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Oct. 1, 2007
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Eastern Michigan University hosts symposium about retention Oct. 5

YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University will host a symposium about improving student retention Friday, Oct. 5, in Welch Hall, room 201.

Cheryl Hanewicz and Ron J. Hammond, of Utah Valley State College, will present three free workshops about retention.

Hanewicz will present “Spatial Analysis of Eastern Michigan University Students: Can GIS Help to Alleviate the Massive Numbers of Students Who Never Graduate From College?” Hanewicz will team with Hammond to present “A Unique Study of the Student Retention Issue: Finding Applied Solutions Using Spatial and Non-Spatial Research Techniques.”

Brandon Bang, Greg Loebel, Sandi Ness, Katina Phillpotts and Trista Winder, all from Utah Valley State College, will present “Improving Student Retention at a High Turnover College.”

“In light of the dwindling federal and state support to higher education, and the increased cost to students and families, we want to make sure we are doing what we can to assist students,” said Lynette Findley, associate vice president for student retention  and student success for EMU. “We need to continue to provide a quality education with the necessary academic support in a timely manner.”

“As a faculty member and co-chair of the active retention council at EMU, I am excited to welcome this opportunity to campus,” said Diane Winder, professor of music and dance, and co-chair of EMU’s retention council. “What a terrific chance to integrate faculty in retention, an issue which involves all members of the campus community.”

This free event is being coordinated by EMU’s Office of Retention and Student Success and the division of enrollment management.  Lunch will be provided, but space is limited. Please R.S.V.P. by calling Debbie Clearwater at 487.6694. Lunch will begin at 12:00 p.m., with the workshops starting at 12:45 p.m.


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