Eastern Michigan University will mark the 50th anniversary of the civil rights March on Washington Wednesday with a ceremony at Martin Luther King Jr. Gardens.
President Susan Martin will welcome guests to the event at just before three o'clock Wednesday afternoon. At three, bells and chimes will ring on campus, and Dr. King's speech will be played.
Following the speech, closing remarks will be offered by State Representative David Rutledge and EMU professor Donald Woods. Dr. Woods teaches in the university's Department of Africology and African-American Studies.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Gardens are located near Welch Hall, off Cross Street on the south side of the EMU campus.
WEMU's Bob Eccles spoke with Dr. Ronald Woods, an Eastern Michigan University professor and the first head of the school's Department of African-American Studies. They talked about the 1963 civil rights march on Washington, D.C. and more.
The annual Ypsilanti Heritage Festival kicks-off on Friday and the celebration will run through the weekend. It's a perfect time to take a look back at some of the elements that have helped create the identity of this Washtenaw County community.
WEMU's Wendy Wright delves into the rich history and heritage of the City of Ypsilanti. In this 11-minute audio feature, Wendy provides some historical snapshots of people and places that helped forge the identity on Michigan's 2nd oldest city.
General Motors has announced it will be donating $900,000 over the next three years to Eastern Michigan Uuniversity's Project Lead the Way program - a national program that encourages U.S. middle and high schools to teach STEM, or science, technology, engineering and math curriculum materials, and the development of engineering and biomedical programs for their students.
Professor John Dugger is the director of EMU's Project Lead The Way affiliate program. He says the program continues to grow, and EMU has helped train many of its teachers.
Dugger says the program contributes in other ways; holding annual conferences and acting as a recruiter and advisor for schools interested in the teaching STEM material.
Eastern Michigan University students have a new place to turn for a wide variety of advising issues. WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more in the new advising center, funded thanks to a donation from a member of the Board of Regents.
An Eastern Michigan University professor is undertaking a 450-mile cycling trip starting June 29 in order to raise $4000 dollars to support Study Abroad programs at Eastern.
Even more amazing, he will making the 12-day journey at age 70, something many people in their 70's could not undertake.
John Fike is a part time lecturer in Eastern's political science department. He says Study Abroad programs are important because students who go to other countries to study come back more mature, more focused, and more rounded in their understanding of the world.
New York Times columnist Joe Nocera spoke Tuesday afternoon at the Eastern Michigan University Student Center auditorium. The EMU Student Government brought Mr. Nocera to campus to talk about "How to fix big-time college sports". WEMU's Bob Eccles had the chance to speak with Mr. Nocera before his appearance.
This year, Eastern Michigan University has the largest number of students living on campus in nearly a decade, and EMU's Board of Regents has approved room and board rate increases for next fall. Details from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.