March 2013
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Athletics

Central Michigan University field hockey team achieves the highest GPA in country

The Central Michigan University field hockey team has achieved the highest Division I GPA in the U.S. by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association. The NFHCA Division I National Academic Team Award recognizes teams with a GPA of 3.0 or higher during the semester. The Chippewa’s averaged a 3.61 GPA. This marks the fourth consecutive season the CMU field hockey team has earned the award and the fifth time in the last six years.



Eric Fisher

CMU offensive tackle receives invitation to NFL Scouting Combine

Central Michigan University offensive tackle Eric Fisher of Rochester was one of more than 300 prospective athletes who received an invitation to participate in the 2013 National Football League Scouting Combine, held in Indianapolis, Ind. Fisher’s post-collegiate journey began in January when he impressed scouts, general managers and coaches with his performance in practices leading up to the Senior Bowl, college football’s premier pre-draft event. In March, Fisher further showcased his talents when he returned to Mount Pleasant to take part in CMU’s Pro Day.



Kara Dornbos

Softball's Dornbos selected as 2013 Senior CLASS Award candidate

Central Michigan University softball pitcher Kara Dornbos was selected as a candidate for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award. The award, which stands for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, honors NCAA Division I senior athletes in four areas: character, classroom, community and competition. Dornbos was selected to represent CMU for her play on the field and excellence in the classroom and community. She joins 29 other elite players across the nation as candidates.



CMU men's cross country program earns All-Academic recognition

Central Michigan University’s men’s cross country program earned All-Academic Recognition from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The men’s cross country team earned a combined 3.25 GPA. The team was one of five Mid-American Conference teams to win the award. The team requirements to qualify for All-Academic recognition include a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or better and at least five runners starting their respective NCAA regional championship competition.



Crystal Bradford

Crystal Bradford makes All-MAC First Team

Central Michigan University women’s basketball sophomore Crystal Bradford of Detroit has been named to the All-Mid-American Conference First Team, CMU’s first since 1993. Jessica Green, a sophomore from Belleville, was named to the All-MAC Third Team and seniors Jessica Schroll of Midland and Brandie Baker of Flint each received honorable mention accolades. The four selections receiving All-MAC honors are the most in program history.



Wrestlers Ben Bennett and Mike Ottinger claim MAC titles

Central Michigan University senior wrestler Ben Bennett of Rockford recently claimed the Mid-American Conference wrestling championship for the fourth consecutive year at the 2013 Mid-American Conference Championships, hosted by the University of Buffalo. He is the second wrestler in CMU history to achieve this honor.

Schnecksville, Penn., sophomore Mike Ottinger also won his second consecutive MAC title. Bennett and Ottinger led their team of five to earn automatic bids to the 2013 NCAA Championships March 23 through 25 in Des Moines, Iowa. CMU finished second in team standings with 88 points.



CMU women’s basketball gets NCAA Tournament bid

The Central Michigan University women's basketball team was victorious over No. 3 seed Akron in the championship game of the Mid-American Conference Tournament. The Chippewas won 86-68, earning their first NCAA Tournament bid since 1984. The team saw six players score in double figures, including 14 points each by its three seniors – Brandie Baker of Flint, Jessica Schroll of Midland and Jalisa Olive of Chicago. Sophomore Crystal Bradford of Detroit was named tournament MVP and led the team into the NCAA Tournament, where the Chippewas dropped a close game with Oklahoma, a score of 78 to 73.



Crystal Bradford

Crystal Bradford named to WBCA All-America Ballot

Central Michigan University women’s basketball sophomore Crystal Bradford of Detroit is one of 52 All-Region nominees nationwide for the 2013 WBCA Division I Coaches' All-America Team. Bradford was one of six players selected from Region IV. A committee will select the 10-member WBCA Division I Coaches' All-America Team from the pool of 52 candidates.

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College of Business Administration

Zachary Williams

Zachary Williams receives Provost's Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity

Central Michigan University associate professor of marketing and hospitality services administration Zachary Williams has received the Provost’s Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity. The Provost’s Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity was created for peers to select and recognize less experienced faculty members for scholarship of national and international merit. Williams has co-authored 20 refereed journal articles, two book chapters, three refereed proceedings and four editorial-reviewed publications highlighting his research in supply chain management. He has received nine research awards for his studies focused on relevant issues in buyer and seller relationships, employee hiring and retention, and sustainability issues. Two of his articles appeared in the Journal of Business Logistics, and one was a finalist for the best paper of the year.



John Mitchell

John Mitchell receives Faculty Distinguished Service Award from the Office of the Provost

Central Michigan University finance and law faculty member John Mitchell has received the Faculty Distinguished Service Award from the Office of the Provost. The Office of the Provost created this award in 2002 to acknowledge faculty with a record of sustained and distinguished service. Mitchell was nominated for consistently participating in the life and governance of CMU.

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College of Communication and Fine Arts

BCA alumnus Tim Roberts named top U.S. country music program director

Tim Roberts, Central Michigan University 1982 alumnus and School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts Alumni Advisory Board Vice Chair, has been named the top country music radio program director in the U.S. by Radio Ink magazine for the second year in a row. Roberts is the program director at country music radio station WYCD in Detroit.



Elina Erzikova

Elina Erzikova receives Lorrie Ryan Memorial Excellence in Teaching Award

Journalism faculty member Elina Erzikova has received the Lorrie Ryan Memorial Excellence in Teaching Award. The award is given annually to a faculty member who inspires students through exemplary commitment to community service and demonstrates a profound mentorship and respect for others. Erzikova was nominated for her dedication to building a strong sense of community within the classroom by ensuring every student’s voice is heard.



Elina Erzikova receives Excellence in Teaching Award

Central Michigan University journalism faculty member Elina Erzikova has received the Excellence in Teaching Award. The award was created by the Academic Senate to provide special recognition to faculty members who exceed the usual standards and expectations. Erzikova was nominated for applying her experience as a public relations practitioner and passion for the field to her lessons while also challenging her students to think outside the box.

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College of Education and Human Services

Instructor Ian Mull receives first place in ITAA’s “Graduate Student Best Paper”

Central Michigan University human environmental studies faculty member Ian Mull received first place in the International Textiles Apparel Association’s “Graduate Student Best Paper” competition for his work, “‘Pin’pointing the Motivational Dimensions behind Pinterest.” Mull recently completed his master’s degree in Apparel Product Development and Merchandising Technology at CMU. He will be presenting his paper at the annual ITAA conference in New Orleans.



Chris Latty

Chris Latty receives Excellence in Teaching Award from the Academic Senate

Central Michigan University child development and family studies faculty member Chris Latty has received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Academic Senate. The award was created by the Academic Senate to provide special recognition to faculty members who exceed the usual standards and expectations. Latty was nominated for possessing a wealth of knowledge and relevancy on up-to-date information.

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College of Health Professions

Leslie Wallace

Leslie Wallace receives Excellence in Teaching Award from the Academic Senate

Central Michigan University health sciences faculty member Leslie Wallace has received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Academic Senate. Wallace was nominated for providing an open-door policy, which serves as an outlet for students to receive advice and help on academics and real-life situations.

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College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences

Hope May appointed to Council of Advisers of the Global Institute for the Prevention of Aggression

Central Michigan University professor of philosophy and religion Hope May was appointed to the Council of Advisers of the Global Institute for the Prevention of Aggression. The Council is comprised of scholars, diplomats and nongovernmental advocates who share a commitment to outlawing the illegal use of force in international affairs and ensuring that aggressive war is a crime prosecutable by the International Criminal Court.



Rebecca Hayes

Rebecca Hayes receives Provost’s Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity

Central Michigan University sociology, anthropology and social work faculty member Rebecca Hayes has received the Provost’s Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity. The Provost’s Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity was created for peers to select and recognize less experienced faculty members for scholarship of national and international merit. Hayes is recognized nationally and internationally for her published work in Feminist Criminology and Violence Against Women, two of the world’s leading journals concerning sexual violence against college students. Hayes’ recent article “Why is Prostitution Criminalized?” received accolades for the top downloaded article for Contemporary Justice Review, an interdisciplinary journal for scholars, practitioners and activists around the globe.



Debra Poole

Debra Poole receives Excellence in Teaching Award from the Academic Senate

Central Michigan University psychology faculty member Debra Poole has received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Academic Senate. The award was created by the Academic Senate to provide special recognition to faculty members who exceed the usual standards and expectations. Poole was nominated for effectively integrating her roles as a scholar, scientist and educator in her classroom to encourage students to analyze and synthesize information.



Jeffrey Weinstock

Jeffrey Weinstock receives President’s Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity

Central Michigan University English faculty member and graduate program coordinator Jeffrey Weinstock has received the President’s Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity. The President’s Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity was created for peers to select and recognize outstanding senior faculty members for scholarship of national and international merit. Weinstock is a scholar of Gothic, horror and fantasy, with work covering a wide scope of American literature. During his four years at CMU, Weinstock ushered four monographs into print, managed four compilations of critical essays, edited the collected fiction of H.P. Lovecraft and generated six book chapters. He also has authored 14 publications and 17 essays while at CMU. Weinstock’s areas of expertise cover a scope of American literature including colonial, 19th-century romanticism and realism, 20th-century modernism and postmodernism, 19th- and 20th-century poetry, women’s literature, Native American literature, and African-American literature.

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College of Science and Technology

Andrew Mahon

Andrew Mahon receives Provost’s Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity

Central Michigan University biology faculty member Andrew Mahon has received the Provost’s Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity. The Provost’s Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity was created for peers to select and recognize less experienced faculty members for scholarship of national and international merit. Mahon was nominated for his cutting-edge research that is among the most advanced in molecular ecology efforts. Mahon’s research looks to understand changes in environment and how that affects the distribution and composition of living things. He is widely recognized as one of the scientists who discovered the presence of Asian carp in Lake Michigan by analyzing DNA in lake water. He has been successful in securing nine research grants totaling more than $3 million. His most recent work focuses on examining the genetic connectivity and biogeography on benthic invertebrates in the Antarctic.



Donald Uzarski

Donald Uzarski receives President’s Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity

Central Michigan University associate professor of biology Donald Uzarski has received the President’s Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity. The President’s Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity was created for peers to select and recognize outstanding senior faculty members for scholarship of national and international merit. Uzarski has been active in researching lakes and rivers with a focus on wetland ecology. Combining the highest quality of academic science with active high-level engagement in public policy, Uzarski’s research focuses on an increased understanding of wetlands and how these systems respond to natural and anthropogenic stresses. He is the director of the CMU Institute for Great Lakes Research and director of the CMU Biological Station. Uzarski has been a project investigator on 15 funded external grants for a total of $11.7 million. He has been successful in publishing 42 peer reviewed journal articles and five peer reviewed book chapters. He is the recipient of a $10 million, five-year Environmental Protection Agency grant to monitor Great Lakes coastal wetlands.



Kathy Blystone

Kathy Blystone receives Excellence in Teaching Award from the Academic Senate

Central Michigan University chemistry faculty member Kathy Blystone has received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Academic Senate. Blystone was nominated for showing her enthusiasm for the subject using real-life examples to demonstrate how chemistry impacts students’ lives daily.



CMU selects Rebeccah Woodke as 2013 CMU Truman Scholarship nominee

Central Michigan University Flushing junior and honors student Rebeccah Woodke has been selected as a 2013 CMU Truman Scholarship nominee. The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation recognizes college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in public service by providing them with financial support, leadership training and a network of like-minded individuals committed to the greater good. The foundation reviews more than 600 applicants each year and awards approximately 65 scholarships. Woodke plans to pursue a career in public health in the areas of health behavior and health education.



Anthony Chappaz

Anthony Chappaz publishes article in Environmental Science & Technology

Central Michigan University assistant professor of chemistry Anthony Chappaz has been published in the Environmental Science & Technology journal. The research article, titled “Integrating Empirically Dissolved Organic Matter Quality for WHAM VI using the DOM Optical Properties: A Case Study of Cu-A1-DOM Interactions,” was published with collaborator Jeff Curtis, professor of environmental science at University of British Columbia – Okanagan. Chappaz and Curtis provide a new method to integrate changes for the widely used software, WHAM, predicting toxicity in aquatic systems.



Mona Sirbescu

Journal article written by CMU faculty is one of Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology’s most downloaded

A 2008 journal article by Central Michigan University associate professor of geology Mona Sirbescu, geology faculty member Jim Student and CMU geology alumna Emily Hartwick had the highest number of weekly downloads during the first week of January 2013, according to the Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology journal's website.

Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology is an international journal that accepts high-quality research papers in the fields of igneous and metamorphic petrology, geochemistry and mineralogy. With a five-year impact factor of 3.900, the journal ranks second highest in the category of 26 mineralogy journals.



Brad Fahlman

Brad Fahlman selected as 2013 International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry Young Observer

Central Michigan University chemistry professor Brad Fahlman has been selected as a 2013 International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry Young Observer. The National Academy of Sciences selects outstanding U.S. chemists under the age of 45 with interests and expertise related to the work of IUPAC. The program has supported more than 200 scientists. As a selected Young Observer, Fahlman will attend the 44th IUPAC World Chemistry Congress and 47th IUPAC General Assembly from August 8 through 16 in Istanbul.



Jennifer Bergner

Biology graduate Jennifer Bergner earns honors at international symposium

Central Michigan University biology graduate student Jennifer Bergner received honorable mention for best student presentation at the Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society symposium for her talk “Spatially explicit genetic structure of two unionid species, Lampsilis cardium and Lasmigona costata, in the central Great Lakes.” The symposium was held in Guntersville, Ala. Bergner was one of four CMU students who attended the symposium.



CMU selects Jaime Coon as 2013 Udall Scholarship nominee

Central Michigan University has selected junior Jaime Coon of Hamilton as the 2013 Udall Scholarship nominee for the second consecutive year. She was nominated for her demonstrated excellence and devotion to environmental policy.

The Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation awards approximately 50 scholarships up to $5,000 to outstanding sophomore and junior college students committed to careers in environmental or Native American policy.



Four students named CMU's 2013 Goldwater Scholarship nominees

Central Michigan University has selected four students as 2013 Goldwater Scholarship nominees. Junior Karleigh Cameron of South Boardman, sophomore Amanda Clark of Buchanan, junior David Hicks of Farmington Hills and junior Randall Hoyle of Midland were nominated for demonstrating excellence in the fields of mathematics, engineering and natural sciences.

The premiere undergraduate award is given to approximately 300 college sophomores and juniors nationwide. Nominees are judged by their career objectives and potential to make a significant contribution to their fields.

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University News

Central Michigan University announces winners of the Provost’s Assessment Incentive Award

The Central Michigan University Provost’s Assessment Incentive Award committee has recognized four departments and programs for their use of assessment data to improve their programs.

The Provost’s Assessment Incentive Award was created to encourage the use of assessment data to improve academic programs. Funds awarded by the provost are matched by the appropriate dean’s office.

This year, the CMU Provost’s Assessment Incentive Award committee has presented a full $5,000 stipend to:

  • Faculty member Jeffrey Smith and Chairman Peter Orlik of the School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts
  • Faculty member Denise Webster and Program Director Rene Shingles of the athletic training education program

In addition, the committee has presented a partial $3,000 stipend to:

  • Faculty member Annette Thornton of the music theatre program
  • Faculty member Maureen MacGillivray and Chairwoman Megan Goodwin of the apparel merchandising and design program



CMU's McNair Scholars Program receives five-year funding from the U.S. Department of Education

Central Michigan University’s McNair Scholars Program received more than $1.1 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Education despite the elimination of more than 50 McNair Scholars programs across the nation due to reduced federal funds. The McNair Scholars Program, named in honor of astronaut Ronald E. McNair who died as a result of the explosion on space shuttle Challenger in 1986, works to assist low income, first generation and underrepresented college students in pursuing their doctoral degrees. Since CMU’s inaugural class in 1999, the program has served more than 140 students.



CM Life

CM Life nominated for seven Society of Professional Journalists awards, wins eight Michigan Press Photographers Association awards

Central Michigan Life has been nominated for “The Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper” award from the Society of Professional Journalists. CM Life also has been nominated for six other awards from SPJ in editorial writing and photography. The winners will be announced at the SPJ Region 4 Spring Conference in Dayton, Ohio, in April. CM Life has previously won first place awards at SPJ.

CM Life also won eight awards in the 2012 Michigan Press Photographers Association competition, including all three top spots in the College Photographer of the Year award. Novi sophomore Zach Wittman was named College Photographer of the Year, followed by CMU alumni Mike Mulholland of Lakeview and Ashley Miller of Farmington Hills.

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