WMU News

"W" Club announces Woman and Man of the Year

Jan. 19, 2005

KALAMAZOO--Linda Law, a member of the Western Michigan University faculty, and Bud Donnelly, a former WMU associate dean of students, have been named Alumni "W" Club Woman and Man of the Year recipients for 2005.

Law and Donnelly will be honored during halftime of this Saturday's men's basketball game versus Ball State in University Arena. The game begins at 2 p.m.

Law is an associate professor and coordinator of the recreation program for the WMU Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. She has served three terms on the WMU Athletic Board, beginning in 1991. She has been a member of the Spikers Club since its inception and is currently a season ticket holder for Bronco volleyball and football. Law studied at WMU as both a doctoral and undergraduate student and played field hockey from 1968 to 1972. She was awarded a varsity letter in 2003 as part of the Women's Varsity Letterwinners Celebration.

Law joined the WMU faculty as an instructor in the Department of Women's Physical Education in 1975. She actively supports athletics and recreation within the Kalamazoo Community, working with the Special Olympics and Michigan Senior Olympics.

Donnelly served WMU and Bronco athletics in many capacities during his tenure at the university. He retired as associate dean of students in 1997 after 35 years of service and currently sits on the "W" Club Board of Directors and was club president for eight years.

Donnelly is also a member of the Athletic Board and has been chairman of the Hall of Fame Committee since 2002. He was elected to WMU's Hall of Fame in 1995. A varsity tennis player from 1954 to 1956, Donnelly compiled the best winning percentage in school history and won six conference titles. He is actively involved in the sport, serving as a referee and site director for the USTA Boys National Tournament.

A pre-game reception for the recipients will be held in the executive conference room of Read Fieldhouse from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Saturday. For more information, contact Irene Bracken at (269) 387-3062.

The WMU Alumni "W" Club has presented a Woman of the Year award since 1990 and a Man of the Year award since 1967.

Media contact: Daniel Jankowski, 269 387-4138, daniel.jankowski@wmich.edu

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