Awards and Highlights - May 2015

​​​​​College of Business Administration

Pawan Jain

Pawan Jain receives real estate research award at NAREIT/AREUEA conference

Assistant professor of finance Jawan Pain received the Distinguished Research Prize at the 2015 National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts/American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association Real Estate Research Conference. His paper, titled “J-REIT Market Quality: Impact of High Frequency Trading and the Financial Crisis,” used data from the Japanese Real Estate Investment Trust market and focused on how liquidity and volatility were affected by the 2008-09 financial crisis and the introduction of a new high-frequency trading platform in early 2010.


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College of Communication and Fine Arts

Elina Erzikova

Elina Erzikova receives summer fellowship with Edelman through The Plank Center

CMU journalism faculty member Elina Erzikova was awarded a summer fellowship from The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations. As part of the award, she will spend at least two full weeks in the offices of Edelman, a prominent public relations firm in Chicago. The Plank Center’s Fellowship for Educators program is designed to bridge the gap between practice and education. It serves to enhance an educator’s industry knowledge so that students have professors who are knowledgeable in the current practices and issues in today’s public relations work.

Al Wildey

Al Wildey chosen to design Art Alley mural

CMU photography professor Al Wildey has been selected to help design the new Art Alley mural on the east side of the Clare American Cleaners building, a community project to enhance the assets in the alley behind the businesses on the west side of McEwan and create an inspiring path for both local residents and visitors. Construction and painting of the new mural project is scheduled to begin in June.

Hearst award

Alumnus Zachary Wittman named finalist in Hearst Photojournalism Championship

The William Randolph Hearst Foundation’s Journalism Awards Program has named CMU alumnus Zachary Wittman one of three finalists in the Photojournalism Championship section of the National Writing, Photojournalism, Broadcast News and Multimedia Championships. Media professionals judged his work throughout the year and at the championships competition and selected Wittman, who was awarded a $1,500 scholarship.


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College of Education and Human Services

AAUA award

Four faculty members recognized for excellence in professional-scholarship presentation

CMU College of Education and Human Services dean Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson, senior associate dean Elizabeth Kirby, counseling and special education department chair Holly Hoffman, and associate professor of educational leadership Barbara Klocko, have been awarded the B. Alan Watson Award for Excellence in Professional-Scholarly Presentation by the American Association of University Administrators. Their presentation, “Creating a Culture of Scholarship in a Teaching College,” was recognized as a superb example of a detailed and comprehensive summary of an institution’s efforts to improve the culture and scholarship within a college.


Fashion Merchandising and Design students visit the Big Apple

Michael Mamp, assistant professor of fashion merchandising and design, recently led a group of students enrolled in FMD 350 on an eight-day tour of New York City’s fashion industry. They visited fashion-related businesses, such as Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdales, Rebecca Minkhoff, Tiny You Children's Wear and Tulle Bridal Couture by Antonio Gaul. They also learned about the global impact of fashion from a historical and cultural perspective by touring the Anna Wintour Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. View photos from their trip.​


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College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences

Fate of the Earth Symposium

Meghan Marx wins Best Poster by an Undergraduate at Fate of the Earth Symposium

Franklin senior Meghan Marx won the award for Best Poster by an Undergraduate at the Fate of the Earth Symposium hosted by Michigan State University’s Environmental Science and Policy Program. Marx’s poster, “Soaring to a Greener Tomorrow,” conveyed her research work as an intern at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort on a waste reduction and sustainability project. It was deemed the best poster across four categories and among 22 entries from Michigan universities and high schools.


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College of Medicine

CMED students

Medical students dominate state research awards

CMU College of Medicine students Leslie Markun and Nasir Hussain won first and third place, respectively, in the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation’s Excellence in Research Award for Students competition. Markun was awarded $1,000 for her research on dystonia with an interdisciplinary team from the University of California San Francisco. Hussain was awarded $500 for his research with colleagues at McMaster University in Canada on screening techniques for intimate partner violence.


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College of Science and Technology​

Inspiring Women in STEM Award

Alumna Pamela Spencer receives Inspiring Women in STEM Award

Alumna Pamela Spencer, ’96, is the recipient of a 2015 Inspiring Women in STEM Award by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. One of 100 women honored, Spencer is the scientific director of toxicology and environmental research and consulting at The Dow Chemical Co. The award is a tribute to her inspiring work as a woman in the STEM field, and she will be recognized in the Sept. 2015 issue of the magazine.


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University News​​

Michigan Campus Compact

CMU receives research and writing grant focused on diversity, inclusion and equity

Michigan Campus Compact has awarded art and design faculty member Ren Hullender, counseling and special education department chair Holly Hoffman, and STEM education program coordinator Julie Cunningham a $5,000 grant to support “STEAM: Creating an Environment of Inclusion and Innovation.” The award will support a partnership between CMU’s Center for Excellence in STEM Education and the Discovery Museum of Mount Pleasant to emphasize arts-based instructional strategies to address real-life, community-identified needs related to STEM concepts taught in K-12 classrooms in Farwell Area Schools.

Presidents Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

CMU named to The 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

For the 12th consecutive year, CMU has been named to The 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The President’s Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions whose community service efforts achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities. The distinction is the highest federal recognition that colleges and universities can receive for community service, service-learning and civic engagement.

The Princeton Review Guide

CMU recognized in The Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges

CMU has been chosen for inclusion in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 353 Green Colleges: 2015 Edition. In collaboration with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, the sixth annual edition salutes the most environmentally responsible “green colleges.” CMU’s selection demonstrates its exemplary commitments to sustainability in academics, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. This is the third consecutive year CMU has been included in the guide.

Ben Harris

Alumnus and Fulbright Scholar Ben Harris named KAEC executive assistant

Ben Harris, ’14, a 2013-14 Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship recipient, is completing the final month of his yearlong Fulbright ETA in South Korea. He will be staying in South Korea for another year as the executive assistant to the executive director of the Korean-American Educational Commission, in which he will be editing important documents; organizing important ETA events, such as a Fulbright ETA conference on Jeju island; organizing forums where the Fulbright U.S. Student Researchers present their work; and acting as the office’s primary contact person for the student researchers. Harris also will help organize an orientation program for this year’s incoming Fulbright ETAs.


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