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On the cover ALZHEIMER’S RESEARCH Chandler Ray Neuroscience Chandler Ray is a 2019 Summer Scholar with the Department of Biology. His research project is titled “Using Fruit Flies to Understand the Pathways Leading to Alzheimer’s Disease.” His project is advised by Dr. Michelle Steinhilb.
Right: Honors student Lateef Shafau is involved in numerous campus activities including Global Brigades, the Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students, and the Muslim Student Association. To check out other Honors student involvements, see pg. 26. Below: Honors student Julia Reynolds is vice president of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the professional development chair of the Society of Women Engineers. She is also a teaching assistant for an introductory engineering class.
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Letter from the President Research & Creative Endeavors Resume of Achievement Honors Graduates Personal Connections Global Citizenship High-Impact Learning Honors Students in Action Study Abroad Active Citizenship Life Outside the Classroom News in Brief Honors Traditions
Honors Program Staff
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Judy Idema Associate Director email@example.com
Talents & Passions for Good Although Honors students are incredibly diverse in their talents and passions, all of the students recruited to Honors have already demonstrated some potential for academic excellence. One of the tasks for Honors is, therefore, to provide both extra challenge and support to help students maximize that potential for excellence in their time at CMU.
Maureen Harke Associate Director firstname.lastname@example.org Ken Rumsey Academic Advisor email@example.com
Phame Camarena, Ph.D. Director, University Honors
As the articles, photo essays, and brief reports in this edition of Honor Bound reveal, Honors students are embracing that challenge to achieve and are modeling the best of what academic success can look like at CMU both in and out of the classroom. Beyond the accolades and awards, however, Honors remains proud of the values that guide these efforts. Whether advancing a discipline or advocating for a more just world, Honors students are committed to using their talents and passions for good! This is the same spirit that drives the efforts of the faculty, staff, and administration supporting Honors students. We believe in the potential for Honors to be a force for good in our campus community and world. I hope this edition of Honor Bound inspires you to use your talents and passions for good too. Cheers,
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Critical thought, scholarly inquiry and creative expression
Respect and appreciation for diverse peoples and ideas in a global society
High standards for integrity and personal aspirations Active citizenship and service for the greater good
Right: Honors students outside the City Cathedral in Berlin as part of the Honors Global Citizenship course.
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The value of the Honors Experience at CMU A message from President Bob Davies
At Central Michigan University, we are proud to transform students through educational experiences that help them find and develop their passion for learning and for serving others. While these opportunities are available to every CMU student, students in our Honors Program truly set the example for making the most of all our university has to offer. The Honors Program staff and faculty provide resources and opportunities to empower Honors students to fully engage in the life and mind of the university and achieve their greatest potential. Our program blends faculty mentoring with high-impact learning practices and experiential opportunities, including cultural explorations through international travel and study. Honors coursework encourages the use of critical thinking to solve complex world issues, provides opportunities to evolve as a global citizen, and inspires students to give back to their local and international communities. As early as their first year, students can engage in undergraduate research and creative endeavors. They may even attend professional conferences, both nationally and internationally, as part of their development as emerging scholars in their disciplines. More than 42% of Honors Program graduates are listed as authors or coauthors with faculty advisors on professional presentations, off-campus exhibitions, and manuscripts submitted for publication! The success of these endeavors is reflected by the fact that each year more than 70% of Honors graduates go on to earn their masterâ€™s, doctoral, medical, business or law degrees at top schools
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throughout the country, including CMU. Others immediately begin rewarding careers or take a year to participate in national or international service programs such as AmeriCorps and the U.S. Peace Corps. Some even go on to become Fulbright Ambassadors in places like the Slovak Republic, England and South Korea. Honors Program students are academically exceptional, and they are also committed to making a difference for the greater good. Our most recent cohort of Honors students completed more than 30,000 hours of community service during their years at Central. Many program alumni are still actively engaged in service in their personal and professional lives. They are leaders, changemakers and visionaries shaping our world in remarkable ways. Participation in the Honors Program requires a commitment to scholarship, inclusion, service and integrity. For those who seek to live out these core values and truly wish to put their stamp on the world, there can be no better community. I hope you will enjoy this edition of Honor Bound magazine. I know youâ€™ll be awed and inspired by the incredible things our Honors students and alumni achieve here and around the globe. Be well,
Bob Davies President, Central Michigan University
Top: Honors student Abbey Van Allsburg takes a picture with President Davies at an ice cream social he hosted at the beginning of the 2018-2019 academic year. Left: President Davies presents Honors student Amber VanMeter and others with a Sustainability Award on behalf of CMU student efforts over the past 10 years. Above: President and Mrs. Davies host a group of Honors students for dinner at their home last fall. Honor Bound | 5
Research and Creative Endeavors
Effects of Stress and Aging on Fertility
Honors student works with faculty on fertility research that has implications for ALS, dementia, and Alzheimer’s
onors student Alexandra Couch found unexpected opportunity in the lab of biology faculty member Dr. Jennifer Schisa. Couch is part of Schisa’s research team studying the effects of stress and aging on reproduction. They use microscopic worms called C. elegans in their research. Couch, a Centralis scholar and biology major, came to CMU eager to study science. Although she didn’t know her exact goal, she knew she wanted to help people. One of the ways to do that, she decided, was through research. In her sophomore year, she took advantage of the research opportunities CMU offers to undergraduates and joined Schisa’s group in the College of Science and Engineering. “I have always been interested in genetics, and her work caught my eye because it has applications for many people,” Couch said.
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Research with broad implications Schisa has received her fourth National Institutes of Health grant, $425,000 for three years, to pursue her research, which seeks to determine how women’s unfertilized eggs maintain their integrity for up to 40 years when they are under stress. Schisa’s previous research has shown that age and stresses cause RNA and proteins to clump into granules. When the stress goes away, the clumps disassemble. The hypothesis is that the granules are doing something positive, and the researchers are trying to determine what that is. Knowing the answer could have wide applications, Schisa said. Some possibilities include helping women with fertility problems and making inroads into neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS, frontotemporal dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. While pursuing those goals, students also gain the intangible benefits of doing research, Schisa said. “Being a part of the lab not only develops their critical thinking and problem-solving skills, but they also discover that research
is fun,” she said. “Discovering new things is exciting”. “This is one of the many things that CMU does super well: providing research opportunities to undergraduates.” Benefits that last a lifetime Couch sees the broader benefits of being involved in research. “Being able to read and understand research papers helps me in classes now and will help me in the future,” she said. In addition, she said she has developed better time-management skills, determination and patience. “You realize how science is finicky and doesn’t always go your way.” The connections she has made and her involvement in research presentations have helped her gain admission to optometry school. “One of the best decisions I’ve made in my life is to be in this lab,” she said. “It made my college career. It’s such a great opportunity to work with a professor and get published.”>
Honors student helps faculty seek best way to deliver anti-inflammatory curcumin to cancer
assandra Thompson’s college search strategy wasn’t that unusual. Its outcome was.
The Portage Northern High School junior was looking at programs in psychology, neuroscience and pre-medicine. She reached out to Central Michigan University Professor, Dr. Gary Dunbar, who was head of the neuroscience program in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. He invited her to volunteer at CMU’s Field Neurosciences Institute Laboratory for the summer. “I thought that was incredible,” she said. “In the summer before my senior year of high school, I was actually able to come to CMU and take part in research projects. It was more hands on than I had ever done. I decided right then that I was going to come here and do research.” Now she is a sophomore at CMU, taking part in research that aims to advance the use of curcumin in fighting glioblastoma tumors in the brain and neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s. She is working with faculty and students in neuroscience, chemistry and biochemistry. Targeting the tumors Research has shown that people in countries who ingest high amounts of curcumin over their lives have lower rates of certain cancers. Curcumin, a component of the spice turmeric, is noted for its
Fighting Tumors with Spice antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.
“But its ability to impact cancer and diseases is diminished because it hardly dissolves in water, so it is very difficult to get sufficient amounts into the bloodstream,” said Ajit Sharma, a chemistry and biochemistry faculty member in the College of Science and Engineering.
To make the curcumin soluble, Sharma turned to fellow faculty member Douglas Swanson, who designed a dendrimer — a nano-sized molecule — that would make the change and deliver it through the bloodbrain barrier to the targeted tumors. Extending quality of life Preliminary research, by Julien Rossignol, associate professor of neuroscience in the College of Medicine, and his team, has shown that when mice with brain tumors received a high dose of curcumin into their brains their lives were extended by about eight days. That is equivalent to about one to three years for a human, said John Gallien, a neuroscience doctoral student working on the team. And it is not just that the mice stayed alive, but that they were able to function
relatively normally, added doctoral student Bhairavi Srinageshwar. That’s comparable to extending a person’s quality of life for years, she said. “We are on to something,” Rossignol said. “Now we need to find out the most effective formulation.” Preparing for a career Thompson’s role in the research is to document how much of the curcumin is actually going into the cells. She likes where this road is taking her. “Doing this work is pretty cool,” she said. “Having done all these procedures and learned the protocols will help me get into and excel in graduate school.” Her goals are high. “I want to direct a neuroscience program like this, one that is hands-on and gets you involved early.” >
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Research and Creative Endeavors
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Honors students are engaged in senior capstone projects including research, scholarship, and creative endeavors
5. The Consequences of Fast Fashion in Costa Rica Sarah Merrifield Fashion Merchandising and Design, Spanish Sarah Merrifield worked with Dr. Michael Mamp on her capstone project, “Ropa Americana: The Impact of U.S. Fashion Overflow on the Costa Rican Garment Industry,” which helped combine her majors of Fashion Merchandising and Spanish. The project highlights the concerning effects of imported secondhand clothing in developing nations whose economies suffer under the weight of U.S. leftovers, and presents a more ethical fashion industry as a solution. 6. International Security Research Holly Gregory Cultural and Global Studies, Psychology
1. 3D Printing in Metal Austin Brittain Mechanical Engineering Technology Austin Brittain worked with Dr. Benjamin Ritter to design and 3D print steel suspension components for the Chippewa Racing Formula SAE vehicle. A stronger understanding of the advantages and limitations of this technology will allow CMU students to stay on the cutting edge as metal 3D printing becomes more common in industry. 2. Cancer Prevention Research Gretchen Holtgrefe Biochemistry
Holly Gregory completed her capstone project, “An Analysis of Morocco’s Counterterrorism Strategy,” with Dr. Timothy Hazen. Inspired by her study abroad experience in Morocco, her project analyzed how counterterrorism policy, religious reform, and Islamist participation in government combine to deter terrorism in Morocco. 7. Parkinson’s Disease Research Erica Burkett Neuroscience
Gretchen Holtgrefe spent the second semester of her freshman year in Dr. Ajit Sharma’s lab, using electrophoresis to find which antioxidants react the fastest with free radicals, thus stabilizing the free radicals in one’s body before they create cancer cells. Her research during this semester was primarily focused on cancer prevention.
Mentored by Professor Michael Sandstrom, Erica Burkett completed her capstone project, “Differentiation of Mesenchymal Stem Cells to Dopaminergic Neurons Capable of Luminopsin Stimulation for Experimental Use in Parkinson’s Disease Model Rats”. The purpose of her project was to create a novel cell line for use in future research on clinical interventions for Parkinson’s Disease patients.
3. Spinal Cord Injury Research Lateef Shafau Biology: Biomedical, Cellular, and Molecular Concentration
8. Climate Change Research Emily Tinney Meteorology
Lateef Shafau completed his capstone project, “Combining Bioluminescence Driven Optogenetic Stimulation with Swim Training for Treatment Following Spinal Cord Injury in Rats,” under the supervision of Dr. Ute Hochgeschwender. The goal of the experiment was to enhance hind limb locomotor recovery by coupling swimming therapy with bioluminescent optogenetic stimulation.
Emily Tinney completed her capstone project, “The Future of Hazardous Convective Weather over Michigan in Response to Anthropogenic Climate Change,” under the guidance of advisor Dr. John T. Allen. Her research provides insight into the implications a warming climate may have on severe storms in the state of Michigan by the end of the 21st century.
4. Instrumental Arrangements Across the Ages Alex Rodriguez Music Education: Instrumental
9. Consumer’s Energy Consultation Report Francesca Ferrara, Tucker Gross, Haley Godbold, Seahyun Kim College of Business Administration
Alex Rodriguez completed his capstone project, “Below Broadway to Center Stage, Creating Instrumental Arrangements from Songs Across the Ages” under the guidance of Dr. Evan Ware. Alex hopes to inspire others to create music and concert programs that will appeal to diverse audiences and enhance the lives of listeners.
A group of Honors students completed reasearch titled “Consumer’s Energy Consultation Report” in which they analyzed the ways Consumer’s Energy’s consumer service ratings differed based on whether customers received calls directly from Consumer’s Energy or from one of their outsourced customer service agencies.
Other research topics include: Adolescent Screen Time Adult Caregivers Adult Long-Term Care Alcohol and Sexual Assaults Alzheimer’s Disease Antibiotic Resistance Antibiotics in Great Lakes Waterways Antioxidants Anxiety and Depression Aquatic Biodiversity At-Risk Adolescents Autism Black-Capped Chickadees Blockchain in the Manufacturing Sector Body Perception of Female Athletes Children’s Ministry
Cholesterol Levels/Cardiovascular Disease Civic Engagement Climate Change College Readiness Designer Drugs Disability Representation in Literature Domestic Violence Training Economic Downturns Entrepreneurship Education Ethnocentrism Ethnomusicology Eyewitness Testimony Faith Decision-Making False Confessions Future of Detroit’s Music Industry Gentrification and Institutional Racism
Global Business Practices Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands Influenza Vaccine Invasive Species in Michigan Rivers K-12 Service Learning Korea’s Independence Movement Latino Students in Special Education Lifelong Fitness Metabolic Syndrome National Weather Patterns Neurological Music Therapy Obesity Parent-Child Attachment Parkinson’s Disease Political Climate for Female Politicians Publicly Traded Companies
Refugee Integration Risk Measures Using Actuarial Applications Sexual Harassment Soccer in Latin America Spinal Cord Injuries Young Adult Literature Stem Cells String Music Pedagogy Sustainability in Program Management Technology Overconsumption The Dairy Industry Value of Shakespeare in the Classroom Vascular Health
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Society of Women in Engineering
Internship at Burns & McDonnell
Honors students are encouraged to make meaningful choices regarding cocurricular activities that help prepare them for graduate school and their careers. Academic internships, research opportunities, leadership roles, and study abroad are just some examples of careerrelated activities Honors students engage in to gain experience and learn by doing. Read below to see how Honors student Hannah White has made intentional choices to enhance her college training as she prepares to be an engineer.
s a mechanical engineering major, aHannah White k nows it can be challenging to be a female in her field. In the classroom, she is usually one of two or three female students enrolled and she has never had a female engineering professor. She wants to change that gender imbalance for future engineering students, but first she is focused on building an undergraduate resume of achievement in preparation to land a job working with renewable energy after graduation. While some students rely on their coursework alone to get a job, Hannah has made intentional decisions about her co-curricular involvements so that when she graduates her resume will stand apart from others. She has carefully selected opportunities that will
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Building a Resume of Achievement provide her with real world experience that employers are looking for.
research papers and finishing their economics class at the University of Iceland.
Research in Iceland
As part of her coursework, she came up with the idea to research the economic feasibility and efficiency of incorporating mountain top solar panels into Iceland’s energy grid.
To that end, Hannah spent a summer abroad in Iceland at the School for International Training. Her two-month trip began when she flew into the only international airport in Iceland, located in Keflavík. From there the students in the program traveled to Ísafjorður and stayed with host families for two weeks while taking a renewable energy course at the University Center of the Westfjords. Then the group drove through the center of Iceland where there are “absolutely zero people living” and stayed in cabins for two nights with no heat or electricity. They ended in Reykjavík where they spent three weeks working on individual
Solar Thermal Energy Handwashing Station Back at CMU, Hannah completed a second research project in engineering, building an outdoor hand washing station at Forest Hill Nature Area (FHNA), an outdoor educational center in Gratiot County, where elementary and middle school students go for field trips. “The station will use solar thermal energy from a flat plate collector to heat the water being used by kids to wash their hands,” White said.
Study abroad in Iceland “My intention was to give the kids a way to physically see solar energy at work since it’s so hard at that age to understand where energy comes from.” Hannah continued her research efforts on campus by working with graduate students in the 3D printing lab to help fix a torsion machine that is used to test the strength of 3D printed metals. Internships and Co-ops This past summer, Hannah interned in Denver, Colorado, at a regional office of Burns & McDonnell, an engineering consulting firm. She was part of the Transmission & Distribution Global Practice and worked in their pipelines group. In fall 2019, Hannah will be a co-op student at Toyota’s North American headquarters in Saline, MI, in their Supplier Engineering Development (SED) group. During this time, Hannah will take a semester off from classes at CMU to work at Toyota for 40 hours a week before returning to the Mt Pleasant campus to complete her degree. Society of Women in Engineering Adding to her achievements, Hannah was also President of the CMU chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) this past year, which is a nationally recognized organization for both student and professional female engineers. The mission of SWE is to “empower women to succeed and advance in the field of engineering and to be recognized for their life-changing contributions as engineers and leaders.” Currently, there are about 30 female students in the SWE group at CMU.
“Our three main goals as an organization are to provide outreach events to younger generations of future engineers, create a community for the current members of our organization, and to prepare our members for future professional careers in this field,” said White. SWE members have helped children at the Discovery Museum build catapults, invited middle school girls to campus for a day of engineering projects, and helped a Girl Scout troop receive their engineering journey badge. The group also does resume critiques, career fair prep, and attends the annual national SWE conference. This year’s conference attendees travelled to Minneapolis where several members received internship and job offers from Fortune 500 companies.
towards the business side of things once I’ve built a strong base and understanding in the engineering side. I can also see myself becoming a professor later in life. The chance to become that female role model that I never had for the next generation of engineers would be extremely fulfilling.” Pictured below is Hannah at her host family’s tree farm in Ísafjordur. The family works with Iceland’s reforestation efforts. Hannah is holding a tree planter which is used to open holes in the ground so small trees can be dropped down the chute for planting. In an hour Hannah was able to plant 40 trees.
“SWE is close to my heart,” Hannah said. “It creates a community of engineers who genuinely want to dedicate their time to inspiring the younger generations of future engineers in a field where women are so few.” “It’s really awesome to have this community of people to come back to each week who all have the same goals and aspirations.” Ultimate Career Goal “I’d love to see myself in some type of renewable energy section in a consulting firm. The challenge of convincing clients that my company is the right one for the job would be a really rewarding career path. I also want a career path where there’s room for growth. I want to be able to move up in a company and possibly transition more
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what’s see where the class of 2019 is headed after graduation
for honors grads?? where are honors graduates headed? grad school • med school • law school • careers
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honors students attend grad schools, med schools, and law schools across the country
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are immediately employed in their field receive Fulbright grants participate in Americorps/Peace Corps complete professional internships
Sarah Barker Iâ€™m so excited to say that I will be attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to get my PhD in the Child, Youth, and Family Studies program with full-funding!
Jenny Eldred Iâ€™m excited to announce that this fall I will be joining the Class of 2023 at Boston University School of Law. Go Terriers!
Honors students graduated in 2019
the largest Honors graduating class in CMU History!
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Connections P E R S ONA L
in the Honors Program
appuccino or latte?” Each fall, this question is the starting point of a hundred different conversations with first year students that Honors Director Phame Camarena poses at the local coffee shop. Phame, along with the rest of the Honors staff, has made a commitment to get to know each and every first year Honors student on a personal level. To help accomplish this, Phame invites students out individually for a beverage of their choice at the local coffee shop. They spend about an hour discussing the student’s transition to Honors, their academic passions, and their life goals. Eva Steepe, pictured below, shared, "We discussed my plans for the rest of college, including becoming an RA and studying abroad. We also discussed opportunities for the future because I am
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interested in continuing my education to get a Masters degree and a PhD."
caught up all the time in technology, like smart phones and gaming.
Coffee chats are just one way that Phame interacts with new Honors students. He also hosts music exchanges, sessions of racquetball, and a Mexican dinner during Hispanic Heritage Month.
Idema also invites Honors students to her home each Thanksgiving for a “Friendsgiving“ event, hosts a tile-painting-for charity night at a local ceramic studio, and works alongside students at the local food pantry and clothing donation center.
“The goal of these chats,” according to Phame, is to “learn about the real lives of our students and to ensure they know that we really do care at a personal level and that we are ready to do what we can to provide individualized encouragement and support as they work to maximize their unique potentials through their engagement with Honors.” Opportunities for Engagement Honors Associate Director, Judy Idema, offers a different set of activities to get to know new students in the program. Each fall, she invites students to escape the hustle and bustle of campus to take a nature hike at nearby Deerfield Park. Along the path, students photograph nature and stop along the river for a conversation about selfcare and being present in the moment versus being
“Spending informal time, outside of the classroom, with students,” Idema said, “allows us to get to know them as individuals and hear what is happening in their lives. As a staff we can help students problem-solve issues, connect students to campus resources and opportunities, and start thinking about things like service passions and life after CMU.” Honors students admitted through the Track II admission process are also new to the program, joining Honors in their sophomore or junior year, and Honors Associate Director Maureen Harke hosts a series of breakfast chats as a way for the group to bond, meet the Honors staff, and make lasting personal connections with other Honors students. Harke also meets individually with students who have questions about National Scholarships, graduate school and internship opportunities. Harke also leads efforts for
Trips w ith Ju dy!
Honors first-generation college students, providing support and advice as they navigate the university. Honors Advisor Ken Rumsey meets with all Honors students as they select Honors courses and map out their academic planning documents. The appreciation that students have for Ken is apparent by the hundreds of students who have “Ken buttons” on their backpack that feature his face and slogans like, “Ken 2020” and “Ken he fix it? Yes he Ken!” Office professionals Shari Jackson, Brenda Rolston, and Melissa Alexander, also know
students by name as they are the support team that works with students who visit the Honors Office with questions and need assistance. In addition to individual time with students, the Honors office also hosts group events such as potlucks, coffeehouses, trivia competitions, and road trips to museums and Broadway plays.
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accept the invitation when it comes to engaging with faculty and staff outside the classroom: "Just starting a conversation with a staff member can lead to new connections, ideas, or even thinking about the world in a way you hadn’t previously."
“These informal events bring the Honors community together for fun and networking. It makes our community seem like family,” Idema said. Steepe feels like a part of this family. She recommends that incoming Honors students
(Left) Honors Director Phame Camarena meets with Honors student Eva Steepe for coffee. Phame has an open offer to all Honors students that he will treat them to coffee and a life chat at any time with the promise that when they leave CMU and are later able to, they will pay it forward to someone else.
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Learning to be a
Global Citizen W
hen Brenna Fitzmaurice came to CMU from her hometown of St. Charles, Michigan, she was excited to experience campus life and ready to meet new people. What she didn’t expect was that, three years later, she would have acquired two study abroad experiences and a heightened understanding of her role as a global citizen. Study Abroad
More than just checking off the number of countries one has visited, Honors global citizenship initiatives are designed to challenge students to think more globally, to promote intercultural competence, and to encourage students to commit to actions that promote a more sustainable and peaceful future for our world– from local to global. Because Honors students have different backgrounds, professional goals, and personal interests, the Honors Program works to promote all of the CMU Study Abroad Program opportunities while developing targeted programs within Honors to meet specific objectives. The Honors Program introduces the concept of global citizenship in introductory Honors courses, challenges students to engage
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with international issues within the campus community, provides opportunities for first time international travelers to explore abroad as soon as possible, and encourages all students to find international experiences abroad that are personally and professionally meaningful. Fitzmaurice’s first global citizenship experience came at the end of her freshman year when she enrolled in a three week service-learning course in Oaxaca, Mexico. “I had never been out of the country, so I didn’t know what to expect,” said Fitzmaurice. “My biggest surprise was finding more similarities between our two cultures than differences. I realized Mexico is not a single story— it’s a beautiful country, with a rich history, with friendly and considerate people.” Her experience in Oaxaca began shaping her identity as a global citizen, allowing her to consider the impact that her native culture had on other cultures: “The course helped me realize that policies in the United States have real effects on real people outside our borders.” The Honors Program also provides Study Abroad programs focused specifically on
facilitating global citizenship. For three years, Honors Director Dr. Phame Camarena has lead a small class of Honors students to explore countries overseas, attend international diplomacy conferences, and develop their identities as global citizens. In 2019, two such classes were offered: Dr. Camarena led a class to climb the Reichtag in Germany, explore street art in England, and visit an international court in the Netherlands. Honors professor, Dr. Kristina Rouech led the other class to Dublin, London, and Amsterdam. Though not part of an Honors Global Citizenship course, Fitzmaurice completed a second study abroad in Denmark, enrolling in positive psychology course. “The course examined people’s strengths, focusing on what is right, not what is wrong,” said Fitzmaurice. “We talked about Danish policies that were affecting their happiness and well-being and what allowed them to be ranked as one of the top happiest countries in the world. Learning how another country addresses shared issues helped me see how we can affect similar change in our country.” On Campus Opportunities
The Honors Program also supports student
Honors Academic Service Learning in Oaxaca, Mexico
Honors Global Citizenship: A Visit to Oxford growth as global citizens here on campus. One example is the International Peer Partners Program (IPP), an Honors-sponsored opportunity that pairs Honors students with International students for one semester. On a weekly basis, students meet to learn about one another’s culture over coffee, at the movies, and during sporting events. In addition, the Honors Program hosts and co-sponsors campus speakers who help educate Honors students about global cultures and important world issues. One such speaker was South Korean Ambassador, His Excellency, Oh Joon, who visited CMU in Fall 2018. Continuing her development as a global citizen, Fitzmaurice did not stop at her study abroad experiences; when she heard about the Ambassador’s visit, she signed up right away. She continues to find opportunities around campus to remain an active and growing global citizen.
In the end, our hope is that all Honors students will have a more comprehensive appreciation for global citizenship as a concept with both the confidence and competence to engage with global issues in their lives as global citizens. Fitzmaurice is certain that her development as a global citizen has changed her perspective for the better, both during her college experience and moving forward into her career. “Meeting the Korean Ambassador gave me the opportunity to learn about the history of Korea with its obstacles and triumphs, from a perspective that wasn’t inherently American,” said Fitzmaurice. “We are taught how Americans view Korea, but not how Koreans view and have experienced their own story.”
“As a developing psychologist, I know I will not just look at American policies but consider what other countries are doing. While conducting research, I want to be familiar with what is happening worldwide when addressing mental health issues in schools.”
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A JOURNEY TO THE JIM CROW SOUTH Dur ing Spr ing Break , nine Honors students took par t in HON 319: A J our ne y to the Jim Crow S outh. Led by emer ti facult y Dr. Nor ma Baily (EDU) and Dr. J oyce Baugh (PSC ), students traveled to histor ic landmar ks of the Civil R ights M ovement. The following is an account of the exper ience wr itten by course par ticipant, Honors student M egan Lawrence.
Race relations in the United States is a complicated issue. In this course, we looked back in history in an effort to better understand the complex problems we see today. We stood where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his church sermons and where he was assassinated. We walked the Edmund Pettus Bridge where the Bloody Sunday Massacre took place and where the 54-mile march from Selma to Montgomery began. In Birmingham, we sat in the 16th Street Baptist Church where four little girls were murdered and walked in the park where the Children’s March was met with police brutality. Ultimately, our trip took us to Memphis, Montgomery, Selma, and Birmingham; each city hosted critical moments of the Civil Rights Movement. We gained a deeper understanding of how the movement gained momentum, the impact it had and what still needs to be done. Many important concepts from the Civil Rights Movement can be applied to our efforts to improve society today. We
learned that the Civil Rights Movement was driven not just by a few key leaders, but by thousands of people across the country who risked everything to end injustice. We also learned that one's efforts to fight inequality can take many forms, whether that is pursuing a career in social justice or making a difference by voting, marching, or volunteering. The class also helped us see that, while the United States made great strides toward racial equality during the Civil Rights Movement, we still have a long way to go. It was encouraging to see that young people were the backbone of the Civil Rights Movement; today it is our job, as young people, to continue to better our communities and advocate for human rights. We are not just the leaders of tomorrow– we are the leaders of today. This class has inspired me to be a part of the solution, a change agent in my own community. The movement is not over. – Megan Lawrence
The Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, where the Bloody Sunday Massacre took place and the Selma to Montgomery march began
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Memorials near the Edmund Pettus Bridge for individuals who were instrumental in organizing the Selma to Montgomery March
The Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a pastor for many years
The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, stands across the street from the 16th Street Baptist Church
The Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee,s where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated
Freedom Award recipients display at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee
The Alabama State Capitol Building in Montgomery
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HONORS STUDENTS IN AC TION
Major: Biomedical Sciences, Pre-Med Hometown: Midland, MI
Honors Program Involvements: International Peer Partner Program, CMED Honors Early Assurance Program, Honors Diversity Task Force, Diversity Panelist at National Honors Conference Other On-Campus Involvements: Pre-Med & Osteopathic Society, Muslim Students Association (President), Study Abroad Ambassador, SAPA Advocate (24/7 crisis line for survivors of sexual aggression) Favorite Honors Professor: Dr. Brad Swanson, my BIO111H professor, always made himself personally available during class for one-on-one instruction. I really value his commitment to my success. Current Research: In Dr. Mallary Wacker’s research lab I am studying how to improve blood cell response in fighting staph infections. I am also involved in a College of Medicine research group that is evaluating barriers in health care access for individuals with disabilities. Why I Want to Be a Doctor: Minority patients often report feeling frustrated and misunderstood by medical professionals. As a physician, I’d like to serve underrepresented populations to help provide an environment for individuals to be heard and understood. Memorable Study Abroad Experience: I studied Human Health and Disease in Copenhagen, Denmark, for three weeks. One weekend, we rented bikes and set out in search of the “Forgotten Giants,” a collection of six sculptures throughout the area. We rode our bikes for 20+ miles through the countryside and found five of the “Giants”. Service Passion: CMU’s SAPA paraprofessional organization taught me about the issue of sexual aggression and empowered me to provide strength and support to those in need. Changing the World: I spoke at a large protest on CMU’s campus, organized by the Muslim Student Association, in response to the 2017 Muslim Ban proposal. The event was the largest organized protest in CMU History, with over 500 people attending. Game Night, All Night: One weekend, my friends and I got together to have a game night. We stayed up all night having deep discussions, watched the sunrise together, and went to IHOP for breakfast!
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JAKE SALISBURY Major: Music Education, Choral Focus Hometown: Eaton Rapids, MI
Honors Program Involvements: Larzelere Hall Fine Arts Committee Co-Chair, HON 100 Lead Teaching Assistant, Honors Coffeehouse performer, Presenter at National Honors Conference in Boston Other On-Campus Involvements: American Choral Directors Association (Former President and Vice-President), Role of Tobias, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, SAPA Advocate (24/7 crisis line for survivors of sexual aggression) Favorite Honors Memory: I was asked to put together a choir of Honors students to perform at the Centralis Competition. It was my first time directing and there were hundreds of people in the audience. I felt so alive! Impactful Honors Course: During my Honors seminar, we role-played historical figures from important world events. We dressed up, made presentations, and debated in character to try to achieve certain goals. It was intense, but I learned so much and made some of my best friends to this day! Favorite Honors Professor: Jennifer Kitchen-Schaeffer is one of my closest faculty mentors at CMU. She is positive, unconditionally supportive, and loves to tackle research and service projects with her students! I’ve spent countless hours in her office chatting about my career and life. Unforgettable Study Abroad Experience: I studied music and the Italian language in a small town on the edge of Tuscany. One Sunday, we decided to climb to a village at the top of a nearby mountain. It took us all day and when we got the top, everything was closed and the only place we could find to get something to drink was a small hotel bar way off the road! But I will never forget the views. My “Big Break”: I recently got the opportunity to star in a student-led short film called Divine Purpose. Our film was featured at the 2019 Traverse City Film Festival in August Whirlwind College Road Trip: A week before the show, I was offered deeply discounted tickets to see a Tuesday night performance of Hamilton in Chicago. We left for Chicago after class, had dinner, saw the show (which changed my life), and made it back to Mt. Pleasant at 4 AM to go to our 9 AM classes on Wednesday! How I Unwind: I enjoy writing poetry, taking photographs, and going on nature walks.
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study abroad By traveling abroad, Honors students embrace the journey and see through new eyes
of Honors students study abroad at least once at CMU
Honors students studied abroad in over
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Nelson, New Zealand
countries in 2018â€“19
Ă?safjorĂ°ur, Iceland Urbino, Italy
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Countries marked in gold display locations Honors students have studied abroad.
Stellenbosch, South Africa
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Chang Mai, Thailand
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S E R V I C E F O R T H E G R E AT E R G O O D
Path to Active Citizenship
asmine Hall, ’16, will never forget the exact date that the water crisis began in her hometown of Flint, Michigan— April 25, 2014. That’s when, in a cost-cutting move, Flint officials switched the city’s water source from Lake Huron and the Detroit River to the Flint River. Soon after the switch, residents began to complain that the water coming from their taps was cloudy and foul-smelling. In August, after E. coli and coliform bacteria were detected in Flint’s water, citizens were advised to boil their water.
In the fall, as the Flint water crisis continued to unfold, Hall was on a college semester abroad program in Singapore. On weekends, she’d been taking trips to other countries in Southeast Asia, where, in what struck her as a sad irony, she’d been warned to stay away from the local drinking water. In February 2015, water at the home of one Flint resident was found to have lead levels that were seven times higher than the Environmental Protection Agency’s acceptable limit. Old lead water pipes were corroding and lead was leaching into the water. In September, a study showed that blood-lead levels in children—those most vulnerable to brain damage caused by lead poisoning—were on the rise. Flint finally switched back to a Detroit water supply in October 2015. Distress at what happened in her hometown sparked Hall’s interest in the field of public health and led her eventually to Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, from which she graduated in May 2019 with a master of science in neuropsychiatric epidemiology with concentrations in public health leadership and population mental health. She’s interested in conducting research on how a community trauma like the water crisis impacts mental health— especially when the trauma occurs during childhood—and what can be done to foster both individual and community resilience in the face of such trauma.
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CMU Honors Program Alum, and active citizen, Jasmine Hall, uses her education, experiences and desire for social justice to inspire change in her hometown of Flint, MI.
Finding what resonated The middle child of seven in a singleparent family that struggled with both food and housing insecurity, Hall says she fell in love with school at an early age. After grade school she attended an International Baccalaureate school, part of the Flint Community Schools. GEARUP, a college readiness program that she took in high school, along with academic scholarships, helped pave her way to Central Michigan University and a seat in the CMU Honors Program . After taking an introductory psychology class during her second semester of college, Hall declared a major in neuroscience, intrigued with the idea of studying brains and behavior. She spent one summer doing research with rodents in a neuroscience lab, only to realize that she didn’t like that type of lab work. “I was still interested in brains, but wanted to work with people,” she said. Returning from a semester abroad in Singapore, Hall continued to study neuroscience but, outside the classroom, turned her attention to the community. Honors students are called to be active citizens by finding a service area in which they are passionate. As such, Hall helped organize a bottled water drive for Flint, and helped distribute water in Flint churches, nursing homes, and apartment complexes. She also worked part-time as a caregiver in Isabella County, one of the poorest counties in Michigan, with developmentally disabled adults, assisting with things like nutrition, hygiene, and administering medication. In a summer course, she learned about the importance of healthy behaviors such as physical activity, sleep, and not smoking.
The course opened her eyes to the field of public health. Hall began to realize that many of the problems she had seen while she was growing up in Flint—neighborhood and domestic violence, sexual assault, abuse, and neglect; a glut of liquor stores and convenience stores but a lack of fresh, healthy food; and few parks and green spaces—were public health issues. “The field resonated with me,” she said. Stepping up to the plate After graduating from CMU, Hall took a position with AmeriCorps VISTA in the Boston Public Schools Office of SchoolCommunity Partnerships, where she helped strengthen partnerships between the public schools and nearby colleges, nonprofits, and government agencies. A year later, Hall applied and was accepted to Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Hall said her time at the School has been challenging but rewarding. When a fellow student mentioned that Karestan Koenen, professor of psychiatric epidemiology, was looking for a research assistant to help with a systematic review of how contaminants in drinking water can cause neuropsychiatric disorders, Hall was intrigued because of what had happened in Flint. She followed up with Koenen and got the position. The two worked well together, and Koenen become her adviser. “She really took leadership of the project and stepped up to the plate,” said Koenen. “Her work, her organization, her drive, and her intelligence—combined with her passion for social justice, especially related to the community she comes from—all those things make her unique.”
LEARNING TO SERVE CMU Honors students are committed to service for the greater good. They use their time at CMU to find their individual service passions and engage in related meaningful service with a number of local, national and international organizations. During spring break, many Honors students choose to serve throughout the country and around the globe with programs such as Alternative Breaks and Global Brigades. As a cohort, last year’s graduating Honors seniors completed over 30,000 hours of service during their time at CMU, and many alumni go on to serve in distinguished programs such as the Peace Corp and Americorps. Others find ways to serve in their communities and in their professional life.
Outside the classroom, Hall was chosen as an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Fellow and went on to help organize the annual Health Equity Leadership (HEAL) conference. She also served as president of the Black Student Health Organization. The pull of home In the future, Hall would like to conduct research that explores the sociodemographic, genetic, and environmental influences that can affect mental and neurological health. Hall would like to know what leads to good mental health in the first place. “We’re never going to have a mentally healthy country if we only put out fires,” she says. “What are the characteristics of people with the best mental health? Who is flourishing? And how do we find an equitable way to promote mental health and well-being for others?” She hopes that her research will contribute to the promotion of healthy child neurodevelopment and well-being for the Flint community and will also serve as a model of resilience in communities facing similar adversities. Her immediate plan is to return to her hometown and contribute to the good work that is already being done by others. In 2021 she will apply for PhD programs to further her ability to affect change. It pains her that, even today, five years after the water crisis seeped onto the public stage, people still don’t trust their taps. “Flint is still very much in crisis because it is about more than the water,” she
said. “It is about the trauma that comes with being poisoned and unheard for 18 months and an absence of justice.”
Below are some of the issues Honors students are engaged with: Affordable Health Care
Thousands of Flint homes have had their old lead pipes replaced and officials say that lead levels are now within federal guidelines. But there are still many pipes left to replace. Said Hall, “You don’t need to know neuroscience to know that there is no safe level of lead for anyone’s child and that that should be reflected in federal drinking water policy and in infrastructure maintenance throughout the country. I would still not recommend drinking the water in Flint until all pipes have been replaced.”
She said that when she’s home, people talk about the water. “It smells bad,” she said. “In the beginning, it smelled like sewage. Now it smells like it has too many chemicals. When you shower, your skin feels bad. People have problems like dry or patchy skin. People I know in Flint shower quickly, then rinse off with bottled water.” Shaking her head, she said, “You shouldn’t have to do that in 2019 in America.”
She added, “When you think of Flint you think of General Motors, sit down strikes, economic hardship, and an unfortunate water crisis. I’d like people to think of this, too: resilience. This is an edited version of Karen Feldscher’s article originally published May 21, 2019, by Harvard T.H, Chan School of Public Health. It is reprinted with permission from Harvard Chan School.
Arts Advocacy At-Risk Youth Autism Spectrum Disorders Cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s Child Welfare Civil Rights Climate Change Domestic Violence Environmental Sustainability Human Trafficking Hunger/Homelessness Immigration Inequality Literacy Mental Health Obesity People with Disabilities Prison Reform School Safety Substance Abuse/Opioids Survivors of Sexual Aggression Sustainability Urban Renewal Veterans Care
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LIFE outside the classroom
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Honors Program Student Involvement Opportunities
Honor Bound Magazine Honors Council Representative Honors Diversity Task Force Honors Health Service Society Honors International Peer Partners Honors Platform Student Journal Honors Program Board HON 100/300 Teaching Assistants
7 1. Campus Leadership Honors students participate in over 400 registered student organizations, often taking on leadership roles such as Student Government Senators, CMU Drum Major, and President of some of the largest groups on campus. 2. The Fine Arts Honors students not majoring in a fine arts discipline are still able to participate in every ensemble the School of Music offers from marching band, to chamber ensembles to choirs. Honors students also perform in musicals, theatre, and dance productions. 3. HON 100/300 Teaching Assistants Each year 30 returning Honors student leaders serve as teaching assistants for new students in the program. TAs help orient students to the Honors Program, mentor students on class assignments, and assist students in their transition to the university. 4. Special Opportunities Honors students are often asked to serve on university committees, represent the student voice to administrators, and participate in campus ceremonies.
5. Honors Friendships Honors students use time outside the classroom to form bonds of friendship with other Honors students. This includes attending social events, grabbing coffee, eating meals together, and late night discussions over pizza. The motto of the Honors residential community is â€œLarzy Loveâ€? for a reason. 6. Honors Traditions Honors students look forward to long-standing annual Honors traditions such as the Winter Charity Ball, Honors Silent Auction, Honors Trivia Challenge competition, and trips to visit museums and see Broadway musicals. 7. Homecoming Week Residents of Larzelere Hall, home to the Honors Residential Living and Learning Community, take Homecoming week to the next level. Larzelere has won the coveted Maroon Cup more times in recent history than any other hall through participation in Homecoming Events such as the Medallion Hunt and Mock Rock.
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NEWS IN B
GRADUATES RECOGNIZED FOR OUTSTANDING ACCOMPLISHMENTS
The 2018-2019 Honors seniors who recieved special recognition at the Honors Program Graduate Recognition Ceremony for academic excellence, outstanding Honors capstone projects, and service work are as follows:
Academic Excellence Awards Lillian Hendrick Integrating Organismal Data Over Time and Space: A Case Study with Oarisma Powesheik Faculty Advisor: Dr. Anna Monfils National Science Foundation Fellowship Recipient Outstanding Senior Project Awards Isabella Barricklow "Cognoscenti," a 185-page young adult fiction novel containing themes of current societal issues portrayed through the eyes of the characters Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Bean Emily Jensen Working with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in a Medical Setting: Insights from Child Life Specialists and Child Life Assistants Faculty Advisor: Dr. Cheryl Geisthardt Griffin Kendziorski Enhancing Axon Regeneration Using NT-3 Expressing MSC's Following Spinal Cord Injury Faculty Advisor: Dr. Gary Dunbar Outstanding Service Awards Kaci Clayton Service Learning courses in Mexico, Belize, and a Michigan prison; Alternative Breaks in Georgia, South Carolina, Missouri and Michigan Danielle Piggott Sexual Aggression Peer Advocate; Autism Spectrum Clients 3,000 service hours
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HONORS STUDENTS RECOGNIZED FOR RESEARCH AND SCHOLARLY EXCELLENCE
Each year, CMU recognizes several top students for outstanding research in their field. In addition, the Robert Newby Diversity Award annually recognizes diversity-related academic work and initiatives completed by up to three undergraduate students and one graduate student. The 2018-2019 Honors students who received these awards are as follows: Provost Awards Alexandra Couch Annika Cushnyr Parker Fritz Emily Hieftje Emily Jensen Claire Thelen Summer Scholars Isaac Angera Casey Estes Alexander Johnson Carson Pakula Chandler Ray Grace Richmond Terry Stearns Julia Willsie Adam Zettel Newby Diversity Research Award Kaci Clayton Emily Jensen
HONORS STUDENT RECIEVES NSF GRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP Honors Program senior Lillian Hendrick has been named a recipient of The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. The highly competitive fellowship award provides recipients a three-year annual stipend of $34,000, along with a $12,000 allowance for tuition and fees at the studentâ€™s institution of choice. It also provides opportunities for scholars to conduct international research and participate in professional development programs. At CMU, Hendrick worked with Dr. Anna Monfils to research endangered butterfly species and with Dr. Kirsten Nicholson, curator of natural history at the CMU Museum of Cultural and Natural History, on a museum methods project. She presented her work at national and international conferences, and was published in the Biodiversity Data Journal. She will earn her PhD in Zoology at the University of Florida.
OUTSTANDING HONORS PROGRAM FACULTY RECOGNIZED
HONORS STUDENTS RECIEVE FULBRIGHT GRANTS This year, two Honors students were offered prestigious English Teaching Assistantships abroad. Grace Pawluszka, an Honors student from Warren, MI, majoring in Music Education, has been offered a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to the Slovak Republic. Josh Briscoe, a senior from Limerick, PA,majoring in International Relations and Cultural and Global Studies, has been offered a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Grant to South Korea. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. Previously, Josh has studied abroad at Korea University in South Korea during the summer following his first year at CMU and has since returned to South Korea numerous times throughout his undergraduate experience to study, and has twice interned with The Homer Hulbert Memorial Society. Josh's deep interest in international study also led him to complete a semester long study abroad in Singapore. Josh is looking forward to teaching in a formal setting in South Korea while giving back to the country that has helped shape his undergraduate experience. Josh’s career goal is to earn a doctorate in political science and become a university professor.
College of Education & Human Services; Department of Human Development and Family Studies
College of Health Professions; School of Health Sciences
Dr. Pamela Sarigiani is a Professor of Human Development and Family Studies with specializations in parent-child relationships, resilience in child development, and adolescent mental health. Students enrolled in Dr. Sarigiani’s HDF 100H Human Development class have consistently noted appreciation for her efforts to enrich active classroom learning with out of class field trips and small group lunch chats to encourage students to make the content of the class relevant to their personal and professional lives. Dr. Sarigiani has supervised multiple capstone projects and Honors contracts and provided assistance for the Honors global citizenship program in Europe. Professor Leslie Wallace is a faculty member in the School of Health Sciences and has taught multiple Honors sections of HSC classes with an emphasis on HSC 411H Pathophysiology. Students enrolled in her classes have consistently recommended Professor Wallace for extra recognition because of her ability to make complex material both understandable and relevant. With case studies, guest speakers, class discussions, and coffee chats, Professor Wallace has ensured that her Honors seminars are enriching and that she is personally available to support student learning.
Grace has studied abroad in Slovakia previously, completing Rusyn language and culture courses at the University of Presov. She is looking forward to returning to Slovakia to deepen her understanding of the culture. By using her talents as an instrumental musician, vocalist, and dancer, she hopes to engage with her host community by joining a folk ensemble with a goal of expanding her knowledge of Slovak culture and folklore. In return, she would like to incorporate songs and dances acquired in Slovakia into her future music classroom to educate students on the rich history and culture within Central Europe. Grace has a passion for teaching and her goal is to become a music educator who provides students with the tools to see the beauty through appreciation of music, culture, and the arts.
2019 Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Grant to South Korea
2019 Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Grant to Slovak Republic
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SERVICE LEARNING IN OAXACA, MEXICO
his longstanding study abroad tradition provides Honors students with a cultural immersion experience in service learning that benefits the children of Oaxaca, Mexico. Annually, over the course of three weeks, Honors students create and implement developmentally appropriate activities for children in two different local orphanages. In addition, this meaningful international growth experience allows plenty of time for students to engage fully with the community through the exploration of cuisine, arts, historical sites and vibrant culture of Oaxaca, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
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GIVING TO HONORS The Honors Program at Central Michigan University enhances the undergraduate student experience by providing special supports and opportunities such as conducting, presenting and publising research, study abroad and more. Donors like you make this possible.
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FUTURE SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST Lisa Trager Communication Sciences and Disorders Honors student Lisa Trager serves as an undergraduate student clinician at CMU’s Summer Speech-Language Specialty Clinic. In addition, Lisa served as the President of the Association of Future Speech-Language Pathologists and recently completed her Honors capstone project titled “The Impact of a Combined Semantic Feature Analysis and Sound Production Treatment Approach on Patient-Reported Outcomes in a Person with Aphasia,” advised by Dr. Natalie Douglas.
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