Category Archives: Central Michigan University

CMU forum to discuss “Racism, Police, Communities”

1528_10208709380595338_8662011936619192713_nCentral Michigan University’s Speak Up Speak Out discussion series returns to campus this week. The topic is one sure to elicit strong emotions: “Racism, Police, Communities.”

Mike Horace sat down with the forum’s organizer, Dr. Liz Bradshaw of CMU’s sociology department, and student panelist Donovan Watts, to learn more. Continue reading

First step: creating cures from worms

Dr. Xantha Karp, examining her nematodes.

Dr. Xantha Karp, examining her nematodes.

More than a quarter million dollars in grant money from the National Institutes of Health was recently awarded to a microbiologist from CMU in order to bolster a certain type of stem cell research.

Dr. Xantha Karp is a CMU professor, and the lead microbiologist on this stem cell research project.
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Television broadcasters could cease operations in exchange for millions of dollars

CMU Public Broadcasting's broadcast tower in Mt. Pleasant.

CMU Public Broadcasting’s transmitter tower in Mt. Pleasant.

Beginning sometime next year, you may have to find your favorite over the air TV station on a different channel.

The Federal Communications Commission is holding an auction this spring to sell bandwidth on the TV spectrum to cell phone companies. Continue reading

The Muslim Student Association reacts to Donald Trump’s comments and the overall climate for Muslims in America

 

file000779805174For many Muslims in the United States, these are rather uncertain times… especially given the heated rhetoric coming out of the presidential race.

Ben Thorp recently sat down with three members of Central Michigan University’s Muslim Student Association to get their reaction to some of the comments made by GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump… and in particular, his comments on ‘banning Muslims’ from entering the United States.

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The Mitten Connection aims to give back to CMU & Michigan communities

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While most people get into the spirit of giving during the holidays — some Central Michigan University students have been in the giving spirit the whole year.

The non-profit Mitten Connection was created by two CMU students earlier this year. Continue reading

A new vehicle for fun

The Truck and students.

The Truck and students.

This Summer Central Michigan University is rolling out a new program aimed at getting children more active.

The program is called ‘Play on the Way’ and through it, CMU will send out a truck and trailer fully equipped with everything kids need to have fun outdoors.
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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

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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

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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

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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