New EMU Today TV episode focuses on Eastern's national success in Forensics; community college partnerships

Mark S. Lee, Professor Ray Quiel and Sarah Poteracki on the set of EMU Today TV.
Co-host Mark S. Lee, EMU professor Ray Quiel, and co-host Sarah Poteracki on the set of EMU Today TV.

YPSILANTI  --  The latest episode of EMU Today TV features Eastern Michigan University's award winning forensics program, historically ranked as one of the best programs in the nation. The featured guest is Assistant Professor Ray Quiel, the past director of the program and nationally recognized expert in forensic arts and forensic pedagogy. He also is an award-winning teacher, inductee into the Forensic Hall of Fame (EMU), Emeritus Director of Forensics, and a Distinguished Service Award Winner. 

The second segment of the program features a look at Eastern's partnerships with community colleges -- providing opportunities for students to start at a community college and then earn their bachelor's degree at Eastern. Eastern has more partnerships with community colleges than any other university in Michigan. 

Mark Lee, Paul Knollman and Sarah Poteracki on the set of EMU Today TV.
Paul Knollman, center, dean of the business division at MCCC, was a featured guest on the latest episode. 

The segment focuses on a new Eastern collaboration with Monroe County Community College (MCCC) that provides students with opportunities to pursue a degee in supply chain management. The featured guest is Paul Knollman, dean of the business division at MCCC. Eastern's Bachelor of Business Administration degree program in Supply Chain Management is part of the Department of Marketing in the University's College of Business. 

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.

Dereka Bennett, a senior majoring in Media Studies and Journalism, 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, October 4:

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, Damon 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.

November 09, 2018

Written by:
Walter Kraft

Geoff Larcom