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CMU quotes of 2017

Quotes of 2017 tell a CMU story

From big news to Little Miss Flint, people had a lot to say about the university

Contact: CMU News

We all know about a picture’s worth in words, but the right words can paint pictures, too.

Some of the more interesting quotes from the past 12 months reveal a lot about the Central Michigan University experience and journey in 2017. Here’s a closer look:

“It was honestly the most powerful weekend of my life and the most powerful experience I’ve ever had, as a normal citizen and definitely as a journalist.” — Kate Carlson, Jan. 23

Carlson, CM Life editor and senior from Lapeer, Michigan, traveled to Washington, D.C., to cover the presidential inauguration.

“CMU will be a partner in documenting the evolutionary history of the Great Lakes.” — Kirsten Nicholson, Jan. 24

Nicholson, biology faculty member and natural history curator, discussed the digitization of collection data for the CMU Museum of Cultural and Natural History.

“Right here, right where I go to college, there are people around me who are voiceless. For me it’s about being that voice.” — Mary Ann Franks, Feb. 1

A community health education major and senior from Newaygo, Michigan, Franks talked about her internship at Isabella County Restoration House.

“CMU is changing the face of health care in the state, in this moment.” — Dr. George E. Kikano, March 17

Kikano, dean of the College of Medicine, summed up the college’s first-ever Match Day, when all 62 medical students in the graduating class received placements for residency training.

“We’ll get to do the things we each want to do — that’s going to be a new thing for us.” — ​Case Trevino, April 26

The teen from Bath, Michigan, enrolled in CMU together with his triplet siblings, Katelyn and Cole.

“Design is a global profession. The potential for collaboration and competition is not just down the street, it’s half a globe away.” — Stephen Skorski, May 24

Skorski, a CMU interior design faculty member, explained the importance of an intercultural partnership with a Chinese university.

“I said to myself that one day I want to be where the rules are made.” — David Rutledge, June 28

The former Michigan legislator, CMU’s sixth Robert and Marjorie Griffin Endowed Chair in American Government, told how being a target of racism sparked his dream of becoming an elected official.

“You’ve proven once again that our university will face tremendous obstacles from time to time — and always rise above them.” — CMU President George E. Ross, June 30

Ross praised the response of university staff who helped the campus recover quickly from severe flooding.

“I met the right people who took an interest in me and saw something in me. I fell into the right crowd, and that really made my college experience.” — ​ Jennifer Peacock, July 26

A senior from Clare, Michigan, Peacock is a McNair Scholar and Alternative Breaks proponent who shared her experience as a first-generation college student.

“There are two kinds of leaders. You’re either a good one or a bad one. Everybody is capable of being a leader, and this program and the Leadership Institute here at CMU helps all of our students discover how to be the best one they can be.” — Steve Jaksa, Aug. 23

CMU’s head baseball coach encouraged his incoming players to participate in Leadership Safari.

“Now you’re leaving high school and coming to a professional business environment.” — Chuck Crespy, Aug. 28

The College of Business Administration dean celebrated the reopening of the renovated and expanded Grawn Hall.

“When we sit in a room with lawmakers, we have to put a dollar sign on things.” — Donald Uzarski, Sept. 19

Biology instructor Uzarski, director of CMU’s Institute for Great Lakes Research and the CMU Biological Station on Beaver Island, explained one task of the growing research institute.

“It was absolutely overwhelming. It was all worth it.” — Hillary Breiler, Oct. 9

Breiler shared her family’s experience as her toddler son, Harlan Lafferty, heard for the first time when the Carls Center for Clinical Care and Education audiology clinic at CMU activated his cochlear implants.

“I believe in the transformational power of education and its value to society.” — Elizabeth Ross, Oct. 17

CMU’s first lady promoted the CMU Women’s Connection and its endowed scholarship focusing on single parenthood.

“Collaboration makes the whole team very powerful. I don’t want to see everything from one side. Looking at a problem from different aspects helps.” — Bhairavi Srinageshwar, Oct. 25

The neuroscience graduate student pointed out one advantage of an interdisciplinary research effort targeting Huntington’s disease.

“What? No way!” — Mari Copeny, Nov. 6

Also known as “Little Miss Flint,” Copeny reacted with excitement after President George E. Ross told her CMU was offering her a four-year, $25,000 scholarship.


“Numerous experiences, events, people and professors throughout my time at Central have helped to build me into the person that I am today.” — John McCarty, Dec. 5
McCarty, a senior, reflected on his success doing Alzheimer’s disease research, playing CMU basketball and maintaining a 4.0 GPA.

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