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White-Nose Syndrome Seen In Michigan Bats

Apr 10, 2014
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White-nose syndrome is deadly for bats, and the disease has now been reported in bats that hibernate in Michigan.

Eastern Michigan University biology professor Dr. Allen Kurta is a nationally-respected bat expert.  He says Michigan is populated by nine species of bats, five of which spend their winters in caves or abandoned mines here.

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Eastern Michigan University students are eligible to enter an art competition with a climate change theme and a $750 prize. 

EMU's AMP! student organization is sponsoring the contest, called "The Elapsing City".

Graduate student Mei Mei four phenomenon of climate change are offered as themes: Desertification, Loss of Arctic Sea Ice, Sea Level Rise, and Ocean Acidification.

"The artwork must reflect at least two of the four phenomenon," she says.

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Eastern Michigan University hosted one of the state's largest teacher job fairs Wednesday.

Representatives from dozens of schools were on hand to interview the hundreds of prospective teachers searching for a job.

Joshua Kay is looking for his first teaching job. He says coming to the job fair was very helpful.

"Todays job fair is a good opportunity for some experience," Kay says, and to meet representatives from different school districts looking to hire teachers.

EMU Lights Student Center For Autism Awareness

Apr 2, 2014
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Eastern Michigan University's Student Center was bathed in blue light Wednesday night as part of the annual Autism Speaks "Light It Up Blue" campaign.

The lighting of the Student Center also spotlighted the university's non-profit Autism Collaborative Center, a resource for families across southeast Michigan dealing with autism.

Autism affects one in 68 children, and is more common than childhood cancer, diabetes and AIDS combined.

Details on Autism Speaks can be found online: http://www.autismspeaks.org

Eastern Michigan University has chosen NEPC to manage the school's $58 million endowment fund. The firm was chosen from nine companies that responded to a request for proposals in November. 

EMU Hosting EcoJustice and Activism Conference

Mar 26, 2014

Thursday marks the start of the third annual EcoJustice and Activism Conference.

The three-day event is being held at Eastern Michigan University and will address concerns such as animal rights, water and air quality issues, and social justice.

Rebecca Martusewicz an EMU professor says, "The focus of this year's conference is belonging", Martusewicz said, "learning together to value human and more than human communities."

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Some Students and faculty at Eastern Michigan University continue to speak out against the university’s contract with the Education Achievement Authority. 

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Eastern Michigan University is raising room and board rates by 4 percent for next school year.  The Board of Regents approved the hike Tuesday in efforts to cover increased maintenance and food costs.

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The U.S. Airforce band will present a free concert at Eastern Michigan University's Pease Auditorium  on April 9th.  Along with the band, 18 professional vocalists called the Singing Sargeants will also perform.

EMU Football Players Help Promote Literacy

Mar 21, 2014
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Eastern Michigan University football players scored a touchdown with kids at Adams STEM Academy Friday.

The athletes visited the school as part of a joint effort between EMU and the 2nd & Seven Foundation to promote literacy among young children.

EMU Assistant Athletic Director for Academics Erin Burdis says the kids get a lot out of these visits, and learn about the importance of reading and being a good citizen.

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Some stomachs may be hurting this morning, but the FLY Children’s Art Center is in a better position thanks to the first ever Wurst Challenge at Ypsilanti’s Wurst bar. 

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The waiting continues for same-sex couples who'd like to marry in Michigan.

A judge is expected to rule soon on whether the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage should be overturned. 

Mary Larkin is Director of Eastern Michigan University's LGBT Resource Center.  She says the tension has been growing since last week.

"I think people are starting to get a little keyed up right now," Larkin said.  "It feels like we're waiting for lottery numbers."

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More young people in Southeast Michigan will continue to have opportunities to make art thanks to several people attempting to eat 20 foot long brats.  Ypsilanti’s Wurst Bar is hosting the first ever Wurst Challenge Thursday evening as a fundraiser for the Fly Children’s Art Center.

EMU Swears In Six New Public Safety Officers

Mar 19, 2014

YPSILANTI – Six new police officers were sworn in this month as the Eastern Michigan University Department of Public Safety took another major step in its plan to expand off-campus patrols and collaboration with other area law agencies.

Chief of police Bob Heighes, far left, swears in new officers (l-r): Ermir Vila, Michael Richardson, Michael Harhold, Kevin Dorsey, Bridget Bofysil and Helaina Bell.Credit Eastern Michigan UniversityEdit | Remove

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The head of Michigan’s Education Achievement Authority believes the data shows better performance by students in the program than they had in Detroit Public Schools.  Eastern Michigan University hosted a panel discussion on the EAA Wednesday. 


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An Eastern Michigan University educator wants people to give themselves a 24-hour break from smartphones, text messages and other media-based technology. Professor Christine Tracy is urging students, faculty and others on the Ypsilanti campus and in nearby communities to spend today celebrating the fifth annual National Day of Unplugging.   

Tracy teaches digital journalism and media ecology. She says people have a "mostly unconscious dependence on technology" and a "daylong respite is just the first step toward more enlightened use of" digital tools.

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A group of about 30 people gathered at Eastern Michigan University today to protest the university's affiliation with the Education Achievement Authority. 

Samir Webster is a member of the group "Students for an Ethical and Participatory Education", which organized the protest.  He says they've met with the Board of Regents and EMU President Susan Martin, but they feel their voices aren't being heard.

 Critics of the EAA says it's failing in its mission to turn struggling schools around.  Area school districts have been boycotting EMU student teachers because of the school's ties to the EAA. 

 Eastern Michigan University officials say they respect the right of faculty members to share their concerns, but the school has no plans to end its affiliation with the EAA.


Eastern Michigan University officials hope to avoid using reserves to balance the budget this school year despite student credit hours dipping slightly.  E-M-U officials gave the campus community an update on the budget and strategic plan Tuesday. 

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EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY PRESS RELEASE:

YPSILANTI – Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has reappointed Ted Ligibel, a professor at Eastern Michigan University, to the State Historic Preservation Review Board. The appointment was announced Jan. 28, 2014. 

Ligibel is director of Eastern Michigan’s award-winning Historic Preservation Program, which is the largest such program in the nation, with 90 graduate students and 15 undergraduates currently enrolled.

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If you earned $52,000 or less in 2013, students from Eastern Michigan University's School of Business will do your taxes for free. 

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance or VITA service is staffed by student volunteers who are certified by the IRS. 

VITA program coordinator Umar Rabbimov says offering the tax help is a great way for students to give back to the community, and for community members to get some relief from the cost of having their taxes done. 

Your next chance to take advantage of the free tax assistance is Saturday from ten a.m. to five p.m. at the College of Business. 

You can find other dates, times and locations here.

EMU says Lecturer Layoffs Enrollment Driven

Feb 12, 2014

Eastern Michigan University says it had to lay off a number of full-time lecturers in its College of Education due to declining enrollment. 

Pam Olech and six fellow full-time lecturers in her department are being laid off effective at the end of August. 

She says she worries about the quality of student teacher supervision if she and her colleagues are not recalled, and hates to see the university lose the relationships the College of Education has with areas school districts.

Critics of the Education Achievement Authority want to not only stop the spread of the reform effort but also want it out of Detroit, that was the message Tuesday night at a community forum on the issue hosted by the Ann Arbor Education Authority.  


Almost all of Eastern Michigan University's full-time lecturers in the College of Education have received layoff notices.   College of Education Dean Jan Joseph says declining enrollment in the program means fewer lecturers are needed.   She says EMU is not unique in seeing enrollment for education students dropping. She says it's a trend that most teacher training programs have seen over the past decade or so. College of Education lecturers teach student teachers and place them in area school districts for hands-on training.

An Eastern Michigan University expert thinks he knows the main explanation for new study results that show that gay and bisexual teenage boys use steroids at a rate almost six times higher than do straight kids.  The study out of Chicago says that 21 percent of gay or bi male teens claimed they have used steroids, compared with four percent of straight boys.  Michael Tew is the Director of the Center for the Study of Equality and Human Rights at Eastern Michigan University.

Between 600 and 800 video game enthusiasts will take over the Eastern Michigan University Student Center Ballroom this weekend for "Gamers for Giving", a charity gaming tournament. WEMU's Bob Eccles spoke with event founder Zach Wigal about the event. 

Listen below for the interview:

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