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Hospitality students tour on-campus hotel

(10/27/15 8:16pm)

Hospitality students in professor Gary Gagnon’s HAS 240 class took a tour of the construction site of the new Courtyard Marriot hotel that is scheduled to open on Central Michigan University's campus in July 2016. The new hotel features ten penthouse suites on the sixth floor, including balconies and meeting rooms overlooking Kelly/Shorts Stadium, a fitness center, indoor pool and hot tub, and a courtyard with a fire pit for guests to use for entertaining.“I think this is going to be one of the nicer hotels in Mount Pleasant,” said Brooke Morrell, a freshman from Illinois. “Especially for parents to come stay at and visit their kids like the football player’s parents.

University finances to be delivered in special Board of Trustees session

(10/20/15 4:41pm)

A special Board of Trustees session will be held Thursday, where board members will formally receive the independent audit report for the university’s 2014-2015 Financial Statements performed by external audit firm, Plante Moran.Plante Moran auditor Vicki VanDenBerg delivered an initial report on the university's finances at the September Board of Trustees meeting.

CMU up for reaccreditation in April

(10/06/15 5:58pm)

In April 2016, a team from the Higher Learning Commission will perform a comprehensive evaluation of Central Michigan University to reaffirm its accreditation status.CMU was last accredited during the 2005-06 academic year. The review has many components, including a confirmation that our university is following Federal policies and will judge the university on a set five criteria relating to student success.Provost Michael Gealt delivered findings from an Education Advisory Board report.

Refund of $32 million to be reinvested into endowment fund

(10/01/15 1:20pm)

A 19-year error made by the state in assessing pension fund payments means Central Michigan University is receiving $32 million from the Michigan Office of Retirement Services.Six other universities received one-time payments to correct the error on Wednesday, including Western Michigan University, $24.2 million, Ferris State University, $18.6 million, Michigan Technological University, $11.7 million, Northern Michigan University, $9 million, Lake Superior State University and Eastern Michigan University.

Ross presents strategic planning goals, retention and graduation rates

(09/17/15 3:02pm)

A report on the second year of Central Michigan University's strategic planning priorities initiatives and metrics showed only 21 percent of incoming freshmen graduate in four years.University President George Ross briefed the CMU Board of Trustees on performance of last year's goals in the strategic plan and presented goals for 2016. The goals are based on five priorities approved by the board in 2012: student success, research and creative activity, quality faculty and staff, community partnerships and infrastructure stewardship."The idea is being able to measure progress, positive or negative, toward our strategic priorities," Ross said.

Levitt continues legal battles after parody Twitter case

(08/25/15 12:51pm)

Mount Pleasant attorney Todd Levitt is engaged in ongoing legal battles stemming from a June 2014 lawsuit against Zachary Felton, a recent Central Michigan University graduate, for creating a Twitter accountFelton's account @levittlawyer, also known as "Todd Levitt 2.0," posted tweets mocking Levitt and used his trademarked law firm logo and pictures from his Facebook. Levitt argued that the account portrayed him in a false light but the case was dismissed in February by Isabella Chief Judge Paul Chamberlain.Levitt said he would seek an appeal, which was filed to the Michigan Court of Appeals in July. Levitt is appealing Judge Paul Chamberlain's decision to grant Felton summary disposition, a determination made by a court without issuing a legal opinion.