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Oct. 24, 2008
CONTACT: Ward Mullens
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EMU regents approve Law & Order star as December Commencement speaker

YPSILANTI — The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents approved Dann Florek, star of television’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, as the guest speaker for the Dec. 14 commencement ceremony.

Florek, who attended EMU from 1969 to 1975, has been an actor for 15 years and has appeared in theatre, movies and television.

His television career includes more than 300 episodes on numerous television series including: L.A. Law, Law & Order and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Since 1999 he has portrayed Capt. Donald Cragen on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Florek’s movie credits include: Moon Over Parador, Sweet Liberty, Angel Heart, Hard Rain and Beautiful Joe.

He also has appeared in more than 50 stage and theatre roles.

A native of Flat Rock, Florek is married to Karen Kosinski, who also is an EMU graduate.

IN OTHER REGENT ACTIONS:

• The Regents approved a plan to build three new facilities at the Parsons Center in Traverse City. The $2 million plan includes a dining hall, classroom/lab and a six room lodge. The facilities will support classes, workshops, seminars and retreats for programs including art, biology, psychology and interdisciplinary classes.

• The Regents approved an escrow agreement between EMU and the City of Ypsilanti that provides in part for the construction of a pedestrian pathway on the University House property. Work on the pathway, which will connect Bellevue Avenue and Hewitt Road, is scheduled to begin in January.

• The Board approved the use of unlimited out-of-state athletic grant-in-aid tuition differentials (up to the NCAA maximum allowable for each sport) for student-athletes. This action will provide the opportunity for coaches in every sport program to freely recruit prospective athletes from outside Michigan and Ohio. This measure allows student-athletes from other states to come to EMU, but not pay out-of-state tuition. The fiscal implication is an additional $13,395 to the University’s scholarship budget for every out-of-state student-athlete who enrolls as full-time student at EMU, beyond the current limit of 122.

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