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From the President

What it Means to be an Engaged University C

ommunity engagement is one of the hallmarks of Eastern Michigan University’s mission and success. We

have long promoted and supported involvement beyond the campus as a way of improving the lives of others as well as the community, and as a means of enhancing learning.

We not only help educate fine students, but understand that students need to be contributing citizens of their respective communities. We take great pride in our role in the community, and are commited to serve it.

Te Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching recently announced that Eastern Michigan University earned the 2015 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification.

Of the more than 4,500 public and private four- and two-year degree-granting colleges and universities in the U.S., only 240 received the Carnegie Foundation’s 2015 Community Engagement Classification. Te group of 240 campuses joins 121 institutions that earned the classification during the 2010 process.

Eastern Michigan University initially received Community Engagement Classification in 2008. In order to be considered for reclassification, Eastern commited to an extensive self-study process to document the nature and depth of engagement with the local, regional, national and global community. Te documentation included many features -- from curriculum, to scholarship, to community partnerships, and outreach. Several EMU faculty members were instrumental in this process and deserve special thanks for their time and commitment.

Tis accomplishment reflects the University’s mission statement: “EMU enriches lives in a supportive, intellectually dynamic and diverse community. Our dedicated faculty balance teaching and research to prepare students with relevant skills and real world awareness. We are an institution of opportunity—where students learn in and beyond the classroom to benefit the local and global communities.”

Additionally, Service and Engagement is one of the four strategic themes in our strategic plan guiding our future endeavors.

Bright Futures offers high-quality after-school programs in about 20 elementary, middle and high schools in the area. Photo courtesy of Bright Futures

One of the many reasons I came to Eastern was the strong commitment by our campus community to educate ordinary people like myself to lead extraordinary lives; to graduate with a personal commitment to be good citizens of Michigan; and to give back to others.

In this issue of Eastern, we profile one of our outstanding community engagement projects, a program called Bright Futures that brings high quality aſter-school programs to young students in several school districts.

Tis issue also highlights three successful Eastern alumni, taking you inside their worlds in Hollywood, in Detroit’s auto industry, and to one of the most acclaimed restaurants in Denver, Colorado.

We are a university with more than 2,000 employees and more than 160,000 alumni, commited to helping to shape the next generation of engaged and successful citizens in our communities, in Michigan and throughout the world.

Tank you for your support of Eastern Michigan University. Go green!


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