The Year in Stories

The year 2019 started with the unveiling of renovated Strong Hall and finished with a flourish of nearly $12 million in major gifts from GameAbove. In between, the year was packed with stories about innovative programs, new hires, and compelling alumni. So many of these stories resonated with our audience. Whether it was professor Samir Tout and his EMU students working to thwart cyber hackers in the auto industry, or alumnus and former Olympian Jamie Nieto’s inspiring recovery from paralysis, or news of a community-service based debt forgiveness program, readers came to our website in droves.

What follows is a list of the most-read stories of 2019 from both EMU Today and Eastern Magazine. They are listed in chronological order, with the most recently published story at the top. We hope you enjoy a look back at the most viewed stories of 2019.

2019 in Stories

Gameabove logo

Dec. 13, 2019

GameAbove donates $8 million for indoor golf facility

GameAbove announces an $8 million gift to EMU to build a 15,000-square foot indoor golf facility complete with locker rooms, offices, indoor putting and chipping space, and simulators to support both indoor and outdoor training.
Eastern Michigan University campus sign

Nov. 11, 2019

EMU alumni group launches GameAbove, announces initial $3.5 million gift

GameAbove, a group of dedicated Eastern Michigan University alumni with various academic and professional backgrounds, announced its initial $3.5 million gift to the University to support faculty development as well as the academic and program needs of current and future students.

John Wilkerson

Nov. 8, 2019

A Veteran's Story: Social work major rebuilds his life, thanks in part to campus services for veterans

Four years ago, John Wilkerson thought he had no future. Today, light has returned to his life, thanks to help from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and EMU’s Lt. Col. Charles S. Kettles Military and Veteran Services Resource Center.

Jamie Nieto

Oct. 22, 2019

New Personal Best

A freak accident in 2016 left two-time Olympic high jumper Jamie Nieto partially paralyzed from a spinal cord injury. He's now using the training principles that got him to the Olympics to beat paralysis—and they're working.

Celeste Malvar Stewart

Oct. 22, 2019

Fashioning her Future

Celeste Malvar-Stewart gathers wool on Ohio farms, then creates ready-to-wear clothing and pillows under her own label. The best part? She knows the name of every animal whose fiber she uses. 

foster parent training program

Aug. 28, 2019

Team of EMU professors to create new state of Michigan foster parent training program

EMU has been awarded a three-year, $689,200 grant by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to develop, pilot, and implement a new mandatory statewide training for foster parents.

Chandler Wilson

July 24, 2019

New marching band director joins EMU

Chandler L. Wilson, who has an extensive background in teaching, composing and arranging music and leading young musicians, has been named associate director of bands and director of the Eastern Michigan University Marching Band.

IHA Health Center @ EMU

July 19, 2019

New health center on schedule for a November opening

Eastern Michigan University (EMU), Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) and IHA will soon open a new 12,000 square-foot community health center on the EMU campus.

Construction on campus

June 13, 2019

Unprecedented level of summer campus construction at EMU

It's a ritual of summer—cranes, bulldozers and construction fences dotting the Eastern campus—but this singular summer's activity is exceptional in its range and scope.

Physician Assistant student in lab coat ceremony

June 5, 2019

Physician assistant program continues to generate strong interest, top applicants

EMU's Physician Assistant Program has generated deep nationwide interest since its launch in May 2014, drawing nearly 1,000 applications annually for the 30 seats in the program while enjoying a nearly 100 percent job placement rate.

Eagle Engage Corp students

June 5, 2019

Students in community service-based debt forgiveness program on track to graduate

Twelve students in Eastern's unique debt forgiveness program, called Eagle Engage Corps, are now heading toward graduation. The program offers debt forgiveness in exchange for a commitment of community service.

Megan Moore with image of Casimir Pulaski and a cast of their skull.

March 29, 2019

The General was female?

Megan Moore, an associate professor of anthropology at Eastern Michigan University, will be featured in the Smithsonian Channel's "America's Hidden Stories: The General Was Female?" about General Casimir Pulaski, a Revolutionary War hero. 

Photo illustration of a self-driving car's dashboard

March 6, 2019

Driving the future of auto safety; EMU cyber security students learn to thwart car hackers

Driverless cars come with potential problems such as hackers, who can manipulate vehicles. That's why EMU professor Samir Tout and his students are working with industry leaders to develop new security measures. 

1969 photo of students on EMU's campus

Feb. 18, 2019

A look back at the student-led protests of 1969

Fifty years ago, a group of student activists locked themselves in Pierce Hall in an attempt to demand change. While they didn't realize it at the time, their action pushed EMU into a half-century quest for greater inclusion. This is their story.

A lab worker's gloved hands with test tubes

Feb. 6, 2019

EMU has new Carnegie Classification, thanks to growing level of research activity

In recognition of its level of research activity, Eastern Michigan University has been moved to the second-highest level of doctoral research universities in the country. Eastern is now categorized as a Doctoral University with High Research Activity (R2).

A student studying in the newly remodeled

Jan. 16, 2019

Strong Hall is an attractive yet highly functional facility aimed at educating students in STEM disciplines

This is not your father's or mother's or even your sister's or brother's Strong Hall. The building opened with the start of Winter 2019 classes, a milestone for Eastern as it marked the completion of the third and final phase of the Science Complex.