Awards and Highlights - January 2016

​​​​College of Communication and Fine Arts

  • School of Music alumnus one of best band directors in the nation
    Michael Sekich was recently named among the nation's best band directors by School Band and Orchestra magazine​. Sekich, a School of Music alumnus, has been teaching for 26 years and is currently director of bands at Stevenson High School.
  • Photojournalism alumna places in Hearst Photo One Competition
    Andraya Croft, '15, placed third in the news and sports category of the Hearst Photo One Competition. The December 2015 graduate moved on to the semifinals of the competition.
  • Student-run public relations firm granted national affiliation
    PR Central, CMU's student-run public relations firm, has been granted national affiliation by the Public Relations Student Society of America for the first time since its establishment in 2001. Of the hundreds of student-run firms across the country, fewer than 30 student-run firms currently hold this honor.
  • School of Music alumnus honored as one of top 50 ensemble directors
    Jared Sessink, '14, was honored as one of the top 50 ensemble directors by School Band and Orchestra. Sessink placed third in the Solo Competition of the International Trumpet Guild Conference in 2013 and was the only U.S. trumpeter to be selected as a finalist. Jared also received a CMU Provost’s Undergraduate Research and Creative Accomplishments Award in 2014 and is now a teacher in Granite Falls Schools in Washington.
  • School of Music alumnus awarded 2016 Band Teacher of the Year
    Thomas Clair was awarded 2016 Band Teacher of the Year by the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association. Clair is in his 38th year of teaching and received both his bachelor of music education degree and master’s degree in general administration from Central Michigan University.

College of Education and Human Services

  • Child development lab receives donation from PNC Foundation
    The Child Development and Learning Laboratory has received an additional $6,000 donation from the PNC Foundation.

College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • CHSBS receives $25,000 grant from Meijer Foundation
    The College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences received a $25,000 grant from the Meijer Foundation to establish the “Meijer Visiting Writers Series at Central Michigan University.” The series is designed to bring a diverse group of nationally prominent, widely published authors of works of fiction, poetry and nonfiction to campus. While on campus, authors will give public readings from their books, lead workshops on writing and publishing for students, and respond to questions from students and community members during open Q&A sessions.
  • Philosophy and religion professor speaks at America Center Korea event
    Philosophy and religion faculty member Hope May spoke at the U.S.-Korea Relations: Legacy Series in Seoul, South Korea on January 4.
  • Political science professor to serve on Pickering Fellowship selection committee
    Political science professor Joyce Baugh has been chosen as one of four public members to serve on the 2016 Pickering Fellowship selection committee. The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program provides funding for graduate students as they prepare academically and professionally to enter the U.S. Foreign Service.

College of Science and Technology

  • Physics breaks publication record
    The Authoritative Web of Science reports 41 peer reviewed scientific articles were published by physics faculty members in 2015. This is approximately 10 percent of the papers reported for CMU. The department exceeded the record of 38 articles published in 2014.


  • Ackerman, Rogers and Shepard named Fulbright U.S. Student Program Grant semifinalists
    National Screening Committees for the Institute of International Education announced recently that CMU students Taylor Ackerman, Paige Rogers and Alyssa Shepard have been selected as semifinalists for prestigious 2016-17 Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants. Their applications have been forwarded to the appropriate supervising agencies abroad for the next stage of the competition.
  • Senior receives Emerging Woman Leader Award
    YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region I congratulates senior Charnae Sanders on being selected as the Emerging Woman Leader from Central Michigan University for the 2016 YWCA Women of Achievement Award. The YWCA Women of Achievement Award seeks to honor women between the ages of 18-25 who demonstrate emerging leadership skills and exhibited through her character, accomplishments and activities a philosophy of empowering women and commitment to the community.​​