MOUNT PLEASANT - Emmy Award winning broadcaster Dick Enberg was on hand for the dedication of the Dick Enberg Academic Center at Central Michigan University's Indoor Athletic Complex on Friday.
Enberg, a 1957 CMU graduate and winner of 14 Emmy Awards, is known for his work as a sports broadcaster with CBS and NBC. He has covered the Olympics, Super Bowl, Rose Bowl, World Series, U.S. Open, NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament and Wimbledon, among other major sporting events. Enberg is an honorary member of the Academic All-America Hall of Fame and has been inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame and the CMU Athletic Hall of Fame.
An overflow crowd filled the main hallway in the IAC, where CMU Athletics Director Dave Heeke and President Michael Rao lauded Enberg prior to the unveiling of the new entryway to the academic center. A display commemorating Enberg's career, including one of his Emmy Awards, now fills one of the walls adjacent to the academic center entrance.
CMU's women's soccer team, which has posted the highest grade-point average of any women's soccer program in the country the past two seasons, was recognized at the dedication ceremony for having won the Dick Enberg Team Leadership Award. Senior wrestler Wynn Michalak was presented the inaugural Dick Enberg Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award. Michalak is a two-time All-American who carries a 3.83 GPA.
The Dick Enberg Academic Center is 6,000-square-foot facility that houses a computer lab with 31 workstations, five tutoring rooms, a quiet study room and the offices of the full-time academic staff. It has played an integral role in CMU winning the Mid-American Conference Institutional Academic Achievement Award 10 times in the past 11 years.