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April 28, 2006
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Students, faculty, staff, alumni to tell their stories at EMU Day in Lansing May 2

YPSILANTI — Approximately 100 faculty, staff, students and alumni from Eastern Michigan University will travel to the state capitol Tuesday, May 2, for the first-ever EMU Day in Lansing.

“We have a lot of great stories here at Eastern Michigan University and who better to deliver those stories than the people who are from EMU,” said John Fallon, president of EMU. “It’s important that we let the people who shape our future know the value of EMU.”

Twenty-five teams of EMU representatives will have breakfast with legislators beginning at 9:15 a.m. After breakfast, the teams will visit various legislators’ offices to talk about the impact of EMU on the state and answer questions.

“From the student’s perspective, it’s important for legislators who represent us to see and interact with us,” said Bobby Murkowski, a senior from Saline and outgoing student body president.

Murkowski said that it wasn’t difficult to find student volunteers for the daylong event.

“The students were eager to visit with them, because students don’t always know what goes on in Lansing,” Murkowski said.

Murkowski said the primary message from the students would be “We are doing things at Eastern Michigan. We love the institution and we’re working together to make a positive impact.”

“More than 90 percent of our students are from Michigan and 88 percent of our graduates stay in Michigan after they get a degree,” Fallon said. “We want our legislators to know that we are committed to Michigan’s success.”

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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