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Provost's Update

May 2013

Events & Recognition

Faculty AwardsFour distinguished faculty/lecturers were honored at the 26th annual Academic Awards Celebration during the Week of Excellence in March. Doris Fields (professor, Communication, Media and Theater Arts) received the Teaching II Award; Vijaykumar Mannari (professor, Polymers and Coatings) received the Research II Award; Joel Shoenhals (professor of Piano, Music and Dance) received the Creative Activity Award. Kelly Victor-Burke (Lecturer, Geography and Geology) received the Lecturers' Outstanding Teaching Award. Read the news release.

The 7th Ethos Luncheon was held in McKenny Hall on April 12. The speaker was renowned author, venture capitalist and entrepreneur Josh Linkner. Learn more about the Ethos Luncheon.

The 33rd annual Undergraduate Symposium experienced 20% growth this year, featuring a total of 365 research projects that were nominated to present through either oral presentations, poster displays or Design Expo exhibits. The event has grown from an initial 17 presenters and 19 faculty sponsors, to 430 students presenting under the mentorship of 226 faculty sponsors. To date over 5,000 EMU students have taken the opportunity to present at the Undergraduate Symposium. Led by the EMU Foundation, advancement initiatives continued this year and netted $200,000 in donations and pledges in support of student participation in the Symposium. In just a little over a decade, advancement initiatives have successfully endowed 18 undergraduate scholarships that are linked to Symposium student participation. Visit the event site.

At the April 28 commencement ceremonies over 2,500 graduates were anticipated, a record number. Eastern Alumnus Scott Reynolds, producer and executive story editor of the hit TV series "Dexter," spoke at the morning ceremony (Colleges of Arts & Sciences, and Technology). Easter alumnus Robert Holman, retired top executive of Discount Tire, and funder of the Holman Success Center, addressed the afternoon ceremony (Colleges of Business, Education, and Health & Human Services). Honorary degrees were awarded to Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, who has championed autism insurance coverage and funding for the Autism Collaborative Center, and philanthropists William (Bill) and Delores (Dee) Brehm, who have endowed the Brehm Scholars Program. View more information on the large number of graduates and some of the reasons why there were so many.