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Wednesday Briefing for May 24

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] .

Applications Being Accepted for Associate Provost and Associate Vice President, Academic Programming and Support Services

The Provost's Office is accepting applications to fill this position. Please visit the EMU job posting site to see the posting, and to apply.

Kudos to Thank-a-Teacher Recognition Recipients

The EMU Thank-a-Teacher program allows students the opportunity to thank EMU teachers who have gone above and beyond to make a difference in their lives. The program was created by Drs. Amy Johnson (Chemistry) and Katherine Ryker (Geology and Geography) and was funded through a Faculty Development Center Program Request Proposal for 2016–2017. Congratulations to the 144 winners of this year's program pilot, who were honored at a recognition event on April 21. EMU Today covered the Thank-a-Teacher program and its impact.

To nominate an EMU teachers who has gone above and beyond to make a difference in your life, go to the online nomination form. Teachers include faculty, graduate students, mentors, student programming staff - anyone who you identify as having taught you something significant.


...to Wendy Beattie, featured in OPCareers' Profiles of the Profession web page.

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 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 487.1000 is the project contact person for the Physical Plant.

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

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 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.

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].