News Brief: April 9

Eastern Michigan University hosts open house at Livonia campus

Eastern Michigan University hosts an open house at its Livonia campus, Wednesday, April 26, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for potential high school and transfer students.

Students can learn about over 200 degree programs offered at EMU’s main campus as well as the programs offered at the Livonia campus including business, nursing and criminology.

All students who attend the open house can apply for Eastern free of charge.

According to a news release, “tools for transfer students such as the EMU Equivalency List, EMU Transfer guides, Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA), and the MACRAO Agreement and Ohio Transfer Module are designed to help in-state, and out-of-state students complete credit hours prior to applying for admission at EMU.”

Parking for the open house is free at the EMU Livonia campus located at 38777 West Six Mile Rd (I-275 and Six Mile).

Reserve your spot by registering online or calling 877.818.4368.

EMU ranked top in awarding international students financial aid

A 2015 Student Loan Report ranked Eastern Michigan University as one of the top universities in the nation in awarding financial aid to international students.

Student Loan Report, a comprehensive website that provides information to the public regarding student loan news and college ranking information, analyzed financial aid data from over 4,000 universities and reported Eastern No. 11 out of 150 schools. EMU was named No. 1 in Michigan.

EMU currently has over 700 international students from over 40 countries.

“Having more foreign students is a feature that many colleges would boast about. It is an attractive quality to many, especially to prospective international students,” said Drew Cloud, founder of Student Loan Report in a news release.

“Eastern Michigan University is not only giving international students financial aid, but helping them become debt free quicker out of college,” said Cloud.

According to the news release, Cloud said the average student debt is $27, 875.

Eastern Michigan University gave international students $19,111 in financial aid during the 2015-16 academic year.

EMU faculty and staff honored at Distinguished Achievement Recognition Award ceremony

Eastern Michigan University honored faculty and staff at its first “Distinguished Achievement Recognition Awards” ceremony, March 29 in the Student Center ballroom.

The “Distinguished Achievement Recognition Awards” honors those at EMU who foster student engagement and learning outside of the classroom.

Six EMU faculty and staff members received the Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Faculty Awards, the highest honor Eastern bestows on its faculty.

“As we know, the success of EMU has always been in its ability to work across divisions and departments, to coalesce teams, to create programs and to solve institutional challenges,” said Rhonda Longworth, provost and executive vice president of academic and student affairs in a news release.

“What we have not always remembered to do is to pause and honor all of those who contribute to the dynamism of EMU. This event seeks to change that,” Longworth said.

The categories and awards included:

Student Engagement & Success Award

  • Melissa Rosenblum, Counseling and Psychological Services, PT.
  • Christine Deacons, Academic Support Programs, AP.

Leadership Award

  • Tracey Cade, Campus Life Clerical, CS.
  • Amy Barnhart, New Student & Transition Programs, PT.
  • Ellen Gold, Assistant Vice President for Student Well-being, AP.

Innovation Award

  • Julia Heck, Associate Director, Office of the Ombuds, AP.

Community Engagement & Service Awards

  • Bonnie Taylor, World Languages, CS.
  • Jack Bidlack, Engage@EMU.

Part-time Lecturer Awards

  • Roberta Justice, Music & Dance.
  • Malgorzata Mroz, World Languages.
  • Jane Stephenson, Management.
  • Joy Versluis, Nursing.
  • Susan Santone, Teacher Education.
  • Russell Rhoton, Engineering Technology.

Excellent Teachers Engaging Alumni Award

  • Susan Badger Booth, Communication, Media and Theatre Arts.

Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Faculty Awards

  • Research I: Kennedy Saldhana, Social Work.
  • Teaching I: Zuzana Tomas, World Languages.
  • Research II: Kristine Ajrouch, Sociology.
  • Teaching II: John Staunton, English, Language & Literature.
  • Service: Jill Dieterle, Philosophy.
  • Creative activity: Michael Reedy, Art.

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