Hundreds of educators and others have signed a petition asking Eastern Michigan University to sever ties with the Education Achievement Authority. Some of these people spoke against the partnership at Tuesday's board of regents meeting.
Chair of the board of regents Francine Parker says administration needs to listen to the concerns and work to ensure all E-M-U students can find student teaching positions.
Steve Camron is a special education professor and chair of the College of Education Council. Camron says the E-A-A connection is hurting E-M-U education students beyond the student teacher boycott. He says the E-A-A's use of Teach for America Candidates with less training makes EMU grads unable to compete for teaching positions.
President Susan Martin says she is closely listening to faculty and student concerns and trying to get more information. She says it's unfortunate E-M-U students are being punished and great educators are struggling to find student teaching positions. Martin says the E-A-A however is one of many creative efforts to address under performing schools and it makes sense for E-M-U to be part of the effort.
The regents approved Provost Kim Schatzel's appointment to the E-A-A board.
Clerk Eden Zimak watches as Student Body President Desmond Miller signs Senate Resolution 100-09 to formally state that the student body of Eastern Michigan University supports our Board of Regents in the decision to grant in-state tuition to undocumented students.
An area businessman who graduated from Eastern Michigan University and who continues to be involved with the school has been recognized with prestigious awards for customer service, sales and financial performance.
Steve Futrell is founder and CEO of Technology Solutions in Livonia, a company that works with businesses to develop voice and data solutions.
Eastern Michigan University has settled a lawsuit brought by an organization upset that EMU Student Government hadn't helped pay for it to bring its "Genocide Awareness Project" exhibit to campus.
University spokesperson Geoff Larcom says student government originally said "no" to a request for funding from Students for Life, which had asked for about $5,000 for the exhibit that was on campus April 11th and 12th.
Student Government declined, but later approved funding and changed its fund allocation policy.
Eastern Michigan University plans to hire four additional full-time police officers, with an eye toward having them on duty by mid-January.
The officers will be assigned to off-campus patrols, which are currently conducted by two officers. The increase to six officers around Leforge road, just north of campus, will bring additional resources to the area.
Eastern Michigan University's E-Club Alumni Chapter says seven former school athletes are being added to its Athletic Hall of Fame.
Men's basketball stars Earl Boykins and Derrick Dial are being honored, along with women's basketball stand-out Wondella Devers, women's track and field star JoyAnn Clark, swimmer Dennis Betts, football and basketball player Donald Stewart, and former EMU Athletic Director Gene Smith, who currently serves in the same capacity at Ohio State.
Eastern Michigan University is hosting a day-long summit in the EMU Student Center ballroom Friday on the state of teacher preparation in Michigan.
The event is called, "Educator Preparation: A Call to Action in Michigan", and will include keynote speaker Marilyn Cochran-Smith, a Boston College Professor.
Regina George is Director of Urban Community and International Outreach at EMU's School of Education. She says the conference is for K-12 educators, students of education, instructors, and administrators.
The website includes neighborhood crime stats and questions students should ask when apartment hunting.
EMU Vice President of Communication Walter Kraft says it's very important that the university provide the information and resources to help students make good, wise and informed choices on where to live.
Eastern Michigan University and area police agencies will immediately begin collaborating on patrols of the LaForge Road area north of the EMU campus.
The university says the EMU Department of Public Safety will work with Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township police and the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office, with each dedicating officers specifically to patrol the area.
EMU Police Chief Bob Heighes says each evening, assigned officers will meet at the university's Public Safety headquarters to coordinate their efforts.
About 250 people are taking part in a "Increase the Peace" march across the Eastern Michigan University campus this afternoon.
Among those in attendance - the mother of 20 year-old EMU student athlete Demarius Reed and several other family members. Reed was found dead in his apartment complex suffering from several gunshot wounds, the victim of what investigators say may have been a robbery.
Also marching today are family members of Julia Niswender, an EMU student who was found dead in her off-campus apartment almost one year ago.