February episode of EMU Today TV features Eastern Michigan University's award winning theatre program, and a remarkable program called Digital Divas that is opening doors to STEM careers for young women in middle school and high school

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Assistant Managing Director of the Theatre Program, Pam Cardell, center, on EMU Today TV.

YPSILANTI  --  The latest episode of EMU Today TV features a look at what’s behind the success of the Eastern Michigan University Theatre Program. The special guest is Assistant Managing Director of the Theatre Program, Pam Cardell. She is a two-time graduate of Eastern having earned both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees at Eastern. She explains this year's productions and talks about why Eastern graduates take center stage in many national productions. 

The program also provides a video tour of the University’s newly renovated and expanded Strong Hall. The building reopened to rave reviews this January. Let’s just say it’s not your everyday science building! 

The third segment features the remarklable success of an Eastern Michigan University program called Digital Divas. The program encourages girls in middle and high schools throughout southeast Michigan to explore science and technology, and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers. The aim is to get more women into these fields. Our guest for the segment is Interim Director/Professor and Program Coordinator in the School of Technology Managment, Susan Gregory. Viewers will find out what’s behind the program’s success, and why it is growing larger every year.   

Susan Gregory on EMU Today TV
Interim Director/Professor and Program Coordinator in the School of Technology Managment, Susan Gregory, center, on EMU Today TV.

EMU Today TV appears on Xfinity On Demand and on the University’s YouTube channel. The half-hour program features positive programs, events and initiatives at Eastern, and provides opportunities for viewers to learn more from EMU deans, faculty, students and administrators about activities at the University.

Co-hosts for the program are Sarah Poteracki, a senior double majoring in Electronic Media and Film Studies, and Entertainment Design and Technology; and, Mark S. Lee, host of CBS Radio’s Small Talk with Mark S. Lee. Lee is an Eastern Michigan University alumnus, and part time lecturer of Marketing at Eastern. He is an entrepreneur, Crain's Detroit blogger and frequent contributor to various Detroit-area media outlets on business topics.

Natalia Escalante is a field reporter to provide coverage of events occurring on campus.

“EMU Today TV allows Eastern students to play an important role in helping share information about the many positive activities and people that make Eastern Michigan University a special place,” said Walter Kraft, vice president for communications. “In this fragmented media environment it is more important than ever for organizations and businesses to develop their own content on their own channels -- and EMU Today TV is an example of that. Additionally, Eastern students get the added media and production experience they can include on their resumes, helping them to great jobs once they graduate.”

In addition to viewing on the University's YouTube channel, the program airs on the following days/times through the month on Xfinity On Demand, beginning Thursday, January 17:

Thursdays @ 8:30 pm (Premier Day)

Saturdays @ 8:00 am

Sundays @ 10:30 am

Tuesdays @ 9:30 am

Wednesdays @ 4:00 pm

The program is directed by Keith Damron, associate professor of Electronic Media and Film Studies. During his career, Damron has worked as a production engineer and writer for E Entertainment Television, Universal Studios and Warner Brothers Animation. He has worked at Eastern since 2002.

Steve Martin, radio and TV engineer in the School of Communications, Media & Theatre Arts is chief engineer and responsible for set design.

Lewis Hershey, head of the department of marketing and professor of marketing in the University’s College of Business, and Walter Kraft, vice president for communications, are co-producers along with Lee, who originated the program concept.

New episodes of EMU Today will be produced monthly through March 2019 and available on Xfinity On Demand. Xfinity customers can access the program by the following: Using their remote press Xfinity>On Demand>XFINITY Services>Get Local. For non-Xfinity customers, all episodes also will be available on the Eastern Michigan University YouTube channel.

About Eastern Michigan University

Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves more than 19,000 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.

February 06, 2019

Written by:
Walter Kraft

Geoff Larcom