May 31 2017

Part 2: “Ecuador- Ama la Vida” Candace’s Journey Continues

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“Ecuador- Ama la Vida” (Translated: “Ecuador – Love Life”) is one of the first things you see when you walk off of your airplane in Quito’s new (but small) airport and will continue to see throughout your travels in the city and beyond. This slogan represents the unique diversity of landscape, biology, buildings, places to eat, and people, among many other things.


Candace’s Ecuador Team


During this trip, I have learned so much in a week, with just a few more days to go. Our group of 11 students has really worked together to get through each things that we faced. None of us are fluent in Spanish, so that is a huge part of our binding experience.


On our first day here, we were able to go to the middle of the world and stand on the Equator. Knowing you are standing in the center of the world makes you really think about what your place in the world is and how small of a portion of the world you live your daily life in. FUN FACT: We even learned that water drains opposite ways in the Northern and Southern Hemisphere. The Andes mountains are the perfect backdrop to all excursions. I’ve never walked among the clouds, but it has been a truly humbling experience.



Becoming Global Citizens as (mostly) Higher Education Master’s students has really happened in our visits to local schools and universities. The education system is set up similarly to the United States as it has Pre-School through Doctoral degrees. The differences come in the form of resources and government control and aid. Stay tuned for more about this in my reflection blog.


To follow-up with my goals set in my first blog, I have definitely been trying to break out of my shell a bit and learn more about my peers and their stories. This is definitely outside of my comfort zone and I am excited for relationships built while I have been here. I also tried fried Tilapia for the first time and Salsa dancing!


As for writing, I have been writing each time that I can, but there is always so much to do it has not been as comprehensive as I would have liked. I have however been collected “scraps” for a scrapbook of this trip, so that I have something to remember my first time abroad. Being immersed into Ecuadorian culture has opened my eyes to the struggles and successes of the people. It also has allowed me to holistically learn about the diversity within this small country. I am looking forward to learning more in the next few days before it is back to reality.


Look out for my reflection piece after my trip!




Candace Tulacz is a Master’s Student at Eastern Michigan University. She will start the second year of her program in Educational Leadership – Higher Education Student Affairs this coming Fall.

May 24 2017

Things to do around campus this summer!

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Have you been looking for something to do on campus this summer? Look no further! Eastern Michigan University has a wide range of activities and events happening all around campus this summer. Check out this list of the top seven places and activities to try.


1.The trails around EMU’s campus


EMU boasts a large campus with four hundred and sixty acres of beautiful buildings and nature. There are many  sidewalks and trails throughout campus that are great for hiking, biking, running, and other outdoor activities. These trails are great to use for exercising in any season, and are a great way to take in all the beautiful sites around campus.


2.Pease Auditorium


Pease Auditorium is one of the oldest buildings on campus, as it was built in 1914, and has beautiful Greek-style columns that give the building a classy, ancient feel. Pease hosts a wide variety of events throughout the year: dance performances, theater productions, music concerts, and more. It’s a great place to get your fill of the arts. Check out their schedule on their website to see what they have lined up for the year!


3.The food court at the EMU Student Center


The Student Center underwent a serious makeover last summer, and there are now many new delicious restaurants and food options to try. These new spots include Smashburger, Mondo Subs, Sono Latin Cuisine, Zatar Mediterranean, and Eagle’s Nido which has great vegetarian options.


4.EMU Convocation Center


The Convocation Center is your go-to place to watch EMU football, basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, and many other great EMU sports.  The Convo also holds great concerts and entertainment events, having had the 1975 in November and the Harlem Globetrotters in January! Check out the schedule for the Convocation Center on their website.


5.Art galleries


EMU is home to many creative and talented art students. You can check out their work for free at the art galleries in Ford Hall and the Student Center. The exhibits are switched out frequently to display all different kinds of artwork, ranging from sculptures, to portraits, to live artwork. It’s worth checking out on a regular basis to catch all the different genres!




EMU has a huge recreational building available to all EMU students. The Rec offers four floors of facilities to use for exercise, intramural sports, and relaxation. There’s free weights, pools, a track, individual work out rooms, as well as instructor-led exercise classes. You can take a Zumba class, or try your hand at boxing, and even get an EMU version of “SoulCycle” in with a spinning class. It also has an amazing hot tub and sauna—the cherry on top.


7.Volleyball/basketball courts


On EMU’s grounds there are multiple basketball and volleyball courts available for public use. There’s always good crowds out at the courts, making this event on campus a social one. The outdoor courts are great options if you’re looking to do something athletic and outside.


Check out all of these great things to do on Eastern Michigan University’s campus, and let us know what you think in the comments!


This blog was written by EMU student Emma Schulte. Emma Schulte is a senior at Eastern Michigan University majoring in marketing and minoring in Spanish. She loves to do anything involving music, or doing things that involve the outdoors such as hiking, swimming, and biking. Emma fell in love with EMU her freshman year and has made it her mission ever since to get everyone else to feel the love for EMU that she does.


May 18 2017

Why EMU business grads hit the ground running with more than a degree

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Eastern Michigan University has the country’s top-ranked student center.

Let’s be honest. Having the country’s top-ranked student center doesn’t hurt. Stevie Newton spent many hours there during her undergraduate years at EMU (drinking lots of Starbucks because, she says only half-joking, college students have coffee in their blood and need it to function).


But there’s a bigger reason Newton transferred to EMU to finish her 4-year degree, becoming the first person in her family to graduate from college:


EMU’s College of Business is a pathway to opportunity.


Wherever you go, “Eastern Michigan University” rings a bell. Newton, who graduated in December, now has a degree linking her name with EMU’s and the respected mix of academic training and real-world training that it signifies.


“It’s great knowing I have this big accomplishment and when I go and pursue my career I can say I have a degree that helped me grow as a person, grow as a professional and helped me gain that knowledge in the classroom to apply in the real world,” Newton said.


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Want more reasons EMU’s College of Business is the place for you?


*Our AACSB accreditation may sound wonky, but what it means is that our business school is practical and down to earth. We don’t just teach business theory. We help students apply it.


*We’re a state university that’s big enough to have the resources students need, yet small enough to foster the sense of community students want. Classes in EMU’s College of Business have only 30 to 40 students – not hundreds – so you can actually get to know your professors. You’re able to meet with an advisor when you need, to get the individual attention you need. You won’t get lost in a crowd.


*Non-traditional students fit right in. The average age in the College of Business is 26 years old. We offer flexible scheduling including evening classes, weekend classes and online classes to meet the unique demands of working professionals. Make an appointment to meet with our advisors


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*EMU’s College of Business has unique articulation agreements with community colleges throughout Michigan and Ohio, pre-approving the transfer of credits not just in general education but also in business. You can earn an EMU degree with two-thirds of your credits coming from a community college.


*Having working professionals in the classroom along with tenured faculty with business experience makes for a dynamic learning environment. Plus, the EMU student body is diverse with students from around the world and across the socioeconomic spectrum. Students at EMU build a network of relationships that adds value to the degree they earn.


*You get more bang for the buck at EMU. Annual net tuition is 25-percent lower than the national average. Yet, alumni make 10-percent more money 10 years out of school than peers from other colleges around the country. Upon graduation, 94 percent of EMU College of Business alumni have jobs earning an annual salary in the $50,000 to $60,000 range.


Oh, by the way, the Princeton Review says EMU has one of the nation’s best business schools in 2017. That’s because EMU College of Business graduates hit the ground running.


Apply here to get started on your own path.


“The education here is great,” said Newton, who is working off-campus for a global logistics supply company while pursuing a fully online master’s degree in integrated marketing communications at Eastern Michigan University’s College of Business.


“When you come here you can work with your professors. You can use all the resources in this environment to better yourself for your future. Moving forward, you’ll have a great experience.”


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