Graduate College, other offices move to new locations
Dec. 14, 2000
KALAMAZOO -- The natural relationship between graduate education and research has been strengthened at the University by the mid-December consolidation of the Graduate College and the Office of the Vice President for Research under one roof.
The two units are both being relocated to the second floor of the west wing of East Campus' Walwood Hall, which is easily accessible from Oakland Drive.
The Graduate College moved from its former facilities in the Seibert Administration Building on the West Campus and is being joined by research-related offices currently housed in Walwood, including Research and Sponsored Programs, Grants and Contracts, and the Center for Community Asset Building. Research offices housed in Sangren Hall and other campus buildings have not moved.
The physical consolidation of the Graduate College and Office of the Vice President for Research is an outgrowth of an administrative merger that was approved by the WMU Board of Trustees in 1999. Under this restructuring, Donald E. Thompson, vice president for research, was given the additional duties of Graduate College dean.
For the convenience of students, one Graduate College representative remains on the main campus, housed with research staff members in Friedman Hall, while two others will maintain office hours in Sangren Hall's Tate Center. In addition, student parking will be available close to Walwood Hall in the Little Theatre parking lot for students visiting the Graduate College at its new location. The Graduate College's new telephone number is 387-8212.
The consolidation of the Graduate College and research area has resulted in new telephone numbers for only those offices moving between East and West campuses and has required several offices now on the second floor of Walwood's west wing to relocate.
The Office of the General Counsel has moved into the space in Seibert that was occupied by the Graduate College. The new phone number for the General Counsel's office is 387-1900.
The Office of University Relations is moving into the space on the third floor of Walwood's east wing that was occupied by the Office of the Vice President for Research.
The Development Office's donor relations/special events and research/prospect management areas is moving into the space on Walwood's basement floor that was occupied by the Center for Community Asset Building.
The Office of Institutional Equity has moved to the Trimpe Building on West campus. Its new phone number is 387-6317.
Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 616 387-8400, firstname.lastname@example.org