LIFE IN BRIEF: Hinck named CCFA associate dean

Hinck named CCFA associate dean

Shelly Schaefer Hinck, a Central Michigan University communication professor, has been named associate dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts. Her position is effective July 1. Hinck has been at CMU for more than 20 years and has held positions as assistant, associate and full professor. “We are extremely excited to have Shelly join our administrative team as associate dean,” said Salma Ghanem, dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts, in a statement.

All-you-can-eat taco dinner

The Alpha Gamma Delta women’s fraternity hosts its annual taco dinner from 4 to 9 p.m. today at its 607 S. Main St. home. Tickets are $5 in advance and $6 at the door and include all-you-can-eat tacos and nachos. Proceeds will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. For more information, call 772-0412.

48-hour film competition

The National Broadcasting Society 48-hour film competition takes place this weekend. Participants will have 48 hours to create a short movie which will be shown April 29 in the Charles V. Park Library Auditorium. The movies must include five elements which will be announced at noon Friday. Each team must sign up by the NBS meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Moore Hall 111. The entry fee is $10 per film. Prizes will be awarded to the winners. For more information, contact Colin Hennessy at

Chicken wing eating contest

The Beta Theata Pi fraternity hosts its third annual “King of the Wing” competition at 4 p.m. Friday in Warriner Mall. The event is a chicken wing eating contest and all proceeds will benefit Sexual Aggression Peer Advocates. Team registration costs $35 and each team consists of five students. For more information, e-mail Travis Converse at

Casting call

Benton Harbor senior Michelle Brooks is looking for one male and three females to act in her upcoming music video, “He’s a Heartbreaker.” Auditions are at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Moore Hall 215. All actors must be able to express several different emotions. For more information, contact Shelli Kosztowny at

The Pregnancy Pact

CMU’s Women’s Studies Program hosts a free screening of “The Pregnancy Pact” at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Charles V. Park Library Auditorium. The 2010 movie stars Thora Birch and was made for the Lifetime channel.

Sri Lankan hand drumming

A presentation on Sri Lankan hand drumming and culture takes place at 2 p.m. Friday in the Music Building’s Staples Family Concert Hall. The free event will feature Sam Jeyasingham. For more information, e-mail

Smorgasbord fundraiser

The Isabella Community Soup Kitchen will host an annual food-tasting fundraiser from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at its 621 S. Adams St. location. The event will feature 47 restaurants and businesses donating samples of their food to the public. The fundraiser is free, but donations are encouraged. For more information, call 772-7392.

Discovery museum

An interactive exhibit on magnets takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Museum of Cultural and Natural History in CMU’s Rowe Hall. The event is free and will include food and prizes.