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New chair: Changes within political science department similar to 'musical chairs'

(05/29/13 7:00am)

The political science department at Central Michigan University has undergone some changes in its faculty this summer. Lawrence Sych is the deaprtment's new chair, Thomas Greitens is the NASPAA-accredited Master of Public Administration program director and Sharon Kukla-Acevedo is the internship program director.


CMU introduces School of Public Service and Global Citizenship

(03/31/13 5:30pm)

Central Michigan University is offering students the opportunity to gain more global experiences and engage in ethical public service with the addition of the School of Public Service and Global Citizenship. The school will serve as a melting pot for programs that would otherwise not have a specific home by aggregating a variety of both new and old programs.




CHSBS journal gives students opportunity to publish original work as undergraduates

(11/11/12 8:01pm)

Undergraduate students will soon have the opportunity often reserved for students at the graduate level or higher. "Humanorum," a double blind, peer-reviewed research journal through the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences, will allow undergraduate students to publish their original research and papers.


Political science department spends $17,500 to bring CNN contributor Paul Begala to campus Oct. 25

(10/14/12 5:33pm)

Political consultant and CNN contributor Paul Begala will be paid $17,500 for his appearance at Central Michigan University next week. The political science department picked up the $17,500 tab to bring Begala to campus, said Jim Hill, professor of political science. Begala's lecture, “2012 Elections: Today’s Issues and Tomorrow’s Ramifications,” will take place Oct.



Kal Penn delivers Asian Pacific American Heritage month keynote speech

(04/05/12 10:45pm)

Television and film star and former White House employee Kal Penn delivered the Asian Pacific American Heritage month keynote speech Thursday night, giving details about his acting experience and work in Washington, D.C. Penn, who has starred in films such as the "Harold and Kumar" series, the "Van Wilder" series and "The Namesake," as well as television shows "How I Met Your Mother" and "House M.D.," spoke about his early career as an actor, education and experience working as Associate Director at the White House Office of Public Engagement.


EHS, HSBS deans disagree with no confidence endorsements

(03/21/12 7:00am)

The College of Education and Human Services and the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences have contributed 10 endorsements of the Academic Senate's vote of no confidence against university administration, but both deans said the endorsements do not reflect their personal views. Kathryn Koch, interim EHS dean, and Pamela Gates, CHSBS dean, reaffirmed their confidence in University President George Ross and Provost Gary Shapiro.


CHSBS has highest number of programs ranked in report

(11/05/11 9:00am)

Editors Note: This is the third story in a series about Academic Prioritization. The College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Science will see some changes to its programs in the future because of the preliminary Academic Prioritization released last week. CHSBS had a total of 97 programs ranked in the report — the most of any college. Out of these, six programs were placed in Category 1, mainly in the psychology and political science departments. The categories went from 1 to 5, with 1 meriting extra support and 5 meriting potential cuts of deletion.



Supporting women, community name Pamela Gates as 'Woman of the Year'

(04/03/11 11:58am)

Pamela Gates has carried several titles since coming to Central Michigan University as a graduate student in 1989. Now she can add “Woman of the Year” to the list. Gates, dean of the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences, was presented with the Woman of the Year award by the CMU branch of the Michigan American Council on Education Network for Women Leaders in Higher Education.


CHSBS increases enrollment while liberal arts programs nationwide lose students

(01/30/11 7:50pm)

The idea that fewer students are interested in liberal arts education because of increasing pressure for more technical degrees is a myth, Rick Kurtz said. “Our enrollments in this college are record enrollments,” said the interim associate dean for the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences.


Applications due March 31 for $1,000 CHSBS scholarship to one student

(01/30/11 1:37pm)

The College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences announced a new $1,000 scholarship opportunity Wednesday. The Honorable Fred M. and Lynne M. Mester Family Endowment will provide the funds to one full-time undergraduate student with a major or minor in certain departments, including English language and literature, political science, military science, anthropology, sociology and social work.



College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences narrows down dean finalists

(11/25/10 12:30am)

A national search has produced three dean finalists for the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Robert Pratt, a history professor at the University of Georgia, Russell Ganim, chairman of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Pamela Gates, the current interim dean of CHSBS, were all named as finalists in a press release.


Colleges give about half of funds to other offices; deans satisfied with process

(11/05/10 6:00am)

There is never enough money to fulfill an academic institution’s wishlist, but deans at Central Michigan University are satisfied with the overall funding model. On average, 54.5 percent of revenue generated by the six colleges at CMU is transferred out of their budgets to fund other entities on campus.



Wood chip burner saves university $1.4 million annually amid attempts to make utilities more green

(10/15/10 5:35am)

Wood chips might not seem to be an easy answer for “going green,” but they are saving the university $1.4 million annually. A steam absorption chiller and a new institute, wood chips are at the forefront of efforts to make utilities more green at CMU.


Renovated Powers Hall ballroom to host open house over Homecoming Weekend

(10/13/10 3:15am)

Departments in Powers Hall are ready to show off a new ballroom to students, alumni and faculty this Homecoming Weekend. Renovations to the old ballroom are complete and were carried out to provide much-needed space for upcoming events, said Pamela Gates, interim dean for the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences.