Awards and Highlights - April 2018

WCMU earns statewide awards

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters has recognized WCMU Public Media for broadcast excellence at the annual MAB Broadcast Excellence Awards. WCMU Public Television was honored with a Best in Cultural Programming Broadcast Excellence award for the locally produced magazine program "Destination Michigan." The "Destination Michigan" team includes executive producer Chris Ogozaly; host Matt Ozanich; segment producers Bob Garner, Stefanie Mills and Steven Smith; and videographer Adam Miedema. The station also earned a Best in Community Involvement Broadcast Excellence award for outreach and educational activities and a merit award for use of new media.

WCMU Public Radio won a Best in Mini-Documentary or Series Broadcast Excellence award for a series titled "Just Talk." Members of the WCMU Public Radio news department who contributed to the series include News Director Amy Robinson and reporters/producers Mike Horace and Ben Thorp.

CMU ranks 7th out of 80 universities in collegiate sales competition

CMU students Tom Henry and Allison Harrison competed in the National Collegiate Sales Competition at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, with Harrison advancing to the semifinal round and finishing sixth in the nation and Henry advancing to the quarterfinals. As a team, the CMU students ranked 7th in the competition against 80 university teams from across the country.

CMU's Pi Sigma Epsilon wins big at national conference

CMU students from the campus chapter of Pi Sigma Epsilon were awarded a number of recognitions at the professional fraternity's national conference in San Diego, California. The chapter was awarded Gold Standing for the fifth year in a row and received an acknowledgement for sustained excellence. Additional highlights included Eleana Pavlicus winning the speaker competition and Josh Statly and Allision Harrison winning the professional development competition. CMU team captain Ross Allen came in first and Harrison second in the pro-am sell-a-thon, alongside four other students from CMU who advanced to the top 10 in a competition of around 130 students.

CMU opens SAP Next-Gen Center

SAP, the world's largest business software company, has partnered with CMU to open a SAP Next-Gen chapter. The campus chapter will collaborate with more than 500 educational institutions in the SAP Next-Gen program to help teach students SAP skills and encourage digital innovation.

Special Olympics honors CMU program

Special Olympics International has named Central Michigan University a National Unified Champion School for the university's commitment to the Unified Sports program. Home to Special Olympics Michigan and the annual State Summer Games, CMU started the first Unified Sports intramural program in the nation. CMU is one of five colleges or universities named a National Unified Champion School this year — the first year to recognize higher education institutions.