Two high-profile national sustainability awards WMU won earlier this year were awarded to a team led by WMU President John M. Dunn during a fall event in Boston.
Top News of 2014
Grants to WMU topped $13 million in September and October, WMU trustees learned at their Dec. 18 meeting. Grants for research garnered the biggest share of externally funded awards, exceeding the $9 million mark.
Dr. Debra Lindstrom has been chosen to receive the American Occupational Therapy Association's Roster of Fellows Award. The honor will be presented at the organization's annual conference in April.
Charles F. Woodward, assistant professor emeritus of industrial and manufacturing engineering, died Dec. 12 at age 81. Memorial guestbook entries can be made online.
In the U.S., the population of managed bee colonies has been declining for several years. A group of concerned WMU students created an apiary to study this at-risk insect.
Marketing student Daniel Floyd has obtained a patent for his invention SpeechMasterPro, a device that assists those with speech impediments, as well as anyone else seeking to improve articulation and elocution.
Sophomore students Logan Vines and Lauren Wingard recently met a TRiO program academic challenge to get top grades and won a lunch with President John M. Dunn and Provost Timothy J. Greene.
The two-person team composed of Asad Khaja and Alexa DeVos finished fifth in a field of 40 universities competing in this year's Russ Berrie Institute National Sales Challenge.
WMU trustees have approved the name Valley Dining Center for the new state-of-the-art facility planned for construction in the Valley Residential Neighborhood. The center is expected to be complete by fall 2016.
WMU's Board of Trustees approved rate increases for on-campus apartments and apartment-style residential units that will result in monthly rent changes of up to $18 per month, with some units seeing no increase.
WMU was one of only 10 schools and individuals nationwide to be honored, and was named the 2014 Best of Green Schools recipient in USGBC's higher education category.
Professor Emeritus William M. Cremin, a key member of the Department of Anthropology for more than three decades, died Sept. 10 in Marshall at age 72. Cremin retired in 2007 after 32 years of service.
Some 550 Grand Rapids-area students will take classes at WMU's Graduate Center-Downtown while renovations are completed. The East Beltline location will reopen in August 2015.
Dr. Frank Robinson, a former WMU faculty member and former head of the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, died Dec. 1 in Kalamazoo. He was 100.
Dr. Jean E. Lowrie, a former WMU administrator and an influential leader in librarianship and elementary education, died Nov. 9 at age 96. She retired in 1983 after 32 years of service.
Commencement ceremonies will be staged at 9 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, in Miller Auditorium for WMU's fall graduating class. President John M. Dunn will preside over the ceremonies.
President John M. Dunn will join hundreds of college presidents and other higher education leaders at The White House College Opportunity Day of Action. View a live stream of the event here.
WMU's men's soccer team boasted a 3.41 GPA, the third straight season the Broncos have carried one of the top three team GPAs among Division I schools.
WMU President John M. Dunn heads to Washington, D.C., this week, answering an invitation from the White House to take part in a Dec. 4, event that will focus on expanding access to college.
"Tea in Heliopolis," by Dr. Hedy Habra, took top honors in the Poetry: General category, while her book "Flying Carpets" was named a finalist in the Fiction: Short Story category.
New green building honors for two buildings were announced during a recent event. In addition, several plaques to mark WMU's commitment to sustainable building practices were unveiled.
Flags on all campuses of WMU will be lowered Wednesday, Nov. 26, in honor of Sgt. 1st Class Michael Cathcart, of Bay City, Michigan, who died while serving in Afghanistan.
The University community is invited to honor the 14 outstanding staff members who will receive a semiannual Make a Difference Award during a reception at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, in Room 157 Bernhard Center.
WMU continues to succeed in attracting international students according to the 2014 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange released Nov. 17.
Starting with the spring 2015 semester, WMU will offer courses that are tailored specifically to the unit training weekend schedules of Air National Guard members assigned to Battle Creek's Kellogg Air National Guard Base.
This fall, 23 undergraduate students have received $400 Emeriti Council Book Scholarships to help them purchase textbooks and school supplies. A total of $9,200 in book scholarships was given away this fall.
WMU is adding 10 $50,000 awards to its mix of top scholarships for the fall 2015 incoming class. The new Foundation Scholarships will be awarded based on both academic performance and financial need.
University officials learned Nov. 1 that Dr. Robert L. Blefko, a retired Western Michigan University faculty member, died at his home in Kalamazoo. He was 82. A memorial service was held on campus Nov. 19.
Haworth College of Business seniors Hope Burnham and Caleb Ross were named overall winners at this year’s State Farm Marketing and Sales Competition and brought home $4,000 in scholarships.
Up five spots from last year, WMU is the only Michigan school to have appeared on all five years of Military Times EDGE magazine's annual list of the top colleges in the U.S. for military veterans pursuing higher education.
WMU's Department of Psychology will begin offering its internationally-known, 36-credit-hour Master of Arts in psychology-behavior analysis at WMU-MetroDetroit starting Jan. 12, 2015.
Four recent grants totaling $3.7 million have been awarded to WMU's Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies, and are aimed at filling a shortage of specialists trained to assist people with vision problems.
Acting during a special formal session Nov. 7, the Western Michigan University Board of Trustees unanimously voted to extend the contract of WMU President John M. Dunn for an additional year, with that term now to end June 30, 2017.
Dr. Bilinda Straight, professor of anthropology, has been awarded a $135,891 National Science Foundation grant to study the impact of intercommunity violence on young people in rural northern Kenya.
The Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission has named the Western Michigan University Saudi Students Association best member group out of more than 300 Saudi student groups nationwide.
The University's Career Mentor Program for LBGTA students is an Equity in Education Award winner and will be honored by the Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers at its annual conference.
Four admissions professionals from around the nation will visit the Western Michigan University campus in the coming weeks in their bids to become WMU's next director of admissions.
Area residents can experience the glitz and glamour of Hollywood when the Air Zoo hosts the world premier of "Pilot Error" Saturday, Nov. 8. The new film's director plus three of its actors are WMU alumni.
Three candidates for the position of dean of Western Michigan University's College of Engineering and Applied Sciences will visit campus in November to meet with campus and community leaders and make public presentations.
Several events are taking place at WMU this month that honor Native Americans and share information about Native American history and culture. Among those open to the public are four that start Thursday, Nov. 6.
Veterans Day as well as former and current military personnel will be honored through a variety of activities taking place on and off campus starting Thursday, Nov. 6.
Reservations are due Friday, Nov. 14, to attend the gala dinner and induction ceremony for the 53 people who will be inducted into the 25 Year Club Tuesday, Dec. 2.
Gathering in formal public session at 11 a.m. in Rooms 157-159 of the Bernhard Center, the board will focus on the topic of presidential compensation and a contract extension for WMU President John M. Dunn.
Dr. John Jellies, honored this fall by WMU, is seeking to unlock the mysteries of the central nervous system through a creature whose anatomy can help answer complex questions about sensory responses and actions.
The life of Dr. Carolyn Harris, a WMU professor who died suddenly Sept. 20, will be celebrated during a service at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8. Harris was a 29-year member of the Department of Spanish faculty.
A celebratory dinner gala and a ceremonial flight over Waldo Stadium during the homecoming gridiron contest set the stage Oct. 24-25 as Western Michigan University aviators marked the 75th anniversary of aviation education at WMU.
As part of Haworth College of Business's second annual community service project at Fort Custer National Cemetery, students will clean the headstones of nearly 2,000 graves in preparation for Veterans Day.
George L. Wilson, who recently retired from his position as electrical engineering manager in Facilities Management, died Oct. 22. He was 63. A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25.
LZ Granderson's inspirational life story includes how he made it to college — or nearly didn't — before launching a successful journalism career. He says a WMU admissions officer's visit to his home saved his life.
CNN contributor, ESPN senior writer and alumnus LZ Granderson returns to campus this week to deliver a lecture in the Community and Communication Distinguished Speaker Series put on by the School of Communication.
Western Michigan University is holding it's 16th annual Homecoming Campus Classic race Saturday, Oct. 25. The annual 1K Fun Run and 5K will kick off the final day of homecoming activities.
Changes have been made to the WMU Student Code as the result of a resolution agreement reached last year between the University and U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights.
At its Sept. 30 meeting, the WMU Board of Trustees approved the retirements of 15 faculty and staff members and also signed off on one faculty resignation and three faculty leaves.
Scores of exciting activities for thousands of WMU community members, friends and fans are taking place during homecoming week, Monday through Sunday, Oct. 20-26, and Family Weekend, Friday through Sunday, Oct. 24-26.
The Greenleaf Trust Trading Room, located in the main corridor of Schneider Hall, will let students experience the excitement of a Wall Street trading floor. A grand opening celebration will be held at 1 p.m. on Oct. 27.
Archie E. Watson, assistant professor emeritus of education and professional development, died Feb. 25 at age 81. Services were held Sept. 28. Memorial gifts may be made to a charity of choice.
Western Michigan University has been named one of the nation's top 50 most affordable, eco-friendly colleges by Best Choice Schools. Coming in at No. 13, WMU is the top-placing college in Michigan.
The founding director of WMU's Bronson School of Nursing is one of four selected as 2014 Living Legends of Nursing by the American Academy of Nursing. The designation is the highest honor in the academy.
The Commitment to Diversity award for WMU was announced during the Oct. 3-5 Washington D.C. conference of Minority Access Inc. This is the second consecutive year the University has been honored.
Curtis Curtis-Smith, an internationally known contemporary composer and pianist who taught at Western Michigan University for 43 years, died Oct. 10 at his home in Kalamazoo. He was 73.
7GenAE, the newest private partner in WMU's Business Technology and Research Park, melds a tradition of sustainability and a vision aimed at protecting the future for generations to come.
Dr. Caryl P. Freeman, associate professor emeritus of business information systems, died Sept. 30 at age 86. Services have taken place. Memorials gifts may be made to the Gilmore Keyboard Festival.
International best-selling author Yann Martel, whose book of "Life of Pi" is the 2014-15 University Common Read, will kick off the Healing Arts Speaker Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, in Miller Auditorium.
The director of the National Institutes of Health was among the experts who met at the WMU School of Medicine to discuss ways Congress can help eliminate hindrances to medical research and, ultimately, cures.
Dr. Fritz Allhoff, a philosopher and ethicist whose research has broken new ground in the areas of cyberwarfare, torture and nanotechnology, will be presented the Emerging Scholar Award during WMU's academic convocation.
Drs. E. Rozanne Elder and John Jellies are the recipients of this year's highest annual award WMU bestows on faculty members. They will be honored during the annual academic convocation on Oct. 10.
Members of the WMU community will gather Oct. 10, for the University's formal annual academic convocation that will honor standout faculty and staff members and provide a platform for President John M. Dunn to set the direction for the coming year.
WMU's next residence hall dining facility will feature nine restaurant-style eateries as well as a convenience store and cafe and be open to all WMU students, employees and visitors.
For students who have an electric car and are going to college, there are few better places in the United States than Western Michigan University. The University placed fourth on the list.
Progress and outcomes realized in the second year of WMU's three-year strategic plan are detailed in a year-end report. This fall, the University began the final year of the current plan.
Western Michigan University has been named one of the nation's most Military Friendly Schools for the sixth consecutive time by one of the leading publishers of magazines for veterans and their families.
WMU's new state-of-the-art residence halls will be known as Western Heights, after the student-suggested name won unanimous approval from University trustees.
WMU has introduced a new 30-second promotional television spot that expands on the "Go West" advertising campaign, which will air in all major Michigan markets from October through December and again in 2015.
WMU alumnus Scott R. Merlo has been appointed police chief of the University. Merlo most recently served as a lieutenant for two years with the police department at Grand Rapids Community College.
WMU's Board of Trustees unanimously approved a new three-year labor agreement with the American Association of University Professors, the union that represents the University's full-time faculty.
Mary Lou Brooks, Elena Gaudio, Nancy Landsberger and James Oswalt are the latest recipients of WMU's Annual Make a Difference Award, the highest honor bestowed specifically on non-faculty employees for service excellence.
WMU now has 10 LEED-certified structures, with 10 more going through the certification process. In addition, the University is developing a graduate class that can give students the opportunity to earn LEED credentialing.
The grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Education, is one of a small number and the only one made in Michigan. The goal of the four-year project is to create programs that other universities can adopt.
Army veteran Joyce M. Busch was named director of the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs, effective Sept. 8. She has served 27 years in the active army and now serves in the reserves.
Dr. Takashi Yoshida, a WMU associate professor of history and founding member of the center, has been named the new director of the Michitoshi Soga Japan Center, effective Sept. 2.
When the Beatles were bursting onto the American music scene in 1964, Doralee DeRyke and Laurel Grotzinger were quietly beginning their storied careers at WMU.
Dr. Gerald L. Sievers, professor emeritus of mathematics and statistics, died Sept. 25 at age 74. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Sept. 29, and the funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30.
WMU's Board of Trustees will consider approval of a new contract with WMU's faculty union, as well as a new labor agreement with members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, on Sept. 30.
WMU will honor two faculty members in the School of Communication next month for being exceptional educators and mentors and demonstrating outstanding dedication in their work.
Western Michigan University's fall 2014 student body is more diverse and substantially more international, and it includes more transfer students, more honors students and more graduate students working on doctoral degrees.
Longtime faculty member Dr. Carolyn J. Harris, professor of Spanish, died suddenly Sept. 20 at age 65. Memorial gifts in Harris's name may be made to the Spanish department's Emeriti Scholarship.
President John M. Dunn joined six college and university presidents in Grand Rapids to sign the "To College, Through College" initiative aimed at doubling the rate at which the city's public school graduates earn degress.
Western Michigan University has received a 2014 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award from INSIGHT Into Diversity, the nation's oldest and largest publication that focuses on diversity in higher education.
Senior integrated supply management major Sean Perkins is awarded the 2014 Transportation Club of Detroit scholarship for outstanding achievement in supply chain management.
The grant to Dr. Timothy McGrew will be used to assemble a digital library and interactive web portal of historical religious philosophical writings in partnership with University of Oxford.
Helen J. Healy, associate professor emerita of University Libraries, died July 26 at age 76. Healy retired from University Libraries in 2000 after 36 years of service.
Except for the immediate past president, nine faculty members will serve for the next two years as elected officers and directors on the Faculty Senate Executive Board.
The Invisible Need Project kicked off this summer and is initially focusing on collecting donations for a food pantry set to open Sept. 15 and establishing a Student Emergency Relief Fund.
Harold Glasser and Tracey Quada will be recognized at WMU's annual Academic Convocation ceremony Friday, Oct. 10, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.
The Grand Rapids community, as well as faculty, staff, students and alumni of Western Michigan University's Master of Business Administration program, will celebrate the program's 50th anniversary in Grand Rapids this fall.
Dr. Shirley Van Hoeven, a professor emerita of communication at WMU, died Sept. 8 at age 79. Details about services will be provided as they become available.
For the 24th consecutive year, WMU is listed in the top tier among 280 national institutions—173 public, 100 private and seven for-profit—and moved up eight spots on this year's list.
Geralyn Heystek and Chris Robinson have been awarded first place in the Innovation in Business Education Award for developing WMU's Phoenix Program.
Wendell L. Christoff, Daniel J. Martin and Donald Southwell are WMU's 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award winners. Oct. 23 is the deadline to register for the Oct. 24 event at which they will be recognized.
Dr. Gellert Mezei has been awarded a $284,833 grant to study negatively charged ions that are potentially damaging to lakes and rivers when found in fertilizers and also are a toxic byproduct in waste from manufacturing.
The annual back-to-campus celebration will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, on WMU's Sangren Pedestrian Mall. Bronco Bash is free and open to the public.
The nationally recognized integrated supply management program has been ranked No. 5 on Gartner's Top U.S. Supply Chain Undergraduate University Programs, 2014.
The rankings, released Aug. 25, are based on to what extent colleges produce cutting-edge research and new Ph.Ds., encourage students to give back to the nation through service, and recruit and graduate low-income students.
University Business magazine recognized WMU in its summer 2014 Models of Efficiency national program for its work in developing an iPad app that improves the input of information about prospective students.
The first issue of GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice and Policy was published Aug. 20 and can be found online. The journal will be published twice annually.
The WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine welcomed its inaugural class of 54 students Aug. 18 ahead of its public grand opening, set for mid-September.
With just two weeks to go before WMU becomes a tobacco-free campus, efforts are increasing to prepare members of the campus community and visitors for the cultural change the move requires.
Alpha Lambda Delta national honor society at WMU was recognized for its continued excellence in programming, communications and service during the 2013-14 academic year.
After reviews by the Higher Learning Commission and the American Bar Association, an affiliation agreement in the works for more than a year has led to a new identity for the nation's largest law school.
Long-time faculty member Dr. J. Michael Keenan died July 28 at age 82. Keenan pioneered a distance education model and advocated for experiential learning at the University.
The WMU Alumni Association recently announced several members elected to one-year-term leadership positions. The announced elections were effective beginning July 1.
During its July 23 meeting, the WMU Board of Trustees approved the appointment of Thomas Marks as head of the center. Marks had been serving as interim director of CELCIS since July 2013.
The 14-member WMU team qualified its car by passing the requirements of scrutineering, then completed the 1,700-mile cross-country race that began in Austin, Texas, last week.
Acting at its July 23 meeting, the WMU Board of Trustees approved the retirements of two faculty members and six staff members. The board also signed off on several other personnel items.
The board authorized WMU's administration to negotiate and execute an extension to an existing set of development agreements covering a four-block parcel of land it owns in downtown Kalamazoo.
WMU's Board of Trustees set room rates for WMU's new residence halls at their July 23 meeting. Double room rates for the halls in the Center Residential Neighborhood will be set at $5,599 for the academic year.
The University's first submission to the Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment and Rating System—known as STARS—resulted in a gold rating, a designation only achieved by 20 percent of participating institutions.
LEED—Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design—certification accredits buildings that meet rigorous standards for sustainability, water and energy efficiency, resource selection and environmental quality.
WMU's Sunseeker solar racing team finished the Formula Sun Grand Prix Powered by Austin Energy tied for third. The team is now racing from Austin, Texas, to Minneapolis in the American Solar Challenge.
Dr. Mary Anne Bunda, professor emerita of educational studies, died July 17 at age 70. A memorial mass will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 24, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 936 Lake St., Kalamazoo.
Sophomore Ysaura Ramirez Pena and senior Marilyn Bean will use the Gilman scholarships to study foreign languages overseas during the 2014-15 academic year.
The 30-second television commercial, set to the music of the "William Tell Overture," earned its creators a 2014 silver Communicator Award from the Academy of Interactive Visual Arts.
WMU will launch the first doctoral program to be offered in the Dominican Republic in fall 2014. The program will include courses taken in the D.R. and a study abroad component.
Three doctoral students and one master's student in engineering have been working on the project for two years. The sensor can be implanted in a football helmet to monitor the severity and location of blows to the head.
WMU's Dr. Maarten J. Vonhof and Dr. Robert Eversole received more than $200,000 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to study a fatal fungal infection afflicting hibernating bats in eastern North America.
WMU's Sunseeker solar car racing team heads for Texas July 12 for the 2014 American Solar Challenge. The cross-country race runs July 21-28; cars will travel from Texas to Minnesota.
WMU student Adam Nolan and recent graduate John Cook designed the phone app for the upcoming festival, set for July 10-12 at the Arcadia Creek Festival Place in downtown Kalamazoo.
Mark Sahlgren, volunteer host of the WMUK show "Grassroots" for 36 years, will be honored by the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, July 13, in Bronson Park.
Dennis Corbin, WMU's associate athletic director for medical and support services, was recently inducted into the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society Hall of Fame.
Bradley Wong, professor of music, has assumed leadership of the University's music school. His appointment was approved during the WMU Board of Trustees' June 10 meeting.
Six faculty and staff members have received 2013-14 recognition awards from the College of Fine Arts. The annual awards were presented during an April reception.
At its June 10 meeting, WMU trustees approved the retirements of 19 faculty and staff members and also signed off on three faculty resignations and one faculty change in departmental affiliation.
Biking events July 11-13, include the 2014 Miller Energy Criterium set for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Business, Technology and Research Park on WMU's Parkview Campus.
Dean Enyedi announced the appointment, which is effective Tuesday, July 1. Hearit's responsibilities will focus on research, discovery and creative activity within the College.
WMU's public radio station was awarded two awards from Public Radio News Directors Inc., or PRNDI. WMUK's Gordon Evans accepted the award during a June 21 ceremony in Washington, D.C.
A committee in WMU's Haworth College of Business has selected 29 business students to receive major scholarships in recognition of their outstanding character and academic excellence.
WMU's Zhang Legacy Collections Center has achieved silver certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system, bringing the University's total number of LEED-certified buildings to eight.
Dr. William H. "Bill" Kanzler, professor emeritus of education and professional development, died May 11 at age 87. A memorial gathering will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 28.
William J. Kowalski, retired assistant vice president for facilities engineering at WMU, died June 18 in Kalamazoo. He was 91. Memorial guestbook entries can be made at lifestorynet.com.
Nick Dewyer of Chelsea, Michigan, won the Larry Wiehe Solo Competition at the 2014 International Trombone Festival at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York
WMU will grant degrees to more than 1,300 students during two commencement ceremonies. They are set for Saturday, June 28, in Miller Auditorium.
Harvey Overton, a former professor of humanities, died April 16. He was 92. Overton retired from the University in 1982. No information on services is available.
Beginning with the fall 2014 semester, WMU will offer a Master of Science in aerospace engineering. The 30-credit-hour program will allow students to focus on one of three concentrations.
The University has announced this year's winners of its coveted Medallion Scholarships, the highest merit-based award WMU can bestow on an incoming freshman. The 2014 Medallion Scholars will begin their WMU studies this fall.
New state funding will boost number of trained professionals to work with autism and expand services for children and college students. The funding was announced June 20 on campus.
Teams of WMU business students and professionals are helping the city of Detroit devise lean systems that will improve the city's overall efficiency—and its bottom line.
At its June 10 meeting, the WMU Board of Trustees approved the tenure of 26 faculty members. Tenure is granted effective with the beginning of the 2014-15 academic year.
James Bolger of Whitehall, Michigan, will replace Michelle Crumm, who recently resigned. Bolger will serve on the eight-member governing body through Dec. 31, 2020.
Twenty-one faculty members were promoted to the rank of full professor, 22 to associate professor, four to master faculty specialist and seven to faculty specialist II at WMU's June 10 Board of Trustees meeting.
"Peace During War," depicting the changed lives of two former gang rivals, was produced and directed by Dr. Jennifer Machiorlatti with help from 15 WMU students.
For the fifth year in a row, the southwest Michigan chapter of APICS—the Association for Operations Management—has honored WMU as Educational Partner of the Year at a May 20 ceremony.
A total of 43 outstanding teacher candidates were named as fellows, including 11 who will attend WMU to become master science teachers in high-need secondary schools.
Acting at its June 10 meeting, the WMU Board of Trustees approved a recommendation to increase tuition and required fees for 2014-15 by 3.2 percent.
In a June 10 vote, WMU's Board of Trustees authorized the University administration to implement a new three-year agreement between WMU and its 17-member Police Officers Association.
Meeting June 10, WMU's Board of Trustees approved an estimated general fund operating budget of just over $378 million for the 2014-15 fiscal year that will begin July 1.
University trustees approved a 3.2 percent tuition increase for all regional location courses and set a new tuition structure for undergraduate courses delivered 100 percent online.
Elizabeth Howerton and Sara Karsten will compete in the 2014 Air Race Classic, a cross-country flight competition that dates back to the days of Amelia Earhart.
WMU has been selected to receive a 2014 Climate Leadership Award, which recognizes the campus for its innovation and leadership in sustainability, from national nonprofit organization Second Nature.
Dr. Christine Byrd-Jacobs, professor of biological sciences, will become the associate dean of WMU's Graduate College effective July 1, pending approval by the Board of Trustees.
WMU will use the grant money to implement curricular changes aimed at reducing the number of students who abandon science-related majors during the first years of college.
Peter Strazdas, WMU's associate vice president for facilities management, will become president-elect of the APPA-Leadership in Educational Facilities organization in July.
WMU's Board of Trustees recently approved several changes to one undergraduate and four graduate academic programs. All programs will be available to students beginning in fall 2014.
The Graduate Student Advisory Committee has debuted a new Make a Difference award to recognize graduate students who are making a difference in their peers' lives. The first four students received the honor April 12.
Dr. Nancy Schullery, professor emerita of business information systems, has been named a fellow of the Association for Business Communication. The award recognizes excellence in the discipline of business communication.
Kyle E. Croes, who graduated from WMU's industrial and entrepreneurial engineering program, will travel to Montreal, Quebec, to accept the prestigious award.
The Osher Foundation has selected WMU to become the newest member of its national network. The affiliation will result in an initial $100,000 grant for WMU's program, previously known as the Academy of Lifelong Learning.
In addition to the student winners, WMU faculty members Andrew Rathbun and Lisa Coons were recognized in this year's awards. The award results were announced in the June issue of the magazine, which is now on newsstands.
A dozen day-and-a-half New Student Orientation sessions begin May 30 and run through July 2. Half-day orientation sessions on Fridays for transfer students have yet to take place June 13, July 18 and Aug. 15.
WMU's Sky Broncos precision flight team finished fourth in this year's National Intercollegiate Flying Association championship competition, which concluded May 17 in Columbus, Ohio.
For the first time in program history, WMU has three teams with perfect multi-year scores of 1,000 for the NCAA Academic Progress Rate—men's tennis, golf and gymnastics.
WMU’s Haworth College of Business and College of Aviation will offer a new concentration in aviation within the MBA program, geared toward students interested in management roles in the aviation industry.
Dr. Carla Koretsky, dean of WMU's Lee Honors College and longtime geosciences researcher, will be honored with the Geochemical Society's Distinguished Service Award this June.
Dr. Alfred K. Ho, professor emeritus of economics, died Jan. 26 at age 94. A memorial service will be held Sunday, June 15, in Kanley Chapel. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to attend the reception that will follow.
WMU became one of 30 founding signatories to the Alliance for Resilient Campuses, a partnership dedicated to embedding adaptation and resiliency to climate change into universities' strategic planning.
Associate Professor John Kapenga and his wife, Karen Woodin, donated the sculpture of Albert Einstein that has been installed by the Engineering and Applied Sciences Building.
The new bachelor's degree in multimedia arts technology-music will give students the high-tech knowledge they need to enter the field of music production.
WMU's Sky Broncos precision flight team will be competing for the 22nd consecutive year in the National Intercollegiate Flying Association championship, held May 12-17 at Ohio State University.
An entrepreneurship major through the Haworth College of Business and a universitywide entrepreneurship minor are being added to the growing number of entrepreneurial activities available to WMU students.
WMU will use the $421,125 grant to improve the design and use of canes. Drs. Dae Shik Kim, Robert Wall Emerson and Koorosh Naghshineh will conduct the study.
WMU's Board of Trustees have approved the addition of three new interdisciplinary undergraduate majors in education as well as two new concentrations in an existing recreation major.
WMU to co-sponsor May 16 Air Zoo gala, strengthening its relationship with the Air Zoo and reaffirming a commitment to the STEM disciplines and to aviation education. Reservations for the gala are required by May 12.
WMU has been awarded the 2013 College/University Partner of the Year Award for outstanding waste reduction achievements as a WasteWise partner. The award is calculated on data reported for calendar year 2012.
The Educator Preparation Governing Council is a policy-making and review body that includes representatives of four WMU colleges as well as education professionals from area school districts.
The world's leading academics and others interested in the Middle Ages will be on campus Thursday through Sunday, May 8-11, for the annual International Congress on Medieval Studies.
Katie Stewart, a sophomore sales and business marketing major, will compete at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association annual national championship in Harrisburg, Pa., May 1-4.
This year's University Common Read features Yann Martel's book "Life of Pi," which took home the 2002 Booker Prize and was made into a movie that won four Oscars in 2013.
The University's research prowess and Northwestern Michigan College's expertise in freshwater studies have led to a new degree offering that can be completed in Kalamazoo or Traverse City, Mich.
At its April meeting, the WMU Board of Trustees approved the retirements of six faculty members and 15 staff members and also signed off on several personnel matters.
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has awarded WMU two three-year grants totaling nearly $800,000 to create campuswide asset management plans for its sanitary and storm sewer systems.
WMU's submission was the top vote-getter of this year's Climate Leadership Awards Video Competition. Final overall Climate Leadership Award winners will be chosen and announced later this spring.
Four commencement ceremonies will be staged throughout the day Saturday, April 26, in Miller Auditorium. Times, live viewing venues and other information is available at wmich.edu/commencement.
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.
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 25, at the Zhang Legacy Collections Center.
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.
Former Bronco head football coach and WMU Hall of Famer William "Bill" Doolittle died Thursday, April 10, at age 90. A celebration of his life is set for noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 22, on campus in the Seelye Center.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 drrichardwilliams.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The literary journal The Kenyon Review has named Melinda Moustakis, a graduate of WMU's doctoral program in creative writing, a Kenyon Review Fellow.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The WMU Center for Integrated Supply Management will offer an array of student learning experiences focusing on hands-on education and innovative research
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.
Dr. Yvette Hyter was recently honored as a fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association at the association's 2013 convention in November.
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.
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.
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 carnegiehall.org/calendar or (212) 247-7800.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.