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Awards and Highlights

Summer awards and highlights

Here’s a recap of recognition for CMU faculty, students and more from the past few months

Contact: ​Jeff Johnston


​Members of the Central Michigan University community regularly receive accolades and honors. Here's a roundup of recognition from recent months.

College presents four with Alumni Awards 

CMU's inaugural College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Alumni Awards of Distinction recognized four outstanding alumni who promote the public good, are highly skilled practitioners in their field, make a positive impact with a global reach or have contributed to our understanding of the human condition through their scholarly or creative endeavor: Eric Bartelink, Cajetan Iheka, Marcella Richardson and Emily Rickert.

Textile association honors faculty member 

Fashion, Interior Design and Merchandising faculty member Usha Chowdhary was chosen as the inaugural recipient of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists Student Chapter Faculty Advisor Award.

Literacy efforts earn recognition 

Troy Hicks, faculty member in teacher education and professional development and director of the Master of Arts in Learning, Design and Technology program, was awarded the Divergent Award for Excellence in Literacy Advocacy recognizing individuals using digital spaces to advocate for literacy, students and equity in all facets of academia.  

Competition rewards textile designers

Art Van furniture franchisee Taylor Lee honored three fashion merchandising and design students as winners of a textile print competition. Emily Doyle, Joshua Golden and Deana Lalonde designed textile prints and digitally printed the designs on fabric to create slip covers for 10 Art Van chairs that Lee provided.  

WCMU Public Media wins 2 Michigan Emmys 

WCMU Public Media's flagship televised magazine show "Destination Michigan" and documentary "Linking Land and Lakes: Protecting the Great Lakes' Coastal Wetlands" earned Emmy awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Michigan Chapter.

CMU efforts earn international recognition 

The offices of University Communications and Advancement each won international recognition for their work in 2019. The Council for Advancement and Support of Education's 2020 awards honored University Communications with its silver international Circle of Excellence Award for its multimedia/story package titled "CMU is Deep into Great Lakes Research," which published in September. The Office of Advancement won CASE's 2020 Educational Fundraising Award in the category of Overall Improvement for Public Research/Doctoral Institutions with endowments of less than $215 million.

Biology faculty members' work honored 

Two biology faculty members have been honored for their contributions to undergraduate biology education. 

Anna Monfils and Debra Linton were named Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis Mentors for their work in the fall 2019 semester. The QUBES project is a STEM higher education betterment program supported by the National Science Foundation. Its goal is to increase the effectiveness of undergraduate biology education nationwide.

Business, accounting earn reaccreditation 

The College of Business Administration and School of Accounting have extended their accreditation with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International. 
CMU is among 190 schools worldwide with both business and accounting accreditations through AACSB.

Mathematics research merits grant 

Mathematics faculty member Debraj Chakrabarti was awarded a five-year Simons Foundation Collaboration Grant for collaborative research related to Cauchy-Riemann equations. It's the second time Chakrabarti has received a Simons Collaboration grant, the first time being in 2014.

Chemistry faculty members honored 

Two chemistry and biochemistry faculty members received awards from the Midland Section of the American Chemical Society. Anja Mueller received the Promotion of Diversity in Chemistry, Related Sciences and Engineering Award. Choon Young Lee received the Outstanding College Chemistry Teaching Award.

Grant supports child health podcasts 

A $50,000 grant from the Children's Foundation will enable CMU to continue to educate health care providers, clinicians and educators on topics related to child development and the treatment and prevention of children's health issues through a podcast series titled "CMU Shifting Mindsets for Better Health!"

The podcasts are a collaborative initiative by the College of Medicine, the College of the Arts and Media, the College of Education and Human Services, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions.

Researchers headed to the Antarctic 

A team of two CMU biology researchers and two doctoral students are setting sail this month to sample marine invertebrates and microbes living in the waters off Antarctica.

Faculty members Andrew Mahon and Deric Learman will lead the CMU team that also will include students Jessica Zehnpfennig and Madeline Armstrong.  


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