May 2013

College of Business Administration

College of Communication and Fine Arts​

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College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences

College of Science and Technology

University News​


College of Business Administration

CMU Professional Sales program

CMU's Professional Sales program named a Top University Sales Program

The Professional Sales program at Central Michigan University has been named to the Sales Education Foundation's 2013 Top University Sales Program list, highlighting the 100 percent placement rate for CMU’s professional sales graduates. The annual list recognizes programs for preparing and placing top talent in professional sales roles.



ERPsim invitational championship

Four CMU students take first place at ERPsim invitational championship

A team of four Central Michigan University students edged out competition from more than 150 universities, including Purdue University and the University of Cincinnati, for the top spot at the 5th international ERPsim World Qualifying Round. Seniors Ashley Hall of Taylor, Ryan Vanneste of Washington, Jeremiah Primeau of Auburn and Nicole Ladouceur of Escanaba all played a significant role in Team Consumers Energy.

The ERPsim World Qualifying Round, sponsored by ERPsim Lab at HEC Montreal, is a competition that simulates a high-stress business environment where students must run their business using an enterprise resource planning system or a real-world integrated management system. Team Consumers Energy from CMU came in first place after making a net profit of approximately $110,000 during the qualification round.

The four CMU students will travel to Montreal to compete against nine other universities in the final round in June.

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College of Communication and Fine Arts

CMU senior awarded college newspaper Advertising Manager of the Year

Central Michigan University senior Megan Schneider of Saginaw and Central Michigan Life advertising manager was awarded Advertising Manager of the Year during the 2013 College Newspaper Business and Advertising Managers Inc. awards, making her the top college newspaper advertising manager in the country. The CM Life advertising department won 11 awards total, including second place in the College Newspaper of the Year category from the CNBAM.



Heather Polinsky

CMU faculty member wins radio award

Heather Polinsky, assistant professor in the School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts, has been honored with a 2013 Communicator Award of Distinction in the radio category from the International Academy of Visual Arts. She was awarded for “Michigan Soapbox,” the radio program she produces for CMU Public Radio.



CMU business journalism students’ project published on Forbes.com

Forbes.com recently published a project written and produced by Central Michigan University business journalism students titled “Reinventing Michigan.” The project is directed by Micheline Maynard, the Donald Reynolds Visiting Professor of Business Journalism and former Detroit bureau chief for the New York Times. The 12 students in Maynard’s journalism classes fanned out across Michigan seeking stories of reinvention, innovation and reality. The website features print, photography, video and audio presentations. The website can be accessed at reinventingmichigan.com.

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College of Education and Human Services

CMU alumna named English Teacher of the Year

Central Michigan University alumna and Shepherd High School language arts instructor Danielle Marsh was named English Teacher of the Year by the Michigan Council of Teachers of English. Marsh, a 16-year veteran educator within the Shepherd Public School District, was selected for nurturing a supportive environment, demonstrating an ability to foster excellence in English language education, and using diverse teaching methods to match student learning styles and needs.

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College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences

Paul Hernandez

Paul Hernandez honored with Elizabeth Siddall Human Rights Award from MEA

Sociology, anthropology and social work faculty member Paul Hernandez has received the Elizabeth Siddall Human Rights Award from the Michigan Education Association. Hernandez was recognized during the MEA Human Rights and Excellence Awards in Lansing.

Hernandez was honored for his development and implementation of programs that have enhanced international or intercultural awareness among educators and their students. He is the founder of College 101, a nationally recognized program that brings high school sophomores to CMU for an interactive campus experience that addresses the fears and interests of students at risk of dropping out.

In addition, Hernandez also gives talks nationally on the pedagogy he developed titled “Real Talk,” which encourages teachers to reach challenging students by connecting with them on a personal level to discuss higher education as a realistic option to overcoming personal struggles.



Jonathan Truitt

CMU history faculty member Jonathan Truitt receives CHSBS Maroon Excellence in Teaching award

Central Michigan University history faculty member Jonathan Truitt received the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences Maroon Excellence in Teaching Award. The award is presented annually to a regular CHSBS faculty member who goes above and beyond what is expected in creating exceptional learning opportunities for students. The award includes $500 for professional development materials and activities. The recipient is selected by the CHSBS Excellence in Teaching Committee, which is chaired by Marcy Taylor, CHSBS assistant to the dean, and a representative from each department within the college.



CMU English faculty member Ted Troxell receives CHSBS Gold Excellence in Teaching award

Ted Troxell, Central Michigan University English faculty member, has received the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences Gold Excellence in Teaching Award. The award is presented annually to a fixed-term CHSBS faculty member who goes above and beyond what is expected in creating exceptional learning opportunities for students. The award includes $500 for professional development materials and activities. The recipient is selected by the CHSBS Excellence in Teaching Committee, which is chaired by Marcy Taylor, CHSBS assistant to the dean, and a representative from each department within the college.



Orlando Perez

Orlando Perez published in report by LAPOP

Central Michigan University professor of political science Orlando Perez has been published in AmericasBarometer Insights Series. The report, titled “Wither Honduras? Volatile Elite Politics and Citizen Dissatisfaction,” examines “triple dissatisfied” citizens in Honduras, or citizens who express low levels of support for regime democratic values, regime institutions and regime economic performance.

AmericasBarometer Insight Series is published by the Latin American Public Opinion Project. LAPOP is an academic institution based at Vanderbilt University responsible for carrying out public opinion surveys in the Americas, currently covering 26 nations and publishing dozens of academic studies each year. Perez is a member of LAPOP’s Scientific Support Group.



Hope May

Hope May to speak at international symposium in the Netherlands

Central Michigan University professor of philosophy Hope May has been invited to speak at an international two-day symposium at the Peace Palace in The Hague. The symposium, titled “Celebrating Peace Philanthropy and Furthering Peace Education,” is organized by the International Network of Museums and Peace and will focus on global philanthropy and peace. May, also has been asked to organize a panel on the crime of war and the ICC.



John-Mark Grabow

CMU ROTC member named best cadet in Michigan

Central Michigan University senior John-Mark Grabow of Leroy was awarded the Sabre Award from the Association of the U.S. Army, recognizing him as the best cadet in the state of Michigan for his commitment to diplomacy. Grabow edged out competition from all of Michigan’s colleges and universities with ROTC programs. He was chosen for his GPA, outgoing nature and more than 500 community service hours.



Tia Hall Kyle Fink

CMU students honored by Michigan Chapter of the Society of Neuroscience

Kyle Fink of Lovell, Wyo., was honored with the Founders Award from the Michigan Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience for being Michigan’s most outstanding neuroscience graduate student. Fink edged out competition from Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Western Michigan University to achieve the award.

Additionally, senior Phillip Starski of Goodrich and senior Tia Hall of Inkster both received top honors for their undergraduate neuroscience research from MI-SFN. Starski and Hall were in competition with 33 of Michigan’s best undergraduate scientists. In the last 5 years, CMU has won nine out of the 10 awards given to Michigan’s outstanding undergraduate neuroscientists.

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College of Science and Technology

CMU staff member named Working Woman of the Year

Central Michigan University administrative clerk Teresa Judge was named Working Woman of the Year by WCFX and Members First Credit Union. Judge was selected from a group of five other finalists for her contributions to the community, workplace and those around her.



Anna Monfils

CMU Herbarium awarded grant money to create database of Michigan flora

The Central Michigan University Herbarium, an on-campus plant repository archiving more than 26,000 specimens for biodiversity purposes, received a grant from The Hanes Trust Foundation. Anna Monfils, associate professor of biology and director of the Herbarium, will use the money to build a database at CMU that will catalog 100,000 specimens from universities and wildlife refuges across the state. The database will hold high-resolution photos and represent the diversity of Michigan flora through time.



Thomas McVay

CMU biology major receives a national $30,000 research fellowship

Central Michigan University senior Thomas McVay of Morenci was honored with a highly competitive National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. The fellowship will provide him with $30,000 annually toward his graduate school expenses. McVay will be attending the University of Florida in fall 2013 where he will pursue a doctorate in interdisciplinary ecology and continue his research on the population and health of the Ozark Cavefish. NSF received more than 13,000 applications for the 2013 competition. McVay was one of 2,000 award recipients.

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity.



CMU mathematics major receives Goldwater Honorable Mention

Central Michigan University junior Karleigh Cameron of South Boardman has received a Goldwater Honorable Mention. Approximately 150 honorable mentions are awarded annually to exceptional students who are not selected as Goldwater Scholars. Cameron, an applied mathematics major, is the first CMU student to receive a Goldwater Honorable Mention in five years.

This year’s scholars and honorable mentions were chosen from a pool of 1,107 applicants.

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University News

CMU diversity initiative receives the Inclusion Cultivates Excellence Award

Central Michigan University’s “Excellence Through Inclusion,” a campaign and training initiative aimed to change the culture for diversity at CMU, has been selected to receive the 2013 College and University Professional Association for Human Resources Inclusion Cultivates Excellence Award. The award is sponsored by the Chronicle of Higher Education and recognizes institutional initiatives and programs that have made a significant impact with respect to inclusive and equitable workplace practices, particularly those that have brought about cultural change throughout the organization. The initiative will be honored at the 2013 CUPA-HR Annual Conference and Expo in October.

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