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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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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.
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
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
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 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'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
More than 8,000 employers recruit students through CMU Career Services each year.CMU Career Services
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
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
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