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The CMU Volunteer Center started planning Alternative Breaks in 1994. The first break took place in the spring of 1995. Erica Johnson
In FY 2016-17, the CMU Volunteer Center had 728 participations in its Alternative Breaks program.Erica Johnson
In FY 2016-17, CMU Study Abroad sent 674 students around the globe, a 5% increase over last year.Dianne Desalvo
Lunch Buddies is a mentoring program developed to help elementary students form positive attitudes about school, encourage healthy eating and exercise habits, and gain a positive role model. Shawna Ross
CMU’s International Peer Partner Program pairs exchange students with CMU students as they adjust to campus and practice English as a second language. More than 100 exchange students and CMU honors students have participated since the program started.Tracy Nakijima
RPL's Play On The Way program received the 2017 Program Innovation Award from Michigan Parks and Recreation Association.Bob Frost
As of December 2016, 93% of the 2015-16 fashion merchandising and design graduates are either working in the industry or enrolled in graduate school.  Tanya Domina
CMU family studies majors build relationships and dispel aging stereotypes in Bridges Together, Michigan’s only intergenerational program connecting children, older adults and educators through social collaboration.Eileen Malone Beach, director of CMU's Institute for Intergenerational Relations
CMU's Super Saturday program to enrich science and math skills for interested mid-Michigan elementary children. Jim McDonald
CMU's play therapy training course is the only one of its kind in mid-Michigan.Darlene Chen
STEM Education Scholars, a cohort of teacher education students, plan and host events each with a focus on science, technology, engineering,  mathematics education – or STEM Ed– topics for regional pre-K through high school students.Julie Cunningham
The fashion merchandising and design department's rigorous standards consistently earns rankings in the top 20 programs nationwide.Michael Mamp/Tanya Domina
Connections that Count has a therapy dog to help emotionally support children with special needs. Joan Hogan
The Central Michigan University Summer Reading Clinic offers customized tutoring for kids in kindergarten through 8th grade – and prepares future teachers along the way.Xiaoping Li
CMU has been sending its U.S. students to the Disney College Program since it started in 1981. More than 2,200 U.S. CMU students have taken part – more than from any other university in the country.Dean Wallin, director of CMU's Center for Leisure Services
Each year, about 200 students from all over the world enroll at CMU to take part in the Disney International College Program. CMU was one of the first universities Disney partnered with as a way to find ambitious student employees from around the globe. Dean Wallin, director of CMU's Center for Leisure Services
CMU is the only school in Gus Macker's history to be completely run by students in an undergraduate course titled "Production of Festivals and Events."Tim Otteman
CMU has one of the top 50 fashion programs nationwide and is the largest fashion program in Michigan.Michael Mamp
Erik Nilsson, a 2006 journalism alum was awarded the 2016 China Friendship Award — the highest honor bestowed upon foreign experts for their contributions to China's economic and social development.Jiafei Yin and Erik Nilsson
For the past three years, CMU’s Department of Communication and Dramatic Arts has hosted Michigan's only undergraduate communication research conference (the Michigan Undergraduate and Graduate Communication Conference).Kirsten Weber
The CMU Debate Team has placed in the Top Four at both NFA Nationals and Pi Kappa Delta Nationals in the last two years.Kirsten Weber and Joe Packer
CMU’s Department of Communication and Dramatic Arts offers the Master of Arts in Communication that received a COIS top 10 distinction for faculty research.Kirsten Weber
News Central 34 is the only university news program in the region offering both live daily evening newscasts and live morning newscasts as well.Rick Sykes
News Central 34 is seven-time recipient of the prestigious Philo T. Farnsworth, Best Newscast award.Rick Sykes
News Central 34 received an Award of Excellence from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Michigan Chapter in both 2013 and 2016. This is one of Michigan’s highest honors for a student-produced newscast.Rick Sykes
WMHW-FM is the only university with two entirely student-run FM stations.  91.5 FM is a (AAA) album adult alternative format and 101.1 FM features a Hip-hop/R& B format.Peter Orlik
Faculty member and professional street dancer Ricky “Bird” Clarkson performed in Art Prize in 2016.Bird Clarkson
CMU's costume shop has more than 50,000 costumes and accessories and more than 550 pairs of heeled women’s shoes.Ann Dasen
CMU's Summer Music Institute is an intensive six-day summer camp for high school musicians who play saxophone, oboe, bassoon, flute, clarinet, trumpet, tuba and euphonium.Lindabeth Binkley
​​In 1999, journalism professor Jiafei Yin formed a partnership with the China Daily. Ever since, CMU journalism students have had the opportunity to travel to Beijing and gain real-world experience as interns at the paper.Jiafei Yin
Andrew Dost is keyboardist in the Grammy award-winning band fun. He was a Centralis Scholar and Honors Program student. He graduated in 2005 with a degree in journalism.Alumni Association
News Central 34 is a one-hour live nightly newscast serving three Michigan counties. It has the largest news coverage area of any regularly scheduled student-produced live nightly television news broadcast in the state of Michigan. Pete Orlik
Art and design faculty member Kris Sanford's award-winning collection, titled “Through the Lens of Desire,” was recently on display at the 10th annual GETXOPHOTO festival in Getxo, Spain in 2016. Kris Sanford
CMU alumnus Larry Joe Campbell — who costarred with Belushi on the popular, long-running ABC sitcom “According to Jim” graduated from CMU in 1992 with a double major in broadcast and cinematic arts and theatre and interpretation. Alumni Association
CMU's undergraduate teacher education program received continuing accreditation for seven years by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation
CMU University Recreation offers more than 35 club sports in which more than 700 students participate in each year.University Recreation
CMU is the only university in Michigan with an undergraduate degree in microscopy. Biology department
Lily, Rose and Sophie Tibbott — identical triplets from Morris, Illinois — all begin as freshmen at CMU in the fall of 2017. Each each earned a Centralis Gold scholarship. Judy Idema, honors
CMU was among the first in the nation to create what today is our Office of Civil Rights and institutional Equity. We have fought to uphold diversity and the rights of all through this office since the 1970s.CMU Office of Civil Rights and Institutional Equity
WCMU Public Radio reaches three million people from central Michigan through the eastern Upper Peninsula and Canada.
CMU Public Broadcasting
CMU Public Television operates three separate channels from its main studios at Central Michigan University — its primary PBS channel, a 24/7 PBS Kids channel and the Create lifestyle channel.
CMU Public Broadcasting
CMU Public Television is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017.
CMU Public Broadcasting
CMU Public Television’s locally produced Quiz Central, now in its 12th year, awards $114,000 in room and board and textbook scholarships annually.
CMU Public Broadcasting
In the Society of Professional Journalists Region 4 Mark of Excellence Awards competition in March 2015, Grand Central magazine won first place for Best Independent Online Student Publication for the fifth time in six years.Al Wildey
CM Life earned the 2016 Associated College Press Pacemaker Award, a national honor, for the fourth consecutive year.Dave Clark
PR Central this year was awarded National Certification from PRSSA National. Only 30 programs in the U.S. have achieved this level.Ere Rumsey
CMU has been an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music since 1963. CMU was the seventh institution in Michigan to be accredited. Only about 600 of the 2,000 or so music units in the U.S. are NASM accredited.Randi L’Hommedieu
CMU's School of Music presents nearly 400 events each year. ​​​​John Jacobson
CMU speech-language pathology professor Janet Sturm’s First Author Writing Curriculum – the first of its kind – provides educators with a foundation from which to teach students with complex instructional needs how to write, then measure their progress.
Janet Sturm
The physics department is a member of the American Physics Society Bridge Program, a national effort to increase the number of physics Ph.D.s awarded to underrepresented students. American Physics Society
All six CMU College of Medicine graduate medical education programs have achieved full accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.
ACGME
CMU faculty member Xantha Karp has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue her research into new stem cell therapies. Xantha Karp, Biology, CST
Play on the Way is the only university-sponsored service-learning-based mobile recreation program in the United States.
Lori Irwin, RPL, CEHS
Herb Deromedi, the winningest football coach in Mid-American Conference and Central Michigan University history, has been named one of four new members on the NCAA College Football Playoff Selection Committee.NCAA
Central Michigan Life was named 2016 "College Newspaper of the Year" in the Michigan Press Association's "Better Newspaper Contest." The paper received 29 awards in the contest's 17 categories. Eleven of those were first place awards. Michigan Press Association
Mark Francek, CMU geography professor, was named the 2016 College Science Teacher of the Year by the Michigan Science Teachers Association.Michigan Science Teachers Association
Former President Barack Obama appointed alumnus Aaron Payment to serve on the National Advisory Council on Indian Education in 2015. Payment was a doctoral student in the College of Education and Human Services at the time.The White House
CMU is the first public university in the Midwest with a MakerBot Innovation Center, a large-scale 3D printing facility that focuses on arts and human services.Larry Burditt
CMU has been awarded a second $10 million grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to continue research aimed at protecting the Coastal Wetlands of the Great Lakes.EPA
Lorenzo Gonzales, a graduate of CMU's Doctor of Health Administration program, was the former Minister of Health for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Steven Berkshire
At CMU, you’ll find a student organization for every area of study Office of Student Activities and Involvement
 CMU College of Medicine students earned two of the three Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation’s Excellence in Research awards in 2015.Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
A $21 million, 46,000-square-foot CMU College of Medicine educational facility opened in May 2015 in Saginaw to train residents, students and regional health professionals. It includes a 10,000-square-foot simulation center.College of Medicine
CMU was the first in the nation to house a research lab that focuses solely on CHARGE syndrome, a rare disorder causing deafness and/or blindness, among several other serious conditions. CMU's lab is now one of two labs of its kind in the country.Tim Hartshorne
​​​​​​​Central Michigan University neuroscience professor Gary Dunbar was named a 2015 Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year, sponsored by the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan.Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan.
CMU's chapter of Epsilon Nu Tau, the nation's first entrepreneurship fraternity, was the first chapter of its kind in Michigan.Epsilon Nu Tau
On May 11, 2015, CMU was the first of several sites worldwide to raise a symbolic peace flag in support of the Korean people and the Women's Walk for Peace in Korea, kicking off an international peace demonstration.Hope May
CMU's certificate program fermentation science was the first of its kind in Michigan to provide a hands-on education focused on craft beer and the sixth such program in the United States. CMU News
CMU's annual Fleming Lecture Series brings to campus some of the world's best mathematical minds, including Sir Timothy Gowers, Terence Tao and S.R.S. Varadhan.En-Bing Lin
CMU is the only university in the region that offers an electronic media sales minor tailored to media sales preparation drawing expertise by both College of Business marketing faculty and media professors from the School of Broadcast & Cinematic Arts.
Peter Orlik
CMU speech-language pathology professor Janet Sturm has developed the First Author Writing Curriculum, the first-of-its-kind to provide systematic instruction and measure progress of the writing abilities of students with developmental disabilities.Janet Sturm
More than 8,000 employers recruit students through CMU Career Services each year.CMU Career Services
CM Life was named College Media Company of the Year by College Media Business and Advertising Managers, a national award, for its fourth consecutive year in 2017.
Dave Clark
The Steven L. Barstow Artist-in-Residence program features nationally acclaimed artists who teach, exhibit and conduct workshops on campus. Jonathon Russell
CMU’s Institute for Great Lakes Research is managing its second $10 million grant from the EPA to monitor and assess the health of Great Lakes coastal wetlands, which supports a $7.5 billion commercial and sports fishery. CMU Media Channel
CMU physics professor Marco Fornari and a six-scientist team have been awarded  $8.5 million from the U.S. Department of Defense to develop and apply computational methods to replace expensive, rare chemical elements from critical technologies. CMU Media Channel
CMU is among eight universities and six labs nationally to be part of a $15 million, five-year project gaining insights into the physics of atomic nuclei. CMU Media Channel
CMU has Michigan's first leadership minor.Dan Gaken, Leadership Institute director
The CMU Graduate Housing Apartments received the Platinum LEED for Homes designation, making CMU the first multifamily Platinum LEED for Homes building in the Midwest.U.S. Green Building Council
CMU has the first recreation, parks and leisure services administration programs in Michigan to be accredited.NRPA
The Sales Education Foundation named CMU’s Professional Sales Program to its 2017 Top University Sales Programs list for the ninth consecutive year. The annual list recognizes programs for preparing and placing top talent in professional sales roles. The Sales Education Foundation
Dr. Sandra Howell, CMU College of Medicine assistant professor and CMU Health surgeon with a breast and skin surgical services practice in Mount Pleasant, was named to the Michigan Board of Medicine by Gov. Rick Snyder in February 2014.Jim Knight
The mission of the CMU College of Medicine is to train physicians who will serve in medically underserved areas of central and northern Michigan. CMED Dean’s Executive Committee
CMU has the first accredited sports medicine (athletic training) major in the U.S. CMU athletic training students in most years achieve a 100 percent first-time pass rate on the national certification test and secure jobs right out of college.Chair of Rehab and Medical Sciences Rene Shingles
Mobile Health Central is a customized, 39-foot motor home built to serve rural Michigan residents by providing access to high-quality health care and preventative health education through community outreach efforts.CHP Dean Tom Masterson
CMU's neuroscience program is the first in the state of Michigan to have a chapter of the national honors society, Nu Rho Psi.Nu Rho Psi
CMU's undergraduate neuroscience program was ranked the 2013 Undergraduate Program of the Year by the Society for Neuroscience, the world’s largest organization of scientists and physicians devoted to understanding the brain and nervous system.Society of Neuroscience
The Michigan Association of Broadcasters has named CMU’s Moore Hall Television College Television Station of the Year for an unprecedented 15 consecutive years.
Michigan Association of Broadcasters; confirmed with Peter Orlik
CMU is one of only two universities in Michigan to have an accredited journalism program.
Al Wildey and Cindy Gall