EMU celebrates educational excellence with annual Salute to Excellence Week

by Ward Mullens, Published March 16, 2010

YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University’s Salute to Excellence Week, March 22-29, recognizes students, faculty and staff who excel in the classroom and the community.

“Education is about relationships,” said Jack Kay, provost and executive vice president of EMU. “EMU is proud of the faculty, staff and student relationships that make this such a unique, diverse and dynamic place. All of these awards are our way of celebrating the people of Eastern Michigan University.”

Among the many events are the employee service recognition awards (March 23), faculty excellence awards (March 24), the College of Education Celebration of Excellence (March 25), The Staff Gold Medallion Awards (March 25), the Graduate Research Fair (March 22) and the Undergraduate Symposium (March 26).

The week begins with the 12th Annual Graduate Research Fair, March 22, where EMU graduate students showcase research on various topics via posters and oral presentations.

“It’s just really amazing to see the diversity of work,” said Deb deLaski-Smith, interim dean of the graduate school.

More than 290 graduate students will present their work at this year’s Graduate Research Fair, making it the largest in history at EMU.

The Graduate Research Fair begins with an awards ceremony and luncheon Monday, March 22, 11:30 a.m. Oral sessions will be from 1:15-5:30 p.m., and poster sessions will take place from 2:15-3:30 p.m., and from 4-5 p.m. This year’s Sigma Xi speaker, Elizabeth Friedman, from the Illinois Institute of Technology, will make her remarks at 6 p.m. The Ronald Collins Award also will be presented to a graduate assistant for their research, and the Geri Collins Award will honor a graduate assistant for their outstanding work on campus or with community service.

For more information, contact the Graduate School at 487-0042 or e-mail at graduate_school@emich.edu.

The 33rd Annual Celebration of Faculty Excellence Awards honors different areas of faculty life. This year four awards will be presented, with two for teaching and two for research.

The ceremony and reception will be Wednesday, March 24, with registration beginning at 2:15 p.m. and the ceremony at 3 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. Those invited should RSVP by March 17 at 487-3200 or e-mail emuprovost@emich.edu.

The 29th Annual Staff Gold Medallion Awards and the Founders Day Breakfast will be Thursday, March 25, 8:15-10:30 a.m., in the Student Center Ballroom. The Gold Medallion Awards honor individuals or groups who have made significant or ongoing contributions to the success of Student Affairs’ divisional programs, activities or services. Awards will be presented to staff members within the division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, as well as several awards for faculty and persons external to the division or University.

The College of Education’s Celebration of Excellence will be an opportunity for the college to honor students, faculty and donors. This year’s scholarship recipients and scholars of excellence, students noted for their departmental work or student teaching, will be recognized. The college will induct one individual into their hall of fame, and scholarship donors will be acknowledged.

Ward Mullens

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