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Provost's Update

May 2013

Student Success, Life and Well-Being

StudentsAn update on student success metrics and planning was presented at the April 2013 Board of Regents meeting. Key factors affecting retention and graduation were presented, along with results of a gap analysis of retention activities, and a summary of the current status of retention factors. Next steps include creating a straw man proposal to be presented to the campus for faculty, staff and student input in the fall. View the presentation (pdf)  

EMU's VISION Volunteer Center kicked off its 21st annual Alternative Spring Break initiative with one of the largest groups of students to date, including 98 students and 1 faculty member who traveled to 9 sites in 8 different cities to serve. Their most inspiring trip was planned especially for participants in VISION's Best Buddies Program, a national organization through which EMU students can develop one-to-one friendships with young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. EMU Professor and head of COE's Special Education Department, Phil Smith, accompanied the 6 students and 4 Buddies to Chicago, IL, to serve at several sites. More information about the VISION Volunteer Center

The Student Government inauguration for new Student Body President Desmond Miller, Student Body Vice President Nino Monea, and Student Senators was held April 16, 5:30 p.m., at the Student Center Auditorium. Welcome to our new student leaders! More information about Student Government

Approximately $6,000 was awarded to 20 students for professional development through the Student Advancement and Laurence N. Smith Endowment process. The majority of the awards were to help defray travel costs to conferences. Students submitted application forms to the Student Life office and were notified of their awards amount throughout the academic year.

Through its production of "The Vagina Monologues" featuring EMU students, faculty and staff, and sales of various V-Day items, the Women's Resource Center was able to raise almost $12,000 to benefit V-Day, Ann Arbor SafeHouse, and First Step and over $100,000 in the past 11 years. More information about the Women's Resource Center

Over 200 EMU and community members attended the "Pancakes with Pete the Cat" event sponsored by the Children's Institute. This culminated a series of activities aimed at teaching the children about earning, saving and sharing money. "Pete the Cat" is a children's book about a cat that wears shoes, so the children participated in a shoe drive benefitting the Michigan Orphan Kitten Rescue ($20/40 lbs of shoes; 160 lbs have been collected so far). The Children's Institute provides high-quality care and education for children 18 months through 6 years. More information about the Children's Institute