CMU Journalism Hall of Fame
A public relations expert who helps drive General Motors’ message, the “voice” of University of Michigan, and the man who revitalized Detroit’s most influential creative services firm are among the media professionals being welcomed into Central Michigan University’s Journalism Hall of Fame this fall.​

On Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, in Powers Ballroom on the campus of CMU, the hall of fame will induct:

• Kelly Kolhagen Crawford, senior vice president MSL Group

• Rick Fitzgerald, director of public affairs and internal communications, University of Michigan

• Tim Smith, owner and CEO of Skidmore Studio

• Guy T. Meiss, retired CMU journalism department chair and professor

The 12th annual event also will recognize CMU’s “Young Journalist of the Year” Sean Proctor (photographer at the Midland Daily News) and the 1984-85 staff of Central Michigan Life, the university’s student newspaper. CM Life is celebrating its 95th anniversary. The 2013 CM Life staff will also be honored for winning a Pacemaker Award and being named “College Newspaper of the Year” by the College Media Business and Advertising Managers.​

The 12th Annual Journalism Hall of Fame Banquet
will be held:
Saturday, November 15, 2014, Powers Ballroom
  • 5:00 p.m.---Welcoming reception

  • 6:00 p.m.---Dinner

  • 7:00 p.m.---Induction ceremony

  • 9:00 p.m.---Dessert

Tickets: $60 adult, $30 student, or Table (seats 8) $440​

Or by mail:
Hall of Fame Tickets
Attn: Patricia Kierst
436 Moore Hall, CM Life
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859
*Tickets can be paid by check (made payable to CMU)
Or by calling:
(989) 774-3213
Tickets can be paid by credit card (American Express, Visa, Mastercard and Discover Card)
To register and pay online click here​

The Journalism Hall of Fame Endowment
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CMU: A Pre-Eminent Training Ground for Journalists
Journalism alumni agree that Central Michigan University is the state's pre-eminent school for those who want a career in newspapers, magazines, public relations, advertising, photography and countless related fields. CMU grads can be found at virtually every newspaper across Michigan, as well as at large and small media outlets throughout the country, from Detroit to New York, to Washington, D.C. and California. They are found in public relations and advertising agencies nationwide, and also in the communications and marketing departments of the world's largest corporations.

Recognition of a Proud History and Tireless Efforts
Started in 1959 by Dr. Gilbert Maienknecht, CMU's Journalism Department has nurtured and prepared more than 2,000 students to uphold the highest standards in professions that shape how the world is viewed. The CMU Journalism Hall of Fame was created by the Journalism Alumni Board; the department's faculty; Sue Ann Martin, dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts; and CMU president Michael Rao to honor the tireless efforts of alumni and faculty. Inclusion in the hall is open to those alumni and faculty who have made a difference in the world, who have remained true to the ethics and expectations modeled at CMU, and who have shown outstanding dedication to the communities they serve.

The Department of Journalism

  • Journalism and other disciplines from across campus know that important communication skills are learned by students who worked for the campus newspaper. CM Life was named the best newspaper in Michigan in 2007 by the Michigan Press Association.

  • CMU's journalism department, with the excellent support of The Dow Chemical Company, offers an exchange program with the China Daily, giving students an opportunity to work and live in Beijing. The department recently developed a partnership with the American University of Bulgaria to expand opportunities for students and faculty to study and work abroad.

  • Through a joint effort of the broadcast and cinematic arts, journalism and interpersonal and public communication departments, CMU is able to offer an integrative public relations major, preparing graduates for the expanding role of public relations practitioners.

  • Students at CMU can prepare for employment in the rapidly growing field of visual media –​ including graphic design, Web design, publications design and multimedia design – through an interdisciplinary effort of the departments of art, journalism, broadcast and cinematic arts, computer science and industrial engineering and technology.

CMU: A Strong Tradition, A Dynamic Future Since its founding in 1892, Central Michigan University has become a world class university with modern facilities and technology, comprehensive academic programs and a focus on preparing students to be responsible citizens and leaders. CMU is among the 50 largest public universities in the nation. CMU offers 150 fields of study for undergraduates and more than 100 for graduate students, including nationally known and award-winning programs in journalism, the fine arts, communication disorders, the health professions, broadcasting, psychology, the sciences, business, education and the humanities. CMU's reclassification as "doctoral/research-intensive" by the Carnegie Foundation is evidence of its educational strength. ​​​​​