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Feb. 10, 2004
CONTACT: Ron Podell

EMU student will serve as "President for a Day" Feb. 12

YPSILANTI - Edward J. Connor, a senior from Ypsilanti, will experience a day in the life of Eastern Michigan University President Samuel A. Kirkpatrick during the Fourth Annual "President for a Day," Thursday, Feb. 12.

The day-long reversal of roles will have Kirkpatrick attending Connor's   classes, including "Education of Media and Technology." In addition, Kirkpatrick will meet with housing staff in a resident adviser capacity; talk with Walton Hall residents about classes, activities and their interests; and participate in a computer lab.

Connor will sit in on meetings about the American Democracy Project and enhancements of academic facilities. Connor also will receive updates on the campus Concept Master Plan and strategic plan.

"This helps me better understand what students at EMU experience," Kirkpatrick said. "Each time I do this, I learn about student perspectives and about the University in general."

"This exposure will not only give me a greater appreciation for the work done on a day-to-day basis, but I will be able to learn and experience a greater side of this educational institution," Connor said. "This experience will help me learn more about the University, expand networks and gain an extensive amount of information that I will be able to share with students across this campus."

Students are selected based on various qualifications, including academic standing, involvement in diversity and co-curricular life, and their response as to why they want to be president for a day and their expected experiences.


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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