Awards and Highlights - March 2018

CMU alumni and students win music honors

Central Michigan University alumni and students took first and second place honors at the Music Teachers National Association's National Chamber Music Competition at Disney World on March 17. In first place was the University of Oklahoma's Elysian Saxophone Quartet that includes CMU alumni Jared Waters and Evan Harris and is coached by CMU alum Jonathon Nichol. In second place was CMU's Zenith Saxophone Quartet of Parker Fritz, Diego Kieliszewki, Benjamin MacDonald and Taylor Huitema.

Epstein and Monfils receive President's Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity

Faculty members Adam Epstein and Anna Monfils received the President's Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity, an award recognizing senior faculty for scholarship of national and international merit. Epstein is an internationally recognized educator in legal studies and sports law. Monfils is one of the foremost researchers of plant biodiversity and invasive species within the Great Lakes region.

Karp and Robinson receive Provost's Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity

Up-and-coming faculty members Xantha Karp and Spenser J. Robinson received the Provost's Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity, for scholarship of national and international merit. Karp has received international recognition for her research into microRNA biology with the C. elegans roundworm, and Robinson has an international reputation as a leader in sustainable real estate research.

McDonald wins Faculty Distinguished Service Award

Jim McDonald III is recognized as a faculty member with a record of sustained and distinguished service in the CMU community. McDonald has led several education initiatives, including the Great Explorations in Math and Science Center and the elementary student-oriented Family Science Nights.

Five receive Excellence in Teaching Awards

Faculty members Cheryl Geisthardt, Steven Gorsich, Karen Grossnickle, Roop Jayaraman and Thomas Kozal received Excellence in Teaching Awards, created by the Academic Senate to recognize faculty who exceed standards and expectations set forth by CMU. Kozal also received the Lorrie Ryan Memorial Excellence in Teaching Award that is given each year to a faculty member who inspires students' exemplary commitment to community service and demonstrates a profound mentorship and respect for others.