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Nov. 18 , 2004
CONTACT: Carol Anderson
734.487.4400
carol.anderson@emich.edu

EMU to host Association of Michigan Universities Conference, Nov. 20-21

YPSILANTISome 100 student representatives of the 15 public universities in Michigan are expected to attend the Association of Michigan Universities (AMU) Conference Nov. 20-21 at Eastern Michigan University.

AMU is an alliance of student governments from Michigan’s public universities that lobbies for higher education issues before policy and lawmakers. It meets four times a year to discuss higher education issues. EMU first hosted the conference November 2000 when the University established the alliance.

“Students felt they needed a stronger voice in Lansing,” said Shanna Kaminski, public relations director of AMU and former EMU student body president. “University representatives come together to discuss legislation that affects the universities.” Kaminski is an EMU senior from Jackson.

Saturday, Nov. 20, sessions are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Halle Library.  Sunday, Nov. 21, sessions are 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in McKenny Union. The conference is free of charge and open to the public.

Kaminski pointed out that AMU looks at issues such as the recently-passed Proposal 2 which would affect domestic partners benefits for faculty, staff and students.

The alliance members also learn about programs that are working at one university and bring back the idea to their campus to possible implementation.

For additional information or to register, contact Shanna Kaminski at 734.487.1470 or skaminski@emich.edu.

            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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