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Sept. 21, 2007
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Eastern Michigan University Graduate Student Senate marks debut by hosting state graduate student summit Sept. 29

YPSILANTI - Pam Byrnes (D-52nd District), chair of the Higher Education Subcommittee, will be the keynote speaker Saturday, Sept. 29, as the newly created EMU Graduate Student Senate hosts the inaugural Michigan Graduate Student Summit at the EMU Student Center.

“EMU has about 5,000 graduate students and this summit will provide an incredible opportunity to all of these students to learn from our counterparts at 21 other Michigan Higher Education Institutions,” said Donna Bobcean, a graduate student and one of the organizers. “We hope to come away from this summit with a clearer understanding of what it means to be a graduate student in the state of Michigan.”

The summit will feature discussions about graduate assistantships, campus services for graduate students, challenges for graduate student organizations and how to find funding sources.

“One of the main goals of the summit is to form a new networking and lobbying group of Graduate Students across the state, entitled: the Michigan Association of Graduate Students, so we can continue to share our discoveries, needs and concerns with each other and Lansing. We are both proud and honored that the very first graduate

summit will be hosted by EMU,” said Bobcean.

Twenty-two schools, including both private and public schools, will attend the summit, according to Bobcean.



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