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March 2007 WMU News Archive
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Katrovas reads from "Smashing Bricks" Wednesday (March 30) Poet and novelist Richard Katrovas reads from "The Years of Smashing Bricks" next in Frostic Reading Series.

New e-mail scam hits campus (March 30) Newest scam to obtain information involves message allegedly from IRS. Never send private information by e-mail.

Performance of "Driving Miss Daisy" canceled (March 30) Miller Auditorium performance scheduled for April 19 canceled. Ticket-holders can choose full credit or refund.

William A. Carlson (March 30) Professor emeritus of counselor education and counseling psychology died Feb. 14.

WMU announces candidates for next president (March 29) Four candidates for WMU's eighth president will visit campus, make public presentations during first two weeks of April.

Startup outgrows innovation center space (March 29) Life science startup company breaks ground on its own building at Business Technology and Research Park.

Collegium Musicum presents free spring concert (March 29) Guest artists perform Bach's fourth Brandenburg concerto with Collegium orchestra Tuesday.

Opera workshop performs "Orfeo" (March 29) WMU Opera Workshop and Collegium Musicum present scenes from Baroque opera "Orfeo" Thursday, April 5.

Cannes winner "Volver" comes to Little Theatre (March 29) Kalamazoo Film Society presents Penelope Cruz in her Oscar-nominated performance Friday through Sunday, April 6-8.

"Fly Team Michigan!" taps state's aviation potential (March 28) WMU and four community colleges will share aviation assets and set up cooperative purchasing agreements.

Dance grad honored for distinguished career (March 28) Alumna and award-winning choreographer Kathleen Hermesdorf inducted into dance department's Alumni Academy.

Freshman to work and study at Cannes Festival (March 27) Jacob Durrett selected for competitive film work-study program at the Cannes International Film Festival.

Lecture looks at career of romantic British poet (March 27) Visiting scholar Dr. Peter Manning discusses poet William Wordsworth in free, public lecture Tuesday, April 3.

Students extend winning streak at sales competition (March 27) WMU team finishes among top five in nationwide sales competition for fifth consecutive year.

Student team wins human resources competition (March 27) Four human resources students take top honors at a statewide competition.

"Jesus Christ Superstar" at Miller Good Friday (March 27) Rock-opera version of "the greatest story ever told" in Kalamazoo for one show April 6.

Program connects alumni with prospective students (March 27) More than 550 WMU alumni contacting 9,000 prospective students through ambassadors program.

Legal journal taps Hurwitz as editor (March 27) WMU political scientist Dr. Mark Hurwitz named legal notes editor of Justice System Journal.

Expert discusses entrepreneurial capitalism (March 27) Kauffman Foundation's Robert Litan visits campus Thursday as part of Haworth College of Business series.

Publication garners top professional honor (March 27) WMU publication for prospective students earns Gold Award from University Continuing Education Association.

Flags lowered Tuesday for Grand Rapids man killed in Iraq (March 26) Army Pvt. First Class William N. Davis died March 17 from injuries sustained while on active duty.

Nobel Peace Prize winner speaks Friday at WMU (March 26) Nobel Laureate Rigoberta Menchu Tum keynotes fifth Annual Great Lakes PeaceJam Youth Conference.

WMU mathematician helps crack E8 puzzle (March 23) Dr. Annegret Paul one of 18 researchers who solve 120-year-old puzzle of mathematician Sophus Lie.

Traveling film festival comes to Little Theatre (March 23) American Museum of Natural History's Margaret Mead Film Festival comes to Kalamazoo March 30-31.

Flags lowered Monday for Mattawan man killed in Iraq (March 23) Funeral service Monday for Army Spc. James L. "Jimmy" Arnold of Mattawan.

Official transcripts now available through GoWMU (March 23) New GoWMU service allows students to order official transcript online using credit card payment.

Fulbright supports study of handmade book art (March 23) Artist Jeffrey Bucker Abshear uses Fulbright for residency at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice, Italy.

CCHA Rookie of the Year Letestu turns pro (March 22) Bronco Mark Letestu was the nation's top freshman scorer, signs pro contract with NHL Pittsburgh Penguins.

Ten students going to English honor convention (March 22) WMU students among those selected to make presentations at international convention in Pittsburgh.

Concerts feature WMU and high school musicians (March 22) Five performances highlight Spring Conference on Wind and Percussion Music Thursday, March 29.

WMU group plays Brazilian beats at Union Cabaret (March 22) Tom Knific and the Brasil Project perform Sunday, April 1, at the Union Cabaret in downtown Kalamazoo.

'Queen of the D-List' Kathy Griffin comes to Miller (March 22) Emmy-nominated star of "My Life on the D-List" at WMU for a single performance Friday, March 30.

Rehm visit postponed to September (March 22) Popular NPR host Diane Rehm forced to postpone talk at WMU to September due to continued bout with pneumonia.

Community book project brings attention to autism (March 21) Campuswide discussion of this year's Kalamazoo Reading Together selection is Tuesday.

Expert evaluates impact of 2006 midterm elections (March 21) Duke University's Dr. David Rohde gives this year's Samuel I. Clark Lecture Thursday evening, March 29.

Math professor is in the Zome (March 21) Dr. David Richter leading team in construction of physical model representing 120 identical objects in four-dimensional space.

Special Olympics holding tournaments, health fair (March 21) WMU and Special Olympics team up for Saturday basketball and bowling tournaments and a health fair.

Ralph C. Chandler (March 20) Retired professor of public affairs and political science died March 17.

Lia Purpura is next in Frostic Reading Series (March 19) Award-winning poet and essayist reads from her work Wednesday, March 28, at the Little Theatre.

Campus readies for annual Relay for Life (March 18) WMU gearing up for 24-hour Kanley Track walk-a-thon benefitting American Cancer Society April 13-14.

Festival showcases food and culture of 15 nations (March 18) Largest annual international event at WMU is free and open to the public, nominal fee for food, Sunday, March 25.

Top women's health issues discussed (March 18) Reservations required by Tuesday for free Wednesday program at Unified Clinics with gynecologist Dr. Cathy Cheron.

Michigan authors, photographer focus of conference (March 18) Honors college series Tuesday through Thursday features authors, photographer who focus on Michigan.

Human Rights Awareness Week events announced (March 18) Student-sponsored events include sexism workshop and Darfur discussion and vigil in Bernhard Center.

Mock trial team presents its case to public (March 18) Mock trial team demonstration at Kalamazoo County Circuit courthouse March 24 open to public free of charge.

University Theatre presents "Once on this Island" (March 18) Music theatre students stage seven shows of Tony-winning Broadway musical March 22 through April 1.

Celebrated composer Ewazen visits campus (March 18) Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra and WMU musicians collaborate for Sunday, March 25, concert in Dalton.

Nursing honor society lands official charter status (March 18) Bronson School of Nursing Lillian Wald Nursing Honor Society officially chartered in Sigma Theta Tau.

Paper company exec establishes endowment (March 18) George F. Martin of NewPage Corp. creates endowment to support paper science and paper engineering students.

Top seniors honored as Presidential Scholars (March 18) Forty-six seniors will be recognized during 27th annual Presidential Scholars Convocation Thursday.

IT Forum focuses on service transformation (March 18) Reservations required by March 26 for annual WMU IT Forum March 30 at Fetzer Center.

Food industry leaders focus on team building (March 18) WMU's 42nd Food Marketing Conference is Monday and Tuesday at Kalamazoo Radisson Plaza Hotel.

Speakers to protest war, environmental policies (March 17) Student group sponsors series of presentations through Thursday protesting Bush administration policies.

Football schedule and homecoming date announced (March 17) Homecoming set for Oct. 20, football versus Ball State, other home games include Central Michigan and Indiana.

Reservations due for "Social Justice in Islam" (March 16) Reservations due now for free March 23 buffet dinner, musical performances and lecture by Dawud Walid.

Student pianist wins Bach Festival competition (March 16) Junior Monica Washington takes top honors in collegiate division of Grand Rapids keyboard competition.

Reitz named to Academic All-American First Team (March 15) Men's basketball standout and finance major Joe Reitz named a First Team Academic All-American.

Norton and Watts star in "Painted Veil" remake (March 14) WFS presents Golden Globe winner with Edward Norton, Naomi Watts Friday through Sunday, March 23-25.

Money grows on trees in Bronco Mall (March 13) Comedian Sean Carlin helps students pick money from a tree in free show Tuesday, March 20, on Center Stage.

Business student wins national scholarship (March 12) Integrated supply management major Elizabeth Aven earns second prestigious scholarship in as many years.

Women's role in European politics explored (March 12) Women's History Month event March 20 features Dr. Leah Seppanen Anderson in free, public talk at Fetzer Center.

Region's largest gaming convention at Bernhard (March 12) Marmalade Dog 12 features role-playing games, board games and more, Friday through Sunday at Bernhard Center.

JoSH to perform Friday in Kalamazoo (March 11) Pakistan Student Association offers buffet dinner and Indian-fusion band JoSH Friday, free for WMU students.

Guest lecturer says video games belong in classroom (March 11) Dr. James Paul Gee speaks to students, educators, public Thursday and Friday during WMU visit.

Army grant funds environmental physiology research (March 11) Unique lab created to study physiological effects of temperature extremes in combination with other factors.

Ethics team places among top 10 nationally (March 11) Three-student WMU team places ninth at Ethics Bowl National Championship in Cincinnati.

Annual jazz fest kicks off with Jiggs Whigham (March 11) Western Invitational Jazz Festival concerts Friday and Saturday feature jazz trombonist Jiggs Whigham.

Lecture addresses Darwinism and the meaning of life (March 11) Thursday ethics lecture features Dr. Arthur Falk discussing "Darwinism and the Meaning of Life."

Historian discusses persecution in the Middle Ages (March 11) Award-winning author David Nirenberg speaks Thursday on "The Case of Spain and Its Jews."

Expert to discuss trends in counseling profession (March 11) Dr. Brian S. Canfield, president-elect of American Counseling Association, speaks March 19 at Fetzer Center.

Branch campuses showcase offerings (March 11) Six branch campuses holding open houses and information sessions through May.

Famous Quebec filmmaker coming to Francophone Fest (March 9) Francophone Film Festival March 14-18 includes six award-winning feature films, six short subjects.

Carrie Moore named MAC Player of the Year (March 9) Moore concludes career with raft of school and conference records and led the nation in scoring all season.

Flags lowered Monday for Michigan man killed in Iraq (March 9) Marine Pfc. Bufford Van Slyke of Bay City died Feb. 28 from injuries sustained in combat.

Diane Rehm visit to WMU postponed (March 8) Presentation by popular National Public Radio host postponed until Monday, April 2, due to illness.

Senior citizens never saying never, again (March 7) Senior Prom 2007 has James Bond theme, "Western Royale: 007," students and senior citizens gather Thursday, March 15.

Delay upgrading to Windows Vista (March 6) New Microsoft OS is not yet compatible with some critical WMU applications, campus users urged to delay upgrading.

Update your computer for Daylight Saving Time (March 6) You may need to download an upgrade to have your computer automatically change on the correct dates.

Grand Rapids career center opens Thursday (March 5) WMU Grand Rapids launches Center for Career Services and Human Resources Development with Thursday open house.

Ziring to discuss Pakistan and terrorism (March 5) Dr. Lawrence Ziring discusses "Pakistan, Islamic State or Secular Republic" Wednesday, March 14, in Walwood Hall.

Global women is focus of month-long celebration (March 4) Women's History Month events include lectures on women's roles in other cultures and careers in women's studies.

Broncos and Alaska play decisive game Sunday (March 4) Best-of-three CCHA Tournament series tied 1-1 after WMU's 6-2 win Saturday.

Tony-winner "Chicago" returns to Miller for five shows (March 3) Broadway's longest running revival show set for five performances Friday through Sunday, March 16-18.

National organization honors three HPER faculty (March 3) Health, physical education and recreation's Drs. Debra Berkey, Suzan Ayers and Jiabei Zhang to be honored.

Branch campus director cited for leadership (March 3) Dr. Leonard Seawood honored with MLK Leadership Award at annual Benton Harbor Community Celebration.

WMU designers receive national honors (March 3) Two staff members and one student honored at national conference for University Interior Designers in New York City.

Bosco plans international tech symposium (March 3) Dr. James Bosco helping plan the Consortium for School Networking symposium this month in San Francisco.

Hungarian flutist to perform in Dalton (March 3) Award-winning flutist Dora Seres performs Sunday afternoon, March 11, in Young Concert Artists Series.

C.G. Conn trombonist gives free recital (March 3) Guest artist Eileen Russell presents free trombone and euphonium recital Monday, March 12, in Dalton Center Recital Hall.

ARDA and RDA research award applications due (March 3) Applications for two research development awards are due to by Friday, March 16.

President Haenicke pans higher ed funding proposal (March 2) Legislators told separating state's three largest universities from remaining 12 is "a bad idea" for Michigan.

"Sweet Land" is an immigrant tale of land and love (March 2) Kalamazoo Film Society presents "Sweet Land" Friday through Sunday, March 9-11, in the Little Theatre.

Two students awarded supply management scholarships (March 1) Joshua Fitzpatrick and Scott Thinglum earn $1,000 scholarships and expenses for national conference.

Annual festival brings 1500 singers to WMU (March 1) Southwestern Michigan Vocal Festival features free March 15 concert with 1,500-voice high school festival chorus.

Jazz artists perform in Dalton Center (March 1) Tuba Euphonium Conference features jazz musicians in concert March 9, Kalamazoo Concert Band performs March 10.

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