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Ed: Fired Up Forever

I came from a large working class family of nine children, and my parents felt that a high school education was all I needed. Fortunately for me, I was the only one of the nine that attended college, and that is because I received a wrestling scholarship from CMU....

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Ed: Fired Up Forever

I came from a large working class family of nine children, and my parents felt that a high school education was all I needed. Fortunately for me, I was the only one of the nine that attended college, and that is because I received a wrestling scholarship from CMU. However, that didn’t pay for everything. My coach at Central knew I had money problems, so he got me an on campus job to help with expenses. Summer jobs also helped.
After graduation from CMU I taught in a high school, while continuing working on a Masters degree in high school administration. I completed my career as a high school principal. I credit CMU with my success in life and plan on supporting the University until I die.

Sarah: Born to be a Chip

My parents met at CMU in the early 80s. Because of this I grew up going to football and basketball games. By the time my older brother started at CMU it was already starting to feel like home. Naturally when it came time for me to apply, I knew I had to go to Central....

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Sarah: Born to be a Chip

My parents met at CMU in the early 80s. Because of this I grew up going to football and basketball games. By the time my older brother started at CMU it was already starting to feel like home. Naturally when it came time for me to apply, I knew I had to go to Central. My time there including three years with the marching band, where I became in integral part of the games I grew up at. (It definitely helped already knowing the fight song!) I would not be exaggerating when I say that I would not be the person I am today without the people I met and the experiences I had at CMU.

James: CMU Masters via Remote Learning

Dear CMU, Here’s my story. I’ve never been to the CMU campus! I got a masters degree via remote learning while attending the US Army Command and General Staff Course (CGSC) in 1993-1994 in Ft. Leavenworth, KS. Though attending a US Army school, I was an active duty US...

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James: CMU Masters via Remote Learning

Dear CMU,

Here’s my story. I’ve never been to the CMU campus! I got a masters degree via remote learning while attending the US Army Command and General Staff Course (CGSC) in 1993-1994 in Ft. Leavenworth, KS. Though attending a US Army school, I was an active duty US Marine. In a class of some 1,200 students, there were 20 Marines, and yes, we love to compete!

CGSC is a rigorous and demanding course in itself. There were several avenues to commit to extra classes and work to earn a master’s degree at the end of that academic year. I chose CMU over others due in part to name recognition and academic quality. As a result, in addition to full weekdays of classes, reading, study, papers, and projects for CGSC, those of us enrolled in the CMU curriculum attended additional classes from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday every other weekend. The classes were taught by adjunct professors, many of whom worked in the field being taught. We would complete a three credit-hour course every six weeks. Naturally, the “off” weekend was spent preparing for the next weekend. A few of the CGSC classes counted as credit toward my CMU degree. Additionally, we had to compose a prior learning assessment to earn a maximum of nine hours of additional credit toward degree completion. This package required research and documentation of prior military schools, courses, and experience to earn those hours. I spent a large portion of the holiday break period assembling that package. In that academic year, I counted only five days where I did not conduct some level of academic activity.

On a personal level, my wife and I arrived at Leavenworth after spending three years in London, England at a small Marine Corps planning headquarters. As a sister service to the Army, Marines had to arrive early to complete a prep course on Army organizations and weapons systems. Also during that year, our first child was born. After graduation, we were off to a three-year tour to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan (around the bay from Hiroshima). We had family in Memphis, Tn and Garden Grove, CA to visit and a couple of family reunions to fit in. It was a fun, rewarding, and tiring year!

The reward was my CMU Masters in Administration. As a Marine Corps logistician, I felt like the course of instruction broadened my perspective and provided processes, considerations, and applications to my future professional responsibilities. I retired from the Marine Corps in 2007 (after 27+ years). Subsequently, I worked 6+ years as a Senior Defense Analyst for Northrop Grumman and then another 6+ years as a Civil Service employee for Headquarters, Marine Corps in the Pentagon. I retired July 2020 after 40 years of working.

We currently live in Fredericksburg, VA, and I hope someday that our travels will allow me to visit the main campus. Regardless, I’m proud of my CMU degree and to be counted among Chippewa alumni!

Semper Fi,
Jim McCown
Col (ret) USMC

SISU ~ How the great granddaughter of an indentured orphan from Finland got Fired Up!

Melissa: SISU ~ How the great granddaughter of an indentured orphan from Finland got Fired Up!

From the manageable class size, excellent instruction, opportunity to study abroad in France, Women's Chorus, CMU Theatre, CM Life and internship placement...everything I took advantage of during my five years at Central has influenced my life, career, travel and...

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Melissa: SISU ~ How the great granddaughter of an indentured orphan from Finland got Fired Up!

From the manageable class size, excellent instruction, opportunity to study abroad in France, Women’s Chorus, CMU Theatre, CM Life and internship placement…everything I took advantage of during my five years at Central has influenced my life, career, travel and outlook. My grandfather and mother also attended CMU and while I grew up in East Lansing with MSU in my backyard, I always knew (since 8th grade!) that I would attend Central. I am very grateful to have had the privilege to access education and since I have also worked at three universities (Denver/Chicago), I truly appreciate the VALUE of education to advance one’s prospects in life – on so many levels. Even my work-study experience in hospitality services (the Res!) paid off when I learned service bartending for events. Great gig work whenever I moved. I’d like to see more elder care/geriatrics students coming out of CMU – we need them in rural areas in northern Michigan.

Wade: CMU opens doors of opportunities

After flying helicopters in Vietnam and upon my return, I became a plant manager for Wrangler products, but my love for flying prevailed. While flying for the Alabama National Guard, I was given a direct commission to fly search and rescue for the Coast Guard. While...

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Wade: CMU opens doors of opportunities

After flying helicopters in Vietnam and upon my return, I became a plant manager for Wrangler products, but my love for flying prevailed. While flying for the Alabama National Guard, I was given a direct commission to fly search and rescue for the Coast Guard. While stationed in Savannah, Ga. as a Coast Coast search and rescue pilot, looking to prepare for my future, I attended the CMU weekend extension program and received my Masters in Business Management and Supervision. This degree opened the door for my third career. When stationed at Selfridge Air National Guard base in Mt Clemens, MI., I attended Wayne State and earned a Doctorate in Education. Ultimately, I went into education as a college academic dean, high school teacher, district administrator for school improvement, adjunct professor and lead evaluator for AdvancedEd (Cognia) in international accreditation. I retired after 20 years in secondary education and Central Michigan has played a major role in my life and provided me many enriching opportunities.

Lee: Tribute to Dr Plachta

In 1973 I enrolled into CMU's Business School with the goal of obtaining a degree in Business Administration so that I could work in my family business. Halfway through my Junior year, I had a Management Accounting class with Dr. Plachta, who was then in charge of the...

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Lee: Tribute to Dr Plachta

In 1973 I enrolled into CMU’s Business School with the goal of obtaining a degree in Business Administration so that I could work in my family business. Halfway through my Junior year, I had a Management Accounting class with Dr. Plachta, who was then in charge of the Accounting Department. I met with Dr. Plachta to re-schedule an exam right before Thanksgiving because I was going to be on a family vacation. Over the next hour and a half Dr. Plachta convinced me to change my major to accounting and, upon graduation, to work for Arthur Andersen & Co. I did and despite my late change in major still graduated a year and a half later and accepted a position at Arthur Andersen & Co. I subsequently pursued a career at Michigan Consolidated Gas Co, a client of AA&Co, and ultimately served as its CFO. Leonard changed my life and I will be forever grateful for the inspiration and guidance he gave me. I’m confident that he similarly impacted many others.

My attachment to C.M.U.

Thomas: My attachment to C.M.U.

My wife earned her degree at C.M.U. My three sons went to C.M.U. Two of my sons earned their degree. Before that I took graduate classes at C.M.U. During many winters I went to watch members of the wrestling team that went to the high school I taught at, Warren...

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Thomas: My attachment to C.M.U.

My wife earned her degree at C.M.U. My three sons went to C.M.U. Two of my sons earned their degree. Before that I took graduate classes at C.M.U. During many winters I went to watch members of the wrestling team that went to the high school I taught at, Warren Lincoln High School. My brother-in-law, a C.M.U. graduate encouraged me to come watch a C.M.U. football game. For the next fourteen years I attended games, had tailgates and watched many games. During many of these years I had two nephews and two nieces attending C.M.U. So seven family members were attending at the same time. I am proud to give additional money to C.M.U. My memories are priceless

Robert: Learning about human nature in my role as an insurance adjuster.

My degree as made it possible to have a career as a worker's compensation insurance adjuster. In that position I had the honor of being assigned the cities of Miramar and Key West, Florida. I have had a number of claims from first responders such as police and fire. I...

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Robert: Learning about human nature in my role as an insurance adjuster.

My degree as made it possible to have a career as a worker’s compensation insurance adjuster. In that position I had the honor of being assigned the cities of Miramar and Key West, Florida. I have had a number of claims from first responders such as police and fire. I was a worker’s compensation insurance adjuster for 27 years holding licenses in a number of states in the South. Prior to being an adjuster I worked for Eastern Airlines for two and one half years. My hope for the university is to continue to grow in various programs/degrees. I would also like to see the University move up to a better conference though I think that the MAC has served the University well in the past.

Bruce: A lifetime of Gratitude and Humble thoughts

I started my CMU journey like most others. As the foundation being, "meeting new people and making great friends". After obtaining a solid education at Central, my then friendships continued on through life. We were all in each others weddings and watched our own...

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Bruce: A lifetime of Gratitude and Humble thoughts

I started my CMU journey like most others. As the foundation being, “meeting new people and making great friends”.

After obtaining a solid education at Central, my then friendships continued on through life. We were all in each others weddings and watched our own children go off to college (a chosen few to CMU).

With that said, a core of fantastic guys will celebrate our 30th Anniversary Golf Outing this summer at Riverwood Golf Club right there in Mt. Pleasant. I started the outing in 1991 with 6 guys and it has blossomed to over 40 participants.

Looking back, I would never change a thing in my life as it relates to my experience at Central Michigan University. And as young graduates become active citizens in whatever their endeavors may be, I’d like to think they would too would give back to what brought them so much.

“Fire Up”

Regards,

Bruce D Trobridge 89′

* Incidentally, my Michigan license plate reads ” FRE UP”.