Awards and Highlights - May 2014


College of Business Administration​

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The Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions

College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences

College of Science and Technology

University News

College of Business Administration​

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 2014 Top University Sales Program list. The annual list recognizes programs for preparing and placing top talent in professional sales roles. The award will be officially announced in the Sales Education Foundation’s 2014 Top University Sales Programs magazine. CMU also received this recognition in 2013.


CMU students best in the country at national Pi Sigma Epsilon Pro-Am Sell-A-Thon®


The Central Michigan University chapter of the professional sales fraternity, Pi Sigma Epsilon, recently earned top honors at the national Pro-Am Sell-A-Thon® competition. The PSE Pro-Am Sell-A-Thon® is a yearlong sales competition held at the five PSE fall regional conferences and the annual PSE National Education Foundation National Sales and Marketing Convention. The largest sales competition in the country — with more than 500 students in attendance from more than 70 universities — the primary purpose is to train and develop students in all aspects of the B2B sales process, not just in preparing them to make one sales call. CMU students who won awards include:

  • Senior Kristina Crilley from Plymouth, who won first place for top salesperson in the United States and brought home a trophy and $1,500 award, making this the second consecutive year that a CMU student has won the competition. Crilley also brought home second place honors as Top Project Manager;
  • Junior and Saginaw native Ryan Williamson took fourth place overall and won a trophy and $750 award;
  • Seniors Matt Russo from Caledonia, Jeremy Cooper from Troy, Lauren Dworzanin from Canton and Ashley Fennell from Romeo were recognized as top 20 finalists;
  • Senior Adam London from Ann Arbor helped CMU bring home the second place honors for Top Sales Project, and;
  • Junior and PSE chapter president Tyler Wallner from Lowell was awarded the $1,500 Vector Marketing Scholarship.

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College of Communication and Fine Arts​

BCA Alumni Advisory Board chair Tim Roberts named a top Large Market Program Director


Central Michigan University’s Broadcast and Cinematic Arts alumni advisory board chairperson Tim Roberts was recently named a top Large Market Program Director in the country by Radio Ink magazine. With 35 years in radio broadcasting — 34 of those as program director — Roberts is operations manager of WDZH-FM, and operating manager and program director of WOMC and WYCD for CBS in Detroit.


William Serrin inducted into Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame

William Serrin

Central Michigan University alumnus, investigative reporter and educator William Serrin, ’61, was recently inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame. The Saginaw native’s career in journalism has spanned 50 years and included work at the Detroit Free Press and The New York Times. He was inducted into the CMU Journalism Hall of Fame in 2005 and is currently a tenured professor of journalism at New York University. Serrin’s recent induction into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame recognizes him as a distinguished journalist who has advanced the legacy of a free and responsible press and influenced Michigan journalism.


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College of Education and Human Services

CMU recognized among nation’s best fashion schools


Central Michigan University’s apparel merchandising and design program earned high marks in rankings recently released from Fashion-Schools. In fashion merchandising, the program was ranked 34th nationally and ninth in the Midwest. For fashion design, the program was ranked 40th nationally and 12th in the Midwest. The criteria used in creating the rankings considered a school’s academic reputation, admission selectivity, depth and breadth of the program and faculty, value as it relates to tuition, and geographic location.


CMU senior Michelle Vanhala wins prestigious Knowles Science Teaching Fellowship


Central Michigan University spring 2014 graduate Michelle Vanhala of Big Rapids recently won a Knowles Science Teaching Fellowship. A recipient of one of 32 national awards for science, technology, engineering and math teachers, Vanhala will begin her high school teaching career with $30,000 for classroom supplies and educational advancement opportunities over the next five years. Vanhala, who earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and majored in both integrated sciences and English, is one of only three Michigan students to apply for and win the award this year. Michigan State University and the University of Michigan also had winners.


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The Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions

CMU sport management students awarded Best College Sales Program by NBA


A group of more than 20 Central Michigan University sport management students enrolled in PES 190, Introduction to Sport Management, were recently awarded Best College Sales Program among all 30 professional NBA teams by the National Basketball Association. CMU students participated in a hands-on experience in ticket sales with the Detroit Pistons and were tasked with selling game tickets at an exclusive discount to their connections to earn an interview for an internship. Junior Alex Martinez from Shepherd was the top seller and is the current intern working on the Detroit Pistons sales floor. Through the competition, the students sold 2,674 discounted tickets and generated $69,274 in revenue and had the opportunity to showcase their sport management skills in front of top executives at The Palace of Auburn Hills. They received their award at the Group Sales NBA Meeting in Orlando, Florida.


William Saltarelli honored with 2014 PCFSN Community Leadership Award


Central Michigan University School of Health Sciences professor William Saltarelli was recently selected to receive a 2014 President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Community Leadership Award. The award is given annually to individuals or organizations who improve the lives of others within their community by providing or enhancing opportunities to engage in sports, physical activities, fitness or nutrition-related programs. Recognized for his contributions in creating the Cardiovascular Health Intervention Program, an initiative that screens children for cardiovascular disease risks with the intention of promoting healthy changes, Saltarelli is one of only 44 recipients across the country to receive this award.


Chris Ingersoll receives Lifetime Contribution Award from NATA


Chris Ingersoll, dean of The Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions at Central Michigan University, will receive the 2014 Lifetime Contribution Award from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Research and Education Foundation at the NATA Convention in Indianapolis June 27. The award recognizes his service, dedication, and exemplary contributions toward the advancement and growth of the NATA Foundation.


CMU staffer Robert Brown receives an MCA-I Golden Reel Award

Robert Brown, coordinator of production and media services for The Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions at Central Michigan University, was recently honored with a Golden Reel Award at the 45th Annual Media Communications Association International Media Festival in the Sales and Marketing division for his work, “IHBI — We’re Different.” Since 1970, the festival has celebrated excellence in media communications. Golden Reel honors are highly coveted and recognized internationally for their prestige, with the name standing for creativity and advancement in technical applications.


Leslie Wallace receives Excellence in Teaching Award


Central Michigan University exercise and health sciences faculty member Leslie Wallace in the School of Health Sciences has been awarded an Excellence in Teaching Award from The National Society of Leadership and Success. The award recognizes Wallace’s efforts in creating lasting, positive change in the learning environment she creates for her students and her leadership efforts to make a better world.


Alumnus Kevin White named SportsBusiness journal Athletic Director of the Year


SportsBusiness journal has named Central Michigan University athletics administration alumnus Kevin White, ’76, Athletic Director of the Year. White is the vice president and director of athletics at Duke University, where he also is an adjunct professor of business administration and teaches a sports business course in Duke’s Fuqua School of Business as part of their MBA program. This award honors excellence in sports business and specifically recognizes White’s instrumental role in a year that saw both on-field success for Duke’s football team, which reached the ACC Championship game, and off-field influence.


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College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences

CMU named Michigan’s only neuroscience national honor society chapter


Central Michigan University has been named Michigan’s alpha chapter for Nu Rho Psi, the national honor society in neuroscience, besting the University of Michigan, who also was vying for this honor. CMU’s neuroscience program continues its rapid growth and receives applications from all around the world. Along with being the first in Michigan, the CMU chapter of Nu Rho Psi is the 42nd charter issued since the honorary was established in 2006. The university’s existing Central Neuroscience Society will partner with Nu Rho Psi to host events.

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College of Science and Technology

Veronica Barone is the American Physics Society’s June “Woman of the Month”


The American Physics Society has named Central Michigan University assistant professor of physics Veronica Barone the Woman Physicist of the Month for June. Barone was recognized for challenging her colleagues to improve their teaching and research, inspiring students to excel, and leading the department in exciting new directions. She was instrumental in designing the curricular and governance structure of CMU’s interdisciplinary Science of Advanced Materials Ph.D. program, in which she also served as a role model for the first two female students enrolled and guided the dissertation work of one, which culminated in a university wide outstanding dissertation award. Citing how she regularly includes undergraduates in her research, Barone also was acknowledged for her studies that include density functional theory-based computational studies of graphene, carbon nanotubes and the storage capacity of batteries.


Benjamin Swarts wins a Cottrell College Science Award

Yoseph Daniel

Central Michigan University assistant professor of chemistry Benjamin Swarts recently won a Cottrell College Science Award, an early career grant awarded to faculty at undergraduate institutions who encourage student participation in their real-world research. By investigating new protein identification methods, Swarts’ research team is working on understanding mycobacterial cell-wall structure and its associated relationship with proteins. Using different versions of trehalose — a sugar molecule — as a chemical tag for capturing and identifying outer-membrane proteins, Swarts hopes to be able to identify novel biomarkers for diagnostic and therapeutic research, which may aid physicians with targeted drug delivery in virulent mycobacterial species such as tuberculosis.


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University News

CMU staffer Tyrone Jordan chosen as one of the Michigan Chronicle’s 2014 Men of Excellence


Central Michigan University staff member Tyrone Jordan, executive assistant to the president for Metro Detroit Outreach, was recently named one of the Michigan Chronicle’s 2014 Men of Excellence. The award celebrates local African-American men who inspire others through vision and leadership, exceptional achievements, and participation in community service. Chosen from hundreds of nominees, Jordan was selected for his success as a businessman, community activist and philanthropist. Jordan will receive the award at a ceremony that will take place at the MGM Grand Detroit on June 13, and the Michigan Chronicle will publish a special, commemorative tabloid insert that will showcase his accomplishments and contributions.


CMU student-produced newscast wins top award


Central Michigan University’s News Central 34 recently received one of Michigan’s highest honors for a student-produced newscast — a Student Production Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Michigan Chapter for its newscast from Nov. 15, 2013. CMU and Michigan State University both received awards in the newscast category, which recognizes outstanding achievement in a regularly scheduled newscast. The awards were presented at a ceremony at Detroit Public Television in Wixom on May 17.


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