EMU Blog

Nov 15 2017

A Peek Into My World: What it’s like to be an international student at EMU

by blogemu

Upon meeting someone, it usually takes a person about 30 seconds to realize I am not American. As soon as I open my mouth to say something, people on campus realize I am an international student, and a sassy one at that.


Some of  the questions that I get asked on a regular basis as an international student invlude, “Why did you come to America?”, “What language are you dreaming in?”, “Where do you want to live in the future?”


If you are really interested in what life is like as an international student in America, then keep reading because I have some insights for you.


  • You can’t hide your identity

It’s not just your accent and name that turns you in, it’s the way you look and dress. It’s the way you talk and walk, and there might be something in your eyes that just screams – DIFFERENT. My advice to other international students would be to enjoy it, and take advantage of your difference. The different side in you is the one thing that will help you stand out.


  • You need to get used to the unique language

As an international student there are quite a few American sayings that I struggled with understanding at first. Some of these sayings that didn’t “ring a bell” when I first heard them included, The best thing since sliced bread, or to be held on by a thread,once in a blue moon.” How about saying Yup, instead of thank-you? or giving you the cold shoulderwhen you accidentally drive someone up the wall”? can someone get a “penny for my thoughts” here?


  • You represent your country, everyday, even if you don’t want to

International students don’t need to wear their country’s flag around their back to represent their country or ethnic identity. They can however, represent their home countries positively by treating others with respect and kindness. Also with their opinions, habits, gestures and behavior. As an international student, you are an ambassador of your country, everyday. Even if you don’t want to be, so remember that.


  • My gosh, those papers are hard

Grammar can be your worst enemy as a student in a country outside of your home language. As an international student simple grammar as well as vocabulary sometimes just doesn’t make sense in your brain.The worst of all is trying to master proper spelling! While these may seem like challenges at first, luckily with spell check these mistakes can be corrected. In my opinion, spell check is the best thing since sliced bread.


  • Being misunderstood

This thing that I wanted to say made perfect sense in my head, but here I am standing with this american who is trying to help me but doesn’t seem to guess what I want. Is it the way I pronounce and express myself? Being misunderstood can be frustrating and disheartening as an international student.


  • American food?!

Let me just say, peanut butter and jelly is weird! But that’s only the beginning of it. Why is there so much candy everywhere? What are these easy prep kits for meals? And these “just add water” formulas to the most complex dishes? It seems to me that everything is frozen and process. Can we go back to the simple life please? I really don’t want to get fat while living here. Luckily, campus has many healthy options that I choose from.


  • Homesick!

There is no cure for a case of homesickness. Somedays are just harder than others. There are days where your brain fails to cooperate in correct English, days where you just wish you could go to your favorite restaurant at home and eat the food you are used to, and days where you really wish your parents could share with you or moments where it would have been swell to just listen to the radio in your native language. While you can’t recreate traditional things that you love from your home country, you can do some of the American things that you love to help cheer you up!


Despite the challenges I have faced and overcome, I love America. Specifically, Eastern Michigan University have given me a lifetime experience from every possible perspective.


I wouldn’t trade the experience of studying at EMU for anything. The people I have met, the education I have received, and the sports team I am a part of are some of the best opportunities I could ever ask for in life.


To any international students, just remember, it’s okay to be different, and to have different biases and experiences. The challenges internationals are facing will only make us stronger, and we are lucky enough to have our university proud of the national and international diversity. Indeed, YouAreWelcomeHere!







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

Nov 09 2017

The Season Of Giving- Give back with EMU!

by blogemu

There are many reasons why people volunteer. For some people, it’s the feeling of giving back or helping to better your community.


For others, it’s the opportunity to develop new skills and relationships. Maybe you only volunteer because it looks good on a resume or because you’re part of an org that requires volunteer hours.


Whatever the reason you volunteer may be, Eastern Michigan University and the Ypsilanti community have a ton of ways to give back.


Swoop’s Student Food Pantry is an org run by students for students. With the help of EMU faculty, staff, and alumni volunteers, Swoop’s Student Food Pantry provides current EMU students in need with food assistance and other resources to help their college success. You can give either your time, money, or non-perishable donations to this wonderful campus-based org.


VISION, or Volunteers Incorporation Service Into Our Neighborhoods is another campus based volunteer opportunity. This organization provides students with opportunities to learn more about social issues, develop leadership skills, and participate in a variety of different volunteer events. VISION’s student- led programs can provide you with LBC credit, pre-student teaching hours, a sense of community and a great way to get involved in the Ypsilanti community.


Since 2003, Growing Hope has been helping to empower the community through growing fresh produce. Their gardens are multipurpose. They provide produce, education, and positive social change. The organization promotes gardening in home, school, and community settings. Growing Hope engages 700 youth and teens gardening, healthy cooking and nutrition.


Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels has a long history of providing volunteer prepared meals to those in need. Since its founding in 1973, the organization has grown to meet the needs of the community. Their volunteers can do everything from delivering meals, researching and writing grants, office work, photography and more. Join Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels in providing approximately 200 hot meals and 200 cold meals each day.

Nov 01 2017

Midterms are just around the corner, are you ready?

by blogemu

Midterm Study Tips


It may feel like the school year just started, but we are already approaching the halfway point.


With this means that fall weather (or in our case what feels like early winter weather) is in full swing, Pumpkin Spice Lattes are in stock, and midterms are ready to be taken.


One good thing about midterms is that now is your chance to see what your professors’ exams will look like come finals time.


For now, here are some tips on how to study for these tests:


  • Flashcards – It makes it easier if you’ve made flashcards throughout the year but it’s not impossible to catch yourself up in the weeks leading up to the midterm. You can put terms and definitions or even put important topics with descriptions on the cards. There is no limit to what can be put on the them. Color coordinating different topics or chapters can help your mind better remember what goes with what and help on the day of the test when attempting to recall information.


  • Quizlet – This free website utilizes the concept of flashcards but makes it easier to use and allows you to keep your flashcards with you everywhere you go. You make an account on their website, then you can create as many stacks of flashcards as you’d like and separate them by chapters or units. You can look at the information you’ve entered in standard flashcard form or you can choose from some of their interactive games that help you study your information in a different way. In addition, if you don’t have the time to make your own, you can always look up another stack of flashcards that someone else has made and study of off theirs. It’s a great tool if you’re in a rush or just looking for quick study session.


  • Study w/ a friend – One of the best ways to study is to get someone from your class (or even a friend that isn’t) and plan to study together. You can quiz one another on terms, ask questions and bounce ideas off one another. If you can, get together a whole group of people because what everybody knows can be different. and you can learn something you didn’t know before.


  • Switch up the scenery – Getting sick of looking at your dorm walls? EMU has many unique study places for its students. You can try the lounge in your dorm, the study spaces in the library (the third floor is the quiet floor!), and the student center has a study room near the new lobby shop on the main floor. You will never run out of places to try.


  • SLEEP – Last but not least, get some rest. Don’t stay up until 4 am every night studying and attempting to cram everything into your brain in one night. Space it out and get a good night’s sleep leading up to midterms week. You don’t want to study endlessly just to fall asleep during the test.



Olivia Wash is a sophomore at EMU and is currently majoring in marketing with a minor in apparels, textiles, and merchandising. She is involved with BlogEMU, AMA and the Honors College. When she’s not working for the Marketing Street Team or in class, you can find her working at Urban Outfitters in downtown A2.

Oct 25 2017

What’s Cookin’ on Campus? #NationalFoodDay

by blogemu

Let’s talk food. I mean it’s pretty much everyone’s favorite subject and it’s what we are supposed to talk about on National Food Day, right?


At EMU, we take food seriously and we want you to know about all the dining options on campus. With nearly 30 places to eat at, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy.


If you think The Commons is the only place serving food… read on, because we are breaking down EVERY location for #NationalFoodDay.




That’s right. We have a Chick-fil-A on campus. Find it inside McKenny Hall and fall in love with crispy chicken sandwiches, golden waffle fries and dreamy milkshakes. After you try it, you will want to come here for lunch every day, we promise!



The Student Center:

Inside the number one student center in the nation, you will find a number of dining options including:


Mondo’s: Serving up subs, house-made chips & freshly baked cookies.


Starbucks: A must-visit cafe on campus, especially during October (PSL!!!). Our friendly baristas are serving up coffee and tea drinks, breakfast sandwiches and pastries, among other snacks.


Sono: Grab all your favorites like tacos, nachos, quesadillas & more at this location!  


Hasty Rabbit: Do you love gourmet soups, salads, sushi & lot’s of vegetarian/vegan options? Then you must check out Hasty Rabbit salad bar!


Build: Fast-fired pizza is made fresh and is ready in minutes at BUILD Pizza.  


Lobby Shop: This is a quick one-stop-shop and is perfect for grabbing sandwiches, chips, candy, bottled beverages, coffee, and more when you have limited time.


SmashBurger: It’s a west-coast burger joint that serves hand-smashed burgers, delicious, seasoned fries & creamy milkshakes.



The Eateries:


The Eateries is located in the first year center, sandwiched between Sellers & Walton residence halls. This location is open until 1 a.m. and has everything you crave past 10 p.m., inside you will find:


Grill Nation: Stop by Grill Nation if you are craving burgers & fries.


Cluck: Cluck is the best place to go if fried chicken is on the brain.


2Mato: Get all your Italian favorites like pasta, pizza and breadsticks at 2Mato.


Create Salad Bar: Want something healthier? Build your own fresh, made-to-order salads & wraps at Create Salad Bar!



CrossRoads MarketPlace

CrossRoads MarketPlace is an eclectic location with a deli, salad bar, hot bar, ice cream station and a convenience store all in one.


Create: Create is a deli and salad bar. They serve breakfast and lunch sandwiches, DIY salads and also ice cream.  


Chobani: Make-your-own Greek yogurt parfait at the Chobani Greek yogurt station.


Quarter Pi: It’s a late-night pizza spot. Order pizza by the slice or a whole pie to share with friends.


Innovation Kitchen: In the mood for home-cooked favorites & hot meals? Stop by Innovation Kitchen and you won’t be disappointed.  


MarketPlace: It is called CrossRoads MarketPlace for a reason. Inside you can find a whole convenience store selling quick food, bottled drinks, medicine, toiletries and other goods.



Eagle Cafes


The Eagle Cafes are great places to grab snacks, coffee, bottled drinks, donuts, sandwiches, fresh fruit & more in-between classes or when studying. There are six locations spread around campus, including cafes inside Pray Harrold, Alexander, Halle Library, Marshall, McKenny & the Science Complex



The Commons

The Commons is our only all-you-care-to-eat buffet-style dining hall. The menu changes on a daily basis and there are many monthly dining events that take place here. The Commons is open for breakfast, lunch & dinner daily.



Now that you know all the places you can eat on campus, grab a few friends and celebrate National Food Day the way it should be celebrated, with great food! Be sure to follow EMU Dining Services on social media @emichdining to stay updated on events, promotions and more!

Oct 18 2017

Follow the Green and White Road- Homecoming Block Party 2017

by blogemu


Homecoming at Eastern Michigan University is always a big deal for both students and faculty alike. From the great events like Paint and Pour, to the T-shirt Exchange and the EMU Football Game, this year’s Homecoming festivities are sure to be a hit!


One event that I look forward to most is the annual BLOCK PARTY.



At the Block Party, students can participate in fun games and contests to win cool prizes, listen to the latest and greatest music courtesy of Channel 955, see the EMU Cheer and Dance Team perform, and sample the delicious free food from a variety of local Ypsilanti restaurants including Ahmo’s Gyro, Mr. Pizza, Cultivate Coffee and Taphouse, and many more!


Be sure to stop by the EMU Marketing tent to get more information about upcoming campus events as well as free EMU swag giveaways! Additionally, EMU students can learn more about the Eagle Discount Program and how to use their student IDs for great discounts in and around the Ypsilanti area.


This year’s TRUEMU Homecoming Block Party event kicks off at 6pm on Friday, October 20, 2017 on the patio of the Student Center.


The event will run until about 8pm, immediately followed by the Pep Rally afterwards. So, bring your friends and come hangout with Swoop and have a great time at this year’s TRUEMU EMU Homecoming Block Party!


For more information on EMU Homecoming and all of the fun events, please visit: http://www.emich.edu/homecoming/events/?only=44


Check out last year’s EMU Homecoming video:






Camren Clouthier is a Junior at EMU currently studying Electronic Media and Film Studies (EMFS). In his free time, Camren enjoys making short films, taking pictures, and hanging out with friends. Camren also works in the Marketing department at Eastern and serves as one of the university’s student videographers.

Oct 17 2017

Top 5 things students should know about the GHDs and ACDs in their residence halls

by blogemu

Just who are these unsung heroes of your residence hall and what do they do?


Number 1: GHD stands for Graduate Hall Director:


The GHDs are in charge of the student staff (RA)s in your residence hall. They make sure RAs ( Resident Advisors) and CPs( Community Programmers) have everything they need to make your experience living in a residence hall awesome. This could be anything from paper for door decs to pizza for programs.  


Number 2: ACD stands for Area Complex Director:


The Area Complex Director is over the GHDs and may be in charge of more than one residence hall building. They also supervise nightwatch and community council. Like the GHDs their job is to foster community in the residence halls. They come up with ways to do just that on a daily basis. Then they communicate their vision with the GHDs and aim to create an environment where students can flourish.


Number 3: Need a room change?:


If you ever have to change your room you can talk to either the GHD or ACD. They both can help you with the process of switching your room.


Number 4: Have I seen you somewhere?:


You can catch GHDs or ACDs in their offices, which are located inside the residence halls. They also may be present at a program in the residence halls


Number 5: They love students and want them to succeed:


David Hendricks GHD of Sellers Hall states: “I enjoy being Graduate Hall Director because I love college students, I think there remarkable”. ACD of the Towers Josh McPhatter says, he wants residents to be able to reach their full potential while living here on campus.





Kevin Hillman is a junior at Eastern Michigan University. He is majoring in Public Relations because he enjoys the task of growing brands. Kevin also serves as the President for the Resident Housing Associations Executive Board, and he also is a Social Media Content Developer for Housing and Residence Life.


Oct 11 2017

A Day in the Life of a Student Athlete

by blogemu

It’s 11 a.m. I’m rushing to my first class, Philosophy. I sit down, take a deep breath and approach the guy next to me.


“Good morning,” I said.


“Good morning,” he said. “I just had the greatest nap ever!”


Welcome to the life of an EMU student-athlete. That is if you enjoy waking up before sunrise to begin working out in cold water while your body screams in pain, your mind stresses about deadlines and you hear about another student’s morning nap.


Morning practice: Wake up is 5:13 a.m. You got to get to the bathroom before your roommates do, get dressed, eat quickly and get to practice. Did you ever wonder just how cold water is at 6 a.m.? Did you ever smell a weight room first thing in the morning? Student-athletes know the value of morning practices and all of the sacrifices we make every day.


Switch status: Practice is over. Time for a shower and class. Sometimes, it’s hard to stay wide awake and focused through morning classes. Student-athletes must master time management skills because, for us, it appears there are more than 24 hours in a day. At least that’s how it feels.


Lunchtime: You are hungry, tired, sore, but mostly hungry. Sweets and fast food are out of the question. Student-athletes need to follow the “athlete plate guidelines”:


  • 50% grains
  • 25% lean protein (fish, eggs, dairy, soy, chicken, beef, etc.)
  • 25% lovely colorful vegetables (cooked, baked or fresh, never fried)


Hold your breath: It’s time for second practice. It’s all part of your commitment to yourself, your university and your team. Whether it’s lifting or technique work, aerobic or power, you have to be at your best. You endure two more hours of intense exercise. When you’re done, you stretch your muscles and go to the trainer’s room where there is a bucket of ice to take away the strain.


Homework: Evening is time to study, write papers and reports, and exercise. You walk to the library to complete study tables or visit the University Writing Center.


Bedtime: It’s time to organize your backpack for tomorrow, get into that fuzzy pajama and set your alarm for 5:13 a.m. Now it’s almost 9 p.m. and you need those hours of sleep. The most important gift you can give your body is recovery. Your brain will appreciate it, too.







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




Oct 04 2017

Greek Life at EMU

by blogemu

Are you considering joining Greek Life here at Eastern Michigan University?  Well, if you are, there are a couple things you should know!  Greek Life here at EMU is different than Greek Life you will find anywhere else.  Here are a few things you should know about joining a sorority or fraternity here at EMU.


There are 8 sororities that are involved in College Panhellenic Council (CPC).  These sororities participate in structured recruitment…which is happening this week starting September 14!

  • Alpha Sigma Tau
  • Alpha Xi Delta
  • Alpha Gamma Delta
  • Delta Zeta
  • Sigma Kappa
  • Sigma Nu Phi
  • Sigma Delta Tau
  • Sigma Sigma Sigma


There are 9 fraternities that are involved in Interfraternity Council (IFC).  If you are interested in joining a IFC fraternity, you can find informal recruitment events on the organizations EagleSync page.

  • Alpha Kappa Lambda
  • Alpha Sigma Phi
  • Delta Sigma Phi
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Phi Sigma Phi
  • Phi Sigma Kappa
  • Sigma Nu
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Theta Chi

There are 9 active National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) organizations on campus.  The process of recruitment for these organizations is slightly different and potential new members will participate in a process called intake. You can find informal recruitment events on the organizations EagleSync page.

  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
  • Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.
  • Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
  • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
  • Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
  • Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
  • Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.


There are 3 Multicultural Greek Council organizations on campus at EMU.  They will hold their own recruitment events and membership requirements.  

  • Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc.
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc.
  • Zeta Sigma Chi Multicultural Sorority, Inc.


Eastern Michigan University’s Greek Life is also different because we have a strict no hazing policy.  CPC and IFC also organize an Anti-Hazing week every year that is a campus wide event.  This year, Anti-Hazing Week is September 18-22 across campus.  There will be a bake sale and lobby tables taking place next week!


Basically, if you have the slightest interest in going Greek, you should give it a try.  There are a lot of benefits to be Greek.  You form connections with those in the Greek community here are EMU, but also with those who are in other Greek communities as well.  You also have connections automatically with those who are alumni of your organization.  You become a member of a support system and gain leadership skills and experience.  I joined Greek Life for many reasons and it was one of the best decisions I have made in my years here at EMU.






Hailey Hunter is a senior majoring in public relations and minoring in communications and general business.  She is very passionate about Greek Life and hopes to someday work in event planning.  

Sep 27 2017

Eagle Discount Card Program

by blogemu

Hey Eagles! Have you heard about the EMU Eagle Discount Card Program? If not, I’m here to tell you about it.


If you are a student at Eastern, or a staff member of faculty member, you have an Eastern “EID” card. This identification card can be used for multiple purposes. It can be used to swipe in to residence halls, access meal plans, and it can be used as a debit card.


Perhaps one of the best uses that you can use your EID card is to get discounts at over 80+ local businesses around the Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor area.


You heard that right: that’s what we call the Eagle Discount Card Program. We love our local businesses and we love everyone who is a part of the EMU community, so we partnered up with restaurants, shops, and services in the area so anyone with an Eagle ID can save a few bucks.


So I know you’re probably thinking – what’s the trick? Absolutely nothing!


All you have to do is show your school ID card and mention the Eagle Discount Card program and the discount is yours!


Some of these businesses include Aubree’s Pizzeria and Grill, Biggby Coffee, Cottage Inn Pizza, Eagle Crest Golf Club, Riverrain Apartments, and Tower Inn Café just to name a few.


Start saving today! To see a full list of business, go to https://www.emich.edu/eaglediscount/  .

Sep 21 2017

Welcome Home

by blogemu

Hey Eagles! Welcome to Eastern Michigan University, home of the #1 Student Center in the nation, 205 undergraduate majors and minors, and the first fermentation science program. Whether this is your first year here, you’re coming from a different institution, or you are a returning student, we are so happy to have you with us!


At EMU Housing and Residence Life, it is our priority to make you feel at home here. We work hard everyday to provide a safe, comfortable, and fun living environment. There are a few things you should know about staying with us, like the fact we use acronyms a lot in the Housing and Residence Life office.


Some common ones you might comes across are: RA (resident advisor), OM (office manager), CP (community programmer), GHD (graduate hall director), and ACD (area complex director). They live amongst you in the residence halls and work for housing as student staff members, graduate students, and professional staff members. It is one of their top priorities that you have a positive living experience while staying on campus, so don’t be afraid to reach out to them when you need something.


Another thing we want you to know is we want you to go do things! At first it might be a little intimidating trying to get involved, but it doesn’t have to be. Whether it’s going to a program in your residence hall or joining one of the 253 student organizations on campus, there is something for everyone.


Lastly, we want you to know that we care about you. We will always do our best to help you, and if there is someone better suited to than us, we will help you find the resources to do so. Sometimes it’s hard opening up and asking for help, but we are here for you and want you to remember that there are people who care about you.


Who’s excited to #LiveEMU this school year? Tag us on Twitter and Instagram in pictures of your on-campus adventures and let us know if you need anything!



This blog was brought to you by EMU Housing and Residence Life.

Sep 20 2017

International Student Spotlight: Zack Belsky

by blogemu


This years EMU Lamppost Banner Campaign, “You Are Welcome Here”, features the faces, and stories, of 108 international students who attend Eastern Michigan University.


The international student spotlight blog series will highlight the many faces on the banners. These blogs will also give readers and inside look into the lives of the international students featured as well.


Zachary Belsky, a senior at EMU graduating this April, was a part of the “You Are Welcome Here” campaign representing South Korea. Belsky was born in South Korea, and now resides in Detroit, Michigan.


Belsky chose to be a part of the “You Are Welcome Here” banner campaign because he believes in the message.


“It just seemed like an obvious choice,” Belsky said. “The weirdness of seeing my face on a banner, was outweighed by my want to show support.”


When asked what the “You Are Welcome Here” messages mean to him, Belsky said, “To me, You Are Welcome Here is an announcement to people from situations where there may be some uncertainty as to whether or not they are welcome on this campus. I think that everyone who comes to this university has their own story and their own situation. Each person has their own level of comfort in being a part of the EMU community, whether it relates to nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or any other way a person may choose to identify themselves.”


At EMU Belsky is studying Graphic Design. In his classes, Belsky often found that he enjoyed making his projects and assignments look professional, rather on the assignment itself, which led him to choose graphic design where he can focus on look and design.


“It has a little bit of a behind-the-scenes aspect to it,” Belsky said about why he likes graphic design, “and I sometimes get to be a part of things before the general public.”


The personal relationships between professors and students is something that Belsky loves about EMU. Belsky said that he has benefitted from the amount of effort his professors put into his classes, and he feels that because of the dedication from his professors he is in a great position to be successful after graduation.


“Outside of the classroom, I appreciate the graphic design job and internship opportunities that I’ve been given,” Belsky said. “I think that those have been very helpful for my future career.”


Outside of classes, Belsky is very involved on campus. He recently joined the Intermedia Gallery Group which is a student organization that runs the small art gallery in the student center. Belsky also works with the Marketing Street Team to take pictures of campus events for social media.


Belsky believes that while EMU might face some challenges, he believes that the people on campus are working everyday to make EMU an inclusive place for all, because all should be welcome on campus.

Sep 13 2017

Fall Semester is in Full Swing

by blogemu


Hey Eagles!  I hope you are enjoying the beginning of your fall semester.


Fall is one of everyone’s favorite times of year here at Eastern Michigan University, mostly because there’s so much going on around campus!


Making the most out of fall is crucial to enjoy your time at EMU and take advantage of all the fun things Eastern offers for students to do.


To help you put together your social calendar for fall, I’ve highlighted some of the most important sports and other campus events for you.


Between sporting events, Campus Life activities, and everything else going on on campus, be sure to mark your calendars and enjoy what EMU has to offer this fall!


Below is list of some of my favorite activities that I have highlighted for you. Be sure to check EMU Athletics for a full schedule for fall sports, and for all other activities be sure to check out the Campus Life schedule as well.




Womens Volleyball Team vs Fort Wayne, IN

Sept. 12 at 6 PM at the Convocation Center


Campus Jam

Sept. 13, 3- 8 PM at the Student Center

Enjoy free things such as: Giveaways, Food, Rockwall climbing and more!


Varsity Football vs Ohio University Bobcats

Saturday, Sept. 23 at Rynearson Stadium (time TBD)


Explore the World: Study Abroad Fair

Tuesday, Sept. 26 from 10 – 2 PM at the Student Center Ballroom


Womens Soccer Team vs University of Buffalo

Friday, Sept. 29 at 4 PM at Scicluna Field


Symphony Orchestra Fall Concert

Friday, Oct. 6 from 8-10 PM at Pease Auditorium


Homecoming Block Party & Pep Rally

Friday, Oct. 20 from 6:00 – 8:45 PM, at the Student Center Patio and Lake House Amphitheater

Come meet all the local businesses that partner with EMU and try samples, win raffles and more! Then head to the amphitheater for a pep rally to fire you up for the next day’s game!


Threepenny Opera

October 20-21, 26-28 at 7 PM and October 22 & 29 at 2 PM at Quirke Theatre

Come see EMU Theatre’s first show of the fall season!


Varsity Football vs Western Michigan University; Homecoming!

Saturday, Oct. 21 at 2 PM at Rynearson Stadium


Varsity Football vs Ball State

Thursday Nov. 2 at 7 PM at Rynearson Stadium


Varsity Football vs Bowling Green

Tuesday Nov. 21 at 7 PM at Rynearson Stadium



No matter what your social event preference is, EMU hosts a variety of fun filled events for everyone!


If you’re interested in music, art, theater, sports, or just getting involved on campus, you can find a ton of events through organizations such as Campus Life, Student Government, EMU Athletics, EMU Theatre, EMU Music Department, and so many more.


Check their websites and Facebook pages to find listings of other events coming up later in the semester!


Let us know in the comments or tag us on social media if you attend any of these events. Let us know how you like them and what your favorite part was! Stay cool EMU.






Emma Schulte is majoring in Business Marketing and minoring in Spanish, and is a senior at EMU. In her free time, she acts as Co-President of the American Marketing Association. She also likes to swim, hike and travel. Emma loves being involved in events and organizations on campus, and is incredibly proud of where she goes to school.

Sep 06 2017

TheRide- Watch. Play. Text.

by blogemu

Why drive when there’s a smarter way to go?


Catch TheRide to class, shopping, or a night out. You can sit back and enjoy someone else doing the driving while you text, tweet, or catch up on homework!


There are all kinds of ways to spend the extra time that TheRide gives you. You also don’t have to spend time looking for a parking spot and you can save money on gas and parking.


If you’re new to the area or you’re new to riding the bus, we look forward to having you aboard! TheRide is easy to take.


Visit TheRide.org to plan your trip and find the estimated arrival time of your bus. You can also view how-to-ride videos and use other helpful rider tools.


Be sure to sign up for our MyAlerts system, which will keep you up to date by email on detour information, schedule changes, and holiday schedules that affect your specific route.


Thanks to a partnership with EMU, you can buy discounted 30-day passes at the EMU Cashier’s Office and bill them to your student account!


In addition to the discounted 30-day pass, EMU covers your fare when you ride Route 41, the College of Business shuttle. There are many locations around town that you can get to from campus on TheRide – such as Arborland, Briarwood, downtown Ann Arbor, Depot Town and Meijer are just a few.


We encourage you to visit TheRide.org to use our tools and get all the information you need to get where you need to go. To find out about our ongoing service improvements, visit TheRideYourWay.org. Be sure to follow us @CatchTheRide on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.


We look forward to seeing you soon on TheRide!

Aug 30 2017

Fajita Fest: Student Organization Fair

by blogemu

EMU Student’s in their First Four orientation group!



The countdown to the first day of classes has begun! It is crazy how fast the summer is flying by! In honor of classes beginning again we are hitting all the stops ahead of time to get those first time college goers ready for the full EMU experience!


The best part about Fall semester is all the events that take place on campus to get you involved within different departments, clubs and organizations. One of my favorite events that takes place every year towards the beginning of the semester is Fajita Fest and yes, they have fajitas!


Fajita Fest is a First Four event designed for you, the students to explore the different student organizations on campus.


There are over 250 student organizations to choose from so it is a great way to meet new people and get involved in something you care about! Getting involved is also a good way to stay active within the EMU community, which creates a new home with long lasting memories.


If you’re interested in attending Fajita Fest during First Four and you’d like to get an idea of what types of student organizations are on campus visit Eagle Sync and you can get a list of student orgs. with a little information about each one.


Knowing a little bit about the organizations you’re interested can help you to think of questions to ask members during Fajita Fest! This can give you a better idea of what will interest and fit with you and what you want to do.


This year, Fajita Fest will be taking place on the last day of First Four orientation, September 4, 2017 from 12 to 3 pm. If you are an incoming freshmen and would like to know more about First Four and Fajita Fest download the Guidebook App. This year, there will be limited First Four schedules hard copy so get the app prior to the first day of orientation to be fully prepared on what to expect.


Welcome to Eastern Michigan University! We hope you have a wonderful First Four experience!




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 23 2017

First Four Orientation- What to Expect?

by blogemu

Hey, Eagles! It’s Josie here from University Marketing and BlogEMU.

I had the chance to sit down with some members of the Campus Life Orientation Team of Eastern’s Advisors and Mentors (O-TEAM) to talk about everything you need to know about First Four. Including what it is, what to bring, and generally what to expect from this year’s First Four 4-day event.

Imagine being in a room full of fun individuals who are passionate about Eastern Michigan University and First Four! These are exactly the types of people your O-Team and First Four group leaders are.

They will be some of the first people you will interact with coming into college, and I know they will do an amazing job assisting you with the next chapter of your lives while creating an experience you will never forget.

Without further ado, we invite you to check out the first edition of our new video blog,


Make sure you’re following EMU on all of our social media channels to stay updated on all things First Four and of course all things EMU.

Enjoy the rest of your summer! The Countdown to First Four has officially begun! We can’t wait to see on September 1st.