July 2003 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.
Trustees establish life sciences
research center (July 30) WMU gets $10 million to launch
research center for development and commercialization of pharmaceutical
and biosciences products.
June doctoral degree recipients
announced (July 30) Complete list of 20 recipients of
doctoral degrees awarded at June 2003 commencement.
Thirty-nine WMU students make Who's
Who (July 30) Complete list of students selected for
the 2002-03 edition of "Who's Who Among Students in American
Universities and Colleges."
Young boys forced to fight in
Liberian civil war (July 29) Dr. Susan Weinger says Liberian
conflict is "like gang warfare," and U.S. intervention
will be welcomed by all sides.
Liberia's stability essential
to region (July 29) Faculty expert Dr. Amos Beyan says
international peacekeeping force led by the U.S. is needed to
halt the bloodshed and restore stability.
New book looks at history of modern-day
Guyana (July 29) New book by Dr. Juanita De Barros chronicles
35 years of tension and hostilities during British colonial rule.
British aviator stops at WMU on
trip around the globe (July 29) Polly Vacher, dubbed
"Pole-to-pole Polly" by the British press, flies into
W.K. Kellogg Airport Aug. 4-6.
Trustees to discuss life sciences
in special meeting (July 28) Trustees will convene by
phone for special conference call meeting at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday,
Sunseeker at Gilmore Car Museum
this weekend (July 28) Kalamazoo-area residents have
opportunity to see Sunseeker and meet members of the race team
Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 2-3.
Sunseeker returns to campus Monday
morning (July 26) "Best designed car" in this
year's 2,300-mile American Solar Challenge will cruise through
downtown Kalamazoo on way to campus.
President's letter announces tuition
increase (July 24) Complete text of President Bailey's
letter to students announcing increases in tuition and fees for
2003-04 academic year.
Fifth-place finish is best ever
for Sunseeker (July 23) WMU team finishes strong in American
Solar Challenge, also wins "Inspectors Choice" award
as best overall car in 2003 race.
Sunseeker poised for top-five finish
(July 22) WMU solar car covers more than 700 miles in two days,
over moutains, through desert; 2,300-mile American Solar Challenge
Historic B-24 "Liberator"
comes to Kellogg Airport (July 22) World's oldest flying
four-engine plane comes to WMU College of Aviation July 29 through
Aug. 3. Open to public.
Marketing students place high in
national competition (July 22) WMU teams take silver
and bronze awards in competition with entries from 40 colleges
Four staff members rewarded for
excellent service (July 22) John Disbro, Paul MacNellis,
Sharon Myers and Richard Welch receive $1,000 Staff Service Excellence
Teachers present digital stories
(July 22) School teachers in the Third Coast program will present
their digital story projects to the public July 25 in Sprau Tower.
Sunseeker regains fifth place
(July 22) WMU solar race team in Barstow, Calif., preparing for
final 91-mile leg of American Solar Challenge Wednesday morning.
New undergraduate major in geochemistry
approved (July 21) New major in College of Arts and Sciences
in response to environmental industry need for professionals
with understanding of geochemical processes.
Gift total for 2002-03 reaches
$18.7 million (July 21) WMU received more than $3.7 million
in gifts during March, April and May; final fiscal-year record
due out in September.
Researchers land grants from public
agencies, private groups (July 21) More than $4 million
in grants received during April and May, bringing fiscal year
total to $31 million.
Art department now School of Art,
HHS restructured (July 21) Trustees approve School of
Art, eliminate School of Community Health Services as a unit
and reconfigure its programs with no loss of faculty or staff.
Trustees authorizes land transfer
to Innovation Center (July 21) Land at Business Technology
and Research Park goes to the Southwest Michigan Innovation Center
for tax purposes.
Faculty Senate constitutional
amendments finalized (July 21) Amendments effectively
broaden the membership of one council and create a new council
with an international focus.
Foreign languages and literatures
awards announced (July 21) Department of Foreign Languages
and Literatures makes awards to WMU students totaling more than
Sunseeker rapidly closing on leaders
(July 21) WMU solar race team in sixth place after costly wrong
turn, but cards second fastest time Sunday to again close on
Wrong turn drops Sunseeker to
sixth place (July 19) Wrong turn costs Sunseeker critical
45 minutes; race resumes Sunday after mandatory layover in Albuquerque,
Bailey shares budget decisions
with campus community (July 18) Nearly 1,000 faculty,
staff and students attend "Town Hall" meetings. Charts
available now on president's Web site.
Sunseeker in New Mexico, still
in fifth place (July 18) WMU solar race team trails fourth-place
Missouri-Columbia by just over two minutes with 1,000 miles remaining
in American Solar Challenge.
President Bailey issues message
on new budget (July 17) President holds three "Town
Hall" meetings July 17-18 to answer questions from campus
community following adoption of new budget.
Sunseeker officially in fifth
place (July 17) WMU solar race team moves up to fifth
place at 1,000-mile mark of American Solar Challenge, trails
fourth-place Principia by just four minutes.
Trustees approve estimated budget
of $272 million (July 16) WMU budget tackles $34.8 million
shortfall resulting from reduced state appropriations and cost
Tuition increase approved by trustees
(July 16) Per-semester increase of $305 in tuition and required
fees will be implemented this fall, as part of a comprehensive
plan to deal with budget shortfall.
Room and board, rental rate changes
announced (July 16) Room and board and apartment rental
rates will rise between 3.6 and 6 percent for 2003-04.
Vehicle registration rates increase
(July 16) Rates for full-time students will increase from $250
to $300; parking at Lawson Ice Arena will cost only $150 for
the academic year.
Trustees vote to raise two fees
(July 16) First increases in enrollment and graduation fees in
more than a decade.
Faculty promotions approved by
trustees (July 16) Complete list 46 faculty members promoted
to full professor, associate professor, or master faculty specialist.
Administrative personnel moves
approved (July 16) Resignation of Jeffrey Breneman, vice
president for legislative affairs, accepted. Appointment of two
deans, other administrative changes approved.
Thirty-five faculty members granted
tenure (July 16) Complete list of faculty and their departments.
Tenured appointments effective start of fall semester.
Trustees approve retirements
(July 16) Retirements of seven faculty members, five staff members
Gold Company performs in 17-day
South Africa tour (July 16) Award-winning vocal jazz
ensemble returns from performance at New York City's Lincoln
Center and 17-day tour of South Africa.
Accounting scholarships awarded
(July 16) Sixteen WMU students receive scholarships from Department
Sunseeker retains sixth place
in third day of race (July 16) Sunseeker completes 629
miles of 2,300-mile race, reaches Tulsa, Okla. Minnesota takes
overall race lead.
Sunseeker moves up to sixth place
(July 15) Sunseeker completes 436 miles of the 2,300-mile American
Solar Challenge in sixth place. Flat tire costs team 30 minutes.
Sunseeker ends first day in seventh
place (July 14) WMU solar car completes 206-mile first
day of race in seventh place. Several notable teams, including
2001 champion Michigan, fail to qualify.
Budget issues, fall tuition and
fees top board agenda (July 14) Board of Trustees tackle
University budget and set tuition for the 2003-04 academic year
at meeting Wednesday, July 16.
Sunseeker set for start of solar
race (July 11) WMU's Sunseeker solar racecar is set for
the Sunday, July 13, start in Chicago of the grueling 2,255-mile
American Solar Challenge.
Three disabled British citizens
set for flight training at WMU (July 11) Six-week training
begins July 14, famed British aviator Polly Vacher to visit College
of Aviation in August.
WMU music student sings way to
scholarship (July 11) Tim Buchholz, jazz studies major
from Steven's Point, Wis., wins scholarship from the American
Male Chorus Association.
Vaclav Havel to visit WMU summer
program in Prague (July 11) First president of the Czech
Republic, schedules Aug. 24 visit to Western Michigan University's
Prague Summer Program.
Bronco hockey 2003-04 schedule
announced (July 10) Home contests include Colgate, Michigan,
Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State and defending CCHA champion
CDC expert talks about hepatitis
immunization strategies (July 9) Dr. Rob Lyerla talk
about immunization strategies for viral hepatitis among high-risk
and college populations Friday, July 11.
Top high school musicians from
eight states gather at WMU (July 9) High school musicians
come to WMU for Seminar 2003; two-week music camp includes five
free public concerts.
Seminar features guest and faculty
artist performances (July 9) Free evening Dalton Center
concerts feature pianist Nicholas Roth, July 14; Western Jazz
Quartet, July 17; and Opus 21, July 21.
High school musicians perform
at cathedral's Sunday service (July 9) Musicians from
Seminar 2003 will provide music for the July 20 morning worship
at Cathedral Church of Christ the King.
Upton Foundation gift funds WMU
science education effort (July 8) New summer science
program at WMU-Southwest Campus gives Berrien County teachers
hands-on learning experiences.
WMU biologists selected for worldwide
biosafety effort (July 8) Alexander Enyedi and Hector
Quemada co-direct WMU's part of $15 million research project
aimed at promoting biosafety in developing countries.
Litynski lauded by national group,
gets patent approval (July 7) WMU provost honored for
advancing electrical and computer engineering; also has patent
approved for new analog-digital conversion process.
Higher ed funding in play in state
budget process (July 3) WMU still facing projected $12.5
million cut in state appropriation as legislators continue budget
Upton family honored with dedication
of science labs (July 3) WMU and Upton Foundation to
announce recent gift and a new initiative for area teachers July
8 at the WMU-Southwest campus.
Bailey to hold 'Town Hall' meetings
on budget (July 3) President Bailey to hold series of
"Town Hall" meetings July 17-18 to discuss budget with
'Stick around' message paid off
for former corporate scientist (July 1) As WMU faculty
member, Hector Quemada turns research prowess he once practiced
at the Upjohn Co. into successful, federally funded projects.