On Tuesday, Eastern Michigan University announced David Turner as the vice president of human resources, a newly created position. Turner, an EMU alumnus, will take over the position on Jan. 20 for $175,000 a year.
Eastern Michigan University held its 25th Semiannual Celebration of Student Writing on Thursday. The event showed varying forms of written work dealing with a wide range of topics. All of the projects were made by students in English 121.
On Friday, Sony launched its latest gaming console, the PlayStation 4. Sales were so high over the weekend that Sony’s platform for online gaming and selling game downloads, the PlayStation Network, had network issues due to high traffic on launch day.
On Friday, the Quirk-Sponberg Theater grew still as 7 p.m. drew near. The soft sound of children shushing was heard around the theater, bouncing off exposed brick walls as the lights dimmed. Children and parents sat in anticipation to see the world of author C.S. Lewis’ “Narnia” come to life as the Eastern Michigan University Theatre for the Young presented its production of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.”
The fair represented EMU Academic Programs Abroad, the Department of World Languages, German Club, Hansori, the Indian Student Organization, the International Students Association, the Latino Student Association, the Japanese Student Association, the Office of International Students, the Saudi Student Association and the Spanish Club.
The Eastern Michigan University Alumni Association held its annual teaching excellence awards Thursday. The recipients of the award this year included William Douglas Baker of the Department of English Language and Literature, Cory D. Emal of the Chemistry Department, James P. Sheerin of the Physics and Astronomy Department, Phil Simmons of the Theatre Arts Department, Diana J. Wong of the College of Business, Management Department, and Nancy Caine Harbour of the College of Technology, Paralegal Studies Department.
On Tuesday the Eastern Michigan University creative writing program held its Bathhouse Reading Series featuring authors Douglas Kearney and Tisa Bryant in the Student Center Auditorium. Bryant’s first readings came from her book “Unexplained Presence,” which is a collection of hybrid essays punctuated by ekphrastic poems.
On Tuesday, Mohammed Safi, the Muslim Chaplain at the University of Michigan, gave a talk titled “What is Islam?”
On Wednesday, Eastern Michigan University’s Women’s Resource Center, in cooperation with the Safe House Center of Ann Arbor and First Step, presented the exhibit “True Life: My Experience with Domestic Violence.”
The talk, “Ethnic Journeys: Memoirs of George Ellenbogen and Evelyn Shakir,” encompassed a variety of experiences from the lives of Ellenbogen and his late partner, fellow writer Evelyn Shakir.