Dr. Edward B. Montgomery begins his tenure Aug. 1 with activities that include meeting with academic leadership and area media as well as reaching out to the campus community to offer some insights.
Top News of 2017
Dr. Robert Felkel and Yumi Takahashi-Ede will be awarded during WMU's annual Fall Convocation recognition ceremony Friday, Oct. 6, in the Bernhard Center.
Final WMU census numbers reflect a 5.1 percent increase in the number of beginning undergraduate students and an increase of nearly 1.7 percent in the number of international students.
An on-campus naming ceremony Wednesday, Sept. 27, will honor a trio of celebrated alumni—the late automotive executive Ronald Hall Sr., former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer and entrepreneur Dr. William Pickard.
President Mark Alan Jackson, an executive with General Motors LLC, and other new officers began serving their one-year terms starting this summer.
WMU will present its Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award to Jeanne Carlson, of Novi, and Birgit Klohs, of Grand Rapids, during an Oct. 13 reception.
In a wide-ranging address after his inauguration as WMU's ninth president, Dr. Edward Montgomery pledged a presidency focused on a quest for excellence, close ties with community and a focus on the success of students.
WMU was one of 80 institutions from around the nation named an annual Higher Education Excellence in Diversity honoree by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.
U.S. News & World Report has once again listed WMU among the top tier of the country's "best national universities." This is the 27th year WMU has been ranked on the top national universities list.
WMU received its first MAC Institutional Academic Achievement Award for posting an overall GPA of 3.253 for the past academic year based on 398 students in 15 MAC sports.
Dr. David Chaplin, professor emeritus of sociology, died July 27 at age 86. Services have taken place.
Celia Yonkers, a former clerk in the WMU School of Music, died Aug. 29 at age 93. Visitation is from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at Langeland Family Funeral Homes on Ninth Street.
After already packing a lot into his 21 years, senior Dennis Schneider is using his recently awarded Gilman Scholarship to study international business in the Netherlands.
"Harnessing the power of partnership, embracing the strength in diversity" is the theme of inaugural activities, including a ceremony and picnic luncheon, slated for Friday, Sept. 15.
Maria Saldivar, an administrative assistant for precollege programming at WMU, died Aug. 12 at age 60. A private memorial service has been held.
Patricia "Patty" Negrevski, a budget analyst for WMU, died Aug. 12 at age 57. A private memorial service has been held.
Shirley K. James, a former WMU head cook, died July 18 at age 75. A memorial gathering will be held at a later date.
George "Stewart" Johnson, a former WMU chair and professor of mechanical engineering, died Aug. 6 at age 96. Services have already been held.
The 84 M.D. students who make up the diverse and academically talented Class of 2021 were chosen from a pool of 4,861 applicants, which represents an 8 percent increase over last year.
The government and policy magazine has once again ranked WMU as one of the nation's top-100 universities for producing graduates and research destined to make a difference for the nation.
More than 50 people applied for the Foundation Scholarship, which is one of WMU's top scholarship programs for new students.
Edward Mulford has been awarded a coveted Transportation Club of Detroit scholarship for 2017. This marks the fifth year in a row that a WMU student has been the recipient of the scholarship.
Emergency responders will use new physical addresses for all campus buildings beginning Aug. 18. The use of the new addresses for mail delivery by the U.S. Postal Service will be effective Aug. 26.
Former WMU associate professor of art Dr. Dina Bangdel died July 25 at age 54.
Business Insider, an online news organization with more than 70 million viewers, has named WMU the most affordable, highly ranked university in Michigan.
Research shows five high points during the 2016 season and Corey Davis' NFL draft selection were worth $84 million in media exposure. In addition, WMU football brand awareness is up to 68 percent in West Michigan.
Two Friday, July 28, visitations and a Saturday, July 29, memorial service are planned for Dr. Daniel Stufflebeam, who died July 23 in Kalamazoo at the age of 80.
Sam Dunlap, WMU's first black student-athlete, struck fear in the hearts of gridiron opponents and racked up scoring records while fighting racism. This week, his family will visit campus to honor his memory.
High school seniors competed for the Medallion Scholarships, the highest merit-based award WMU can bestow on an incoming freshman. All 45 runners-up were offered a separate $25,000 scholarship.
Dr. Paulo Zagalo-Melo, a Portuguese political scientist with a long track record in international education, has been appointed to lead WMU's Haenicke Institute for Global Education beginning Sept. 1.
Janet L. Clubb, a retired WMU custodian, died July 9 at age 77. The visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, and the funeral at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 13, both at the Mater-Ralston Funeral Home in Marcellus.
Herbert "Herb" E. Ellinger, professor emeritus of transportation technology, died Thursday, May 25. He was 96.
Dr. Sherine O. Obare has been named WMU's interim vice president for research, effective Aug. 1. She replaces Dr. Daniel M. Litynski, who is returning to the engineering faculty.
Shirley Ann Lukens, WMU associate professor emerita of occupational therapy, died June 3 at age 82. Services and a private burial have taken place in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin.
WMU's Board of Trustees approved the tenure of 24 faculty members and promotions of 36 faculty members, effective with the beginning of the 2017-18 academic year.
At its June 29 meeting, WMU's Board of Trustees opted to raise tuition for 2017-18 by 3.91 percent, staying within the state's guidelines for tuition restraint.
The new tuition rates were set during the WMU Board of Trustees' June 29 meeting. A summary of University tuition and fee rates is available online.
Scott Matzka, founder of the MyTurn organization, found a classroom full of allies in Dr. Derrick McIver's MBA course. The group raised more than $10K for the organization within one semester.
Dr. Barbara A. Barton, WMU associate professor emerita of social work, died June 15 at age 55. A memorial service for Barton is currently pending.
Dr. Edward B. Montgomery, who will become president of WMU Aug. 1, will be formally inaugurated Friday, Sept. 15, during an 11 a.m. ceremony in Miller Auditorium.
WMU's student chapter of the Society for Excellence in Human Resources has again received recognition from the Society for Human Resource Management.
Two organizational behavior management entities have presented their inaugural Scholarly Impact Award to Dr. Douglas Johnson for his top-cited journal articles.
Dr. Heather L. Petcovic has been named an associate dean while Drs. Charles Henderson and Susan Pozo will head the science education institute and the global and international studies program, respectively.
Ledura Watkins, of Detroit, was freed June 15 after serving 42 years in prison for a robbery and murder he did not commit. He was sentenced to life without parole on April 15, 1976.
Two commencement ceremonies are planned June 24, with President John M. Dunn leading graduation exercises at WMU for the final time before he retires July 31.
Historic Heritage Hall has earned platinum status, the highest ranking possible, in the Leadership in Environment and Energy Design—LEED—system.
WMU's softball team tied Northern Illinois University with a league-best 11 recognitions in the Mid-American Conference's 2017 Softball Academic All-MAC team.
The United States Center for Coaching Excellence has awarded Dr. Jody Brylinsky its inaugural USCCE Coach Educator/Coach Developer Legacy Award.
Betsy Kuhle, WMU women's tennis coach for more than three decades, has been inducted into the MAC Hall of Fame. She has the most wins of any women's tennis coach in MAC history.
WMU's famed precision flight team captured fourth place in the 2017 National Intercollegiate Flying Association championship held recently at Ohio State University.
A recent newborn that WMU gets to name and other members of this summers' initial goat work crew will be formally introduced to the campus and local community from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, June 2.
Dr. Steven E. Butt has been named a fellow of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers. WMU now has one of the nation's highest percentages of industrial engineering faculty who have earned fellow status.
Ruth H. Peterson, a retired administrative assistant in the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships and the Department of Paper and Printing Science and Engineering, died April 20 at age 81.
Sandra Lou Roellchen (Elzey), a former part-time occupational therapy instructor at WMU, died April 26 at age 82. Services have taken place.
Mildred K. "Millie" Hedrick, a former WMU librarian, died May 1 at age 94. Services have taken place.
Kathleen McHugh Drzick, professor emerita of English, died May 13 at age 91. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, at the Betzler Life Story Funeral Homes, 6080 Stadium Drive, in Kalamazoo.
The revamped master's program is available in Kalamazoo and WMU regional locations in Grand Rapids and Auburn Hills. The latter location offers an accelerated version and a $500 scholarship for early admits.
Based on their most recent multiyear Academic Progress Rates, WMU's cross country and gymnastics teams have earned NCAA Public Recognition Awards for posting scores in the top 10 percent of their sport.
WMU jazz studies students and their instructors are upbeat after again earning multiple wins in DownBeat magazine's 40th annual Student Music Awards.
Alison Schram, a first-year business student from White Lake, has been selected to attend the marketing EDGE Collegiate Summit in New York City in June.
President John M. Dunn's devotion to students was honored by Kalamazoo community members with a $2.2 million endowed scholarship fund that will support WMU grads who go on to medical school.
The National Council for Geographic Education has awarded Dr. Joseph Stoltman both the Distinguished Mentor Award and the Higher Education Distinguished Teaching Award.
WMU chosen to train aircraft maintenance technicians, known as AMTs, to fill a high demand the airline is expected to face for the next several years.
This year's PSSO Service Awards went to Amber Hutson and Beth van den Hombergh. Mark Johnson received the Spirit Award.
The top higher education award in the 2017 American School & University's Green Cleaning Award competition went to WMU for its efforts to protect health without harming the environment.
Madelyn Aittama and a group of 2013 Medallion Scholars, all members of WMU's Lee Honors College, recently received STAR Awards for their volunteer efforts.
The May 2017 issue of Encore Magazine was written almost entirely by a team of junior- and senior-level journalism students taught by Professor Sue Ellen Christian.
WMU advertising and promotion students placed second in their division in the District 6 American Advertising Federation's National Student Advertising Competition.
Alexis Lenderman is one of a select few fellows to be named a designated scholarship winner by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute.
Justin Black, Devin Moyer and Marcos Santiago are among about 1,000 American undergraduate students to win the prestigious national award.
Academic officials at both institutions have been working for two years to put the program in place. Aquinas students may apply for acceptance in the engineering program at the end of their sophomore year.
Clara Ouding, a former cook in Goldsworth Valley II for WMU Dining Services, died April 24. She was 97.
Joseph Asenbauer, a retired equipment operator for landscape services in the Department of Facilities Management, died March 20 at age 93.
Amber Delgado, an industrial and entrepreneurial engineering major from Allegan, received the $10,000 award for her invention, BlueBoards.
James Martin, a retired service officer in WMU's Department of Public Safety, died Dec. 6, 2016, at age 83.
Twenty-four WMU business students were recognized as part of the Trailblazer Student Recognition program, including Lauren Carroll, who was named Trailblazer of the Year.
William F. Pickard, Ronald E. Hall and Dennis W. Archer were classmates at WMU. The residence halls that make up Western Heights will be named for them.
Annette LaVier, a former University Libraries staff member, died April 8 at age 80. She left the University in 1990 after nearly 27 years of service.
A team of WMU geology students recently placed second among 11 teams competing in the Eastern Section of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Imperial Barrel Award competition.
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 will grant more than 2,600 degrees during four commencement ceremonies April 29. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder will speak during one ceremony and Dr. Antonio R. Flores will be honored during another.
WMU's College of Health and Human Services building demonstrated the greatest percentage-based reduction in energy-use intensity in the 2016 competition.
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.
Just Right Temp, a device to combat insomnia invented by WMU industrial and entrepreneurial engineering students, has won first place and $2,000 at the fifth annual K.C. O'Shaughnessy Business Pitch Competition.
Dr. Lofton Durham, associate professor of theatre, has received a $6,000 Summer Stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Virginia (Robinson) Sorenson, an emerita teacher in education and professional development, died Nov. 7, 2016, at age 90.
Nancy S. Wilson, a retired occupational health and safety specialist in the Department of Public Safety, died Dec. 22 at age 73.
Gertrude E. "Trudy" Rohr, a retired clerk II in parking services, died March 16 at age 82.
Dr. Anna K. Campbell, a retired assistant professor of psychology, died Dec. 16, 2016, at age 81.
Bernice F. Bigelow, retired audio visual clerk in Waldo Library, died Feb. 6 at age 101.
Dr. Edward B. Montgomery, dean and professor of economics at Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy, will become the University's ninth president Aug. 1.
Senior Venezia Jones, of Detroit, was one of only 50 selected by the American Advertising Federation to participate in its Most Promising Multicultural Students Program.
Trustees are expected to vote on the selection of a single candidate when they meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 12, in the Heritage Hall Ballroom.
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.
A short program on April 21 also will note WMU's ninth consecutive Tree Campus USA designation and a student project to increase the number of trees in the Goldsworth Valley Pond area.
This semester's 10 Semiannual Make a Difference Award recipients will be recognized during a reception at 2 p.m. Monday, April 17, in 157 Bernhard Center.
Teresa Turner, of Kalamazoo, was one of 27 students statewide to win a competitive scholarship from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation.
Rachel Larson, an integrated supply management student, will receive her award Friday, April 14, at the Industrial Supply Association's national convention in Denver.
Fifty students out of a senior class of more than 5,941 students will be recognized during the 37th annual Presidential Scholars Convocation March 28.
In a country that has 11 official languages, relating culture to math may lead to better learning outcomes for students.
With the approval of the Higher Learning Commission, WMU will be able to move forward with its plans, including the launch of an aviation flight science bachelor's degree program.
Tickets for general seating at the April 7 event must be secured before the event and are only available by request through the Miller Auditorium box office in person or by calling (269) 387-2300.
Junior Kaitlyn Phillips and sophomore Lauren Nowakowski represented WMU. They were coached by senior Jeremy Juday and associate professor of marketing Dr. Kelley O'Reilly.
Ross Gregory, retired professor of history at WMU, died Feb. 10. He was 83.
WMU has eight programs ranked among the top 100 in their disciplines, four in the top 50 and two programs assessed as the best of their kind in Michigan.
The Michigan College Access Network has awarded Fostering Success Michigan with the 2017 Beacon Award, recognizing it for leadership in the college access and success field
Dr. Ming Li, dean of the College of Education and Human Development, is among 39 national higher education leaders to receive INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine's 2017 Giving Back Award.
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.
Students in the WMU School of Communication's Sports Media course are learning the ins and outs of live-sports production thanks to communication instructor Wade Cutler and Bronco Productions.
The station won 2016 Michigan Association of Broadcasters best awards in the Musical Programming and Marketing Materials and Promos categories.
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.
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.
A team of food marketing students posted a first-place finish at the 2017 National Grocers Association Student Case Study Competition.
Miller Auditorium's 2017-18 lineup includes performances of "The Lion King," "The Wizard of Oz" and "The Sound of Music." Season subscriptions are available now.
Delores "Dede" Flowers, a former administrative assistant for speech pathology and audiology, died Dec. 2016, at age 85.
Jill Puckett and Nathan LaWarre are among 224 nationally and internationally named University Innovation Fellows, a global program run by Stanford University.
WMU exercise science and Spanish major Enrico Montalvo received a prestigious Gilman International Scholarship to study in Buenos Aires, Argentina, this semester.
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.
Dr. Jeffrey Angles, world languages and literatures, is one of only a handful of non-native speakers ever to win the prestigious Yomiuri Prize for Literature.
Spring Convocation, set for Friday, Feb. 17, is a daylong event beginning at 9 a.m. that will include lectures, awards ceremonies and a Gold Gathering mixer.
WMU President John M. Dunn will spend five days—Feb. 27-March 3—covering 1,500 miles by bus to say farewell to supporters and shine a light on the University's current and emerging strengths.
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.
Chen-Zhang, of Portage, will serve through 2018, completing an eight-year term begun by Trustee Dana Debel, who resigned from the board last month.
Donations from retired faculty and staff members granted emeritus status helped 25 students defray the cost of textbooks this semester.
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.
Report shows 92 percent of WMU grads are employed or in graduate school within three months of commencement. Of those, 84 percent are employed in jobs related to their major.
Among the new communication tools is a Twitter account, @wmupublicsafety, which anyone can follow—even those who have not signed up for Twitter.
WMU caps nonresident tuition for future undergraduates to dramatically reduce the tuition bills for incoming nonresidents and make WMU more competitive.
Jeffrey Rinvelt of Ann Arbor and James Bolger of Whitehall have been elected chair and vice chair, respectively.
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.
Bill Morris Chambers, former WMU head baseball coach, died Jan. 10 at age 92. Memorial services will be held Saturday, Jan. 21, in Tennessee.
Dr. Jacqueline Eng, a WMU faculty member with expertise gained through years of studying the skeletal remains of ancient humans, is in a new PBS documentary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The No. 15 WMU football Broncos' record-breaking season came to an end with a 16-24 loss to No. 8 Wisconsin in the Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium.