Awards and Highlights - February 2015

​College of Communication and Fine Arts​

Nate Sandberg

School of Music alumnus Nate Sandberg, ’08, becomes partner at Plied Sound in Chicago

Nate Sandberg, ’08, is a partner at Plied Sound, an award-winning music composition and sound design studio based in Chicago. His recent clients include Apple, Google, Chevrolet, Cisco, Toyota, American Express, Vicks, Ray Ban, K-Swiss, NPR, Nature Made, Square, Moe’s and John Deere. “T-Tex,” a new documentary film with a score by Plied Sound, was premiered at the 2015 South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas. Information about Plied Sound and examples of Sandberg’s film and commercial compositions are available at

Ryan Elvert

Music theory/composition junior Ryan Elvert’s marimba quartet accepted for publication

Ionia junior and music theory/composition major Ryan Elvert had a marimba quartet — 2 marimbas, 4 players — titled “Drops” accepted for publication by C. Alan Publications in Greensboro, North Carolina, which offers the highest quality literature by the world’s most talented and prestigious composers. Elvert, a percussionist, created “Drops” after deciding that he wanted to write a percussion piece that was mallet based. His accepted marimba quartet can be heard online here.

Aaron Jones

Aaron Jones selected to attend Broadcasting & Cable’s Technology Leadership Summit

CMU School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts video facilities manager Aaron Jones was selected to attend Broadcasting & Cable’s Technology Leadership Summit in Orlando, Florida. The two-day event featured discussions on multiplatform content management, cloud-based systems and the future of broadcast television.

Tiffani Waite

Tiffani Waite’s paper wins second place in Debut category of BEA Paper Competition

CMU School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts fixed-term faculty member Tiffani Waite had a paper, “Location and the Effect of Syndication on Public Radio Programming: Are New Media Technologies Helping or Hindering?” awarded second place in the Debut category for the Radio and Audio Media Division of the Broadcast Education Association’s Paper Competition. The Debut category is open only to those who have never presented a paper at a BEA convention. Waite’s second place win earned her $100 to help defray costs to attend the BEA’s annual convention in Las Vegas.​


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College of Education and Human Services

Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson

Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson invited to join 2015 Great Lakes Bay Inner Circle

Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson, dean of the College of Education and Human Services, has been invited to join the Great Lakes Bay Inner Circle as a distinguished guest of honor. Inner Circle celebrates the region’s most accomplished and admired women — those in the “inner circle” of business, civic and community arenas — and gives them a forum to share practical knowledge and experience to inspire leadership in others.

Denali Designs

Fashion merchandising and design students Allison Gust and Kelly Miller win Design-A-Throw awards

Essexville senior Allison Gust and Haslett junior Kelly Miller are fashion merchandising and design majors who were awarded second and third place, respectively, in the Denali Home Collection by Monterey Mills Design-A-Throw competition. More than 200 students from across the country submitted entries for a throw design to be added to Denali’s 2016 collection, and 12 prizes were awarded. Gust received $500 and Miller received $200 for their winning designs, and professor Tanya Domina received a $500 scholarship to use for incorporating the competition into the curriculum as a classroom assignment.


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College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences​

Jasmine Cofield

Neuroscience junior Jasmine Cofield receives 2015 Newman Civic Fellow Award

Flint junior and neuroscience major Jasmine Cofield has received the 2015 Newman Civic Fellow Award, a recognition that honors inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. Cofield attributes her inspiration to experiences with the Service Ambassadors and Alternative Breaks programs offered by CMU’s Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center — which enabled her to travel to Biloxi, Mississippi, Atlanta, Georgia and Honduras — to advocate for social issues, as well as her volunteer work with the Michigan GEARUP/Pathways program.


Psychology professor Neil Christiansen elected SIOP Fellow

Neil Christiansen, professor of industrial and organizational psychology, has been named a Fellow in the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the primary I/O psychology association, based on the contributions and impact of research he has conducted during his career.


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College of Science and Technology​

Dow Chemical

Alumna Pamela Spencer, ’66, named TERC science director at Dow Chemical

Pamela Spencer, ’66, was recently promoted to science director of toxicology and environmental research and consulting at The Dow Chemical Co. In this role, Spencer has responsibility for the development and implementation of science strategy for the global organization, including management of its strategic research program.


Alumni Mahmoud Alomari and Adam Bauer recognized by CMU College of Graduate Studies

Alumni Mahmoud Alomari, ’14, from the Science of Advanced Materials doctoral program, and Adam Bauer, ’14, from the M.S. in chemistry program, have been recognized by the CMU College of Graduate Studies with the 2014 Outstanding Dissertation Award and 2014 Outstanding M.S. Thesis Award, respectively. Alomari is currently a fixed-term faculty member in CMU’s School of Engineering and Technology, and Bauer is working toward a doctorate in CMU’s Science of Advanced Materials program.


Society of Automotive Engineers Baja team wins SAE Collegiate Cup for best presentation

CMU’s Society of Automotive Engineers Baja team won the SAE Collegiate Cup for best student presentation at the Engineers Week Banquet of the Mid-Michigan section of SAE International. The team gave a presentation about their 2014 accomplishments and goals for the 2015 competition season and bested the University of Michigan-Flint, Kettering University and Saginaw Valley State University.


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

Mount Pleasant Area Community Foundation

HSC 538 students awarded grant from Mount Pleasant Area Community Foundation

Students in HSC 538, Development of Proposals and Reports in Health Administration — led by School of Health Sciences professor Lana Ivanitskaya and health administration major Mark Cantrell, ’14 — were awarded $1,341.40 from the Mount Pleasant Area Community Foundation to redesign a waiting room at Isabella Citizens for Health to meet the needs of pediatric patients age three through eight. This is the third consecutive year that HSC 538 students developed successful grant applications that resulted in funding to help a local nonprofit organization.


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University News​

Keno Davis

Coach Keno Davis named Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year

Central Michigan University men's basketball coach Keno Davis has been named the 2015 Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year. Davis led the Chippewas to a 22-7 regular season, 12-6 conference record and the No. 1 seed in the 2015 MAC Tournament.


Alumni Heidi Bolger, ’78, Kay Wagner, ’13, and senior Alayna Smith, honored by YWCA

The YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region recently awarded 2015 Women of Achievement Awards to alumni Heidi Bolger, ’78, principal at Rehmann Group, and Kay Wagner, ’13, director of quality for MidMichigan Health. The awards honor women from the Great Lakes Bay Region who have demonstrated volunteer or professional activities and who have made outstanding contributions in the categories of business, health care, entrepreneurship, education and community leadership. Garden City senior and sociology major Alayna Smith also was honored with a 2015 Women of Achievement Emerging Leader Award.


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