News & Events


President Smith attends the Joint Capital Outlay Committee Hearing

September 28, 2022

  • Joint Capital Outlay Committee Hearing - September 24, 2022
  • Joint Capital Outlay Committee Hearing - September 24, 2022
  • Joint Capital Outlay Committee Hearing - September 24, 2022
  • Joint Capital Outlay Committee Hearing - September 24, 2022

MLK 2020 Celebration - President's Luncheon and Humanitarian Award

January 20, 2020

Governor Whitmer
Governor Gretchen Whitmer
Governor Whitmer

Governor Gretchen Whitmer

On January 20, 2020, EMU hosted its 34th annual MLK President's Luncheon. EMU students, staff, faculty, state legislators, and members of the community gathered to celebrate and honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Governor Whitmer was awarded the 2020 MLK Humanitarian Award for her leadership, determination, and consistency in creating long-lasting opportunities for the people in Michigan. Since being sworn into office, Governor Whitmer has put together the most diverse cabinet in the history of the State of Michigan. She has dedicated her career to ending discrimination in state government and solving the problems that the people of Michigan face on a daily basis. She exemplifies the leadership and courage that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had for justice to become the reality that we currently live today.

Eastern Michigan University is very proud to honor Governor Gretchen Whitmer as the 2020 MLK Humanitarian Award winner.


Representative Joe Tate visits EMU

November 4, 2019

Representative Joe Tate visits EMU
L-R: Representative Joe Tate (D) and Chairman of the EMU Board of Regents, Jim Webb
Representative Joe Tate visits EMU

L-R: Representative Joe Tate (D) and Chairman of the EMU Board of Regents, Jim Webb

Representative Joe Tate (D) came to Eastern's campus on November 4th, 2019 and met with Chairman of the Board of Regents, Jim Webb. Both are pictured to the right, respectively. Representative Tate served in the United States Marine Corps and is now serving his first term representing Michigan's 2nd House District. 


Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist visits EMU

October 4, 2019

Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist visits EMU
L-R: EMU Regent Mike Hawks, Student Nick Jordan, Student Joseph Williamson, Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist, Graduate Assistant Chartice Hobbs, Swoop, and EMU Regent Alexander Simpson
Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist visits EMU

L-R: EMU Regent Mike Hawks, Student Nick Jordan, Student Joseph Williamson, Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist, Graduate Assistant Chartice Hobbs, Swoop, and EMU Regent Alexander Simpson

On October 4, 2019, Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist, of the State of Michigan, got a vivid illustration of both the benefits and the potential of how capital outlay funding helps Eastern Michigan University educate students in high-demand career fields. Gilchrist enjoyed a quick tour of newly renovated Strong Hall and Roosevelt Hall, a former secondary school building that now houses programs in the College of Engineering and Technology (CET).


2019 EMU Day in Lansing

March 19, 2019

On March 19, 2019, the Government Relations Office hosted EMU Day in Lansing, where groups of EMU Faculty, staff, students, and alumni met with state legislators regarding pressing issues of the state and EMU. This year, 57 meetings took place with state legislators and their staffs, and 58 Eastern Michigan students, faculty, staff, and alumni volunteered for the day.


 

MLK 2019 Celebration - President's Luncheon and Humanitarian Award

January 21, 2019

Congresswoman Dingell
Congresswoman Debbie Dingell
Congresswoman Dingell

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell

On Monday, January 21, 2019 EMU students, faculty, staff, members from our local community, and state legislators came together for the annual MLK President's Luncheon at the Student Center. This year's keynote address was delivered by CNN political commentator Keith Boykin who spoke briefly at the luncheon, with a longer address following the event.

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell was also present at this year's luncheon, as she was recognized for EMU's 2019 MLK Humanitarian Award. Congresswoman Dingell represents the 12th district of Michigan in the United States House of Representatives, which includes the cities of Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor, and much of southern Wayne County. As a distinguished public servant and unwavering advocate for families, women and children, she has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to the State of Michigan and its citizens.

EMU was proud to honor Congresswoman Dingell as this year's MLK Humanitarian Award winner.


 

Campus Visit with the Detroit Leadership Academy

November 16, 2018

On Friday, November 16th, 2018 the EMU Government Relations Office was pleased to host a group of juniors and seniors from the Detroit Leadership Academy with former State Representative Derrick Hale for a campus visit. The day included a tour of our EMU Athletics facilities, Admissions Center presentation and tour, and a luncheon with special visits from Swoop, EMU student leader Ethan Smith, and Dr. Doris Fields, Director of Undergraduate Studies here at EMU.


2018 EMU Day in Lansing

March 6, 2018


President Smith Visits State Capitol


MLK 2018 Humanitarian Award

January 15, 2018

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L-R: Rep. Ronnie Peterson, EMU President James Smith, Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton
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L-R: Rep. Ronnie Peterson, EMU President James Smith, Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton

On Monday, January 15th, EMU hosted its annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. President's Luncheon. At this event, EMU recognized and awarded two recipients for the MLK Humanitarian Award. These two active members of our community exemplify the values and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and make significant contributions to both the University and the community.

The awards were given to Representative Ronnie D. Peterson and Sheriff Jerry L. Clayton, as pictured with President Smith.

To view a list of all the previous Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award winners, download the comprehensive list [PDF].