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September 2008 WMU News Archive
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Gilkison closed Friday for Soapbox Derby (Sept. 30) Gilkison Avenue closed Friday afternoon for annual Homecoming Soapbox Derby.

College student FAQs about registering to vote (Sept. 30) Misinformation leads to lots of student questions about registering to vote and what is affected.

Zoeller leads Bronson School of Nursing (Sept. 30) Longtime health education professional Dr. Linda Zoeller is new director of nursing school.

Lectures address poverty and professional ethics (Sept. 30) Ethics lectures begin Thursday and Friday with Distinguished Alumni Pellegrom and Gonzalez.

Student volunteers needed for local polling places (Sept. 29) City of Kalamazoo seeks college students to work at local polling places for Nov. 4 election.

Grants total $12.5 million for July, August (Sept. 29) Research grants accounted for the vast majority of awards, at nearly $11.5 million.

WMU and stage workings ink labor agreement (Sept. 29) Trustees approves contract with International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.

Oakland Campus streets renamed (Sept. 29) Ottawa and Oliver combined as Oliver Street.

Gifts received in July total nearly $1 million (Sept. 29) WMU received $973,733 in gifts during first month of the 2008-09 fiscal year.

BTR Park property goes to Innovation Center (Sept. 29) WMU conveys one-half acre for expansions of Southwest Michigan Innovation Center.

New Knific CD released at Friday concert (Sept. 29) "Lines of Influence," Tom Knific's third solo CD, performed and released in a concert Friday.

Symphony orchestra concert is homecoming finale (Sept. 29) University Symphony Orchestra closes homecoming schedule with free Sunday concert .

Griffin and Prewitt give free concert (Sept. 29) Monica Griffin and Ken Prewitt offer duets and solos in free Thursday evening performance at Dalton Center.

Symphonic Band offers "Tributes" concert (Sept. 29) Concert of works dedicated to other musicians by noted composers is Sunday, Oct. 12, in Miller Auditorium.

Madcap farce "Moon Over Buffalo" staged in Shaw (Sept. 29) University Theatre stages seven performances of "Moon Over Buffalo" Oct. 9-19.

Flags lowered for Chief Petty Officer Freiwald (Sept. 27) Flags lowered Monday for Michigan man killed in Afghanistan.

WMU Web down Sunday morning (Sept. 26) Public Web pages offline 12:01 to 8 a.m. Intranet portal GoWMU unavailable 8 to 10 a.m.

Alum's documentary on Obama screened at WMU (Sept. 26) Filmmaker Bob Hercules' film on Barack Obama's trip to Africa screens Friday, Oct. 3.

Business Career Day draws 110 employers (Sept. 26) Annual event draws more than 110 organizations to Bernhard Center Thursday, Oct. 2.

Lecture addresses religion and Canadian politics (Sept. 26) Alumnus Dr. John Petrocik discusses role of religion in shaping Canadians' political attitudes Friday, Oct. 3.

Franklin C. Wangberg (Sept. 26) Assistant professor emeritus of education and professional development died Sept. 1.

Legislature approves first phase of Sangren renovation (Sept. 26) Capitol outlay of $11.7 million for Sangren Hall goes to Gov. Granholm for signature.

Well-known Japanese writer, poet visits campus (Sept. 25) Hiromi Ito gives presentation Friday, Oct. 3, on "Living Between Languages."

Event showcases diversity of student talent (Sept. 25) Annual Multicultural Review is Tuesday evening in Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Parade of Nations organizers seek flag bearers (Sept. 25) Volunteers attend tailgate and carry international flags prior homecoming football game.

Future of area airport topic of business talk (Sept. 24) Cliff Moshoginis launches Keystone Community Bank Breakfast Speaker Series Friday.

Economics of disasters examined in lecture series (Sept. 24) Sichel Lecture Series begins Oct. 1 with Wharton School professor on "At War with the Weather."

Conference addresses pandemic, other campus health concerns (Sept. 24) Registrations due by Tuesday for regional college health conference.

Producing oil from algae discussed Tuesday (Sept. 24) Student group sponsors forum on alternative energy Tuesday featuring three WMU professors.

Trustees vote to approve new AAUP contract (Sept. 24) Trustees approve new three-year contract with University's faculty union by 5-2 vote.

Trustees hold special meeting to consider faculty contract (Sept. 23) Special meeting Wednesday to consider approval of a new three-year faculty contract.

Goalball team with WMU ties takes gold in Beijing (Sept. 22) The U.S. women's goalball team has five players with ties to WMU and took first place at the Paralympic Games.

Visiting anthropology scholar to address race (Sept. 22) Dr. Yolanda Moses will discuss the concept of race in a free, public lecture at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25.

Events celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 22) The national observance, which runs through Oct. 15, recognizes Hispanic culture and contributions.

Novelist Don Lee opens Frostic Reading Series (Sept. 22) Award-winning novelist, author of "Wrack and Ruin" and "Country of Origin" reads Thursday in Little Theatre.

Special program puts spotlight on aphasia (Sept. 21) "Stroke of Genius" will be shown Oct. 2, accompanied by a performance of original songs by Marc Black.

Trustees approve retirements (Sept. 21) The Board of Trustees approved the retirements of one faculty member and one staff member at its Sept. 12 meeting.

GoWMU offline Sunday (Sept. 21) GoWMU will be unavailable from 8 to 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 28.

Guest artist presents free recital (Sept. 21) Trombonist Jeannie Little will perform at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Homeowners invited to explore solar energy (Sept. 21) Explore the ways to put solar power to work at a free seminar from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27.

Aviation reunion well attended (Sept. 19) Three WMU presidents joined Kellogg Foundation officials to celebrate a 10-year effort to increase diversity in the aviation industry.

Emerita's book posthumously published (Sept. 19) A collection of essays by Audrey Davidson, emeritus in music, has been published by AMES Press of New York.

Beijing Olympics serve as backdrop for foreign languages professor (Sept. 19) Dr. Peter Krawutschke led the International Federation of Translators World Congress in China.

Annual United Way campaign poised to begin (Sept. 19) Everyone is invited to a special agency fair and kickoff rally from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30.

First Ferrell-McKay film debuts at Little Theatre (Sept. 18) Western Film Society presents the area premiere of "The Foot Fist Way" Friday through Sunday, Sept. 26-28.

Flags lowered for two killed in Afghanistan (Sept. 18) Flags lowered Friday for Chief Petty Officer John Wayne Marcum, Monday for Sgt. Gregory Rodriguez.

Gordon Lightfoot performs single show (Sept. 18) The five-time Grammy nominee will take the stage at Miller at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27.

Sweeney Todd premiers at Miller (Sept. 18) The musical that inspired the Oscar-winning movie makes its area debut at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28.

Homecoming to rock campus and Kalamazoo (Sept. 18) A week of exciting activities is planned for the Homecoming celebration Sept. 29-Oct. 5.

Exhibit focuses on French in North America (Sept. 17) The 16-panel display opens at Waldo Library Friday, Sept. 19, and kicks off a yearlong series of related events.

Golf outing supports graduate coaching assistant (Sept. 17) WMU's golf team hopes to raise $20,000 at the Par Buster golf outing Monday, Sept. 22, at the Moors.

Event connects students with business programs (Sept. 16) Learn about business majors and professional organizations during Business Bash Sept. 23-24.

Chair of Department of Comparative Religion dies (Sept. 16) Dr. David Ede died Sept. 13 at the age of 73.

Music professor presents special anniversary concert (Sept. 16) Internationally recognized composer C. Curtis-Smith will perform at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20.

Former education professor dies (Sept. 15) Dr. Billy Kay "Bill" Richardson died Sept. 6 at the age of 75.

Richard A. Hoffman (Sept. 15) Former lab technician, died April 4.

Students to award grants to local charities (Sept. 15) WMU is one of just ten schools chosen nationally for philanthropic education program.

This year's Klein lecture to focus on foreign policy phobias (Sept. 15) Dr. Ray Taras will discuss "Phobias and Foreign Policies in Central Europe" Sept. 24.

Foreign languages professor receives coveted NEA grant (Sept. 15) Dr. Jeffrey Angles has been awarded $20,000 to translate the memoirs of one of Japan's most prominent poets.

Counseling department garners national recognition (Sept. 15) Four programs reaccredited, one given Suinn Minority Achievement and Department of the Year awards.

Road closings announced for Homecoming race (Sept. 15) Many campus roads and parking lots will be closed the morning of Oct. 4 for the Homecoming Campus Classic.

GoWMU offline Sunday (Sept. 15) GoWMU will be unavailable from 8 to 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 21.

Flags lowered for Michigan man killed in Iraq (Sept. 13) Flags lowered Monday for Pfc. Bryan Thomas of Battle Creek.

University Theatre opens with Pulitzer Prize winner (Sept. 12) Students take "How I Learned to Drive" to the stage Sept. 25 through Oct. 5.

WMU sees growth in enrollment (Sept. 12) Gains of 1.6 percent are due to large boosts in the number of new freshmen and grad students.

Need help choosing a major? (Sept. 11) Attend the Major Excitement academic fair Thursday, Sept. 18, to learn about WMU's program offerings.

Best-selling author to visit campus (Sept. 11) Sharon Draper, five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Book Award, joins Common-Read Program.

Don't fall victim to Internet scams (Sept. 10) E-mail hoaxes and counterfeit Web sites are often used to steal personal and financial information.

Tentative agreement reached in faculty negotiations (Sept. 10) The agreement must next be approved by a vote of the faculty union and the WMU Board of Trustees.

Applications being accepted for assessment award (Sept. 9) Applications are due Sept. 15 for the award that recognizes faculty and staff efforts in the assessment of student learning.

Trio of concerts celebrates Mexican music (Sept. 9) The series kicks off Sept. 13 with a performance by the Grammy-nominated Sones de Mexico.

Emeriti Council resumes Wednesday programs (Sept. 8) Wednesdays II informal talks resume Sept. 10 with Mary Brown of the Department of Natural Resources.

It's Suicide Prevention Week (Sept. 8) WMU raises awareness during Suicide Prevention Week, which began Sept. 7 and runs through Sept. 13.

Faculty contract expires, mediation set to continue (Sept. 8) Classes remain in session, although the contract between WMU and its faculty union expired Sept. 5.

More than 70 employers on hand at engineering career fair (Sept. 5) The public is invited to attend WMU's Engineering and Applied Sciences Career Fair Thursday, Sept. 25.

Student honored with physics leadership award (Sept. 5) Senior Jack Winkelbauer receives a $2,000 Society of Physics Students Leadership Award for academic excellence.

Mezzo-soprano soloist performs at Dalton (Sept. 5) Sarah Holman will join pianist Karin Redekopp Edwards in a free, public performance Wednesday, Sept. 10.

'The Visitor' debuts at Little Theatre (Sept. 5) The film, which is about finding yourself through total strangers, will be shown Friday through Sunday, Sept. 12-14.

Professor's work treating animal phobias gets attention (Sept. 4) Dr. C. Richard Spates treats those who have a paralyzing fear of certain animals.

Healthcare exec kicks off Distinguished Speaker Series (Sept. 4) Jeanne Carlson, president and CEO of Blue Care Network of Michigan, discusses the future of healthcare Sept. 11.

Are you registered to vote? (Sept. 4) WMU provides students and other community members with nonpartisan voter registration and election information.

Visiting scholar shares German views of Native Americans (Sept. 3) Dr. Karsten Fitz discusses his country's representations and perceptions of Native American culture.

WMU receives visit from Japanese counterpart (Sept. 3) Faculty review the universities' longstanding student exchange relationship.

Event to focus on WMU's new recruitment initiatives (Sept. 2) The campus community is invited to view new recruitment materials at "Recruitment Reveal" Sept. 9.

Special offer to students for WMU at Ford Field (Sept. 2) Students can purchase discounted tickets and get free transportation to the game at Ford Field in Detroit Nov. 8.

Three alumni receive prestigious honors (Sept. 2) Richard Koehn, Nick Triantafillopoulos and Charles Valluzzo receive WMU's Distinguished Alumni Award.

Challenge gift to boost stature of art programs (Sept. 2) A $1 million challenge gift will enhance Richmond Center exhibits and support the Frostic School of Art.

New season of art exhibits opens with 'Man o' War' (Sept. 2) "David Henderson: Man o' War" opens in the Richmond Center Sept. 4 through Oct. 18.

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