Top News of 2017

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WMU Soccer Complex receives $75,000 field upgrade

The WMU Soccer Complex is undergoing a renovation in which the existing surface is being removed and several upgrades are being made through the installation of a new playing field.

WMU President John M. Dunn and Gorakh N. Mehan.

WMU recognizes 2016-17 Presidential Scholars

This year, 50 students from WMU's 5,900-member senior class were named Presidential Scholars. The annual Presidential Scholar designation is the highest honor WMU can bestow on an undergraduate.

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Nancy S. Wilson obituary

Nancy S. Wilson, a retired occupational health and safety specialist in the Department of Public Safety, died Dec. 22 at age 73.

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Anna K. Campbell obituary

Dr. Anna K. Campbell, a retired assistant professor of psychology, died Dec. 16, 2016, at age 81.

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Bernice F. Bigelow obituary

Bernice F. Bigelow, retired audio visual clerk in Waldo Library, died Feb. 6 at age 101.

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WMU's presidential search nears conclusion

The 22-member search committee narrowed the field following airport interviews with nine candidates. Three candidates were recommended to the Board of Trustees, which is expected to make a final decision soon.

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Ross Gregory obituary

Ross Gregory, retired professor of history at WMU, died Feb. 10. He was 83.

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WMU will award honorary degree to Antonio Flores

Dr. Antonio R. Flores, president and chief executive officer of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, will receive an honorary degree from WMU during April 29 commencement ceremonies.

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WMUK brings home two more awards

The station won 2016 Michigan Association of Broadcasters best awards in the Musical Programming and Marketing Materials and Promos categories.

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WMU racks up four Educational Advertising Awards

The Office of University Relations received awards for its Brand Book, its Visual Identity Program booklet, the Strike Gold television spot and a letterhead project for the Office of Admissions.

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Barbara Jane Miller obituary

Barbara Jane Miller, WMU's first lady for 13 years and widow of the University's third president, James W. Miller, died Feb. 14 at age 98.

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Delores Flowers obituary

Delores "Dede" Flowers, a former administrative assistant for speech pathology and audiology, died Dec. 2016, at age 85.

2016-17 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Top Producer.

WMU hailed as a top producer of U.S. Fulbright Scholars

WMU is one of the nation's top producers of U.S. Fulbright Scholars according to the U.S. Department of State's annual ranking. The University is tied in 10th place as a top producer among the nation's research universities.

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Chrysa Richards obituary

Richards, a former secretary for student activities and leadership in Kanley Chapel and for the Center for Teaching and Learning in Waldo Library, died Jan. 8 at age 58.

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Supply chain program ranks No. 2 in world

WMU's integrated supply management program has been ranked No. 2 by SCM World, a cross-industry learning community powered by the world's most influential supply chain practitioners.

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Virginia S. Doornbos obituary

Virginia S. "Ginny" Doornbos, a retired staff member, died Dec. 31, 2016, at age 81. She joined the WMU staff in 1970 and retired in 1991.

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Bill Morris Chambers obituary

Bill Morris Chambers, former WMU head baseball coach, died Jan. 10 at age 92. Memorial services will be held Saturday, Jan. 21, in Tennessee.

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John F. Walker obituary

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.

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Kamlesh Sharma obituary

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.

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George M. Dennison obituary

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.

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Charlie H. Harris obituary

Charlie H. Harris, a retired staff member in what is now landscape services, died Sept. 21, 2015, at age 91. Services have taken place.

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Charles 'Chuck' Comer obituary

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.

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Kandeiss-Toi Ross obituary

Kandeiss-Toi Ross, Human Resources, died Dec. 29 at age 60. Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, and noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday.