Awards and Highlights - April 2017

Student honored with top awards

Jennifer Peacock, of Clare, Michigan, has received national recognition as a 2017 Newman Civic Fellow recipient and YWCA 2017 Woman of Achievement Emerging Leader award winner. Peacock received the two awards for her record of accomplishment as a student, a role model and contributions she has made to the nation. She is a leader on CMU's campus as part of CMU's Alternative Breaks program, Campus Ambassadors, a research assistant for the educational leadership department and a McNair Scholar.

School of Music faculty to present research at national meeting

Scott Schumann presented "Sonata Form in Stravinsky's Violin Concerto, MVt. I: Topical, Formal, and Expressive Interpretations" at the Rocky Mountain Society for Music Theory Conference at the University of Utah in early April. He will next present his paper "Tropological Interactions and Expressive Interpretation in Stravinsky's Neoclassical Works" at the Society for Music Theory Annual National Meeting in November.

College of Business Administration faculty member cited by Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals

Adam Epstein, a professor of legal studies in the finance and law department, along with co-author Paul Anderson of Marquette University Law School, were cited and quoted by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Their 2016 article "The Relationship Between a Collegiate Student-Athlete and the University: An Historical and Legal Perspective," contributed to the decision that upheld that college student-athletes should not be considered employees for purposes of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the federal statute that governs minimum wage provisions.

School of Music student to perform prestigious roles

Alicia Berryhill, senior vocal student, will sing the role of Sasha in the "Queen of Spades" at the Russian Opera Workshop at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. She also will be singing the role of Papagena in "Die Zauberflote" at the Austrian American Mozart Academy in Salzburg, Austria.

Broadcasting and Cinematic Arts student earns 2017 Provost's Award

College of Communication and Fine Arts Dean Janet Hethorn nominated BCA student Nick Swan for the Provost's Award for Undergraduate Research and Creative Accomplishments. Swan was chosen as the winner for his voice talent contributions to broadcasting faculty Will Anderson's audio drama research projects.

Debate team earns national recognition

Central Michigan Debate placed fourth overall at the mid-April National Forensics Association tournament. The NFA tournament is one of the largest speech and debate tournaments in the country with more than 70 schools from across the nation. CMU debaters took home fourth and ninth place individual speaker awards, where personal eloquence and strategic decision-making are evaluated, as well.

School of Music faculty presents at 35th Great Lakes Chapter meeting

Keith Clifton, School of Music faculty member, at the 35th Great Lakes Chapter meeting of the College Music Society, held at Murray State University. Clifton gave a lecture recital titled "Monsieur Sans-Souci: Poulenc's Songs for Children," accompanied by School of Music faculty Adrienne Wiley who also gave a lecture-recital titled "Defining the Rahbee Sound: The Phantasie Variations, Op. 12 by Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee."

CMU Health doctor receives Hometown Health Hero award

CMU Health doctor Erica Canales received a 2017 Hometown Health Hero award from the Michigan Public Health Week Partnership at a special ceremony at the Michigan State Capitol on April 19. Canales, an OB/GYN in Houghton, was recognized for her tireless effort to maintain and improve the health of her local community as technologies advance, public attitudes toward health shift and more health and safety options become available.

School of Music student awarded 2017 Provost's Award

Chelsea Storms, senior piano student, was selected for a 2017 Provost's Award for Undergraduate Research and Creative Accomplishments based on her record of outstanding and scholarly creative work.

School of Music saxophone quartet advance in national competition

Zenith Saxophone Quartet members Parker Fritz, Diego Kieliszewski, Benjamin MacDonald and Taylor Huitema progressed to the quarterfinals of the Fishoff Competition, the nation's premiere educational chamber music competition. The finals take place Friday, May 12, at the University of Notre Dame.

Broadcasting and Cinematic Arts student is finalist for College Emmy

BCA senior Brad Parsons is one of three finalists for the 38th College Television Foundation Awards in the Series-Unscripted category for his Michigan College Bass Circuit television program. He will fly to Los Angeles, as their guest, for the award presentation.

School of Music faculty member featured on Brillian Books

Joanna White is featured in a March 2017 interview on the Brillian Books website for her accomplished work. The interview touches on her musician's focal dystonia article in the Winter 2017 Flutist Quarterly, her upcoming musician's focal dystonia poem in the Journal of the American Medical Association and her forthcoming music compact disc project with Kennen White and Tracy Watson.

College of Business Administration recognizes student leaders

Blake Dagenais, an accounting senior from Troy, was awarded the 2017 CBA Outstanding Student of the Year award and Micah Ward, a marketing and logistics senior from Stockbridge, received the 2017 CBA Outstanding Student Award on April 21. The two students both excel in academics, are actively involved in student organizations and have contributed several dozen hours of community service to the mid-Michigan community during their college careers.

Broadcasting and Cinematic Arts student podcast wins first place

Episode 4, featuring Vicky Van Hout, of Moore Media Digital Design's podcast "Bringing Content Alive," took home first place in the National Broadcasting Society- Alpha Epsilon Rho Student Competition podcasting category. Additionally, Episode 3 of the same series was one of four finalists in the category.