‚Äč‚ÄčOlga J. and G. Roland Denison Visiting Professorship of Native American Studies

The Olga J. and G. Roland Denison Visiting Professorship of Native American Studies was established in 2007 through generous donations from the Denison family. The gift is used to support an endowed professorship in Native American Studies to enhance the capability of the Native American Studies Program at Central Michigan University. The program will bring in a noted scholar, artist or practitioner to CMU each year for an extended visit, ranging from one month to a full semester, to teach, research, lecture, serve the community and participate in other activities of the program.

The mission of the Native American Studies Program is to increase understanding of the historical experiences, cultural traditions and innovations, and political status of Indian peoples in the United States and Canada. The Denison Visiting Professorship of Native American Studies will help build upon the relationship between the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, CMU and the Mount Pleasant community.

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Robert and Marjorie Griffin Endowed Chair in American Government

The Robert and Marjorie Griffin Endowed Chair in American Government at Central Michigan University was established through generous gifts from Robert P. and Marjorie Griffin and numerous friends of the family. The mission of the endowment is to stimulate the political conscience of students and scholars and to help prepare principled political leaders to serve Michigan in the future.

The endowment funds the salary and associated costs of a U.S. and Michigan government expert who serves as a faculty member in CMU's Department of Political Science.  The Griffin Endowed Chair leads the university's efforts to elevate political awareness and activity among students, faculty and citizens.

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