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March 4 , 2005
CONTACT: Carol Anderson
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International student tackles presidential duties as Eastern Michigan's "President for a Day" March 8

YPSILANTI - Anke Thorey, a 27-year-old senior from Cologne, Germany, will soon experience what leading a major university is like when she switches roles with Eastern Michigan University President Craig Willis during the Fifth Annual "President for a Day," Tuesday, March 8.

The daylong reversal of roles will have Willis attending Thorey's classes and she will meet with various administrators throughout the day.

"I hope to get a greater appreciation of how the system works," said Thorey. "I want to find out how many things have to be considered when making major decisions such as building a new student union."

Willis will study human expression in Thorey's speech criticism course, global-warming in her chemistry class and 20 th century French literature.   He'll also spend time in the library administration office answering telephones and making deliveries.

"Throughout my academic career, I have always stressed that we are here for the students. Now, March 8, I'll get to be one again," said Willis. "I'm looking forward to following Anke's schedule for the day and viewing the University through her eyes."

Thorey is majoring in communications, French and Spanish for business, with a minor in general business. She is a member of the EMU forensics team and a former member of the women's rowing team.

Thorey was chosen from a pool of 21 applicants, based on her academic standing, co-curricular activities and commitment to diversity.

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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