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Oct. 5 , 2004
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EMU to honor students, exceptional educators at annual Convocation of Excellence Oct. 9

YPSILANTIEastern Michigan University will honor scholarship recipients, high school teachers and counselors during the Third Annual Convocation of Excellence, Saturday, Oct. 9, 10:30 a.m., Pease Auditorium.

The Convocation of Excellence recognizes the achievements of EMU’s top freshmen and scholarship recipients, as well as those teachers and counselors who helped, inspired and motivated them to go on to college.

“Successful students have great support systems. Those systems include high school teachers and counselors,” said Courtney McAnuff, vice president for enrollment services. “This is a way for us and the students they help to say, “thanks.”

More than 770 of EMU’s 2,400 incoming freshman voted for an Exceptional Educator. The top 10 nominees will be honored with Exceptional Educator Awards.

Judges selected the winners based upon the strength of the nomination and the number of times candidates were nominated. Award recipients will receive a plaque and a gift certificate.

The 2004 Exceptional Educator Award recipients are:

• Mark Oglesby, Howell High School

• Dr. Howard Mehler, Wayne Memorial High School;

• Jodi Fryman-Reed, Whitmer High School (Toledo, Ohio)

•  George McCreedy, Ypsilanti High School

• Marc Miloser, Belleville High School

•  Mrs. Bobbi Gutman,  Clarenceville High School (Livonia)

•  Tom Lietz, Eisenhower High School, Shelby Township

• Jill Kimmel, Morgan Township High School (Valparaiso, Indiana)

•  Marie Vantassel, Pontiac Northern High School, Pontiac

•  Tim O’Dowd, South Lyon High School


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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