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Aug. 31, 2007
CONTACT: Ward Mullens
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EMU starts 158th year with orientation, new student move in Sept. 1

YPSILANTI – Eastern Michigan University will welcome more than 1,700 new resident students and their families to campus Saturday, Sept. 1, for the start of the 2007 fall semester. It will mark EMU’s 158th academic year.

“Orientation is a celebration of all that is exciting about college life at EMU; student leaders and wonderful faculty and staff work together to make this a great experience,” said Glenna Frank Miller, executive director of leadership and involvement.

EMU has received several national honors in advance of the new fall semester. EMU has been named a “Best Midwestern College” by The Princeton Review for the fifth consecutive year; the general education program at EMU has received a national award; and ‘Diverse Issues in Higher Education’ magazine identified EMU as one of the top 70 institutions in the nation for the number of degrees obtained by African American students.

“Fusion” orientation for new students (www.emufusion.org) is Sept. 1-4. Classes begin Wednesday, Sept. 5.

Move-in for new students begins Saturday, Sept. 1, at 8 a.m. EMU’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 10:30 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.

The day concludes with 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, Sept. 2, 11 a.m. to noon; the Student Center Extravaganza, Sunday, Sept. 2, 5-8 p.m.; performances by the CloseUp Theatre Troupe; live music at the EMU Student Center and a free midnight showing of the movie “300” at the Student Center.

Labor Day events include a Fajita Fest at Bowen Field House and Explore EMU at the Student Center. Community Plunge, which gives students the opportunity to volunteer in the community, and Ypsi Fest highlights Tuesday’s events.

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 careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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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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