A message of gratitude from our EMU Alumni Association President

Niklaus SchillackYour Eastern Michigan University Alumni Association (EMUAA) found ways to have a positive impact on those around us in 2020 despite the hurdles the year presented. The EMU Office for Alumni Relations and the EMUAA Board of Directors reached out to alumni in new ways necessitated by physical distancing, and we showcased our great university in our local and broader communities through a variety of programs and events. As members of the EMU community, EMUAA learned a great deal from this pandemic, and as a result, we are equipped to be even more effective ambassadors of EMU.

Of all the accomplishments this year, one particular action was a point of pride for the EMUAA Board. During our last meeting of the fiscal year on June 6, we voted unanimously to transfer all unspent budgeted funds to the Student Emergency Fund. This means we were able to give $15,120.52 to assist with basic student needs, many of which have increased due to the pandemic. This simple act of EMU pride will help alleviate financial stress that students have had to endure while pursuing their education. We are excited to be able to contribute to the success of EMU students.

We continue to be grateful for all of the ways our alumni are active on and off campus, whether in person or virtually. Alumni generously offered time to bring about celebrations and learning opportunities for MLK Day, EMU Homecoming 2020: The Remix, virtual commencement celebrations, and a host of other events. Alumni also generously offered their financial resources through Giving TrueDay, which helped EMU shatter previous giving records. As we head into 2021, I am confident that our incredible alumni will continue to make the world better as we increase our engagement in and support of EMU.


Niklaus Schillack, ‘98

EMUAA President