Events

SUSTAINABILITY CELEBRATION & SLAM
To celebrate WMU’s commitment to sustainability and introduce the depth and breadth of campus programs and projects,the Office for Sustainability invites you to attend the 2017 Sustainability Celebration. Whether you are new to sustainability or an established champion, there will be a variety of events and activities to engage and challenge you.  Full celebration details can be found here. We have extended the deadline to register for the Slam! Registrations are due midnight, on Monday, September 25.  More info>
WHERE: Office for Sustainability
WHEN: Thursday, September 28, 2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Open House & Bazaar, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  Sustainability Slam & Desserts
COST:
FREE

2017-18 The Promise of Education Series
WMU University Center for the Humanities presents a talk by Mark Edmundson "In Defense of Ideals".  Exploring three great ideals: courage, compassion and wisdom, Mr. Edmundson asks, "How does one pursue these ideals in daily life?" More info>
WHERE: 3502 Knauss Hall, WMU
WHEN: Thursday, September 28, 2017, 7:00 p.m. 
COST: FREE 

Dessert with Discussion "Invasives vs. Natives: Plant Species Race Against Climate Change"
Dr. Jen Lau, MSU Associate Professor will discuss how humans are changing the earth in many ways, including warming the planet and spreading invasive species in this talk at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station. Find out how we can tip the balance to favor and preserve native species. More info> 
WHERE: W.K. Kellogg Biological Station Auditorium, 700 E. Gull Lake Drive, Hickory Corners, MI
WHEN: Monday, October 9, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. 
COST: FREE

Climate Change Book Club
Vinod Thomas' "Climate Change and Natural Disasters: Transforming Economies and Policies for a Sustainable Future" will be the first book in a series of book club discussion groups facilitated by WMU Climate Change working group. During the first event of the year, WMU Distinguished Alumnus and author Thomas will participate in a panel discussion examining the increase of natural disasters and its effect on the economy. More info>
WHERE: WMU 2028 Brown Hall (panel discussion), 3025 Brown Hall (reception)
WHEN: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (panel discussion), 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (reception)
COST: FREE

Opportunities

Special Topic Graduate Seminar, Spring 2018
WMU will offer a special topic graduate seminar during the spring 2018 semester. English 6780 Teaching About Climate Change, will have a social/cultural focus with interdisciplinary dimensions. Graduate students working on climate change in diverse departments are encouraged to participate. For more information, please email Allen Webb at allen.webb@wmich.edu 

Fair Food Matters : Garden Assistant and Associate Director
Fair Food Matters is looking to add two new team members  - a garden assistant / educator and an associate director / lead administrator.  Both positions are part-time, year round, and will remain open until filled. More info>

NEWS

Urban Democracy Feast seeks applicants for next round of crowdfunding
September 21, 2017 | Second Wave Media
Projects that address a shared need and demonstrate direct democracy are eligible for crowdfunding. Those who want to be considered for funding have until Oct. 6 to apply.

Local food producers and vendors show students fresh isn’t far
September 20, 2017 | Western Herald
Opportunities for those interested in bettering their diet without breaking the bank are featured on Wednesday farmers market in the Sangren Plaza.

Retiring KVCC President Marilyn Schlack has been key community leader
September 12, 2017 | Mlive
During her time at KVCC, the school and Kalamazoo community have been through significant changes.