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July 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 July.

NAACP recognizes CMU student for leadership

Australyah Coleman, a senior from Grand Rapids, Michigan, and president of CMU's NAACP chapter, received the Organizer of the Year award for Region 3 of the NAACP Youth & College Division. Coleman received the award during the organization's 110th national convention in Detroit.

CMU scores a win at Tigers game

It was CMU Night at Comerica Park, and alumni, student, faculty and administration representatives were on hand to receive the Detroit Tigers' gift of $4,650 to CMU's Alumni Gold Scholarship fund. The competitive one-time scholarship of $1,000-$2,000 is awarded annually to a maximum of three children or grandchildren of CMU graduates.

Speech language student wins funds

Ciara Nellenbach, a speech-language pathology master's degree student in the class of 2020, has received a $1,000 Students Preparing for Academic-Research Careers award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association to pursue mentored teaching and research activities.

CMU student named 2019 Soldier of the Year

U.S. Army Spc. Shayn Lindquist, a CMU student, has been named Military Times' Soldier of the Year. Lindquist, a senior from Clarkston, Michigan, didn't let his 2017 brain cancer diagnosis stop him from continuing his education, serving his country or helping others.

Aphasia work brings award

Katie Strong, a faculty member in communication sciences and disorders, has won the inaugural Tavistock Trust for Aphasia Distinguished Scholar award. She was one of four chosen.   

Scholarships funding summer study abroad opportunities

Three students — Cara Thomas, D'Shyla Hodge and Darius Washington — have been awarded the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to help fund their 2019 summer study aboard programs. 

Online course developers win honor

The American Association of University Administrators has recognized a group of staff and faculty — Pete Ross, Jeremy Bond, Phil Coffman and Barb Klocko — for a process they created to develop CMU's online courses and programs.


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