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Provost's Wednesday Briefing for October 24, 2018

Eastern’s History and Philosophy Department Shares Good News!

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Mary-Elizabeth Murphy, Associate Professor, History, on the publication of her first book, Jim Crow Capital: Women and Black Freedom Struggles in Washington, D.C., 1920–1945 (University of North Carolina Press, 2018). In this book, Dr. Murphy tells the story of how African American women in D.C. transformed civil rights politics in their freedom struggles between 1920 and 1945. Dr. Murphy will deliver a lecture on her book as part of the History Department’s Speaker Series on February 21, 2019, from 4–5:30 p.m., Thursday, February 21, in Halle Auditorium (G03). 

Dr. Brian Bruya Professor, Philosophy, has translated illustrator C.C. Tsai's new graphic version of Sunzi’s The Art of War into English. The New York Times Magazine interviewed Tsai about this adaptation, published by Princeton University Press. Kudos to you, Brian, on bringing this illustrated take on a classic to the English-speaking public!

Just a reminder that we want to hear your good news, too! Feel free to contact us at [email protected]h.edu with any news you’d like to share. 

Manufacturing Day at Eastern a Success

Approximately 200 students from the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools district visited Eastern’s College of Technology (COT) as part of the national celebration of Manufacturing Day. Students visited labs and attended sessions facilitated by Eastern faculty and graduate students showcasing various technologies, including virtual reality, information assurance, engineering, and many others. By serving as an educational hub, Eastern’s COT provided these high school students an introduction to educational pathways that exist beyond their K-12 classrooms. Thank you to all of the faculty and staff whose efforts contributed to making this day a great success!

Eastern’s MBA in International Business Among the Top Online

Eastern’s MBA in International Business program made the list of Top Online Global Business MBA Programs for 2019-20 by OnlineMBAPage.com.  Among other criteria, the rankings are based on curriculum, faculty, and industry contacts. Congratulations to the faculty and staff who have worked to make this program stand out from an already elite class of accredited programs!

 CPR and AED Training Available

Faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) certification training. Training sessions run from 8:30–11:30 a.m. and are held in room 300 Halle. Reserve your spot for November 9 or December 13 by emailing Katherine Wilhoff, Director of Environmental Health and Safety at [email protected].

Planned Network Service Disruptions -- Updated Schedule

As mentioned last week, the I.T. Network Engineering team will replace old network equipment serving many campus buildings in the coming weeks.  The schedule below has been updated at the request of a Building Administrator to resolve operational conflicts in some buildings. Modified dates are marked with an Asterisk (*). All outages will occur between 6:30 a.m. and 8 a.m.

Planned Date

Buildings/Area(s) Impacted


King, McKenny, Roosevelt


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


Owen College of Business


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


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


DC3, Hill, Hoyt, Pittman


Convocation Center, Indoor Practice Facility, University House

Get Your Tickets: 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. Individual tickets cost $6, or you may purchase tables of eight (8) for $48.  Our friends in business and finance will appreciate us issuing a friendly reminder that the use of university funds or university p-cards to purchase tickets is prohibited. Visit Eastern's online ticket office to reserve your seat at the table.  We look forward to seeing you at the luncheon!

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

Open Enrollment for Health Benefits

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.  This year, no action is required to keep your current benefits through 2019, with the following exceptions:

  • Spousal Exclusion: if your spouse has gained or lost subsidized medical and/or dental coverage through his/her employer for 2019, you must review and update your medical and/or dental elections accordingly. For all EMU faculty and staff, spouses must take their employers’ coverage first, if available.
  • Flexible Spending Accounts: IRS regulations do not allow FSA enrollments to cross calendar years and faculty and staff need to re-enroll for 2019.
  • Dependents and Beneficiaries: during open enrollment, faculty and staff are encouraged to check and update coverage for their dependents.
  • Dental coverage for dependents over 19: your child is allowed to remain on Eastern’s dental plan only if they are in school and continue to be a dependent, per IRS rules and regulations for 2019.

For more information, visit Eastern’s open enrollment website.