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June 12 , 2007
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EMU president receives "Champion for Children" Award

YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University President John Fallon was recently presented with the Region 8 “Champion for Children” Award by the Michigan Association of School Administrators (MASA). The award recognizes contributions to K-12 students in the state of Michigan.

“Dr. Fallon has embraced this opportunity and is working to create an environment that will result in tremendous learning possibilities for the students of Washtenaw County,” said Scott Menzel, Superintendent of Whitmore Lake Public Schools, who nominated Fallon for the award.

“I'm proud to accept this recognition as part of the Eastern Michigan University team that actually earned it,” said Fallon.  “Our team has demonstrated its innovativeness, determination and collaborative instincts in conceptualizing this initiative and playing our rightful role.  And we feel privileged to represent an important part of the portal of opportunity through which young people can access a lifetime of meaningful work in helping others.”

 Fallon has been a key partner in the development of the Early College Alliance (ECA) Health Care initiative in Washtenaw County.  This initiative constitutes a unique partnership between Eastern Michigan University, Washtenaw Intermediate School District, four school districts and local health care providers.  Through this partnership, high school students will be able to complete a high school diploma by accessing post-secondary coursework at Eastern Michigan University while preparing for careers in the health care field.  This is the type of program that Governor Granholm referenced in her recent State of the State speech.

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