EMU students, faculty and staff to take messages to Lansing for EMU Day
YPSILANTI — Capital outlay financing, state appropriations and two-tiered budgeting are just some of the issues that students, alumni, faculty and staff will be discussing with state legislators as part of the Second Annual EMU Day in Lansing Wednesday, May 9.
Approximately 100 representatives from EMU will travel to the state capitol and spend the morning talking to politicians about key issues affecting EMU and answering any questions legislators may have.
“The participation from the students, alumni, faculty and staff make this event a very personal way to solidify Eastern Michigan University’s identity with those in the best position to help us move forward,” said John Fallon, president of EMU. “It is only by working collaboratively like this that we will be able to distinguish ourselves and EMU.”
“EMU Day in Lansing seeks to energize and mobilize our university community at every level to assist in advancing our state legislative agenda,” said Freman Hendrix, chief government relations officer. “This day is a rare opportunity to impress upon lawmakers how vital it is that the state once again becomes a dependable and sustainable partner in funding higher education.”
“We need to make a positive impression in the minds of the legislators,” said Greg Jones, a senior from Allen Park and the incoming student government president. “I think last year went really well and it will be better this year.”
The EMU contingent will be divided into teams of four or five and will start the day with a breakfast with legislators in the Capitol Rotunda at 9 a.m. At 10 a.m., EMU representatives will attend the opening session of the Senate and be introduced by Senator Liz Brater.
From 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., EMU teams will meet with designated representatives from both the Senate and the state house.
The day concludes with State Representative Alma Wheeler Smith introducing EMU’s volunteers to the state house.
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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