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​February 16, 2015
CMU Nominates Student to Compete for Truman Scholarship
 
          Created by Congress in 1975, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation’s purpose is to recognize college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in public service. The scholarship provides students with financial support, leadership training and a network of like-minded individuals committed to the greater good. 
 
Kelsey Friberg: Social Work
 
Kelsey Friberg -Truman.jpg          Kelsey Friberg, a Caledonia junior majoring in Social Work with a minor in Psychology is CMU's 2015 Truman Scholarship nominee.
 

          Though she is interested in social issues such as gender-based violence, women's rights and juvenile justice, Friberg has focused on human trafficking legislation, specifically sex trafficking of women and minors in the United States. Her interest began during her senior year in high school when she read a book about human trafficking, "Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery."  Learning about the horrendous realities of human trafficking, Friberg made it her mission to not only learn more information but to also become an advocate for survivors. She hopes to see sex trafficking addressed in the United States in three key ways: 1) Introducing harsher sentencing and modifying prosecution processes for perpetrators, which will be her main focus; 2) Increasing services available to survivors; and 3) Strengthening prevention strategies and programs.

          Friberg has engaged in numerous opportunities that allow her to grow within her field of study. She began as a volunteer at the Women's Aid Service, Inc. but she is now employed as a shelter advocate. In this position, she not only works as an advocate for domestic violence and sexual assault awareness, but she also directly supports clients. Her involvement with the Women's Aid Service, Inc. has had a profound impact on her life as she states, "it has changed my life…I honestly cannot express on paper the love that I have for working with these women and their children." Friberg has also volunteered with the Manasseh Project, a Sex Trafficking Trauma Recovery Center. In addition she has participated in several service trips to Durango, Mexico and Nassau, Bahamas and she will be volunteering in Phnom Penh, Cambodia this coming summer.

          Friberg has been active in many student organizations including the World Changers Student Organization. She is also President of the International Outreach Student Ministry Team with His House Christian Church and Membership Director of the Student Social Work Association. Currently, she is organizing a registered student organization focused on Anti-Human Trafficking awareness and advocacy which she plans to start in the fall of 2015. Friberg has also been a research assistant in the Social Department and Center of Applied Research and Rural Studies for the past two years, addressing issues relevant to local governments and non-profit organizations in central and northern Michigan.

          Upon graduation from CMU, she plans to pursue a Juris Doctorate and Masters of Social Work program in pursuit of Public interest law. She specifically hopes to attend a program that has a center of clinic for human trafficking, global justice or human rights.

 
 
February 13, 2015
CMU Nominates Two Students to Compete for Goldwater Scholarships
 

          The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry Goldwater, who served for 56 years as a soldier and U.S. senator. Scholarships are awarded each year to 300 college sophomores and juniors committed to pursuing research careers in mathematics, engineering, or the natural sciences.

 

Rachel Domagalski: Mathematics - Pure Mathematics Conc.
 
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          Rachel Domagalski, a Clarkston, MI junior Honors student majoring in Mathematics with a pure Mathematics concentration has been nominated by CMU to compete for a 2015 Goldwater Scholarship. Domagalski is in the Accelerated Masters of Arts in Mathematics program at Central Michigan University, completing a bachelor's degree in May 2016 and a master's degree in May 2017.

         During summer 2014, Domagalski participated in a Research Experience for Undergraduates program at Central Michigan University where she spent eight weeks studying Finite Frame Theory under the guidance of Dr. Yeonhyang Kim and Dr. Sivaram Narayan. She presented this research at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Antonio, Texas in January 2015. She also presented her findings at the Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics in Lincoln, Nebraska in January 2015. She continues to work as a research assistant for Dr. Narayan.

         Her current research project examines a type of frame called a tight frame. In mathematics, a frame can be defined as a spanning set which can be redundant and are often used to lessen the effect of losses in signal transmission. To analyze these frames, they used factor posets, with the ultimate purpose being an analysis of necessary and sufficient conditions for a poset to be a factor poset. Domagalski states she is grateful for the opportunities she has had to conduct research "in a mathematics field of my interest under the guidance of experienced mathematicians."

         In addition to conducting research, Domagalski is involved in several professional development activities. She assists with grading for Calculus I and Calculus III classes, and was a Supplemental Instruction Leader for pre-calculus in spring 2014. She is also the treasurer a mathematics honors fraternity, Kappa Mu Epsilon.

         Domagalski is motivated to pursue a career in this field by her passion for math and problem solving. She states that, "Mathematical research intrigued me because it offered the opportunity to make a difference in the world while doing what I love." Upon completion of her Master's degree, Domagalski plans to continue her studies in a Ph.D. program specializing in Number Theory of Algebra. Ultimately she plans to teach and conduct research in mathematics in a university setting.


Alyssa Shepard: Biochemistry
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          Alyssa Shepard, a Holland, MI junior Honors student double-majoring in Biochemistry and Music has been nominated by CMU to compete for a 2015 Goldwater Scholarship.

          Shepard is currently conducting research examining the intracellular breakdown of toxic tau fragments present with Alzheimer's disease under the guidance of Dr. Michelle Steinhilb. Shepard recently presented her work at the Van Andel Research Institute West Michigan Regional Undergraduate Science Research Conference (2014) and the Honors Program Research and Creative Endeavor Exhibition (2014).

          In the summer of 2014, Shepard received a Central Michigan University Summer Scholars Grants, one of only ten awarded yearly, to continue conducting research during the summer of 2014. She was also awarded an Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors Grant to help fund her research. In addition to conducting research, Shepard is involved in a number of professional development activities. She is the Vice President of Central Michigan University's chapter of the American Chemical Society and a tutor in the chemistry department.   

          Her interest in research started at a young age when her mother was diagnosed with cancer. She said that while her mother can now call herself a survivor, the experience influenced Shepard's career goals.  She has "always dreamed of dedicating my life to cancer research, so that I may help other families avoid having a loved one have to fight this disease." She also intends to pursue certification in a translational medicine program, combining laboratory research with clinical applications – such as treatment clinical trials – to provide cutting-edge care to patients.

          After completing her bachelor's degree, Shepard plans to earn a Ph.D. in Biochemistry to prepare herself for a career in cancer research or a related field. She describes her current Alzheimer's research as a means to, "prepare me for a future career in cancer research, as both are currently incurable diseases that involve intense study of proteins." 


 
January 1, 2015
CMU Nominates Three Students to Compete for Fulbright Scholarships
 
          The Fulbright program is the largest U.S. international exchange program, offering opportunities for students, scholars and professionals to increase understanding between U.S. citizens and citizens of other countries through international graduate study, advanced research and teaching. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The program operates in more than 155 countries.
 
 
Katerina Gugliotta: English Teaching Assistantship Nominee to Ukraine
 
2014 Gugliotta -Fulbright nominee.jpg          Katerina Gugliotta, a senior Honors student from Illinois  majoring in speech-language pathologist, hopes a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Ukraine will add a personally meaningful dimension to her previoius experiences abroad.
 
          Growing up close to her Ukrainian grandparents prompted Katerina to learn Ukrainian as a second language as well as engaging in a variety of activities that taught her more about the culture and country. "In Saturday school, I learned about Ukrainian history, geography and music," Katerina said. "In the Ukrainian youth group, we sang folk songs and learned more about the culture through arts and crafts, and skits and presentations."
 

          In addition to her early exposure to Ukrainian culture, she has had three significant experiences abroad that have helped prepare her for undertaking the responsitibilities associated with a Fulbright award should she be chosed to receive the honor. At age 12, Katerina participated in an educational trip to China through the national People to People Ambassador Program. She also lived with a host family in France for two weeks during high school as a foreign exchange student. Her passion for learning about cultures prompted her to complete a four month study abroad experience in Italy in her junior year of college. Each cultural experience has added something new to her skill set, whether it be navigating a language barrier, volunteering in a foreign country, developing an understanding and appreciation of cultural differences, or gaining a new perspective into the day-to-day life of another culture.

 

          "My experiences abroad have fed my desire to continue interacting with people from other cultures, and prepared me to be a cultural ambassador from a very young age," Katerina said. "Learning and teaching language has furthered my appreciation for how different and unique languages are making me excited to travel to places where I am immersed in the language." She is looking forward to working with children in Ukraine if picked for a Fulbright because the experience would be helpful in preparing her for her future career as a speech-language pathologist in either an elementary school or a rehabilitation center.

 
 
 Emily Marlow: Research Grant Nominee to Germany 
 
2014 Marlow - Fulbright nominee.jpg          Emily Marlow, a senior Honors student from Holt, Michigan got her first taste of French culture during a semester abroad in the city of Angers.

She has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright research grant and if successful she will be returning to France to conduct research on the effects of early nutritional interventions on rodent brain development. This work will contribute to the conversation about the underlying causes of obesity.

          Emily's interest in science began at an early age. "The first time I remember getting excited about science was in sixth grade when we first learned about genetics," she said. "I was intrigued by the idea that no two people have the exact same DNA."

          She followed her passion for science at CMU by studying Huntington’s disease in a rodent model at the Field Neurosciences Institute Laboratory for Restorative Neurology. During the summer of 2013 she further developed her research skills as an Office of Research and Sponsored Programs Summer Scholar by examining differences between human and mouse stem cells during Huntington’s Disease treatment.

          Emily has been involved in several medicine and science related extracurricular groups including the Nu Rho Psi National Honor Society in Neuroscience, Global Brigades, Universities Allied for Essential Medicines, and Le Cercle Francias.

          The opportunity to conduct research in France is a significant step toward Emily’s future career in medicine. She also hopes one day to work for Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), or Doctors Without Borders so an immersion experience in France where she can improve her French language speaking and writing skills will be beneficial to her long term career goals. "After I become a doctor I plan to work for MSF in a francophone African country, where French fluency will be vital for my communications with other doctors and patients," she said.

 

Mikaela Kolany: Mathematics and English

          Mikaela Kolany, a 2014 CMU Honors graduate from Naperville, IL, hopes to pursue her future career goals through an English Teaching Assistantship in France.

          "It has been my dream to teach abroad now for six years," she said. "I think that Fulbright would benefit me professionally because I can bring my knowledge of French culture back to the United States and my students in my future classroom."

          Kolany, a former math and statistics tutor, an Alternative Break leader and , and a Recreation Director for Outdoor Opportunities, has been drawn to the French culture since she was a child living next to neighbors from France.

          She has studied the French language for six years and hopes that being exposed to different teaching methods in France will be beneficial to her in the States.

          As a sophomore, Kolany was able to experience teaching abroad for a short time during a month-long study abroad trip to Togo, Africa. There, she was able to observe both math and English, as a second language, teachers at work. This experience further fueled her drive to become a teacher herself.

          "I would like to learn more about my students' life experiences so I would like to travel around the community and see the local sites," Kolany said. "I want to learn from other adults in the area the best way to connect to my students."

          Kolany has a commitment to connecting with her students currently while she teaches math at a Title 1 Middle School where her students are made up mostly of non-English speakers. Connecting to these students is not always easy, but Kolany hopes this experience will help her overseas.

          "These students have had a very different cultural experience," she said. "When I started teaching at the beginning of the year, my priority was learning more about my students' personal experiences and their culture."

 
 
April 28, 2014
CMU Student Receives Udall Foundation Honorable Mention
 
The Udall Foundation was established by Congress in 1992 to honor the public service of Morris K. Udall, and enhanced in 2009 to also honor the public service of Stewart L. Udall. Each year, the Udall foundation awards federally funded scholarships to college students committed to pursuing careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care.
 
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Amanda Slezsak, a junior from Freeland majoring in exercise physiology, has been awarded an Honorable Mention from the Udall Foundation scholarship competition. She was one of only 50 students nationwide to be awarded an honorable mention in a highly competitive scholarship competition that produced nearly 500 applications. Slezsak is the first student in CMU history to be recognized by the Udall Foundation.
 
Congratulations Amanda!
 
 
 
 
 
April 17, 2014
Two CMU Students Receive Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships 
 
The Fulbright Program is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide. The program is designed to “increase mutual understanding between people of the U.S. and people of other countries.”
 
Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Recipient - Turkey
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Sarah Alm received notification recently that she has been awarded a prestigious and highly competitive Fulbright grant. Alm, a 2013 CMU graduate from Mt. Pleasant, earned her B.A. in Music. She is one of 80 individuals from across the country, chosen from a pool of over several hundreds of applicants, to be offered an English Teaching Assistantship in Turkey.


 

 

 

Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Recipient - South Korea  

1%20Ben%20Harris%20Fulbright%20ScholarBen Harris, a senior Honors student from Allen Park, has been selected to receive a prestigious and highly competitive Fulbright grant. He is one of about 80 individuals selected from a pool of nearly 300 applicants to receive a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in South Korea.

 
 
Congratulations to both Sarah and Ben on their
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April 28, 2014
CMU Nominates Two Students to Compete for Udall Scholarships
 

Jarrod Blundy and Amanda Slezsak have been nominated by Central Michigan University to compete for one of 50 scholarships awarded each year by the Udall Foundation.

 

The Udall Foundation was established by Congress in 1992 to honor the public service of Morris K. Udall, and enhanced in 2009 to also honor the public service of Stewart L. Udall.  Each year, the Udall foundation awards federally funded scholarships to college students committed to pursuing careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care.

 

Jarrod Blundy: Outdoor Recreation

1%20J%20Blundy Jarrod Blundy, a junior Honors student from Ionia majoring in outdoor recreation has been nominated to compete for a scholarship from the Udall Foundation. He is the president of Outdoor Opportunities, a student organization dedicated to sharing their passion for the outdoors with youth, and a member of the Student Recreation Association and High Adventure Club.

 

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Amanda Slezsak: Exercise Physiology

1%20Amanda_SlezsakAmanda Slezsak, a junior from Freeland pursuing a degree in exercise physiology has been nominated to compete for a scholarship from the Udall Foundation. She is a 2013 McNair Scholar, the treasurer of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, a member of the North American Indigenous Student Organization, and has served in multiple leadership positions in the Student National Medical Association.

 

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February 10, 2014
CMU Nominates Two Students to Compete for Goldwater Scholarships
 

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry Goldwater, who served for 56 years as a soldier and U.S. senator. Scholarships are awarded each year to 300 college sophomores and juniors committed to pursuing research careers in mathematics, engineering, or the natural sciences.

Amanda Clark: Biochemistry

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Amanda Clark, a junior from Three Oaks majoring in biochemistry has been nominated to compete for a Goldwater scholarship. She is a 2013 McNair Scholar and Vice President of the CMU Student Chapter of the American Chemical Society.

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Che Ting Ho: Biomedical Engineering

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Che Ting Ho, a sophomore from Alma majoring in biomedical engineering has been nominated to compete for a Goldwater scholarship. She is a member of the Society of Women Engineers and the Science and Technology Residential College.

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November 21, 2013 
CMU Nominates Ten Students to Compete for Fulbright Scholarships
 
The Fulbright program is the largest U.S. international exchange program, offering opportunities for students, scholars and professionals to increase understanding between U.S. citizens and citizens of other countries through international graduate study, advanced research and teaching. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The program operates in more than 155 countries.
 
Sarah Alm: English Teaching Assistantship Nominee to Turkey
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Sarah Alm, a recent CMU graduate from Mount Pleasant, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Turkey. Alm, having twice traveled to Turkey, welcomes the opportunity to return to a country she describes as deeply rooted in generosity and kindness to promote cultural diplomacy. She seeks to create lasting bonds between members of foreign cultures and help bridge the gaps that divide our modern world.
 
Alm first visited Turkey in 2009 to reconnect with an exchange student she became friends with during her time at Mount Pleasant High School. Alm returned to Turkey for a second time in 2012 after receiving a grant from CMU’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. She spent two weeks conducting interviews and recording songs in Izmir, Istanbul, and Antalya to determine if similarities existed between Turkish lullabies and those of the Anishinaabemowin of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe.
Following her trip to Turkey, Alm spent four months studying French language, history, and culture at the Université Catholique de l’Ouest in Angers, France, where she received a certificate in French fluency.
Alm graduated from CMU with a bachelor’s degree in May 2013. She is currently working as an intern at the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra.
 
Sam Easter: English Teaching Assistantship Nominee to Brazil
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Sam Easter, a recent CMU Honors program graduate from Midland, has been nominated to compete for an English Teaching Assistantship in Brazil. If awarded, Easter is eager to use sports to help others, especially on an intercultural scale. He says much of his success has resulted from the discipline, self-respect, and camaraderie afforded by athletics. Easter intends to work with youth sports in Brazil to help transmit these important values across political borders.
 
During his time at CMU, Easter pursued an English major and worked in the CMU Writing Center. His experiences working with students—often internationals—on the mechanics of grammar and writing will directly translate to teaching students English in Brazil. Easter gained journalism experience working as college journalist at CMU’s student publication Central Michigan Life and as a freelance journalist for the Midland Daily News. He also participated in literature and international summer schools at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.
Easter gained experience in sports administration while serving as president of the Triathlon Club at Central Michigan University, leading the team to competitions in multiple states, and additionally served as treasurer of Outdoor Opportunities, a local student organization that aims to teach children about the outdoors. Participation in the Fulbright Program will provide him with the opportunity to use sports as cross-cultural communication and to contribute to communities across the globe.
Easter graduated from CMU with a bachelor’s degree in May 2013. He is currently working as a general-assignment reporting intern with MLive Media and the Bay City Times, and eventually plans to earn a master’s or doctoral degree.
  
Ben Harris: English Teaching Assistantship Nominee to South Korea
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Benjamin Harris, a senior Honors student from Allen Park majoring in English and History, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in South Korea. If awarded, Harris seeks to educate others about the importance of global citizenship. Everyone should be an advocate for the enforcement of international law, he says, which is a behavior that begins with the introduction of debate and civil discourse to young adults Harris is excited to work with a network of dedicated colleagues, and to encourage students to resolve disputes through debate and negotiation instead of violence.
In August 2013, Harris’ interests in peace and global justice led him to The Hague, Netherlands, where he studied the International Criminal Court under the direction of CMU Professor of Philosophy Hope May. He is currently studying at Korea University. The story of Korean judge and diplomat Yi Jun is of particular interest to Harris. He hopes to use Yi’s narrative to educate Korean students about the importance of international law. Harris knows Yi’s actions at the 1907 Hague Peace Conference are of national renown in Korea, and he wants to emphasize Yi’s determination and advocacy for peaceful arbitration to his students.
Although he is interested in history and global relations, Harris considers himself foremost a student of writing. His experience as a senior reporter for Central Michigan Life and the media relations coordinator for the CMU National Scholarship Office prompted Harris to devote considerable attention to sentence-level writing, a skill which has given him a better understanding of his native language. Through his participation in the Korean University exchange program, he spends at least eight hours per week tutoring his roommates in English. Harris is eager to continue sharing his expertise and help even more Korean students become better writers and speakers of the English language.
Harris’ future plans include earning a professional doctorate in law (J.D.).
Heather Hillman: English Teaching Assistantship Nominee to Malta Photo%20-%20Heather%20Hillman
Heather Hillman, a Port Huron senior Honors student, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Malta. If awarded, Hillman believes the experience teaching in another country will allow her to better serve her future students in the United States. She believes it is essential for teachers to be well-educated about different cultures because the backgrounds of students and teachers are often very different. Hillman feels that firsthand experiences in other cultures offer the best education and promote acceptance of diversity.
Hillman has always had a passion for travelling and has exposed herself to a variety of cultures during her time at CMU. She studied abroad at Kingston University in London, England, explored nearby Ireland and France, and completed her pre-student teaching in Oaxaca, Mexico. Hillman has also travelled to Massachusetts, Mississippi, and South Carolina as part of CMU’s nationally ranked Alternative Breaks Program.
Hillman has an obvious thirst for travelling, but her passion for serving others, especially in the classroom, is just as evident. She has volunteered weekly in a local sixth grade classroom, conducted tours of CMU for seventh grade students, served as a teacher at a week-long camp designed to help students transition into middle school, and worked as a substitute teacher. In 2010, Hillman served as a mentor to first-year CMU Honors students and participated in an Honors service learning course on Beaver Island. She welcomes the opportunity to continue serving others by working with school children, refugees, and asylum seekers in Malta.
With a major in social studies and minors in language arts and middle education, Hillman has the potential to influence the lives of students through multiple subjects. Recognition and incorporation of diversity, she says, is crucial to effective teaching and the creation of a caring classroom environment. Although almost a teacher herself, Hillman acknowledges that the children in Malta will likely teach her more about the world than she could possibly teach them.
Hillman plans to teach at the middle school level before enrolling in graduate school to earn a master's degree in an education related field.
Andrea Howard: Fulbright Research Grant Nominee to Germany Photo%20-%20Andrea%20Howard
Andrea Howard, a Coleman senior majoring in history, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright Research Grant to study American prisoners of war held under Nazi Germany’s Night and Fog policy. If awarded, Howard would like to conduct research using the archives at Buchenwald and Berga, two concentration camps that were known, or rumored, to have held American POWs, as well as investigate the possible presence of American POWs at Sachsenhausen and Dachau. Freiburg, Berlin, and Ludwigsburg, Germany also hold archives of interest for Howard.
Howard has conducted research on the popularity of National Socialism in Germany at the Anglo-American University in Prague, Czech Republic and Jewish-American POWs in Nazi Germany at CMU. The latter was published in CMU’s Humanorum journal and resulted in Howard being awarded the Shapiro Prize through CMU’s College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Studies. Howard is proficient in German and hopes to conduct her research with the help of professors from the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany, due to its location near the Buchenwald concentration camp, and at the University of Hanover in Hanover, Germany, due to its location near POW camps and archives.
After earning her bachelor’s degree, Howard intends to continue her research as a doctoral student by conducting a comparative study on American and German POWs of World War II. She believes that a comparative study would shed light on this largely unstudied facet of World War II and promote a better understanding of the past. Only through understanding of the past, believes Howard, can there be collective healing in the present.
 
 Sarah King: English Teaching Assistantship Nominee to Malaysia Photo%20-%20Sarah%20King
Sarah King, a Rockford senior Honors student majoring in Spanish, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Malaysia. If awarded, King seeks to create a mutual understanding between the people of the United States and Malaysia. She is excited to learn Malay, the national language of Malaysia, to see the world from a different perspective, and to gain a broader understanding of Eastern cultures.
 
King has several previous cultural experiences. She participated in a faculty-led service learning course in Oaxaca, Mexico in 2011. She also spent a semester studying abroad in Quito, Ecuador, an experience she describes as academically challenging and personally fulfilling. King’s commitment to public service prompted her to seek opportunities to serve others in Quito, including working at a local orphanage, where she spent over a hundred hours caring for infants. King hopes to build similar connections with the people of Malaysia and would ideally like to serve at an orphanage or childcare center to help foster early English literacy skills and encourage positive attitudes towards education.
King is currently creating benchmarks to track early elementary student progress in a Spanish immersion program and conducting research to determine which factors are contributing to student success. She also tutors university students through the English Language Institute at CMU, which has given her a better understanding of the challenges teachers face in teaching pedagogic English. These experiences have cemented her desire to continue working with children and to pursue a career as a language teacher. Teaching English abroad will be pivotal in her decision to earn a teaching certificate in the United States or continue teaching abroad.
  
Katherine Leach: French Gov. Teaching Assistantship Nominee to France
Photo%20-%20Katherine%20LeachKatherine Leach, a Saginaw senior majoring in English and French, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright French Government Teaching Assistantship in France. If awarded, Leach will use the opportunity to enhance her French language skills while providing meaningful assistance to socioeconomically-underprivileged areas in France. She also hopes to study in Angers, France, through CMU Study Abroad in the summer of 2014.
Leach earned her B.A. in English from CMU in December 2012. She is currently pursuing a B.S. in French and an M.A. in English. Her educational experiences have helped her to understand that the study of international connectivity is essential to eliminating the disparities in communication created by our increasingly globalized society. Although advancements in technology bring individuals of different nationalities together in seconds, Leach believes linguistic and cultural understanding are often lacking in these relationships.
Leach looks forward to immersing herself in French language, literature, and culture beyond her previous classroom experiences. By experiencing French culture firsthand, she hopes to return to the U.S. with an enhanced understanding of French language, dialects, politics, and issues. She hopes to integrate international ideas into domestic conversation in order to enrich the depth and breadth of American students' familiarity with the global community.
Leach intends to pursue a Ph.D. and eventually share her international perspective with students as a language instructor at an institution of higher education.
  
 Dallas Michelbacher: Fulbright Research Grant Nominee to Romania
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Dallas Michelbacher, a doctoral student from Warner Robins, Georgia, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright Research Grant to conduct dissertation research in Romanian archives. His research focuses on the forced labor of Romanian Jews during the Holocaust, a subject which has been neglected in the existing historiography of the Holocaust in Romania. The Romanian government has only recently ended its official policy of Holocaust denial, thus his research will be crucial to informing the Romanian population about this portion of their past.

Michelbacher has presented twice at the Romanian Studies Conference held annually at Indiana University and published papers in two academic journals. In 2012, he published “The Ford Motor Company in Romanian-Occupied Odessa, 1942-44,” in the Romanian Review of Eurasian Studies and “The Deportation of Ethnic Minorities to the USSR and the Romanian National Idea” in the History of Communism in Europe. He has also contributed a chapter, entitled “Anti-Semitism and Economic Regeneration: The Ustasha Regime and the Nationalization of Jewish Property and Business in Sarajevo” in the forthcoming edited volume The Utopia of Terror: Life, Death and Everyday Culture in the Ustasha State, 1941-1945. He presented this chapter at the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies Convention in New Orleans in 2012. In 2013, Michelbacher presented his research on the intellectual and political origins of anti-Semitic labor policy in interwar Romania at Indiana University.
Michelbacher has also completed language study fellowships through the American Council of Learned Societies and Title VIII, as well as completed two years of Romanian language training in preparation for his research.
Michelbacher is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in history at Central Michigan University.
 
Kathryn Steklac: English Teaching Assistantship Nominee to Macau
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Kathryn Steklac, a senior Honors student from Chelsea majoring in music education, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Macau. If awarded, Steklac looks forward to serving as a cultural ambassador for the United States and hopes to instill an appreciation for diversity in her students. Working with university students in Macau, she says, will provide her a unique opportunity to challenge herself intellectually and prepare her for a future career in an education related field.
Steklac’s interest in international education was sparked during her time spent studying abroad in Beijing, China during the summer of 2012. Upon her return to CMU, she founded International Peer Partners to connect CMU Honors Program students and international students and foster mutual understanding between cultures. In 2013, Steklac travelled to Cape Coast, Ghana where she taught English, math, and music to first grade students and facilitated a workshop on classroom management techniques for staff at the Mary Queen of Peace Catholic School.
 
In addition to her experiences abroad, Steklac has also gained extensive leadership experience through CMU's Alternative Breaks program. As a site leader, she led three week-long domestic service trips and organized issue education to increase her participants’ awareness of social justice issues. As lead site and service development chair, Steklac also coordinated twenty nine service trips, an experience that taught her the importance of adaptability and strong communication skills. Through her service and extensive experience abroad, Steklac hopes to encourage her future students to become active global citizens.

Steklac will earn her bachelor’s degree and Michigan teaching certification this December and eventually hopes to earn a Ph.D. in education.
 
 Christina White: Research Grant Nominee to Canada
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Christina White, a Traverse City graduate student studying English language and literature, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright Research Grant to study English Canadian and First Nations literature in Victoria, Canada. If awarded this grant, White plans to explore the experiences of First Nations children sent to Canadian residential schools. She plans to use First Nations memoirs as well as the literature of English Canadian author, Emily Carr, as lenses through which to understand these experiences.
Dr. Misao Anne Dean, specialist in English Canadian women’s literature, has issued Christina White an official invitation to study under her purveyance at the University of Victoria. Dr. Dean has published work on the Canadian “new woman,” an archetype that Emily Carr embodies.
As a graduate assistant, White currently teaches freshman composition at CMU. She hopes to present her Victoria research at the CMU-affiliated 2015 Human Rights, Literature, the Arts, and Social Sciences International Conference in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. She plans to teach undergraduate literature and composition in the future, placing an emphasis on English Canadian and First Nations literature.
White is currently pursuing an MA degree at CMU with a focus on Victorian literature in relation to feminist and postcolonial theory. She plans to either pursue a PhD in English literature or teach at the community college level as she delights in working with freshmen.
  
April 18, 2013
Cameron receives Goldwater Honorable Mention
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Karleigh Cameron has received a Goldwater Honorable Mention. Cameron is a junior Honors student from South Boardman majoring in applied mathematics and minoring in environmental studies.

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April 15, 2013
Hall receives Fulbright award
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Kevin Hall has received notification of the award of a Fulbright grant. Hall, a 2012 CMU graduate from Caro, earned his B.A. in History and German and is currently working toward his M.A. in History at CMU. He is one of 140 people from across the country, chosen from a pool of hundreds of applicants, to be offered an English Teaching Assistantship in Germany.

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March 2013
Coon named 2013 CMU Udall nominee
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Jaime Coon
, a Centralis Scholar, Honors student and junior from Hamilton majoring in pre-graduate biology and minoring in global justice, is CMU’s 2013 Udall Scholarship nominee.

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Feburary 2013
CMU nominates four students to compete for Goldwater Scholarship
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Karleigh Cameron, Amanda Clark, David Hicks and Randall Hoyle are CMU’s 2013 Goldwater nominees.
Each is one of the nearly 1,100 college and university students across the nation to be nominated.
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Feburary 2013
Woodke nominated to compete for Truman Scholarship
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Rebeccah Woodke, a junior Honors student and Centralis Scholar from Flushing with a major in biomedical science, has been named the 2013 CMU Truman Scholarship nominee.

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October 2012
CMU nominates four students to compete for Fulbright Program

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Megan Bauerle, Darnell Gardner Jr., Kevin Hall, and Eric Thornton are CMU’s 2013 Fulbright nominees. Each will compete for funding from the Fulbright Program to travel abroad for in-depth study in their areas of interest.

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April 19, 2012

Provost presents six students with the National Scholarship Recognition Award
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E. Gary Shapiro, Executive Vice President/Provost, presented six CMU students with the National Scholarship Recognition Award at this year’s Student Research and Creative Endeavors Exhibition.  The award spotlights student that have been named an official CMU nominee or recipient to a select group of prestigious and highly coveted national and international scholar programs.
 
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April
17, 2012
CMU student notified of Fulbright award

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Central Michigan University senior Stephanie Jaczkowski of Clinton Township has received notification that she has been awarded a Fulbright grant and was one of 10 applicants from across the nation to be offered a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Poland.

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March 14, 2012

Coon nominated to receive the 2012 Udall Scholarship
                                
 
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Sophomore Jaime Coon of Hamilton has been named the CMU 2012 Udall Scholar nominee in recognition for her dedication to environmental issues and her demonstrated commitment to a career in the environmental field. 

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February 24, 2012

Maylee nominated to compete for the national Truman Scholarship
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Erica Maylee of Mount Pleasant, a junior Honors student with a major in political science and minor in leadership, has been named the 2012 CMU Truman Scholarship nominee.

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Feb. 3, 2012

Maraskine named CMU Goldwater Scholarship nominee
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Marina Maraskine of Midland is Central Michigan University’s 2012 Goldwater Scholarship nominee.  She is one of nearly 1,100 college and university students from across the nation to be nominated for this honor.

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January 2, 2012
CMU nominates two students to compete for Fulbright Program  
 

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CMU seniors Stephanie Jaczkowski and Alex Strong have been nominated to compete for the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) Program to serve in Poland and Korea.  The Fulbright Program is regarded as the largest US international education exchange program designed to increase mutual understanding between people of the US and people of other countries. 

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October 12, 2011
Phillips named CMU Rhodes Scholarship nominee
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John Phillips of Manistee, a senior with a triple major in biology, environmental studies and history at Central Michigan University has been nominated to compete for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship and the opportunity to study at the University of Oxford in England.
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March 30, 2011
CMU National Scholarship Program underway
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April 28, 2011

Petsch named Goldwater nominee
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Junior Kevin Petsch of Commerce Township is Central Michigan University’s 2011-2012 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship nominee.  He is one of 1,095 college and university students from across the nation to be nominated for this honor.

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