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EMU president, key personnel travel to China to expand global presence

Eastern Michigan University President James Smith and several key personnel are traveling to China this month to strengthen the university’s global presence, increase the enrollment of international students, expand study abroad and teaching English as a second language opportunities for students, and enhance faculty collaboration and research with international colleagues. The trip runs through May 5.

CMU journalism program fully reaccredited by ACEJMC

Central Michigan University’s journalism program has earned full reaccreditation status from the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. CMU is one of only two universities in Michigan to have an accredited journalism program. The ACEJMC Council unanimously voted to reaccredit CMU. Jiafei Yin, journalism department chairperson, said the vote speaks to the top-notch caliber of CMU’s journalism program.

Grand Valley State University clock tower repairs planned during summer

Repairs are being made to the Cook Carillon Tower on the Allendale Campus. James Moyer, associate vice president for facilities planning, said a project to replace bricks will take place during the summer months. Moyer said some bricks cracked over time, a condition resulting from the local winter climate. The project is expected to be completed in August. To protect the construction workers, the bells will be silenced when the construction crews are working and will chime at night and on weekends. The Cook Carillon Tower was built in 1994.


Karen Oberhauser named director of arboretum at UW-Madison

Internationally renowned monarch butterfly researcher Karen Oberhauser is returning to the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she studied as an undergraduate. Oberhauser has accepted the position of UW-Madison Arboretum director. She comes to Wisconsin from the University of Minnesota’s Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, where she has been a professor and conservation biologist. She will begin her position at the Arboretum on Oct. 1.

— Compiled by Jill A. Greenberg, The University Record


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