Eastern Michigan University alumni group donates $2,500 to Fermentation Science Program

YPSILANTI – A group of longtime friends from the Arm of Honor Alumni Association of Eastern Michigan University recently presented a check for $2,500 to the new Fermentation Science Program at EMU.

Back row, left to right: Tom Charboneau, Phil Riggio, president of the Arm of Honor; Serge Barna, professor Cory Emal, professor Gregg Wilmes, Pat Murphy, Julaine LeDuc.
Front row, left to right: Kathy Stacey, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Cynthia Shepard, Bill Shepard, EMU vice president for advancement, James Smith, EMU President, Kirk Profit, Jill Hunsberger, associate vice president for advancement.

The association, a fraternity group of prominent area citizens who went to school together at Eastern, regularly supports various projects on campus. The gift, presented at Arbor Brewing’s Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti, will help support student research and field experiences in the program. The group has also recently supported EMU's Forensics Program and EMU varsity swimmers at the Olympic Trials.

The Fermentation Science program, launched in fall 2016 by chemistry professors Cory Emal and Gregg Wilmes, prepares students for careers in industries focusing on fermented food and drinks, including artisan-crafted beer, wine and cider.

Fermentation science is also involved in the production of foods such as bread, yogurt, cheese, dry-cured sausage and sauerkraut. Non-fuel fermentation is also on the rise in the biofuel and pharmaceutical industries. 

The program’s curriculum combines an understanding of the science of fermentation with a broad background in chemistry, biology and physics.

To learn more about the Fermentation Science Program, visit emich.edu/chemistry/fermsci.

About Eastern Michigan University

Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest university in Michigan. It currently serves 22,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Health and Human Services; Technology, and its graduate school. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website.

July 20, 2017

Written by:
Geoff Larcom

Geoff Larcom