YPSILANTI – The Eastern Michigan University Foundation received a $5,000 grant in support of the Southeast Michigan Stewardship Coalition program from The UPS Foundation, which drives global corporate citizenship and philanthropic programs for UPS (NYSE:UPS). The grant funding will support youth art initiatives and place-based educational programs in the Ypsilanti community.
UPS Manager Adam Golchuk helped facilitate the grant process and presented the check on Fri., Dec. 8. Golchuk is also head coach of the Eastern Michigan Roller Hockey Club. He was joined by two players - Jonathan Conklin, graduating in April, 2018 with a degree in Simulation, Animation and Gaming; and Joseph Swaney, a freshman majoring in Accounting. He was also joined by College of Business alum and owner of the Ypsilanti-based Schultz Outfitters, Mike Schultz, '04.
Golchuk said the UPS Foundation focuses on community partnerships within its philanthropic target areas, and they encourage their employees to get involved in community stewardship. In 2016, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $116.6 million in charitable giving around the world.
The grant will support SEMIS Coalition projects with the Matrix Theatre and FLY Creative Lab. SEMIS is supported by EMU's College of Education.
According to Dr. Ethan Lowenstein, EMU professor of Curriculum and Instruction and director of the SEMIS Coalition, "The mission of the SEMIS Coalition is to explore school-community partnerships and programming to develop local youth as citizen-stewards."
About Eastern Michigan University
Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest university in Michigan. It currently serves more than 20,000 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.
About the UPS Foundation
Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, Ga., The UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its backing clearly impacts social issues. In support of this strategic approach, The UPS Foundation has identified the following focus areas for giving: volunteerism, diversity, community safety and the environment.