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Here’s a look back at the student, faculty and staff accomplishments of the past month.

March awards and highlights

Here’s a recap of great news about CMU faculty, students and staff 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 March.

CM Life named College Media Company of the Year

​Central Michigan Life was named College Media Company of the Year by the College Media Business and Advertising Managers organization for the sixth consecutive year during the 2019 National College Journalism Convention.

Scholarly pursuits: South Korea

Joshua Briscoe, a CMU senior from Limerick, Pennsylvania, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Grant to teach English in South Korea. During his Fulbright year, Briscoe hopes to develop a better understanding of Korean culture and education.

“I want to encourage all students to go abroad and learn about other cultures so they can experience some of the things that were transformative for me as an undergraduate at CMU,” he said.

Scholarly pursuits: Slovak Republic

Grace Pawluszka, a CMU senior from Warren, Michigan, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Grant to teach English in the Slovak Republic.

"This international teaching experience will not only help me develop my teaching skills in a unique setting, but also my ability to collaborate with others. My Fulbright experience will be instrumental in expanding the skills I'll use in my future career,” Pawluszka said.

Math prof earns national award

CMU statistics professor Carl Lee has been awarded the prestigious Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award by the Mathematical Association of America.

DECA gets down to business

The CMU DECA chapter won third place in four events at the Michigan Collegiate DECA State Career Development Conference.

Fifteen students representing CMU qualified to compete at the International Career Development Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Faculty member named VIP grad

​The University of Lodz in Lodz, Poland, has recognized CMU faculty member Krystyna Nowak-Fabrykowski as a VIP graduate. Nowak-Fabrykowski teaches early childhood education in the Department of Teacher Education and Professional Development.

Faculty member to lead council

The Association of Teacher Educators unanimously elected CMU teacher education and professional development faculty member Ray Francis as president of its Council of Unit Presidents during the organization's recent annual national meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. 

CMU: Selling with the Bulls

A team of CMU professional sales students placed third overall at the University of Florida’s Selling with the Bulls Competition. Students also took first place in the customer conversations and quick pitch rounds.

The competition is known as the toughest test in sales education. The competition was scored based on performance during three rounds which included cold calling, pitching and conversations with customers.

“Critical Insights: Beloved

English faculty member Maureen Eke was honored by the Toni Morrison Society for her book “Critical Insights: Beloved,” published by Salem Press.

The Toni Morrison Society recognizes authors and editors who have published works on Toni Morrison within the previous two years in two categories: best single-authored book and best-edited book.

Mock trial, real winners

​The CMU Mock Trial Team competed in the American Mock Trial Association regional competition in Ypsilanti, Michigan, in February.

Julian Moses, a second-year student majoring in real estate: development and finance with a minor in legal studies, won a top witness award, becoming the first person from CMU to win a top award.

Analyze this: buy, sell or hold

A team of five CMU finance students won first place at the CFA Institute Research Challenge and advanced to compete in the regional tournament in New York. For the competition, students prepared a 10-page analysis of their recommendation to buy, sell or hold stocks of Gentex Corp., a Michigan-based automotive manufacturing company.

Psychology of a perfect match

Five doctoral students from Central Michigan University have successfully matched for postdoctoral psychology internships. These placements are highly competitive, said Reid Skeel, director of clinical training for the psychology department.

A dozen making a difference

A dozen outstanding Central Michigan University faculty were guests of honor at the 2019 Faculty Excellence Exhibition for their research and teaching.

The event recognizes the recipients of the annual President's and Provost's awards, Faculty Distinguished Service Award, and several Excellence in Teaching Awards. 

WCMU takes home awards

​WCMU Public Media received six Michigan Association of Broadcasters Broadcast Excellence Awards for outstanding programming at the MAB annual meeting. Stations from across the state competed for the awards, which recognize the best in Michigan broadcasting.

Counseling faculty member honored

CMU counseling and special education faculty member Sheri Pickover received a national award from the American Counseling Association for her contributions to the field of counseling.

Successful publication pursuits

​Central Michigan University Libraries and the Office of the Provost  honored 15 CMU faculty, staff and emeriti for their literary contributions in 2018 at the 15th annual Book Recognition Event. Honorees are recognized for authoring, co-authoring, editing, illustrating and translating books.

Debating their way to the top

​The Central Michigan University debate team advanced to the National Forensics Association National Championship Tournament. The team has competed in 10 tournaments on its way to nationals, placing first or second in the open division of eight of them. The team has won three national titles in the past five years.

Recreation class is a slam dunk

The Mt. Pleasant Area Convention & Visitors Bureau will honor the Gus Macker 3-on-3 basketball tournament at CMU with a tourism award for its positive impact on the local economy and community.

CMU’s is the only Gus Macker tournament run entirely by students. This is the 10th year the event has been part of a recreation, parks and leisure services administration course at CMU.

Computer Science majors win awards

A group of CMU computer science majors recently brought home awards from the Midwest Collegiate Computing Conference, held this year at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

The conference’s goal is to provide college students a competitive environment to improve their skills while networking with local businesses. 

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