Category Archives: Central Michigan University

New CMU program bridging generation gaps

(Photo courtesy of CMU)

(Photo courtesy of CMU)

Three generations are mixing at Central Michigan University, thanks to a new program implemented this fall.

Bridges Together is a learning development program where preschoolers get to hangout with seniors 60 or older and CMU students. Continue reading

CMU student studying abroad in Paris safe, staying for remainder of semester


A Central Michigan University student studying abroad in Paris is safe, and is staying for the rest of the semester following the terrorist attacks on the city.

The student, whose name is not being released, is studying fashion merchandising and design. After Friday’s attacks, she made contact with the director of the study abroad office at CMU, Diane Desalvo. Continue reading

Police asking the public for help regarding CMU hit and run


Police are asking for the public’s help in their investigation into a fatal hit and run this past weekend near Central Michigan University.

Investigators say a group of CMU students were walking on the side of Crawford Road near the south end of CMU’s campus. Friends say they were walking back to the dorms.

Freshmen, Ryan Tsatos was struck by a vehicle. Police say he died on the scene.

The vehicle is described as a dark-colored four door sedan with passenger side damage.

Sergeant Kim Vetter is with the Michigan State Police.

“We are looking for information about the driver in the vehicle that was involved in the crash, and encourage anybody who has information to call the post at 989-773-5951.”

Published reports say Tsatos’s brother died this past July in a car crash near the family’s hometown in Macomb Township.

A Go-Fund-Me account established to raise money for funeral expenses has received donations three-times the requested amount, and is now at $32,000. Follow this link to visit the Go-Fund-Me page.

CMU receives multi-million dollar grant to expand STEM programs

Science and math camp at CMU

Science and math camp at CMU

Central Michigan University has received a five-million dollar grant to help expand STEM programs.

The donation from the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation will help create more science, technology, engineering and math programs, also known as STEM, for children ages 10 to 15. Continue reading

New partnership looks to strengthen child abuse services in Isabella County


One northern Michigan community is taking steps to strengthen child abuse services.

The Child and Family Enrichment Council, or CAFE, in Isabella County moved to Central Michigan University’s campus this fall. The center conducts forensic interviews with abused children, works with law enforcement on abuse cases and offers counseling for all members of a family. Continue reading

Governor Snyder addresses Flint water crisis

Snyder and meA technical panel is scheduled to meet this week to address the drinking water crisis in Flint.

On Friday, an action plan was announced to deal with the presence of lead in the drinking water supply. The contamination was reported after the city began getting water from the Flint River.

Governor Rick Snyder addressed criticism of his administration’s handling of the issue with CMU Public Radio’s David Nicholas…
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Lee Cockerell and doing things the Disney way

Cockerell-CMUNews_miniUnique skills are needed for many jobs, but nearly every employer looks for good customer service and leadership traits in the people they hire.

Central Michigan University this week will host a man who honed those skills at a place where seven thousand (7,000) workers need it to be perfect every day — Disney World.

Lee Cockerell is a former executive vice president of operations for the number one tourist destination in the world. And he’s the definition of a busy guy.

David Nicholas found that out when catching up with him — on the phone — as Cockerell was boarding a plane — on another round of stops before coming to share his experience with CMU students…
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The DEQ awards several grants to protect Michigan’s Great Lakes coastal wetlands

The state on Monday, August 7th, announced more than $700,000 in grants aimed at supporting coastal projects across Michigan.coastal-wetland-tobico_marsh

Central Michigan University received the largest single amount at $100,000.
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Photography class takes a snapshot of Beaver Island life

Picture captured by Melanie Mrozek during the class.

Picture captured by Melanie Mrozek during the class.

In an interesting twist on a photography class, a CMU art professor left for Beaver Island with 15 honors students and a five day lesson plan.

The students were asked to explain the narrative of day-to-day life on Beaver Island, using nothing but pictures they took on their smartphones. Continue reading

CMU prepares to host Early Childhood Summit

Central Michigan University is preparing to host what is being billed as a global summit on early childhood.

In two weeks (June 3-5), the campus will welcome policy makers, health care providers, educators and the public to a weekend event focusing on issues affecting the development of young children.
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Getting to the bottom of rising national student loan debt

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The school year winding down means graduation ceremonies are around the corner.

Whether graduating students are leaving college, or getting ready to attend, one thing on many students’ minds is student loans. Continue reading

The balancing act: College and politics

Central-Michigan-University-seal.svgAs potential presidential candidates start to gear up for the 2016 election, both parties have made it clear they want to target young voters.

A population that can be challenging to reach. Continue reading

CMU Professor named Michigan Distinguished Professor

faculty wards. President award. Gary Dunbar

Dr. Gary Dunbar has accomplished alot in his 33 years here at Central Michigan University. From being with the neuroscience program from the beginning, to seeing it become top in the nation in 2013. Continue reading

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow visits CMU for symposium

Democratic U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow delivered the keynote address at today’s “Great Lakes Science in Action” symposium at Central Michigan University.
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Longtime coach, CMU athletics legend retires

Marcy Weston (Photo courtesy Central Michigan University)

Marcy Weston (Photo courtesy Central Michigan University)

As women’s history month comes to a close, so does the career of a woman who’s had a national impact on women’s athletics.

Marcy Weston has spent the last four decades at Central Michigan University, as a women’s sports coach and administrator. She announced her retirement from CMU earlier this month.

Jeff Popovich sat down with Weston to discuss her time at Central, and he asked her how a five year gig turned into a 42-year stay in Mt. Pleasant.


Marcy: Actually I’ve had that question asked to me several times in the last few months. I came here with the option that I’d move somewhere else after five or six years and Central Michigan really gave me an opportunity to do everything I loved. Started out as a Field Hockey coach and after two years I was called in and they said, “Well you really probably don’t have a job here anymore because the field hockey coach is coming back she was getting her P.H.D” I go, “Well I can do something else” They go, “What else can you do?” I said, “Well what do you need done”? Because I wanted to make sure I kept my options open. They go, “Well we need an assistant basketball coach” I go, “I can do that” “…and a volleyball coach” I said, “I can do that”. I was an average at best volleyball player, I had never coached volleyball. So I quickly went to five volleyball clinics around the country to get more knowledgeable, and then totally lucked out with four players from the Michigan State Championship volleyball team just came to Central. We had open tryouts, and I was a good judge of talent I picked all four of them, and that was the beginning of my volleyball career. And really good athletes make coaches look really good. So that’s kind of how it started; it worked out very well, I had a good volleyball coaching career and I got to stay in basketball. Even after I got out of officiating I worked part time for the NCAA. Central always allowed me to do that as long as I got my work done. So there were a lot of crazy years in there where I didn’t have a lot of time off, but you know I was young and kind of crazy and I did it and wouldn’t have changed anything. Jeff it helped fully round me out as a coach, as an administrator, as a mentor, as a support person for other staff, and central let me do that, which is why I stayed that long. A lot of places would have said, ‘Can’t do this outside stuff’ but my athletic department knew and the president knew all those years. Those weren’t the years where you told everybody everything you did, because I didn’t want them to think if I was you know five minutes late for something its because I was doing outside work. Sometimes you’re just late.

Jeff: As you arrived here, you arrived at the same time coinciding with the debut of Title IX. So you’ve seen the growth and acceptance of women’s programs and student athletes over the decades. What’s it been like watching the impact of Title IX, and the growth of women’s athletics over the years?

Marcy: Jeff you know it’s interesting because anybody that’s spent any time looking at Title IX no one really knew the impact it would have on athletics. It was basically an educational amendment that any public or post-graduate or secondary school, if they received federal funds they had to make sure that educational opportunities were available for men and women. Boys and girls, men and women. Nobody thought about athletics, it was like can they get into med school, can they get into law school, can they get into engineering school where there was a ponderance of men, it was basically educational. Well then it wasn’t until really in the 80s where people started to go, ‘Wow…it’s also athletics. It’s also anything else you could think of’ any other program where the institution receives federal dollars. A school like Central Michigan certainly receives federal appropriation. So when it started it just happened to coincide with me being here, but again we didn’t even know those implications.

Jeff: Officiating has always been a part of your life as well, you were officiating before you even came to Central. So after decades of officiating, what does it mean to be the first woman to win the Gold Whistle Award back in 2008?

Marcy: Actually Jeff that was a major touch point in my life. I’ve been a member of NASO, National Association of Sports Officials, for twenty-five years. Just because it’s the only, everybody goes “Who would want to join an officials organization?” Obviously an official (laughs). It, in any sport, they have articles, they have support for every sport there is. So I was a member of that, I’ve been on their board of directors. I’ve done a lot of things with that group, and when the executive director called me and said, “You’ve been selected as the Gold Whistle Award” I mean, I’m very rarely at a loss for words, but I was. I go, “Barry.. It’s all guys.” He goes, “Yeah, well it’s not all guys anymore”. And I said, “Wow, I’m stunned, flattered, exuberant” I mean these are like final four officials, NFL officials, you know world series officials have had, you know and I go, “I’m a women’s basketball official” and they go, “Well we believe that the body of work and the things you do…”and I won’t go into details, but I said, “What could I say but thank you”. That was…that was huge for me I can’t even…I can’t even tell you how I felt, but it was exuberant.

Jeff: So looking throughout this extensive career, what would you say was the best part of your job throughout your career here at Central and what will you miss the most?

Marcy: Clearly working with student athletes. That is the most fun part of my job. I have said this part many times I would never want to work anywhere with all adults of any age; young, middle-aged, older, because I think it would be boring. Now maybe not because I try to find the positives in everything. But working with young people, student athletes in the formative years. I started out teaching in middle school, never was at the high school level where I might from middle school to get my masters and went to college. But the benefits of athletics, physical education, activity, sport, recreation, activity in and of itself is so valuable I think to the psyche, the development of boys and girls. Even if you’re not real good at it, there’s a value in the experience. Because I think the values you learn later in life from that you can’t quit when you’re losing. If you don’t like somebody on your team, you still got to play with them. If the coach yells at you or empowers you sometimes you don’t think you can do it, and you can. And there are all those opportunities in real life as well, but you can learn those from an early age in a sporting environment. So to me, working with young people in athletics gives them so many opportunities that they may not always view as an opportunity. They might view that they’re being like “unfairly challenged” or “unrealistically challenged” , but so many that endure and make it, they go, “I got through that. I got through that awful situation.” We were 0 and 12 and we won our last two games, so we finished 2 and 12. And it’s hard going the other way where you won and then lose at the end, but it’s still a lesson to be learned. And I think the value and coaches with young people is they can show them how you can get through tough situations. So working with young people has always been my joy.

Jeff: Well that’s good to hear Marcy, and you’ve been such an inspiration for so many people I wish you the best of luck in retirement and thanks again Marcy for talking with us today.

Marcy: My pleasure Jeff, thanks for the invitation.

CMU receives nearly 400K for invasive species research

European Frogbit

European Frogbit

CMU has been awarded nearly $400,000 to expand its work on controlling invasive species in Michigan, which was the second highest grant amount received among 19 other organizations.

According to the DNR, the grant aims to evaluate and expand management tools for invasive species in the Great Lakes.
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