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CMU awards and highlights

October awards and highlights

Here’s a recap of recognition for CMU faculty and students 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 October.

Mug-Poole-Debra-2016.jpgFaculty member earns lifetime achievement award

Psychology faculty member Debra Poole will receive a lifetime achievement award Nov. 14 at the 23rd annual Governor's Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect Summit. Poole is an expert in the social policy implications of basic research in language and cognitive development whose primary research focuses on children's eyewitness testimony and forensic interviewing of children. 

CBA students place 2nd in sales contest

A team of students from CMU's College of Business Administration placed second among 10 teams in the final round of the AT&T Sales Competition in Dallas, Texas. Each of the six team members received a $1,000 scholarship, and the team received $5,000 to fund sales-related projects targeting CMU students.

Students place 1st in HR games

Human resources management students placed first at the HR Student Games during the Michigan Society for Human Resource Management State Conference. Structured like a quiz show, the competition enables team members to leverage their course knowledge in answering questions.

Recreation programs accredited

For 37 years, CMU's recreation, parks and leisure services administration program has earned accreditation. Now, for the first time, each of the program's three concentrations — outdoor and environmental recreation, recreation and event management, and therapeutic recreation — is accredited separately.

Animating around the clock

Five animation students sat down in Wightman Hall 224 on Oct. 4 and left 24 hours later with a completed 30-second animated movie. Led by art and design faculty member Chad Bierdeman, the team worked together to complete a 2D animation titled "Spooky Siblings" for the international 24-hour Animation Contest for Students. 

Teaching the art of debate

Shae Khan, a second-year communications graduate student, traveled to Shanghai, China, over the summer to teach the art of debate. In July, Khan completed a six-week internship through Enreach Education. She spent two weeks shadowing debate instructors, two weeks as a "lab leader" for a children's camp and the last two weeks teaching students. 

Faculty win teaching innovation award

Two faculty members from the College of Business Administration have been recognized for excellence in teaching. Rebecca Dingus and Jeffrey Hoyle, who teach marketing and professional sales, received the 2019 Teaching Innovation in Sales Education Award, sponsored by the University Sales Center Alliance, at the National Conference in Sales Management.


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