Provost's Wednesday Briefing - December 11, 2019

Student Success

Institutional Priority #1:

Promote Student Engagement & Success

Eastern Alum Receives Milken Education Award

Nick Peruski, coordinator of the career and technical education (CTE) department at Lakeland High School in White Lake, Michigan, is the winner of the $25,000 Milken Education Award from Michigan this year. The award is hailed by Teacher Magazine as the "Oscars of Teaching" and has been awarded for more than 30 years.  Read more about this award winning Eagle here!

Now Hiring: [email protected] Summer Camp Instructors

[email protected] is in need of instructors for its Summer 2020 camps. EMU students from all disciplines who want to build their resumes, make some money, and get valuable teaching experience are encouraged to apply. Camps serve middle and high school students and will run from May until August. There are several different camps so potential instructors can choose camps that best fit their schedules. Faculty and staff are encouraged to recommend students they feel would fit the position well. Interested students should send their resume and area of interest to Catherine Coffey at [email protected].

Multicultural Graduation Celebration

The Center for Multicultural Affairs is hosting a celebration of the accomplishment and honor of graduation with the class of 2019. The diversity of our student body is one of Eastern’s greatest strengths and this event honors the unique experiences our underrepresented students encounter as they move toward the accomplishment of their degrees.  Please consider attending to celebrate our students on Friday, December 13 at 4:30 p.m. in Pease Auditorium. 

Eastern Michigan University's Winter 2019 Commencement Ceremony Information

On Sunday, students will celebrate with their friends and families at Eastern’s Winter 2019 Commencement Ceremony.  A special thank you to everyone who volunteered to serve on this special day.  Listed below are some details to keep in mind in if you are planning to attend the ceremony:

Date: Sunday, December 15, 2019
Arrival Time: 8:30 a.m.
Ceremony Start Time: 9:30 a.m. 
Location: Eastern Michigan University's Convocation Center  

You may arrive as early as 8 a.m., but please plan to be in the robing room no later than 8:45 a.m. The processional begins promptly at 9:30 a.m.  We are expecting record attendance for this ceremony which will lead to significant congestion on surface streets.  Be sure to allow ample time for your commute and parking.  We strongly encourage faculty and staff to carpool from main campus, where possible. 

Additional information may be found on Eastern's commencement web page.  I look forward to seeing you at the ceremony!

Get Your Tickets for the Martin Luther King, Jr. President’s Luncheon

The 34th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. President’s Luncheon will take place on Monday, January 20, 2020 in the Eastern Michigan University Student Center Grand Ballroom. Doors will open at 11 a.m., with lunch starting at 11:30 a.m.

Our distinguished MLK keynote speaker for 2020 will be Terrence J. Roberts, one of the ‘Little Rock Nine’ who helped desegregate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957. Dr. Roberts will give brief comments at the luncheon and his keynote address will follow at 2 p.m. in the Student Center Auditorium.

Luncheon Ticket Information

Ticket prices for the 2020 MLK Luncheon are $15 for students (student ID required) and $30 for faculty, staff and community members. Individual ticket sales will run through the day of the MLK Luncheon, January 20, 2020 as tickets remain available. Tickets may be purchased in-person, by phone, or online as follows:


  • EMU Convocation Center Ticket Office: Monday–Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Closed December 21, 2019–January 1, 2020)
  • EMU Student Center Ticket Office: Monday–Friday, 5 to 9 p.m. (Closed December 13, 2019 - January 8, 2020)                

By Phone

  • Call 734.487.2282, Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–9 p.m. ($4 processing fee per order)


  • Go to the EMU Ticket website (Note: $3.50 per ticket fee and $1.50 processing fee per order will be charged)

For ticket availability on the day of the President's luncheon, January 20, 2020, call 734.487.2282 or go to the Student Center ticket office beginning at 10 a.m.

Meal preference (meat or veggie) must be provided at the time the tickets are purchased.

There is a maximum purchase of eight (8) tickets per order. Tables seat eight people.

Complimentary Student Tickets

Complimentary student tickets sponsored by EMU Student Government can be reserved through the Center of Race and Ethnicity, located in 356 Student Center until noon on January 17, 2020 or until tickets are gone. For information call 734.487.2377.

Academics & Research

Institutional Priority #2:

High Performing Academic Programs & Quality Research

Graduate Student Opportunity: Future Faculty Fellowship

The Future Faculty Fellowship (FFF) Program was created by the Michigan State Legislature in 1986 as part of the larger King-Chavez-Parks Initiative, designed to stem the downward spiral of college graduation rates for students underrepresented in postsecondary education. The purpose of the FFF Program is to increase the pool of academically or economically disadvantaged candidates pursuing faculty teaching careers in postsecondary education. Preference may not be given to applicants on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, gender, or national origin. Applicants who would otherwise not be adequately represented in the graduate student and faculty populations are encouraged to apply.

The KCP Future Faculty Fellowship Award provides a maximum of $20,000 for master's level Fellows, and $35,000 for doctoral Fellows. Please share this information with your graduate students.  Applications are being accepted through 5 p.m., January 15, 2020.

More information may be found on the Graduate School website.

Last Call for Nominations: 2019 EMU-FT Full-Time Lecturer Distinguished Teaching Award

The Provost’s Office is now accepting nominations for the 2019 EMU-FT Full-Time Lecturers Distinguished Teaching Award. This award provides EMU with the formal opportunity to honor distinguished full-time lecturers for their dedication to students’ education, as well as to demonstrate the value placed in full-time lecturers by the institution. Nominations will be accepted through December 16, 2019.  Information on the nomination process and award guidelines are available online

Last Call for Nominations: Part-Time Lecturer Distinguished Teaching Awards

The Division of Academic and Student Affairs at Eastern Michigan University is committed to providing encouragement and incentives in support of distinguished teaching achievements. Six Distinguished Part-Time Lecturers will be awarded as follows: 

  • Two Part-Time Lecturers from the College of Arts and Sciences
  • One Part-Time Lecturer from the College of Business
  • One Part-Time Lecturer from the College of Education
  • One Part-Time Lecturer from the College of Health and Human Services
  • One Part-Time Lecturer from the College of Technology 

Nominations will be accepted through December 16, 2019.  Information on the nomination process and award guidelines are available online

Service & Engagement

Institutional Priority #3:

Service & Engagement

Professional Programs and Training Offers Two New Health Care Courses

Eastern’s Professional Programs and Training (PPAT) offers practical, relevant and timely professional development and certification prep programs to help workers, managers and professionals gain the skills, knowledge and credentials they need to excel and advance in their workplaces and careers.

We are pleased to announce that PPAT is offering two new health care courses: OSHA & Infection Control Made Easy for Health Care Facilities and HIPAA Compliance Made Easy for Health Care Facilities. More information may be found on the PPAT website. Please share this information with anyone in your networks who may be interested. 

Project Spotlight: Building Community with Puppetry Arts

Erickson Elementary's Intertwined Program is a collaboration project with Eastern Michigan University, made possible by a grant from the Ford Motor Company Fund.  Intertwined is a one week long, after school experience about "Building Community with Puppetry Arts". Through Intertwined, Erickson students have been making puppets, engaging in drama activities, and story-making. The students are so grateful to EMU and Teaching Artist Jenny Rogers for bringing this unique opportunity to their school. 

Eastern Faculty Named Michigan Pediatric Nurse Practitioner of the Year

Dr. Angela Lukomski, Associate Professor of Nursing, is the recipient of the 2019 Pediatric Nurse Practitioner of The Year award from the Michigan chapter of National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP). Her dedication to advocacy, research and expert clinical practice for children and families was recognized through this award. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Lukomski on this well-deserved honor!

LaMarcus Howard Receives 2019-2020 Outstanding Social Justice Educator Award

LaMarcus Howard, Associate Director of the Disability Resource Center, has been selected by the ACPA Commission for Social Justice Education as the recipient of the 2019-2020 Outstanding Social Justice Educator Award. 

This award recognizes an individual who is personally committed to social justice education and/or activism and is an outstanding educator, trainer, or mentor to other professionals or students in social activism within their organization and larger communities.

Please join us in celebrating this accomplishment.

Effective Operations

Institutional Priority #4

Institutional Effectiveness

Grade Deadlines

A friendly reminder that grades are due by 11 p.m. on December 22, 2019.  For additional information download Eastern’s Grade Submission Policy [PDF]. 

IT Scanning Services Final Exam Hours - Fall 2019

Scanning Services will have extended hours during final exams.  Beginning Monday, December 16 and continuing through Friday, December 20 hours will be 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.  Please be aware that processing turnaround time is one business day.  In order to receive your results by the end of the semester, please submit your exams for scanning no later than end of business on Thursday, December 19. 

Rec/IM Hours of Operation: Finals Week and Winter Holiday Break

As you may know, the Rec/IM continues to move forward with an extensive renovation project and has opened floors three, four and five of the facility this past semester.  Floors one and two are scheduled to be completed in Fall 2020. Until that time, the facility is continuing to operate out of multiple locations within floors three, four and five of the Rec/IM and throughout the Warner building.  We appreciate your patience as we work to improve our facilities for students and staff. 

As we approach finals and the holidays, we want to share the following dates and hours of operation for the upcoming weeks:

  • Monday, Dec.16 - Friday, Dec. 20: 10 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 21 - Sunday, Dec. 22: noon to 4 p.m. (limited facility access will include Rec/IM floors three-four and Jones Natatorium)
  • Monday, Dec. 23 - Wednesday, Jan. 1: CLOSED (includes entire facility and aquatics)
  • Thursday, Jan. 2 - Friday, Jan. 3: 10 a.m. to  6:45 p.m.
  • Saturday Jan. 4 - Sunday Jan. 5:  noon to 5:45 p.m.

Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents Meeting

The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents meeting is approaching.  Please note that this meeting is scheduled over a two-day period.  We welcome you to attend the general meeting and/or committee meetings as your schedule permits.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

4 – 4:45 pm            Student Affairs Committee, Welch 201

Friday, December 13, 2019

10:30 – 11:15 am           Educational Policies Committee, Welch 205

10:30 – 11:15 am           Athletic Affairs Committee, Welch 201

11:30 – 12:15 pm           Finance and Investment Committee, Welch 201

1:30 pm                         Regular Board Meeting, Welch 201

CPR and AED Training Available

Faculty and Staff are encouraged to participate in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) certification training.  Reserve your spot at an upcoming training by emailing Katherine Wilhoff, Director of Environmental Health and Safety, at [email protected].

  • January 14, 8:30 a.m. – noon
  • February 12, 1:30 – 5 p.m.
  • March 19, 8:30 a.m. – noon
  • April 20, 1:30 – 5 p.m.
  • May 15, 8:30 a.m. – noon
  • June 16, 1:30 – 5 p.m.

All trainings will be held in 300 Halle.

Mark Your Calendar

Be sure to bookmark the EMU Today site to keep current with all the news and events taking place on campus!


  • December 13 - Multicultural Graduation Ceremony, 4:30 p.m.,, Pease Auditorium
  • December 15 - Winter 2019 Commencement Ceremony, 9:30 a.m., Convocation Center