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Russian Cultural Expo and Conference to Take place at WMU

Photo of a series of Russian Matryoshka dollsOctober 12, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The 100th anniversary of the fall of the Romanov dynasty and the 1917 Soviet Revolution will be recognized Saturday, Nov. 4, during a Russian Cultural Expo and Conference at Western Michigan University.

WMU's Department of English is hosting the free event from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on campus in Brown Hall. It is being co-sponsored by the Kalamazoo Russian Cultural Association, which is now holding the Kalamazoo Russian Festival every other year, with the next festival scheduled for fall 2018.

The Russian Cultural Expo and Conference will feature a series of lectures and presentations, as well as performance of a play and a reading from a novel set in 1917 Russia. Participants will include a variety of Russian scholars from WMU, Michigan State University, Grand Valley State University and Spring Arbor University, each highlighting Russian literature, politics, culture, history or sociology. Read more

Professors get $2.6 million to train English as second language learners

October 6, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—In response to the exploding number of English language learners in Michigan, the U.S. Department of Education's Office of English Language Acquisition has awarded a $2.6 million grant to a team of Western Michigan University professors to boost professional development efforts for teachers working with English learners.

WMU is the only university in Michigan among this year's awardees to obtain funding. Read more.

Chinese Water Expert to address climate Changes as WMU visiting scholar

Dr. Xu ZongxueOctober 2, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—An expert on hydrology and water resources in China will assess the impact of climate change on those resources this week as a visiting scholar at Western Michigan University.

Dr. Xu Zongxue, distinguished professor and deputy dean of the College of Water Sciences at Beijing Normal University and director of the Beijing Key Laboratory of Urban Hydrological Cycle and Sponge City Technology, will speak at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, in 2119 Wood Hall. His presentation, titled "Water Issues Under Climate Change: Opportunities and Challenges in China," is free and open to the public and is made possible by the WMU Visiting Scholars and Artists Program. Read more

festival Provides Chance to Explore Chinese and East Asian Culture

Chinese dance group performing a traditional Chinese dance in the WMU Recreation Center at the 2015 China FestivalOctober 2, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The fourth annual China Festival at Western Michigan University will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, in WMU's Student Recreation Center. The annual festival commemorates the tradition of the Chinese Moon Festival, which is celebrated in China in mid-autumn. WMU's event was established to promote Chinese studies programs on campus and to broaden the community's understanding about Chinese culture.

"China Festival is a place for community members to explore Chinese and East Asian Culture," says Dr. Ying Zeng, director of Asian initiatives for WMU's Haenicke Institute for Global Education and festival coordinator. "There is a trend that more and more people—non-Chinese—are interested in Chinese language and culture." Read more

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN OCTOBER

September 29, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University and the extended Kalamazoo community will offer numerous global engagement opportunities in October. Highlights include the annual China Festival, the Western World Cup soccer tournament and various lectures on global topics. Opportunities to get globally engaged are published weekly at wmich.edu/global/events by WMU's Haenicke Institute for Global Education. Read more

Three to Receive WMU's Distinguished Faculty Scholar Honors

September 28, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University will present its 2017 Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award to Drs. Thomas Gorczyca, Victor Cunrui Xiong and Ping Zhang.

The honor is the highest award WMU bestows on faculty members. It pays tribute to individuals whose work constitutes a significant body of achievement that is widely recognized within the national and international academic communities.

Gorczyca, Xiong and Zhang will be recognized during this year's academic convocation at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 6, in the Bernhard Center. The event also will feature WMU President Edward Montgomery's State of the University address and presentation of four other prestigious campuswide honors: Distinguished Service, Distinguished Teaching, Emerging Scholar and Annual Make a Difference awards. Read more

Students, Public invited to 2017 Study Abroad Fair

The 2017 WMU Study Abroad Fair is scheduled for Wednesday, September 27 starting at 11 a.m. in Sangren HallSeptember 18, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Information about making an overseas learning experience part of a degree program will be conveniently located in one place Wednesday, Sept. 27, when Western Michigan University holds its annual Study Abroad Fair.

The free event is set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Sangren Hall. Activities will be taking place on the Sangren Pedestrian Mall by the main entryway as well as in atrium area of the main-entryway lobby on the first-floor.

Fair attendees will have a chance to speak with WMU students who have studied and interned abroad, as well as with professors from the University who coordinate programs and courses around the globe. Read more

Speaker Series celebrates diversity, encourages cross-cultural interaction 

September 15, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University's Real Talk Diversity Series begins Tuesday, Sept. 26, with a look at the life of a transgender American activist, and wraps up in April with a discussion on environmental racism, discrimination and socioeconomic neglect.

Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, a total of seven topics at eight events are planned through Wednesday, April 11, that are free and open to the public. All events are held in the Trimpe Building Multicultural Center. Read more.

WMU DEDICATES SPACE HONORING THE MEMORY OF DALLAS RAUKER

Dallas Rauker, a senior from Lawton, who passed away in 2015 during a mountain hiking accident in Norway. Rauker had been studying abroad at Hogeschool Utrecht in the Netherlands and traveled to Norway during a break for a hiking expedition.September 18, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University's integrated supply management program will dedicate a tutoring center in memory of Dallas Rauker, a senior from Lawton, who passed away in 2015 during a mountain hiking accident in Norway. Rauker had been studying abroad at Hogeschool Utrecht in the Netherlands and traveled to Norway during a break for a hiking expedition.

The space, which is located on the third floor of Schneider Hall, home of WMU's Haworth College of Business, bears Rauker's name and will offer tutoring assistance for students in integrated supply management—a challenging, top-ranked program that combines coursework from business and engineering. The center also will serve as a resource for students taking a variety of related courses, including business analytics, quality management, computer-aided design, computer information systems and others. Read more

wmu honored for diversity, inclusion efforts for fifth year in a row 

September 12, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Diversity and inclusion efforts underway at Western Michigan University helped it earn recognition for the fifth year in a row from a national publication that focuses on diversity in higher education.

WMU was one of 80 institutions from around the nation named an annual Higher Education Excellence in Diversity—HEED—honoree by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. WMU has been honored by the publication each year since 2013.

"The HEED Award process consists of a comprehensive and rigorous application that includes questions relating to the recruitment and retention of students and employees—and best practices for both—continued leadership support for diversity, and other aspects of campus diversity and inclusion," said Lenore Pearlstein, co-publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. "As we continue to see a record number of HEED Award applicants each year, nearly every school tells us they use the application itself as a tool to create new programs and to benchmark their accomplishments across campus. The process allows them to reflect on their successes and also determine where more work needs to be done. We also continue to raise the standards in selecting HEED institutions." Read more. 

numerous wmu events slated for hispanic heritage month

September 11, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A series of public events will be taking place at Western Michigan University this fall in observance of Hispanic Heritage Month, including a 40th anniversary reception for "Alma Latina," a popular show on 102.1 WMUK-FM, WMU's public radio station.

The Division of Multicultural Affairs is sponsoring the events, all of which are free and most of which are being held on the WMU campus.

Kicking off the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration will be a free musical program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, on campus in the Bernhard Center on the Bronco Mall's Center Stage. This musical extravaganza is open to the public and being co-sponsored by WMU's Dominican Student Organization. Read more. 

Political economy of inequality examined during sichel series

September 10, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The political economy of inequality will take center stage in the coming months as the 2017-18 Werner Sichel Lecture Series unfolds at Western Michigan University.

With the theme "The Political Economy of Inequality: U.S. and Global Dimensions," the series kicks off on Sept. 13 with Dr. Teresa Ghilarducci, the Irene and Bernhard L. Schwartz Professor of Economic Analysis and director of the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis at the New School of Social Research in New York. Her topic is "The Political Economy of Retirement Time Inequality in the Organization for Economic-Cooperation and Development."

All Sichel presentations are from noon to 1:15 Wednesdays and include a light lunch reception after the lecture. The lectures are free and open to the public in 2028 Brown Hall. Read more. 

Gilman Scholarship winner seeks adventures abroad

September 7, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Dennis Schneider, a senior at Western Michigan University, has packed a lot into his 21 years.

The Milford native has taken advantage of co-op opportunities at Detroit-based American Axle and participated in a five-day backpacking trip in Cuba as well as a WMU faculty-led engineering in China experience. He's also operated a painting company during the summer, run a half marathon, completed a triathlon, and founded a college council of the Knights of Columbus at the University.

Now, the adventurous industrial and entrepreneurial engineering student has a new achievement to add to the list.

Schneider is among about 1,000 of the nation's undergraduates to be awarded a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State to study abroad this fall semester. The highly competitive Gilman Scholarship is part of a larger government effort to expand the number of Americans studying and interning abroad, helping them gain skills critical to national security and prosperity.Read more. 

Kalamazoo's three college leaders make statement on daca

September 6, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—After U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Sept. 5 that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals order—DACA—would end in six months, the leaders of Kalamazoo's three institutions of higher education collaborated on a message of support to DACA students and a call for a legislative solution to the issue. Read more. 

Take advantage of global engagement opportunities in september

September 5, 2017 

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University and the extended Kalamazoo community will offer numerous global engagement opportunities in September. Highlights include a pop-up thrift shop and world bazaar, Chinese culture classes, a musical celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, and events and outings with international students. Read more.

Back-to-school events planned for new and returning students

August 24, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University's fall semester formally begins at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, with the start of 2017-18 classes. But thousands of new and returning students will be on campus before then, settling in for a new semester, attending various events, and patronizing the WMU Bookstore and the Bernhard Center's Bronco Mall. Read more. 

area families needed to host international visitors

August 10, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—If your family enjoys meeting new people, exploring new cultures and introducing American culture to international visitors, consider becoming a host family.

Western Michigan University is seeking homestay opportunities for visiting international teachers and students arriving from Japan in August. A stipend of $450 a month will be paid to each hosting family for the duration of the guest's stay, which can range from four weeks to one year.

Host families will be assigned an international visitor and are required to provide them with a private bedroom and two meals daily—breakfast and dinner. The guest pays for all other personal expenses while in the United States. Read more. 

transformation dunn decade comes to a close

July 28, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The 10 transformational years of change led by Western Michigan University's eighth president, Dr. John M. Dunn, come to a close with the end of July, as the campus community offers a final round of thanks for what is now known as the Dunn Decade.

Dunn's successor, Dr. Edward B. Montgomery, will take the reins of WMU when he officially begins his tenure on Tuesday, Aug. 1. His selection as the ninth president was announced by the WMU Board of Trustees April 12 after a nationwide search.

Dunn announced last August that he would retire from the presidency at the end of June 2017. He agreed to stay on for an additional month until Montgomery's start date. Dunn will now begin a year of service as president emeritus, accepting special assignments from the board and assisting the new president in whatever initiatives he requests. Read more.

 TAKE ADVANTAGE OF GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN AUGUST

July 24, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University and the extended Kalamazoo community will offer a number of global engagement opportunities in August. Highlights include an International Ladies Sports Club, Garba Dancing Night, various art exhibits, and biking, blueberry picking and conversation circles with international students.

Opportunities to get globally engaged are published weekly at wmich.edu/global/events by WMU's Haenicke Institute for Global Education. Read more. 

Portuguese scholar to lead wmu's international initiatives

July 14, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A Portuguese political scientist with a long track record in international education has been appointed to lead Western Michigan University's Haenicke Institute for Global Education.

Dr. Paulo Zagalo-Melo, who served as associate provost for Global Century Education and director of the Global Engagement Office at the University of Montana, will take the reins of WMU's comprehensive international efforts on Sept. 1. His appointment as associate provost was announced by WMU Provost Timothy J. Greene. The appointment was made pending approval by the University's Board of Trustees. Read more.

dunn visits china and malaysia to celebrate partnerships

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Celebrations of both the newest and one of the oldest of Western Michigan University's international education partnerships served as bookends for an early July trip to Malaysia and China by Western Michigan University President John M. Dunn.

On July 5, in Malaysia, Dunn noted that WMU has welcomed students from that nation to WMU for more than 45 years, and the University was the first to formally partner with the Sunway Education Group when it launched Sunway College. Today, universities from around the globe are part of similar partnerships with Sunway, and WMU has more than 2,600 alumni in Malaysia.

The Friday, July 7, opening ceremony in China featured officials from the Chinese Ministry of Education and the Guizhou provincial government. The event celebrated an expansion of an agreement finalized in 2014 between GUFE and WMU that established a 3+1 joint program in accountancy. Under the agreement, GUFE students complete the first three years of their undergraduate accountancy program in China and the final year in the Haworth College of Business on WMU's main campus in Kalamazoo. Nearly 200 GUFE students are enrolled in that program. Read more. 

Three WMU Students receive gilman scholarship to study abroad

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Three Western Michigan University students are using a prestigious national scholarship to study overseas during the 2017 summer sessions through the Gilman International Scholarship Program.

Justin Black, of Detroit; Devin Moyer, of Constantine; and Marcos Santiago, of Sabana Grande, Puerto Rico, are among about 1,000 American undergraduate students to receive the Gilman Scholarship to study abroad.

The congressionally funded Gilman program supports study abroad by defraying such costs as tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance, and international airfare. It offers grants to students from across the United States; Washington, D.C.; and Puerto Rico. To be eligible, those American citizens must demonstrate high financial need. Read more. 

Take Advantage of Global Engagement Opportunities in July

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University and the extended Kalamazoo community will offer a number of global engagement opportunities in July. Highlights include Chinese language and culture camps for local youth and conversation circles to help international students practice their English.

Opportunities to get globally engaged are published weekly at wmich.edu/global/events by WMU's Haenicke Institute for Global Education. Read more.

Ethics Center offers three book club events for the fall semester

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Just in time for summer reading, the Western Michigan University Center for the Study of Ethics in Society has announced readings and discussions of three books dealing with hot-button ethical questions as part of book clubs during the fall semester.

Discussions of the three books begin Wednesday, Sept. 20, and continue through late November. The book clubs are open to the general public as well as the greater WMU community. Books are provided free of charge to the first 10 people who sign up via email to ethicscenter@wmich.eduTo participate, people must sign up no later than one week before the group's first meeting. Read more.

Institute is taking local high school students to china for summer camp

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A group of 10 local high school students will travel to China in July with the Confucius Institute at Western Michigan University for a language and culture summer camp.

The students and their Confucius Institute instructors will depart Monday, July 24, for a 12-day camp that includes visits to Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou, China. Participating are Kalamazoo Central and Loy Norrix high school students who have spent at least two semesters learning Mandarin. Mandarin courses are taught in these two Kalamazoo high schools by instructors from China whose appointments are facilitated by the Confucius Institute at WMU.

Summer camp participants will not only receive two weeks of Chinese language and cultural training, but also have ample opportunities to apply what they learn in the classroom.

"Local students may have learned some Chinese in class, but they don't have the environment to use it in the local community," says Wenfang Sun, associate director of the Confucius Institute at WMU. "And, they may have some knowledge about Chinese culture, but they don't have the opportunity to experience it." Read more.

Chinese language and culture camps open to students age 8 to 16

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Local students age 8 to 16 can experience Chinese language and culture this summer by attending camps at Western Michigan University during the month of July.

Four one-week sessions are being offered this summer, and there are still some openings for the remaining two sessions, which take place July 10-14 and July 17-21. The cost is $100 for one session, or $180 for both of the remaining sessions.

During the camps, students:

  • Learn and practice the Mandarin language.
  • Play traditional Chinese games.
  • Watch Chinese movies.
  • Try their hand at Chinese paper cutting, calligraphy painting and the Chinese yo-yo.

The Summer Chinese language and culture camps are hosted by WMU's Confucius Institute and take place in Sangren Hall.

For more information about the camps, visit wmuconfucius.org/sc. Read more.

Student Organization awarded by world's largest human resources association

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The Western Michigan University student chapter of the Society for Excellence in Human Resources has again received recognition from the Society for Human Resource Management.

The student organization was awarded the 2016-17 Merit Award designation for providing superior growth and development opportunities to its members. The WMU chapter is one of 327 across the United States and one of 149 recipients of this year’s Merit Award. Read more.

 

Dance students return from panama

June 1, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Twenty Western Michigan University students returned recently from a week-long volunteer trip to Panama, where they provided free dance classes to children who wouldn't otherwise have access to arts education.

This was the second year WMU students have participated in the nonprofit service program, Movement Exchange, which provides free, year-round dance classes at partner orphanages and at-risk youth foundations in Panama and the United States.

The student "dance diplomats" spent the week of May 7-14 dancing, learning and inspiring young people by taking and teaching classes with dance majors at the University of Panama, taking a contemporary/aerial dance class from a professional Panamanian dance company, and providing free dance education to children at Aldea SOS Orphanage in Panama City, Malambo Orphanage, Hogar de la Infancia, Fundación Danilo Perez, and the arts foundation, Danzarea. Read more.

new medieval book series could captivate public, scholars alike

May 30, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—For those who agree with Shakespeare that "What's past is prologue," Western Michigan University has a new book series that may become popular with the public as well as academics.

WMU's Medieval Institute Publications has launched Past Imperfect, a new series of short-form books that focus on the Middle Ages, are written in scholarly yet edgy and accessible language, and are garnering broad acclaim. Read more. 

Physician to discuss how inequities impact health care

May 30, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich—A physician, advocate and author will connect racism and income inequality to health and well-being during a free, public talk at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, in downtown Kalamazoo.

The talk will be given by Dr. David A. Ansell, senior vice president of community health equity and associate provost for clinical affairs at the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

It will be held in the auditorium of the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine. Free parking will be available in the adjacent Bronson Methodist Hospital lot at Portage and Lovell streets. Read more. 

take advantage of global engagement opportunities in june

May 25, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University and the Kalamazoo community will offer a number of global engagement opportunities during the month of June. Highlights include opportunities to help teach international students about local culture and attend globally focused art exhibits.

Opportunities to get globally engaged are published weekly at wmich.edu/global/events by WMU's Haenicke Institute for Global Education. Read more. 

Faculty Senate approves design for general education revision

May 24, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Acting at its final meeting for the 2016-17 academic year, the Western Michigan University Faculty Senate approved a memorandum of action May 11, adopting a model to use in revising the University's general education curriculum.

By a four-to-one margin, senators approved a model for the new curriculum, setting the stage for implementation of the first significant change to WMU's general education offerings in 33 years. The new curriculum, named WMU Essential Studies at an earlier Senate meeting, is scheduled for use in the classroom for fall 2018. Read more. 

wmu faculty invited to submit south asia grant proposals

May 9, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University faculty members across disciplines are encouraged to apply for a fully funded curriculum training in India as well as a $2,500 honorarium to develop course material with a South Asia focus.

The awards are part of the Southwest Michigan Education Initiative on the East Indian Ocean being funded by a U.S. Department of Education grant.

They will allow four faculty recipients to travel to India Dec. 8-22 and receive curriculum training on South Asia in order to develop future course materials. The deadline to apply is May 31. To apply, visit wmich.edu/global/uisfl. Read more.

wmu congress puts focus of world's medieval scholars on kalamazoo

May 05, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—For four days in May, some 3,000 of the world's leading scholars on all topics medieval will converge on the Western Michigan University campus for an annual meeting that has become the largest international gathering of its kind.

WMU's 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies will take place Thursday, May 11, through Sunday, May 14. The event will feature more than 570 sessions in locations across the WMU campus. Presenters will be scholars from 47 states, the District of Columbia and 34 nations. They include faculty members, museum curators and independent scholars, ranging from faculty members at the U.S. Military Academy and Harvard to academics at the Russian Academy of Sciences' Institute of World History. Read more.

four finalists for associate provost to make public presentations

May 04, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Public presentations by four candidates for the post of Western Michigan University associate provost for the Haenicke Institute for Global Education begin Monday, May 8. The candidates will speak on the topic, "What is your vision for comprehensive global engagement at a large research university and WMU in particular?" Read more.

Take advantage of global engagement opportunities in may

April 26, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University and the Kalamazoo community will offer a number of global engagement opportunities during the month of May. Highlights include Chinese culture classes, the annual International Congress on Medieval Studies, and a wide variety of chances to enjoy international cuisine and music.

Opportunities to get globally engaged are published weekly at wmich.edu/global/events by WMU's Haenicke Institute for Global Education. Read more. 

Experience chinese culture by taking a class this summer

April 24, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The Confucius Institute at Western Michigan University is accepting registrations for nine summer Chinese culture courses that begin the week of Monday, May 8.

The multi-week, low-cost courses are open to members of the public of all ages. A half-price tuition discount is offered to those age 55 and older as well as WMU students, while tuition is free for WMU employees. Some courses charge all participants a fee for materials, and those with low enrollment may be canceled.

The Confucius Institute at WMU is a nonprofit organization designed to bring an authentic Chinese perspective to WMU and the Kalamazoo area. The institute offers culture classes during WMU's fall and spring semesters as well as the University's summer I session. Read more. 

Governor, honorary degree recipient highlight wmu commencement

April 24, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Two special guests will be part of the celebration Saturday, April 29, when Western Michigan University grants more than 2,600 degrees during graduation exercises in Miller Auditorium.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder will make remarks during WMU's 9 a.m. commencement ceremony, the first of the day's four scheduled ceremonies. Snyder, who has served as the state's governor since 2011, has made it a practice to speak during graduation exercises at a small number of Michigan colleges and universities each year.

In addition, Dr. Antonio R. Flores, president and chief executive officer of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from WMU during the final ceremony of the day at 7:30 p.m. Flores is a WMU alumnus with extensive ties to Michigan. Read more.

screening, performances set for world premiere of 'spirit moves'

April 14, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich. - A four-year collaborative project involving dance, theatre, and film and video students will take center stage during a multimedia screening and performance featuring West Afrikan dance Wednesday, April 19.

The audience will be treated to a screening of the first installment of the web-based documentary series, "The Spirit Moves with Us: Afrikan Dance in the Diaspora." The premiere, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. in 1025 Brown Hall, also will feature live dance performances by Heather Mitchell, Kama Mitchell and the Rootead Youth Dance Company, and Afrobeat dance performances by Brooklyn Washington and Oluchi Ebere. Events are sponsored by WMU's College of Arts and Sciences and School of Communication. Read more.

Wmu, k college grant to bolster asian language and culture classes

April 7, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $362,000 Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Grant to Western Michigan University and its consortium partner, Kalamazoo College.

The three-year grant will support a community-based education program called the Southwest Michigan Education Initiative on the East Indian Ocean. This program will enhance global, humanities-based education for students and faculty members and address a key language need expressed by West Michigan residents of South Asian and Southeast Asian descent. Read more. 

U.c.- Davis prof to focus on economic impact of immigration in sichel talk

April 6, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A scholar from the University of California at Davis will focus on the dollars and cents of immigration when he speaks in April at Western Michigan University as part of the Werner Sichel Lecture Series.

Dr. Giovanni Peri, professor and chair in the U.C.-Davis Department of Economics, will speak at noon Wednesday, April 19, in 2028 Brown Hall. His talk is titled "The Great Economic Potential of Immigration to the U.S." and is free and open to the public. A light lunch reception will be available after the lecture. Read more.

Living the arts in the libraries to take place in april

March 29, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Poetry readings, music, faculty talks, dance set to poetry, poetry translations, new books, choral works and more will be highlighted during Living the Arts in the Libraries events at Western Michigan University during the month of April.

For the third year, University Libraries will showcase the arts for three weeks, April 1-21, in events and exhibits during regular open hours at Waldo Library and the Zhang Legacy Collections Center. A collaboration with WMU arts and humanities groups across campus, many are short pop-up events that may last from five to 15 minutes. Read more.

Michigan state geographic bee to return to wmu's fetzer center

March 28, 2017

KALAMAZOO—For the 10th straight year, just over 100 young geography buffs from across the state will descend on Western Michigan University for the Michigan State Geographic Bee, testing their knowledge of the world while vying for a trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the National Geographic Bee championship at National Geographic Society headquarters.

This year's event is Friday, March 31, and will bring the young semi-finalists from schools across the state and their families to the Fetzer Center's Kirsch Auditorium. This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, now in its 29th year. Read more.

annual clark lecture, two other political talks offered at wmu

March 27, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A nationally recognized University of Florida scholar will visit the Western Michigan University campus this week as part of the Samuel I. Clark Lecture Series, while two other noted political scientists will deliver talks this week and next.

Dr. Ido Oren, chair and associate professor of political science at the University of Florida, will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 30, in 157-158 Bernhard Center. His presentation, titled "WMD, WMD, WMD: How the Incantation of Ambiguous Phrases Creates Foreign Threats," is free and open to the public. Read more. 

take advantage of global engagement opportunities in april

March 27, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University and the Kalamazoo community will offer numerous global engagement opportunities during the month of April. Highlights include the 28th annual International Festival, Japanese language courses for teens and a wide scope of globally focused lectures.

Opportunities to get globally engaged are published weekly at wmich.edu/global/events by WMU's Haenicke Institute for Global Education. Read more.

Some 700 to participate in César Chávez March

 March 27, 2017

 KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Some 700 students and members of the public are expected to participate in Kalamazoo's 23rd annual César Chávez March and program Thursday, March 30, from downtown Kalamazoo to the Bernhard Center on the Western Michigan University campus.

The march will begin at 9:30 a.m. with participants gathering at Bronson Park for a brief organizing session before marching to WMU. The public portion of the event will end with the march at about 10:30 a.m. This year's after-march program is by invitation only. Read more.

see the world on a budget at 28th international festival

March 23, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The music, dance, food and fashions of nearly two dozen cultures will be showcased during Western Michigan University's 28th annual International Festival from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 2, on campus on the second floor of the Bernhard Center.

First hosted in 1989, the popular event features cultural display tables, performances and a fashion show. Admission is free, and for a nominal fee, attendees may sample traditional foods prepared by international students in campus kitchens under the supervision of WMU Dining Services employees.

The International Festival annually attracts about 7,000 students and community members. Attendees are able to "travel" around the world in a single evening while gaining an appreciation for the diversity of cultures prevalent on campus. Read more.

5K walk to raise funds for clean water initiatives

March 23, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Registration is open for Walk for Water Kalamazoo 5K at Western Michigan University Saturday, April 8. The event at 1 p.m. by the fountains by Miller Auditorium aims to increase awareness of the worldwide lack of access to clean water and to raise funds to help Clean Water for the World in its efforts to provide water purification units to communities in developing countries without potable water. Read more.

 

Japanese lessons for teenagers available

March 20, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Beginning Japanese language lessons for teenagers are now available through the Soga Japan Center at Western Michigan University. The program is open to middle school and high school students.

The fee is $30 for three lessons, which will be held from 4 to 4:45 p.m. on three consecutive Fridays April 7, 14 and 21 in 2045 Brown Hall. No experience is necessary. Registration is required at wmich.edu/japancenter/events.

For more information, contact Michiko Yoshimoto at michiko.yoshimoto@wmich.edu or (269) 387-5874.

British author, adventurer to take wmu audience on a journey

March 20, 2017


KALAMAZOO, Mich.—British author and world traveler Victoria Finlay will take a local audience on an unusual journey to faraway places when she speaks later this month as part of the University Center for the Humanities spring series at Western Michigan University. 

Victoria Finlay, the author of three popular non-fiction books, will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 30, in 1910 Sangren Hall. Her presentation, titled "How to Travel Through the World's Paintbox," is free and open to the public. Read more. 

WMU's ming li among national diversity award honorees

March 17, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Dr. Ming Li, dean of the Western Michigan University College of Education and Human Development, is among 39 national higher education leaders honored this week by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education.

Li and his fellow recipients were honored with the magazine's 2017 Giving Back Award. The annual award program honors college and university administrators who go above and beyond their everyday leadership duties and "give back" to their campuses and communities. Li is featured, along with 38 other recipients, in the April 2017 Leadership Support and Giving Back issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity.

Read more.

wmu to launch collegiate pathways program with forest hills public schools

March 13, 2017

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—On Thursday, March 2, Western Michigan University Extended University Programs entered into an agreement with Forest Hills Public Schools to launch the first-of-its-kind “Collegiate Pathways” program.

The dual enrollment program, set to launch in fall 2017 at Forest Hills Northern High School, allows students to earn the full Chinese language minor offered by WMU while still enrolled in high school. Dr. Edwin Martini, WMU associate dean for Extended University Programs, met with district officials at the WMU-Grand Rapids Beltline regional location to sign the contract and begin the rollout of logistics for next fall. Read more.

welcoming messages going up around campus

March 8, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—"Be proud," "Mi casa es su casa" and "You belong here" are just some of the messages people have been posting on select bulletin boards around Western Michigan University's campus for their fellow Broncos to see. The messages are part of an initiative University Libraries kicked off Feb. 27 that encourages students, faculty and staff to leave welcoming Post-it notes for members of WMU's diverse community. Read more. 

Stanford Names two wmu students as university innovation fellows

 March 1, 2017

 KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Two Western Michigan University students are among 224 nationally and internationally named University Innovation Fellows, a global program run by Stanford University that empowers student leaders to increase campus engagement with innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity and design thinking. 

Jill Puckett, a student majoring in advertising and promotion, with minors in general business and gender and women's studies, is from Marshall, while Nathan LaWarre, a student majoring in electrical engineering with a minor in environmental studies and sustainability, is from Saranac. They have just completed training to join the program. Read more.

WMU Student receives prestigious gilman award to study abroad

February 28, 2017             

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A Western Michigan University student from Kalamazoo is using a prestigious national scholarship to study overseas this semester through the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program.

EnRico Montalvo, a senior with double majors in Spanish and exercise science, received a Gilman Scholarship to study in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Montalvo is among 926 undergraduate awardees out of more than 2,800 U.S. applicants to receive a Gilman Scholarship for the spring 2017 semester.

The Gilman program offers study abroad grants for undergraduate students who demonstrate high financial need. The congressionally funded program supports study abroad by defraying such costs as tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance, and international airfare.

The program has been successful in supporting students who have been historically underrepresented in education abroad, including first-generation college students, ethnic minority students, and students who have disabilities, are from U.S. states with low study abroad participation, and are studying in science, technology, engineering and mathematics—STEM—fields. Read more.

take advantage of global engagement opportunities in march

February 27, 2017             

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University and the Kalamazoo community will offer numerous global engagement opportunities during the month of March. Highlights include a Model United Nations conference for high school students, opportunities to teach international students about the area and a wide scope of globally focused lectures. Read more at WMU News or at WMU's Global Engagement site.

WMU hailed as a top producer of u.s. Fulbright scholars

February 21, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University is one of the nation's top producers of U.S. Fulbright Scholars, according to the U.S. Department of State's annual ranking of its flagship program, which was just published by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

With six WMU Fulbright Scholars awarded grants for 2016-17, the University is tied in 10th place as a top producer among the nation's research universities. The report was compiled by the Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

"It's especially meaningful right now to be acknowledged for our success in producing Fulbright scholars," says WMU President John M. Dunn. "Global engagement has been central to this University's identity for decades, and at the same time our faculty members are active internationally, we have been host to record numbers of Fulbright students from other nations. As a campus and community, we're enjoying the best of both worlds."

Dr. Jane E. Blyth, interim associate provost of the University's Haenicke Institute for Global Education, attended a Fulbright reception in Washington, D.C., Feb. 21 honoring top Fulbright colleges and universities. Read more.

Professor Wins Prestigious Japanaese Literary Prize for Poetry

February 20, 2017

Dr. Jeffrey Angles, Western Michigan University professor of world languages and literatures, was honored during a formal ceremony in Tokyo Feb. 17 as the 2017 winner of the prestigious Yomiuri Prize for Literature in poetry.Angles won the prize—comparable to America's Pulitzer Prize—for his book of Japanese-language poetry "Watashi no hizukehenkōsen" ("My International Date Line"), which was published by Shichōsha in 2016.

The Yomiuri Prize for Literature, now in its 68th year, is given out in six categories each year: poetry, fiction, playwriting, criticism/biography, essays, and research/translation. All books published in the previous calendar year are considered for the award. Angles' book was, in the eyes of the judges, the best book of poetry published in Japan in 2016. Read more.

WMU Celebrates Research, Diversity and Global Engagement

February 14, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—"Spring Convocation: Recognition of Discovery, Diversity and Global Engagement" took place Friday, Feb. 17, at the Fetzer Center. The new annual spring gathering included events from Extended University Programs, Haenicke Institute for Global Education, Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Office of the Vice President for Research. They included scholar talks, professional development workshops, a recognition luncheon, and convocation and awards, followed by a Gold Gathering reception. 

Recipients for the Global Engagement Award included Dr. Zahir Quraeshi from the Haworth College of Business and Ms. Ann Ganz from WMU Study Abroad. Read more.

Take Advantage of Global Engagement Opportunities in February

January 26, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University will offer numerous global engagement opportunities during the month of February for members of the campus and surrounding communities. Highlights include a Japanese conversation table, opportunities to teach international students about the area and a wide scope of globally focused lectures. Read more at WMU News and WMU's Global Engagement site.

wmu welcomes over 100 international students at international student orientation and registration program

January 11, 2017

Western Michigan University welcomed 130 new international students to campus during the International Student Orientation and Registration Program on January 5 and 6 with even more students expected this semester. 

At ISORP, international students meet faculty, staff, and current students who assist in the transition to Kalamazoo and beginning studies at WMU. The information and guidance offered to students at ISORP varies from working through immigration details to exploring how to grocery shop in the United States. 

"This is a prime opportunity for WMU to support the students and give them a "safe landing" and a good launch in to their academic programs. They connect with other students especially when they realize that WMU has many other international students," said Juan Tavares, Director of International Admissions and Services at WMU. Read more about ISORP.

Take Advantage of global engagement opportunities this month

January 1, 2017

Western Michigan University will offer numerous global engagement opportunities this month for members of the campus and surrounding communities. Highlights include welcoming international students to campus through English-language practice and winter outings, exploring study abroad through short-term faculty-led programs, and the grand opening of the Global Lounge in the Bernhard Center on WMU's main campus. Read more at WMU News and WMU's Global Engagement site.

 

Chinese Partner university president visits wmu

WMU and GUFE OfficialsGuizhou University of Finance and Economics (GUFE) President Cai Shaohong visited Western Michigan University on August 18, meeting with WMU President Dunn, Provost Greene, and officials from the Haworth College of Business and the Haenicke Institute for Global Education. GUFE and WMU recently launched a joint 3+1 program, allowing students from GUFE to transfer to WMU and earn a BBA in Accountancy. Currently, nearly 100 students are enrolled in the program at GUFE and are expected to transfer to WMU in fall of 2018. Additional joint programs are currently under development. President Cai was accompanied by Chang Mingming, Dean of the School of Economics, Zhou Xingang, Board Chairman of the School of Management Science, Zhang Yuqian, Executive Associate Dean of the International School, and Chen Yumei, Executive Associate Dean of the School of Cultural Communication & Law. GUFE is located in Guiyang, the capital of Guizhou province in southwestern China.

Free Japanese Language Lessons

A series of free, beginner Japanese language lessons are being offered on three consecutive Fridays in July beginning July 8 in WMU's College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Open to the public; no experience necessary. To register, contact the Soga Japan Center at (269) 387-5874 or michiko.yoshimoto@wmich.edu. Flier.

Area families needed to host visiting international teachers, students

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—If your family enjoys meeting new people, exploring new cultures and introducing American culture to international visitors, consider becoming a host family. Read more at WMU News.

Partner visits and an alumni reunion focus of recent delegation in Japan

WMU delegation at Japan universityKALAMAZOO, Mich.—Haenicke Institute Executive Director Jane Blyth and CELCIS Director Tom Marks returned June 14 from a nine-day trip to Japan to visit the following WMU partners: St. Margaret’s Junior College, Nihon University, Musashino University, the University of Tokyo, Aichi Prefectural University, Ritsumeikan University, Doshisha University, and Kyoto Notre Dame University. Blyth and Marks also attended an alumni reunion in Tokyo hosted by the Kalamazoo-Kai, a WMU alumni organization. Dr. Steve Covell, WMU professor of comparative religion, and students enrolled in WMU's Japan Religion and Culture study abroad course also participated in the reunion and gave a short presentation on what they had learned while in Japan. Blyth and Marks also gave several presentations to prospective students and faculty, from whom they received very positive responses about WMU. Photo gallery.

New Broncos from Papua-Indonesia

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—WMU’s Center for English Language and Culture for International Students welcomed 40 new Broncos to campus on June 11 from Papua-Indonesia! The cohort will study English this summer and some will enroll in University programs as early as fall semester. Group photo.

Chicago meetings bolster international partnerships

Associate Provost Wolfgang Schlor with an official from Education Malaysia USA

Haenicke Institute Associate Provost Wolfgang Schlӧr visited the Education Malaysia Chicago office in Evanston, Ill. on Friday, June 10. He met with Director Azimah Binti Aziz to discuss ‪WMU‬'s Malaysian student population, opportunities for expanded student exchange between Malaysia and WMU, and current as well as potential partnerships with Malaysian universities. Currently, 46 Malaysian students are enrolled at WMU. Education Malaysia, previously known as Malaysia Students Department was a department established by the Government of Malaysia to manage the welfare of Malaysian students studying abroad. As time passed, Education Malaysia is now becoming a one stop center for all inquiries concerning Malaysia education, and hence, aligned with the expansion of its functions.

Schlӧr also visited the Consulate General of Brazil in Chicago, Ill., where he met with Consul General Paulo Camargo, Deputy Consul Marianne Martins Guimares, and Education Assistant Janaina Bertao Solomos. Schlӧr discussed WMU's strong record in hosting students through Brazil's Scientific Mobility Program, as well as WMU's emerging institutional partnerships in the country.

WMU professor co-develops first world religions course at partner institution

Dr. Brian WilsonDr. Brian Wilson, WMU comparative religion professor and recipient of a Fulbright Senior Specialist award, recently spent six weeks at Sunway University in Malaysia to co-develop the first-ever world religions course to be offered at Western University’s long-time institutional partner. We learned about his project in this interview. Read more.

 

 

 

 

Fulbright Fellow lands senior adviser position in Azerbaijan's education ministry

Orxan Abbasov, WMU Fulbright Fellow alumni, in AzerbejianOrxan Abbasov, a Fulbright Fellow who attended Western Michigan University from 2012 to 2014, was recently named senior advisor in the Ministry of Education in his home country—the Republic of Azerbaijan. He is currently working on implementation of a national strategy to develop education in rural, remote areas of Azerbaijan. Read more.

 

 

65 higher Education institutions participate in
9th International Conference on African Development

Participants in the 9th ICADA very successful 9th International Conference on African Development was held May 27-29, 2016 in Ethiopia at Addis Ababa University College of Business and Economics, Addis Ababa Science and Technology University, Adama Science and Technology University, and Arsi University. Themed on “Challenges and Opportunities for Good Governance and Leadership for Sustainable Development of African States,” the conference attracted scholars and researchers from 65 universities and research institutes representing 20 countries. A broad range of topics were covered in three keynote presentations and through the 70 papers presented in the conference’s 20 plenary sessions. Read more.

 

 

Historical novelist snags Light Center research grant

Dr. Victor Xiong

Dr. Victor Xiong is the recipient of the fifth annual Timothy Light Center for Chinese Studies Research grant. He will receive $3,000 to support three projects currently underway. Xiong, a professor

 of history, will use the award to promote a historical novel he recently published, to publish a monograph, and to help cover production costs of a forthcoming historical novel. Read more.

 

 

WMU officials visits UN to talk about international education

Western Michigan University's president and the University's chief international education official have been invited to United Nations headquarters in New York City to speak during a Friday, May 6, session focused on educational opportunities for young people in the Arab World. Read more at WMU News.

27th International Festival attracts thousands

Western Michigan University's premier multi-cultural celebration, International Festival, attracted more than 5,000 campus and community members to the Bernhard Center on Sunday, April 3, to celebrate the rich diversity international students bring to campus. Some videos and photos are accessible on the International Student Activities Facebook page and via the social media icons in the left column of this webpage. Thank you to the 135+ student volunteers, to the staff at the Bernhard Center, Dining Services, and the WMU Department of Public Safety for helping International Student Activities and the Campus Activities Board host a very successful 27th International Festival at WMU. Photo gallery.