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Provost's Wednesday Briefing for October 17, 2018

Correction to October 3, 2018 Wednesday Briefing

In the October 3 Wednesday Briefing, we lauded Dr. Renee Lajiness-O’Neill, Professor of Psychology for securing NIH funding for a project entitled, “PediaTrac: Web-based Measure to Screen and Track Early Developmental Trajectories.”   At the time of publication, we failed to include Drs. Judith Brooks, Professor of Dietetics, and Angela Lukomski, Professor of Nursing in our praise for their work as collaborators on this project.  Although the error was corrected within hours of publishing, we regret the omission and are grateful to our readers who contact us with corrections. 

Again, excellent work on securing more than $4 million for your project! 

We Want to Hear Your Good News!

As part of the Wednesday Briefing, we endeavor to highlight good news from across the Division of Academic and Student Affairs.  That’s where you come in.  Please consider sharing your good news with us so that we may celebrate all of the tremendous successes, big and small.

Eastern's Educational Leadership Program Receives High Rankings for Online Program

Eastern Michigan University’s Educational Leadership Master’s Degree program ranked high on the lists of two separate reports.  The program is listed as #7 in the nation according to the 2019 Best Online Colleges rankings and #17 on the 25 Best Online Master’s in Educational Leadership Degree Programs.  Among other criteria, the rankings are based on salary potential, tuition rates, program quality, types of courses offered, faculty, awards, rankings, reputation, and the online education method. Inclusion on this list shows high return on investment and commitment to affordability, two key factors for prospective students.  Congratulations to all of the faculty and staff of the Educational Leadership program!


Save the Date: Thanksgiving Luncheons November 14 and 15

Eastern will host Thanksgiving Luncheons on November 14 and 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in the Student Center Ballroom.  Detailed information on how to secure your tickets will be available soon.  For additional information, please contact William Pollard, Special Events Manager, at [email protected] or 734-487-4600.

Winter 2018 Commencement Ceremony: Regalia Reminder and Faculty Marshal Opportunity

We welcome faculty participation in commencement as it helps create a more memorable occasion for students and their families. If you plan to participate in the Winter 2018 ceremony, please inform your department head or school director by November 15 to allow for seating and other necessary arrangements. All commencement participants must attend the ceremony in academic dress. If you do not own regalia and need to rent a cap and gown, please place your order online. The deadline for ordering regalia is November 15, 2018.  

Any faculty interested in serving as a marshal for the ceremony should send an email to [email protected] by October 22.

The Winter 2018 commencement ceremony will be held as follows:
Date:       Saturday, December 15, 2018
Time:       9:30 a.m. 
Location:  Convocation Center

Internal Funding Award Deadlines

As part of our commitment to support faculty research, creative, and scholarly endeavors, Eastern offers the following internal funding opportunities. Please consider applying today!

Summer Research/Creative Activity award – Deadline to apply: October 31, 2018

Undergraduate Research Stimulus Program – Deadline to apply: November 2, 2018 

Office of International Students & Scholars Events

Please consider engaging with our international students at an upcoming event hosted by the Office of International Students & Scholars:

October 19 – SHAPES – Story Tellers Lounge
Student Center 330
3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

October 26 – Pumpkin Patch Visit – Campus Life and Housing & Residence Life
Student Center Circle Drive
2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

For a listing of more events, download the OISS calendar

Open Enrollment for Health Benefits Begins October 22

It’s that time of year!  Open Enrollment is your annual opportunity to review, enroll, or make changes to your health and benefit elections for 2019.  Benefitfocus, the University’s online benefits enrollment system will open beginning on October 22 through November 11, 2018.

For assistance with enrollment, daily training and information sessions will be held during the first week of the open enrollment period (October 22 – October 26).  Employees with specific benefit-related questions or issues ay sign up for a short consultation with a team member from the Benefits Office.  Assistance will also be available at the EMU Benefits Fair on November 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. For more information, visit the Human Resources Open Enrollment website

Planned Network Service Disruptions

The I.T. Network Engineering team will replace old network equipment serving many campus buildings in the coming weeks.  As the team upgrades equipment, one or more buildings will experience a network service disruption between 6:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. per the schedule below.

Planned Date

Buildings/Area(s) Impacted


Parking Structure, Rackham, Strong, Warner


King, McKenny, Roosevelt


Alexander, Coatings Research (CRI), Goddard, Judy Sturgis Hill Building, Sill


Owen College of Business


DC3, Hill, Hoyt, Pittman


Convocation Center, Indoor Practice Facility, University House


Greenhouse, Hover, Marshall, Outdoor Zones 1,2,4,6,7


Boone, Briggs, Cross, Ford, Pierce, Pease, Sherzer, Welch, Outdoor Zones 3,5


EagleCrest, Fletcher, Honors College, Lakehouse, Public Safety, Physical Plant, Pray-Harrold, Rec/IM, Snow