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Provost's Wednesday Briefing for October 10, 2018

McNair Scholars Program Celebrates Student Success

The McNair Scholars Program, funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, is designed to assist first-generation and underrepresented students in gaining admission to and succeeding in doctoral studies.  The Eastern Michigan University McNair Program offers competitive admission to a small group of high-achieving students who are interested in conducting challenging research with a faculty mentor. Our students have displayed the academic skills and personal initiative to excel, both at our institution, and as they progress into postgraduate studies.

 For the first time in the history of the McNair Scholars program, every senior who graduated in Fall 2017 and Winter 2018 has been accepted to one or more graduate programs!  A major factor contributing to student success in this program is the deep connection formed between the McNair Scholars and their faculty mentors. We’d like to recognize the following faculty and thank them for serving these talented students:  

  • Dr. Chong Man Chow, Associate Professor, Psychology
  • Dr. Charles Graham, Assistant Professor, Social Work
  • Dr. Deborah Heyl-Clegg, Professor and Department Head, Chemistry
  • Dr. Ellen Koch, Professor, Psychology
  • Dr. Dennis O’Grady, Professor, Communication, Media and Theatre Arts
  • Dr. Karen Saules, Professor, Psychology
  • Dr. Jeffrey Schulz, Professor, Health Promotion and Human Performance
  • Dr. Angela Staples, Assistant Professor, Psychology
  • Dr. MacArthur Stewart, Assistant Professor, Engineering Technology
  • Dr. Silvia von Kluge, Professor, Psychology

Commencement Regalia Orders Due November 15

Faculty, full- and part-time lecturers, and academic and student affairs administrators participating in the December 15 commencement ceremony processional must attend in academic dress.  Rental orders may be placed online via the academic regalia order site through November 15.  For additional information visit the EMU Commencement website.  We hope to see you there!

Constitution Day Lecture a Success

Eastern celebrated Constitution Day on October 8 by inviting renowned historian Dr. David Blight to campus.  Dr. Blight lectured to a standing room only audience on the historical and contemporary impact of Frederick Douglas.  Students, faculty and staff enjoyed a reception prior to the lecture where Dr. Blight signed copies of his new book, Frederick Douglas: Prophet of Freedom. Thank you to all who played a part in bringing this exciting and engaging speaker to campus!

Don't Forget to Vote for Eastern in the Vital Seniors: Community Innovation Competition

Eastern has been selected as one of ten finalists in the Glacier Hills Legacy Fund at the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation (AAACF)  Vital Seniors: A Community Innovation Competition, a $2.5 million initiative designed to catalyze high-impact innovation and create enduring outcomes for vulnerable seniors and their caregivers in Washtenaw County.  "Neighborhood Cares -- Experts Live Here"  is a program with the goal to help older adults in Ypsilanti Housing Communities age in place by training residents as certified health workers, navigators, and connectors to fellow housing residents, staff, and the community beyond. 

This next phase of the competition will allow you to vote for one of the ten finalists to receive the People’s Choice Awards of $50,000!  Enjoy the 30 second videos and vote for your favorite program!

Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign    

There is never a bad time to make a contribution to the EMU Foundation in support of students.  If you’ve never contributed, please consider making a gift this year.  If you contribute regularly, please consider increasing the amount you donate this year.  The EMU Foundation makes it easy to give via payroll deduction, credit card, check, or through planning future gifts through your will or trust.  To learn more, contact Carole Booms, Director of Annual Giving, at 734.487.7682.

ORDA Weekly Updates

As you may know, the Office of Research, Development, and Administration publishes weekly updates to keep the campus community informed on a wide array of internal and external funding opportunities.  Please consider visiting ORDA’s website today to see what opportunities exist for funding your next research endeavor.