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March 24, 2006
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EMU's Salute to Excellence Week showcases excellence

EMU salutes students, faculty, staff with events

YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University honors its best and brightest during its annual Salute to Excellence Week, March 27-April 3. The celebration showcases EMU’s outstanding faculty, staff and students. Unless otherwise noted, all events take place in the McKenny Union Ballroom.

A schedule of the Week of Excellence is as follows:

EMU students and faculty discuss the Undergraduate Symposium experience. The Symposium is Friday, March 31.
• The Graduate Research Fair is slated for Monday, March 27. The Graduate Research Fair showcases outstanding research and creative projects by EMU graduate students. The fair will include 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.

“The Graduate Research Fair annually showcases graduate student scholarly and creative activity through oral and poster presentations in a conference-like format with concurrent and overlapping sessions,” said Deb deLaski-Smith, associate dean for Student Affairs and coordinator of the Graduate Research Fair.”

Oral presentations begin at noon and will take place throughout McKenny Union. Poster presentations will be shown in McKenny Union’s Guild Hall at 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Dr. Peter Mancuso, an assistant professor of environmental health sciences at the University of Michigan, is the Fifth Annual Sigma Xi keynote speaker and will speak about fat cells and their role in the development of obesity at 7:30 p.m., Marshall Building. For more information, call Deb deLaski-Smith at 487-0048.

• The Employee Service Recognition Breakfast is set for Tuesday, March 28, 8:30-10:30 a.m., McKenny Union Ballroom. The program begins at 9 a.m. The program recognizes retirees and employees with 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years of service to EMU. Employees will receive a brochure from which to order their own individual gift. For more information, call Jeanette Hassan at 487-3195.

• The Student Gold Medallion Awards also are scheduled Tuesday, March 28, 3:30-5:30 p.m., McKenny Union 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 leader, student volunteer, student ambassador, student innovator and student employee. For more information, call Mike Erwin at 487-2390.

• The Celebration of Faculty Excellence Awards will be presented Wednesday, March 29, 3 p.m., McKenny Union Ballroom. The Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Faculty Awards are the highlight of this 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), Scholarly/Creative Activity and Service to the University. For more information, call Akosua Slough at 487-3200.

• The Founders Day/Gold Medallion Awards take place Thursday, March 30, 8:15-10:30 a.m., McKenny Union Ballroom. The program honors persons or groups who have made significant, ongoing contributions to the success of divisional programs, activities or services. The Gold Medallion is the most prestigious award presented by the Division of Student Affairs. This event is by invitation only. For more information, call Cathie McClure at 487-2390.

• More than 200 students, will present research topics — in oral or poster form — at this year’s Undergraduate Symposium, scheduled Friday, March 31, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., McKenny Union Ballroom. This event is free and open to the public.

“The Undergraduate Symposium, now in its 26th year, remains an annual tradition of the University to provide participating students with a distinguished event that celebrates their academic success,” said Wendy Kivi, event coordinator for the Undergraduate Symposium. “On March 31, 212 students from across all disciplines will present their research and creative projects through 130 oral presentations and 64 poster displays. These students have been mentored throughout the year and supported for their presentations by 130 faculty members.”

For more information about the Undergraduate Symposium, contact Kivi at 487-3198 or log on to www.emich.edu/symposium

• The College of Education Student Awards also are scheduled Thursday, March 30, 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the McKenny Union Ballroom. Persons are asked to arrive between 3-3:30 p.m. This event honors students from various fields in the COE. For information, call Virginia Harder, 487-1416.

• 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 Fifth Annual Faculty and Tutor Appreciation Day, Monday, April 3, 3-5 p.m., McKenny Union 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. For more information, call Judy Mack, 487-2133.

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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