PEOPLE, PLACES & THINGS
The Finish Line
Four recently retired faculty members share some parting thoughts
(Click the images below to read their reflections.)
Forensics program continues to dominate nationally
EMU’s prestigious Forensics program continued its long streak of national prominence by placing second in the nation in the National Championship Tournament of the National Forensics Association. The competition took place in April at Bradley University in Illinois.
In addition, Eastern sophomore Gavin Millard, a public relations major, won the national championship in dramatic interpretation, becoming the first EMU student to win that category.
These honors showcase the program as one of the most successful academic teams in the nation, building on its long history of excellence. This year’s success is especially meaningful, since it’s the 50-year anniversary of EMU’s first national forensics championship. EMU has placed in the top 10 nationally for more than 40 years.
Now that’s the kind of streak we love to see on campus.
‘Give Rise’ campaign exceeds fundraising goals
When the EMU Foundation launched the “Give Rise” campaign in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic in May 2021, it set an ambitious goal of raising $100 million to support EMU student scholarships and success programs and strengthen academic programs. With the largest fundraising campaign in university history about to close, we’re proud to say EMU supporters stepped up big time, raising $118 million to date.
These generous gifts are critical, since more than 75% of all Eastern students receive some form of financial aid and the average student loan debt is nearly $30,000. Campaign funds will also create opportunities for more study-abroad and experiential learning opportunities, as well as help provide upgraded and modernized learning environments.
Thank you for playing a key role in helping Eastern students thrive!
‘Iceman’ to be immortalized in bronze
In August, EMU will pay tribute to NBA Hall of Famer George Gervin by unveiling a statue in his honor. Designed by world-renowned sculptor Benjamin Victor, the statue will stand outside the George Gervin GameAbove Center (formerly known as the Convocation Center).
Gervin was a small forward on Eastern’s 1970-72 men’s basketball teams. During that time, he was a first-team All-American and he led Eastern to a NCAA College Division Tournament Final Four appearance. In a phenomenal 11-year career with the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs, Gervin was a four-time scoring champion and nine-time All-Star. In 2021, the NBA named Gervin to its 75th Anniversary Team.
Although Gervin’s nickname was “Iceman,” bronze is without doubt the cooler material to immortalize his greatness.