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Studio art curriculum could see changes

(02/24/15 10:30pm)

The Department of Art and Design is waiting on approval for a change in the studio art curriculum. What used to be two separate concentrations, 2-dimensional art and 3-dimensional art, will now be a single studio degree if approved by the academic senate, according to art department chair Larry Burditt.This change will allow students more freedom in choosing the courses that count towards their degree.

New Master of science in engineering and technology degree next fall

(02/24/15 9:30pm)

New Master of Science in engineering degree to be implemented next fall by Central Michigan University's school of engineering and technology. The two-year program is research-based, aimed at students who want to focus on research or industry-related fields. Requirements are six credit-hours of research, 24 credit-hours of coursework and a concluding thesis.Engineering and Technology Chairperson Mohamad Qatu said the masters program is being added for two reasons."We want to give additional opportunities to our students (so they can) advance in their academics and (be) prepare(d) for either industry or pursue an advanced degree," Qatu said. "The second reason is to help our faculty and institution advance in their research portfolio."Enrollment has doubled In the past three years for CMU's school of engineering and technology.

​Language change in University Program Group IV approved by Academic Senate

(02/24/15 9:30pm)

A proposal to change wording in Group IV of Central Michigan University’s general education requirements, or University Program, was approved by the Academic Senate Tuesday.The newly passed proposal changes the wording in Group IV from studies in global cultures to studies in cultures and diversity, dropping the word global from the group and emphasizing studies in cultures outside of the Anglo-American tradition.The Proposal was passed by a 67 percent vote of approval by the senate.After heated debate at the last Academic Senate meeting on Feb.

CMU hosts first annual MUG Communication Conference

(02/23/15 8:58pm)

On Friday, February 20, Central Michigan University hosted the first annual Michigan Undergraduate and Graduate Communication Conference. The MUG Communication Conference was put on by the communication area in the Department of Communication and Dramatic Arts and was organized by Kirsten Weber, director of graduate studies and assistant professor of communication.Weber organized the conference because she saw a need in the region for a conference where undergraduate and graduate students could showcase their work.

State passes bill allowing warrantless phone search

(02/22/15 10:30pm)

Michigan's state legislature's Criminal Justice Committee unanimously passed a bill Tuesday allowing local law enforcement to obtain an individual's location through their mobile device without a warrant.The current proposal, called the Kelsey Smith Bill, or House Bill 4006, is named in memoriam of a young Kansas woman who was kidnapped, raped and murder in 2007. Police were forced to wait four days for a warrant compelling Verizon to release Smith’s phone’s last known location, by which point she had already been found raped and murdered.HB 4006 passed unanimously through the Criminal Justice Committee after testimony from Smith’s mother, Missy, and is now on track to be heard on the House floor.

Ross testifies to Senate panel for funding

(02/19/15 10:16pm)

Testifying before a Michigan Senate panel in the Charles V. Park Library, Central Michigan University President George Ross highlighted how achievements of faculty and students directly benefit the state.The Senate Subcommittee on Higher Education selected CMU to host its first hearing on state funding for Michigan’s 15 public universities, also listening to testimony from Wayne State University and Michigan State University's Extension.

Finalists for CCFA dean announced

(02/19/15 10:00pm)

Three College of Communication and Fine Arts Dean candidates have been selected to visit Central Michigan University’s campus for interviews starting Monday, February 23.  The search committee is led by Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson, the dean of the College of Education and Human Services. The three candidates selected by the search committee after last week’s Skype interviews will also have open forums in Chamichian Hall in the Music Building starting Tuesday. The three finalists are Steven Block, Department of Music chair at the University of New Mexico, Janet Hethorn, director of the Delaware Design Institute at the University of Delaware, and Shelly Hinck, interim dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts at CMU. Their interviews and open forums will take place throughout the week. Steven Block will visit campus on Monday and Tuesday.