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June 22, 2004

CONTACT: Kathleen Shields

EMU’s Summerquest give students first-hand experience in diverse professions


YPSILANTIStudents from 56 Michigan high schools will get both a taste of college life and a career during Eastern Michigan University’s annual Summerquest, a learning and exploration program for students in grades 10-12.  Students live on campus for one or two-week “Learning Adventure” sessions in aviation, chemistry, disaster management, forensics, health careers, orchestra and band, pre-law and theatre.

“We’re calling our 2004 offerings Summerquest Reloaded because we had such an increased demand for course offerings this year,” said JoAnna DeCamp, director of non-credit programs in EMU’s continuing education office.  “We added on as many new programs as we could, and expect to continue to do so.”

Summerquest courses are taught by EMU faculty and top high school educators. One-week learning adventures begin June 20 and run through June 26, and the two-week learning adventures run June 30 through July 2. Each session includes hands-on learning, lectures, guest speakers and field trips during the day, and picnics, movies, dances and other recreational activities after class.

Aviation students will work with professional aviators and faculty of EMU’s flight program at the Eagle Flight Center; experience aviation ground school; use the flight simulator; and receive flight lessons in one of EMU’s Cessna 172s.

Chemistry students will take part in lab experiments; learn how to use computer technology and modern lab equipment; determine the environmental water quality of the Huron Valley watershed; and visit Pfizer Inc.’s Global Research Center.

Pre-law students will take mini-courses in American government and politics; the law and the judicial process; visit local courtrooms; and put new skills into practice with a mock trial competition presided over by a real judge.

Disaster Management students will get hands-on experience with police officers, firefighters, emergency room staff and disaster management personnel.  They will visit the Washtenaw County Emergency Management Center; work in a level A Haz-Mat suit; learn about decontamination and more.  Then they’ll use all they’ve learned to manage a mock disaster June 25.

Health careers students will visit St. Joseph Mercy and Oakwood Hospitals; see Survival Flight and an emergency room in action; earn first-aid and CPR certification; and help their peers in disaster management handle a mock disaster.

Forensics students will receive one-on-one coaching and professional guidance in public address; research; writing; editing; topic choice and more.  They will tour the Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea; undergo extensive practices and then participate in a forensics tournament.

Theatre students will take classes and workshops in acting; musical theatre; costuming; technical design and production; improvisation, and more. They also will visit the Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea, and present a grand finale production for parents, invited guests and other Summerquest students.

Orchestra and band students will engage in large ensemble band; chamber music; string orchestra and symphony orchestra. The also will receive private and group lessons; explore different musical genres and theory; participate in music therapy and prepare for their grand finale concerts.  For more information on Summerquest activities, visit www.emich.edu/summerquest, or call 487-4400.


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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