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August 22, 2008
CONTACT: Ward Mullens
ward.mullens@emich.edu 734.487.4400

EMU welcomes 1,500 new students during orientation Aug. 30-Sept. 2

YPSILANTI —Susan Martin, Eastern Michigan University’s new president, knows that moving to a new place can be exciting and challenging.

Martin moved into EMU’s University House in July, so she knows how the more than 1,500 new resident students will feel when they come to campus Aug. 30-Sept. 2 for move-in and orientation.

“Fall is always an exciting time on a college campus and I am looking forward to it,” said Martin. “We will kick things off with our first football game against Indiana State Thursday night (Aug.28) and then we will welcome students and parents to campus Saturday morning.” 

Classes at EMU begin Wednesday, Sept. 3.

Move-in for new students begins Saturday, Aug. 30, at 8 a.m. Eastern Michigan University’s hospitality center will be located in Eastern Eateries from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The center provides one-stop shopping for students, and features representatives from University offices such as student business services, health services, financial aid, and records and registration as well as local businesses. Commuter student orientation starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Student Center.

Parents can choose from a number of workshops to help them learn more about EMU. Workshops cover topics such as academic expectations, students’ transition, understanding financial aid and campus safety. Workshops are scheduled from 1:10-3 p.m., and are staggered so that parents can attend at least two different topics.

President Martin will welcome students and parents at a special convocation ceremony at the Convocation Center from 4-5 p.m., followed by a parent/family reception.

Other events for the weekend include: a special presentation by EMU faculty about academic success Sunday, Aug. 31, 11 a.m. to noon; EaglePalooza at the Student Center, Sunday, Aug. 31, 5-8 p.m.; performances by the CloseUp Theatre Troupe; and late night entertainment at the Student Center.

Labor Day events include Explore EMyoU and Fajita Fest at University Park. Community Plunge, which gives students the opportunity to volunteer in the community, and Ypsi Fest highlight Tuesday’s events.

For a complete schedule of events, go to http://www.emufusion.org/schedule.php

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