January 2013

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College of Business Administration

CMU's online programs ranked among the highest in the nation

For the second consecutive year, U.S. News and World Report has given Central Michigan University high marks in its 2013 Top Online Education Program rankings. CMU’s online graduate business programs ranked 6th in the nation offering online graduate business programs and the online graduate education programs placed 12th in the nation on this year's list. CMU had the highest ranking of online graduate programs of Michigan public institutions.

Mike Pisani publishes “The Infor​mal and Underground Economy ​of the South Texas Border”

Central Michigan University international business professor Mike Pisani has published his book “The Informal and Underground Economy of the South Texas Border.” Pisani’s book, published in November, discusses undocumented workers along the South Texas border while providing a more complete examination of the region’s longstanding, undocumented economies.

School of Accounting presents awards at fall banquet

During its annual fall banquet, the Central Michigan University School of Accounting presented two awards to honor individuals for their assistance and excellence to CMU.

The first award, presented by the Michigan State Police, honored five CMU students with Fraud Investigation Certificates for aiding the state police in fraud investigations.

The second award, presented by David Lindley, vice president of government regulation and regulatory affairs for the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, was the 2012 Accounting Teaching Excellence Award. CMU accounting professor Tom Weirich received the award.

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College of Communication and Fine Arts

David Gillingham chosen as an ASCAP Plus Award recipient

David Gillingham

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers has awarded Central Michigan University professor of music David Gillingham an ASCAP Plus Award based on the prestige value of his catalog of original compositions. The ASCAP congratulated Gillingham as a reflection of their commitment toward assisting and encouraging ASCAP composers.

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College of Education and Human Services

Suzanne Shellady granted more than $1.6 million from the Michigan Department of Education

The Michigan Department of Education awarded Suzanne Shellady, Central Michigan University chairperson of counseling and special education, $1.025 million for her project “Michigan’s Integrated Technology Supports – 2012-2013.” This project continues the development of a process in which Universal Design for Learning principles serve as a framework for evidence-based practices within applied settings to support the proactive design of curriculum and instruction to meet the needs of students with disabilities.

The Michigan Department of Education also awarded Shellady $600,000 for her project “Michigan’s Integrated Mathematics Initiative 2012 – 2013.” This project continues the development and implementation of the current State Improvement Grant, which includes completion of products and training with current product developers specializing in math.

Associate director of the Child Development and Learning Lab Margaret Desormes awarded $143,650

Margaret Desormes

EightCap Inc. awarded Margaret Desormes, Central Michigan University associate director of the Growth and Development Lab, $143,650 for her project “Early Childhood Collaborative with EightCap Inc.” This project continues a program allowing children to attend the Child Development Learning Lab on CMU's campus.

Emily Beuschel awarded $500 prize for winning interior design contest

Emily Beuschel

Central Michigan University interior design student Emily Beuschel has been awarded the 2012 Kellex Seating Udesign Contest for designing an armchair for assisted living facilities. The contest offers students the opportunity to design their own upholstered chair for either hospitality or assisted living settings.

Beuschel, a Conklin senior, has received a $500 scholarship for her award. Her design will be mass-produced by the Kellex Corp. of North Ridgeville, Ohio.

Kevin Cunningham receives $219,770 grant from Michigan Department of Education

Central Michigan University College of Education and Human Services teacher education and professional development faculty member Kevin Cunningham and College of Science and Technology’s physics department chairperson and assistant professor Chris Tycner have been awarded $219,770 from the Michigan Department of Education for a project titled “Helping Elementary Students Understand Physical Science Through Inquiry.”

The purpose of this project is to provide workshops to elementary teachers to focus on deepening content knowledge of ideas in the physical sciences.

Jim McDonald named 2013 College Teacher of the Year

Jim McDonald

The Board of the Michigan Science Teachers Association has named Central Michigan University teacher education and professional development professor Jim McDonald as the 2013 College Teacher of the Year. McDonald, a science education professor who has spent 11 of his 25 years teaching at CMU, says receiving the award is humbling.

According to MSTA President Michael Sampson and Awards Chair Marlenn Maicki, McDonald was chosen for “using or modeling best practices, inspiring students, demonstrating innovative teaching strategies, being an excellent role model for students and other teachers, demonstrating leadership, and exhibiting a passion for science and for teaching.”

Hyun-Kyung You honored with national Jessica Bernard award in feminist research

Hyun-Kyung You

Central Michigan University assistant professor of family studies Hyun-Kyung You has been awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Feminist Scholarship Paper Award, a prestigious Jessie Bernard award in feminist research, from The National Council on Family Relations.

You received her award for her paper “The Intersection of Motherhood and Disability: Being a 'Good' Korean Mother to an 'Imperfect' Child.”

“I think that this recognition has not only given me a voice as a researcher, but also acknowledged the women who care for their children with disabilities in the able-bodied society,” You said.

You’s research aims at better understanding motherhood in the context of a child’s disability, specifically autism spectrum disorders. Her research interests also include the cross-cultural understanding of motherhood, culture adjustment experiences of immigrant families with young children and transnational families with young children.

Robert G. Dvorak honored with Excellence in Wilderness Stewardship Research Award

Robert G. Dvorak

The United States Department of Agriculture/Forest Services has awarded Central Michigan University Recreation Parks, and Leisure Services Administration assistant professor Robert G. Dvorak an Excellence in Wilderness Stewardship Research Award.

Dvorak was honored for his collaborative research paper “The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness: Examining changes in use, users and management challenges.” His research will help the Forest Service in addressing wilderness stewardship and meeting the requirements of the Wilderness Act. The U.S. Department of Agriculture/Forest Services congratulated Dvorak for his excellence in wilderness stewardship.

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College of Health Professions

Stefanie Turner selected as one of the Great Women of the Great Lakes Bay

Central Michigan University senior Stefanie Turner of Livonia has been selected as one of the Great Women of the Great Lakes Bay, an honor awarded by the Graff Chevrolet dealership of Bay City and the Saginaw State University athletics department. The award was created to draw attention to local women for their extraordinary commitment of time, talent and experience in a meaningful way to advancing the quality of life in Bay, Isabella, Midland and Saginaw counties.

Turner, a biomedical sciences major with a 3.85 GPA, is captain of CMU’s women’s soccer team and is the soccer representative for CMU's Student Athlete Advisory Committee. Turner also was recently named to the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District V First Team. She has worked to teach adolescents ages 3 to 18 how to play soccer.

William Saltarelli recognized for outstanding educational development research

William Saltarelli

The Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education has awarded Central Michigan University professor of health sciences William Saltarelli the Robert J. Menges Award for Outstanding Research in Educational Development. Saltarelli was honored for his research on the effects of virtual labs in cooperative learning in anatomy instruction. POD selected Saltarelli for this award for his research leading to systematic investigation and evidence-based conclusions that contribute to the field of educational development.

Irene O’Boyle chosen as 2012 Distinguished Service Award recipient

Irene O'Boyle

Eta Sigma Gamma, the National Health Education Honorary, has awarded Central Michigan University health sciences faculty member Irene O’Boyle the 2012 Distinguished Service Award based on her service, teaching and research to the health education profession.

O’Boyle has served as a faculty member in the School of Health Sciences, Community Health division, since 2001 and as Eta Sigma Gamma’s Chapter Development Chair since 2009. Eta Sigma Gamma congratulated O’Boyle for her outstanding service in furthering the goals of Eta Sigma Gamma.

Christopher D. Ingersoll awarded $198,000 from the Michigan Health Information Alliance

Christopher D. Ingersoll

Christopher D. Ingersoll, dean of the Central Michigan University College of Health Professions, has received a $198,000 award from the Michigan Health Information Alliance for a project titled “Executive Director Staffing to the Michigan Health Information Alliance.”

The purpose of the project will be to provide executive director staffing for the Michigan Health Information Alliance.

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College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences

CMU professor Guy Newland translates and edits book co-authored by the Dalai Lama

Guy Newland

Central Michigan University philosophy and religion professor Guy Newland has translated and edited a book co-authored by the Dalai Lama. “From Here to Enlightenment: Teachings on the Spiritual Path” is the first-ever complete exposition by the Dalai Lama in the West of the Tibetan classic Tsong-kha-pa’s “Great Treatise on the Path to Enlightenment.”

Newland was asked by the Dalai Lama’s staff to translate and edit the book after previously working with the Dalai Lama’s personal translator. “Newland has undertaken a fresh translation of the Dalai Lama’s teachings with care, diligence and insight, resulting in a rare work in English on Tibetan Buddhism that is lucid, engaging, and a real joy to read,” said Dr. Thupten Jinpa, principal English translator to the Dalai Lama.

Charlotte Evans publishes “Memoirs of a German Bride”

Former Central Michigan University professor of foreign languages Charlotte Evans has published her book “Memoirs of a German Bride.” The book discusses her relationship and marriage with U.S. Army Lt. and former CMU history professor Howard Evans. As a German teenager, Charlotte explains her courtship with Howard and the ending of non-fraternization in 1946 followed by the War Bride Act of 1947 when she was able reunite with Howard in the U.S.

Norma Richardson receives the Barbara Ort-Smith Award

Central Michigan University assistant professor of Spanish Norma Richardson has received the Barbara Ort-Smith Award from the Michigan World Language Association. The award recognizes Richardson for her outstanding leadership and service in the field of world language education.

The Michigan World Language Association is an organization for all elementary, secondary, college and university teachers to promote and strengthen foreign language studies and assist in the professional development of foreign language instructors.

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College of Medicine

Lisa Hadden of the College of Medicine awarded $174,818 for her project “AHEC Infrastructure Development Programs”

Lisa Hadden

Wayne State University through the Mid-Central Area Health Education Center awarded Lisa Hadden, executive director of the Mid-Central Regional AHEC, $174,818 for her project "AHEC Infrastructure Development Programs." This project's purpose is to establish the Mid-Central Regional Area Center on behalf of the College of Medicine at Central Michigan University.

Dow Corning awards CMU's support for Saginaw medical school

The Dow Corning Foundation has committed $450,000 to two important health care projects in the Great Lakes Bay Region, awarding Central Michigan University a grant for the construction of a medical school in Saginaw. The foundation’s investment in the CMU College of Medicine is part of a $25 million capital campaign to address the shortage of primary care physicians in central and northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.

Medical students beginning the program in 2013 will start their studies on-campus in Mount Pleasant and transition to their final two years of the program on the Saginaw campus. Construction of the CMU Medical School is slated for completion in 2014.

CMED gets accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

College of Medicine

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education has accredited Central Michigan University’s College of Medicine with the maximum cycle length of five years. CMU received no citations and was commended for its demonstrated substantial compliance with the ACGME’s Institutional requirements.

The National Institutes of Health presents $446,671 grant to Ed McKee

Central Michigan University College of Medicine professor Ed McKee has received a $446,671 grant from the National Institutes of Health for a project titled ‘Metabolism and Toxicity of Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors in Non-replicating Tissues.’

The project will obtain an understanding of the toxicities of currently used nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors by studying their metabolism in non-replicating tissues and mitochondria.

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College of Science and Technology

American Respiratory Care Foundation awards Jinxiang Xi

Jinxiang Xi

The American Respiratory Care Foundation has awarded Central Michigan University assistant professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering Jinxiang Xi the 2012 Monaghan/Trudell Fellowship for Aerosol Technique Development. Xi was honored for his paper "Airway Modeling to Predict Aerosol Delivery."

Graduate student Harris receives 2012 IEEE-DEIS Fellowship

Central Michigan University graduate student Scott Harris has been awarded a $5,000 fellowship from the Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. The fellowship is awarded to students pursuing a doctorate in the areas of insulating materials, breakdown, charge transport, electrostatic phenomena, high voltage effects and related subjects.

Harris, who is doing his research with CMU assistant professor of physics Axel Mellinger, received the award for his innovative project on studying dielectric barrier discharges in micrometer-sized voids. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in CMU’s science of advanced materials program.

CMU chapter of the American Chemical Society earns Outstanding status for 8th year

The Central Michigan University chapter of the American Chemical Society will receive its eighth consecutive Outstanding Chapter Award at the 245th ACS National Meeting in New Orleans April 7, 2013. There are more than 1,000 ACS chapters nationally, and less than five percent receive the Outstanding Chapter Award.

ACS students have opportunities to connect with area youth through chemistry demonstrations and lessons, and membership in the chapter is not limited to students majoring in chemistry. CMU associate professor of chemistry Dale LeCaptain and chemistry lab coordinator Sharyl Majorski serve as faculty advisers of the CMU chapter.

ACS is the largest scientific organization in the world and is one of the many student organizations throughout the College of Science and Technology.

Graduate students win awards at AISES 2012 National Conference

Central Michigan University graduate student Pratik Chhetri and science of advanced materials graduate student Phillip Medina, both of Mount Pleasant, recently traveled to Anchorage, Alaska, to attend the American Indian Science and Engineering Society’s 2012 National Conference.

Medina won first place at the conference for his research poster titled “Precursor Design for the Atomic Layer Deposition of Hafnium Oxide Thin Films” and took home a $1,500 award. Chhetri took second place honorable mention for his oral presentation “Encouraging Healthy Behaviors among American Indian Youth: A Multidisciplinary Pilot Mentoring Program” and won $200.

The team has designed a mentoring program in which CMU Native American students will participate in educational and cultural activities with nearby Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe elementary school children, with the aim of increasing healthy behaviors and choices among American Indian children under the guidance of successful college students.

Meteorology student places first at National Weather Association annual meeting

Central Michigan University senior and meteorology major William A. LaForce of Battle Creek recently won the best undergraduate student poster award at the 2012 National Weather Association annual meeting held in early October in Madison, Wisc.

LaForce’s project was titled “Comparison of Two Forecasts for Tornadoes Associated with Cold-Core 500-mb Lows: Surprise and Bust.” CMU associate professor of meteorology Martin A. Baxter served as LaForce’s faculty adviser.

This is the third year in a row that a CMU student has won first place at this event. The NWA Weather Analysis and Forecasting Committee initiated the addition of Best Student Presentations to the annual NWA Awards Program in 2005, and at each yearly meeting, undergraduate and graduate students submit their abstracts to be considered for these awards.

Liao's research recognized at IEEE VisWeek in Seattle

Central Michigan University assistant professor of computer science Qi Liao has been recognized with an award for his research at VisWeek 2012 held in Seattle.

Liao and his collaborators received the Visual Analytics Science and Technology 2012 Challenge Award for their paper “Investigating Network Traffic through Compressed Graph Visualization” in recognition for their “good adaptation of graph analysis techniques.”

Liao and his research colleagues developed novel algorithms for understanding and analyzing abnormal changes in these large and dynamic graphs. Liao’s research findings will have applications on many other types of large networks such as biological, sensor and national infrastructure networks.

CMU’s senior engineering design team selected to participate in the 2013 Michigan Clean Energy Venture Challenge

A Central Michigan University design team of senior undergraduate engineering and technology students has been selected to participate in the 2013 Michigan Clean Energy Venture Challenge.

Led by CMU electrical engineering assistant professor Tolga Kaya, the CMU team was one of only 27 teams that were accepted into the highly competitive and selective Venture Challenge, selected from a pool of more than 70 applicants.

They will be working on a project called “Future’s Sustainable Temperature & Energy Project,” where the students will monitor the outside temperature and display the information in front of CMU’s Engineering and Technology Building by generating the required energy from human steps.

Kaya and his team will be part of intense training sessions on project management and business planning until February 2013 when the finals for the Venture Challenge will take place. The team has access to a grant of up to $2,500 for their project.

CST graduate earns award at International Association of Great Lakes Research meeting

Central Michigan University College of Science and Technology biology graduate Lindsay Kolich of Clarkston has been awarded the HYDROLAB/IAGLR Student Poster Paper award from the International Association of Great Lakes Research meeting in Cornwall, Ont.

Her poster was titled “Effects of the dreissenid invasion on the genetic structure of Lasmigona costata (Bivalvia: Unionidae) in the Lake St. Clair delta and surrounding tributaries.” It was co-authored by biology graduate student Matthew Rowe and Institute for Great Lakes Research scientist and assistant professor of biology David Zanatta.

Kolich will receive a $250 check, a one-year membership in IAGLR for 2013 and a subscription to the Journal of Great Lakes Research at the 2013 IAGLR conference to be held in Purdue, Ind.

Peralta’s research funded by the National Science Foundation

Central Michigan University physics professor Juan Peralta has been awarded a grant to support his theoretical and computational research on magnetic properties of nanostructures. This grant is a continuation of previous funding also awarded by the National Science Foundation.

The award continues to support the development of efficient computational tools to provide a quantitative description of molecular magnetism. The project impacts directly on the science of advanced materials program at Central Michigan University, providing continuing support for one doctorate student. Integration of research with education at the undergraduate and graduate level also is an important aspect of the project.

Peralta and his research team will receive $188,000 for the years 2012-2015.

Fornari’s research selected for 2012 Samsung GRO Program

Central Michigan University professor of physics Marco Fornari submitted a proposal, “(R)Evolutionary High-Throughput Discovery and Optimization of Materials Enhanced Technologies,” that was selected for the 2012 Samsung Global Research Outreach Program.

The proposed research aims to design novel materials for electronic applications by tuning the chemical composition and the structure. Accurate quantum mechanical calculations will be used to assemble a large database of materials properties. Once combined with statistical and data mining algorithms, the database will lead to the discovery of new materials with specific functionalities.

Fornari’s research proposal is one of 86 winning proposals accepted by Samsung. Collaborators on this project include Marco Nardelli from the departments of physics and chemistry at the University of North Texas in Denton, Tex., and CSMD Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and Stefano Curtarolo from the departments of materials science and physics and director of the Center for Materials Genomics at Duke University.

The team will receive $142,049 for their first year of research.

Mahon receives EPA grant to battle invasive species in Great Lakes

Central Michigan University Institute for Great Lakes Research researcher and assistant professor of biology Andrew Mahon is leading a CMU research team that has been awarded a $356,154 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to combat invasive species in the Great Lakes basin, including Asian carp.

Mahon’s project, “Assessing Aquatic Invasive Species Risk in the Erie Canal Corridor,” will assess the risks presented by aquatic invasive species to the Erie Canal corridor. Mahon and CMU researchers will catalogue non-native species in the Mohawk-Hudson River and Lake Champlain basins and identify currently restricted AIS that have potential to spread into the ECC. By using environmental DNA surveys, they will help identify the current range of priority AIS, potential invasion pathways and future surveillance needs.

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is the largest investment in the Great Lakes in two decades. Over the last three years, the GLRI has provided $172 million for the prevention, detection and control of invasive species in the Great Lakes ecosystem.

Howell receives GLS grant and NATAS Outstanding Achievement Award

Central Michigan University chemistry professor Bob Howell has received a $255,541 grant from Great Lakes Solutions to study environmentally friendly, nonmigrating flame retardants based on renewable resources.

In addition, Howell also received the North American Thermal Analysis Society Outstanding Achievement Award sponsored by Mettler Toledo. This prestigious award recognizes distinguished achievement in the field of thermal analysis, including but not limited to thermogravimetry, differential thermal methods and effluent gas analysis.

Howell is the 44th recipient of this award, the highest honor bestowed by the society.

National Science Foundation grant at CMU impacts high school curriculum

As part of a $450,000 National Science Foundation grant awarded to Central Michigan University, a handful of high school teachers learned new ideas and lesson plans that will incorporate more engineering into their classes and schools’ curriculum.

The teachers – from Alma, Bay City, Saginaw and Midland – spent six weeks researching at CMU where they were paired with CMU engineering faculty and CMU engineering and teacher education students. CMU’s Center for Excellence in Education, an entity that provides professional development for teachers, assisted as coaches during the program.

CMU teacher education students also will be taking new lesson plans into their student teaching experiences.

The NSF grant will continue over the next three years with CMU teaching coaches and engineering faculty who will be visiting the classrooms of those teachers and teacher education students who are involved in the program.

Marco Fornari awarded $142,059 from Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.

Central Michigan University College of Science and Technology physics professor Marco Fornari has been awarded $142,059 from Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. for a project titled “(R) Evolutionary High-Throughout Discovery and Optimization of Materials Enhanced Technology.”

The purpose of this project is to assemble a data set of material properties to develop effective tools for analyzing data and discovering novel descriptors of materials enabled technologies.

Anthony Chappaz receives $115,000 grant for research

Central Michigan University assistant professor of geochemistry and water chemistry Anthony Chappaz has received a $115,000 award from the National Science Foundation through a sub-award from the University of California Riverside for a project titled “Critical New Perspectives on Molybdenum Cycling Under Modern and Experimental Euxinic Contrition’s: Tuning the Palecredox Proxy.”

The purpose of this project is to learn about the biogeochemical cycle of molybdenum and to have a new methodological template for studying trace metals.

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Fun., featuring CMU alumnus Andrew Dost, ’05, nominated for six Grammy Awards


Indie pop band Fun., featuring Central Michigan University alumnus Andrew Dost, has been nominated for six Grammy Awards. Fun. is nominated for Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Best Pop Vocal Album and Best New Artist. Dost helped co-write the band’s hit single “We Are Young.” He was involved in CMU’s Honors Program and graduated in 2005 majoring in journalism.

CMU alumna Lauren Troxtel serves as community health volunteer in Ethiopia

Lauren Troxtel

Central Michigan University alumna Lauren Troxtel has been in Ethiopia as a community health volunteer for the Peace Corps since the beginning of October adjusting to a new culture as she lives with a host family. She will move to her own apartment in December and settle into the town of Adwa, where she will work for the next two years on malaria prevention and control programs, HIV/AIDS prevention, helping orphans and vulnerable children, and other public health projects.

Troxtel, a 21-year-old May 2012 graduate with a bachelor’s degree in public health education and health promotion, says her time at Central Michigan University gave her the skills, confidence and passion to make a difference half a world away from home.

Laura Glenn, ’03, named one of Crain’s Detroit Business’ “40 Under 40”

In the 2012 issue of Crain’s Detroit Business’ “40 Under 40,” Laura Glenn, a 2003 graduate of The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions, was featured. Glenn is currently vice president of physician services at Beaumont Health Services.

She created a plan that would lead to Beaumont’s liver transplantation program being fully approved and accredited. Since 2010, Beaumont has performed 28 liver transplants with a projected 15 procedures for 2013.

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Ashley Mejilla invited to Philippine Women’s National Team tryouts

Ashley Mejilla

Ashley Mejilla, senior midfielder on Central Michigan University women’s soccer team has been invited by the Philippine Football Federation to participate in a training camp with the Philippine National Women’s football team in November. Mejilla, a health fitness major from Mississauga, Ontario, whose parents are both of Philippine heritage, is the first CMU women's soccer player to receive an invitation from a national team to participate in tryouts, according to CMU Women’s soccer head coach Neil Stafford.

Mejilla will be among the players competing for 23 spots on the 2012 LA Vikings Cup squad. In addition, she will be included in the pool of players for future Philippine Women’s National Team rosters for FIFA events.

CMU women's soccer team is first in conference history to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament

The Central Michigan women’s soccer team played in the NCAA Tournament for the third time in four seasons, facing in-state foe Michigan in the first round as an at-large bid. The Chippewas are the first team in conference history to earn an at-large bid to the tournament. They join MAC Tournament Champion Miami (Ohio) in the field.

The first-round match between the Chippewas (15-6-1) and the Wolverines (14-5-2) took place Nov. 10 at the U-M Soccer Stadium.

Central Michigan is 1-2 all-time in NCAA Tournament play, with a win over Purdue in 2009.

CMU women's soccer players Bailey Brandon, Stefanie Turner earn first-team Academic All-District V Honors

Bailey Brandon Stepanie Turner

Central Michigan University women’s soccer senior defender Bailey Brandon and senior goalkeeper Stefanie Turner have been named to the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District V First Team, according to the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Brandon, a law and economics major with a 3.94 GPA, and Turner, a biomedical sciences major with a 3.85 GPA, are both on the Academic All-District first-team for the second consecutive season.

The award builds on the program's already impressive academic achievements, having earned the top cumulative GPA in the country for the past seven seasons.

Lindsay Dulude named First-Team Academic All-District V for CMU Volleyball

Lindsay Dulude

CMU volleyball senior outside hitter Lindsey Dulude was named to the Capital One Academic All-District V First Team, becoming the first Central Michigan volleyball student-athlete to earn the honor since Wendy Feldman earned All-District IV honors in 1997 and 1998.

The Capital One Academic All-District Volleyball Teams, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.

Dulude ranks in the top six in six different categories in CMU history, including second with 105 service aces and fourth in solo blocks with 44. She recently became the 15th player in program history to eclipse the 1,000-kill plateau and ranks sixth all-time in rally scoring history with 1,004.

A language arts/education major from Midland. Dulude has earned a 3.97 GPA. With the first-team honor, Dulude became eligible to earn Academic All-American honors.

Wilson Earns Third Academic All-District First Team Honor for CMU Football

Cody Wilson

For the third consecutive year, Central Michigan football wide receiver Cody Wilson has been honored on the Capital One Academic All-District First Team in recognition of his standout efforts in the classroom and on the football field. Wilson will advance to the national ballot and have the opportunity to earn his second career Academic All-America honor.

Also a two-time Academic All-MAC honoree, Wilson, a senior majoring in marketing, holds a 3.66 GPA. In 2011, he earned Capital One Academic All-America Second Team honors.

Wilson has established himself as one of the greatest receivers in program history during his time in Mount Pleasant. With 211 receptions and 2,533 receiving yards for his career, he ranks third and fifth, respectively, in the CMU record book. This season, Wilson, a team co-captain, lead the Chippewas with 55 receptions and ranks eighth in the MAC in receptions per game (6.1) and 10th in receiving yards per game (71.6). With four, Wilson is tied for tops in the conference in 100-yard receiving games. Versus Ball State, in addition to tying his season-high single-game receiving total with 111 yards, the Rochester Hills native caught a career-best two touchdowns.

Softball earns 5th-Highest GPA in NCAA Division 1

2012 Softball Team

The CMU softball team earned the fifth-highest cumulative team GPA in NCAA Division I for the 2011-2012 academic year with 3.572.

The Chippewas tied for fifth with Tennessee Tech in NCAA Division I and are ninth nationally among all colleges and universities, regardless of division.

The 2012 ranking is the highest in program history.

CMU has built a culture of academic success, including the softball program, which appears in the NFCA All-Academic top ten for the second time in the past three seasons. The Chippewas were ranked ninth in 2010.

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Global Campus

CMU named “military friendly” sixth year in a row

For the sixth consecutive year, Central Michigan University is ranked as a “military-friendly college or university” by Military Advanced Education. More than 300 U.S. institutions were evaluated in four military-friendly categories including support, affordability, military culture and flexibility. Military Advanced Education’s 2013 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities is a “student centric” reference helping service members align colleges and universities with their own educational and career goals.

CMU’s online programs ranked highest among Michigan’s public universities

For the second consecutive year, U.S. News and World Report has given Central Michigan University high marks in its 2013 Top Online Education Program rankings. CMU’s online graduate business programs ranked No. 6 out of 213 schools offering online graduate business programs and the online graduate education programs placed No. 12 out of 208 schools on this year’s list. CMU had the highest ranking of online graduate programs of Michigan public institutions.

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University News

Kim Walters awarded more than $1 million, providing financial support for CMU Public Broadcasting's radio and television services

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting awarded Kim Walters, Central Michigan University director of development and business operations for Public Broadcasting, $801,315 for her project “Annual CPB Grant – Television 2013.” She also was awarded $274,194 for her project “Annual CPB Grant – Radio 2013.” These projects provide financial support for CMU Public Broadcasting’s radio and television services.

Traci Guinn awarded two sizable grants

Traci Guinn

The Workforce Development agency awarded Traci Guinn, Central Michigan University interim associate vice president of diversity, $120,000 for a project titled “Student Transition Enrichment Program (STEP) – FY 2013.” This project provides support services for low-income and/or first-generation students who are either attending community colleges or have transferred from a community college to CMU.

The Workforce Development agency also awarded Guinn $130,000 for a project titled “Pathways to Academic Student Success (4S) – FY 2013.” This project provides support services for low-income and/or first-generation students to achieve increased grade point averages, advancement of academic standing, acceptance into majors, and increased graduation rates.

CMU's Public Service Residential Community celebrates fall semester accomplishments

Central Michigan University’s Public Service Residential Community celebrated fall semester accomplishments at the Celebration of Student Philanthropy Dec. 7. During the event, the Public Service Residential Community awarded $5,000 to three local organizations, thanks to service learning funding provided by the Office of Academic Affairs under Interim Vice Provost Claudia Douglass.

The residential community also has raised $2,500 for Community Compassion Network by participating in two Cedar Point trips and has advocated for 14 local agencies through in-class presentations, poster displays and participation in the Student Research and Creative Endeavors event. This semester, the Public Service Residential College freshman class collectively volunteered more than 500 hours of service to the community.

Alternative Break program ranked nationally

Alternative Break program

Central Michigan University’s Alternative Break program ranked in fifth place nationally for the most trips coordinated by schools, organizing 36 trips according to Break Away, the national organization supporting the Alternative Break program. Central ranked fourth for the number of students participating in the trips, with 415 students last year. Central’s Alternative break program beat out the University of Michigan in the number of students participating in trips and Michigan State University with the number of trips sent out.

CMU leads public universities in electrical savings, receives $16,000 rebate from Consumers Energy

CMU has been awarded a rebate of $16,000 from Consumers Energy for the installation of a Central Energy Facility Chilled Water Pump Variable Frequency Drive (VFD). Central Michigan University’s commitment to being more energy efficient has made CMU Michigan’s top public university in energy and gas savings, according to Consumers Energy and DTE Energy. Since CMU’s involvement in energy savings programs began in 2009, CMU has received more than $270,000 in rebates from Consumers Energy and DTE Energy for being a leader in energy conservation.

Consumers Energy and DTE Energy began to offer rebate programs in 2008 in order to encourage customers to upgrade their energy equipment efficiency. In exchange for taking steps toward conservation of energy, Consumers Energy pays anywhere between 20 percent to 50 percent of the additional costs of making the change.

In addition to holding the greatest reduction in electric demand among universities participating in Consumers Energy's Business Solutions program, CMU also has the most paid project rebate applications, the greatest tally of expected annual energy savings and is a close second in the highest dollar amount of paid incentives/rebates received.

Central Michigan University recognized in Recovery Challenge Achievement Award

Central Michigan University leads Michigan universities in significantly reducing food waste, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Great Lakes regional office. As part of the EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge, CMU was one of six stadiums and universities honored with a Food Recovery Challenge Achievement Award.

“These sports stadiums and universities – in Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Ohio – have prevented more than 350 tons of food scraps from entering landfills,” says regional administrator Susan Hedman. “Food Recovery Challenge Achievement Award winners are using food to feed people, not landfills.”

CMU receives the Special Olympics Michigan Legacy Award

Special Olympics

As a longtime supporter of Special Olympics Michigan, Central Michigan University was honored with the Special Olympics Michigan Legacy Award. With a forty year history being the home of the Special Olympics Michigan state office, CMU faculty, staff and students have raised $114,700 since 2002 for Special Olympics Michigan athletes through icon sales and athlete sponsorships.

CMU also hosts the Michigan Special Olympics State Summer Games with faculty, staff, students and alumni putting in a helping hand to work the annual event, which attracts thousands of athletes, coaches and volunteers.

Julie Kildee awarded Administrator of the Year

Julie Kildee

Julie Kildee, principal at Holly Academy, was honored with the Michigan Association of Public School Academies Administrator of the Year Award. Holly Academy, a Michigan designated School of Excellence, is one of more than 50 charter schools authorized by Central Michigan University’s Gov. John Engler Center for Charter Schools. Kildee was chosen from more than 1,000 charter school administrators in the state.

Dan Quisenberry, president of MAPSA, says Kildee is doing a great job of preparing students for higher education and meaningful careers, which “epitomizes what charter schools are all about – quality, innovation and excellence in education.”

CMU Events Center to receive Detroit award for architecture excellence

Events Center

The Detroit chapter of the American Institute of Architecture will honor the Central Michigan University Events Center with the 2012 Building Honor Award Nov. 8 at the Celebration of Architecture event. The $22.5 million Events Center project, chosen for its “excellence in design,” was selected from approximately 50 entries.

Each year, AIA Detroit uses the Honor Awards Program to highlight examples of great design and to recognize those who have fostered or promoted excellence in architecture. The Events Center, designed by SmithGroupJJR, was chosen for being an attractive, modern addition to an older building.

“A dramatic addition wraps an unwelcoming building and gives it a bold new identity,” the awards jury said of the Events Center project, referring to the redesign and transition of the former Rose Center building. “Its simple forms, extensive use of glass and giant new portal create an inviting presence and strong campus focal point.”

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