Latest episode of EMU Today TV features enrollment vice president Kevin Kucera discussing increase in first-year students; also includes an introduction to men's basketball coach Stan Heath

Mark S. Lee interviews EMU Basketball Coach Stan Heath virtually for EMU Today TV.
Mark S. Lee interviews EMU Men's Basketball Head Coach Stan Heath virtually in the second segment of the latest episode of EMU Today TV.

YPSILANTI --  The latest episode of EMU Today TV gives viewers an inside look at this year’s fall first-year student enrollment gains at Eastern Michigan University. Highlights of the incoming class include:  

  • 20% increase in first-year student enrollment over last year, 7% over 2019
  • 3.43 average high school GPA of incoming students, highest ever
  • 35% increase in students living in on-campus housing over last year
  • 43.8% of incoming students represent ethnically diverse communities
  • First-year international student enrollment increased 60%, from 117 last year to 187 this year

Vice President for Enrollment Management Kevin Kucera discusses the strategies behind the numbers. 

The second segment of the new episode features new Men’s Basketball Head Coach Stan Heath with a look at the upcoming season that begins Nov. 9 on the road against Big Ten opponent Indiana. The team has exhibition games on Oct. 28 against Oakland University and Nov. 5 against Goshen College at the EMU Convocation Center. 

Heath, a three-year letter winner from 1985-1987 at Eastern, was named the University’s 30th Men’s Basketball Head Coach in April 2021. In the interview, Heath discusses his recruiting efforts and plans for the upcoming season. 

Now in its fifth season, EMU Today TV highlights positive programs, events and initiatives at Eastern, and provides opportunities for viewers to learn more from University deans, faculty, students, administrators and alumni about activities at the University.

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.

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:

  • Thursdays @ 8:30 pm 
  • Saturdays @ 8:00 am
  • Sundays @ 10:30 am
  • Tuesdays @ 9:30 am
  • Wednesdays @ 4:00 pm

Xfinity customers can access the program by the following: Using their remote press Xfinity>On Demand>XFINITY Services>Get Local. 

About Eastern Michigan University

Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves more than 16,000 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. 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.

October 18, 2021

Written by:
Walter Kraft

Melissa Thrasher