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Rackham Hall renovations for Physician Assistant Program at Eastern Michigan University—
EMU’s new Physician Assistant Program will transfer to a renovated building on the school’s campus.

Rackham Hall is undergoing an interior renovation that seeks to meet the program’s needs. Renovations include some mechanical upgrades to the upper and lower floors of the building.

The renovation will cost $3.6 million and will meet the structural needs for the program, including the inclusion of lecture-style classrooms, small meeting rooms, rooms for clinical skills and a computer lab.

The renovation is set for completion by May 2014.

Strategic planning and budget update includes lunch by the lake—
EMU President Susan Martin will present a Strategic Planning and Budget Update Forum on Wednesday, June 12 at 11 a.m. in the Student Center Auditorium.

Martin will provide an update on EMU’s planning process and information regarding the EMU budget.

Following the forum, Martin will sponsor a Michigan-themed “Lunch by the Lake” from noon to 2 p.m. situated on the Student Center patio.

The campus community is encouraged to attend the event.

Author and activist Jonathan Kozol to speak at EMU—
The John W. Porter Distinguished Chair in Urban Education presents the 2013-2014 Speaker Series: Reach, Teach and Inspire.

Author and social rights activist Jonathan Kozol will present his lecture, “Fire in the Ashes: Race, Justice and the Struggle for Survival in our Urban Neighborhoods,” on Wednesday, June 26 at 1:30 p.m. in the EMU Student Center Ballroom. A reception and book signing will follow.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit the Porter Chair Lecture Series at

EMU senior Brooke O’Neil gains Criminal Justice Scholarship—
Brooke O’Neil, a senior criminology major at EMU, has been chosen as the first recipient of the Greg O’Dell Criminal Justice Scholarship.

The scholarship fund was started last year as the main part of the first annual Greg O’Dell Golf Outing, held at the Eagle Crest Golf Club in Ypsilanti. The scholarship awards O’Neil $4,000 to help pay for her senior year of studies.

O’Neil holds a 3.96 GPA at EMU and looks to become a professor in criminology.

This year’s second annual scholarship benefit golf event will be held at Eagle Crest on September 20.

EMU student selected for national sustainable energy leadership program—
EMU senior Erica Mooney has been selected as one of the nation’s prominent young leaders in the sustainable energy sector by the national non-profit youth empowerment organization, Focus the Nation.

Mooney is studying urban and regional planning within the College of Arts and Sciences. She is the president of The Giving Garden, EMU’s campus-community garden. She was also chosen to be the Student Leader Group as the representative for the CAS.

In August, Mooney and 19 other students from across the country will meet on Oregon’s Mt. Hood at the ReCharge! retreat to explore an area of the country where energy is leaning toward renewable energy.

EMU Science Complex earns LEED Gold status— EMU’s Science Complex has been awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification.

LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

The Science Complex Phase II renovation project started in December 2010 and was completed in August 2012. The energy-efficient complex offers modernized classrooms, improved storage facilities, proficient labs and improved lighting.

EMU acquired LEED certification for its energy use, lighting, water and material. LEED is said to save money and improve a healthier environment.

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