Health careers thrive at EMU


Before entering college, it’s probable everyone has gotten the same bit of advice. “The medical field is only growing, if you become a nurse, you’ll definitely get a job.”

The College of Health and Human Services is a booming program at Eastern Michigan University, with programs growing rapidly. Three times the amount of students are enrolled in the college than there were five years ago.

The field is very broad, and a degree from this department can be beneficial in many different areas of work.

The health and human services field focuses on the mental health of people as well as their physical health, and it can be quite fascinating.

There are four different schools in the college: health sciences, health promotion and human performance, nursing and social work.

Paige Scott, 20, is applying to the school of health science’s occupational therapy program this summer. “It’s an exciting field because there are so many settings you can work in as an occupational therapist,” she said. “I’m looking forward to being in a field where I can work with many different people and help improve someone’s quality of life.”

The school of health sciences offers both undergraduate and graduate programs: medical laboratory science, dietetics and human nutrition, health administration and therapeutic recreation for undergraduates and occupational therapy, clinical and research administration, dietetics and human nutrition. and health administration for graduate students.

Athletic training, exercise science, health education, physical education and sports management are the undergraduate programs offered in the school of health promotion and human performance.

Their graduate programs include exercise physiology and orthotics and prosthetics, as well as more in-depth programs in health education, physical education and sports management.

Students studying nursing have the opportunity to become a registered nurse, obtain a Ph.D in nursing education, or an MSN in adult health nursing.

Social work offers a bachelor’s and a master’s degree program, as well as a gerontology certificate.
The job prospects in the healthcare field are growing, and are expected to continue growing up to 23 percent in the coming years.

In addition to the growing need for workers in human services, there is also a constant need for replacements of many different kinds of counselors due to a wave of retirement and leaving the workforce.

Jobs in facilities that serve the elderly and mentally- and physically-impaired are growing. The fairly new concept of adult day care is also becoming more and more popular as an alternative to nursing homes.

“Baby boomers are aging,” Elizabeth Francis, director of the School of Health Science said. “And advances in medical technology help keep people alive longer. It’s creating a boom in the field.”
Students studying in the College of Health and Human Services have the option to join the Beta Delta chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma, the national professional health education honorary.

They motivate and recognize academic achievement, develop new educational strategies to further the profession, conduct scientific research and uphold and develop high professional standards and ethics for members of the profession.

As long as a student has a 2.7 GPA or higher, health education declared as their undergraduate minor, post baccalaureate minor, or graduate major and have completed two semesters at EMU, they are eligible to join.

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Commission aims to empower women

Though it’s only been around since June, the Minority Women in Leadership Commission has made quite an impact on Eastern Michigan University.

The nonprofit organization’s mission is to empower all women’s liberation movements while promoting unity in order to improve leadership capabilities. They also aim to expand the opportunities for women in their social, economic and political lives.

President Dorothea Thomas built the commission from the ground up.

“It started out as a smaller, intimate group,” director of membership Misha Byrd said. “But now there’s a long list of women interested in joining.”

While the wheels of progress are in motion for the new organization, they aren’t wasting any time. The Eastern-based group has already participated in a number of volunteer
activities on- and off-campus.

They’re very involved in the Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor communities, mentoring girls between the ages of 9 and 12.

The MWL is also partnering with the Detroit YMCA and Best Buddies and are looking into starting a charm school for elementary-age girls in the Ypsilanti area.

EMU will be catering a banquet the MWL is organizing to honor the mentors and some of the girls who were mentored in the various programs.

They are also hoping to attend the Women’s Leadership Conference in Washington D.C. in April.

A big event for the MWL on campus was the Tribute to Rosa Parks and Other Unsung Heroes talk they organized on campus for Martin Luther King Jr. day.

They also hosted the first of a new series in November, the Not a Hair Out of Place panel, that informed the student body of the different types of hair of different ethnicities and will be hosting another one in March.

Continuing with the idea of women’s hair, the MWL is currently organizing their first-ever hair show.

The third Not a Hair Out of Place event, the Hair Showcase will be held on at 7:30 p.m. Mar. 6 in the Student Center Ballroom.

The free event will be featuring hair through the decades, from 1950 to the modern days, with men and women from all different ethnicities.

The only people who know the specifics are the hairdressers. The looks of the models will be a surprise to everyone in the audience, including the girls in the MWL.

Former EMU student Taylon Taylor, who now styles hair, is working with the MWL in the Hair Showcase.

She, along with three other hairdressers, will be styling the models’ hair to replicate the styles of America throughout the past half century.

The MWL held a model casting call for EMU men and women on Monday.

The Showcase will feature EMU students who made the cut, as well as some of Taylor’s clients and classmates.

“We went from 200 seats to 700,” Byrd said. “We expect a great turnout. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

In addition to giving some more exposure to a new organization on campus, it’s sure to be an interesting night, full of fun and fashion.

For more information, visit the Minority Women in Leadership’s webpage at

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Nonprofit group offers chance to improve resume

aa9da6c88e33491b98108cc66025624aWith jobs being so few and far between post-graduation these days, a little something extra is always good to have on your resume. There are many student organizations on and around campus, that the vast options seem unlimited.

The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, formerly known as the American Humanics – its name was changed to better reflect their mission – is one of
those organizations. The program is in 3,000 colleges across the country and it’s expanding.

Eastern Michigan University has been participating in the NLA for the past 10 years, but it has been around for 62.

The NLA is dedicated to educating and preparing students to strengthen and lead nonprofit organizations. In addition to learning, it offers students the opportunity to become certified through a minor in nonprofit management and prepares students for careers in youth and human services. Students can also complete a portfolio instead of completing a minor.

The organization is open to any hard-working student who enjoys working with the community. People from all different majors, from business to biology and anywhere in-between, can benefit. There are members from nearly every college on campus.

It is a rigorous program, so one must be dedicated to the cause. In order to earn a certification, a member must achieve 17 of the listed competencies through various seminars and classes. Some of these competencies are communication skills, ethics and values, fundraising principles and practices and diversity awareness.

They also must complete 300 hours of field-based experience at a local nonprofit organization. This can be a working position or an internship.

On top of taking classes and working, a student must have excellent time-management skills to complete this. Students working on becoming certified must also be active in the NLA Student Association and attend at least one NLA Management Institute.

You might be thinking, “I have to spend 300 hours at a homeless shelter or canned food drive? That’s crazy.”

Not so much. Nonprofit organizations actually account for quite a bit of Michigan’s economy. Nonprofits in Michigan generate more than $108 billion each year, and the nonprofit sector employs more than 440,000 people. Organizations like labor unions and think tanks and even Eastern Michigan University itself are actually nonprofit.

Undergrads aren’t the only eligible students who can enroll in the NLA. Graduate students can also join and add some more bulk to their resumes.
“I always encourage students to participate in the internships,” said Claudia Petrescu, campus director. “It gives them a bit of an advantage when they enter the job market.”

The NLA also has partners the students can work with, like the American Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and the National Urban League.

In addition to having your professional signature include CNP, thus making you look more credible already, the skills learned in the NLA will benefit work in the private and public sectors and government jobs. Not to mention helping out local nonprofit organizations as well. Hundreds of nonprofit agencies across the country look for graduates who are NLA-certified.

In addition to helping out around the community, the NLA is also quite active on campus. They are hosting a seminar on November 17 and many fundraisers are in the works right now.

If you’re interested in an advising session to determine whether you’d like to become a member of the NLA, its offices are located at 215 Rackham. You can also call 734-487-1612 or email

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A2D2 brings roller derby to Ann Arbor

Roller derby has had its bouts of popularity since its creation in the 1880s. It started in America as simply an endurance race in which skaters would try to see who could skate the fastest and longest in a circle. In the 1950s through the ’70s, it had more entertainment value than sporting value. In the early 2000s, roller derby had its revival, as the full contact intense sport we know now.

Though many are somewhat familiar with roller derby in that they wear awesome outfits and have fun names and skate in circles, not much is known about what the object of the sport is.

Roller derby is a race. Each team has a jammer, who scores a point for their team with every member of the opposing team they pass, a pivot, who leads the pack and regulates the speed, and three blockers who defend their jammer and try to prevent the opposing jammer from passing them.

Though roller derby is a violent sport, the skaters can’t be ruthless. It isn’t legal to make contact with an opposing skater’s back, use their elbows or intentionally trip another skater.

Getting interested yet? Ypsilanti’s neigboring city of Ann Arbor has established their own roller derby team, the Ann Arbor Derby Dimes. Founded in 2010 by Kellee Gallardo and Milinda Villegas, A2D2 held its first scrimmage open to family and friends May 1.

The league is committed to giving strong, intelligent women of all ages, backgrounds, sizes
and skill levels the ability to participate in the sport of roller derby. Women ages 18 to 50 represent A2D2, a few of which attend EMU. It is completely run by the girls on the team and committee and they’ve recently applied for non-profit status. Right now there are over 70 active participants.

“It’s crazy how fast it’s growing,” Villegas said.

To spread the word about A2D2, the derby girls have held fundraisers and charity functions, raising money for the Salvation Army and local groups like the Ozone House. They’re also working on raising money to purchase a bank rink for their league. As of now, A2D2 skates on a flat track, due to the lack of bank rinks (as in, a track with inclines on all sides, the typical type of rink used in the sport) in the area.

Though A2D2 allows everybody an equal opportunity to learn the sport, not just anyone can throw on some fishnets and start bashing the other players on the rink.

A2D2 takes safety very seriously, because even the best skaters are at risk. Within five minutes of the first scrimmage, a Dime injured her leg and was taken to the hospital. Skaters might not skate unless they have all of their equipment on, and there is medical personnel at all scrimmages. They’re also required to have insurance from USA Roller Sports. Don’t get discouraged, though.

“We’ve had girls break their arm or wrist who were back on the rink as soon as the doctor gave them the okay,” said Villegas, “They’re too tough not to come back.”

In order to become an official member of the league, skaters must attend a six-week boot camp with professionals who teach them the proper ways of derby skating, blocking and how to play the game. After attending the boot camp, skaters must meet the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association skills requirements. Once the skills test is passed, it’s official. You become an Ann Arbor Derby Dime.

“Watching them compete is great, but the best part of this is watching them grow and improve,” said Villegas, “The confidence they gain is just amazing.”

The league is split into two teams right now, and a new group of “fresh meat” was welcomed to A2D2 in January 31 skaters completed their skills test last month.

This summer, they will begin a series of intra-league bouts as well as preparing for another round of boot camp this September to expand the league once again. If you’re interested, but skating isn’t your thing, A2D2 is always accepting new volunteers as well.

“I’ve always been into roller derby,” said “fresh meat” Pee Wee Vermin, “And once I heard about them, I knew I wanted to be a part of something that was growing.”

A2D2 is a competitive sport, but the Dimes are mainly there for the thrill and love of roller derby.

In the words of the announcer, Betty Beretta of the Detroit Derby Girls, at the Friends and Family Scrimmage, “Even if you lose, win the afterparty.”

Some upcoming events for the Ann Arbor Derby Dimes are their first public scrimmage, Heroes vs. Villains at Total Roller Hockey in Novi on May 21 and a Skate-a-thon at Rollers Skate Park in Belleville on May 29.

For more information on upcoming events, volunteering, or recruiting, visit

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