Top News of 2014

Photo of an oak tree.
April 18, 2014 | WMU News

A public tree planting ceremony will be part of the University's Arbor Day observance. The public event starts at 10 a.m. Friday, April 18, at the Zhang Legacy Collections Center.

Photo of Rosie Hall and family holding first-place competition prize.
April 18, 2014 | WMU News

A WMU MBA student was awarded the top prize of $1,500 at a competition for innovative business ideas by providing a more efficient way to work with two-wheeled carts.

Photo of a WMU seal.
April 17, 2014 | WMU News

Researching and mapping health-related data in southwest Michigan to provide strategies to improve public health is the purpose of the new Center for Health Data Research, Analysis and Mapping.

Photo of World War II era airplanes.
April 10, 2014 | WMU News

A class project that gathered people's memories of the World War II era resulted in a book that now is being sold online. The book is titled "There is No Substitute for Victory—Remembrances of World War II."

Photo of a WMU seal.
April 9, 2014 | WMU News

Acting at its April 9 meeting, the WMU Board of Trustees approved a 2.95 percent increase in campus room and board rates for the 2014-15 academic year.

Photo of Greg D. Roehrick.
April 8, 2014 | WMU News

A campus memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, April 12, in the Williams Theatre at the Gilmore Theatre Complex for Greg D. Roehrick, who died Feb. 25.

Photo of engineering students with their senior project.
April 4, 2014 | WMU News

Senior engineering students will showcase and demonstrate their projects during the 54th Conference on Senior Engineering Design from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Photo of man looking at books.
April 4, 2014 | WMU News

WMU community members and Kalamazoo-area residents may attend the 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies for free if they register by Wednesday, April 23. Register online or call (269) 387-8745 for details.

Photo of WMU faculty and students in Paris.
April 4, 2014 | WMU News

Participation in the Generation Study Abroad Commitment should result in increased opportunities for study abroad by students at all educational levels as well as strengthen the University's global engagement pillar.

Photo of Waldo Library.
April 4, 2014 | WMU News

WMU's Waldo Library has been named a finalist in a national photo contest. Votes can be placed online through April 9 for WMU's photo, which is in the Best Curb Appeal category.

Photo of official measuring a dwarf hackberry tree.
April 3, 2014 | WMU News

The biggest dwarf hackberry trees known to exist in Michigan are growing on WMU's main campus, according to official measurements taken for the Michigan Botanical Club Big Tree Program and National Register of Big Trees.

Photo of a WMU sign.
April 2, 2014 | WMU News

Drs. Bernard Han and Andrew Targowski are the recipients of the third annual Timothy Light Center for Chinese Studies Research Grant. They were awarded the grant for a book project.

Photo of a gold star.
April 2, 2014 | WMU News

Fifteen WMU staff members will be recognized for their outstanding contributions to the University during a reception Monday, April 14, for semiannual Make a Difference Award winners.

Photo of Dr. Richard Williams.
April 2, 2014 | WMU News

Dr. Richard R. Williams, founder of WMU's holistic health program, died Feb. 5 at age 77. A celebration of his life followed by a reception will take place April 13. RSVP at

Photo of Office for Sustainabilty building against blue sky.
April 1, 2014 | WMU News

The University is one of four institutions nationwide to be considered for the award. A national video contest allows finalists' fans to weigh in with online votes.

Photo of Walden Baskerville.
March 27, 2014 | WMU News

Dr. Walden A. Baskerville, associate professor emeritus at WMU, died Feb. 11 at age 87. Baskerville retired in 1993 after nearly 15 years of service to the University. Memorial guestbook entries can be made online.

Photo of Dr. Joseph T. Work.
March 27, 2014 | WMU News

Dr. Joseph T. Work, professor emeritus in music at WMU, died Feb. 7 at age 82. Work retired in 1993 after 30 years of service to the University. Memorial guestbook entries can be made online.

Rendering of renovated East Hall.
March 26, 2014 | WMU News

Architects from TowerPinkster unveiled the final design for the new WMU Alumni Center during the third public input session held March 25. The full presentation is available online.

Photo of Wayne Mann.
March 24, 2014 | WMU News

Wayne C. Mann, retired WMU archivist and co-founder of the Kalamazoo Valley Genealogical Society, died March 19. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, in Portage, Mich.

Photo of John M. Dunn.
March 21, 2014 | WMU News

WMU President John M. Dunn has been elected to serve as a member of the board of directors for the American Council on Education. He will serve a three-year term expiring in March 2017.

Photo of Samuel Betances.
March 19, 2014 | WMU News

Reservations for southwest Michigan's 2014 César Chávez fundraising dinner and awards program are being accepted until Monday, March 24. WMU's Mark Delorey will be receiving one of this year's awards.

Photo of BTR Park sign.
March 19, 2014 | WMU News

Michigan Office Solutions, a provider of leading-edge office technology solutions for business, has become the newest corporate partner at WMU's Business Technology and Research Park.

Photo of a WMU sign.
March 19, 2014 | WMU News

WMU's trustees followed their positive December evaluation of President John M. Dunn with a 2.5 percent increase to his base salary; Dunn will continue to donate the cumulative total of his pay increases toward scholarships.

Photo of WMU's University Jazz Orchestra.
March 19, 2014 | WMU News

The WMU Jazz Orchestra recently won perfect scores from all five judges and pocketed Outstanding Band and four Outstanding Soloist awards at the 56th annual University of Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival.

Photo of Bronco men's basketball coach Steve Hawkins with the MAC Tournament trophy.
March 17, 2014 | WMU News

WMU men's basketball Coach Hawkins, 2013-14 MAC Coach of the Year, will lead his team to the NCAA Tournament in Buffalo, N.Y., Thursday, March 20. Tickets go on sale March 18.

Photo of a WMU sign.
March 16, 2014 | WMU News

The WMU Board of Trustees will convene for a special meeting to discuss compensation for President John M. Dunn at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, in 157 Bernhard Center.

Photo of students from the 2013 International Festival.
March 16, 2014 | WMU News

Enjoy the music, dance, food and fashions of 15 of the cultures represented on campus by attending the 25th annual International Festival from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 23, in the Bernhard Center.

Photo of a WMU sign.
March 16, 2014 | WMU News

Forty-seven students from a senior class of 6,313 members will be recognized as the University's top seniors for 2014 during the 34th annual Presidential Scholars Convocation Thursday, March 20.

Photo of dancers performing the piece My Hyphen.
March 16, 2014 | WMU News

For a second year, both dances submitted by the WMU Department of Dance were selected for performance at the Gala Concert at the American College Dance Festival Association East-Central Conference.

Photo of food and consumer package goods marketing program.
March 13, 2014 | WMU News

A team of four WMU students has won the 2014 National Grocers Association University Case Competition, earning $8,000 for the food and consumer package goods marketing program.

Photo of Dr. Homer Stryker.
March 10, 2014 | WMU News

Thanks to the generosity of Ronda E. Stryker and William D. Johnston, the first class of medical students will be welcomed this fall to the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine.

WMU School of Medicine logo.
March 5, 2014 | WMU News

The Haworth College of Business and the WMU School of Medicine have designed a dual-degree program allowing medical students to complete both an M.D. degree and MBA degree with a concentration in healthcare.

Photo of Melinda Moustakis.
February 27, 2014 | WMU News

The literary journal The Kenyon Review has named Melinda Moustakis, a graduate of WMU's doctoral program in creative writing, a Kenyon Review Fellow.

Photo of tombonist Nick Dewyer.
February 27, 2014 | WMU News

Nick Dewyer of Chelsea, Mich., has been selected as a finalist in the Gagliardi Solo Competition, for students 18 and under. Dewyer will travel to Rochester, N.Y., in June to compete.

Photo of Greg D. Roehrick.
February 27, 2014 | WMU News

Greg D. Roehrick, theatre, died Feb. 25 at age 60. A family burial in Chippewa Falls, Wis., is planned, and a date will be set for a WMU campus celebration of his life and career.

Photo of a WMU seal.
February 26, 2014 | WMU News

This year's Graduate College Faculty Fellows are Dr. Julie Apker, associate professor of communication, and Dr. Louann A. Bierlein Palmer, professor of educational leadership, research and technology.

Photo of a WMU sign.
February 25, 2014 | WMU News

The $500,000 grant to WMU psychologists from the Michigan Department of Community Health will fund an array of initiatives to help train mental health practitioners, parents and others who are treating autism.

Photo of faculty, staff, students, alumni and volunteers in front of the large dwarf hackberry tree.
February 25, 2014 | WMU News

The emphasis on environmental stewardship has resulted in the University being recertified under the Arbor Foundation's Tree Campus USA program. It also is helping to preserve a population of trees rarely found this far north.

Photo of WMU's Schneider Hall.
February 21, 2014 | WMU News

WMU's food and consumer package goods marketing now boasts certification of its coursework by a national professional organization. The WMU program is one of only two programs to earn such a certification.

Photo of a WMU sign.
February 21, 2014 | WMU News

At its Jan. 22 meeting, the WMU Board of Trustees approved the retirements of four faculty and five staff members and also signed off on one faculty and one staff resignation as well as one sabbatical leave.

Photo of the cover of the book Poetry in Michigan/Michigan in Poetry.
February 11, 2014 | WMU News

WMU's New Issues Poetry and Prose has started the new year with three recent accomplishments—an award, a major grant and recognition for one of its authors.

Photo of the WMU seal.
February 11, 2014 | WMU News

The $2.8 million, two-month total drove the year-to-date total of externally funded awards to more than $16 million, WMU Trustees learned at their Jan. 22 meeting.

Photo of the scholarship winners.
February 10, 2014 | WMU News

Business students Hanna Downs, Laura Haines and Chad Niemchick were each award a $1,000 scholarship at this the 14th annual ISM Indirect/Services Conference in Phoenix.

Photo of Dr. Lonnie E. Duncan.
February 7, 2014 | WMU News

A campus memorial service to honor the life and work of Dr. Lonnie E. Duncan is set for 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, in the Fetzer Center. RSVPs are requested by Friday, Feb. 14.

Photo of WMU's Schneider Hall.
February 5, 2014 | WMU News

The WMU Center for Integrated Supply Management will offer an array of student learning experiences focusing on hands-on education and innovative research

Photo of the WMU College of Aviation tower.
February 5, 2014 | WMU News

A series of events is being planned throughout 2014 to mark the history of aviation at WMU. The College of Aviation is celebrating its 75th year of providing aviation education to WMU students this year.

Photo of Yvette D. Hyter.
January 31, 2014 | WMU News

Dr. Yvette Hyter was recently honored as a fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association at the association's 2013 convention in November.

Photo of the Ladies' Library tower.
January 31, 2014 | WMU News

Retired art professor Charles Stroh shines the spotlight on some of Kalamazoo's most important buildings in six photo-rich tours he developed and recently released on CD.

Photo of Kevin Watson II.
January 30, 2014 | WMU News

A song by WMU theatre student Kevin J. Watson II has been selected by Broadway producer Ken Davenport as a finalist for his songwriting contest. Watson will perform the song Jan. 30 in New York City.

Photo of Weill Recital Hall.
January 27, 2014 | WMU News

Five WMU School of Music students have been selected to present the Fourth Annual Collegiate Honors Recital in Carnegie Hall Saturday, Feb. 1. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at or (212) 247-7800.

Photo of ice-covered Bronco statue.
January 27, 2014 | WMU News

Except for essential and emergency services, WMU is closed Monday, Jan. 27, due to severe weather. All classes are canceled. For information on the status of regional locations, visit the Extended University Programs Web page.

Photo of a WMU sign.
January 22, 2014 | WMU News

James F. Hettinger and Mary Asmonga-Knapp were elected chair and vice chair, respectively, of the WMU Board of Trustees at the trustees' Jan. 22 meeting.

Photo of Dr. Gary Miron.
January 21, 2014 | WMU News

Gary Miron, professor of evaluation, measurement and research, is one of the 200 most influential education scholars in the United States, according to an annual ranking that appears in Education Week.

Photo of WMU sign.
January 15, 2014 | WMU News

WMU's Center for Fostering Success has been recognized by a leading social policy organization as one of the top programs nationwide making a critical difference in the lives of foster care youth.

Photo of statue at MLK Park.
January 14, 2014 | WMU News

"Past, Present, and Future: Living the Dream" is the theme of this year's celebration planned to honor Martin Luther King Jr., which includes many events at WMU and across the Kalamazoo community beginning Jan. 15.

Photo of ROTC cadet Shelley Aurand.
January 13, 2014 | WMU News

Recent alumna Shelley Aurand is one of five ROTC cadets in the nation selected for a special program allowing nursing graduates to delay active duty to pursue a graduate degree full time.

Photo of Dr. Nancy Mansberger.
January 10, 2014 | WMU News

Dr. Nancy B. Mansberger, associate professor in the College of Education and Human Development, has been named WMU's new director of academic collective bargaining, effective Jan. 1.

Photo of a map of Spain.
January 10, 2014 | WMU News

Senior Alexandria White from Tawas, Mich., received a prestigious Gilman International Scholarship to spend the spring semester overseas studying Spanish as well as European perspectives on economics and business.

Photo of Dr. Anthony Ellis.
January 8, 2014 | WMU News

Dr. Anthony Ellis, associate professor of English and an expert on Renaissance literature died Jan. 7 in Worcester, Mass. He was 46. A campus memorial service is being planned for later this semester.

Photo of Dr. Lonnie E. Duncan.
January 3, 2014 | WMU News

Dr. Lonnie E. Duncan, WMU associate professor of counselor education and counseling psychology, died suddenly Dec. 31. He was 46. A visitation will be held Sunday, Jan. 5, with a memorial service set for Monday, Jan. 6.

Photo of a WMU sign.
January 3, 2014 | WMU News

WMU officials have made a final decision to focus renovation only on the original core of East Hall, setting the design parameters for the new alumni center. Construction expected to be complete by summer 2015.