Eastern Michigan University

Alumni couple celebrate 25th wedding anniversary by returning to campus

Two alumni recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary by coming back to
where it all started - Eastern GrewalMichigan University's Cornell Courts Apartments. Robert Brackenbury (BS/MS93) and Mandy Grewal (MS93) reminisced on their time at EMU by touring the very apartment where they lived while attending classes. The two married in June 1993 and currently live in Pittsfield Township, Mich., with their two children, ages 9 and 13.

Grewal has served as Supervisor of Pittsfield Township, Mich., since 2008. She previously was an elected Washtenaw County Commissioner from 2006-2008 and has worked for advocacy groups and non-profits throughout Washtenaw County and in Washington, D.C. Earning her Master’s in Economics from Eastern Michigan in 1993, she went on to receive a PhD in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan in 2004.

“EMU has played an integral role in my life as it was the first place I landed as a
foreign student and where I met my future grewal 2husband,” says Grewal. “The visit back, after 25 years, to Cornell Courts where we first lived after being married with our two children brought back precious memories.

She added, “EMU remains the diversely vibrant place that not just accommodates but welcomes folks from so many walks of life. EMU provides a sense of place and community for many who have none and I will forever be grateful for that.”

Robert Brackenbury is currently the Deputy Chief Investment Officer at the Michigan Department of Treasury, Bureau of Investments. He received his BS/MA in Mathematics and Economics from EMU in 1993, and earned his JD from Wayne State University Law School in 1999. He also earned an MBA from the University of Michigan in 2007.

Cornell Courts Apartments is one of two residence communities on the EMU campus created for married couples with children and legal dependents. For more EMU Alumni Love Stories, visit emich.edu/alumni.

Right, above: Robert Brackenbury (BS/MS93) and Mandy Grewal (MS93) pictured with their two children, ages 9 and 13; bottom, right: Mandy and Robert tour through their old apartment at Cornell Courts on the EMU Campus.