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February 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 February.

Leading county health

CMU Health's Dr. Najibah Rehman has been appointed medical director of the Saginaw County Health Department.

As the top physician for Saginaw County, Rehman will serve as a liaison among the county, community organizations, health care providers and allied health organizations. She will continue to see patients at CMU Health while working with county health care providers to improve patient care and screening for preventable diseases.

Financially fluent finalists

Two CMU students are finalists in the International Association of Registered Financial Consultants' 2019 Financial Plan Competition.

The plan by the team of seniors Nick Urban and Drake Uplinger was one of three finalists selected from 56 submissions. They will present their plan in the final round at the IARFC annual conference in Nashville, Tennessee, in March.

Theater festival attendees

Eight students and theatre faculty members Ann Dasen and Paul Collins attended the regional Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Madison, Wisconsin.

KCACTF brings together students from colleges and universities throughout the United States. The program provides students an opportunity to compete, enjoy productions and participate in workshops.

Educational leadership celebrated

The American College Personnel Association Foundation has named educational leadership faculty member Anne Hornak a 2019 Diamond Honoree. The Diamond Honoree program recognizes nominees for their outstanding and sustained contributions to higher education and student affairs.

Hornak teaches courses in theories, ethics, student affairs administration and social justice at CMU. She has served ACPA in many different roles since joining the organization in 1997.

CETL wins online course design award

The American Association of University Administrators honored CMU's Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning with a 2019 AAUA Exemplary Models Award for its innovative online cohort course design process.

Awards will be presented June 6-7 at the 2019 Leadership Seminar in Detroit. AAUA also invited CMU's contingent to present a slide show at the seminar.

Saving the world with software

Junior business information systems major Sarah Miller recently won first place in the SAP Social Hero Viz-a-thon competition.

The competition challenges participants to use SAP analytics software to gather data relevant to a United Nations sustainability goal. Participants use data to create charts and graphs and develop a blog post suggesting ways SAP could be used to achieve the goal. Miller's submission focused on United Nations' health and well-being goals.

Grad student's paper honored

A paper written by Sabrina Saba Marsha while she was a fashion merchandising and design graduate student at CMU was selected as a finalist in the Herman and Myrtle Goldstein Graduate Student Paper Competition.

Marsha's paper compares fiber contents of a T-shirt brand for air permeability, bursting strength, dimensional stability and horizontal wicking. The paper also was published by The International Journal of Polymer and Textile Engineering.

School of Music successes

Students and faculty in the CMU School of Music started 2019 with an abundance of achievements. The school recently recognized the accomplishments its community has made so far this year.

Highlights include performances and awards related to 10 faculty members and five students or student groups.


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