Aug 16 2017

Partner Summit at EMU

by blogemu

The 3rd Annual Partner Summit, hosted by IMG, was held on August 9th at EMU’s .Convocation Center on the main court floor. This year, 20% more corporate partners who are supporting EMU and the Athletic Department attended (30 in total) and had table displays with various giveaways.



The day started with a “Meet the New Athletic Director – Scott Wetherbee”. This portion of the day was exclusive for corporate partners to have the opportunity to meet Scott and learn about his connection to corporate partners and ways that we can all work together to grow the brands and support each other.


The “tabling and mingling” portion of the Partner Summit followed and this was open to all EMU coaches, administrators, faculty and staff.


In total, over 200 people attended and were able to meet representatives from the corporate partners and form new relationships. They also learned about ways to work together while receiving EMU exclusive discounts and pricing to assist with budgets.


The following EMU Athletic Official Partners were in attendance: Ann Arbor Regent Hotel & Suites; Domino’s; and Trinity Transportation.



Attendees received complimentary food and beverage from Aubree’s (Depot Town); Cottage Inn; Domino’s; Jimmy John’s; Little Caesars; Marco’s Pizza; Noodles & Company; and United Dairy Industry of Michigan (Chocolate Milk).


A few partners had “enter to win” contests to win Marco’s Pizza for A Year; $100 Gas Gift Card (courtesy of Cueter Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram); and a $100 VISA Gift Card (courtesy of FGS, Inc.).



All EMU employees are encouraged to attend this fun and unique event next year. The date and time will be shared in the coming months.


For more information on EMU corporate partners and ways to connect with them, please reach out to: Heidi Wegmueller, General Manager of EMU IMG Sports Marketing, at


The complete list of corporate partners who attended are: Ann Arbor Regent Hotel & Suites; Ann Arbor Sports Commission; Aubree’s; Candi Cane Wireless of Ann Arbor; Cottage Inn; Cueter Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram; Domino’s; EMU Credit Union; Ephesus; FGS Inc.; Foresight Group; Golden Limo; Holiday Inn Ann Arbor (US-23 & Plymouth Road; Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Belleville; Jimmy John’s; Key Bank; Little Caesars; MAD Creative Concepts; Marco’s Pizza; MSW Print; Noodles & Company; O-Sports; Qdoba Mexican Eats; Sheraton Detroit Metro Airport; Sport-Travel; St. Andrew’s Products; The Polo Fields Golf & Country Clubs; Trinity Transportation; United Dairy Industry of Michigan and United Way of Washtenaw County.

Aug 09 2017

Advice for Freshmen

by blogemu

Let me first start off by saying WELCOME! You chose a great place to land here at EMU! I’m sure it still doesn’t feel real; you’re going to college, but it’s happening and the first day of classes will be here before you know it (September 6th)!


Prior to my freshmen year, four years ago, I hadn’t prepared anything until the week before I moved in. Yes, I procrastinated. Something I’m sure a lot of you could relate to however, once I was a week out from moving in I was completely stressed. Books, clothes, food, basic life necessities, I had to get it all and that whole week leading up to move in, it was not fun. So what’s the best advice I can give you?


  • Don’t procrastinate!

Beginning college is fun but it’s more fun when you’re prepared and ready to go! The best way to do this is by creating a checklist. By starting it now you can do a little each day leading up to move in just to be sure you don’t forget anything. Check your class schedule and email your professors to ask about course materials and textbooks!


  • You don’t need to decide right now!

Your major doesn’t need to be determined right away. This is something that I had a hard time understanding, however, general education courses are designed to give you an idea of what a certain major could look like so try out a variety of classes because you never know what you may enjoy if you never try! Which brings me to my next piece of advice…


  • Do something that makes you happy!

Trust me when I say you’ll regret it if you don’t. We often find ourselves worry about money when in reality we should worry less about money and focus on what makes us happy. Go into a field that will make you enjoy waking up for work in the morning!


  • Come prepared the first day of class!

Often times, professors will either email out the syllabus prior to the first day of class or they will post it to Canvas (primary website used to stay on top of all your courses). Check your Emich email and Canvas account often before classes start to get a good grip on what is expected throughout the semester!


  • Don’t lose the syllabus!

Professors lay out the entire semester into the syllabus’ and expect you to follow it, so never lose it and always look back at it. If you don’t you may miss/forget about assignments!


  • You pay for the classes you take — remember that!

Skipping class is going to happen, I get it but don’t skip class just to skip because at the end of the day regardless if you go or not, it’s still money out of your pocket! Skip wisely!


  • Don’t overwhelm yourself with classes when you register for Winter Semester!   

By now, you should be registered for Fall semester however, prior to Christmas Break you will need to register for Winter semester and when that time comes don’t overwhelm your schedule by taking the max credit hours (19). This may seem like a good idea because you want to graduate sooner but get a feel for college first, understand your limits and then schedule your classes in the future accordingly!


  • Get out of your comfort zone!

Join a club or organization on campus and meet new people. College is where you find yourself so go out, explore and find yourself!


  • Always carry an Umbrella and invest in good winter coat & boots!

The best piece of advice anyone could’ve given me before college was this. I came to EMU with a North Face windbreaker jacket (wasn’t even thick enough to be a coat), no umbrella and not one pair of warm boots.  I immediately regretted that decision the first day it snowed/rained!


  • Everything works out the way it meant too!

Don’t sweat the small stuff. College can be hard, it has its moments but one day you beginning your Freshman year and the next you’re registering for graduation like where has the time gone!?


Good Luck!





Courtney Carroll a senior at Eastern Michigan University double-majoring in Public Relations and Communication. Currently interning for University Marketing, she plans to graduate this fall with hopes of a future career in social media marketing! Connect with her on social @courtneyjjayne

Aug 02 2017

An Alumni’s Experience

by blogemu

I never thought college would actually fly by as quickly as everyone said it would, but to my surprise, it did.


I did not get the normal “college experience” like most people, yet I regret absolutely nothing about my journey. College is a unique and challenging time for every individual who embarks on the experience and it’s so worth it.


I started out at a community college and then transferred to Eastern Michigan University. I chose EMU for many reasons. I was the 3rd generation to attend EMU from my family, it was close enough to my home that I could commute, and it was affordable.


Another bonus to EMU was the Public Relations program. Not many schools in Michigan actually have a PR program and I was so set on studying Public Relations that I knew EMU would be a great fit for my career goals.


The program is big enough to matter but small enough to where students matter in it. I had a very close relationship with all of my professors and was always able to go to them with questions and help applying for jobs, internships, and with my resume. I am forever grateful for the relationships with all of the PR professors and still keep in touch with them!


When I first started at EMU it was really hard to get involved and meet people, but once I started getting to know people from my program college life became more fun.


I joined the Public Relations Student Society of America which was a club aligning with the PR program that gave me access to so many resources that helped me gain experience in the field as well as internship opportunities and networking events to get me in the world of public relations.


Because of all of the hard work I put into my education and experience at EMU, I was able to land a job right out of college, and I am already moving up due to my experience and dedication to public relations.


I am forever grateful to the professors, faculty, and staff who poured into my education and experience during my time at EMU!




Lauren Houck is an EMU alumni. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations in December of 2016. While at EMU, Lauren was involved with the Public Relations Student Society of America and held the Vice President of special events and programs for EMU’s PRSSA chapter. Houck currently works in governmental relations.