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CMU summer of 2018

CMU summer progress report

From new president to partnerships to physics and more, it’s been a noteworthy season

Contact: ​Jeff Johnston

​When recounting Central Michigan University's big news stories of the summer, start at the top: the selection of Bob Davies as CMU's 15th president.

At a special formal session Aug. 3, the Board of Trustees appointed Davies to succeed President Emeritus George E. Ross. Davies, 51, had been president at Kentucky's Murray State University since 2014.

The board also made news when it voted in June to keep 2018-19 undergraduate tuition unchanged as it works to make higher education as affordable as possible. CMU has had the lowest cumulative tuition increase among Michigan's 15 public institutions over the past nine years. 

Also at the June 28 meeting, trustees approved academic organizational review recommendations that included changing the names of the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences (now College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences) and the College of Communication and Fine Arts (now College of the Arts and Media).

Here's a look at other major CMU stories you might have missed this summer.


College of Medicine full accreditation

In June, the CMU College of Medicine attained a milestone on its mission to address a shortage of physicians across Michigan and beyond.

"We are proud to have earned full LCME accreditation," said Dr. George Kikano, dean of the college. "Now we will build on our strong foundation to enhance research, further develop strategic clinical affiliations throughout Michigan and continue to establish programs that will improve the communities we serve."


'Safety is our No. 1 priority'

CMU's 22 residence halls, Graduate Housing Complex, and classroom and auditorium buildings now are equipped with new mechanical and electronic door locks and ID card readers that control access to some facilities and allow rooms to be secured from the inside in an emergency.

"Safety is our No. 1 priority," said CMU Police Lt. Mike Sienkiewicz. "We have a very safe campus and the lowest crime rates of any university in the state, yet things can happen anywhere at any time.

"We want CMU students, faculty and staff to be prepared to handle any situation and come out safe."



A crystal-clear research goal

Physics faculty member Junjie Yang is putting finishing touches on a new research lab in the Dow Science Complex as part of a quest for better, faster microchips.

"The future belongs to those who can grow materials that don't exist in nature, and CMU is on the leading edge," said Christopher Tycner, physics chair. "Think next-generation memory chips, sensors and circuits."



Boosting Michigan's public leaders

CMU is offering Michigan Municipal League members, employees and their families a 15 percent tuition discount for more than 30 academic programs.

League CEO and Executive Director Dan Gilmartin said the agreement with CMU "will help enhance the professionalism of the appointed and elected officials and staff who are guiding the growth and development of Michigan's municipalities."



Partnering for better health

The College of Business Administration and College of Medicine announced the public-private Michigan Healthcare Innovation partnership with Michigan-based BlueWater Angels Investment Network.

The entrepreneurship-focused partnership will foster educational collaboration and help create new small businesses and jobs.

"Health and life sciences make up about one-fifth of the current economy and are changing more rapidly than almost any other sector," said Ken Kousky, executive director of BlueWater Angels. "We want Michigan to be at the forefront of that growth."



Career support for a lifetime

The name change is the least of it, but CMU's Career Services now has become the Career Development Center. Its updated mission statement focuses on helping students purposefully explore career options. 

"It speaks to the whole process of why a student comes to a university," said Julia Sherlock, director of the center. "We want to help students with their own self-identity, so they can better articulate and identify where they want to grow to reach their career goals."

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