June 2013

College of Business Administration

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University News​

College of Business Administration

CMU finance students

CMU finance students score among highest worldwide on Bloomberg Aptitude Test

Central Michigan University finance students scored well above the worldwide average on the Bloomberg Aptitude Test, an assessment for students who want to pursue a career in the financial markets or business world. Thirty-three senior finance majors took the 100-question test with no advance knowledge of what the test would include. The average scores of the CMU students were higher in virtually every category than those from students around the globe, including Europe, the Middle East, Africa, North and South America, and Asia. The students can upload their resumes and their test scores to the Bloomberg website, where they are viewed by prospective employers all over the world.


CMU business students are world champions in ERPsim competition

Four Central Michigan University SAP business management software students are world champions after winning the 5th annual International ERPsim Competition. Seniors Ashley Hall of Taylor, Ryan Vanneste of Washington, Jeremiah Primeau of Auburn and Nicole Ladouceur of Escanaba competed against teams from 156 universities around the world to qualify for the final round. The team won CMU’s first annual ERPsim Invitational competition on campus this spring.

ERPsim is a simulated competition replicating a high-stress business environment by using SAP, the worlds leading business enterprise software. CMU was among ten teams who competed virtually from their campuses.


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College of Graduate Studies

Roger Coles

Roger Coles elected as Chair of World Leisure Organization

Roger Coles, interim dean of Central Michigan University’s College of Graduate Studies, has been elected as chair of the World Leisure Organization by its board of directors. The WLO is an international association of people and organizations dedicated to fostering conditions that permit leisure to serve as a force for human growth, development and well-being. Previously, Coles has held positions with the WLO, including the program manager for educational services, chair of the program committee, ad hoc committee and as a two-term member of the board of directors. His three-year term will begin Oct. 12.


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College of Health Professions

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CMU 2012 physician assistant students pass PANCE exam with outstanding results

The Central Michigan University 2012 class of physician assistants has received a 100 percent first-time pass rate on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam. PANCE is a computer-based, multiple-choice exam that assesses basic medical and surgical knowledge. The national first-time pass rate across the nation is 91 percent. PANCE, developed by the National Board of Medical Examiners, is now maintained and administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.


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College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences

David Jesuit

CMU political science professor David Jesuit presents in Germany

David Jesuit, Central Michigan University professor of political science and director of the School of Public Service and Global Citizenship, co-presented a paper titled “Fiscal Redistribution in Comparative Perspective: Recent Evidence from the Luxembourg Income Study Datacenter” at a conference in Cologne, Germany. The international conference, titled “Leviathan after the Boom: Public Finance in the Industrialized Western Countries since the 1970s,” was held in June and was sponsored by Humboldt University.


Prakash Adhikari

CMU political science professor Prakash Adhikari’s dissertation recognized as the best of the year

Prakash Adhikari, Central Michigan University assistant professor of political science, received the Tom L. Popejoy Dissertation Prize. Dissertations nominated for the prize are considered by a panel of judges for excellence at the highest academic and technical level, good literacy form, and general human interest. Prakash’s research, funded by the National Science Foundation, also was highlighted in a widely read political science blog, “Monkey Cage,” in May 2013.


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College of Science and Technology

CMU physics professor Kathrin Wimmer helps discover pear-shaped atomic nuclei

Central Michigan University assistant professor of physics Kathrin Wimmer was part of an international team of nuclear physicists who found that some atomic nuclei can assume asymmetric pear shapes. The researchers’ findings, which could be key to understanding the Big Bang Theory’s creation of a massive imbalance between matter and antimatter, were published as the cover story in the May 9 issue of Nature, a weekly international journal of science.


CMU teacher education students plan new science mentoring series

Central Michigan University senior Elizabeth Moore of Oxford, senior Amber Millis of Holly, senior Christina Wills of Lapeer and sophomore Natasha Gabara of Cadillac used their knowledge as science education students to develop and deliver a seven-week science learning experience for local elementary school students at the Mount Pleasant Discovery Museum. The series was an installment in the Science is Fun! mentorship program.


Philip Squattrito

CMU chemistry professor Philip Squattrito chairs the American Chemical Society regional meeting

Philip Squattrito, a Central Michigan University chemistry professor, chaired the 2013 Central Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society — the first time the meeting has been held at CMU. The three-day event, themed “Building Blocks for a Sustainable World,” welcomed approximately 600 chemists to CMU’s campus in May.


CMU students place second statewide and 29th internationally at engineering competition

Central Michigan University engineering students ranked second in the state and 29th in the world at the Baja Society of Automotive Engineers 2013 Collegiate Design Series competition in Cookeville, Tenn. Approximately 100 universities from across the globe participated, including the University of Michigan, Johns Hopkins University, Ferris State University, Cornell University, Michigan State University and Purdue University.

Teams were tasked with fundraising, designing and building an off-road vehicle that would survive races in diverse terrains. Members of the CMU team included Shelby Township graduate Anthony Bolek, Middleville senior Ryan Brew, Wellston senior Travis Bussell, Almont senior Michael Grundnor, Temperance senior Megan Leonard, Swartz Creek senior Garrett Mancillas, Alpena senior Daniel Matash, Farmington Hills sophomore Derek Donovan, Livonia sophomore Michael Gollin, Livonia sophomore Nicholas Nelson and Osseo sophomore Jesse Smith.


Phillip Medina

CMU student receives a National Science Foundation Research Fellowship

Central Michigan University graduate student Phillip Medina of Mount Pleasant received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, which recognizes outstanding graduate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. The highly competitive award provides $30,000 per year to help cover his graduate studies at CMU where he plans to continue his research on lithium-ion batteries. Medina was one of approximately 2,000 recipients from a pool of 13,000 submissions.


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University News

Tammy Griffin

Tammy Griffin to present at the 2013 Health Enhancement Research Organization Forum

Tammy Griffin, manager of Central Michigan University’s Health and Wellness program, was selected to present a “How To Do It” workshop at the 2013 Health Enhancement Research Organization Forum Sept. 24 to 26 in Orlando. The 75-minute workshop will focus on CMU’s journey toward a culture of health and the outcomes that have significantly impacted employees’ health and well-being and health care costs at CMU.

HERO is a national leader in employee health management research. After becoming a HERO Think Tank member in December 2012, CMU has had an opportunity to join other employers impacting and shaping the future of employee heath management research, including The University of Michigan, Michigan State University, DTE Energy and Health Media.


Susie Rood

Susie Rood certified as ADA Coordinator

Susie Rood, director of Central Michigan University’s Student Disability Services, completed the Americans with Disabilities Act Certification Program, making her a certified ADA Coordinator. ADA-CP certification verifies that participants have completed training in required content areas and have in-depth knowledge of ADA issues. The program, which includes more than 66 hours of study, is comparable to a doctoral degree. There are more than 130 ADA Coordinators in the nation and 17 working in higher education.


CMU’s online program ranked among top in nation for veterans

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Central Michigan University among the nation’s top universities in its inaugural ranking of Best Online Programs for Veterans. CMU’s online graduate business and education programs both placed second on the list. These new rankings are designed to help veterans and people in the U.S. armed forces find programs that best suit their needs. CMU has recently been named to Military Advanced Education’s 2013 list of “Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities” for the sixth consecutive year.


President George E. Ross

CMU President named 2013 Man of Excellence by the Michigan Chronicle

Central Michigan University President George E. Ross was recently honored at the 6th annual Men of Excellence program in Detroit. Ross, the 14th president of CMU, was selected for the award by the readership of the Michigan Chronicle as one of Michigan’s most influential African-Americans based on his career success and for inspiring others through vision, leadership, exceptional achievement and service to the community. He is particularly noted as an advocate for students for his vision to make higher education more accessible and for his leadership in preparing CMU to address jobs of the future. Ross, who became CMU president in 2010, has had a 27-year career in higher education leadership.


Princeton Review names CMU to 2013 list of 322 green colleges

Princeton Review has listed Central Michigan University in its 2013 Guide to 322 Green Colleges. The annual listing demonstrates the university’s commitment to maintaining a culture of sustainability throughout campus. Princeton Review’s guide highlights CMU’s priority of sustainability on campus from energy, construction, food, and waste. CMU’s energy conservation initiatives have saved the university more than $2.8 million annually. The review evaluates colleges and universities throughout the nation and selects the top 15 percent of green schools for its annual list.


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