Awards and Highlights - April 2015

​​​​College of Business Administration

Rebecca Dingus

Rebecca Dingus receives sales teaching award at National Conference in Sales Management

Marketing and hospitality services administration faculty member Rebecca Dingus, along with colleague Alex Milovic of Marquette University, received the Best Sales Teaching Innovation-Method Award at the National Conference in Sales Management. The pair presented a paper titled “Ethics in Action: Facilitating Dialogue in Sales Education,” resulting in the authors being chosen to present their teaching innovation at the conference. Dingus and Milovic were selected from a pool of 12 innovators from across the country.


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College of Communication and Fine Arts

Bryce Craig

Graduate assistant Bryce Craig featured in Percussive Notes journal

Bryce Craig, CMU School of Music graduate assistant, was interviewed by Kurt Gartner, director of Kansas State University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance about composing music for “Crystal Ballet,” a collaboration between Craig, KSU physics professor Amit Chakrabarti and KSU dance professor Laura Donnelly. Craig’s story about the collaborative composition was published in the May 2015 issue of Percussive Notes, a journal of the Percussive Arts Society.

Jonathan Nichol

Alumnus Jonathan Nichol’s arrangement played in ‘The Heidi Chronicles’ on Broadway

CMU School of Music alumnus Jonathan Nichol, ’05, recorded a performance of “Revolutions” by Marc Mellits with the h2 saxophone quartet. The arrangement is being played in “The Heidi Chronicles,” a Tony Award-winning play on Broadway in New York City at the Music Box Theatre starring actors Bryce Pinkham, Jason Biggs (from “Orange is the New Black”) and Elizabeth Moss (from “Mad Men”).

William Eicher

Alumnus William Eicher elected to American Bandmasters Association

CMU School of Music alumnus William Eicher has been elected to become a member of the American Bandmasters Association, the most prestigious honor bestowed in the bandmaster profession and that recognizes concert band conductors and composers’ outstanding achievement. Eicher is the band director at Clarence High School in New York where he has twice led the band to perform at the Midwest Clinic, the largest international band and orchestra conference in the country. Invitational membership in the ABA numbers nearly 300 band conductors and composers from across the U.S. and Canada.

Audrey Weber

Audrey Weber competes, Ryan Rigda coaches at National Forensic Association tournament

CMU sophomore and marketing major Audrey Weber from Merrill was a semifinalist in the Lincoln Douglas debate at the National Forensic Association tournament, where she made it into the final four from a pool of 84 schools. CMU alumnus Ryan Rigda, ’14, also participated in the tournament where he coached a Texas A&M University student to sixth place in the After Dinner Speaking competition.

American Advertising Federation Club

American Advertising Federation Club places third at National Student Advertising Competition

The American Advertising Federation Club of CMU won third place in Track at the District 6 National Student Advertising Competition in South Bend, Ind., besting other Michigan universities including the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Grand Valley State University, Northwood University and Western Michigan University. The winning team included advertising majors Stephanie Butcher, Will Damian, Katie Despain, Alex Gonzales, Dan Hliva and Andrea Shaw from CMU’s journalism department and was coached by Angela Carolla, a CMU MBA student and assistant advertising manager at CM Life and Johnny Sparks, CMU associate professor of advertising.

Society of Professional Journalists

Students receive Mark of Excellence Awards from Society of Professional Journalists

The Society of Professional Journalists recognized CMU students with 2014 Mark of Excellence Awards. The awards honor the best of collegiate journalism from a calendar year. In the Newspapers division, CMU student Adrian Hedden was a finalist in the Sports Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students category and Samantha Smallish, Kate Woodruff and Jessica Fecteau won in the Best Independent Online Student Publication category for their work on Grand Central Magazine. In the Television Broadcast division Clayton Cummins won the Television Breaking News Reporting category, Erica Francis won the Television General News Reporting category, and Mason Flick was a finalist in the Television Sports Photography category.


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College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences

John Robertson nonfiction book

John Robertson’s nonfiction book reviewed by Publishers Weekly

Ancient and Middle Eastern studies history professor John Robertson has published a nonfiction book “Iraq: A History” that was reviewed by Publishers Weekly, an American weekly trade news magazine targeted at publishers, librarians, booksellers and literary agents. Robertson’s book highlights the precarious balance between Iraq’s dual identities as ‘a birthplace of ideas and institutions’ and ‘a magnet for migrants, invaders and raiders, who often brought turmoil and devastation.’

Douglas Zywiol

Alumnus Douglas Zywiol receives James Madison Fellowship

Hayfield Secondary School social studies teacher Douglas Zywiol, ’06, has been named the Virginia recipient of the James Madison Fellowship for 2015. The fellowship provides funding for up to $24,000 toward graduate study of American history for secondary school teachers of American history, government and social studies with a focus on the U.S. Constitution. Teachers representing each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are selected to receive the award each year.​


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College of Science and Technology​

Casey Glynn

Alumnus Casey Glynn profiled by Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs

The Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs has profiled Casey Glynn, ’14, as the Environmental Health Graduate Profile of the Month. Glynn works as an environmental sanitarian at the health department of northwest Michigan in Bellaire, where she conducts field investigations, issues well and septic permits, performs land and existing system evaluations, and inspects properties at time of sale.

American Society for Engineering Education

Undergraduates receive honors from American Society for Engineering Education

Engineering undergraduate students Remington Wright, Taylor Franzen, James Deacon, Adam Lenk and Michael Prekop earned first place honors and the Best Student Paper Award for their paper “Portable Assisted Mobility Device” at the 2015 American Society for Engineering Education North Central Section Conference in Cincinnati. The students were part of a senior design project team and were advised by Ishraq Shabib, assistant professor of mechanical engineering.


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University News​

Emily Marlow

Pre-med student Emily Marlow named recipient of Global Changemaker Legacy Award

CMU alumna Emily Marlow, ’15, a pre-medicine student from Holt, was chosen as one of three Global Changemaker Legacy Award winners by the Foundation for Global Scholars. As an undergraduate, Marlow served as the vice president of the CMU chapter of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines that supported global access to patented pharmaceuticals. The chapter petitioned for university policy changes and advocated for modifications to the patent and licensure process. She has received a $1,000 cash award and is pursuing an internship with Doctors Without Borders.


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