June 2018 WMU News

Building a business fueled by hometown pride

WMU alumna Jennifer (Markby) Soffin has so much love for her lakeshore community that she decided to build a business around it. The 1998 graduate started The IN Coast, a lifestyle brand that celebrates all Northwest Indiana has to offer.

Annual Bronco Bash event set

Attend Bronco Bash from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, on the Sangren Pedestrian Mall to meet new people and learn about on-campus and community opportunities.

Area families needed to host international visitors

WMU is seeking hosts 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.

WMU to confer nearly 1,300 degrees during summer commencement

Two ceremonies will be held Saturday, June 23, in Miller Auditorium: 9 a.m. for the Haworth College of Business and the colleges of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Health and Human Services, and Fine Arts, and noon for Extended University Programs and the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Aviation, and Education and Human Development.

Three diversity and inclusion VP candidates to visit campus

The public presentations will be held in the Fetzer Center's Putney Auditorium and take place as follows: Dr. Candy S. McCorkle, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 20; Dr. Carmen Suarez, 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 20; and Dr. Donna M. Talbot, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 21.

In the business of making a difference

Through a social enterprise model and partnership with 20 Liters, WMU alumnus Ryan Preisner and his business partners started boldSOCKS, a sock company that helps provide 100 days of clean water to someone in Rwanda, Africa, with each pair sold.

Leona Heerlyn obituary

Leona Heerlyn, a retired medical office assistant in the Sindecuse Health Center, died April 14 at age 81.