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The Student Organization for Alumni Relations (SOAR) presents the stories of couples who fell in love at EMU. Read about our second spotlight couple Brian and Clara Rogers who attended Michigan State Normal College, then Eastern Michigan College, and finally Eastern Michigan University. The college name might have changed, but their love for each other and music remained strong!

Names: Brian and Clara (Shaw) Rogers

Brian Rogers ('59) and Clara (Shaw) Rogers ('59)

Relationship Status: Married

Anniversary Date: August 15, 1959

Do you have children? How many? 2 children, 3 grandchildren.

How did you meet?

It was the Monday a week after Labor Day, 1955, and I was in my first-ever college class, 101 Elements of Music, taught by Haydn Morgan.Clara Shaw sat two seats to my left in a Pease Auditorium classroom on the campus of what would be in its last year named Michigan State Normal College. Clara had a quick natural smile and I was immediately attracted to her.

We were both music education majors .

Clara was a pianist, she said, but also played flute. I played trombone, and we discovered we’d be in marching band and orchestra together.

A requirement of all music majors was to play a memorized solo once a semester; and, besides playing their own solos, a further requirement for piano majors was to serve as unpaid accompanists for soloists on other instruments.

I put off playing my first solo as long as I could; but, in December, with my teacher pushing me ever closer into the corner of an Incomplete for the semester, let my name be put on a recital program. The accompanist assigned to me was named Deanna. I don’t remember her last name.

But who showed up? You guessed it: Clara Shaw. “Hi,”said Clara. “Deanna couldn’t make it. I’m her roommate.” What a nice surprise!

After we practiced we crossed Cross Street diagonally and had coffee at Roy’s, a little diner on the corner.

Where was your first date?

Our first date was to a Sunday evening movie in the Roosevelt High School auditorium in January 1956. The picture was called Navy Frogmen. There were movies for 15 cents in the Roosevelt auditorium most Sunday evenings. It was a good inexpensive date.

Any cute memories you have together at Eastern?

Right after we started dating in early 1956, the Music Department put on a production of the musical Finian’s Rainbow. Clara wasn’t in it but I played trombone in the pit orchestra. We rehearsed in the Roosevelt Auditorium and Clara was living right next door in King Hall. It was in the spring and windows were open and she still remembers being in her dorm room and trying to pick the trombone part out from the rest of the orchestra.

We also were in a lot of shows for the school of music together.

A custom then was for a guy’s fraternity to serenade his fiance in her dorm from outside her window. I was in Phi Mu Alpha, the music fraternity, and we had some voice majors in the group. So we sang pretty well.

Years attended Eastern:

We attended Eastern from 1955 to 1959. The school had three names during our stay. During our freshman year it was still known as Michigan State Normal College. In our sophomore and junior and most of our senior year it was Eastern Michigan College. Then, just before we graduated in 1959, it attained university status.

Any romantic advice you would give to students:

Marriage is a long-term commitment, and we hope that other couples attain the good fortune that we have.

To share your EMU love story, e-mail emulovestories@gmail.com. We look for couples who met at EMU – preference is given to couples where both partners are alumni.

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Written by: Derek Spinei, Alumni Association Graduate Scholarship winner

Few areas of academic study rely on and benefit from field trips as much as historic preservation. If you are going to learn how to document and preserve places, you’ve got to see how it’s done up close. In the two years I’ve been an EMU student, I think I’ve gone on more field trips than during my previous 19 years of schooling combined.

Field trips are either arranged by a professor for a specific class or by Preservation Eastern, the student organization for the historic preservation graduate program. Sometimes events turn into unexpected field trips like our networking mixers and other socials which are held at historic Ypsilanti venues such as the Hutchinson House (HighScope Foundation headquarters), the Ladies Literary Club, and the Mack & Mack building (SPARK East). We’ve even gone bowling in Detroit with the excuse that the Garden Bowl is the second oldest bowling alley in the country and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Windsor, ON from the top floor of One Woodward.

Often in class there is only so much information that can be gleaned from a slide show, so instructors naturally take us on field trips. From the Sugar Hill Historic District in Detroit, to the Rentschler Farm Museum in Saline, to Grand Traverse Commons in Traverse City, to the IHM Motherhouse in Monroe, to Knollwood Motel in Acme, to the Cobbs & Mitchell Building in Cadillac, historic sites are more than willing to let us visit and explore their properties.

In the past year, Preservation Eastern received a “behind the scenes” tour by a curator of the collections center at the Henry Ford in Dearborn. We also visited Concordia University in Ann Arbor to see Earhart Manor and the Chapel of the HolyTrinity, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Affleck House in Bloomfield Hills, and One Woodward, a Detroit skyscraper designed by Minoru Yamasaki. Published Washtenaw County Heritage Driving Tours have proven popular too, as we went on the Historic Barns and German Heritage tours in the fall.

This semester we toured Frank Lloyd Wright’s Palmer House in Ann Arbor and there are plans to go on another driving tour and visit the Ypsilanti Water Tower, GM Tech Center in Warren, and McMath-Hulbert Solar Observatory in Lake Angelus.

I know that after I graduate I will lose my “key” to many normally inaccessible historic resources but at least my educational experience has been greatly enhanced by my current ability to visit just about anywhere – permission slip not necessary.

The Alumni Association Graduate Scholarship deadline is April 15, 2011. For more information, visit: http://www.emich.edu/alumni/students/scholarships.php

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I feel it’s important to give back to EMU because it’s in the business of changing lives, I know because it changed mine. The special thing about EMU is that the faculty, staff, and administration here recognize potential in all students and encourages them to speak up, be involved, and help facilitate change. EMU embraces its students no matter their background or circumstances and gives them the opportunity to grow and succeed, always willing to offer a helping hand along the way. EMU is truly invested in its students, and students are truly invested in it.” – Porschia Harris, EMU Foundation Student Assistant (An April graduate and a donor)

Alumni and friends have raised over $40 million – on the way to a goal of $50 million – to enhance the Eastern experience. Like Antonio, make a difference in the lives of students and give back to the University that gave you so much.

To learn how to donate to INVEST. INSPIRE. The campaign for Eastern Michigan University visit our website.

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“[I gave back] In appreciation for everything EMU has done for me, education, networking, friends, etc.  But not only that; to help the next generation of Eagles!” – Crystal Johnson, EMU Foundation Student Assistant (Not simply an April graduate, but a donor before graduation)

Alumni and friends have raised over $40 million – on the way to a goal of $50 million – to enhance the Eastern experience. Like Antonio, make a difference in the lives of students and give back to the University that gave you so much.

To learn how to donate to INVEST. INSPIRE. The campaign for Eastern Michigan University visit our website.

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The Student Organization for Alumni Relations (SOAR) presents the stories of couples who fell in love at EMU. Read about our first spotlight couple Jimbo & Becca Arnold…

Names: Jimbo & Becca Arnold

Relationship Status: Married

Anniversary Date: January 6, 2007

Do you have children? How many? Not yet, but we do have a dog named Lucy!

How did you meet? We met through an on-campus student organization–Cru

Where was your first date? We would walk around on campus almost every night.  We’d always end up on the bench in front of the lake in the park, where we spent time talking.  We referred to it as “our spot.”  Our first off campus date might have included a walk to Subway!

Any cute memories you have together at Eastern? Every year on our anniversary, we’d spray paint the rock by Alexander!  (see picture below!)

If married/engaged was the proposal on campus? If so where? Yes, Jimbo proposed in “our spot” in the park.  He was in cahoots with my girlfriends.  We went for a walk one evening after a nice date & when we arrived at “our spot” it was decorated with flower petals, candles, & sparkling juice.

Years attended Eastern:

Jimbo and Rebecca painted the "rock" each year for their anniversiary.

Becca: 2000-2004 & 2008-Present (current grad student)

Jimbo: 2001-2006 & 2010-Present (current grad student)

Any romantic advice you would give to students: Marry your best friend & make each other laugh

To share your EMU love story, e-mail emulovestories@gmail.com. We look for couples who met at EMU – preference is given to couples where both partners are alumni.

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“EMU to me has been synonymous with opportunity. I have been given so much that I feel honored and obligated to give something back.” – Antonio Cosme, Student Body President (Not simply a graduate, but a donor before graduation)

Alumni and friends have raised over $40 million – on the way to a goal of $50 million – to enhance the Eastern experience. Like Antonio, make a difference in the lives of students and give back to the University that gave you so much.

To learn how to donate to INVEST. INSPIRE. The campaign for Eastern Michigan University visit our website.

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