by Michelle Kuhar, Published August 16, 2012
On Friday, September 28, 2012, Eastern Michigan University will hold its first Life, Learning and Leadership event. The event will bring together students, alumni and community members with a health care focus. This annual event begins a new initiative to help alumni stay connected to EMU and to expand the health care network.
The event will begin with a business networking session for alumni, students and community members from 4-6 p.m. on the third floor of the Student Center. A dinner reception with keynote speaker will follow from 6-8 p.m. in the Student Center Grand Ballroom. Click here to pre-register for dinner.
The keynote speaker will be Marianne Udow-Phillips, former director of the Michigan Department of Human Services under Governor Granholm. She currently directs the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT,) a nonprofit partnership between the University of Michigan and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan designed to improve access to health care resources. Her long list of accomplishments include: Crain’s Detroit Business top 100 women, “Most Influential Women,”; Wayne State College of Nursing’s “2003 Lifeline Award,”; and Ambassador Magazine’s list of 2011 “Ambassadors of the Year.”
Christine Karshin, School Director for Health Promotions and Human Performance, is excited to have been part of the planning and views this event as a necessary part of a student’s education. "It is our professional responsibility to provide as many opportunities as possible for our students to be competitive in the workforce. Going to class and getting good grades is not enough to be successful in today's job market. Professional networking is a must."
According to Robert Goudeseune, of the Resource Development Board for the College of Health and Human Services, "The goal is to help our students prepare for life after leaving EMU, by using a mentoring system and creating an opportunity to learn and practice social skills. We are nurturing tomorrow's leaders today.”
The College of Health and Human Services invites alumni to attend this innovative event. Come encourage the next generation of EMU grads from the College of Health and Human Services, reconnect with fellow alumni, and network with representatives of the local health care community. Questions can be directed to Rae Ann Yuskowatz at 734-487-8040 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.