Jim Streeter to receive national honor

YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) — Former Eastern Michigan University Sports Information Director Jim Streeter will receive the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Lifetime Achievement Award, June 13 in Orlando, Fla. The award will be presented during the Hall of Fame Luncheon at the annual CoSIDA Convention, held June 12-15.

This award is presented to CoSIDA members who have served at least 25 years in the profession who are retiring or leaving the profession. Others to receive the honor this year include Ken Cerino at Western New England University; Carole Grills from Smith College; Bill Hamilton at South Carolina State University; and Joe Mitch from the Missouri Valley Conference.

Established in 1991, Streeter is only the fifth CoSIDA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient to come from a Mid-American Conference institution.  Other MAC honorees include Ken MacDonald (Akron - 1991), Dave Young (Miami - 1991), Earl Yestingsmeier (Ball State - 1998), John Beatty (Western Michigan - 1999).

An icon of the media relations world, Streeter was the longest-tenured Division I sports information director in the state and the dean of Mid-American Conference SIDs. A native of Albion, Mich., Streeter worked 39 years with the EMU Athletic Media Relations Office, with 37 of them as the director before retiring Oct. 19, 2012.

A 2004 inductee into the EMU Athletics Hall of Fame, the 65-year-old Streeter earned a bachelor's degree from EMU in Dec. 1973, with a major in physical education and minors in journalism and history. He was sports editor of the student newspaper, The Eastern Echo, for two years.

After serving a two-year stint as a sportswriter for The Ypsilanti Press, Streeter joined EMU as an assistant sports information director in 1974. He was named SID in Aug. 1975.

In addition to his daily duties of overseeing the publicity of Eastern Michigan's 21 varsity sports, Streeter was instrumental in the development and maintenance of the athletics department's archives that include game programs, game video, statistics, news releases, publications and other items dating back to the foundation of the athletics programs.

A member of the College of Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), Streeter was a member of the publications committee for four years. He was the secretary of the Detroit Sports Broadcasters and Writers Association (DSBWA) from 1990-94 after serving as vice president for one year. Additionally, in 2007 he received the honor of "Best of the Best" from the DSBWA.

Streeter is also set to receive the Ron Oestrike Distinguished Service Award, March 2, and the Distinguished Alumni Award, May 11.

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