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December awards and highlights

Here’s a recap of recognition for CMU faculty, students and more from the past month.

Contact: ​Jeff Johnston


Central Michigan University faculty, students, staff, alumni, colleges and departments regularly receive accolades and honors. Here’s a roundup of recognition from December. 

MaloneBeach receives honor

The Gerontological Society of America named faculty member emerita Eileen MaloneBeach a GSA fellow. MaloneBeach is director of CMU’s Institute for Intergenerational Relations in the College of Education and Human Services.

GSA calls itself the world’s oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education and practice in the field of aging. A GSA fellowship is the highest class of membership and acknowledges outstanding and continuing work in gerontology.

Scholarships for SAP excellence

Students Travis Flowers, Chris Pauly and Naveen Uppu received scholarships from The Dow Chemical Co. for their outstanding achievement in an information systems course supported by SAP software.

Dow awards the $750 scholarships to students twice a year.

Awards and accomplishments in BCA

The School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts celebrated a number of recent achievements by faculty members Rick Sykes, Maggie Mayes, Kevin Campbell, Patty Williamson, Will Anderson, Eric Limarenko, Sarah Adams, Tiffani Doyel and Chris Csont.

The school also acknowledged graduate students Savanna Newton, Brittney Antonelli and Laura Shureb for serving as runners for MSNBC's “All In” with Chris Hayes on Sept. 11, 2018, in Flint, Michigan.

Burke receives national honors

April Burke, English language and literature faculty member, was named the 2018 Grammar Teacher of the Year by the Assembly for the Teaching of English Grammar, an assembly of the National Council of Teachers of English.

Burke also received the 2018 Distinguished Paper award from the Hawaii Educational Research Association and the Consortium of State and Regional Education Research Associations for her essay “Revealing the Variation in Performance of Hawaii’s Asian Pacific Islander Subgroups on the English Language Arts Smarter Balanced Assessment: Implications for Policy and Practice.”

Institute publishes faculty member’s research

The Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute published educational leadership faculty member Mark Deschaine’s article “Supporting students with disabilities in K-12 online and blended learning.”

Deschaine said his article is a direct result of directives written into the Michigan state school code, which MVLRI reports on annually.


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