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Top News of 2014
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.
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 email@example.com 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.