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Dec. 31, 2003, Kalamazoo MI USA

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December 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.

Frigid fund-raiser supports Habitat for Humanity (Dec. 24) Brothers of ATO again brave winter weather for 48 straight hours Jan. 6-8, hope to raise $10,000 for Habitat for Humanity.

WMU offices closed for holidays (Dec. 24) Offices closed from noon Dec. 24 to Jan. 5. Holiday hours listed for health center, recreation center and other WMU services.

KFS presents Sundance award-winner 'American Splendor' (Dec. 23) Kalamazoo Film Society presents "American Splendor," for six shows Jan. 9-11 at the Little Theatre.

WMU Web will be offline Sunday morning (Dec. 18) All Web pages at www.wmich.edu, including WMU News, unavailable from 6 to 9 a.m. Dec. 21.

Toys can help children develop important skills (Dec. 17) Dr. Regena Fails-Nelson says the right toys can help develop small motor and reading skills.

Shoppers can influence the service they receive (Dec. 17) Dr. Wendy Ford offers tips on holiday shopping in person and by telephone.

Avoiding holiday depression (Dec. 17) Lower holiday expectations and avoid using family gatherings to resolve longstanding conflicts says Dr. Kathy Lewis Ginebaugh.

Consumers benefit again on holiday travel (Dec. 17) It will be a buyer's market again for people planning their holiday vacations in Michigan, says Dr. Eldor Quandt.

Outlook for retailers is rosey this year (Dec. 17) Dr. Barbara Frazier says that after three years of flat or modest growth, retailers are expecting a substantial boost in holiday sales.

Football Broncos make MAC All-Academic Team (Dec. 16) Jon Drach, Jason Feldpausch and Kyle Ras earn all-academic team honors.

WMU will establish research foundation (Dec. 15) Creation of WMU Research Foundation aids many goals, including receipt of patent donations, creation of small business incubators.

Trustees approve appointments (Dec. 15) Nina Nelson chairs Department of Dance, and Lawrence Potter directs Africana Studies Program.

Trustees approve retirements (Dec. 15) Retirements of two faculty members and 14 staff members approved.

Thirty-three faculty members granted sabbatical leaves (Dec. 15) Complete list of faculty members granted sabbaticals for 2004-05.

Trustees vote to extend two leases (Dec. 15) Leases for AAUP and Copy Desk extended.

Trustees set 2004 meeting dates (Dec. 15) Board of Trustees scheduled to meet Feb. 27, April 16, June 25, Sept. 17, Oct. 29 and Dec. 10.

New art building named for James and Lois Richmond (Dec. 12) Local alumni couple's $2.5 million gift allows construction to proceed on new building for School of Art.

Researchers bring in more than $12 million (Dec. 12) Research grants for three-month period total $12.8 million, including grants for GEAR UP program, biosafety, nanotechnology and more.

Gifts to WMU up from one year ago (Dec. 12) Gifts for first five months of 2003-04 fiscal year total $9.4 million, up $614,000 or 6.5 percent over same period the previous year.

Health insurance mandatory for students in 2005 (Dec. 12) Policy intended to help protect the health of some 8,000 students and contain Sindecuse Health Center costs for all students.

Trustees accept recommendation to eliminate four varsity sports (Dec. 12) Cuts in state funding force elimination of men's track, cross country, synchonized skating after this school year.

Congress earmarks $3 million for WMU research efforts (Dec. 12) Total includes funds for nanotechnology, wireless technology for healthcare, Great Lakes environmental research.

Fogarty designs online course for Hepatitis A prevention (Dec. 12) WMU professor and former CDC epidemiologist tapped by Grapevine Solutions to develop the online training program.

Bronco Marching Band releases triple centennial CD (Dec. 12) Recordings span three decades of band performances, include everything from WMU Fight Song to John Philip Sousa.

Renata Knific releases first crossover CD (Dec. 12) "West of Everywhere," includes performances by American music greats Sir Roland Hanna, Gene Bertoncini and others.

New book examines conserving land through land trusts (Dec. 12) Professor Emeritus Richard Brewer pens first comprehensive study of land trusts.

Copperfield performanes postponed until March 8 (Dec. 10) Tickets for tonight's shows may be used March 8 or returned for full refund.

Pfizer pledges $1 million to Centennial Campaign (Dec. 10) Pfizer Inc announces $1 million gift to WMU campaign, which ends Dec. 31 and now exceeds $145 million.

OT students help raise food for community's hungry (Dec. 10) More than 150 donations of food, grooming, hygiene products collected during Occupational Therapy Holiday Dinner Dance.

BTR Park gains Toledo-based civil engineering firm (Dec. 9) Engineering students benefit from opening of offices for Jones & Henry Engineers at WMU Business Technology Research Park.

Budget, sports cuts, research foundation on trustees' agenda (Dec. 9) Board of Trustees meets Friday at 8 a.m.

Centennial CD captures the full range of School of Music (Dec. 9) Two-disk album features wide range of music, student and faculty performances to honor WMU centennial.

Centennial commencement ceremonies honor more than 2,000 (Dec. 9) Centennial celebration ends with commencement ceremonies Saturday.

WMU professor and educational technology expert goes global (Dec. 9) Dr. James Bosco will attend the World Summit on the Information Society this month in Geneva.

BlueGranite CEO is next Keystone speaker (Dec. 9) Dan Blackledge of BlueGranite discusses leadership at Keystone Community Bank Breakfast Series Dec. 19.

Lou Rawls and KSO get together for Christmas (Dec. 8) Lou Rawls performs the music of Christmas with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra at Miller Auditorium Dec. 20.

Bonnie Rideout brings Scottish Christmas to Miller (Dec. 8) Bonnie Rideout's "A Scottish Christmas" comes to Miller Auditorium for one show Dec. 21.

Three Mo' Tenors performance canceled (Dec. 8) Miller Auditorium Jan. 9 performance canceled; ticket holders can get credit or refund.

WMU performance benefits Sisters of St. Joseph (Dec. 8) Performances of "Late Nite Catechism" sponsored by Miller Auditorium generate $6,159 for local convent retirement home.

Four varsity sports fall to budget cuts (Dec. 4) Men's indoor and outdoor track, men's cross country and synchronized skating will be eliminated after 2003-04 school year.

Retire reception for Chet Rogers is Monday (Dec. 4) Chester B. Rogers, who joined the WMU faculty in 1966, will be feted at a retirement reception in the atrium of the Gilmore Theatre Complex.

Employees asked to report any home address changes (Dec. 4) To ensure prompt deliver of W-2 forms, WMU employees need to notified Human Resources of any address changes.

Schrader is master certified flight instructor (Dec. 4) Five of the 19 master flight instructors in Michigan are in the WMU College of Aviation.

Lenczycki gets national award (Dec. 4) Campus Facilities' Julie Lenczycki earns second place in Association of University Interior Designers competition.

Babin named MAC Defensive Player of the Year (Dec. 3) Senior Jason Babin is only the seventh player in MAC history to take top defensive honors in consecutive seasons.

Five football Broncos earn All-MAC honors (Dec. 2) Defensive end Jason Babin and punter Adam Anderson named to All-MAC First Team; Jennings, Gitler and Mosley also honored.

Volleyball Broncos conclude season on high note (Dec. 2) WMU defeats No. 20-ranked Cincinnati; Carman Malone and Shaylen Jackson garner All-MAC honors.

$10 million BRCC funding gets final approval (Dec. 2) Funding for Biosciences Research and Commercialization Center approved by state's Technology Tri-Corridor Steering Committee.

Faculty keyboard artists perform Christmas classics (Dec. 1) Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite for piano 4-hands" and other classics performed Saturday in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

'A Choral Christmas' features classical holiday music (Dec. 1) School of Music choral ensembles present two performances Dec. 13 at downtown Kalamazoo's First Presbyterian Church.

'Brass Celebration of Christmas' is an annual favorite (Dec. 1) Western Brass Quintet presents its popular Christmas concert Sunday, Dec. 14 in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Garfield Christmas brings holiday cheer to Miller (Dec. 1) Miller Auditorium presents a single performance of "A Garfield Christmas" Sunday, Dec. 14.

Medieval Institute receives prestigious NEH grant (Dec. 1) WMU awarded NEH grant for the fifth time to conduct summer institute for medieval scholars in England.

Aviation college prepares for expansion (Dec. 1) Small part of training fleet will move to Kalamazoo-Battle Creek Airport to make room for expansion of program at W.K. Kellogg Airport.

Education students earn top honors in technology (Dec. 1) Three current students and one recent graduate land top state honors for their expertise in using educational technology.

Bronco NetID makes it easier to access library resources (Dec. 1) Students, faculty and staff urged to obtain a Bronco NetID for easy access to library resources beginning in January.

New works added to Sculpture Tour (Dec. 1) New pieces from five recognized professional artists added to the large-scale exterior sculpture exhibition on campus.

End-of-year holiday closure extended (Dec. 1) WMU offices will close at noon Wednesday, Dec. 24, and reopen Monday, Jan. 5.

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