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January 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 January. 

Photojournalist wins Hearst award

Competing against 127 entries from across the nation, senior Josie Norris was awarded third place in the Hearst Journalism Awards Program and earned a $1,500 scholarship.

Nominated by CMU photojournalism faculty member Kent Miller, Norris entered the competition last fall. Hearst allows only two students per school to submit work in categories for writing, photojournalism, radio, television and multimedia. 

Norris submitted eight news and feature photos she took in Mount Pleasant and in San Antonio, Texas.

Leading Michigan music students

CMU alum Katy Steklac and graduate student Corey Jahlas led music students from across the state during the 14th annual Michigan Music Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Steklac's and Jahlas' workshop, "What Does Your Application Say About You?" taught students how to create quality cover letters, résumés and digital teaching portfolios.

Award honors recreation leader

Stan Shingles, assistant vice president for university recreation, is the winner of a national collegiate recreation organization's top annual award.

Shingles received the 2019 Honor Award from NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation. 

NIRSA presents the annual Honor Award for outstanding achievements in the profession and exemplary service to the association.

Fulbright recipient heads to Paraguay

International business faculty member Mike Pisani is heading for Paraguay to complete his Fulbright Scholar award program.

Pisani was originally scheduled to spend time in Nicaragua studying the impact of micro-businesses on poverty. Instead, he will travel to Asunción, the capital city of Paraguay, and conduct cross-border business and economic research. He returns to CMU in June.


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