WMU alumnus Dr. Marc Humphrey works as a team leader for the world's "Atoms for Peace" agency, helping to monitor nations' nuclear programs. He says he wouldn't be where he is today without having had Western.
January 2017 WMU News
WMU will host hundreds of scholars from around the state during this year's meeting of the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters Friday, March 10, in Sangren Hall.
WMU's Presidential Search Advisory Committee and the search firm it is working with are in the recruitment stage, building a pool of candidates and preparing for March interviews.
"Worlding" and "Mapping Mrs. Dalloway" art exhibits are open to the public through Feb. 3 at the Richmond Center for Visual Arts on WMU's main campus.
Little River Band with special guest Ambrosia will perform at Western Michigan University's Miller Auditorium at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21.
WMU Catering will showcase its new menu during an open house from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, in the Bernhard Center's updated East Ballroom.
Former Bronco standout Tim Lester has been named WMU's head football coach. Lester began his coaching career in 2003 and most recently was the quarterbacks coach at Purdue.
Michigan native Christopher Atzinger will give a free piano recital at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.
John F. Walker, a former industrial design teacher, died Dec. 27 at age 76. Survivors include his wife, Gay, emerita in interdisciplinary health programs. A memorial service is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 15.
Seven graduate social work students who examined the practical therapeutic applications of mindfulness had their paper published in one of the discipline's most prestigious journals.
The $100,000 grant will allow the Humanities for Everybody program to expand and create a bridge-year program for first-generation college students transitioning to higher education.
The world-renowned dance group Complexions Contemporary Ballet will perform at Western Michigan University's Miller Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17.
WMU trumpet professor Robert White will be the featured soloist at a free University Symphony Orchestra concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, at Miller Auditorium.
Danielle Breisach on flute and Yana Avedyan on piano will perform at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.
Lectures on racial equity and justice at noon Wednesdays in the Lee Honors College. Sybrina Fulton, activist and mother of Trayvon Martin, to speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, at Chenery Auditorium.
Amy Kuchta, chief executive officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters, will talk about "Helping Local Children Change Their Lives for the Better, Forever" at 8 a.m. Friday, Jan. 27, in 2150 Schneider Hall.
WMU's Center for the Study of Ethics in Society book club continues Wednesday, April 5, with "Fourteen Stories: Doctors, Patients and Other Strangers" by Jay Baruch.
Learn about new offerings of WMU's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute during its annual January Thaw reception from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.
Several public events and activities honoring the life and legacy of Dr. King are scheduled throughout the weekend and Monday. A schedule of events can be found at wmich.edu/mlk.
The nonprofit, independent literary publication Fifth Wednesday Journal and the University Center for the Humanities at WMU are teaming up to present a reading Jan. 26 featuring professors, students and graduates.
"Kzoo Sings!" is a drop-in, no-commitment singing event at WMU's Miller Auditorium from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19.
Bill Hatfield and 1947 and 1948 Sky Broncos flight teams inducted into WMU College of Aviation Hall of Honor. Gregory Lyman and Randall Rochon honored for efforts to diversify the aviation industry.
Dr. Kamlesh Sharma, assistant professor emerita of biological sciences, died Dec. 21, 2016, at age 78. A memorial service will be held in the spring.
University Theatre will stage an intimate production of "The Women of Lockerbie," inspired by the crash of Pan Am 103, Jan. 27 through Feb. 12 in York Arena Theatre.
Opportunities for global engagement in January include winter outings, exploring study abroad through short-term faculty-led programs, and the grand opening of the Global Lounge in the Bernhard Center.
Dr. George M. Dennison, a former WMU provost and much-lauded president of the University of Montana, died Jan. 3 at age 81. A May memorial service in Montana is being planned.
The Great Works Dance Project 20th Anniversary Gala Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 2-5, in the Gilmore Theatre Complex's Shaw Theatre will include three dances never before staged by a university program.
Junior Dan King of Bloomingdale is the first WMU student to receive Kalamazoo Beer Exchange's Beer Week scholarship. He is pursuing a bachelor's degree through the joint WMU-KVCC sustainable brewing program.
Charlie H. Harris, a retired staff member in what is now landscape services, died Sept. 21, 2015, at age 91. Services have taken place.
Charles "Chuck" Comer, an assistant professor emeritus of health, physical education and recreation and a former assistant football coach, died Dec. 13 at age 79. Services have taken place.