Mar 14 2018


by blogemu


Counseling and Psychological Services, also known as CAPS, is located in the Snow Health Center and is dedicated to addressing the mental health needs of Eastern Michigan University students.


CAPS provides each student with 12 free appointments per school year. They offer a variety of services including groups and workshops, psychiatric services, referrals, consultation, and they also offer special events.


There are many reasons that a student might go to CAPS for counseling, some common examples include students struggling with anxiety, depression, stress, relationship problems, suicidal thoughts, self-harm, concerns relating to sexuality, or abuse.


The CAPS website provides The Mental Health Screening, a free confidential screening to help you determine if you could benefit from professional help with mental health, eating or alcohol use. This screening as well as more information about CAPS can be found here.


Their services typically require an appointment, but they do offer emergency appointments when needed. You can contact the CAPS staff by emailing or calling (734)481-0050 during their business hours of 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday.


For emergencies outside of business hours, students my call their After-Hours Phone Service by dialing (734)487-1118.


Students who take advantage of the free or paid services provided by CAPS have said that they have been able to better focus on their studies by talking out their problems with their helpful staff.


The students have also stated that they felt “overall happier” and “like a weight had been lifted off their shoulders.”


One student I spoke to said “talking about my problems with the professional staff made it easier for me to talk about those same problems with my friends and family, which ultimately made me feel closer to them.”


Another student shared that the services “…Helped save my relationship. I learned that talking about my feelings with my partner was super important to the health of our relationship.”


The services that CAPS offers students can be incredibly beneficial. I encourage all EMU students to check them out and give it a try!






Joshua Young is a sophomore at EMU studying Marketing with a minor in communication. He is originally from Brighton, Michigan. Josh works for the Eastern Michigan University Street Team and the Ad Sales Department for The Eastern Echo. He is a member of The Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity, The Honors College, NSCS, NSOA, The American Marketing Association and the College of Business Mentor Program.

Mar 12 2018

Sew Into Your Future Through EMU’s ATM Program!

by blogemu

When Roopkatha (Roop) left India in 2015 to earn her master’s in Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising (ATM), she had no idea what was truly in store for her.


She didn’t know that she would become a Doctoral Fellow studying engineering technology and she certainly didn’t foresee that all of her lab hours would lead to the invention of a revolutionary product.


Roop has worked tirelessly to find opportunities for herself and make her own luck.


It is easy to hear about the ATM program and associate it with clothing design and the world of fashion. And while there may be a sliver of truth to that statement, in general, that is not the case.


Back in Calcutta, India, Roop studied textile technology, which is what led her to EMU.


“When I toured the campus, I found that EMU just has the facilities that we did not in Calcutta,” Roop said. “I got really excited (about EMU) right away.”


Textile technology isn’t something that gets talked about often, and as Roop noted, is something that is very overlooked. Textile technology involves taking a fabric and chemically modifying it to have new properties without destroying the natural qualities of the original material.


“This challenge is what I love so much,” Roop said. “My work is in adding functionality to the textile without letting it forget who it is.”


Roop’s academic success has allowed her to intern at Adient, an auto industry supplier, as an engineer in the Complete Seats department. There she works on things like trim, foam and seat design for many auto companies, including Tesla.



While working with Adient, she attended the NAIAS Auto Show in Detroit and realized that there was a large demand for fabric that was both water repellent and didn’t stain.


After conducting research, Roop decided that she needed to come up with a fabric that was superhydrophobic, which is both water repellent and stain proof.


Along with the help of her advisor, Dr. Subhas Ghosh, Roop came up with a combination of chemicals and a unique treatment process, that is able to make fabric superhydrophobic.


This means that when a liquid comes in contact with it, the liquid is repelled and rolls off revealing a clean and dry fabric. Roop’s fabric has been tested to effectively repel water, coffee, coke and tea with more testing to be done in the future.


Even though Roop has seen great success so far, she is hungry for more. “I want my work to be remembered,” she said. “I want to work on projects that make all the time and work worth it.”


With that mentality and her work ethic, Roop is sure to make an impact in her field.


Until then, she will continue pursuing her Phd at EMU and leave us all excited to see what is in store for her.





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Mar 07 2018

Make Failure Your Friend

by blogemu

I’ve been a swimmer for almost ten years now, and I currently swim for Eastern Michigan University.


This sport has taught me priceless lessons that will accompany me for the rest of my life. The most important lesson I have learned is that “The battle is not over until you win.”


My dad, an athlete in his own right as a marathon runner, would always tell me over and over, “the battle is not over until you… win.”


For years, I could never truly figure out the meaning of this statement. It just didn’t make sense to me.


I often began to think, “What happens if the battle is over and the results aren’t in your favor?” You must accept it. That’s life.


I remember what it was like being a young swimmer. Everything was much easier, expectations were blurry, and the pressure was minor.



At the age of 16, I began to learn the importance of setting goals for myself and how to work hard to achieve them.


One winter night, my dad and I were driving back after an important championship, where I experienced failure for the first time.


After taking first place at the previous championship, seeding second for this race was a hard pill to swallow.


The determination to win was running through my veins for this race, I was sure I was going to win.


I even told myself: “You must protect the champion title!” With all the pressure I put on myself, I false started my race, got disqualified and was forced to finish my championship without racing.


While driving home after the exhausting four-day swimming championship, in pure silence and my  body swollen in the car seat, my dad said to me,


“Michal, the battle is not over.”


I responded with rage,


“Yes, it is.”


“NO!” He attacked back.


“The battle is not over until YOU WIN,” he said, “You will come back next time and you will claim that win. You will work harder, wish stronger, focus better, and then you will win it. It’s over when you say it’s over.”


I sat in the car silently and finally understood what he meant. This battle is personal.


This win was a deeply personal goal of mine. I had to tell myself “I will come back next championship, better, stronger, and wiser – and I will win.”



Winning is an abstract and subjective achievement, not a fixed task determined by others. No one else can tell you if you have won your battle, but YOU.


I will come back, I said to myself, and I will win.


I sat quietly in the car as a tear dropped down my cheek. On that day I faced failure for the first time, but it was one of the best things that could have ever happened to me.


The lesson I learned from that day has followed me ever since. It has become a dear friend.


Two years later, I didn’t only win in my age group, but won the entire meet!



Still, every time I fail, I remind myself, the battle is not over until you win.


As a swimmer for Eastern Michigan University the goal now has become to win the MAC conference with my team, EMU women swimming and diving.


Together, we will WIN! It’s not over yet.







Michal Liberman is an swimmer at EMU. She is a junior, majoring in public relations. Michal is from Israel originally, works part time in the EMU Division of Communications, and is featured in EMU’s #YouAreWelcomeHere banner campaign.