Awards and Highlights - June 2014


College of Communication and Fine Arts​​

College of Education and Human Services

College of Graduate Studies

College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences

College of Science and Technology

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College of Communication and Fine Arts​

Adrienne Wiley receives Touchstone Award


Professor of piano and pedagogy Adrienne Wiley recently received the Touchstone Award from Michigan Youth Arts. Touchstone awardees represent the best teachers and advocates in art education who endow Michigan's children with a lifelong capacity for innovation. Wiley was one of two nominees by the Michigan Music Teachers Association, and winning this award also results in a nomination to serve as Michigan Teacher of the Year.


CMU undergraduate Zachary Wittman wins second place at national photojournalism competition


Photojournalism major Zachary Wittman recently won second place and a $4,000 award at the 54th annual Hearst Photojournalism Championship sponsored by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation's Journalism Awards Program. Wittman was selected to participate in the finals in Washington, D.C., where he demonstrated his photography skills in rigorous on-the-spot assignments that were decided by media and industry professionals who also judged his work throughout the year and at the competition.


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College of Education and Human Services

Kristy Shih receives SAGE Teaching Innovations and Professional Development Award


Human environmental studies faculty member Kristy Shih recently received a 2014 Teaching Innovations and Professional Development Award from SAGE, the world's largest independent academic publisher committed to the global dissemination of research. Shih will use the monetary award to attend the American Sociological Association's preconference workshop, "Civility in the Classroom," hosted by the Section on Teaching and Learning in Sociology.


CMU education faculty and administrators present research initiatives at national conference


College of Education Dean Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson, Associate Dean Elizabeth Kirby, educational leadership faculty member Barbara Klocko, and counseling and special education faculty member Holly Hoffman recently gave a collaborative presentation titled "Creating a Culture of Scholarship in a Teaching College" at the American Association of University Administrators annual conference. They discussed the college's past two years of processes related to assessment and implication of support for faculty members' scholarship and creative activity; presented many initiatives launched, such as scholarship awards, research trainings and research roundtables; and future plans.


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College of Graduate Studies

Tyler Mohr named Air Force Reserve Command Airman of the Year


Senior Airman of the 445th Airlift Wing and alumnus Tyler Mohr, '13, was recently selected as the Air Force Reserve Command 2013 Outstanding Airman of the Year. The award recognizes Mohr as the "best of the best" in the airman category. He was chosen from among the more than 70,000 Air Force Reserve men and women currently serving.


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College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences

Amy Ransom publishes book about Canadian culture and hockey


Associate professor of French Amy Ransom recently published a book titled "Hockey, PQ: Canada's Game in Quebec's Popular Culture." The book explores how Canada's national sport has been used to signify a specific Québécois identity. Click here to read Ransom's interview with the University of Toronto Press about what inspired her to write this book.


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College of Science and Technology

Phillip Medina wins a National Science Foundation GROW Award


Science of Advanced Materials Ph.D. student Phillip Medina recently won a $13,500 Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide award from the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Medina will use the money to help cover his travel and research costs to South Africa, where he will spend the next six months as part of an international research collaboration and help establish a lithium ion battery research laboratory.


Institute for Great Lakes Research scientists awarded funding for coastal wetland monitoring work


The Institute for Great Lakes Research scientists and biology faculty members Donald Uzarski and Matthew Cooper recently won a $103,069 award from the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative for their project "Developing a Decision Support System for Prioritization and Restoration of Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands." By leveraging recently collected coastal wetland monitoring data, they plan to develop a basin-wide coastal wetland prioritization tool to help wetland managers across the Great Lakes basin prioritize, protect and restore coastal wetlands.


Matthew Kobe named 2014 Michigan STEM Teaching Fellow by Governor Snyder


Gov. Rick Snyder recently named Central Michigan University alumnus and biology graduate Matthew Kobe, '11 and '14, a 2014 W.K. Kellogg Foundation Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellow. One of 43 outstanding teacher candidates, Kobe was recognized for his record of academic excellence and will receive a $30,000 stipend while completing an intensive master's-level teacher education program at Michigan State University. Once his teacher preparation is complete, he will teach classes in science, technology, engineering and mathematics for at least three years in a high-need Michigan school.


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University News

CMU Director of Residence Life Joan Schmidt receives international recognition for service


The Association of College and University Housing Officers - International recently honored Joan Schmidt, director of residence life, with their 2014 Presidential Service Award. Given by the ACUHO-I president, the award recognizes Schmidt for her consistent outstanding service and lasting impact on ACUHO-I and the campus housing profession.


Charles V. Park Library receives two awards from the American Library Association


The Charles V. Park Library staff were recently honored with two "Best of Show" awards from the American Library Association in the Advocacy category for their Michigan digital newspaper project titled "Chronicling America: Michigan Newspapers Published between 1836-1922" and in the Services and Resources category for their "Library Service/QR Code Project." Nearly 345 entries in print and electronic formats were submitted from over 110 institutions including public, academic, school, state and special libraries. Entries were judged on the quality of content, format, design, creativity and professionalism. The winning entries were displayed at the 2014 ALA annual conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.


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