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March 17, 2004
CONTACT: Carol Anderson

EMU's Salute to Excellence highlights student, faculty and staff achievements

YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University will honor its best during the annual   Salute to Excellence Week, March 22-26. The weeklong celebration of achievements includes the Fifth Annual Graduate Student Research Fair, the Undergraduate Symposium, the Founder's Day/Gold Medallion Awards, the Employee Service Awards and the College of Education Awards. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

The schedule includes:

  • The Graduate Research Fair scheduled Monday, March 22, will begin with oral presentations at 1 p.m. at various McKenny Union locations throughout the day. A poster and display presentations will open at 1:30 p.m. and an awards ceremony will follow from 6:15-7 p.m. in McKenny Union Ballroom. The fair highlights graduate students' work on various topics ranging from "Prejudice and the Piano: A Rhetorical Analysis of the History of Women and the Keyboard" to "Algebraic Models on the Rubik's Cube."
  • Howard Van Till , a professor emeritus of physics and astronomy at Calvin College, is the keynote speaker. He will present "Finders and Keepers: Can Religion Keep What Science Finds?" 7:30-9 p.m., McKenny Union Ballroom. Registration and light refreshments will be offered from 7-7:30 p.m.
  • The Student Gold Medallion Awards are Tuesday, March 23, 3:30 p.m., McKenny Union Ballroom.   The awards are for student leaders and volunteers who have made outstanding contributions to EMU and the community. Categories include student leader, student volunteer, student ambassador, student innovator and student employee.
  • The Human Resources Employee Service Awards are Wednesday, March 24, 8:30-10 a.m., McKenny Union Ballroom. The program recognizes retirees and employees with 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years of service. This year there are four faculty members with 40 years of service.
  • The Celebration of Faculty Excellence Awards Ceremony is Wednesday, March 24. Registration and a reception begin at 2:15 p.m., with the ceremony following at 3 p.m. in the McKenny Union Ballroom.   The Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Faculty Awards are the highlight of this awards ceremony and are the highest honors given to EMU faculty.   Awards include the Teaching I, the Teaching II, Scholarly/Creative Activity and Service to the University awards.

The Teaching I Award is given to a tenure-track faculty member with up to four years of teaching experience at EMU and the Teaching II Award is for more than four years. The Scholarly/Creative award recognizes a faculty member who has disseminated their research or creative work via publications, presentation, professional exhibition and/or performances. The Service to the University award is for a faculty member who has provided outstanding service to EMU and the community.

  • The Founders Day/Gold Medallion Awards ceremony is Thursday, March 25, 8:15 a.m., McKenny Union Ballroom. This event is by invitation only. Since 1982, the Gold Medallion Awards have honored persons or groups both internal and external to the University who have made significant contributions to the success of divisional programs, activities or services.
  • The College of Education (COE) will acknowledge its own during the COE Student Awards Thursday, March 25, 4 p.m., McKenny Union Ballroom. Registration begins at 3:15 p.m. The event honors students from various fields in the COE.
  • The final program will be the Undergraduate Symposium , scheduled Friday, March 26. Student presentations are scheduled from 8:30 a.m. -12:45 p.m. at various locations in McKenny Union. Poster presentations will be on display in Guild Hall from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.   The fair highlights undergraduate students' work on various topics ranging from "Philanthropic Efforts in the Corporate World" to "Measurement of Hexanal Production in the Oxidation of Biological Systems."
Percy Mangoaela, former vice president of the United Nations General Assembly and ambassador from Lesotho, is the keynote speaker for the symposium luncheon, scheduled for 1 p.m. in the McKenny Union Ballroom. The luncheon is by invitation only.


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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