to creating an educational environment free from discrimination on the basis of sex. Bring awareness to the support services provided by the Title IX office by participating in a 1.9 mile run/walk starting at the Student Center patio at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21. No registration is necessary and there is no cost to participate.  In addition to raffle drawings for great giveaways, the first 125 participants will receive a high-tech t-shirt. Members of Eastern's Track and Cross Country teams will be on hand to cheer you on! 

10th Annual Cesar Chavez Day of Celebration

EMU's Latinx Student Association is hosting the 10th annual Cesar Chavez Celebration Luncheon on March 28 in the Student Center Ballroom from noon–1:30 p.m. More than 300 Latino/a juniors from area high schools will be welcomed to campus to take part in a college readiness panel facilitated by EMU's Latinx Student Association.  Students will also enjoy a campus tour with admissions and be the special guests of honor at the luncheon. Ticket sales help support the EMU Latinx Student Association programming and scholarship funds. Purchase your tickets.

Reminder: [email protected] and the Dale Rice Academic Service-Learning Award Nominations Open

Nominations for the [email protected] and Dale Rice Academic Service-Learning Awards for Community Engagement and Community Partnership are being accepted through March 27, 2018.  Please consider nominating faculty, staff, or community organizations who support academic service-learning ad university and community collaboration.  Nominations may be submitted online.  

Dale Rice Award for Academic Innovation in Academic Service-Learning and Community Engagement 

This prestigious award is designed to recognize a Faculty or Staff member who has created and implemented the most innovative and rich work being done in Academic Service-Learning (AS-L) and Community Engagement on EMU’s campus. This exemplary work can be in AS-L classes, projects, community connections, trips, presentations, partnerships, etc. This award is in honor of EMU AS-L innovator, Dale Rice.  

Dale Rice Award for Outstanding AS-L Community Partnership

Awards will be presented to both Faculty and Community Partners for their model partnership in Academic Service-Learning. This award is in honor of the founder of EMU’s Office of AS-L, Dale Rice.  

Engage @ EMU Award (Community and University Collaboration Award)

An award given to an individual or an organization dedicated to high levels of collaboration with various areas of the University community