December 2002 WMU News Archive
Stories are listed in descending order by release date, beginning
with the most recent. Click on the headline for the full story.
Two football Broncos earn academic
honors (Dec. 30) Junior Jason Feldpausch and senior Jake
Gasaway named to the Mid-American Conference All-Academic Football
WMU offices closed through Jan.
1 (Dec. 24) Holiday break hours for health center, library,
rec center and lawson arena; all offices reopen on normal schedules
Thursday, Jan. 2.
How to find out if WMU is closed
(Dec. 23) There are three ways to determine if WMU is closed
because of severe winter weather; always assume the University
is open until notified otherwise.
Holiday skating available at Lawson
Arena (Dec. 23) Lawson open for two-hour public ice skating
most days during holidays, $3 admission fee, rental skates available.
WMU study finds gains in Pennsylvania
charter schools (Dec. 23) Pennsylvania charter schools
making achievement gains overall, but school-to-school improvement
Students seek lot to build 'centennial'
Habitat house (Dec. 23)Western Michigan University students
hope to build Habitat for Humanity home for WMU's 100th birthday.
University closing Dec. 24 at
noon (Dec. 16) Nearly all WMU offices close at noon Tuesday,
Dec. 24, and reopen at 8 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 2.
Trustees move forward with changes
in University leadership (Dec. 16) Appointment of Daniel
Litynski as interim president, creation of presidential search
committee get board endorsement.
Nanotechnology research organization
launched (Dec. 16) Western Michigan University establishes
Nanotechnology Research and Computation Center.
Gifts to WMU during current fiscal
year reach $7.2 million (Dec. 16) Four-month total for
2002-03 fiscal year shows 38 percent increase over previous year.
Two-month grant total tops $11.4
million (Dec. 16) Grant total for 2002-03 fiscal year
tops $18.5 million through the end of October.
Trustees authorizes moves to improve
traffic and safety (Dec. 16) WMU assumes maintanence
responsibility from city of Kalamazoo for parts of West Michigan
Retirements of three faculty, eight
staff members announced (Dec. 16) Board of Trustees officially
Sabbatical leaves approved for
37 faculty members (Dec. 16) Complete list of sabbatical
leaves authorized at Dec. 13 Board of Trustees meeting.
Trustees sign off on leases, approve
deal with Lake Michigan College (Dec. 16) Cooley Law
School lease in Grand Rapids among those ratified by WMU Board
Trustees announce meeting dates,
approve revised bylaws (Dec. 16) Board schedules six
meetings during 2003.
Revamped international studies
program announced (Dec. 16) Trustees also move to divide
existing engineering and industrial design department into three
Trustees okay drug policy for student-athletes
(Dec. 16) Policy intended to protect health and safety of Western
Michigan University student-athletes.
Faculty and staff appointments
approved by trustees (Dec. 16) Appointments of three
department chairs, two staff promotions okayed by trustees.
Robert Smith Jr. (Dec.
13) Retired assistant financial aid director died Dec. 1.
Carl B. Snow (Dec. 13)
Emeritus in teacher education died Oct. 11.
Anne O. Szalkowski (Dec.
13) Emerita in English died Oct. 12.
Presidential transition issues
dominate trustee meeting (Dec. 11) Decisions concerning
search for a new president and a new research center headline
issues at Dec. 13 Board of Trustees meeting.
Gerontology organization recognizes
grad student (Dec. 10) Melanie Bremer, graduate student
in speech pathology and audiology, honored by Michigan Society
Bronson Healthcare contributing
$1.2 million to WMU (Dec. 10) Kalamazoo healthcare group
pledges $1.2 million toward new building for the College of Health
and Human Services
Cooley, WMU alliance brings law
school to downtown Grand Rapids (Dec. 10) Cooley Law
School to open branch campus in conjunction with WMU Graduate
Center in Grand Rapids Arena District.
Colombian business students gain
unique experience at WMU (Dec. 10) Students from Universidad
Externado de Colombia learn English at WMU and gain practical
experience with Kalamazoo businesses.
Faculty and staff honored for 25
years of service (Dec. 10) Forty-four WMU faculty and
staff members inducted into WMU's 25 Year Club during annual
gala at the Bernhard Center.
WMU aids faith- and community-based
organizations (Dec. 9) Center for Community Asset Building
assists with $1.9 million effort to train non-profit groups in
six West Michigan counties.
CEDRS improving mediation procedures
(Dec. 9) Campus Employee Dispute Resolution Services improving
under new coordinator following survey of needs and concerns.
Bronco Football Banquet is Wednesday
(Dec. 9) Team awards banquet is Dec. 11 at Radisson Plaza Hotel
in the Kalamazoo Center.
Jack C. Plano (Dec. 6)
Emeritus in political science died Nov. 21.
Board of Trustees sponsors farewell
reception for Floyds (Dec. 6) WMU faculty and staff members
invited to attend farewell reception for Elson and Carmento Floyd
Friday, Dec. 13.
WMU's United Way campaign tops
goal in final hours (Dec. 6) Western Michigan University
community contributes $236,202 toward Greater Kalamazoo United
Way $9 million total.
Sen. Gast and President Floyd
to receive honorary degrees (Dec. 6) WMU to confer honorary
degrees Dec. 14 on longtime state legislator Harry Gast and President
Elson S. Floyd.
Babin named MAC football defensive
player of the year (Dec. 6) Junior defensive end Jason
Babin becomes the fifth Bronco to earn defensive player of the
Forecast for winter tourism is
partly cloudy (Dec. 6) Lean year for ski industry in
Michigan contributes to bargain prices for tourists says WMU
expert Eldor Quandt.
Enjoy a hassle-free holiday dinner
(Dec. 6) Food marketing's Dr. Ron Larson sees rapid growth in
trend toward buying fully prepared holiday meals from grocery
Avoid stress by not giving into
holiday hype (Dec. 6) WMU's Dr. Phillip Johnson offers
pointers for minimizing holiday stress, beginning with "keep
your expectations reasonable."
Retailers react to changes in
consumer spending (Dec. 6) Retail business expert Dr.
Barbara J. Frazier says one-third of consumers expect to spend
less this holiday season than last year.
Several factors lead to holiday
shopping bargains (Dec. 6) Faculty expert Kelly Weathers
cites dock workers' lockout and increased e-commerce competition
as two factors.
Effective parenting can relieve
holiday stress (Dec. 6) Parenting experts Lori Farrer
and Bryce Dickey urge parents to use constraint, confidence and
common sense as holiday guides.
WIDR debuts student plays
(Dec. 6) Student-authored plays air Dec. 6 and 9 from noon to
1 p.m. and feature voices of WMU students, an alumna and a faculty
More than 2,000 students to receive
degrees (Dec. 5) President Elson S. Floyd will preside
over three ceremonies in Miller Auditorium Saturday, Dec. 14.
Clark-Mendes works selected for
Atlanta art exhibit (Dec. 5) Work by WMU's Cybele Clark-Mendes
selected for new exhibit at Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia
through Jan. 19.
Center for Disability Services
recognized for its work (Dec. 5) Two organizations give
awards to Western Michigan University center.
Area high school athletes bring
home goalball championship (Dec. 5) Michigan team, which
qualified in competition at WMU, brings home national high school
Lee gives prized violin to School
of Music (Dec. 5) Professor Emeritus Hung Peng Lee donates
18th-century violin after reading about new Fetzer Scholarships
for string music students.
'The Play's the Thing' during
finals week (Dec. 5) Three reader's theatre presentations
Dec. 9-11 mark the end of the fall semester for English department
Santa Claus is comin' to Western!
(Dec. 5) Miller Auditorium's Buster Bronco Family Series presents
"Sing Along Santa" Tuesday, Dec. 17.
Gayl F. Werme (Dec. 4)
Development officer and trustee emerita died Dec. 3.
Broncos supporting holiday food
drive (Dec. 3) With food donation, fans get two-for-one
ticket prices on selected hockey and men's basketball contests.
Boston Pops Christmas comes to
Miller Auditorium (Dec. 3) World renown Boston Pops Orchestra
performs traditional and popular holiday music Saturday.
Four Broncos earn All-MAC football
honors (Dec. 3) Tight end Mobolaji Afariogun, defensive
ends Jason Babin and Chris Browning named to all-conference first
Volleyball Broncos gain conference
honors (Dec. 3) Senior Angie Sillmon of Plymouth, Mich.,
named to MAC Honorable Mention Team; Shaylen Jackson of Kalamazoo
makes All-Freshman Team.