EMU Blog

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.

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 heidi.wegmueller@img.com.


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.

Jul 26 2017

Fifth annual TRUEMU Night at Comerica Park 2017

by blogemu

It’s that time of year again! The fifth annual TRUEMU Night at Comerica Park was last night, July 25th, and it was a huge success!


With over 800 Eastern students, staff, alumni, and supporters of all ages in attendance the night was a hit and fun was had by all who came out and supported the Tigers.


TRUEMU Nights are always a great time, and TRUEMU Night at Comerica Park was no different. Eagles showed their Eastern pride by sporting green and white as well as there EMU/Tigers hats.



The night opened with the throwing of the first pitch by EMU Political Science Professor Ed Sidlow. A strike was thrown of course! The singing of the national anthem was done by EMU music student Devyn Mitchell. Mitchell did a wonderful job. The talent our students at Eastern have is incredible!



Throughout the night there were several performances from the EMU cheer and dance teams. Eastern’s very own Swoop could also be spotted during the game as he made several appearances on the field and throughout the park.



Part of the evenings success came from the money raised. A $5 portion of every EMU ticket package sold went towards the Genuine Eastern Michigan (GEM) Scholarship Fund raising a total of $4,055. This fund is used to help EMU students.


The check was presented on the field and accepted by Regents Mary Treder Lang and Jim Webb, President Dr. James Smith and his wife Dr. Connie Ruhl Smith, VP for Communications Walter Kraft and Student Government Vice President Larry Borum, and of course Swoop.



After the game EMU supporters gathered behind the EMU sign on the field and took a group photo to commemorate the evening.


TRUEMU Night at Comerica Park 2017 was a huge success and we can’t want to celebrate again next year with our Eastern family!