April 2013

College of Business Administration

College of Communication and Fine Arts​

College of Education and Human Services​​

College of Health Professions

College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences

University News​


College of Business Administration

Mark Gustin

CMU students take first and second place at Pi Sigma Epsilon National Sales Competition

Two Central Michigan University students took first and second place at the Pi Sigma Epsilon National Sales Competition. Senior Mark Gustin of Greenville won the Top Salesperson in the U.S. designation, winning $1,500, and junior Adam London of Ann Arbor took second place in Pro Am Sales, winning $1,000. Five CMU finalists competed against the top100 sales students across the country. Forty universities were represented.

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College of Communication and Fine Arts

CMU alumna Marly Meza honored with the 2012 CMU Outstanding Thesis Award

Central Michigan University alumna Marly Meza won the 2012 CMU Outstanding Thesis Award for “The Mafia Dolls: A Feminist Reading of the Narco-Novela.” Her thesis examines The Mafia Dolls, a Columbian televised soap opera. Through a rhetorical textual analysis, the study scrutinizes the representation of women from a feminist perspective, the patriarchal social structure, and women’s subjugation and empowerment in the story.



CMU broadcast and cinematic arts class project awarded Golden Reel

A Central Michigan University broadcast and cinematic arts class project titled “A New Mutant” was awarded a Golden Reel in the student work category at the Media Communications International festival. “A New Mutant” was chosen for recognition over 77 other top media school submissions. Eric Limarenko, CMU manager of video facilities and class instructor, also was honored with the G. Warren Scholarship for excellence in media education.

Golden Reel honors have been highly coveted and internationally recognized since 1978. Panels of industry professionals review entries from around the world. Entries are evaluated on effective use of medium, creativity, production values and technical quality in three areas: message design, creative elements and production elements.

The Media Communications Association is an organization of media communications professionals providing opportunities for networking, forums for education and resources for information.



Betsy Rau

CMU faculty member inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame

Central Michigan University faculty member Betsy Rau of the journalism department was inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame. She was selected for her outstanding commitment and dedication to the profession by a committee from the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association. In addition to teaching journalism courses, Rau advises the student-run Grand Central Magazine and teaches for the social media online certificate program.



Heather Polinsky

CMU faculty member presents at the Broadcast Education Association national convention

Heather Polinsky, Central Michigan University broadcast and cinematic arts faculty member, presented “New Directions in HD/Secondary-Stream Radio” for the New Directions in Radio panel at the Broadcast Education Association National Convention. The Broadcast Education Association is a professional association for professors, industry professionals and graduate students who are interested in teaching and research related to electronic media and multimedia enterprises.



Three CMU students honored at the National Broadcasting Society Alpha Epsilon Rho undergraduate student electronic media competition

Three Central Michigan University students were recognized at the National Broadcasting Society Alpha Epsilon Rho Undergraduate Student Electronic Media Competition in two categories. Senior Casimir Grabowski of Harrison Township received the Best Drama Program Script award for “8 Wells.” Senior Lauren Culver of Clarkston and graduate assistant Grant Pichla of Bad Axe received the Best Movie/Television Trailer award for “60.”

The National Broadcasting Society Alpha Epsilon Rho is a student and professional society with more than 85 chapters on college, university, community college and high school campuses. The National and Undergraduate Student Electronic Media Competition was founded to recognize those students who excelled in radio, television, production and programming.



CMU Debate and Forensics team recognized at Michigan Intercollegiate Speech League State Championship

The Central Michigan University Debate and Forensics team received numerous accolades at the Michigan Intercollegiate Speech League State Championship March 8 and 9, including two individual state champion distinctions. Senior Mike Begovic of Farmington Hills received first place in the oratory category and qualified for the Interstate Oratory Contest. Senior Sarah Kornacki of Dearborn received first place in dramatic interpretation. The team also earned 14 other individual awards and two Team Sweepstakes awards.



CMU student receives Carnegie-Knight News21 fellowship

Central Michigan University senior Catey Traylor of Ann Arbor was accepted into the Carnegie-Knight News21 fellowship in-depth journalism program. Traylor will work with students from 12 universities around the country to conduct a national investigative reporting project on post-9/11 veterans.

News21 fellows produce in-depth news coverage on critical issues facing the nation, using innovative digital methods to distribute the content on multiple platforms. Traylor is CMU’s first student to participate in the program. News21 is headquartered at Arizona State University.



CMU Society for United Nations receives honorable mention at National Model UN conference

Central Michigan University’s Society for United Nations received an honorable mention at the National Model UN conference in New York March 17 through 21. At the conference, the CMU team was assigned to represent North Korea. They competed against approximately 2,500 students from around the world. Remaining in character, participating in committee and proper use of the rules of procedure are all equally important to the overall awards determination process.

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College of Education and Human Services

Lauren Griffith

CMU instructional designer works with students in Belize

Central Michigan University instructional designer Lauren Griffith will join an international team of educators and researchers on a trip to Belize to engage fourth-grade Belizean students in a literacy and environmental awareness program. The program is centered on the book Pat the Great Cat, which teaches Belizean children about their homeland. Griffith will work with American and Belizean teachers to develop, assess and refine lesson plans.



Kevin Hall

CMU student receives Fulbright award

Central Michigan University graduate student Kevin Hall of Caro has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship, making Hall the second consecutive CMU student to receive the award. Approximately 1,700 grants are awarded annually through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Hall will serve as a cultural ambassador, teaching English to high school students in Germany. Hall is the fourth student in CMU’s history to receive the award. Approximately 10,000 applications were received for this year’s competition.



Kevin Hall Kevin Hall

Two CMU professors regarded as Top 25 Education Professors in Michigan

Central Michigan University education professors Jim McDonald and Michael B. Gilbert were included on the Top 25 Education Professors in Michigan list by Online Schools Michigan. McDonald and Gilbert were selected for their exemplary teaching standards. The list highlights postsecondary educators who have been awarded recently for excellence in the classroom, on campus and in the community.

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College of Health Professions

David Hornak

CMU doctoral student finalist for Governor’s Fitness award

Central Michigan University doctoral student David Hornak of Holt is a finalist for the 2013 Governor’s Council Champion Health award at the Governor’s Fitness Awards. Hornak was selected for his health initiatives at CMU. The Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports and the Michigan Fitness Foundation put on the annual Governor’s Fitness Awards to honor individuals and organizations making a difference in their community, keeping people active and healthy.

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College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences

Joyce Baugh

CMU faculty member presents at conference commemorating the 50th anniversary of former Gov. George Wallace’s “stand in the schoolhouse door” preventing integration

Joyce Baugh, Central Michigan University political science faculty member, presented at the University of Alabama’s conference commemorating the 50th anniversary of former Gov. George Wallace’s infamous “stand in the schoolhouse door” preventing integration. Baugh presented her paper titled “Standing in the Schoolhouse Door, Northern Style: Segregated Housing and Segregated Schools.”



Hope May

Planethood Foundation donates $55,000 to support CMU faculty member’s efforts

The Planethood Foundation donated $55,000 to support Central Michigan University philosophy faculty member Hope May’s efforts in providing student engagement opportunities and building public awareness about the International Criminal Court, the history of international law and the “Peace through Law” approach.

May has developed an educational outreach project titled “Piece of the Palace,” aiming to broaden the reach of the Peace Palace Centenary. The Peace Palace, known as the seat of international law, is home to the “World Court” of the United Nations, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the Hague Academy of International Law and an extensive library dedicated to international law.

The Planethood Foundation is an initiative of former Nuremberg Prosecutor Benjamin Ferencz and his son Donald. Their grants primarily support projects pertaining to the ICC and educational efforts to replace the law of force with the force of law.



Thomas Rohrer

CMU’s director of Great Lakes Institute for Sustainable Systems receives Distinguished Service Award

Thomas Rohrer, Central Michigan University director of the Great Lakes Institute for Sustainable Systems, received the Distinguished Service Award from the Michigan Environmental Health Association March 21. Rohrer was selected for his more than 25-year career in environmental advocacy for Michigan and continued service as director of the Great Lakes Institute for Sustainable Systems. The Michigan Environmental Health Association is a volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to the improvement of health through management of the environment.

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University News

CMU’s Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center recognizes leaders at Celebration of Civic Engagement

Central Michigan University student leaders engaged and active in Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center programs were recognized for their service to local and global communities at the Celebration of Civic Engagement. Macomb senior and President of the Student Government Association Justin Gawronski received the Newman Civic Fellows award, presented by President George E. Ross. Campus Compact awards the Newman Civic Fellows award to recognize inspiring college student leaders with a demonstrated investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country.



United Way of Isabella County recognizes CMU employees with 2012 Silver Award

United Way of Isabella County recognized Central Michigan University employees with a 2012 Silver Award for their continued support through a successful employee fund drive. This year’s fund drive raised more than $74,000 through employee contributions. United Way of Isabella County provides leadership and resources to improve the quality of life in the community generating revenue, creating awareness, and engaging volunteers to support the programs and services of affiliate agency partners.



CM Life

Central Michigan Life wins awards from national organizations

Central Michigan Life, CMU’s student-operated campus newspaper received first place for best all-around, nondaily newspaper from the Society of Professional Journalists and claimed runner-up from the College Newspapers Business and Advertising Managers Association. The photography desk earned five Society of Professional Journalists awards for sports photography, general news and photo illustrations. The CM Life Advertising Department won 11 awards including second place in the College Newspaper of the Year category from the College Newspapers Business and Advertising Managers Association. CM Life is published and distributed three times a week and has a circulation of 13,500.

The Society of Professional Journalists is the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior.

The College Newspapers Business and Advertising Managers Association is a national organization committed to providing learning and career opportunities through conventions and member communications as well as fostering the development of leadership, striving for the highest standards in industry knowledge and continuing to advocate for members.



Joan Schmidt

Joan Schmidt honored as CMU Woman of the Year

Joan Schmidt, Central Michigan University’s director of residence life, was selected as Woman of the Year by the CMU American Council on Education. Schmidt is being honored for demonstrating strong leadership for college women in her career as well as her personal life. She has served CMU for 35 years in various roles within residence life. Schmidt is currently in charge of providing housing, meals and support services for more than 6,000 students. Schmidt was recognized at the 2013 Woman of the Year luncheon in CMU’s Bovee University Center.



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Marcie Otteman and Holly Hoffman honored as CMU Women of Excellence

The CMU American Council on Education selected two of Central Michigan University’s most influential women as the 2013 Women of Excellence. Holly Hoffman, counseling and special education associate professor, and Marcie Otteman, executive director of alumni relations, were selected for their roles in mentoring women to enhance leadership skills and for planning and implementing programs for women leaders.

Hoffman is devoted to developing mentor networks for women and new faculty in her yearlong leadership fellowship with the dean’s office of the College of Education and Human Services. Otteman is dedicated to watching young girls and women mature in their thinking and self-esteem as a Girls on the Run coach, Special Olympics volunteer and chapter adviser of Alpha Sigma Tau. Both women were honored at the 2013 Woman of the Year luncheon in CMU’s Bovee University Center.



CMU professors named among the Top 25 Women Professors in Michigan

Three CMU professors were named to the Top 25 Women Professors in Michigan by Online Schools Michigan. Professors receiving this designation include mathematics professor Christine Phelps, journalism professor Elina Erzikova and human environmental studies professor Maureen MacGillivray. These CMU professors were selected for showing devotion to their field of study and putting the needs of their students first.



CMU GEAR UP Program highlighted at Equity Within the Classroom conference

Central Michigan University’s GEAR UP program was highlighted at the Equity Within the Classroom conference hosted by Wayne State University. At the conference Mary Henley, CMU GEAR UP and Pathways program director, presented methods to incorporate College Positive Volunteers, AmeriCorps VISTA and Michigan Service Scholars to fully utilize the pipeline of services offered. CMU’s services include GEAR UP, 4S Pathways, MiCup STEP, McNair and the KCP Future Faculty Fellows program.

The King-Chávez-Parks Initiative aspires to increase the number of opportunities for Michigan's most educationally disadvantaged citizens to complete college degrees and experience career success as active participants in a knowledge-based global society and economy. CMU is recognized across the state as an exemplary program model for moving students to campus, training them to become College Positive Volunteers and having them “give back” to younger students.



Amy Robinson

CMU Public Radio producer honored with Edward R. Murrow award

The Radio Television Digital News Association honored Amy Robinson, Central Michigan University Public Radio producer, with a 2013 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for her feature titled “Jim Crow Museum Teaches Tolerance.” The feature highlights “The Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia,” which uses objects of intolerance to teach tolerance and promote social justice.

The Radio Television Digital News Association has honored outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Murrow set as a standard for the profession of electronic journalism.

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