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EMU faculty member death

Mark Gallup, 51, a lecturer in Eastern Michigan University’s communication, media and theatre arts program, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday. Gallup is survived by his wife of 23 years, Maria Showich-Gallup.

According to a university press release, “The family has requested memorials to honor Mark and his love for teaching and EMU to be directed to the Mark S. Gallup Scholarship Fund at Eastern Michigan University.”

EMU-Online Mobile App

Eastern Michigan University students will now have access to features of EMU-Online on their smart phones via the new EMU-Online App. According to a release from the university, students are now able to:

• Read and respond to threaded discussion posts: Students can view full-threaded discussions, including prompts and instructor and classmate responses.

• View course announcements: Students can stay up-to-date on what’s happening in online and web-enhanced course shells, view updates and assignment due dates and review changes to course material.

• View the course gradebook: Students can also check their scores and get assignment feedback from instructors after the grades are posted.

The app can be downloaded for Apple or Android phones from the device’s app store.

“This app creates another level of convenience for our students and professors and is a natural progression in innovation for the university,” said Kim Schatzel, provost and vice president of Academic and Student Affairs at EMU, in a press release.

“This is a great app for staying in touch with your class, checking in on discussions and keeping up to date on announcements,” said Allison Moise, an undergraduate student studying visual arts education, in the release. “It’s super valuable when you can’t get to a computer.”

EMU Autism Collaborative Center receives check from charity event

The ACC was presented with a check for $10,471, the proceeds of a Nov. 28 charity hockey fundraiser at the center. According to a press release from the university, the funds will be used by the ACC for new occupational therapy equipment.

“The timing of the gift is excellent,” said Jon Margerum-Leys, associate dean of the College of Education and administrator at the ACC, in a press release. “The center will be hiring a full-time occupational therapist and has a critical need for the equipment. The clients, therapists, faculty and staff at the ACC are all very grateful for the gift.”

The equipment, including tumbling mats, a platform swing and a crash pit are designed to help children and adults with autism develop motor planning, motor skills and improve social interaction.

The money comes from the Ann Arbor Masters and Platinum Hockey Leagues’ annual fundraising event. The organization selects a charitable cause each year, and this year’s recipient was the ACC.

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