by Geoff Larcom, Published April 09, 2014
YPSILANTI – Supporters, students and staff of Eastern Michigan University will travel to one of Detroit’s most historic and vibrant locations Saturday, April 12, as the University hosts the second annual TRUEMU Day at Eastern Market.
The event celebrates the rich history of both institutions – Eastern Michigan University and Eastern Market. Both were founded more than 160 years ago – Eastern Market in 1841 (then as Detroit Farmer’s Market) and Eastern Michigan University (then as Michigan State Normal School) in 1849.
“Students, staff, faculty, alumni, friends and supporters are invited to join us to celebrate one of the best destinations in Southeast Michigan,” said Walter Kraft, vice president for communications at Eastern Michigan University. “We’ll have special gifts and discounts for our extended Eastern Michigan University community to help them enjoy this great treasure in the heart of a Detroit.
“Eastern Market is a one-of-a-kind place where thousands of people come together every week to celebrate great food, fresh produce and made-in Michigan arts and crafts in a festival-like atmosphere, and Eastern Michigan is proud to support this wonderful tradition. We’ll also be joined by the renowned EMU Marching Band, bringing its more than 120-years of musical history to the streets of Eastern Market.”
The University will hold a brief welcome ceremony at 10 a.m. in Shed 5 of the market, with remarks from Eastern Michigan University President Susan Martin, Bryan Barnhill, Chief Talent Officer of the Mayor of Detroit’s Office; EMU athletic director Heather Lyke and baseball coach Jay Alexander.
For more information about Eastern Market, including maps and directions, please visit http://www.detroiteasternmarket.com/
Visitors should also note spring road closures, including I-96 in western Wayne County. Please visit http://www.96fix.com/
For questions about the event, please contact Ted Coutilish, associate vice president of marketing at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-487-2483, or Ann Thompson, executive director of alumni relations at email@example.com or 734-487-0250.