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Ten-year plan calls for CMU to spend $400 million on 18 projects -- including new north campus undergraduate housing

(07/10/13 6:58pm)

The Board of Trustees was presented Wednesday with a draft of a capital plan that would, if approved, have the university spend $400 million over 10 years on 18 different projects. The 10-year capital plan, part of the campus master plan, was presented at the Finance and Facilities Committee meeting ahead of Thursday's Board of Trustees meeting at the Bovee University Center. It calls for spending $64 million on new undergraduate housing to replace aging north campus residence halls and $70 million on a College of Business administrative building, among other projects. The trustees did not vote on the plan, but Associate Vice President of Facilities Management Steve Lawrence said a final report will be presented to University President George Ross in August, and a final plan will be presented to the board in September. Lawrence said the 18 projects were narrowed down from an initial plan of over 200 before being cut down to 43 projects that would cost a total of $700 million.

Employees pledge $892,503 at University Campaign, marking third-highest drive ever for CMU

(04/08/13 7:30am)

Central Michigan University's current and former employees pledged $892,503 for the 2012 Annual University Campaign, the third-highest total donation in school history. The College of Business Administration was the recipient of two of the seven AUC awards last week during the campaign luncheon. CBA pledged the most money by a college with more than 100 employees at $150,787 and received the highest participation by a college of the same size with 50-percent participation. “I think what (the awards) really say is we’re pretty invested in our efforts here in the College of Business and across campus,” said Sandy Sommer, director of development for the CBA.

International business and sustainable development minors give CMU business students edge in workforce

(01/23/13 9:00am)

Iron Mountain junior Krista Testolin was searching for a minor last year that would complement her environmental policy and biology majors. She saw a flier in the Engineering and Technology building about a new International Business and Sustainable Development minor and was intrigued by what it had to offer. “I really wanted to learn more of the business side of things and thought it could really be beneficial,” Testolin said.

CMU a primary university contact for employment at General Motors Corp.

(01/16/13 9:00am)

Central Michigan University students are the first choice to fill many jobs at General Motors Co. CMU is the primary university contact for employment at GM, and Brian Partie Jr., associate director of career services at CMU, said it's because CMU offers business students an aspect of training that many other universities don't. "The relationship started in 2012," Partie said.

David Burdette, CMU's VP for finance and administrative services, to retire July 31

(12/12/12 5:49pm)

Central Michigan University's Vice President of Finance and Administrative Services, David Burdette, announced Wednesday plans to retire this summer, the second senior administrator to announce their intentions of leaving this year. In a late-afternoon news release from the university, Burdette said he had intentions of serving five years when he arrived at CMU in 2008.

EDITORIAL: George Ross makes complete change from a year ago

(08/29/12 8:00am)

A year ago, University President George Ross insinuated that students weren't "grown-ups" and couldn't fully understand the Faculty Association/administration battle. On Tuesday, Ross sat down with Central Michigan Life's Editorial Board and one would be hard-pressed to find the same man that offended some students a year earlier.

EDITORIAL: Keep asking questions

(04/18/12 9:00am)

On the campus of a public university, administrative transparency should be a given. This includes informing the campus community, from students to professors, about the goals of the university, what projects are being funded and what source of money is supporting them. Central Michigan University administrators have failed miserably this academic year in acting as a transparent body. The most noteworthy failure is presenting necessary information regarding the planning of the College of Medicine, from course work to funding to future costs. Although the administration tends to say the releasing of hundreds, if not thousands of pages of CMED documents in November was a step toward transparency, they seem to have selective memory. Central Michigan Life, the Faculty Association and the Academic Senate all had to use the Freedom of Information Act to wring the information from CMU and were told the documents would likely cost them money, before they were ultimately released to the public. This lack of faith in the administration openly presenting information is made evident by the 19 units on campus that support the Academic Senate’s vote of no confidence against University President George Ross and Provost Gary Shapiro. After months of unanswered questions, enough people stood up to complain.

LETTER: Proud to be a Chippewa

(04/16/12 7:45am)

As the university celebrates its 120th anniversary, the students, faculty and staff of Central Michigan University should be both proud of, and grateful for, the decisions made by previous generations of Chippewas. We should be grateful to those with the courage and vision to transform our institution from Central Michigan Normal School and Business College (1892) to (sequentially): Central State Teachers College (1927); Central Michigan College of Education (1941); Central Michigan College (1955) and Central Michigan University (1959), which today is considered a national doctoral institution. Today, the university is in the process of another major transformation as it prepares to become a major player in the most dynamic, fastest growing, and arguably most important industry in the world: health care. This has been, as one might expect, a challenging and contentious transformation.

New Venture Competition will showcase student business ideas Friday

(03/28/12 8:00am)

Thirty teams of potential entrepreneurs will face off at Central Michigan University’s College of Business and the Isabella County Bank’s second New Venture Competition Friday. The all-day competition offers the chance for the best student entrepreneurial business ideas to win up to $55,000 in start-up funds.

Work in doctoral student association helps business professor earn tenure

(03/16/12 8:00am)

Samuel A. Spralls III has reached more than just a milestone in his career. The PhD Project announced March 5 that Spralls has been promoted to associate professor with tenure at Central Michigan University. “He has demonstrated dedication, hard work and intelligence in joining the rapidly growing ranks of minorities choosing to influence the next generation of business leaders as college professors,” said Bernard Milano, PhD Project president.

CBA dean says academic ranks in priority report ‘no surprise’

(11/02/11 5:00am)

Editor’s note: This is the second story in a series about Academic Prioritization. The College of Business Administration ranked as an overall favorable program in preliminary Academic Prioritization released Thursday. Karl Smart, business information systems chairman, said the data was collected by forms filled out by the faculty and deans.

Dow Chemical increases amount of SAP scholarship, three students benefit

(10/27/11 12:09pm)

Dow Chemical Company increased the amount of the Dow/SAP Award of Excellence to $4,500 annually, an increase of $1,500. This means more opportunities for students studying business. Three students have received the scholarship this year, each awarded $750, instead of the $500 last year. Midland graduate student Matt Hock, one of the recipients, said Dow's presence can certainly be seen within courses. "Their guidance can be seen from the guest speakers who visit the classroom to how classes are taught," Hock said.