Submission Rules: 

The Museum of Cultural and Natural History at Central Michigan University is seeking selfies from current and past students, staff, faculty and alumni for an exhibit celebrating the founding of Central Michigan University 125 years ago in 1892. "CMU Around the World," a new exhibit featuring selfies about how your time at CMU has shaped your life will be featured in an exhibit in the Museum corridor in Rowe Hall on CMU's Mount Pleasant campus.

To have your selfie qualify for the exhibit, you must be a current or past CMU student, faculty, or staff, or a CMU alumnus.  When you send the selfie you must include:

  • Your first and last name
  • Your degree and/or major
  • The year(s) you graduated/studied/worked at CMU
  • The location where the photo was taken
  • *Optional but suggested statement: Description of the selfie and/or a short statement about how your time at CMU has impacted your life.

You may submit multiple pictures.

Selfies including other people must include emails from each person in the selife giving permission for printing. Without express permission from every person in the selfie, the selfie will not be considered for print. 

Selfies that violate CMU's mission statement*, depict illegal activities or are otherwise demeaning to a people or culture will not be accepted.

How to submit your pictures:

  • Email to cmuseum@cmich.edu with the information outlined above,
  • subject line SELFIE,
  • EXTENDED to August 31, 2017. 

 *CMU's Mission Statement (November 1999):  To develop, encourage and promote a positive campus environment that enhances the underlying principles as well as the stated policies of affirmative action, diversity, and equal access for all, without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, height, weight, marital status, familial status, disability, veterans status, sexual orientation, or political persuasion, except where such a distinction is required by law.

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​Changing Waters: Environmental Research in the Great Lakes
On display in the main gallery
Rowe Hall 124 (view map)​

The Museum of Cultural and Natural History exhibit "Changing Waters: Environmental Research in the Great Lakes" is on display 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in Rowe Hall. The exhibit includes the "Great Lakes Adventure" gallery offering fun, hands-on activities for children. Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the museum at 989-774-3829 or cmuseum@cmich.edu. The museum is closed on university holidays and breaks.

Students give research new life

Project provides scholars worldwide online access to CMU’s natural history collections
CMU senior Dakota Camarena organizes exhibit specimens in the Museum of Cultural and Natural History bird collection.  

​Dakota Camarena isn't the scientist who delved into the lynx found west of Higgins Lake in February 2000, but the Central Michigan University senior is making sure researchers worldwide have access to this specimen and tens of thousands more available at CMU's Museum of Cultural and Natural History.

Camarena is one of four CMU students who are uploading museum collection data to provide online access to the university's diverse biological collections. This endeavor brings otherwise largely unknown specimens to the attention of countless biological researchers.

"There are a lot of valuable research specimens here," said Camarena, a Mount Pleasant native majoring in biology and geology. "It will be cool to know I was one of the people who gave new life to these specimens."

Many CMU scholars in biology, when they're finished with their research projects, give their meticulously documented specimens to the museum for use in research, teaching, and public interpretation or exhibition. Making specimens included in the museum's collections of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish and insects available online is something biology faculty member and natural history curator Kirsten Nicholson has wanted to do for nearly a decade.  

Nicholson began working with her students more than three years ago to develop a collections inventory and prepare it for uploading to the online Global Biodiversity Information Facility. They spent last fall posting the mammal research collection data online. The amphibian, reptile, bird and fish collection data should be uploaded within the next year.

Museum Studies specimens 

The entire zoological collection was built over the last 50 years and consists predominantly of specimens typically found in the Great Lakes region. Researchers from academic institutions can access information about the collection and then, if needed, are loaned specimens, tissues or samples for their respective projects.

Making such research resources available further solidifies CMU’s positioning as a leader in Great Lakes research, Nicholson said.

"The strength of our collections is in the Great Lakes basin, so we're a natural complement to people conducting this kind of research," she said. "CMU will be a partner in documenting the evolutionary history of the Great Lakes."

In addition to supporting researchers worldwide, Museum of Cultural and Natural History Director Jay Martin said having such information online will benefit CMU students and faculty as well.

"CMU students and faculty will be able to easily search museum biological collections and use these resources to support their own research," said Martin, who also directs CMU's museum studies program within the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences. "The process of making the collections accessible also gives our students in museum studies, cultural resource management and related fields important experience in research and museum methodology."

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