Successful alumni Morgan Iverson and Courtney Smith featured in latest EMU Today TV

Mark S. Lee interviews Morgan Iverson virtually on EMU Today TV

YPSILANTI --  The latest episode of EMU Today TV features Eastern Michigan University alumni who are making a difference in their businesses and communities.

Segment one of the new episode features Morgan Iverson, a 2022 graduate in computer science. Iverson is a Software Engineer at VMWare in Palo Alto, Calif. Iverson shares her story about being recruited to Eastern to compete in women’s track and field and working as a tutor in the Computer Science Department, before graduating and starting her career. She discusses the importance of internships, mentorships and networking as she works to excel in her career.

Segment two features Courtney Smith, a 2014 graduate in sociology. Smith is President and CEO of the Detroit Phoenix Center, a nonprofit organization that responds to the needs of underserved and street-connected youth in Detroit. Smith discusses her academic journey at Eastern Michigan and her founding of the Phoenix Center, which supports young people, ages 13-24, through services including a daily drop-in center for young adults, afterschool enrichment programs for teens, youth action board, emergency crisis housing, and a scholarship fund.

She serves on the EMU Alumni Association Board of Directors and was recently selected as one of nine metro non-profit leaders for a sabbatical fellowship sponsored by the McGregor Fund.

Now in its sixth season, EMU Today TV, produced by the University’s Division of Communications, highlights positive programs, events and initiatives at Eastern.

Mark S. Lee, host of CBS Radio’s Small Talk with Mark S. Lee, is the host of EMU Today TV. 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.

This episode and previous editions can be viewed on the University's YouTube channel.

About Eastern Michigan University
Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves more than 14,000 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; Engineering and Technology; Health and Human Services; and its graduate school. National publications regularly recognize EMU for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. Visit the University’s rankings and points of pride websites to learn more. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website. To stay up to date on University news, activities and announcements, visit EMU Today.

March 14, 2023

Written by:
Walter Kraft

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