Top News of 2012

Photo of new Sangren Hall. New Sangren Hall
October 1, 2012 | WMU News

The new Sangren Hall welcomed students in fall 2012. The 230,000-square-foot, sustainably designed facility features 50 classrooms with 2,435 instructional seats, an education library, a grants and research center, and office and clinical space for several programs.

Photo of Traci D. Brimhall.
December 21, 2012 | WMU News

Traci D. Brimhall, a doctoral student in WMU's creative writing poetry program, has been awarded a 2013 National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship.

Photo of hand holding pen.
December 20, 2012 | WMU News

Four cultural anthropology students placed in the top five percent in a contest focused on writing opinion-editorial pieces, receiving awards from the Center for a Public Anthropology.

Photo of East Hall cupola.
December 10, 2012 | WMU News

University officials have decided to focus all preservation efforts on renovating WMU's birthplace, East Hall, transforming the original 34,000 square feet of the building into an alumni center.

Photo of Dr. Christian Hirsch.
December 5, 2012 | WMU News

The Core Math Tools Project, developed in part by Dr. Christian Hirsch, WMU professor of mathematics, is being lauded as a transformative tool by the National Science Foundation.

Photo of presidents signing reverse transfer agreement.
December 5, 2012 | WMU News

Leaders from Lake Michigan College and Glen Oaks, Kellogg, and Lansing community colleges met Dec. 4 to sign reverse-transfer agreements with WMU, allowing students to apply WMU credits toward an associate degree.

Photo of MCC's Dr. Dale K. Nesbary and WMU's Dr. John M. Dunn signing joint agreement.
November 16, 2012 | WMU News

A joint agreement between Muskegon Community College and WMU's Haworth College of Business will offer students joint admission to both schools, enabling them to earn an associate degree at MCC then transfer to WMU.

Photo of silhouette of salespeople.
November 9, 2012 | WMU News

Senior Aleks Jogerst took first place overall in the 2012 State Farm Marketing and Sales Competition, held in October. Junior Brian Curlett took fourth place in the sales portion of the event.

Princeton Review logo.
November 8, 2012 | WMU News

Haworth College of Business is an outstanding business school, according to the education services company, the Princeton Review, and is featured in the 2013 edition of the annual guidebook, "The Best 296 Business Schools."

Photo of Dr. Said Abubakr.
November 8, 2012 | WMU News

Dr. Said Abubakr, chair of the Department of Paper Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Imaging, has received the 2013 Michigan Printing Week Association Ben Franklin Educator of the Year Award.

Photo of Mark Delorey.
November 7, 2012 | WMU News

Mark Delorey, WMU director of student financial aid and scholarships, has received the 2012 Distinguished Service and Leadership Award by the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth.

Photo of David Sellers.
October 23, 2012 | WMU News

Doctoral student David Sellers is the second student in University history and the first from the Department of Chemistry to win a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Photo of Jeremy Siskind.
October 23, 2012 | WMU News

Jeremy Siskind, assistant professor of music, has won the 2012 Nottingham International Jazz Piano Competition. Siskind is the second pianist with WMU ties to win the competition.

WMU School of Medicine logo.
October 12, 2012 | WMU News

Dr. Hal B. Jenson, founding dean of the new WMU School of Medicine, announced that preliminary accreditation has been granted, allowing for recruitment to begin for the school's first class.

Photo of ROTC cadet.
October 12, 2012 | WMU News

Based on the individual performances of cadets, the WMU ROTC topped other Michigan programs at a 29-day leadership training course held in Washington.

Photo of Dr. Rachel Swearingen.
September 13, 2012 | WMU News

Dr. Rachel Swearingen, who received a doctorate in creative writing from WMU, is among six women to receive this year's Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award.

Photo of a WMU graduate.
September 12, 2012 | WMU News

First named to the list in 1991, WMU is one of only four Michigan schools to receive top-tier recognition from U.S. News & World Report in 2012. Full results will be published in a print guidebook Sept. 18.

Photo of a baby and parent holding hands.
September 9, 2012 | WMU News

Holly Barra, Jody Ickes, Kerrie Jackson, Bridget Jancarz, Brandan Mitchell, Korrine Wojcik, Dawn Wood and Genanne Zeller pen proposal netting $50,000 toward improving outcomes in infant foster care.

WMU graduate leaving commencement ceremony.
August 27, 2012 | WMU News

WMU fourth of five Michigan universities to make the list of colleges that are both effective and inexpensive, produce cutting-edge research, and encourage students to give back to the nation.

Photo of a handshake.
August 2, 2012 | WMU News

Rebecca Hard, Brian Little and Joseph Russell awarded scholarships by Sales Education Foundation, which also recognized WMU's Sales and Business Marketing Program as one of the nation's best.

Future WMU Legacy Collections Center
July 12, 2012 | WMU News

The Legacy Collections Center will be built on the Oakland Drive Campus to house the WMU Archives and Regional History Collections as well as archives of the Kalamazoo Gazette.

July 12, 2012 | WMU News

Student-athletes Leah Grawburg, Kaylee Imel and Heather Marks recognized for outstanding academic and athletic achievements by the National Golf Coaches Association.

Eric Bowman
July 9, 2012 | WMU News

Eric Bowman of Portage, Mich., has taken first place in the Frank Smith Trombone Solo Competition, the International Trombone Festival's classical trombone division.

Future site of the WMU School of Medicine
June 28, 2012 | WMU News

Dr. Hal B. Jenson has announced that the future home of the WMU School of Medicine, located in downtown Kalamazoo, will be named the W.E. Upjohn Campus in honor of the founder of The Upjohn Co.

Brandon Pokley
June 20, 2012 | WMU News

The WMU men's basketball and women's tennis teams are being honored with Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA for posting Academic Progress Rates in the top 10 percent for their respective sports.

Photo of John M. Dunn.
June 5, 2012 | WMU News

WMU President John M. Dunn recently was honored for his and the University's long record of support for employees and students called to active duty by the National Guard or Reserve.

Photo of a WMU audiology student.
May 23, 2012 | WMU News

U.S. News & World Report's recently published rankings of graduate programs puts six of WMU's health and human services programs among the best in the nation.

Downbeat magazine cover.
May 3, 2012 | WMU News

Music students win six awards from DownBeat magazine in its annual student music competition, third most of any institution worldwide and more than any other school in Michigan.

Photo of Dr. John Patten.
May 3, 2012 | WMU News

High-tech device developed by Drs. John Patten and Deepak Ravindra could soon have a huge commercial impact on the manufacturing of difficult-to-machine engineered components.

Photo of Baxter Gill.
May 3, 2012 | WMU News

Student chapter of the Society for Automotive Engineers captured first place in the SAE World Congress Student Exhibition Competition, extending WMU's streak to five consecutive top-three finishes.

Photo of WMU men's tennis team.
May 2, 2012 | WMU News

Sophomore Nadin Indre is MAC Player of the Year, Dave Morin named Coach of the Year, Broncos win 31st conference regular season or tournament title.

Still from World Press Freedom video.
April 25, 2012 | WMU News

Communication students Cassandra Stagner and Wil Granaderos win national collegiate film contest sponsored by CNN, Reporters Without Borders USA and the Ford Foundation.

Photo of BroncoBike.
April 19, 2012 | WMU News

Engineering technology students win Human Assisted Green Energy Vehicle design competition sponsored by Parker Hannifin, capturing five first-place finishes along the way.

Photo of students on bikes.
April 18, 2012 | WMU News

WMU named one of the nation's most environmentally responsible 'green colleges' by Princeton Review and the U.S. Green Building Council's Center for Green Schools.

Photo of WMU student veterans.
April 10, 2012 | WMU News

Veterans transitioning to college life will be able to tap an array of new services to help them succeed, thanks to a new VetSuccess on Campus program.

Photo of WMU hockey team after winning the CCHA Tournament.
March 17, 2012 | WMU News

WMU hockey team wins 2012 CCHA Tournament championship with a 3-2 win over the University of Michigan.

Photo of 'Foreground,' choreographed by Lauren Edson.
March 16, 2012 | WMU News

WMU dance students invited to perform Lauren Edson's dance "Foreground" at the Kennedy Center for the national conference of the American College Dance Festival Association.

Photo of WMU solar array.
March 5, 2012 | WMU News

Sixteen new charging stations make WMU the new national leader for campuses boasting electric vehicle charging resources.

Photo of WMU student Andrea Lavasseur.
March 1, 2012 | WMU News

Five WMU teams win more than $30,000 in micro grants and awards in the Michigan Clean Energy Venture Challenge, taking top honors in four categories and tying for first in another.

Photo of Alison Huey.
February 17, 2012 | WMU News

Alison Huey and Joshua Kallen nab first place in Financial Services National Industry Issues Competition.

Photo of WMU College of Aviation aircraft.
February 10, 2012 | WMU News

Agreement between the College of Aviation and two closely allied commercial air carriers will put WMU students on a clear pathway to careers as commercial airline pilots.

Photo of John Potter.
January 25, 2012 | WMU News

Senior kicker John Potter is the fifth football student-athlete in program history to earn First Team Academic All-America.

Photo of Andrew Taylor
January 23, 2012 | WMU News

Andrew Taylor of Kalamazoo, a junior majoring in integrated supply management, has won the SAP America Scholarship.

Photo of grandparent with grandchild.
January 12, 2012 | WMU News

National Research Center for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren opens at WMU in partnership with Georgia State University.

Photo of Jason Babin.
January 4, 2012 | WMU News

Former Bronco stars Jason Babin and Greg Jennings were both selected to the NFL Pro Bowl for the second straight year. Babin is a defensive end with Philadelphia, and Jennings is a wide receiver with Green Bay.