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On October 9, 2021, students from the EMU Archives and Oral History Program recorded stories of EMU students past and present. Using the EMU Aerie, the Archives’ mobile oral history recording booth, student oral historians captured the formative experiences and perspectives of EMU alums from a variety of campus eras. Here, EMU alum and President of the Alumni Association Eric Brown speaks of his journey to EMU in the fall of 1982, his first impressions of campus, and the joy of having the EMU community turn out for high school track and field events on the EMU campus. He describes his relationship with mentors Glenna Frank Miller and Gregory Peoples, and the enormous influence of EMU President John Porter in his life.

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Eastern Michigan University, EMU Archives, EMU Oral History Program, Homecoming, Athletics

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Eric Brown, Interview, 2021