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Lisa Hadden accepts position with mid-Michigan Area Health Education

(07/23/12 12:46pm)

The former president of the Mount Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce will soon be working with mid-Michigan Area Health Education. Lisa Hadden, who announced her resignation from her position as president July 12, will “create the mid-Michigan Area Health Education Center at Central Michigan University,” CMU said in a press release Monday. Hadden said she is excited that the position combines her years of experience in community development and her years spent in health professions education. “The reason I was attracted to it was that it combines heath care administration and health professions with community development,” she said.

CMU Health Services forms alliance with College of Medicine

(07/17/12 6:31pm)

Central Michigan University’s Health Services is now a part of the College of Medicine. In a release sent out Tuesday by CMU, “the partnership will give UHS and its patients direct access to CMED’s newly formed clinical practices.” The release said the UHS will “renew its focus on raising awareness of the health care resources available to students on campus, such as preventive advice, counseling services and immunizations … UHS also will assess ways to address barriers to care such as being underinsured or uninsured.” CMED dean Ernest Yoder said the idea for this came from his own experiences in health services at Wayne State University.

CMU announces resignation of Lori Arviso Alvord, associate dean for College of Medicine

(07/11/12 11:31am)

Central Michigan University announced Wednesday the resignation of Dr. Lori Arviso Alvord, associate dean of student affairs for the College of Medicine. In a statement, CMED dean Ernest Yoder said Alvord has accepted a job as associate dean of student affairs and admission at the University of Arizona's College of Medicine.

Academic senators express support for CMED, frustration with administration at meeting Tuesday

(04/17/12 7:11pm)

Members of the Academic Senate said they are supportive of the College of Medicine but were upset with the manner in which information about the project was presented at their meeting Tuesday. University President George Ross’s speech prepared A-Senate members to receive an immense amount of information during the meeting and urged senators to keep past events out of decisions for the future. "I've had people say that it will be political theatrics in here.

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.

EDITORIAL: Questions the sub-committee on higher education should consider asking University President George Ross

(03/26/12 8:00am)

On Wednesday, University President George Ross will be one of three university presidents to testify in front of the House Subcommittee on Higher Education in Lansing. While the committee is free to ask any questions it might have about the university, there are several this Editorial Board feels need to be answered by Ross. Can there be any justification for recent frivolous spending, and will there ever be a way to make up for it with fundraising? With news that Central Michigan University spent $10 million in reserve funding for the Events Center without telling the public came another point that may have been missed. “Look, if we fall short in our fundraising for the medical school, we will probably use university reserves, (too),” Ross said to the Academic Senate on Feb.

LCME accreditation report highlights three strengths for College of Medicine

(03/26/12 6:00am)

The Liaison Committee on Medical Education cited three areas of strength in the preliminary accreditation report for Central Michigan University's College of Medicine. The report, made available on CMU's website on Wednesday, cited engagement with the regional community, a successfully-created structure for implementing a regional approach to medical education and the university's experience with distance learning as strengths of CMED. Along with the strengths, the report cited six areas of “insufficient progress toward compliance” and 10 areas in “compliance with monitoring” after an LCME survey team evaluated CMED in November. The report also cited the completion of CMU's on-campus medical facility as a strength. "The College of Medicine’s recent completion, on time and under budget, of its core teaching and administrative facility enhances the college’s ability to recruit both faculty and students," the report stated. CMED Dean Ernest Yoder said he was excited after hearing the school would receive preliminary accreditation and be one of only 137 M.D.-granting medical schools. "CMED is very pleased with the findings of the LCME," Yoder wrote in a letter regarding the accreditation report.

Most FA members hired as CMED faculty will remain in union, some new hires were removed

(02/24/12 5:00am)

The College of Medicine's first full-time faculty member, Dr. W. Robert Fleischmann, was a due-paying member of the Faculty Association for four months before his exclusion from the union in January. He has not asked for a refund of the dues, taken from his $150,000 salary, and does not intend to. “I no longer pay, since I received notice from the FA that I was no longer an FA member,” he said in an email. Fleischmann is married to Linda Perkowski, associate dean of medical education. He began work on July 1, and paid FA dues from about September through December, he said.

EDITORIAL: Central Michigan University's $10 million lie

(02/15/12 8:00am)

University President George Ross admitted more than $10 million of the Events Center’s funding came from Central Michigan University reserves during Tuesday afternoon’s Academic Senate meeting. “Look, if we fall short in our fundraising for the medical school, we will probably use university funds, (too),” Ross said. This is the first admission after a week of Central Michigan Life investigation into the origin of the $10 million. On Thursday, CMU Board of Trustees Chairman Sam Kottamasu didn’t even know what to call it. “I wouldn’t call it a donation,” he said Thursday.