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April 15, 2005
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EMU Historic Preservation Program gets state honor

YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University’s Historic Preservation Program has been given the Government/Institutional Award by the Michigan Historic Preservation Network (MHPN).

The honor was given in recognition of the program’s contributions toward promoting preservation as an academic field of study.

“We are deeply pleased to be recognized by our peers in the historic preservation community,” said Professor Ted Ligibel, director of the program. “The success of our students, and the distribution of our graduates throughout the world is the most gratifying aspect of the past 25 years.”

EMU’s Historic Preservation Program was started by Dr. Marshall McLennan and Dr. Andrew Nazarro in 1979. It currently is the largest graduate program in the country for historic preservation, with approximately 100 students.

In honoring the program, the MHPN cited EMU’s efforts to expose students to the wide variety of preservation related topics; the sponsoring of a chapter of Sigma Pi Kappa, the national historic preservation honor society; sponsorship of students at professional conferences; the size of its alumni chapter;  the creation of the field school at Fayette Historic Town in the Upper Peninsula; and the creation of a graduate certificate program in 1998.

The Michigan Historic Preservation Network, founded in 1979, is the largest membership organization in the state dedicated to recognizing and preserving Michigan's rich cultural and architectural heritage. Membership includes owners of residential, commercial, industrial, institutional and agricultural property; students and educators; governmental officials and appointees; archaeologists, architects and designers; landscape architects and landscapers; interior designers, contractors, developers, realtors, bankers and insurance agents; and preservation volunteers and professionals.

            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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