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University Partners with city to promote 'Shared Prosperity' for residents

July 26, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University President Edward Montgomery and Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell have signed an agreement formalizing WMU's collaboration in Shared Prosperity Kalamazoo, a bold new city initiative to reduce poverty and promote more broadly shared prosperity in the city. 

The memorandum of understanding, signed July 9, designates the University's Lewis Walker Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations as primarily responsible for coordinating WMU's involvement in the initiative. Read more.

 

WMU to Launch INTERCULTURAL and anthropological studies institute 

July 23, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A new institute at Western Michigan University promises to give WMU students and employees as well as community members new opportunities to participate in interdisciplinary research, experience collaborative instruction and engage in intercultural activities.

The Institute for Intercultural and Anthropological Studies officially launches at the beginning of the fall semester and will be administered by WMU's College of Arts and Sciences. Read more.

 

Global and Languages Community Provides new Student housing option

July 23, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—International and domestic Western Michigan University students will be brought together in a globally engaged living experience at the new Global and Languages Community in the Britton/Hadley residence hall beginning this fall semester.

Sign-up is underway for the new housing opportunity, which includes suite-style rooms with a newly remodeled, fully functional kitchen and communal living area. A learning community assistant will live on-site to plan programs and events such as cultural showcases, conversation circles, trips around West Michigan, foreign film nights and study abroad information sessions. Read more.

 

Take Advantage of global engagement opportunities in August

July 20, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University and the extended Kalamazoo community will offer numerous global engagement opportunities in July. Highlights include Mandarin Chinese classes, Global Art classes and the Kalamazoo Scottish Festival. Read more.

 

WMU appoints new VP for diversity and inclusion

July 19, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Following a nationwide search, Western Michigan University has named an experienced college administrator, professor and rising chief diversity officer to continue advancing the University's commitment to a culture of inclusivity.

Dr. Candy McCorkle, currently director of diversity and inclusion at Alma College, will join WMU as its next vice president for diversity and inclusion, effective Aug. 1. Read more.

 

Fulbright Specialist envisions more conflict as Arctic ice melt

July 13, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—With melting ice opening up access to new trade routes and natural resources, many policymakers as well as ethicists worry that political and economic competition will lead to more conflict in the Arctic region.

They include Dr. Fritz Allhoff, a professor of philosophy at Western Michigan University, who recently helped stage an international workshop that developed realistic scenarios for what future Arctic conflicts might look like. Read more.

 

Women's aviation team places first among collegiate competitors 

July 6, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Three Western Michigan University pilots captured first place in the collegiate division and fifth place overall in the women-only Air Race Classic cross-country flying event.

Pilot Lauren Quandt of Grosse Ile, co-pilot Shelby Satkowiak of Mio and teammate Kelly Erdmann of Southfield finished the more than 2,600-mile course June 19 to 22 against an aircraft-specific handicap, rather than head-to-head against other competitors. Read more

 

WMU local HISTORY expert to appear on popular PBS series

July 6, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A Western Michigan University local history expert and a history-making location in Kalamazoo are featured in an episode of the popular PBS series "10 That Changed America," airing nationwide from 8 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, Eastern time. (Check local PBS listings and times.)

For the series installment titled "10 Streets That Changed America," PBS tapped Lynn Houghton of WMU's Archives and Regional History Collections for her knowledge about the Kalamazoo Mall, the first downtown pedestrian mall in America. Read more.

 

Student awarded Critical Language Scholarship to study in Japan

June 22, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A Western Michigan University student from Paw Paw is in Hikone, Japan, studying Japanese thanks to a U.S. Department of State scholarship.

Joshua White, a graduate student in electrical engineering, received a full scholarship from the state department's Critical Language Scholarship program to participate in an eight-week summer course at the University of Shiga Prefecture in Hikone. Read more.

 

Student group recognized by the world's largest HR association

June 22, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The Western Michigan University chapter of the Society for Excellence in Human Resources has been recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management for the eighth time in ten years.

The Society for Human Resource Management has awarded a 2017-18 Superior Merit Award to WMU'S SHRM student chapter for providing superior growth and development opportunities to its members. Read more.

 

Area Families needed to host international visitors

June 15, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University is seeking homestay opportunities for visiting international teachers and students arriving 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. 

 

WMU becomes part of NATIONAL student mental health effort

June 14, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—As part of its Success at WMU initiative that will launch with the fall 2018 incoming class of new students, Western Michigan University has completed its initial membership steps to become a JED Campus, putting a campuswide focus on student well-being and mental health.

WMU is now one of nearly 200 campuses across the country enrolled in the four-year-old national initiative that serves more than 2 million college students. The JED Campus program is designed to increase student resilience and decrease the two leading causes of death among young adults--accidents, including those caused by prescription drug overdoses or alcohol poisoning, and suicide. Read more.

 

Three Diversity and inclusion VP candidates to visit campus

June 14, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Three final candidates for the position of Western Michigan University's vice president for diversity and inclusion will be on the campus Wednesday through Friday, June 20-22.

Each candidate will spend two days touring the campus and community, and meeting with a variety of University leaders, students and community members. In addition, all of the candidates will make a public presentation and address audience questions. Their public presentations will be live-streamed and available for later review. Read more.

 

Perry-Clark named associate dean of Lee Honors College

June 8, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A champion for understanding cultural diversity in the teaching of writing and a key leader in the creation of Western Michigan University's new general education program, WMU Essential Studies, has been appointed associate dean of the Lee Honors College.

Dr. Staci Perryman-Clark, WMU associate professor of English, will begin her new role at the University Wednesday, Aug. 1. Perryman-Clark has been serving as director of First-Year Writing in the Department of English since 2010 and also serving as associate director of the Office of Faculty Development since 2016. Read more.

 

Professor starts endowment to strengthen department's MULTICULTURALISM 

June 1, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A Western Michigan University faculty member has established an endowment that will continue his legacy of instilling multiculturalism into the fabric of the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology.

Dr. Joseph Morris, professor of counselor education and counseling psychology, has bequeathed a gift that creates the Joseph R. Morris Endowed Professorship in Race and Psychology. This endowed professorship will enable his department to recruit and retain faculty who have made exceptional contributions to the study of race in counseling psychology or race and psychology. Read more

 

Center for Fostering Success announces new partner, TRANSITION plans

May 31, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University's Center for Fostering Success, the organizational structure under which the University's award-winning Seita Scholars Program and a statewide college network operates, has announced a new partnership and plans for a summer of transitions, reorganization and personnel changes. Read more.

 

Take Advantage of Global Engagement opportunities in June

May 31, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University and the extended Kalamazoo community will offer numerous global engagement opportunities in June. Highlights include Tai Chi and dance classes, CELCIS conversation circles, and global talks at the Kalamazoo Public Library. Read more

 

Sales program again nationally recognized for excellence

May 29, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University's sales and business marketing program was identified for the 12th consecutive year by the Sales Education Foundation as a top national program that both prepares students for careers in professional selling and helps elevate the sales profession. With 320 students and more than 1,600 alumni, WMU's program is one of the largest in the country. Read more.

 

Early registration extended for livable communities conference

May 18, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Early registration has been extended through Friday, June 1, for the fifth annual Summer Conference on Livable Communities at Western Michigan University. 

The focus of the conference is to explore improving the quality of life by advancing more balanced, affordable and environmentally sustainable transportation systems. The annual event draws transportation researchers, educators, students, advocates, community members, policymakers and transportation practitioners.

Held at Floyd Hall on the Parkview Campus, the event runs Thursday and Friday, June 21-22, and is hosted by the Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities, a Tier 1 University Transportation Center funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Read more.

 

Canadian scholar wins WMU's 2018 GrÜndler prize

May 17, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A Canadian scholar who specializes in Middle English literature has won Western Michigan University's Otto Gründler Book Prize for his book investigating the widespread belief in fairies and fairyland in medieval culture. Read more.

 

WMU's Seita foster youth effort garners national acclaim 

May 17, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines—has announced Western Michigan University as the 2018 recipient of its Excellence in Innovation Award.

The $100,000 award, given biennially, recognizes WMU for achievement in finding a powerful solution to expanding higher education opportunities through its Seita Scholars Program. Read more.

 

student awarded prestigious study abroad scholarship

May 15, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University junior Alexis Lenderman, of Flint, is among just 1,000 undergraduate students across the country to receive a prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to learn overseas.

Lenderman, an entrepreneurship and global and international studies major, plans to use her scholarship money to study Spanish in Quito, Ecuador, this summer. Read more.

 

WMU geology efforts lead to national recognition, two publications 

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The Geological Society of America has recognized two strands of Western Michigan University geologic research with the publication of two rare special papers—each focused on an area of WMU faculty expertise.

The unusual publications are among just over 500 such publications in the GSA's 130-year history. Both WMU-related volumes were published in April, making the recognition even more unusual. The two publications each contain multiple papers or "chapters" focused on a single topic. Kehew says the publication of a single special paper by GSA is considered a major accolade for both a researcher and his or her department. Read more

 

WMU search for Diversity and inclusion vp is in full swing 

May 14, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The search for a new vice president for diversity and inclusion is in full swing at Western Michigan University, with Wednesday, May 30, set as the deadline for submitting nomination and application materials. Read more

 

First WMU student interning with PArker Hannifin in Germany

May 4, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A Western Michigan University student is the first to intern with Parker Hannifin, a U.S. American Fortune 250 leader in motion and control technologies, in one of their Germany locations.  
Anna Litvinova, a WMU junior majoring in aerospace engineering and German speaker, is interning abroad with Cleveland-based Parker Hannifin in their Mainz, Germany location. Litvinova's internship runs from January to June of 2018. 

While nearly 600 WMU students study abroad every year, Litvinova's credit-bearing internship is different because she is gaining "on the job" experience.  At Parker Hannifin, Litvinova works closely with project engineers on tasks assigned to her every day, providing her with her first hands-on engineering experience. Litvinova hopes to contribute to the improvement of safety in aviation with the knowledge gained at her internship with Parker Hannifin. Read more.

 

Montgomery to speak at upcoming community breakfast

President MontgomeryMay 1, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University President Edward Montgomery is the final speaker for this season's Mercantile Bank of Michigan Breakfast Speaker Series hosted by the Haworth College of Business at 8 a.m. Friday, May 18.

Montgomery will give a presentation titled "WMU: Higher Education at the Crossroads" in 1035 Fetzer Center. Read more

 

application open to incoming freshman for study abroad programs

WMU freshman studying abroadApril 27, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Program applications are now being accepted for incoming freshmen who would like to study abroad before beginning their first semester at Western Michigan University.

Students committed to beginning study at WMU in fall 2018 are encouraged to apply to one of three new 10-day, faculty-led courses that take place this August, before classes begin, and may satisfy a general education requirement. The deadline for incoming freshmen to apply is Sunday, May 6. Read more.

 

State's first lady announces fall summit to be at WMU

Sue SnyderApril 20, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—First lady Sue Snyder announced April 10 that Michigan's fourth "Inform. Empower. Prevent. Let's End Campus Sexual Assault" summit will be held Monday, Sept. 24, at WMU.

"I'm proud of the leadership role Michigan has taken to address the prevalence of sexual assault on our college and university campuses. These statewide summits are an important part of our work to raise awareness and prevention efforts to ultimately change the culture and put an end to campus sexual assault," Snyder said in making the announcement. Read more

 

Registration open for summer Chinese culture classes

Students at a Chinese painting workshop.April 19, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Registrations are due by Friday, May 11, for summer Chinese culture courses offered by the Confucius Institute at Western Michigan University.

The six-week low-cost courses begin the week of Monday, May 14, are taught in English and are open to all ages. A half-price tuition discount is offered to those age 55 and older, WMU part-time faculty and staff, and WMU students; while tuition is free for full-time WMU employees. Some courses charge all participants a fee for materials, and those with low enrollment may be canceled. Read more

 

Take advantage of global ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES in may 

Globally engaged studentsApril 19, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University and the extended Kalamazoo community will offer numerous global engagement opportunities in May. Highlights include meditation classes, Middle Eastern drumming, art exhibits, family concerts and a performance by the Spanish Harlem Orchestra. Read more.

 

Field notes: An Undergraduate on the path to discovery discusses her research

April 18, 2018

Senior public history major Suzanne Grimmer earned a Lee Honors College Research and Creative Activities Scholarship for her project, “The Politics of Memory: Interpreting Nazi History in Modern Germany for a Global Audience.”

She conducted research in Poland last year, visiting Auschwitz-Birkenau and the Warsaw Ghetto to see how sites like these are preserved and interpreted for the modern world. She has also completed two internships at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, where she administered surveys on wartime documents and artifacts. Read more

 

Kal-Haven Hike-Athon to raise money for Zambian scholarships

April 16, 2018

In Zambia, it costs just $1 a day to attend secondary school, and $5 can help a student attend school for a week. In comparison to many of the educational costs for people in the United States, this may seem like a meager cost, but to many in Zambia, this can be completely insurmountable.

The upcoming Kal-Haven Hike-Athon is a 34 mile hike on the Kal-Haven trail, with participants being asked to pledge a donation-per-mile, with all the donations going towards funding school scholarships for children in Zambia. Read more.

 

senior engineering students showcase projects at design conference

April 13, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—An electromagnetic radiation shield for spacecraft, a customizable wheelchair bracket and a wireless charger for essential medical devices like pacemakers are among the capstone projects that will be showcased this month by senior engineering students at Western Michigan University.

WMU's 62nd Conference on Senior Engineering and Design is free and open to the public. It will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences' Floyd Hall on WMU's Parkview Campus. Read more.

 

Confucius Institute hosts 2nd annual Chinese bridge competition

April 10, 2018

In 2018, Confucius Institute at WMU will hold its 2nd Chinese Bridge Competition at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 21 in Sangren Hall at WMU main campus. The competition is to provide a chance for the middle and high school students across Southeast Michigan to demonstrate their progress in Chinese learning and gain deeper appreciation of Chinese culture and language. The competition is open to public.

Starting from fall 2016, the Confucius Institute began to provide Chinese courses in Loy Norrix High School and Kalamazoo Central High School. The 1st Chinese Bridge Competition was hosted at WMU April, 2017 to showcase the student's achievement in these classes. 

The Confucius Institute at WMU is a non-profit organization aimed at providing Chinese and cultural studies for Southwest Michigan, which includes Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids. Read more.

 

noble laureate to give talk on peace building, women's rights

April 9, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A Liberian peace activist who helped bring an end to the second Liberian civil war in 2003 will present a public address at 7 p.m. Friday, April 13, in the South Ballroom of Western Michigan University's Bernhard Center.

Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee (pronounced LAY-Ma BO-wee) will give a talk titled "It's Time for Women to Stop Being Politely Angry." Organized as a fundraiser, the event is open to the public with a suggested donation of $15 and will be preceded by a Nobel Reception.

 

top geography students test skills in state bee at wmu

April 4,2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Middle-school geography whizzes from across the state will be on the Western Michigan University campus Friday, April 6, to compete for the Michigan National Geographic Bee state title and a chance to travel to Washington, D.C., for the national contest. Read more.

 

Political Theorist links inequality, citizenship, education's promise

April 4,2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A faculty member from Harvard University will discuss her views on promoting equality through schooling when she speaks at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at Western Michigan University.

Dr. Danielle Allen, a professor in Harvard's Department of Government and its Graduate School of Education, will discuss "Inequality, Citizenship and the Promise of Education" during a talk in 2452 Knauss Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Read more.

 

Take advantage of global engagement opportunities in April

March 29, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University and the extended Kalamazoo community will offer numerous global engagement opportunities in April. Highlights include art exhibits, CELCIS conversation circles, jewelry making, family concerts and a choreography showcase. Read more

 

wmu to host regional steel bridge, concrete canoe competitions

March 29, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Students from 10 universities in Michigan and Ohio will test their engineering skills during two challenging regional contests Friday through Sunday, April 6-8, at Western Michigan University.

Members of the public are invited to watch as teams compete to build a steel bridge and a concrete canoe as part of the American Society of Civil Engineers North Central Regional Competition. The teams will be competing in a variety of categories in both contests in hopes of advancing to the national finals. Read more.

 

wmu group helps rural alaskans do their taxes

March 27, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—It took planes and snowmobiles to get there, but an intrepid group from Western Michigan University recently visited four rural Alaskan villages and prepared 300 tax returns for local residents. Read more.

 

celebrated writer to speak at WMU

March 27, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Chinese-American poet and novelist Dr. Xuefei Jin will speak on "Displacement as Opportunity" at a lecture at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 5, in 1910 Sangren Hall at Western Michigan University. Read more.

 

Campus hosts annual lavender graduation

March 27, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.–Western Michigan University's Office of Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender Student Services will host its annual Lavender Graduation ceremony at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at the Wesley Foundation.

The free and open celebration recognizes LBGTQ students' contributions to the University and acknowledges their achievements throughout their college experience. Students are recognized for their leadership, success and achievement. This is also an opportunity to recognize faculty, staff, or WMU groups who have made a significant contribution to the LBGTQ community at the University. Read more.

 

Kalamazoo's commitment to education topic of panel at wMU

March 27, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The evolution of the Kalamazoo region's commitment to educational equity is the focus of a panel discussion Monday, April 2, on the campus of Western Michigan University.

"Educational Equity: From the 'Kalamazoo Case' to the Kalamazoo Promise and Beyond," is the topic of the event at 6 p.m. in 204 Bernhard Center. The free, public event is part of the Center for the Study of Ethics in Society's lecture series. It is co-sponsored by the WMU Cooley Law School and the College of Education and Human Development.

Co-moderators Dr. Kathy Purnell, WMU instructor of political science, and Dr. Ashley Atkins, assistant professor of philosophy, will facilitate the panelists' discussion of Kalamazoo's educational past all the way to its present. Discussion on the past will include the "Kalamazoo Case" authored by Thomas M. Cooley in 1874 in his role as Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court. Read more

 

Speaker Discusses how Families deal with incarceration of other members

March 23, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Dr. Dana Cunningham, licensed clinical psychologist and author, will speak at a pair of events in Kalamazoo Thursday, April 5, on how families deal with the incarceration of family members.

Her presentation, "Beyond the Bars: The Impact of Parental Incarceration," is sponsored by the University-Community Empowerment Center at Western Michigan University, AARP and Northside Ministerial Alliance. Lectures are free and open to the public. 

She will speak at 11 a.m. in 4010 Health and Human Services Building on WMU's East Campus and will follow with a discussion with students, faculty and community members. No registration is required. Read more.

 

Saeed honored with distinguished research award

March 21, 2018

Dr. Fahad Saeed recently received the Distinguished Research and Creative Scholarship Award given by WMU’s Office of the Vice President for Research. Saeed is an assistant professor in the both the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Department of Computer Science. He also is the director of the Parallel Computing and Data Science Laboratory and the co-director of the Center for High Performance Computing and Big Data.

 Saeed joined WMU in January 2014 after serving as a research fellow at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He has become an expert in the design and development of algorithmic and high performance computing.  Read more

 

Regional counseling psychology conference being held at WMU

March 16, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The 31st annual Great Lakes Regional Counseling Psychology Conference will be held Friday and Saturday, April 13-14, in Sangren Hall on Western Michigan University's Main Campus.

 Those planning to attend may preregister at wmich.edu/greatlakescp or register on-site. The deadline for early registration is 11:59 p.m., EST, Friday, March 23. Early registrants receive a discounted price. Read more.

 

Success @ WMU initiative seeking students to serve as peer mentors 

March 13, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University is now hiring motivated, supportive students to serve as peer mentors for its new Success @ WMU initiative.

Positions pay $10.25 an hour for five to 12 hours per week. The application deadline is Sunday, March 18. Read more

 

Poet, advocate for undocumented writers is next frostic speaker

March 12, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich—Poet Marcelo Hernandez Castilo will read from his works at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15, as part of the spring 2018 Gwen Frostic Reading Series at Western Michigan University.

Castilo, the author of "Cenzontle," "Dulce" and "Children of the Land," will read during a free public event in 2452 Knauss Hall.  In addition to being an essayist and award-winning poet, Castilo is an advocate for undocumented writers.

Born in Mexico, Castilo emigrated with his family to California at age 5. He earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Sacramento and became the first undocumented student to graduate from the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of Michigan. 

In 2015, he became a founding member of the Undocupoets campaign, which protested and was instrumental in eliminating publishers' exclusion of undocumented writers from eligibility for most first-book contests. Read more.

 

title IX issues are focus of new WMU training modules, student survey

March 8, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A new online training module and a new campus climate survey—both focused on sexual misconduct—are on tap for the Western Michigan University campus community when students and faculty return Monday, March 12, from spring recess.

Some 6,000 randomly selected students are set to receive an email invitation from President Edward Montgomery to take an anonymous online survey designed to gauge the campus climate and assess student experiences, perceptions, attitudes and behaviors when it comes to addressing sexual violence or sexual misconduct on campus. The survey also asks students about their awareness of campus resources available to help students when it comes to reporting incidents. Read more.

 

criminologist tapped for his expertise on video games and violence 

March 7, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—In the wake of recent high-profile mass shootings, Western Michigan University's Dr. Whitney DeCamp has been serving as an expert for media nationwide on the question of whether such violence is linked to teen video game use.

The answer to the question, he says, is that there is no real relationship between the two. The real predictors of violent behavior, his research shows, are whether a child comes from a safe home and whether a child has experienced violence in the home. Read more

 

Climate change and its relationship to natural disasters to be discussed

March 7, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Preparing for future natural disasters by responding to and anticipating changing climates is the topic of a lecture at 3 p.m. Friday, March 16, on the campus of Western Michigan University.

Dr. Carol P. Harden, former president of the Association of American Geographers, will give a free, public talk on "More Disasters or a More Sustainable Future? Challenges and Opportunities of Climate Change" in 2119 Wood Hall.

Dramatic environmental changes have demonstrated that the future once thought of as distant is approaching more rapidly than expected. Read more

 

Japanese musician to perform on campus during second us tour

March 5, 2018

KALAMAZOO Mich.—On his second U.S. tour, Sato Michiyoshi will perform a unique blend of traditional and modern styles on the "shamisen," a Japanese three-stringed banjo, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 12, at Western Michigan University. The free, public event will take place in the University's Dalton Center Lecture Hall on main campus.

Michiyoshi is an award-winning performer of "Tsugaru-jamisen," a dynamic style of music played on the shamisen. In his performance, Michiyoshi will focus on demonstrating the range and flexibility of the instrument. The program will begin with introductory remarks from Dr. Joshua Solomon of Hirosaki University, who will be Sato's interpreter during his tour. Read more

 

engineer deans bring ideas and issues to capitol hill

March 5, 2018

Deans from engineering colleges across the country met in Washington, D.C., in early February at the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) to share ideas and discuss common concerns. Some 150 deans from both public and private universities participated. They also spent time with legislators and legislative staff to talk about education issues impacting the state. 

Dean Toutanji, from WMU’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences -- along with the deans from Michigan State University and Michigan Tech -- met with the legislative assistants to Senators Debbie Stabenow (D) and Gary Peters (D), and the staff of representatives Fred Upton (R), Jack Bergman (R) and Mike Bishop (R). Read more

 

business pitch competition open to Wmu student entrepreneurs 

March 2, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Students from across the Western Michigan University campus are invited to present their business pitches for cash prizes totaling $5,000 at the K.C. O'Shaughnessy Business Pitch Competition and Showcase Friday, March 23. Read more.

 

student earns awards from national, state recreational sports groups 

March 1, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A master's degree candidate at Western Michigan University is one of only 12 graduate students from across the country to receive a 2018 NIRSA-William N. Wasson Student Leadership & Academic Award.

Justine Morneau, a graduate assistant for facilities in WMU's University Recreation department from Bad Axe, will be presented with the honor Sunday, March 4, by the NIRSA: School of Collegiate Recreation organization during its annual conference in Denver. Read more

 

Associate Provost of the haenicke institute for global education speaks at Eurasia Higher Education Summit

Associate Provost speaks at 2018 EURIE conventionFebruary 28, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.— Western Michigan University was represented by Paulo Zagalo-Melo, the associate provost of the Haenicke Institute for Global Education, at the EURIE, Eurasia Higher Education Summit in Istanbul, Turkey.  The conference ran from Feb. 14 to Feb. 16, and connects higher education institutions from all over the world who value internationalization with the Eurasian region in an effort to share knowledge and resources.

Zagalo-Melo spoke at EURIE on "Internationalization of Curriculum: Institutional Level."

Keynote Speaker at the event was President and Vice-Chancellor at the University of Waterloo, Feridun Hamdullahpur. Read more.

 

Travel the world without leaving Michigan at 29th annual international festival 

February 28, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The music, dance, food and fashions of nearly two dozen cultures will be showcased during Western Michigan University's 29th annual International Festival from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 25, on the second floor of the Bernhard Center. This year, the International Festival will include a food drive for the Invisible Need Project. Read more.

 

university summit to focus on student success issues

February 27, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich—An afternoon of innovation, collaboration and inspiration has been planned for Western Michigan University's spring 2018 Student Success Summit, to be held from noon to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, in the Bernhard Center's South Ballroom.

Those planning to attend the semiannual event are required to register by Monday, March 5, at wmich.edu/changeresearch/broncosfirst/student-success-summit. Attendees will be able to network and participate in facilitated discussions with the goal of moving toward increasing student success and retention in a collaborative way. Read more.

 

Annual Food marketing conference to draw hundreds to grand rapids

February 26, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University's acclaimed Food Marketing Conference is set for Monday and Tuesday, March 19-20, and is expected to draw up to 800 industry executives to DeVos Place in Grand Rapids.

The two-day conference will feature presentations on current trends in the food and consumer package goods industries and will explore this year's conference theme, "Retail Reinvention: Making the Customer Hero." Registration is ongoing at foodmarketingconference.com. Read more

 

Take advantage of global engagement opportunities in March

February 20, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University and the extended Kalamazoo community will offer numerous global engagement opportunities in March. Highlights include the 29th annual International Festival, musical performances, lectures and global briefings.

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

 

life cycle and social impact assessment expert to speak at wmu

February 20, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Developing methods to account for the positive effects of individual and corporate sustainability efforts—and not just the harms being caused—is the topic of a free lecture at Western Michigan University Thursday, March 15.

Dr. Gregory Norris, of Harvard University's T.H. Chan School of Public Health, will speak on "NetPositive Enterprise: A New Form of Accounting for Achieving Well-Being Societies, Sustainable Economic Development, and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals," from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in 1910 Sangren Hall. Free parking will be available in Parking Lot 41, behind Sangren Hall.  Read more

 

WMU to host a free chinese new year Gala

February 14, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The Confucius Institute at Western Michigan University will host a New Year's Gala from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, in the Bernhard Center East Ballroom to celebrate the upcoming Year of the Dog in the Kalamazoo community. The event is free and open to the public.

The Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is one of the biggest celebrations in China and many Asian countries.

The gala features live entertainment including songs, dances, poetry recitals, martial arts and folk music, all performed by instructors and students in Confucius Institute language programs.  Read more

 

western herald editor wins prestigious national journalism fellowship

February 13, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Elissa C. Kedziorek, editor-in-chief of Western Michigan University's student newspaper, the Western Herald, will head to Washington, D.C., in mid-March as the 2018 Michigan Fellow for the National Newspaper Association's News Fellows Program.

Kedziorek, a junior journalism major from Tecumseh, is one of just eight young journalists from across the nation selected for the association's fellows program that is now in its sixth year. It is designed to match the journalism fellows with seasoned mentors while they conduct research and develop news literacy skills by looking at issues from a community newspaper perspective.

The gala features live entertainment including songs, dances, poetry recitals, martial arts and folk music, all performed by instructors and students in Confucius Institute language programs. Read more.

 

WMU's heritage hall renovation earns prestigious global engineering award

John Seelman accepting the 2018 Award of Engineering Excellence.February 13, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The renovation of Western Michigan University's historic Heritage Hall has been recognized by ASHRAE, a global society of building engineers, to receive the organization's 2018 Award of Engineering Excellence, an honor bestowed upon international building projects only five times over the past 30 years. Read more.

 

student contest part of MLK academy's 50th-anniversary celebration

MLK Program anniversary program

Anniversary logo

February 12, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—One of Western Michigan University's longest-running academic support programs, the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Scholars Academy, is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Students were instrumental in founding the MLK Academy, and now students are playing a role in publicizing and commemorating the academy's semicentennial. Read more.

 

event highlights teaching, research, diversity and engagement 

February 6, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University's "Spring Convocation: Recognition of Discovery, Diversity and Global Engagement" will take place Friday, Feb. 23, at the Fetzer Center and include remarks by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and state Sen. Margaret O'Brien during two symposiums. Read more.

 

Research Briefings in global studies to begin this February 

The series will kick off on Feb. 22 with Alissa Perkins

The series will kick off on Feb. 22 with Alissa Perkins

February 6, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The global and international studies program is giving Western Michigan University faculty a platform to discuss their research during a series of briefings on global topics this spring semester.

The sessions will cover topics such as: "Diversity in Cities: Past and Present" on Feb. 22 with Alisa Perkins and James Palitessa, "Telling Migration Stories" on March 21 with Ann Miles and Susan Pozo, and "Interviews in Fieldwork" on April 4 with Chien-Juh Gu and Greg Veeck.  The purpose of these research briefings is to build cross-disciplinary research connections among faculty members though out the university.

The research briefings will be held in 3025 Brown Hall. Read more.   

 

$500 Cash prize For winner of Tobacco free PSA video contest

February 6, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Student film makers have the opportunity to create and submit their very own tobacco free public service announcement for the chance to win a $500 WMU Bookstore gift card, along with having their video shown at various Western Michigan University hosted athletic events, and the chance to present the video to President Edward Montgomery and his cabinet. 

The video submissions should educate students, faculty, and staff about the WMU tobacco free policy, and remind them of their duty to uphold it. Videos should be a maximum of 30 seconds, and are due to Western Student Association Vice President Logan R. Brown by Feb. 18 at 11:59 p.m. This contest is sponsored by the Western Student Association, Graduate Student Association, Faculty Senate, WMU Athletics, and the Office of the President.  Read more

 

Author, film critic and New yorker staff member David denby to visit campus

February 2, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The abandonment of truth and the impact of ideology on public discourse will be the focus Thursday, Feb. 8, when author, film critic and New Yorker staff member David Denby speaks at Western Michigan University.

"The Humanities in the Age of Demagoguery" is the title of Denby's free, public talk at 7 p.m. in 3508 Knauss Hall on WMU's main campus. Denby will explore the current environment and examine how the humanities and serious reading at all levels of education can counteract political opportunism in discourse. Read more

 

Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies professors awarded grant to implement Michigan STARTALK Chinese teacher and student academies 

February 1, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Dr. Moi Mooi Lew, faculty specialist I, social-cultural studies in the Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies department, Dr. James Muchmore, associate chair of the department and professor of socio-cultural studies, and Dr. Regena Nelson, chair of the department and professor of early childhood in the College of Education and Human Development at Western Michigan University, have received a $112,458 STARTALK grant to implement Chinese teacher and student academies. 

The teacher academy will include both online and intensive face-to-face learning that will support fifteen current and future Chinese teachers. The student academy will provide a four-week long linguistically and culturally enriched learning experience to fifty students in grades 6-12 in the Kalamazoo area. The program will take place during the summer of 2018. Read more.

 

Take advantage of global engagement opportunities in February

January 30, 2018

Kalamazoo, Mich.—Western Michigan University and the extended Kalamazoo community will offer numerous global engagement opportunities in February. Highlights include art exhibits, lectures, and opportunities to bond with women from all over the world through exercise.

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

 

National organization recognizes WMU advertising and PROMOTION students 

January 30, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Two Western Michigan University advertising and promotion students were selected by the American Advertising Federation to participate in the organization's Most Promising Multicultural Students Program for 2018. This is the third consecutive year that WMU students have been chosen to participate in the prestigious program.

Abrahan Garcia, of Holland, and Alex Gutierrez-Spencer, of Monroe, are two of only 50 recipients of the annual award for the nation's top multicultural college seniors with exceptional academic and professional achievements. The students will be honored at a ceremony during the program Monday through Thursday, Feb. 12-15, in New York City, and will have the chance to learn more about the advertising industry through networking, interviewing and industry immersion opportunities. Read more.

 

Kalamazoo community offers immigrants a circle of support 

January 29, 2018

Members of the Kalamazoo community came together in support of undocumented youth at a candlelight vigil held by Moviemiento Cosecha Kalamazoo in downtown’s Bronson Park on Jan. 24.

 The vigil allowed for those affected by current immigration laws to share their personal struggles. The event also opened up an opportunity for attendees to give words of affirmation to the undocumented immigrants who stood before them at the vigil. Several Kalamazoo natives made it clear that they did not plan on stopping the fight for immigrants. Read more

 

wmu holds first black student summit

January 28, 2018

On Saturday, Jan. 20, a Black Student Leadership Summit was held at Western Michigan University. This was the first time the summit took place. It was put together by WMU’s Assistant Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life Hailey M. Mangrum. The summit lasted from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. in Sangren Hall. Approximately 75 students were in attendance..

 It engaged the students on leadership, advocacy and legacy. This summit was a great way to network and learn things that could be very beneficial to black student life on campus and in the real world. Read more

 

Professor transforming aviation education using augmented reality

January 26, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Lori Brown, associate professor of aviation at Western Michigan University, has teamed up with Microsoft to transform aviation training through the use of Microsoft's HoloLens mixed reality technology, the first self-contained, holographic computer.

Brown, who is recognized internationally for her use of technology in aviation education, has been chosen by Microsoft for its Women in Mixed Reality Spotlight Partner Program for her transformative work in aviation training. She was featured during Microsoft's Mixed Reality Academy at Microsoft headquarters in Washington state late last fall and was recently awarded the WMU Extended University Programs Innovative Teaching award.

Microsoft HoloLens enables users to engage with 3D holographic content mixed with the physical world, giving holograms real-world context and scale. With the technology, students in WMU's College of Aviation can be immersed, for instance, inside jet turbofan engines or interact with 3D cockpits to learn and practice real-world aviation scenarios and procedures. Read more

 

WMU department of statistics becomes niss affiliate

January 26, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University's Department of Statistics has been named an affiliate of the National Institute of Statistical Sciences.

The NISS Affiliate Program is a communication enabler for the statistical and data science community. The program brings together statistical and data science professionals from all sectors, including academia, industry, and governmental and national labs, to support research discussions, information dissemination, human resource development and networking. Read more

 

 

Graduate students awarded research and travel grants

January 25, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Congratulations to the following recipients of Graduate Student Research and Travel Grants during 2016-17. Twenty students from the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences received the awards. WMU’s Graduate Student Research Fund and Travel Grants supports graduate students engaged in independent scholarly research, scientific inquiry, inventive technology and original artistic activity. Grants are fully funded and administered by the Graduate College and range up to $1,000. Students may apply for up to $600 of additional support to defray the cost of international travel. Read more

 

Industrial Organizational behavior management graduate trip

January 24, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—During July 2017, one faculty member and 10 graduate students of the Industrial Organizational Behavior Management graduate program traveled to Israel to present at a conference and network with the local academics and practitioners. The Industrial Organizational Behavior Management graduate program is part of WMU’s Department of Psychology and is recognized as a world leader for the discipline of Organizational Behavior Management (OBM)—the application of behavior analysis principles to workplace settings. Read more

 

Spring ethics series begins with mlk panel presentation

January 16, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The spring 2018 offerings in the Center for the Study of Ethics in Society lecture series will kick off Thursday, Jan. 25, with a panel presentation revolving around the Kalamazoo community's annual celebration of the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Read more

 

film about young adults, suicide highlights spring lecture series

January 10, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A screening and panel discussion of "The 'S' Word," a film about young adults and suicide, is planned for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, at Chenery Auditorium, 714 S. Westnedge Ave., as part of a spring Lee Honors College Lyceum Lecture series, which begins Wednesday, Jan. 17, at Western Michigan University. Read more

 

Public invited to discuss gender inequality in higher education

January 10, 2018

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Two upcoming events at Western Michigan University that are free and open to the public will delve into the complexities of gender inequity in higher education.

This timely exploration will begin with a discussion of the 2014 award-winning book "Disrupting the Culture of Silence: Confronting Gender Inequality and Making Change in Higher Education." Hosted by the College of Arts and Sciences Women's Caucus, the event is set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, in Brown Hall's second-floor Clifford Media Center. Read more

 

Three Students Receive Gilman Scholarships to Study Abroad

Sail boat in the harbor of Cape Town, South AfricaDecember 21, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Three Western Michigan University students are using a prestigious national scholarship to study overseas during the University's 2018 spring semester, or longer, through the Gilman International Scholarship Program.

Katelyn Drummond of Dorr, Kirsten Stowell of Mattawan and Nicholas Talamantez of Kalkaska are among about 1,000 American undergraduate students to receive the Gilman Scholarship to study abroad. Read more.

 

Community, Campus PRograms to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. December 20, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University continues its tradition of honoring slain civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with events planned in January on campus and across the broader Kalamazoo community.

Free, public events include a convocation, march, day of service, educational programs and presentations. "What is your position in times of challenge and controversy?" is this year's theme, and events include the following. Read more

 

Longtime Professor, Administrator to BEcome New Business Dean

Portrait of Dean Satish DeshpandeDecember 19, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Following a national search, Dr. Satish Deshpande, a longtime Western Michigan University faculty member and administrator, will become dean of WMU's Haworth College of Business, effective Jan. 1.

Deshpande, a professor of management, has served as the interim dean of the college since July 2016. Prior to that, he served for five years—2011 to 2016—as the college's associate dean for operations and graduate programs.

"Dr. Deshpande knows the Haworth College of Business inside out, and he's already helping it grow and innovate in ways that acknowledge and celebrate the college's incredible strengths in people, programs and facilities," says Dr. Susan Stapleton, WMU interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. "We are fortunate to have found the management and leadership qualities needed for this role right here in the University community." Read more

 

Take Advantage of Global Engagement Opportunities in January

Two international students practicing English in a WMU CELCIS course.December 18, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University and the extended Kalamazoo community will offer numerous global engagement opportunities in January. Highlights include global lectures, the National Day of Racial Healing and opportunities to help international students learn conversational English.

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

 

Engineering Management Program Now Globally Certified

Logo of The American Society for Engineering ManagementDecember 15, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University's master's degree in engineering management is now one of just six programs in the world to be certified by the American Society for Engineering Management.

The global certification is designed to recognize master's programs that meet the rigorous standards of the society, and represent "outstanding achievement in quality and content," according to ASEM.

"We are so pleased to have our program recognized with this prestigious certification," says Dr. Steven E. Butt, chair of WMU's Department of Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering and Engineering Management. "Our faculty is outstanding and has created a solid program that meets the needs of employers, challenges our students and makes them ideal candidates for leadership positions in industry."

Dr. David Lyth and Dr. Larry Mallak, both professors in the department, lead the program and were recently notified that it passed its initial certification. ASEM evaluators visited campus in October to assess the program quality and meet with students, faculty, alumni and staff involved in the program. The evaluators reported being impressed with what they observed and noted the rigor of the program. Read more

 

Take Advantage of Global Engagement Opportunities in December

November 29, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University and the extended Kalamazoo community will offer numerous global engagement opportunities in December. Highlights include a Kwanzaa celebration, various art exhibits, performances 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

 

Business information systems professor accepted into fulbright specialist roster

HanNovember 14, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A Western Michigan University professor has been accepted to the highly competitive Fulbright Specialist Roster.

Dr. Bernard Han, professor of business information systems, has been placed on the Fulbright Specialist Roster for three years. As a candidate on the Fulbright Specialist Roster, Han will be matched with projects designed by selected host institutions outside of the United States.

Han's application essay discussed his ability to share his academic expertise to help a host institution develop new curricula, offer workshops and seminars, and provide mentorship in research in the areas of health information technology and health care management.

"These activities will benefit my host institution in understanding how new curricula and health information technology can be used to improve higher education and help tackle issues for workflow integration to gain business process efficiency," says Han. "Health information technology for health care management is a growing area that continues to be in demand in business education, and I am honored to be able to expand my capabilities in this area by collaborating with other institutions." Read more

 

International students at WMU to share their culture 

The annual Japan Festival will be part of the 2017 festivities and will include free traditional food.November 7, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University will highlight various countries and cultures during its observance of International Education Week, set for Sunday through Monday, Nov. 12-20.

The 2017 observance kicks off with the Western World Cup soccer tournament and ends with Malaysian Night. In between, numerous events, all free or low-cost and open to the public, are being staged around WMU's Main Campus to educate and entertain. 

This year's week includes events during which attendees can test their knowledge of global trivia, see a traditional Japanese comedy performance, listen to an orchestra performance by refugee youth in the Kalamazoo community and experience the Caribbean way-of-life by way of the Dominican Republic.

The annual week is being organized by WMU's International Student Activities office in the Haenicke Institute for Global Education, with events hosted by University units and international student groups. A joint initiative of the U.S. departments of State and Education, International Education Week is nationally being observed Monday through Friday, Nov. 13-17. Read more

 

Fake news discussion to feature international, local panelists

Rawya Rageh, a senior crisis advisor for Amnesty International tasked with investigating war crimes and human rights abuses during crises. November 7, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A former journalist who now is a senior crisis advisor for Amnesty International will team up with four Western Michigan University-connected panelists Saturday, Nov. 11, for a discussion of fake news.

The event, "Fake News—Falsehoods and Bigotry and What Can Be Done," is set for 7 p.m. in the Bernhard Center's West Ballroom on WMU's Main Campus. Organized as a fundraiser, it is open to the public with a suggested donation of $10.

The discussion is part of the 2017 PeaceJam Slam, a daylong event for participating high school and college students that kicks off Great Lakes PeaceJam's new program year. This year's slam is focusing on the theme "Power To the Press: Watchdogs of Democracy" and will engage students in topics such as fake news, media analysis, independent and outlier voices, and youth participation.

The featured panelist will be Rawya Rageh, a senior crisis advisor for Amnesty International tasked with investigating war crimes and human rights abuses during crises. Her work with Amnesty International has included documenting violations in Syria and the Philippines, as well as the impact of President Trump's immigration-related executive order. Read more

 

Take Advantage of Global Engagement Opportunities in November

International Education Week includes Japan Festival where the Japan Club offers traditional food and cultural activities to the public for free.November 1, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University and the extended Kalamazoo community will offer numerous global engagement opportunities in November. Highlights include Día de los Muertos activities, opportunities to help international students practice conversational English, and various festivals and global lectures in celebration of International Education Week 2017. 

The month of November hosts International Education Week, a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education in efforts to promote programs that prepare U.S. Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences. As a proud partner of International Education Week, WMU student groups, academic departments and units across campus come together to highlight the various countries and cultures present at the University. The WMU campus and greater community are invited to attend International Education Week events scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 12, through Friday, Nov. 17.  Read more.

 

Dynamic duo of authors to be featured in Gwen Frostic Reading Series

Dr. James W. RusselNovember 1, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A renowned poet and acclaimed novelist will be featured in the next installment of the fall 2017 Gwen Frostic Reading Series.

Gail Wronsky and Chuck Rosenthal will read from their works at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, in 157-159 Bernhard Center. The reading is free and open to the public. Read more.

 

Speaker to address ties between immigration, nafta

October 30, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Dr. James W. Russell will be at Western Michigan University next month to give a talk that connects immigration and opposition to the North American Free Trade Agreement—NAFTA.

Russell, a lecturer in public policy at Portland State University, will speak on "Race, Politics and NAFTA" at noon Thursday, Nov. 2, in the Bernhard Center's North Ballroom. A light lunch will be available beginning at 11:45 a.m.

The event is free and open to the public. It is being presented by WMU's Lewis Walker Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations in collaboration with the University's Department of Sociology and Global and International Studies Program. Read more.

 

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.