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Provost's Wednesday Briefing for October 31, 2018

Honoring our Emeritus Faculty 

We are proud to announce that the EMU Board of Regents approved the awarding of emeritus status to seventeen faculty at the October meeting. Collectively, they represent 562 years of service to the students of Eastern Michigan University.  Please join us in honoring each of them for the contributions they made during their careers here at EMU.

  • Alphonso Bellamy, School of Technology and Professional Services Management from 1994 to 2018, who retired after 24 years
  • George Cassar, Department of History and Philosophy from 1968 to 2018, who retired after 50 years
  • Carter Eggers, School of Music and Dance from 1967 to 2018, who retired after 51 years
  • Ramesh Garg, Department of Accounting and Finance from 1978 to 2018, who retired after 40 years
  • Geoffrey Hammill, School of Communication, Media & Theatre Arts from 1987 to 2018, who retired after 31 years
  • Theresa Heck Seibert, School of Communications, Media & Theatre Arts from 1992 to 2018, (awarded posthumously; she had been at EMU for 26 years)
  • Martha Kinney-Sedgwick, Department of Teacher Education from 1987 to 2018, who retired after 31 years
  • Kevin Miller, School of Music and Dance from 1991 to 2018, who retired after 27 years
  • Diana Pancioli, School of Art and Design from 1991 to 2018, who retired after 27 years
  • William Price, Department of Leadership and Counseling from 1991 to 2018, who retired after 27 years
  • Elizabeth Schuster, School of Social Work from 1990 to 2018, who retired after 28 years
  • Asrat Tessema, Department of Accounting and Finance from 1985 to 2018, who retired after 33 years
  • Jaclynn Tracy, Department of Leadership and Counseling from 1992 to 2018, who retired after 26 years
  • Walter Tucker, School of Engineering Technology from 1978 to 2018, who retired after 40 years
  • William Tucker, Department of English Language and Literature from 1993 to 2018, who retired after 25 years
  • JoEllen Vinyard, Department of History and Philosophy from 1986 to 2018, who retired after 32 years
  • Nesa Wu, Department of Marketing from 1974 to 2018, who retired after 44 years

English Language and Literature Department Shares Good News!

We are pleased to share that Dr. David Calonne, Lecturer III in the Department of English Language and Literature, completed several projects over the summer. He was notified that his literary biography Henry Miller (London: Reaktion Books, 2014) has been translated into Chinese. He completed the final draft of his essay "Spirituality and Religious Traditions" which will appear in the anthology Teaching Beat Writing: MLA Options for Teaching Series to be published by the Modern Language Association next year. Calonne also edited Conversations with Allen Ginsberg which will be published by University Press of Mississippi in Spring, 2019. Congratulations, David, on these recent accomplishments!

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

Last Call for Applications: Summer Study Abroad Programs

The deadline for to apply for faculty-led Summer 2019 study abroad programs has been extended to November 14, 2018.  Applications are being accepted through the University’s Curriculog system.  Log in, click on “New Proposal” and select 2019-20 Faculty-Led Study Abroad Program Proposal.  If you require assistance navigating the Curriculog system, please contact Evan Finley at [email protected] or 734.487.8954.

Call for Academic Program Proposals: Eastern Michigan University’s 2019 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

The MLK Planning Committee invites proposals from faculty, staff, students, and community members for academic sessions to be offered on Monday, January 21, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. that support the MLK Celebration theme of, We the People: Standing Against Injustice.

The Academic Programs Sub-committee will consider academic sessions that explore, analyze, or inform our understanding of Dr. King’s legacy. Session content may explore the past, present, or future and address issues, challenges, and successes related to the 2019 theme.

Proposals are due by November 26, 2018. For additional information on proposal requirements, we encourage you to explore the Martin Luther King Jr., Celebration page.  Questions may be directed to the Academic Program Co-Chairs Julia Heck at [email protected], Keon Pettiway at [email protected] and Elena SV Flys at [email protected].

International Potluck

Please consider participating in an International Staff and Faculty Potluck on November 9 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Faculty Lounge in McKenny.  Organized by You LI and Elena SV Flys from CMTA faculty, with support from the Division of Academic and Student Affairs, this event encourages participants to celebrate their home culture by contributing to a community meal with your colleagues as a way to build relationships.  Please RSVP if you plan to attend!    

Get Your Tickets for Eastern’s Thanksgiving Luncheon

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 a tables of eight (8) for $48.  Our friends in business and finance will appreciate us issuing a friendly reminder that university funds or university p-cards may not be used to purchase tickets. Visit Eastern's online ticket office for more information on reserving 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!

  • Undergraduate Research Stimulus Program – Deadline to apply: November 2, 2018
  • Classroom Technology Grant Proposals – Deadline to apply extended to November 9 at 5 p.m.

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 a.m. to 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

Just three more network service disruptions to go!  The I.T. Network Engineering team continues work on replacing old network equipment across campus.  All outages will occur between 6:30 a.m. and 8 a.m.

Planned Date

Buildings/Area(s) Impacted


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


DC3, Hill, Hoyt, Pittman


Convocation Center, Indoor Practice Facility, University House