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2015-16 Academic Highlights •

Dean’s Column

Growing to better serve our students and our communities Greetings to all of our friends of health professions! It has been another great year on campus, and I’m looking forward to continuing to serve the students, staff, faculty and alumni of The Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions as its dean. I’m honored that I was selected and thank all who have supported me over the years. As I reflect on all that’s happened in the last year, we have a lot to be proud of and many successes to build on in the future. Here are a few highlights: • CHP was awarded $19.5 million from the state of Michigan to construct an addition to our building to house the Center for Integrated Health Studies. Program planning and design will begin this year. • We implemented a Health Professions Student Service Center complete with an undergraduate advisor, success coach, assistant director focusing on undergraduate recruitment, and a director of graduate admissions. This unit is focused on increasing graduation and retention rates, as well as helping students progress through their academic careers while at CMU. New offices were completed within the atrium to provide convenient access for students on an as-needed basis. Staff will be available to accommodate general tours of the building and one-on-one student and parent consultations. • We started two new programs, a Master of Public Health and a Master of Health Administration, to better serve the needs of population health and health care operations. • Ten tenure track and several fixed-term faculty have been hired across the college. These positions replace faculty who have retired, as well as support programs across the college to better serve students. • We celebrated the 70th anniversary of the department of communication disorders’ Speech-Language Pathology Summer Specialty Clinic. Ninety-five children attended

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camp this summer – the highest number of children served in many years. • Several spaces throughout the building were renovated including a number of collaborative study areas, student computer terminals, printing stations, laboratories and waiting rooms. • Mobile Health Central continues to increase its presence providing clinical and wellness services to rural and underserved citizens of Michigan. It has been a year of accomplishments and fond memories for our college, but also a year when we said our goodbyes to beloved colleagues, like Richard Parr. Parr was an integral part of our health fitness and exercise science program. I ask that you please consider honoring his career and life by donating to the Richard B. Parr Endowed Visiting Professorship/Guest Scholar Program in Clinical Exercise Physiology at CMU. Donations can be made at In summary, I hope you enjoy this edition of Pulse. Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates and happenings. Take care, and Fire Up Chips!

Thomas J. Masterson Jr. Dean, The Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions

The anatomy of a career Former professor Tom Masterson welcomes role as new dean For Tom Masterson, his current role as a dean wasn’t necessarily where he thought the path would lead when he began his career, but it is a role he is proud to fulfill. “CMU and Mount Pleasant are my home. I couldn’t be happier to be in a position to elevate our health professions programs and grow this college,” said Masterson. The recently appointed dean of The Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions is leading the college forward to continue providing the best health education and broadening Central Michigan University’s impact in the community as the need for health professionals grows. “We do what we do for the students. It’s fun having a job with the opportunity to change people’s lives,” Masterson said. Masterson, who previously served as the college’s associate and interim dean, got his start as a biological

anthropologist. In his master’s and doctoral work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he studied cranial development and form in orangutans. Fascinated by anatomy and physiology, he came to CMU in 1999 as an assistant professor and anatomist for what was then the health sciences program. Through this role, he continued to learn more about the spectrum of health sciences. Fellow faculty member Jeff Betts took Masterson under his wing and introduced him to new ways to get involved in other aspects of academics at the university, including curriculum design and administrative committees. In August 2004, he moved from division director of exercise science to chair of the School of Health Sciences – then one of four departments within the college. “I started working with other faculty members and staff across the university. It was a different side of shaping academics and pedagogy that

I had not been part of before,” Masterson said. “There are so many good people in the faculty, staff, administration and student services at CMU.” Masterson says he loved being in the classroom, but was also thrilled to accept the offer to become dean earlier this year and help the college evolve. Working with enthusiastic students and faculty who are passionate about educating the next generation of health leaders is one of his favorite things about his job. “I wanted the position because I saw that I had a chance to make a difference, work in a new way with incredible faculty who truly care about their students and help the college progress,” he said. “With our services, research capacity and faculty expertise, I want to see us form new partnerships that benefit more people in our communities and engage in research and innovative pedagogy that helps our students be even better prepared for successful careers.” •


Communicating in silence ASL students bridge signed languages and cultures at Jamaican school for the deaf

Life can be isolating for those who are hard of hearing or deaf. Nine CMU students studying American Sign Language traveled to the Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf in Kingston, Jamaica, to learn how to bridge different signed languages and cultures during a one-week field trip in spring 2016. CCCD students are not always able to connect with people outside their small, gated school community and be heard in their first language. Missionaries and other groups regularly assist with projects on school grounds, but few know American Sign Language. “Unfortunately, in so many places in the world and throughout life, being deaf means that people don’t understand you,” said senior Megan Koelzer, a child

Sign languages around the world According to the World Federation of the Deaf, about 70 million people around the world use a signed language as their first language. Signed languages vary from country to country or across regions within the same country. American Sign Language is somewhat different than Jamaican Sign Language, which is used in social conversation. To bridge these differences, CMU and CCCD students had to communicate back and forth to explain differences and communicate accurately.


development major from Grand Rapids. “We wanted them to see that there are people who don’t use sign language as their primary language, but who want to learn it and make an effort to use it. We wanted them to know that they are worth getting to know in their own language.” While American Sign Language is used in the classroom at CCCD, Jamaican Sign Language is often used in social conversation. Since the two signed languages have some differences, students sometimes had to find ways to explain certain expressions or find common words in order to communicate accurately. The school houses 74 students from across Jamaica, who range in age from 4 to 20 years old. While some of the Jamaican students bonded quickly with the CMU students, others approached conversations slowly — skeptical of whether or not students from CMU could communicate in their language. “There was one student who watched from a distance as I talked with others from CCCD, and you could see that she gradually realized we did speak her language. I did understand her, so she came out of her shell and joined us,” said senior Brooke Carroll, a

On the hunt for hearing safety CMU expert provides tips to enjoy firearm season and help prevent hearing loss Hunting plays an important role in managing the deer population in Michigan. Each year, however, thousands of firearm hunters experience varying levels of new, permanent hearing loss — sometimes leading to the need for expensive hearing aid devices. With Michigan’s regular firearm deer hunting season kicking off Nov. 15, Central Michigan University professor, Director of Audiology and avid hunter Michael Stewart offers practical, affordable tips to enjoy hunting while protecting hearing.

communication disorders major from Birch Run. “It was exciting to make that impact.” In addition to group activities such as kickball, games created by the CMU students were used to encourage interaction. Once trust had been built, conversations moved from study topics and assignments to education goals, career aspirations and hobbies. Carroll, Koelzer and fellow classmate Alex Marien describe their experience working with youth in Jamaica as unforgettable and life changing. “I’ve never been out of the country and, even though our professors taught us about Jamaican culture, it was a bit of a culture shock,” Koelzer said. “I was excited, but also nervous for the first day. As soon as we started interacting with the kids, it opened up this whole new world. I remember looking at my classmates, and you could tell that we all knew this was the start of a great week.” CMU faculty members Kendra Miller and Cheryl Barden not only saw a

“We certainly want hunters to keep hunting, but it is important that you always protect your hearing from permanent damage,” Stewart said. “Our research shows that every time you shoot without ear protection you are risking hearing loss. Have fun hunting, but be safe and protect your hearing.”

transformation in students at CCCD, but also their own students as the week progressed. Koelzer, Carroll and Marien said they felt a shift as well. The trip reinforced their interests in working with the deaf community. “I don’t know who learned more — us or the students at CCCD,” said senior Alex Marien, an accounting and business information systems major from Warren. “It was proof that even though you may be a different age, from a different culture and speak a different language, you can become friends and form such a strong bond with another person.” •

At firing ranges, Stewart says conventional earplugs may be used. While hunting, Stewart recommends electronic earmuffs or other hearing protection that allows a hunter to monitor the sounds of the environment and other hunters around them, but also protects them from the loud sound of their own gun. •


CMU clinic celebrates 70 years of improving communication skills The summer speech-language specialty clinic at Central Michigan University marked its 70th anniversary with a celebration in May 2016. The clinic, offered through the department of communication disorders, has helped hundreds of children ages 3 to 14 improve their speech and language skills through five intensive weeks of therapy. It also provides CMU students with hands-on experiences in the communication disorders field. All students who want to earn a Master of Arts in speech-language pathology must work as student clinicians for the summer camp clinic. Here are a few stories from parents, campers, student clinicians and staff about how the clinic has improved their lives.


Matthew’s story For most families, camping means getting away from it all. It’s just the opposite for Cindy Rhein and her family. That’s because Rhein and her children, Samantha, Matthew, and Gwendolynn, travel more than 100 miles from Capac to Mount Pleasant each summer and stay in their camper for five weeks so Matthew can attend the summer speechlanguage specialty clinic at Central Michigan University. “My girls are away from home for five weeks, and I’m away from my husband because he’s home working so that we can be here, so it’s tough,” Rhein said. “But we love being up here — and we’re here every year because we know Matthew loves coming up.” Matthew started attending camp at age 6. Suffering from speech complications, ADHD and vision problems, Matthew has struggled to feel confident with himself — an issue that subsides once he steps foot onto CMU’s campus and is greeted by other campers he has become friends with over the years. “Here, he’s confident. It doesn’t matter that his speech isn’t perfect or that he struggles with simple things,” she said. “And that, more than anything, is why we come back — to watch him be the one who’s important, the one whose name is known, the one who has friends, and the one who is accepted for who he is.” While the main goal of camp is to help children improve their communication skills, Matthew’s personal growth is essential to his continuous return — although his speech

advancements with each passing year haven’t gone unnoticed. At camp, children work with CMU faculty, staff and graduate students in both group and individual settings. This year, Matthew worked with Warren graduate student Travis McClure, who is studying to become a speech-language pathologist. “I spent my entire day with Matthew, so I was able to develop a great rapport with him,” McClure said. “It’s very rewarding to watch him achieve his goals and equally rewarding to watch his confidence grow when interacting with his peers.” When the five weeks come to a close, Rhein and her girls admit they’re ready to pack up and head home — but their campground reservation is already made, and they have plans for new things to do in preparation for the next year. When it comes to care for Matthew, Rhein said she never wants to be left feeling “what if.” And when it comes to camp, she knows she’s made the right decision for her son — and her family. “Each year, he’s a little more comfortable in his own skin and in the fact that this is the way it is and that it’s okay,” she said. “We leave camp heading into the school year with a confident little boy who isn’t afraid to walk through the doors at school and face whatever challenges there are.”


Charlie’s camp Two and a half years ago Charlie Mickey couldn’t say his own name. That was before he began attending the summer speechlanguage specialty clinic at Central Michigan University. Charlie, 4, now can say his own name and is a regular camp attendee. “We’ve seen a huge growth in his being able to understand, socialize and make friends,” said Charlie’s mom, Kerri Mickey. “After the second week of camp in 2015 his grandpa told me he could better understand Charlie and wasn’t having to ask him to repeat so much of what he was saying.” Camp helps children like Charlie, who struggle with developmental delays and other conditions that make speech and communication difficult, keep pace with their peers. Charlie practices speech skills while at the same time learning about numbers, the alphabet and days of the week.


On one Thursday morning at camp, Charlie and his clinician Danielle “Dani” Lamphere, a CMU graduate student from Cadillac, played a game they called hide the bug. Charlie and Danielle took turns hiding a picture of a bug behind pictures of other objects and then attempting to find the bug. Charlie would identify and say the names of the pictures — words like “dog” and “go” that give him an opportunity to practice the “duh” and “guh” sounds of speech. “Teacher Dani is his favorite part of camp,” Kerri said. “I think he likes the one-on-one attention.” Lamphere worked with two different campers — Charlie in the morning and another student in the afternoon. In her classroom, campers participated in group story time, book reading, skill centers, free play and circle time at the end of the day. During free play and skill center times, Lamphere worked individually with Charlie. Kerri said the camp is something her family will budget for as long as it’s recommended for Charlie. It’s a commitment of money and time — it costs $700 for five weeks of half days, and it takes 40 minutes to drive to CMU from their home in Canadian Lakes to drop off and pick up Charlie from the camp in the Health Professions Building. But, Kerri says it’s worth it and, in some ways, is a continuation of a family tradition. Kerri, her husband, Rob, Kerri’s parents and her grandparents all graduated from CMU. “We would have gone anywhere for Charlie, but it’s more meaningful that we come here,” Kerri said. “Charlie tells people he’s going to CMU school.”

With her newfound confidence and improved speech, Lisa met her future husband, Hawk Kennedy, on the last night of her fifth year of camp. The date was Aug. 4, 1988. She was 15 years old. Hawk was there to pick up his brother, who had formed a friendship with Lisa over the course of the six-week camp. Hawk’s brother, who is deaf, introduced the two. “We started talking, and he was the first person ever to have absolutely no reaction to my speech — and he also understood me,” Lisa said. “It felt special. I knew there was a real connection there.”

The odds have been stacked against Lisa Kennedy, ‘94, since day one. Born with pseudobulbar palsy, an upper motor neuron disorder that permanently affects the brain stem, Lisa struggles with her speech, swallowing and fine motor movement in her hands. She has made adjustments that allow her to complete daily tasks, such as using a straw instead of drinking directly from a glass and typing messages on a computer instead of handwriting them. She has endured multiple surgeries to improve her speaking ability and help with swallowing, eating and closing her lips. Those things all made a difference, but the greatest help she found – both for her speech and other challenges — came from the six summers she spent at the speech-language specialty clinic at Central Michigan University. “Growing up, I was the kid people were nice to but didn’t socialize with outside of school,” Lisa said. “Being at camp made me feel like I was part of an average group of kids. I didn’t feel like I was different from everyone else.” Before camp, Lisa’s speech was difficult to understand. After each year of camp, her speech improved, and she gained the ability to socialize and express herself.

The two went to Lisa’s high school senior prom, but only occasionally talked for several years after they graduated. With the goal to help and inspire others with similar issues, Lisa graduated from CMU in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in preprofessional biology. She earned her doctorate in neuroscience by 2001 and later went to the University of Chicago to receive her master’s degree in public policy. “Being told I should not expect to go far in school was a great motivator for me,” Lisa said. “I decided to get a doctorate to prove people wrong. The counselors at the camp were experts in their field, and I wanted that for myself.” With these achievements accomplished, Hawk and Lisa reconnected and married in 2008 in Washington, D.C. They’ve known each other for more than 25 years, and during that time Hawk has seen Lisa grow from a camper at CMU to a professional who has overcome every obstacle in her way. “Her drive to find and learn new knowledge has allowed her to be in a position to help others,” Hawk said. “She’s just amazing.” Lisa currently works for the federal government as a science policy program analyst for the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. Motivated by her passion for knowledge and a drive to do what others say she cannot, Lisa has built a life for herself thanks to her own determination and the support she received as a camper and student at CMU. •


CMU launches new Master of Health Administration Courses combine flexibility of online learning with real-time interaction The number of health care management jobs in the United States is anticipated to increase in coming years, and Central Michigan University is poised to meet demand with a new Master of Health Administration degree. The online format of the program launched in fall 2016 providing a flexible option to those wanting to advance their careers. “By starting classes online, we are able to give individuals the flexibility to take classes from any part of our nation,” said Steven Berkshire, interim MHA program director and director of CMU’s health administration division. Graduates will be prepared to take on senior health care management jobs, whether they are currently practitioners or transitioning from careers in other industries. In addition to management education, the 51-credit-hour program includes courses in health systems and operations, health care finance, health care quality and managerial epidemiology, health care law, quantitative methods, marketing, health economics, organization behavior, and human resources and planning. Courses are offered in an eight-week format. “One of the strengths of our degree is that it gives students a range of advanced multidisciplinary skills and experiences they may need as they take on leadership roles in very different types of health care settings,” Berkshire said. Students with no previous experience in the health care industry will be required to complete an internship. The new degree rounds out CMU’s health care administration programs, currently offered at the undergraduate and doctoral levels. As the program grows, the university will explore opportunities to offer face-to-face classes at its main campus in Mount Pleasant and satellite locations throughout the U.S. “The growth in health care and need for efficiently run health care systems is a national trend,” said Berkshire. “This program is an exciting addition to our offerings in health administration.” •


Providing physical therapy to the underinsured CMU’s student-run clinic expands services Hands for Health, Central Michigan University’s student-run physical therapy clinic, has provided free treatment to uninsured local residents unable to pay for rehabilitation services since 1998. Now, a policy update initiated by the clinic — a move prompted by decreases in the number of uninsured and the growing ranks of the insured under the Affordable Care Act — also will make the same physical therapy services available to the underinsured.

conditions, including multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, arthritis, chronic back issues, sports injuries and joint replacements. A prescription referral from a physician is preferred, but residents also may call the clinic to speak with staff about their eligibility for services.

“The landscape of health insurance has shifted, and we want to make sure we change with it to continue to meet residents’ needs,” said John Andraka, CMU faculty member and director of Hands for Health. “This change to the clinic’s policy is a major shift that will allow us to help more people in our local community and other parts of rural Michigan.”

“The broad spectrum of expertise in our faculty members and doctoral students means that we are able to guide a patient to the best person for their particular condition and the help they need to improve their quality of life,” Andraka said. “This not only ensures exceptional patient care, it also gives our talented students additional hands-on learning experiences with experienced professionals in the field.”

The new policy means patients who have health insurance, but still cannot afford physical therapy, also may be eligible to receive care. The clinic will continue to serve patients without health insurance and those who have surpassed their physical therapy insurance allowance. Patients must prove a financial need and status that aligns with the federal poverty level determined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Patients range from toddlers to the elderly. Therapists primarily treat or manage orthopedic and musculoskeletal symptoms stemming from medical procedures, injuries or

Hands for Health’s student clinicians from the Doctor of Physical Therapy program work closely with licensed and board-certified faculty members year-round to treat residents of the greater Mount Pleasant area. The students and faculty evaluate, develop a treatment strategy, perform tests and carry out a personalized therapy plan for each patient. To treat patients, students must be in the second year of their doctoral program and have completed one clinical internship. First-year students, however, also are given opportunities to observe and learn. The clinic first launched as a partnership with the Central Michigan Community Hospital, now McLaren Central Michigan. Today, the facility resides in CMU’s Carls Center — a wellness hub with clinics spanning multiple health specialties. In addition to the students who directly care for patients, the team includes students who serve as clinic manager, scheduler, quality of care manager and marketing director. Hands for Health operates year-round when classes are in session. The clinic is open from 5 to 7 p.m. every Monday. •



Mobile Health Central hits the road

Faculty, students joined local partner to provide health screenings for seniors

Faculty and students from Central Michigan University hit the road with Mobile Health Central this summer, with a stop in Flint to host a senior health fair in collaboration with The Ivy House, Brennan Senior Center, Genesee County Health Department and other local partners. Mobile Health Central is a vehicle designed as a multidisciplinary mobile clinic that is the first of its kind for a university in Michigan. “Mobile Health Central gives us the chance to increase access to health care in rural and other underserved communities that face obstacles,” said Tracy Speier, outreach coordinator for Mobile Health Central. “We are able to work in partnership with community residents to identify specific needs and gaps in service and then bring those services directly to them.” The event also was an opportunity for CMU students from The Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions, CMU College of Medicine, and the College of Education and Human Services to get guided, hands-on experience. Approximately 70 volunteers, including students, faculty and staff from CMU, Mid Michigan Community College and the Genesee County Health Department, served more than 100 residents during the four-hour health fair. As seniors moved through Mobile Health Central and the Brennan Senior Center gymnasium, CMU students —

who worked under the close guidance of faculty — helped residents complete their health history and provided basic screenings. The screenings included checking for diabetes symptoms, skin cancer, blood pressure levels, balance inequities, hearing loss and glaucoma. Students and faculty spoke with residents about nutrition and presented a healthy recipe demonstration. The Genesee County Health Department also was on hand to conduct lead testing. “With Mobile Health Central, we get experience in different communities. We are also able to make the screening process faster,” said Lindsay Bitterman, a CMU doctoral student from Flushing studying audiology. Crystal Pendergrass, a CMU junior from Lake City, was a member of the committee of faculty, staff, administrators and local representatives who coordinated the visit. She said the experience, as well as other CMU volunteer trips to Flint last semester, have helped her shape her future career and fulfill her dream to give back to fellow Michiganders. “We are stronger when we work together,” Pendergrass said. “It is exciting to see our colleges and the local community come together.” Volunteers from The Ivy House of Flint and the local chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha helped register participants and distributed their handmade fruit baskets. The Brennan Senior Center also served lunch to all participants. Additional partners and supporters of the health fair included the Flint Mayor’s Office, Genesee County Commissioner Brenda Clack, Kroger Co., CMU Public Radio and Dr. Thomas V. Claringbold. Mobile Health Central was created through a grant from The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation. Mobile Health Central — which is approximately 39 feet in length — is fully customized with a soundproof booth for hearing and audiology testing, an exam table, and other equipment needed to provide access to high-quality health care in rural and other underserved areas throughout the state.


Making a difference in Belize Students provide essential diabetes screenings and education Preventive health care and regular screenings are not always common in the small villages that dot the Central American nation of Belize. In the spring of 2016, one Central Michigan University professor and his class set out to change that through a partnership with Heart to Heart Belize — a humanitarian organization.

first-year master’s student in exercise physiology who earned a bachelor’s in kinesiology and exercise science from CMU in May 2015.

Residents in two Belizean villages lined up to be seen at temporary clinics where students from CMU undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs provided diabetes health screenings. Students worked for as many as six hours per day checking patients’ vitals and body mass index, looking for circulatory issues, providing blood sugar tests, and consulting with villagers to address other symptoms.

Johnson and two students — a nurse practitioner and registered nurse who were granted special permission by the Ministry of Health to practice in Belize — were present to oversee the screenings and answer more complex health questions. Having a collection of students at various stages in their training and education provided an opportunity to not only learn from the expertise of their professor and representatives from Heart to Heart Belize, but also each other.

“It was so rewarding just to see how appreciative they were to be able to go to a clinic,” said Samantha Paine, a student from Fremont earning a Master of Science in Administration degree with a focus on philanthropy and fundraising and an international health certificate. The class of about a dozen students was led by James Johnson, a professor in The Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions. Johnson has partnered with health organizations, Belize’s Ministry of Health and students to offer health services and information each year for more than a decade. Students saw more than 290 patients ranging in age from several months to 90 years old in Benque and Bullet Tree near the town of St. Ignacio and Belize’s western border with Guatemala. Throughout their visit, the class worked with Heart to Heart representatives, faith leaders and other local residents to bridge significant language barriers in order to listen to and communicate with patients. “We had the chance to see different medical and cultural perspectives,” said Sterling Heights native Kristina Hasanaj, a


“It gave each of us the opportunity to teach and be taught in many different fields,” Paine said. “You could talk to anyone in our group and feel comfortable. Everyone was able to learn from everyone else.” Paine and her classmates wrote journal entries describing their experiences including one cultural and a professional lesson and a personal insight each day. “One of the things I will take away from the experience is the importance of stepping outside the box no matter what you are doing and learn something new,” Paine said. In addition to clinics, the delegation also made home visits and worked in classrooms to educate youth on preventive care and healthy eating habits to help them avoid diabetes. “My biggest takeaway was how much there is to see and understand in the world. This experience has inspired me to do more to serve underserved communities,” Hasanaj said. •

Development Column

Time, talents and treasures – pay it forward Sir Winston Churchill emphasized how important it is for us to pay it forward stating, “we make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” He believed a great education, like the one students receive from The Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions at Central Michigan University, provides an ability to give back. I have the privilege to serve and interact with CHP alumni who pay it forward in appreciation of the place that prepared them for their careers. With each interaction, I am truly amazed and humbled by the breadth and depth of generosity that our alumni have given with their time, talents and treasures. When you support The Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions, you are making a difference in the lives of well-deserving students. Supporting us through the Richard B. Parr Endowed Visiting Professorship/Guest Scholar Program in Exercise Physiology, the Mobile Health Central Outreach Fund and the Dean’s Greatest Need fund enables our college to provide resources for these initiatives. You can help passionate students realize their dreams. In addition, you can assist with transforming our faculty discoveries into practice. Finally, through supporting our research centers and labs, you contribute to improving the lives of real people in very meaningful ways.

Technology that supports learning. Facilities that bring our community together. Professionals who will improve countless lives. Past private support of the college has made each of these essential components possible. Please consider paying it forward by volunteering your time or making a gift to the college. I welcome the opportunity to speak with you about how you can make a difference. Please contact me at 989-774-1731 or Thank you for your support, and Fire Up Chips!

Brett Scott Director of Development The Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions 989-774-1731

CMU to receive $19.5 million to build Center for Integrated Health Studies Allocation will expand health care expertise, services across state Central Michigan University will receive $19.5 million to build a new Center for Integrated Health Studies, as approved in June 2016 by state legislators. Part of the $55 billion state budget, the center will address significant student demand and expand health care expertise and services across the state — especially in rural and medically underserved areas.

“This investment in the students of CMU will increase the health and wellness of families and communities across the state,” President George E. Ross said. “We thank Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter, Rep. Nancy Jenkins and Sen. Darwin Booher, co-chairs of the Joint Capital Outlay Committee, and Al Pscholka, chair of the House Appropriations Committee. Their leadership and commitment to the

residents of Michigan is clear once again with the approval of this funding.” The CMU Center for Integrated Health Studies will include about 62,000 square feet of space, cost about $26 million and will be located in Central’s health professions corridor. Students in the center will be part of a patientcentered medical home model, which emphasizes the teamwork needed among all health care professionals. •


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Dear Dr. Shingles, I have recently started my job as an adjunct athletic trainer with a women’s basketball team, and I also assist with football. As a part of my job, I will supervise athletic training program students. I would like to say thank you and compliment our program, our rotation sites, our athletics department and our preceptors. This is because I know that Central Michigan University has THE BEST athletic training students around. You have given us the experiences and provided us with every learning tool available. You taught us to be confident in ourselves but not arrogant and to always be willing to learn from our preceptors regardless of their experiences and level in an organization. You showed us that this job is as much about practical and clinical experiences as grades and studying. Not only did I learn how to become an athletic trainer and develop a successful career, I learned leadership, teamwork, respect and so many other things that come with being a part of a program like this. I am proud to represent our program and CMU more now than ever. Thank you again for everything and Fire Up Chips! Jessica Reitmeyer May 2016 graduate Written in a thank-you note to faculty member RenÊ Shingles

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The Pulse - Fall 2016  

Academic Highlights from the College of Health Professions

The Pulse - Fall 2016  

Academic Highlights from the College of Health Professions