Awards and Highlights - December 2017

Drone business earns first place in 'CMU's Shark Tank'

A drone technology and consulting business created by Central Michigan University students placed first at the CMU Make-A-Pitch competition. Drone the News helps train drone operators and supplies starting equipment to broadcast media companies looking to use drone technology for reporting. Creator and graduate student Zack Huffman and his media entrepreneurship classmates also were among the top 12 finalists in the National Association of Broadcasters' PILOT Innovation Challenge competition earlier this year.

Student delegation wins competitive awards at Model UN

Sixteen students from CMU's United Nations Association participated in the American Model United Nations conference in November. The students won Best Delegation Award for representing the Holy See over three General Assembly Committees. "We've been participating for about 13 years, and this was the first time we won this very competitive award," said David Jesuit, department chair of political science and public administration. 

Health fund awards program almost half a million dollars

The Michigan Health Endowment Fund awarded more than $400,000 to CMU for a healthy-aging program designed to help train health profession students in geriatrics. The program, co-sponsored by Dr. Jyotsna Pandey and other staff at the College of Medicine, is intended to help nonprofit service providers support older adults living in the community. 

CMU will partner with the Isabella County Commission on Aging to develop and implement this program of in-home visits and interventions.

CMU named recipient for sexual assault grant program

The Michigan Legislature awarded a $26,460 grant to CMU as part of a statewide program supporting colleges and universities taking steps to prevent campus sexual assault. Michigan First Lady Sue Snyder announced the first round of grants, with 13 colleges and universities receiving state grant funds and a second targeted round of grants to follow.

CMU one of the top exhibitor schools at ITAA conference

Fashion merchandising and design students and faculty earned four design awards at the International Textile and Apparel Association's annual conference. CMU tied with Cornell University for the largest number of designs exhibited across three categories. The delegation participated in presentations on design, posters, oral presentation and panel sessions.

CMU online political science program ranked in top 10 nationwide

A website helping prospective students find online programs has placed Central Michigan University among the top colleges for online political science degrees. According to website, ranking is based on tuition, retention rate and the median starting salary for graduates.

Professor receives United Solo award for autobiographical show

CMU theater professor Steve Berglund's one-man autobiographical show, "MAN," received Best Autobiographical Show at the United Solo theater festival. The world's largest solo theater festival, United Solo's eighth season offered 120 stage productions representing six continents. 

SHRM recognizes CMU student chapter with merit award

The Society for Human Resource Management awarded a 2016-17 Merit Award to the CMU Society for Human Resource Management student chapter for providing growth and development opportunities to student chapter members. CMU is one of 149 student chapters to win the recognition.

Health Professions students raise hurricane relief funds

Health Professions community health division director Jodi Brookins-Fisher joined students in two courses — health sciences 317 and 106 — and faculty member Tom Kozal to raise more than $2,000 in gift cards to support Houston, Texas, residents affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Fisher said Facebook posts from a CMU alum living in the Houston area inspired the project. The gift cards will be donated to families and staff of Stratford High School in Houston suffering displacement or repairing their homes. Funds also will go to Kids Harbor, a shelter for abused and abandoned children in Brazoria County.

Professor of English hits publishing milestone with new book

"The Cambridge Companion to American Gothic," edited by CMU Professor Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock, has been published. The overview and analysis of the American Gothic tradition is Weinstock's 20th published book.