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Past NVC winners reflect on successes, business failures

(04/10/16 6:44pm)

When her cosmetics company failed, alumni Shannon O'Donald had a hard time not feeling the sting of shame.O'Donald's business, Shannon Evans Cosmetics, won $1,000 during the first ever New Venture Competition in 2011 for the best elevator pitch in the contest. Central Michigan Life tracked back with some of the past winners like O'Donald to see where they are now and how their businesses are faring.Enspire: Patrick McAvena; Chris Green, Christian DayShannon O'Donald; Shannon Evans CosmeticsSamantha and Joseph Pina; Revolve Replication

Three CCFA associate dean candidates to be interviewed

(03/03/16 12:28pm)

The position for Associate Dean of College of Communication of Fine Arts was posted on Feb. 19. Review of applications will begin on March 15 and continue until the position is filled. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will be hired by May 1 with a start date of August 1, 2016. The search committee for the associate dean position consists of School of Broadcasting and Cinematic Arts faculty member Will Anderson, School of Music faculty member Linda Binkley, chairperson of art and design Larry Burditt, senior Alex Cabala, journalism faculty member Johnny Sparks, Jill Taft and is being headed by the Associate Dean of Science and Engineering, Jane Matty.Any questions regarding this position should be addressed to Dr. Jane Matty, chair of the search committee at 989-774-1870 or All applications will be kept confidential until an applicant becomes a finalist.

Journalism faculty member accepts department chair position at Ball State

(03/02/16 5:32pm)

Sparks is an associate professor of advertising and applied to be the chairperson of Central Michigan University's journalism department last year, but the job was given to Jiafei Yin. He was also the director of CMU’s Center for Innovation, Collaboration and Engagement.Since arriving at CMU in Fall 2012, Sparks has taught "JRN 360: Principles of Advertising," "JRN 466: Advertising Campaigns," "JRN 365: Advertising Media" and "JRN 397A: Sex, Violence, & the Media."

SGA President calls for student unity during address

(02/29/16 11:00pm)

Powers Ballroom overflowed with students, Central Michigan University staff and members of the Mount Pleasant community who came to listen to Student Government Administration President Chuck Mahone deliver a State of the Student Body address.Mahone discussed the recently announced closure of Foust Pharmacy, stressed relations between students and residents living north of campus and alcohol-related student deaths.

Trustees receive feedback from public on FCC Spectrum auction

(02/18/16 12:49pm)

The Central Michigan University Board of Trustees has received almost 120 letters, emails and phone calls about the Federal Communications Commission Spectrum Auction.Most of the public input has encouraged trustees not to sell CMU's public broadcasting stations.In December, the university applied for eligibility in the auction, which looks to buy television spectrum from stations across the country and repackage it for wireless carriers like Verizon and AT&T, as the public is now relying more on mobile devices as opposed to over-the-air waves.

BOT Notebook: College of Science and Technology to change name

(02/18/16 12:36pm)

The Board of Trustees unanimously voted to change the name of the College of Science and Technology to the College of Science and Engineering this morning at their meeting.The name was changed to reflect the growth of the engineering department said Provost Michael Gealt.“We’ve got a relatively new engineering program, about 15 years old, and some people don’t even realize we have an engineering program here because we don’t have what most universities have which is a college that has engineering in the title,” Gealt said at the Academic Affairs Committee meeting yesterday.Gealt called the name change an "important milestone" for the college.

Gov. Snyder proposes restoration of higher education funding to 2011 levels

(02/10/16 12:43pm)

Gov. Rick Snyder announced today that his 2017 budget proposal recommends restoring funding for Michigan's 15 public universities to what it was in 2011, the year before he took office and cut higher education funding by 15 percent.Snyder proposed investing an additional 4.3 percent, or $61.2 million, in state university operations.