FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 29, 2000

Contact: Pamela Young

734.487.4400

pamela.young@emich.edu


EMU, LOCAL SECRETARY OF STATE BRANCH TO CELEBRATE

UNIVERSITY LICENSE PLATE DEBUT, OCT. 2

YPSILANTI - The Eastern Michigan University community and the Ypsilanti branch of the Secretary of State Office will host a celebration Monday, Oct. 2, to mark the local debut of the EMU license plate.

Representatives from the University and the Secretary of State will have a public reception, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., at the Secretary of State Ypsilanti branch office, 2720 Washtenaw. A brief program is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. The university's mascot, Swoop, and members of EMU's cheerleading squad also will make a special appearance.

Two different plates are available. There is an EMU commemorative plate with the words "Be True to Your School," and an official plate. Both are stamped with a green block "E" and the Eastern Michigan University name. The plates cost $35 each, with $25 of the fee going to the University for alumni scholarships and program initiatives. The official license plate will be renewable for $10, all of which will go to EMU.

Only 100 commemorative plates will be available for purchase at the event Oct. 2. Both plates are available through the Secretary of State Web site (www.sos.state.mi.us/uplates/index.html).

The EMU license plate is part of a state-wide fundraising campaign to benefit Michigan's 15 public universities. The plate was officially introduced at a ceremony in Lansing Sept. 26.

"These plates give our alumni and friends a opportunity to display their pride. What's wonderful is that by purchasing a plate, you support your university," said Vicki Reaume Mushisky, director of alumni relations at EMU.

Eastern Michigan University (www.emich.edu) is a four-year, comprehensive metropolitan university committed to the needs of its students and communities through teaching, research and service. EMU offers more than 200 programs in the arts, sciences and professions through traditional classroom settings, on-site continuing education classes and online course.

EMU is the fifth largest university in Michigan, serving 24,000 students from around the world and offers undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate programs.

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