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Seniors make their mark on CMU

Seniors make their mark at CMU

Read their stories and imagine the stamps they’ll put on the world

Contact: Gary H. Piatek


​From being named the top student leader by the Society of Automotive Engineers, to being elected to public office; from helping students dress their best for job interviews, to conducting Alzheimer's disease research, playing on the men's basketball team and maintaining a 4.0 GPA; from focusing on water woes in Flint, Michigan, to conserving water on campus, this year's graduating seniors have made their mark at Central Michigan University.

Here are a few of their stories from CMU News during this past academic year. Read and be inspired!

Best dressed for career success

At career fairs and job interviews, first impressions really matter. Alicia Johnson and Holly Conner, two CMU seniors in fashion merchandising and design, are helping to outfit their peers for career success.

Filmmaking is storytelling for Flint

Don Blubaugh wanted to use his craft, filmmaking, to make a difference for the lives of people in Flint. Working with sociology faculty member Cedric Taylor, he's bringing the story of the water crisis to a national audience.

The language of friendship

Understanding the local language is key to developing relationships in the community. Chena Schlueter, Joel Liesenberg and Mackenzie Cornelison are using their skills to help English-language learners make new friends.

Mock business, real job offers

For business information systems senior Hayley Zajdel, using SAP software to practice for the annual CMU ERPsim Competition was more than just getting ready to win — it was job preparation.

Food for thought (and compost)

"We really want CMU to be a morally conscious university," Allison LaPlatt said. The senior from South Lyon, Michigan — double-majoring in environmental studies and public and nonprofit administration — served as president of the Take Back the Tap student organization and campus coordinator for Food & Water Watch.

Student joins city government

CMU senior William Joseph, from Brighton, Michigan, won a seat on the Mount Pleasant city commission in the November election, along with graduate student Kristin LaLonde, from Beal City, Michigan.

Designing with autism in mind

There is no such thing as a simple assignment for Julia Nieman. The senior from Lewiston, Michigan, is using her project to trigger conversations that could improve the lives of people living with autism spectrum disorder.

Delivering midwife awareness

Detroiter Moriah Cooper wants every woman to know the services of a midwife are among her options for childbirth. The exercise science: kinesiology major and McNair scholar researched awareness and advocacy of midwifery services in the Detroit area.

Mussel-strengthening research

Grace Henderson, from Brighton, Michigan, will spend her summer with a team of students checking the health of mussels and water in the Kalamazoo River watershed, which was devastated by an oil spill in 2010. Mussels remove contaminants from water as they filter for food.

Racing to engineering leadership

CMU Baja racing team President Ian Eickholdt, from Rochester Hills, Michigan, was chosen as the 2017 Rumbaugh Outstanding Student Leader by the Society of Automotive Engineers — the first Central Michigan University student to receive the award. He secured a job with Ford Motor Co.'s Powertrain Manufacturing Engineering Group.

Meteorology senior storms into graduate school

Emily Tinney completed her CMU academic career with a bang: The meteorology senior from Haslett, Michigan, presented her final research project findings at the state Capitol, warning of a future increase in the frequency of severe storms.


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