March 15, 2002
Contact Ward Mullens


YPSILANTI- Eastern Michigan University will honor outstanding students, faculty and staff during its annual Salute to Excellence Week, March 18-22.

The week-long celebration of achievements includes the Third Annual Graduate Student Research Fair; the Student Gold Medallion Awards; The Founders Day/Gold Medallion Awards; the Employee Recognition Awards; the Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Faculty Awards; the College of Education Awards; and the Undergraduate Symposium.

The schedule:
Monday, March 18
The recognitions begin with the Graduate Research Fair in McKenny Union. The Fair allows graduate students to showcase innovative research during oral and poster presentations. A reception from 5:45-6:15 p.m. in the McKenny Union Ballroom will by followed by an awards ceremony from 6:15-7:15 p.m.

Milford Wolpoff, an internationally renowned paleo-anthropologist, is the Sigma Xi keynote speaker. He will begin speaking at 7:30 p.m. in Roosevelt Auditorium.

Tuesday, March 19
The Student Gold Medallion Awards start at 3:30 p.m. in McKenny Union Ballroom. The awards are for student leaders and volunteers who have made outstanding contributions to EMU and the community.

Thursday, March 21
The Founders Day/Gold Medallion Awards are set from 8-10:30 a.m., McKenny Union Ballroom. The Gold Medallion Awards honor persons or groups who have made significant contributions to the success of divisional programs, activities or services.

Wednesday, March 20
šThe Fifth Annual Employee Recognition Program is scheduled from 8:30-10:30 a.m., McKenny Union Ballroom. The program recognizes retirees and employees with 10-40 years of service.

šThe Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Faculty Awards ceremony will begin with a registration/social at 2:15 p.m., McKenny Union Ballroom. The ceremony begins at 3 p.m. with a reception to follow the ceremony. The awards are the most prestigious given to EMU faculty members and include the Teaching I, Teaching II, Scholarly/Creative Activity and Service to the University awards.

The Teaching I award is given to a tenure-track faculty member with up to 4 years of teaching experience at EMU, and the Teaching II is for more than four years. The Scholarly/Creative award recognizes a faculty member who has disseminated their research or creative work via publications, presentations, professional exhibitions and/or performances. The Service to the University award is for a faculty member who has provided outstanding service to EMU and the community.

Thursday, March 21
The College of Education will acknowledge its own during a Celebration of Excellence at 4 p.m., McKenny Union Ballroom. The banquet honors students from various fields in the COE.

Friday, March 22
The Salute to Excellence Week closes with the Undergraduate Symposium. The Symposium showcases undergraduate students’ research with oral and poster presentations. Sally Frost Mason, provost at Purdue University, is the keynote speaker for the 1 p.m. luncheon.

Monday, March 25
The Holman Learning Center’s Faculty and Tutor Appreciation Day is scheduled from 2-5 p.m., McKenny Union Ballroom. The Center provides instruction and services that help students develop their learning skills. Last year, the event’s inaugural, honored 11 faculty and tutors.