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College of Business Administration adds new entrepreneurship chair position

(09/18/16 6:49pm)

After spending time as an attorney in Silicon Valley during the height of the “dot-com bubble,” Jeff Thomas believes he has what it takes to be the Chair of Entrepreneurship.As a newly-established administration role in the College of Business Administration, Thomas said he hopes to strengthen the entrepreneurship department by bridging the gap between how entrepreneurship is taught in class and how it affects life outside the classroom.“The student body at large will be impacted by having revised and new academic courses and programs, and having courses and programs that are better connected to the practice of entrepreneurship,” he said.Among changes to the department Thomas will oversee is the proposal of an online Masters of Entrepreneurial Transactions program.

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.