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August 2008 WMU News Archive
Stories are listed in descending order by release date. Click on the headline for the full story.

Thousands gather for annual back-to-school bash (Aug. 31) A crowd of 25,000 is expected for the 28th annual Bronco Bash from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5.

WMU says 'Mais oui!' to French in North America (Aug. 28) The enduring legacy of the French in North America is the focus of an upcoming exhibit and series of events.

WMU well represented at Paralympics (Aug. 28) Students, alumni and others with WMU ties head to Beijing to compete on U.S. goalball teams in the upcoming Paralympic Games.

Professor studies impact of local retailers (Aug. 28) Dr. Barbara Frazier's team wins a $500,000 grant to study the economic impact of local retailers on rural communities.

Flags lowered Friday for Michigan man killed in Afghanistan (Aug. 28) Flags lowered Friday, Aug. 29, for Army Staff Sgt. Kristopher D. Rodgers of Sturgis, Mich.

Barrier coating professionals to convene on campus (Aug. 27) The fifth Barrier Coating Symposium will take place Oct. 7-8 at the Fetzer Center.

Longtime choral director dies (Aug. 26) Milvern "Mel" K. Ivey, longtime professor of music and choral director, died Aug. 19 at the age of 70.

Labor Day weekend hours for select campus services (Aug. 26) Most WMU offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 1, in observance of U.S. Labor Day.

One-stop service center eases back-to-school concerns (Aug. 25) One Stop is open to assist students and parents through Friday, Sept. 5, in the Bernhard Center.

NSF grant gets high school teachers involved in wetland research (Aug. 22) Dr. Carla Koretsky takes her research a step further with the help of two local science teachers.

History professor documents the evolution of American sports (Aug. 22) Dr. Linda J. Borish is co-author of "Sports in American History: From Colonization to Globalization."

WMU named one of America's best national universities by U.S. News. (Aug. 22) This marks WMU's 10th consecutive year on U.S. News & World Report's "Best National Universities" list.

Trustee chosen to lead national transportation commission (Aug. 22) WMU Trustee Dennis Archer is named co-chair of the Bipartisan Policy Center's National Transportation Policy Project.

Grant brings earth science to life for K-12 students (Aug. 15) DTE Energy Foundation awards WMU $195,000 to support earth science in Michigan.

Professor debuts children's Kalamazoo Autism Center (Aug. 15) Psychology professor Richard Malott launches center to serve developmentally delayed children.

Students initiate emergency aid fund (Aug. 15) Named for a WMU staffer, the endowment gives emergency aid to social work students.

Green initiatives improve workflow (Aug. 14) Online business and personnel transactions improve workflow and reduce paper consumption on campus.

Six gymnasts named NACGC All-Academic (Aug. 14) Gymnastics team earns second-highest GPA in the MAC, 26th in the nation.

Get cash for used books (Aug. 12) Students can sell used books during the Book Buyback at Textbook Alley in the Bernhard Center Aug. 13-15.

Children's author Heller has local book signings (Aug. 11) Author of the award-winning "How the Moon Regained Her Shape" has Kalamazoo-area signings Aug. 19-20.

Children's reading and writing program starts in September (Aug. 11) Supplemental instruction is available for school-aged children through grade nine.

Longtime history professor dies (Aug. 8) Dr. Peter J. Schmitt, a longtime West Michigan historian, died Aug. 6 at the age of 72.

Brinkley appointed to national review board (Aug. 8) English professor serves on the College Board's Advanced Placement English Course and Examination Review Commission.

Kehew named GSA fellow for drainage research (Aug. 8) Geosciences professor is recognized for his study of the northern Great Plains.

Brylinsky issues national coaching report (Aug. 7) Health, physical education and recreation professor's report outlines the importance of having well-educated coaches.

Upton unveils new energy bill and WMU funding (Aug. 7) The bipartisan bill sets up a $1 billion grant program to develop carbon capture and storage technology.

Music students join Olympics opening ceremony (Aug. 6) Students perform for the televised opening ceremony of the Olympic Games under the direction of Dr. Stephen Zegree.

Police training continues on East Campus (Aug. 6) Public safety resumes drills and officer training Monday through Thursday, Aug. 11-14, in and around Vandercook Hall.

Some GoWMU services offline Sunday (Aug. 5) The student information system, Banner, will be unavailable from 3 a.m. to noon Sunday, Aug. 10.

Keep your pets safe this summer (Aug. 5) Public safety officers warn against leaving animals unattended in a parked car, especially on warm, sunny days.

Faculty and students teach residents about local history (Aug. 1) A $6,000 Michigan Humanities Council grant helped make WMU's Fort St. Joseph event a success.

WMU senior places fifth in Miss Michigan pageant (Aug. 1) Honors student Allison Porrett places as fourth runner up in the Miss Michigan pageant.

Three dozen WMU students named 'Who's Who' (Aug. 1) Thirty-six WMU students are named "Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges."

WMU will host third annual criterium cycling event (Aug. 1) The third annual BTR Park Criterium bike race takes place at the Parkview Campus Saturday, Aug. 9.

Golden Bronco recipients honored (Aug. 1) Numerous students and registered student organizations are honored during this year's Golden Bronco Awards.

Student receives ASHE/Lumina Dissertation Fellowship (Aug. 1) Doctoral student DeAnna R. Burt is awarded $14,000 to study retention rates of African-American students.

Use of for-profit education management organizations slows (Aug. 1) WMU researchers track public schools' decreased dependency on private management firms.

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