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October 2004 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.

Be informed about 'the most important election in a generation' (Oct. 29) University Libraries creates comprehensive, nonpartisan voter Web resource.

Bourke's efforts put WMU in national spotlight (Oct. 29) WMU efforts to secure federal research grants draws attention of Chronicle of Higher Education.

RFS presents classic film version of 'Anna Karenina' (Oct. 29) Classic version of Tolstoy's novel stars Greta Garbo, presented Thursday by Russian Film Series.

Distinguished Faculty Scholar nominations due (Oct. 29) WMU seeks nominations for 2004-05 Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award.

Proposals sought for 2005 King Week events (Oct. 29) MLK Day committee seeks proposals by Nov. 12 for January 2005 events.

Robert M.W. Travers (Oct. 29) Professor emeritus of education died Oct. 7.

Aviation legend puts her personal jet in WMU's hands (Oct. 28) Pioneering woman aviator Suzanne Parish leases Cessna 425 Conquest to College of Aiviation for $1 per year.

Engineering building rakes in awards (Oct. 28) West Michigan chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors gives multiple awards to Parkview Campus engineering complex.

Campus and city will test emergency preparedness (Oct. 28) WMU and Kalamazoo DPS will hold full-scale emergency exercise Tuesday, Nov. 9, on East Campus.

President Bailey addresses 'State of the University' (Oct. 28) Annual address moves from spring to fall semester with Nov. 10 event in Dalton Center Recital Hall.

WMU United Way drive at 75 percent of goal (Oct. 28) Campus campaign for United Way at $157,792 through Oct. 22 toward university goal of $210,000.

APID is now Office of Institutional Research (Oct. 28) Office previously known as Academic Planning and Institutional Data retains mission of collecting and analyzing data.

Biotech executive takes top BRCC post (Oct. 27) Dr. Charles F. Nawrot picked in national search to direct WMU's Biosciences Research and Commercialization Center.

Pioneering pilot boosts WMU's aviation program (Oct. 27) Michigan's pioneering woman pilot, Suzanne Parish, announces unique support for aviation college Thursday.

Experts examine impact of Tuesday's gay marriage vote (Oct. 27) Panelists will discuss consequences two days after Michigan voters decide on marriage amendment.

Physician assistant program honors Iron Mountain doctor (Oct. 27) Dr. Carl Smoot, doctor of osteopathic medicine, recently named "Preceptor of the Year."

Business breakfast features real estate development (Oct. 27) Local real estate developer Greg Dobson speaks Friday morning at Haworth College of Business.

Prize-winning fiction in Fall 2004 Third Coast (Oct. 25) New edition includes "Smokestack Polka," winner of Third Coast Fiction Award. Subscription prices increase in 2005.

WMU ensemble only U.S. group invited to French choral festival (Oct. 25) Gold Company Sextet in France as one of just 14 featured groups at Polyfollia choral music festival.

Participants sought for study on Tourette's Syndrome (Oct. 25) WMU researchers looking for children ages 8-15 with vocal or motor tics to take part in a new study.

Poet Jean Valentine concludes fall Frostic Reading Series (Oct. 22) Award-winning author of eight poetry collections offers free public reading Wednesday evening.

Volleyball fans can win free airline tickets (Oct. 22) Fans attending Bronco home matches can win two round-trip tickets to any destination in continental U.S.

Registration open for annual Turkey Trot 5K race (Oct. 21) 41st annual Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk is Nov. 13, reduced registration fee with canned-goods donations.

Legendary diva Roberta Flack graces Miller stage (Oct. 21) Six-time Grammy Award winner gives single performance at WMU Saturday, Nov. 6.

Celebrate the blues at Miller Auditorium (Oct. 21) Dr. John, Charlie Musselwhite and Shemekia Copeland headline Celebrating the Blues Thursday, Oct. 28.

Staff award nominations due end of the month (Oct. 21) Nominations for semiannual Make a Difference staff awards due by Oct. 31.

Concerts features outstanding string students (Oct. 21) Western Invitational String Festival features high school musicians from Ann Arbor and St. Joseph in Nov. 5 concert.

Merling Trio performs with guest artist Jun-Ching Lin (Oct. 21) Widely acclaimed trio performs with guest artist violinist Saturday, Nov. 6, in the Dalton Center.

Concert features eclectic mix of favorite orchestral works (Oct. 21) University Symphony Orchestra offers free Sunday afternoon performance Nov. 7 in Dalton Center.

Western Winds perform in Dalton Center (Oct. 21) Robert Spradling conducts Western Winds in concert that includes both familiar and relatively obscure works Nov. 3.

Kynaston joins wind quintet for Halloween concert (Oct. 21) Western Wind Quintet and guests celebrate Halloween with a program titled "Animal Ditties--A Musical Safari in KalamaZOO."

Calling all tuba and euphonium enthusiasts! (Oct. 21) Annual TUBAfest, Saturday, Oct. 30, features internationally acclaimed master teacher Roger Rocco.

University Theatre stages story of hidden identity (Oct. 21) "Settling Sophia," directed by Von Washington,. set for seven performances through Nov. 6 in Dalton Center.

Theatre fund-raiser features popular local actresses (Oct. 20) Single performance of "The Spy and the Orange Girl," Saturday, Oct. 23, stars Sharon Williams and Patricia Daniels.

Real Dr. Patch Adams comes to Miller Auditorium (Oct. 20) Real-life doctor, healthcare activist made famous in the Robin Williams movie speaks at WMU Monday, Oct. 25.

Engineering dean candidates visit campus (Oct. 19) Candidates from University of Alabama, University of Detroit Mercy and National Science Foundation make public presentations.

October meeting of trustees canceled (Oct. 19) Meeting scheduled for Friday, Oct. 29, canceled.

WMU's United Way campaign still far from goal (Oct. 19) WMU community members encouraged to turn in pledge cards now to help meet campus goal.

Flu clinic open to those in high-risk groups (Oct. 17) Sindecuse holding a flu vaccination clinic Tuesday, Oct. 19, only for WMU community members who fall into a high-risk category.

WFS presents area debut of Sundance award-winner (Oct. 15) Laura Dern, Peter Krause, Mark Ruffalo, Naomi Watts star in "We Don't Live Here Anymore" Oct. 22-24.

NY Times selects WMU students for debate focus group (Oct. 15) Veteran Times political reporter watches final presidental debate with WMU and K College students.

WMUK fall fund-raiser goal is $210,000 (Oct. 15) Public radio station has already raised one-third of its goal, kicks off the on-air portion of fund-raising drive.

Western Brass Quintet performs in Dalton Center (Oct. 15) Internationally regarded WMU faculty quintet performs a variety of works Monday, Oct. 25.

Tom Knific honored as 'hometown hero' (Oct. 15) Professor of music honored by Convention & Visitor's Bureau for bringing international music convention to Kalamazoo.

Communication's Julie Apker wins writing award (Oct. 15) Communication faculty member earns Nursing Economics Margaret Sovie Writer's Award.

Open enrollment begins for WMU employees health insurance (Oct. 15) During open enrollment, through Oct. 29, eligible employees can change plans, add dependents.

Employees can sign up for Flexible Spending Accounts (Oct. 15) FSAs allow use of tax-free dollars to pay for qualified medical expenses or for dependent care expenses.

Miller Auditorium goes 'Full Monty' for five shows (Oct. 14) Broadway smash hit musical makes its Kalamazoo debut for one weekend only Oct. 22-24.

Yerba Buena at Miller for single performance (Oct. 14) Afro-Cuban-funk collective Yerba Buena takes the stage at Miller Auditorium for a single concert Oct. 21.

Jazz Lab Band gives free concert Wednesday (Oct. 14) Jazz Lab Band's first concert of 2004-05 is Wednesday, Oct. 20, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Tony Award-winning choreographer does dance residence (Oct. 14) Two public events during Oct. 23-31 residency of award-winning choreographer of "The Wiz," George Faison.

Distinguished alumnus addresses role of education colleges (Oct. 14) University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks speaks Friday morning in Bernhard Center.

Legality of Iraq war challenged in ethics lecture (Oct. 13) Sociologist Dr. Ronald Kramer addresses the legality and morality of U.S. war in Iraq Monday, Oct. 18.

International graphic design legend visits WMU (Oct. 13) Wolfgang Weingart, one of world's leading figures in graphic design, gives free lecture Oct. 21 in Sangren Hall.

Visiting scholar connects globalization and food (Oct. 13) Johns Hopkins anthropologist Sidney Mintz presents free public lecture Thursday, Oct. 14.

Scholarship available for popular study abroad program (Oct. 13) One student will receive a $1,600 scholarship for the Grand Tour of Europe 20th anniversary.

Free versus fair trade examined in economics lecture (Oct. 13) Sichel Lecture-Seminar Series begins Oct. 20 with William Schweke, a leading authority on trade.

Watch tonight's presidential debate in the Bronco Mall (Oct. 13) Bronco Mall equipped to host scores of debate watchers for final Bush-Kerry face-off at 9 p.m.

Exec describes turnaround for tech companies (Oct. 12) Alumnus Alec E. Gores is next in Haworth College of Business Distinguished Speaker Series Oct. 14.

Sky Broncos take regional title in tight race (Oct. 12) WMU flight team edges Ohio State by one point for regional title, both schools advance to nationals.

Russian Film Series presents Oscar-nominated 'Prisoner' (Oct. 12) Cannes award-winning "Prisoner of the Mountains" shown Oct. 21.

Several campus roads closed for Homecoming events (Oct. 12) Several roads and parking lots closed during Friday's Soap Box Derby and Saturday's Campus Classic.

Another large turnout expected for WMU 5K race (Oct. 12) More than 1,800 runners, walkers, spectators expected for Homecoming Campus Classic, door prizes include free student parking.

Qatari ambassador to U.S. speaks at Fetzer Center (Oct. 11) Ambassador Omar Bader Al-Dafa visits his alma mater to accept College of Arts and Sciences' Distinguished Alumni award.

Pioneering punk rocker delivers political message (Oct. 10) Jello Biafra gives spoken word performance, "Government Follies and Mistruths," Tuesday in Shaw Theater.

Residence hall students get a free ride (Oct. 10) Residence hall students eligible for 15 free exercise classes and 15 "free rides" at CycleFit classes at Student Recreation Center.

Fanfare opens Concert Band season (Oct. 9) Following fanfare-style opening, band performs Persichetti's Symphony No. 6 in Oct. 19 Miller Auditorium concert.

Jazz faculty does tribute to '50s Hard Bop quintet (Oct. 9) "Tribute to the Clifford Brown-Max Roach Quintet" is Homecoming Friday in Dalton Center.

Wednesday concert features 'Mozart of Indian music' (Oct. 9) Chitraveena Ravikiran and Rohan Krishnamurthy perform non-Western music concert.

Symphonic Band performs in Miller Auditorium (Oct. 9) "Something Old and Something New" is theme of Symphonic Band's season-opening concert.

Choral Showcase concludes Homecoming week events (Oct. 9) Twin Dalton Center concerts Sunday, Oct. 17, feature five of eight WMU choral ensembles.

WMU gearing up for influx of injured soldiers (Oct. 9) For the first time since theVietnam War, blindness experts prepare for influx of newly blinded veterans, from Iraq.

WMU gets $2 million for nanotech research (Oct. 9) WMU's Dr. Subra Muralidharan directs federally funded research aimed at improving national security.

Students get pointers on business etiquette (Oct. 9) Seminar and group meal imparts bread and butter information about proper business etiquette in social situations.

Philip Morris named Employer of the Year (Oct. 9) Philip Morris USA honored as WMU Employer of the Year during Oct. 21 Etiquette Dinner.

Homecoming week looks like another winner (Oct. 9) Olympic Games inspire "Go for the Gold!" theme for Homecoming week, Oct. 10-17.

Sawako Nakayasu presents 'assorted in-between poetry' (Oct. 9) "An Evening of Japanese, English, Japanese-American, and Other Assorted In-Between Poetry" is Oct. 13.

Symphony Orchestra performs Sunday (Oct. 9) University Symphony Orchestra performs Mahler, Brahms and Wagner Sunday afternoon in Miller Auditorium.

Paper Tech Foundation holds annual meeting (Oct. 9) Rock-Tenn CFO Steven Voorhees delivers keynote address at Oct. 14-15 meeting at WMU.

Distinguished alumni honored at Homecoming (Oct. 8) Award recipients are Dr. Robert Bruininks, Richard G. Haworth and Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick.

Co-founder of adobe theatre is next Frostic reader (Oct. 7) Playwright Jeremy Dobrish reads from his work Oct. 13 in Gwen Frostic Reading Series.

Flu vaccination clinics canceled (Oct. 7) Campus clinics canceled due to nationwide shortage of vaccine. Sindecuse continues to administer meningitis vaccines.

WMU e-mail offline Sunday morning (Oct. 7) System down 12:01 a.m. through noon Sunday, Oct. 10, for next step in Electronics Communications Initiative.

'Metamorphoses' is a unique theatre experience (Oct. 7) Tony Award-winning collection of ancient myths is set in specially constructed swimming pool in Gilmore Theatre.

WSA sponsors town hall meeting with President Bailey (Oct. 6) Student government sponsors open forum with president Tuesday, Oct. 12, in Bronco Mall.

Renovated pipe organ graces Dalton Center lobby (Oct. 5) Organ built in 1975 for WMU by alumnus James Lauck is renovated and installed in Dalton lobby.

Race is on for Campus Classic volunteers (Oct. 1) About 300 volunteers needed for annual homecoming 5K race. Volunteers get t-shirts, food, chance to win prizes.

Sindecuse responds to withdrawal of VIOXX (Oct. 1) Sindecuse pharmacy provides information on Merck & Co. withdrawal of arthritis and acute pain medication.

Julia Ormond stars in 'Barber of Siberia' (Oct. 1) "Barber of Siberia" is a love story set in 19th century Russia and shows Thursday in Brown Hall.

Japanese films continue with 'The Last Samurai' (Oct. 1) Samurai and Anime Film Nights presents 2003 movie with Tom Cruise and Ken Watanabe Thursday.

Aviation holds open house for prospective students (Oct. 1) College of Aviation at Kellogg Airport on display Oct. 9 for prospective students and families.

Race and ethnic relations institute announces fall events (Oct. 1) Lewis Walker Institute's fall program features a special exhibit, film festival and lecture series.

WMU joins in 'Hail Kalamazoo' community art project (Oct. 1) Kathy Murphy and Kim Nelson create Alumni Association-sponsored entry in art project.

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