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Provost's Briefing for May 16, 2019

Professor Susan Badger Booth Receives Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Award

Professor Susan Badger Booth has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award for the winter of the 2019-20 academic year. She will be teaching a graduate course with field work in Cultural Planning at Hongik University in Seoul, South Korea. Hongik is recognized as the foremost arts university in South Korea. Cultural Planning takes its roots when civil society, business, and government enter a conversation on how arts, culture, and place effects our daily lives. Student field work in cultural planning at Hongik will leverage local cultural assets to strategically enhance the Hongdae neighborhood adjacent to the university campus.   

Professor Booth is one of over 800 U.S. citizens who will teach, conduct research, and/or provide expertise abroad for the 2019-2020 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields.  Congratulations, Dr. Booth on this prestigious award! 

Tom Kovacs Recognized for Contributions to Interdisciplinarity

Dr. Tom Kovacs has been selected as the inaugural winner of the College of Arts & Sciences’ Award for Contributions to Interdisciplinarity.  Since his tenure at EMU began, Dr. Kovacs has been instrumental in the creation and launch of the Interdisciplinary Environmental Sciences Society (IESS) degree program.  In addition to his curricular and pedagogical efforts, Dr. Kovacs has worked with students to sponsor multiple environmentally friendly events on campus through the years.  His dedication to our students and our community is admirable and we congratulate you on this well-deserved award.      

Decky Alexander Recognized for Community Advocacy

At the Student Advocacy Center’s 6th annual Telling Tales Out of School event on April 12, Professor Jessica “Decky” Alexander received the Community Advocate Award which recognizes outstanding service as a community member committed to underserved students, social justice and education for all.  Decky and her students have performed at this event since its inception as a means of giving voice through storytelling to people impacted by educational policies or school systems.  Congratulations, Decky, on this richly deserved award! 

Assistant Professor Xining Yang Receives William Fennel Symposium Faculty Mentor Award

Congratulations to Dr. Yang, Assistant Professor, Geography and Geology, on receiving the Faculty Mentor Award as part of this year’s Undergraduate Research Symposium.  Dr. Yang was nominated by his student Aya Lakkis, who wrote an outstanding essay depicting the significant impact their work had on her. We celebrate you and your commitment to student success!

Lunch and Learn Opportunities from Engage@EMU

Engage is hosting a few lunch and learns to share opportunities for collaboration among departments. These sessions are free and open to all faculty and staff.  Please review each of the sessions and RSVP to any of the days by filling out this form

Non Credit Courses and Testing Center - May 22nd 12:00-1:00pm, 203 Boone

There are nearly 100 different open-enrollment, non-credit programs that are offered each year in topic areas such as occupational safety and health, polymers and coatings, quality and continuous improvement, social work and human resources.  Test prep for certifications from the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Project Management Institute (PMI) run through Professional Programs and Training. Areas interested in offering non-credit programs or proctored exams should attend this session to learn more. Visit the website for more information. 

Minors on Campus - May 23rd 12:00-1:00pm, 203 Boone

This session explains the policies and procedures for programs that host minors on campus. This is necessary for university compliance and liability coverage. Any area that directly manages or coordinates with organizations that manage minors. Visit the website for more information. 

Early College Alliance  - June 20th 12:00-1:00pm, 203 Boone

Learn more about the high school students on Eastern's campus and how departments can get involved. This early college high school program allows students to graduate from high school with 60 college credits completed--putting them on a solid pathway toward earning their Bachelor's Degree. ECA faculty will be there to engage with colleagues on the EMU side of the educational process and are always looking for ways to connect students with departments on campus. Visit the website for more information.  

If you are interested in attending any or all of the lunch and learns, please fill out the form to RSVP. If you would like to look to further partnership opportunities visit the University Connect webpage

Volunteer Opportunity: Community Cleanup Day

Please consider joining the Community Cleanup Day on Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 9 a.m. to noon.  Volunteers are needed to help in beautification efforts at seven community sites in the Ypsilanti area: Recreation Park, Riverside Park/Frog Island, Prospect Park, Parkridge Park, Downtown, West Willow, and Depot Town.   

This community-wide event is intended to foster community pride and encourage local business growth by creating a clean and welcoming environment.  If you would like to help on this community beautification day, please register to volunteer.