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Aug. 30, 2004 CONTACT: Carol Anderson carol.anderson@emich.edu 734.487.4400

MEDIA ADVISORY: EMU students plunge into community service; get a taste of Ypsi Aug. 31

YPSILANTI ­­- After unpacking and settling into their campus homes away from home, new freshmen and transfer students at Eastern Michigan University are invited to explore the Ypsilanti community through two EMU activities: Community Plunge and the Ypsi Fest Tuesday, Aug. 31.


WHO:              Approximately 200 new EMU students.

WHAT :             Volunteer activities which range from painting swing sets to stocking shelves at food pantries, inventorying supplies at a women's shelter or cleaning the grounds at a senior center.

WHEN:             Tuesday, Aug. 31, 9 a.m.-noon. Students meet at McKenny Union Ballroom, 9 a.m.

WHERE:             Various locations: SOS, the Humane Society, Friends in Deed, the Ypsilanti library, Perry Nursery School, Ypsilanti Housing Commission, Reuse Center, Hope Clinic, Great Lakes Rabbit Sanctuary, EMU's Children's Institute and Washtenaw Head Start.

WHY:             Community Plunge is a community service for new students and is a great way for them to get involved in the community by helping local organizations. It's also a good way for students to meet other students, learn about the community, find ways to get involved and show the community that EMU cares.


WHO:             Approximately 1,500 new freshmen and transfer students.

WHAT :             An opportunity for new students to become acquainted with Ypsilanti businesses.

WHEN:             Tuesday, Aug. 31, 11:30 a.m.

WHERE:             Downtown Ypsilanti.

WHY:             New freshmen and transfer students will get a taste of Ypsilanti with discount coupons called Ypsi Bucks. They can explore the city by stopping in for lunch at participating restaurants or by shopping at a retail store in the downtown area.

For more information, contact McKenny Union and the Office of Campus Life, 734.487.3045.

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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