Awards and Highlights - March 2015

​College of Business Administration

Rebecca Dingus

Rebecca Dingus earns best paper honors at Marketing Management Association conference

A paper written by CMU marketing and hospitality services administration faculty member Rebecca Dingus and Alex Milovic, a faculty member at Marquette University, was selected as the John Berens Best Paper in Marketing Education award winner at the Marketing Management Association Spring Conference. Their paper was titled “Honor Among Salespeople: Developing a Personal Code of Ethics to Promote Positive Values and Accountability in a Professional Selling Course.”


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College of Communication and Fine Arts

MAB Scholarship Recipients

Four undergraduates receive Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation scholarships

Freshmen Clayton Cummins from Grand Rapids and Tyrus Kemp from Ephrata, Washington; Saline sophomore Victoria VanHout; and Fowlerville junior Brandon Craigie are this year’s Dr. Peter Orlik Broadcasting Scholarship recipients. Established by Larry Patrick, founder of Patrick Communications, in 2006, the scholarship is annually awarded to four CMU students by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation. The scholarship provides each student with $1,000 to support his or her educational endeavors.

Jake May

Flint Journal multimedia specialist Jake May earns national, international awards

Grand Haven native and Flint Journal multimedia specialist Jake May recently received a Photojournalist of the Year honorable mention from the National Press Photographers Association. His work documenting life in Flint and surrounding areas placed him in the international competition among the top five smaller-market photojournalists. A former CM Life editor, May is working on completing his degree in photojournalism. Recognized with more than 100 awards, he is the president of the Michigan Press Photographers Association and Region Four Chair of the National Press Photographers Association.


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College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences

Hope May

Hope May receives 2015 Herman W. Coleman Human Rights Award

Philosophy professor Hope May has received the 2015 Herman W. Coleman Human Rights Award from the Michigan Education Association. This award recognizes a person, program or special event which has served to improve the quality of human relationships, with special consideration given to people or programs that address the betterment of relationships within the association.

J. Cherie Strachan

J. Cherie Strachan publishes book chapter, invited to presentations

Political science and public administration professor J. Cherie Strachan has published a chapter on student and civic engagement in the “Handbook on Teaching and Learning in Political Science and International Relations.” She was invited to give a presentation on the same topic at the University of Notre Dame, where she shared the CMU Consortium for Inter-Campus Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Research’s inaugural project that assessed the quality of civil society at 36 participating campuses. Strachan also attended the Multi-National Research Exchange at the Kettering Foundation with CMU political science and public administration professor Thomas Greitens. They met with international scholars dedicated to advancing good citizenship in college classrooms, campuses and communities.


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College of Science and Technology​

Sharyl Majorski

Sharyl Majorski named Faculty Member of the Year by Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College

Chemistry lab coordinator Sharyl Majorski has received the Faculty Member of the Year Award from the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College, where she teaches chemistry and physics. Established by the American Indian College Fund, the $500 award recognizes Majorski for her commitment to students, scholarship, teaching and service to the Native American Indian community.


John Gross and Ryan Meier receive honors for papers at IMAGIN competition

Geography graduate students John Gross from Brighton and Ryan Meier from Mount Pleasant earned honors for papers submitted in the Improving Michigan’s Access to Geographic Information Networks Student Poster and Paper Competition. Gross was awarded first place for his paper “A Comparison of Orthomosaic Software for Use with Ultra High-Resolution Imagery of a Wetland Environment,” and Meier was awarded second place for “The Use of Affinity Propagation to Cluster Socioeconomic Census Data.” The awards recognize GIS users who demonstrate how the technology can make processes more efficient, increase awareness of spatial conditions and improve services for Michigan residents.

Amanda Clark

Amanda Clark recognized with departmental Outstanding Biochemist Award

Three Oaks senior and biochemistry major Amanda Clark is the recipient of the CMU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry’s Outstanding Biochemist Award. Clark, who has conducted undergraduate research on cancer treatments, will attend Harvard University after graduation. She will be the first chemistry graduate from CMU to continue postbaccalaureate educational studies at Harvard.


David Zanatta’s CMU Great Lakes Summer Research Experience student wins national award

Vacherie, Louisiana, native and Mississippi State University undergraduate Kandis Cazenave was a participant in the 2014 CMU Great Lakes Summer Research Experience program at the CMU Biological Station on Beaver Island. Under the direction of CMU biology professor David Zanatta, Cazenave studied freshwater mollusks. She was awarded runner-up for the best student research poster at the 2015 Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society symposium in St. Charles, Missouri — an impressive feat for an undergraduate competing against master- and doctoral-level students. Cazenave is now working to complete a manuscript based on her 10-week research study at CMUBS, which she and Zanatta plan on submitting to a peer-reviewed journal.


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University News​


Printing Services earns silver and bronze honors in IPMA competition

For the 12th consecutive year, Printing Services has earned honors in the International In-Plant Printing and Mailing Association’s annual printing competition from a field of more than 400 entries. Printing Services won a silver award for the College of Education and Human Services’ “Your Life: A Work in Progress” viewbook in the combined offset/non-offset four-color division and a bronze award for the college’s “Live, Learn, Lead” brochure in the four-color brochure division. Printing Services also is in the running for an IPMA promotion and marketing award for its “Create a Buzz” marketing campaign. The winner of that award will be announced at the end of April.


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