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Jan. 24, 2006
CONTACT: Ward Mullens
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December gifts to EMU show significant gain; exceed $1.3 million

YPSILANTI - Donors were in a giving mood for the 2005 holiday season, demonstrated by a marked increase in gifts to the EMU Foundation.

          The EMU Foundation received $1,354,538 million, with a total of 3,757 gifts in December 2005. This places total giving at $4 million to date and represents a significant gain over December of 2004, when $920,522 in cash, stock and gifts-in-kind were received.

          “Giving is up as a result of increased communications with EMU alumni and friends, who are responding to the needs of our students and to the great programs that EMU has to offer,” said Thomas Stevick, interim vice president for development and executive director, EMU Foundation.

          Included in the December 2005 total is an additional gift of $200,000 from Phil Jenkins, friend and local philanthropist, who has donated more than $500,000 to EMU to date. His generosity supports Jenkins-Tracy Expendable Scholarships in the College of Education’s Leadership and Counseling Department. Last year, his gift provided tuition for 16 graduate-level students.

Jenkins owned Sweepster, Inc., which manufactures attachment, walk-behind, self-propelled and airport runway sweepers for all types of equipment used around the globe. His unselfish philanthropy also has funded the creation of the Generations Together center in Dexter where preschool children and senior citizens learn daily from each other. He is an avid supporter of the expansion of the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum and the Ann Arbor Neutral Zone.

With his scholarship gift to EMU, Jenkins hopes to help address a critical shortage of trained school administrators and counselors in our state and nation.

            Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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