Awards and Highlights - April 2014

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College of Business Administration​

College of Communication and Fine Arts​​

The Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions

College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences

College of Science and Technology

University News


College of Business Administration​

The Honorable James A. Rispoli presented with Golden Eagle Award

Honorable James A. Rispoli

The Society of American Military Engineers recently awarded The Honorable James A. Rispoli, P.E., BCEE, F.SAME, USN (Ret.) the prestigious Academy of Fellows Golden Eagle Award for his outstanding contributions to engineering. An alumnus of Central Michigan University with a master’s degree in business management, Rispoli served 26 years in the United States Navy and is currently a professor at North Carolina University’s Center for Nuclear Energy Facilities and Structures. He was presented with the award at the SAME 2014 Academy of Fellows Golden Eagle Awards dinner.

 

Amy McGinnis receives CMU Mentor of the Year Award

Amy McGinnis

Central Michigan University management faculty member Amy McGinnis has received the CMU Mentor of the Year Award from the Office of Institutional Diversity’s Pathways to Academic Student Success program. Pathways is a retention program designed to increase the retention and graduation rates of first generation and Pell grant eligible students attending CMU. Faculty advisers help support students’ academic and personal goals through comprehensive advising and connect them to campus resources.

 

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College of Communication and Fine Arts​

Heather Polinsky presented at 2014 Popular Culture Association national conference

Heather Polinsky

Central Michigan University associate professor of broadcast and cinematic arts Heather Polinsky recently presented “How Do Students Find New Music? An Exploration of the Diffusion of Music to College Students” for the Radio Division of the 2014 Popular Culture Association national conference held on April 18 in Chicago, Illinois. The PCA is highly regarded with more than 5,000 academic oral presentations given internationally, two top-tier journals and more than 3,000 members.

 

School of Music alumna Katie Travis chosen as finalist in 2014 Lotte Lenya Competition

Katie Travis

Central Michigan University alumna Katie Travis, ’10, was chosen as one of 14 finalists in the Kurt Weill Foundation’s 2014 Lotte Lenya Competition. The international theater singing contest recognizes talented young singer-actors, ages 19-32, who are dramatically and musically convincing in a wide range of repertoire. Each of the finalists – selected from a group of 29 from the United States, Canada and Europe – presented four selections ranging from opera to contemporary musical theater. Travis received a Les Symonette Award of $3,500 for Outstanding Dramatic Interpretation of her program.

 

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The Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions

Amanda Slezsak awarded Honorable Mention from Udall Foundation

Amanda Slezsak

Central Michigan University junior and exercise science major Amanda Slezsak was recently awarded an Honorable Mention from the Udall Foundation scholarship competition. The Freeland, Michigan native and McNair Scholar was one of only 50 students nationwide who received this recognition from a highly competitive pool of nearly 500 applicants. Slezsak is the first student in CMU’s history to be recognized by the Udall Foundation, which awards federally funded scholarships to college students committed to pursuing careers related to the environment, tribal public policy or Native American health care.

 

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College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences

Ulana Klymyshyn receives 2014 Herman W. Coleman Human Rights Award

Ulana Klymyshyn

Central Michigan University professor of humanities and director of the CMU Office of Diversity Education Alexandra Ulana Klymyshyn received the 2014 Herman W. Coleman Human Rights Award from the Michigan Education Association at their Human Rights and Excellence Awards Banquet on April 25 in Lansing, Michigan. She was recognized for her 28 years of service and dedication to improving the quality of human relationships and raising awareness of cultural diversity at CMU.

 

Doctoral Student Dallas Michelbacher named Alternate for Fulbright Research Grant to Romania

Central Michigan University doctoral student in history Dallas Michelbacher from Warner Robins, Georgia, has been named an alternate for a Fulbright research grant to Romania. Dallas’ research focuses on the forced labor of Romanian Jews during the Holocaust.

 

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College of Science and Technology

Felix Famoye elected 2014 Fellow of the American Statistical Association

Felix Famoye

Central Michigan University professor of mathematics Felix Famoye has been elected as a 2014 Fellow of the American Statistical Association for his significant contributions to the statistical profession. The maximum number of recipients each year is one-third of one percent of the ASA membership, which averages around 18,000 members.

 

Science of Advanced Materials student Yoseph Daniel recognized for research excellence

Yoseph Daniel

Central Michigan University Science of Advanced Materials student Yoseph Daniel recently received an Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research award from the American Chemical Society’s Division of Polymer Chemistry. Daniel received the award at the March 2014 ACS national meeting in Dallas, Texas, where he presented his work on “Phosphorus Flame Retardants for Polymeric Materials Derived from Esters of Isosorbide and 10-Undecenoic Acid.” He works with chemistry professor Bob Howell, and the Chemtura Corporation funds his research.

 

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University News

Central Michigan University recognized in The Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges

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Central Michigan University has been chosen for inclusion in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition. In collaboration with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, the fifth annual edition salutes the most environmentally responsible “green colleges.” CMU is one of 330 schools profiled in the U.S. and two in Canada that demonstrate exemplary commitments to sustainability in their academics, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. This is the second consecutive year CMU has been included in the guide.

 

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