When was the last time you heard of Columbus doing something nice for the Ann Arbor area? Besides Ohio State hiring John Cooper as its football coach?
Columbus-based American Electric Power Foundation has given Eastern Michigan University $500,000 to fund the long-term maintenance of its new state-of-the-art laboratory equipment.
American Electric Power is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States and its foundation has donated $350,000 to EMU's science programs. The company's chairman, president and chief executive officer (Michael G. Morris) is an alumni and regent at EMU. He also served as EMU's commencement speaker and received an honorary doctorate from the university this spring.
"It is so important in private industry to have employees with practical knowledge and a passion for science. Learning on the most up-to-date laboratory equipment is essential to provide our students of today — AEP's future work force — with the concepts and tools of modern instrumentation," Morris says. "It's an investment in our future."
Source: Eastern Michigan University
Writer: Jon Zemke