April 14, 2003
CONTACT: Ward Mullens

Eastern Michigan University Earns Second Straight Family-Friendly Award

YPSILANTI—Programs that help employees balance work and family responsibilities have earned Eastern Michigan University a second consecutive Work/Life Balance Designation Award from the Washtenaw Work/Life Consortium.

Representatives of EMU’s Human Resources Department will accept the award at a recognition meeting Wednesday, April 30, 8 a.m., Weber’s Inn, Ann Arbor.

“Just as we are concerned with the total development of our students, so are we committed to offering our employees support structures, education and other benefits that are consistent with the University’s values of human dignity and respect, diversity and excellence,” said EMU president Samuel A. Kirkpatrick.

Eastern Michigan University was recognized for providing comprehensive health and dental coverage, paid sick and vacation time, and a host of other less common benefits. They include: an employee assistance program; flexible spending and tax-saving financial programs; on-site child care, recreational facilities and health services with a pharmacy; on-site credit union and banking services; flexible scheduling and tuition reimbursement for employees and family members.

The Washtenaw Work/Life Consortium was established in 1999 to help Washtenaw County employers increase their recruitment and retention capabilities. The Work/Life Balance Designation Award program was developed in 2002 to heighten awareness of family-friendly workplace practices and policies as effective strategies for improving the productivity, stability and morale of employees.

Previous winners include Borders Group, Pfizer and Mechanical Dynamics, Inc.

Eastern Michigan University ( 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 courses. EMU is the fifth largest university in Michigan, serving 24,500 students from around the world and offers undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate programs.