Registrations are being accepted for the spring round of Chinese culture classes offered by the Confucius Institute at WMU. Classes begin the week of Jan. 20 and will end the week of April 14.
During its Dec. 5 meeting, the WMU Board of Trustees gave its consent to the retirements of 12 faculty members and seven staff members as well as to five faculty resignations and two faculty leaves.
Jane Baas, chair and professor of dance, has been appointed associate dean of the Lee Honors College and will begin her new role Jan. 1, pending approval by the WMU Board of Trustees.
WMU's Science and Mathematics Program Improvement unit has received two grants totaling $529,000 from the National Science Foundation to enhance teaching and help retain students in STEM disciplines.
The next community input session to gather feedback on the progress of plans to transform East Hall into an alumni center is set for 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, in WMU's Little Theatre.
James A. Howell, professor emeritus of chemistry at WMU, died Nov. 16 in Kalamazoo at age 81. Howell retired in 2001 after more than 36 years of continuous service to the University.
Except for essential and emergency services, WMU will be closed beginning Wednesday, Dec. 25, and will reopen Thursday, Jan. 2. Residence halls reopen Saturday, Jan. 4, and classes resume Monday, Jan. 6.
WMU is a partner with the state's other four research universities in a 3.5-year, $1.32 million project sponsored by the National Science Foundation to help boost the number of minority faculty members.
Through the efforts of former WMU President Diether H. Haenicke, WMU was one of the first U.S. universities to award an honorary degree to Nelson Mandela, who died Dec. 5 at age 95. That degree was conferred in 1988.
WMU employees interested in applying for the faculty-staff 2014 summer study abroad program can learn more at an information session at 5:10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.