education

10:10 am
Tue April 1, 2014

EMU's Dynamic Radio Duo

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You may not recognize the names of Laura Heffner or Taylor Pinson, but if you listen to 89.1 WEMU, the public broadcasting service of Eastern Michigan University, chances are you’ve heard their work.
  • Source: Emich
  • | Via: Linda Hass
Both are student interns at the National Public Radio affiliate that broadcasts at 89.1 FM and streams live 24 hours a day; and both conduct, record and edit phone interviews, write stories and assemble information for on-air and online presentations. Station staff says the dynamic duo has a nose for news and an uncanny knack for uncovering story angles that other media miss.
12:43 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents approve 2014-15 Faculty Research Awards

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The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents unanimously approved the Provost’s New Faculty Research Awards for 2014-15 at its March 25 board meeting. Kim Schatzel, provost and vice president of academic and student affairs at Eastern Michigan University, awarded a total of $78,660 to eighteen new Eastern faculty members for research and creative projects under the Provost’s Research Award for New Faculty program.
  • Source: Emich
  • | Via: Debra Johnson
Eastern Michigan University Education First
2:05 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

EMU's Undergraduate Symposium Features Student Projects and Research

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The symposium, one of the highlights of the academic year at Eastern, celebrates the exceptional academic work of EMU undergraduate students, showcasing student research and a wide variety of creative projects. The presentations, completed with the help of faculty mentors, represent all academic disciplines at the University.
  • Source: Emich
  • | Via: Geoff Larcom
A cool, functional house on Lake Leelanau, and much more: EMU's Undergraduate Symposium features student projects and research at Student Center on March 28 by Geoff Larcom, Published March 24, 2014 YPSILANTI - Lake Leelanau, located in the little finger of the Lower Peninsula just northwest of Traverse City, conjures up images of dazzling sunsets, nearby Lake Michigan beaches, towering dunes and rolling farmland.
12:22 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

EMU Political science major experiences a prestigious U.S. Department of State internship in Kosovo

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The Saginaw native also traveled to Germany, Albania and Macedonia, and had opportunities to sample such delights as homemade baklava and unusual dishes as pig’s head. “When you accept an invitation to eat something, you’re not just saying ‘yes’ to food, you’re accepting an outreach of hospitality,” he says.
  • Source: Emich
  • | Via: Linda Hass
Going Places Political science major experiences a prestigious U.S. Department of State internship in Kosovo by Linda Hass, Published March 06, 2014 Eastern Michigan University has helped junior Trevis Harrold go places few students have gone before. With encouragement and preparation from faculty and staff, this political science major secured a prestigious U.S.
3:40 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

EMU Freshman swimmer pursues a degree in aviation flight technology

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“It’s an adrenaline rush to propel myself through the air, from advancing the throttle of a plane or diving into a pool,” says Cameron, who is on track to receive a bachelor’s degree in aviation flight technology in 2017. Cameron, 19, also competes on the EMU Women’s Swimming and Diving Team.
  • Source: Emich
  • | Via: Linda Hass
Soaring Freshman swimmer pursues a degree in aviation flight technology by Linda Hass, Published February 19, 2014 Whether Sarah Cameron is lifting off the runway in an airplane or launching off the starting block at Jones Natatorium, this Eastern Michigan University freshman enjoys soaring through the air.
4:27 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Eastern Michigan University layoffs: Majority of full-time education lecturers get notices

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This story comes from the Ann Arbor News. WEMU is following up on the matter, stay tuned for an update.
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kellie Woodhouse
Eastern Michigan University is laying off most of its full-time lecturers in the College of Education. The Ypsilanti school issued layoff notices to 10 of its 11 full-time lecturers in the college in December, according to a group of lecturers at the school. The layoffs are effective Aug. 31, 2014.
2:48 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

EMU to host more than 600 video gamers to compete in 24-hour charity gaming events

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Gamers for Giving features tournaments with cash prizes for the hardcore enthusiast as well as casual activities for those who enjoy the light-spirited side of gaming, said founder Zach Wigal, 23, of Saline. Wigal is a senior in marketing at Eastern Michigan University. Several professional competitive gamers will also be on hand to assist with the weekend’s activities.
  • Source: Emich
  • | Via: Pamela Young
Eastern Michigan to host more than 600 video gamers Feb. 8-9 as they compete in 24-hour premier charity gaming events Goal is to raise $20,000 to construct portable video game kiosks for use in children's hospitals by Pamela Young, Published February 03, 2014 YPSILANTI - More than 600 video gaming enthusiasts will come to Eastern Michigan University February 8-9 to compete in one of the Midwest's premier charity gaming events, Gamers for Giving.
5:44 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Rick Snyder reappoints EMU professor Ted Ligibel to State Historic Preservation Review Board

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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.
  • Source: Emich
  • | Via: Pamela Young
Mich. governor reappoints EMU professor Ted Ligibel to State Historic Preservation Review Board. Ligibel directs the university's award-winning Historic Preservation Program by Pamela Young, Published January 29, 2014 YPSILANTI - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has reappointed Ted Ligibel, a professor at Eastern Michigan University, to the State Historic Preservation Review Board.
1:36 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

One exceptional teacher

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A mother meets with her son's teacher only to discover the incredible story of one woman's fight to prevent school tragedies from occurring.
  • Source: Momastery
  • | Via: Glennon Doyle Melton
A few weeks ago, I went into Chase's class for tutoring. I'd emailed Chase's teacher one evening and said, "Chase keeps telling me that this stuff you're sending home is math - but I'm not sure I believe him. Help, please." She emailed right back and said, "No problem!
1:40 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

EMU to honor Senator Carl Levin and former Clinton cabinet member Rodney Slater with Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award

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EMU annually presents The Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award to a member of the University community or of the broader community who exemplifies the values and ideals of King, specifically in the areas of leadership and service, or to someone who has made a significant contribution to the University and/or broader community.
  • Source: Emich
  • | Via: Geoff Larcom
Carl Levin, the longest-serving U.S. senator in Michigan history, and Rodney Slater, a former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation and an Eastern Michigan University graduate, will receive EMU’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award.The awards will be presented at the University’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. luncheon, to be held at 11:45 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20 in the EMU Student Center Ballroom.
Education
9:55 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Ypsilanti School Board of Education Adopts 'Solutions not Suspensions' Pledge

Solutions Not Suspensions calls for a moratorium on out-of-school suspensions.
Credit stopsuspensions.org/

The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education has adopted the "Solutions not Suspensions" pledge and a Student Code of Conduct. 

Bob Eccles reports on a new pledge to provide "solutions not suspensions" for its students.

The pledge urges district to use suspensions and expulsions as a last resort, and while that philosophy isn't really a part of the Code of Conduct, staff felt it was important to have the code in place for the rest of the school year. 

Changes in the language of the code are expected before next school year to better reflect the district's desire to focus on restorative rather than punitive practices.

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Education
9:37 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

All But One Ypsilanti Community Schools Building to Open Friday

Credit Patrik Holubik / WEMU

Problems that have forced the closure of Ypsilanti Community Schools the past couple of days have for the most part been resolved. 

Associate Superintendent Laura Lisiscki says only Ypsilanti Community Middle School - Willow Run Campus remains closed Friday as they wait for heating system parts to arrive. 

Lisiscki says district staff has been working around the clock to get buildings ready to re-open, with some staffers so focused on their work that they had to be ordered to go home and get some rest. 

Again, only Ypsilanti Community Middle School - Willow Run Campus is closed Friday in the Ypsilanti Community Schools district.

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Education
2:42 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

YCS Board urged to adopt 'Solutions not Suspensions' Pledge

The Ypsilanti-based Student Advocacy Center of Michigan wants the Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education to adopt a pledge to use student suspensions and expulsions only as a last resort. 

The "Solutions not Suspensions" pledge asks the state to roll back its discipline code so that it's in line with the federal Gun Free Schools Act.  It also asks districts to prioritize keeping kids in school and investing in preventative efforts. 

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Education
8:58 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Ypsilanti Community School Board Approves Graduation Requirements

Ypsilanti Community Schools Trustees (l-r) Dan Raglin, Celeste Hawkins and Tony VanDerworp study a presentation at Monday night's meeting.
Credit Bob Eccles

Click here for a report from WEMU's Bob Eccles.

The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education Monday night approved graduation requirements that include senior projects designed to pique students' interest in  what they might like to do after graduation. 

Board President David Bates says senior projects are a lot of work, both for the student and for the staff who assist them, but the effort is worthwhile.

Bates says it's a chance for seniors to show what they can do with an Ypsilanti Community Schools education.

Ypsilanti Community Schools graduation requirements also dictate that students earn 23 credits, including 4 Math and English credits and 3 Science and Social Studies credits. 

Staff who put the requirements together worked to find a "happy medium" that will allow seniors from the former Ypsilanti and Willow Run districts graduate.  Their previous requirements didn't match up perfectly.

Education
9:57 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Ypsilanti Community School Board Approves Summer Tax Collection

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The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education Monday night approved collecting school taxes in the summer rather than in the winter. 

Board President David Bates says summer tax collection is nothing new for district residents. The Ypsilanti and Willow Run districts had been collecting taxes in the summer prior to the consolidation.

Bates says summer tax collection means the district has to borrow less from the state while awaiting state aid payments, which in turn saves taxpayers money because the district is paying less in interest on money borrowed.

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Education
9:30 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Ypsilanti School Board Considers Summer Tax Collection

Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education President David Bates (l) and Superintendent Scott Menzel
Credit Bob Eccles

The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education Monday night approved placing the question of whether to collect taxes in the summer rather than the winter on the agenda for its first meeting in December. 

Superintendent Scott Menzel says a summer collection is something the board approved seperately last year for the Ypsilanti and Willow Run school districts.

Menzel says there are benefits to a summer tax collection, including needing to borrow less money from the state to keep things going until the district's state aid payment is received.

The board also approved a one-month extension to interim Technology Director Matthew McCarty's contract. 

McCarty is leaving the district, and the extension will cover the period from November 1st through his last day with Ypsilanti Community Schools - December 6th. 

And the board had a budget presentation from CFO Scott Johnson, who pegged the district's estimated 2013-14 year-end fund balance at $7.3 million - about $300,000 less than budgeted.

Bob Eccles Reports

Education
9:17 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Ypsilanti School Board Adopts Anti-Gun Resolution

Ypsilanti Community Schools trustees Tony VanDerworp, Greg Myers and Vice-President Don Garrett, Jr. (l-r)
Credit Bob Eccles

The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education has adopted a resolution asking the state legislature to change the laws on the open carrying of firearms to specifically prohibit the practice on school property. 

Board President David Bates says students need a safe environment to thrive, and staff need safe schools to properly do their jobs.

The resolution adopted Monday night is similar to one adopted last month by the Rockford, Michigan school board.  

Also Monday night, the Ypsilanti Community Schools board approved a six-month contract with Margolis Companies for snow removal services.

Click here to listen to Bob Eccles' report.

Politics
6:46 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Local Reaction to Michigan Senate Approving Common Core Funding

The Michigan Senate has restored funding to implement the Common Core educational standards. WEMU's Bob Eccles has reaction from one local school district.

Click to listen to Bob's report.

Community
6:39 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Ypsi Community High School Sign finds Ypsi and Willow Run Grads Working Together

Ypsilanti Community High School can thank graduates of the former Ypsilanti and Willow Run high schools for a new electronic sign.

   

WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

Click here for Bob's report.

Local News
8:42 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

YCS Board Approves Coordinated School Health Team

Credit Bob Eccles / WEMU

The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education Monday night approved the creation of a Coordinated School Health Team. WEMU's Bob Eccles has details.

Click here for Bob's report.

Local News
7:45 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Free and Reduced Cost Lunch Program Unscathed by Government Shutdown - So Far

The program that offers students from low-income families the chance to enjoy a free or reduced cost lunch has not been affected by the partial federal government shutdown - yet. WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

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Education
2:26 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Ypsilanti Community Schools Approve $158k Alarm Systems; Hires Gibelyou As Facilities Director

The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education last night approved replacing the alarm systems in several district buildings.  Superintendent Scott Menzel maintains that most of the new systems are being installed in former Willow Run school district buildings.

Bob Eccles has the full story:

Bob Eccles Reports

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Education
3:35 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Head Start Services To Be Offered In Ypsilanti

The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education last night approved a contract with the Washtenaw Intermediate School District to provide Head Start services in the district.  

Bob Eccles Reports

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Education
1:48 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Higher Than Expected Enrollment means More Teachers for YCS

With a couple of weeks of school in the books, Ypsilanti Community Schools is seeing something it didn't really expect: class sizes large enough to warrant hiring some additional teachers. 

Local News
8:46 pm
Sun September 1, 2013

Grizzlies Fall in First-Ever Football Game

Grizzlies QB Marquis Smith scans the field for an open receiver in Friday's game against Milan.
Credit Bob Eccles

Ypsilanti Community High School lost its first-ever football game to Milan in a contest that took a couple of days to decide.  Friday night's game was suspended in the third quarter due to lightning, and continued Saturday afternoon.  The final score: Milan 13, Ypsilanti Community High 6.  The Grizzlies scored on a 34-yard pass from Mike Caldwell to Jalen Maxwell.  The extra point attempt failed.

Click here for Bob Eccles' report on the game.

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