May 2021 E-Edge


A three-year letterwinner at EMU from 1985-87, Heath returned as the program's 30th head coach

An Eastern Michigan University men's basketball alumnus came home. The three-year letterwinner from 1985-87 and 17-year head coaching veteran, Stan Heath, has returned to the Ypsilanti campus to lead the program as the 30th head coach. Vice President/Director of Athletics Scott Wetherbee made the announcement on April 12.

"We are so thrilled to welcome back Stan Heath as our new head men's basketball coach," said Wetherbee. "One of the key messages I heard throughout the search process was the desire to find someone with Eastern Michigan connections as well as someone with a strong head coaching pedigree. In hiring Coach Heath, we absolutely have that person. He is a proven winner in both the collegiate and professional ranks, and his focus on positively impacting the lives of our student-athletes is infectious. We cannot wait to have him and his family back on campus and to reintroduce them to the Eastern Michigan family." Learn more about Heath's return to campus here.


Led by national champion Osade Imalele, Eastern Michigan University forensics team finishes fifth in the nation

The Eastern Michigan University forensics team continued its tradition of excellence, winning an individual national championship and finishing fifth overall in the National Forensics Association Tournament.

Osade Imalele, a senior marketing major who’s also studying apparel, textiles and merchandising, led the exceptional showing as she earned a national championship in Persuasive Speaking. 

The national championship’s success capped an amazing April for the team, which earlier that month placed eighth in the country in the American Forensics Association Tournament, with 16 quarterfinalists and three semifinalists in the virtual event. Learn more about the forensics team win here.


Eastern Michigan University Chair of the Board of Regents and Associate Professor both recognized as 2021 Michigan Chronicle Women of Excellence Honorees

Eunice Jeffries, chair of the EMU Board of Regents, and Dr. Rema Reynolds, associate professor at Eastern Michigan University, have been recognized as 2021 Michigan Chronicle Women of Excellence Honorees for their exceptional success in business, community involvement, and philanthropy.

For over a decade, the Michigan Chronicle has celebrated local African American women who inspire others through vision and leadership, exceptional achievements, and participation in community service. Learn more here.