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March 14, 2008
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EMU honors students, faculty, staff

during Salute to Excellence Week, March 24-31

YPSILANTI — Eastern Michigan University honors its best and brightest during its annual "Salute to Excellence" Week, March 24-31. The celebration showcases EMU's outstanding faculty, staff and students.

            The Graduate Research Fair kicks off EMU's annual Week of Excellence Monday, March 24. The Graduate Research Fair, now in its 10th year, showcases outstanding research and creative projects by EMU's graduate students. The fair includes oral presentations or poster/display sessions of dissertation research, thesis research, independent study projects, capstone experiences or special projects, examples of art and music, and outcomes from practicum and internship experience.

            Oral presentations begin at 9 a.m. and will take place throughout the Student Center. Poster presentations will be shown at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. Lunch and an awards ceremony are scheduled for 12:15 p.m.

            Jeanette Adams, a chemist from the Library of Congress, is the Sigma Xi keynote speaker. Adams will present, "Preserving the Nation's Cultural Heritage Through Chemistry: Analytical Materials Science at the Library of Congress," at 5:30 p.m., in the Student Center Auditorium. For more information, call 487-0042.

            The Employee Service Recognition Breakfast is set for Tuesday, March 25, 8:30 a.m., Student Center Ballroom. The program begins at 8:30 a.m. with a breakfast. Retirees and employees of EMU will be recognized for 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years of service.

            The Student Gold Medallion Awards are Tuesday, March 25, 3:30 p.m., Student Center Grand Ballroom. The ceremony celebrates excellence and honors students who have made significant leadership and community service contributions within the Division of Student Affairs, as well as student organizations and student organization advisers who have made a positive impact on the University. Award categories include student ambassador, advocacy, leadership, mentorship, student employee performance, volunteerism, graduate assistant performance and service delivery.

            The Celebration of Faculty Excellence Awards will be Wednesday, March 26, 2:30-4 p.m., Student Center Ballroom. The Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Faculty Awards are the highlight of the awards ceremony. This is the highest award that any faculty member can earn from Eastern Michigan University. Awards will be presented in the categories of Teaching I (0-4 years of teaching), Teaching II (five or more years), Creative Activity, Research I (0-4 years of teaching), Research II (five or more years) and Service to the University. In addition, faculty who have received sabbatical leaves, scholarly and artistic recognition awards academic service-learning fellowships and Provost's Research awards for new faculty also will be recognized.

            For the first time, a Faculty Colloquium will take place before the ceremony. This showcase will give faculty an opportunity to share their creative and scholarly work in a conference-like setting with the EMU community. Presentations and poster sessions will precede the faculty excellence awards.

            The Founders Day Breakfast/Staff Gold Medallion Awards are scheduled Thursday, March 27, 8:15-10:30 a.m., Student Center Ballroom. This program honors persons or groups who have made significant, ongoing contributions to the success of divisional programs, activities or services. 

            The College of Education Celebration of Excellence is Thursday, March 27, 3:30 p.m., Student Center Ballroom A. This event honors students from various fields of the College of Education. This event is by invitation only.

            The Undergraduate Symposium is scheduled Friday, March 28, 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., at various locations in the Student Center. This event is free and open to the public. Approximately 300 students and 157 faculty sponsors will participate.

            Neeta Delaney, president and CEO of ArtServe Michigan, will be the keynote speaker. She will speak during the Symposium luncheon, 1-2:30 p.m., in the Student Center Ballroom.

            Faculty and tutors who have helped the Holman Learning Center make a difference in the lives of students this past year will be honored during the Eighth Annual Faculty and Tutor Appreciation Day, Monday, March 31, 3-5 p.m., Student Center Ballroom.

            Faculty, lecturer, tutor and supplemental instruction leader awards will be presented. The Holman Learning Center provides supplemental instruction to students; tutors for a variety of subjects' skill-building workshops; testing accommodations; and has a first-year academic support program.


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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