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

French thriller 'Tell No One' at Little Theatre (Oct. 31) Kalamazoo Film Society presents seven screenings of the film based on Harlan Coben's best-selling novel Nov. 7-9.

We have a vision, challenges and opportunities (Oct. 31) Complete text of President Dunn's State of the University address.

Billy Bob Thornton joins Willie Nelson at Miller (Oct. 31) Willie Nelson and special guests Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmasters will perform at Miller Auditorium Nov. 30.

Fashion show benefits Dover Hills fire victims (Oct. 30) Students displaced by recent fire are beneficiaries of MODA fashion show Nov. 7-8.

Western Winds in free Messiaen tribute concert (Oct. 30) Faculty and grad students will perform at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12.

A look at the nation's financial crisis (Oct. 30) Experts tackle the nation's financial crisis in a panel discussion Wednesday, Nov. 5.

Open enrollment ends Nov. 14 (Oct. 30) Open-enrollment period for health insurance and flex accounts ends at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14.

Reception for Detroit-area alumni (Oct. 30) WMU will hold a reception for its Southeast Michigan alumni from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 5 in Birmingham, Mich.

Annual Turkey Trot scheduled (Oct. 30) Registration for the Turkey Trot 5K race will open at 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22.

Longtime professor of social work dies (Oct. 29) Dr. John P. Flynn died Oct. 27 at the age of 75.

Tailgating rules enforced in student lots (Oct. 29) Lots 13 and 88 open at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, no tailgating permitted during the game.

Walt Whitman scholar gives public lecture (Oct. 29) Dr. M. Jimmie Killingsworth will speak on "Whitman and the Nature Writers" at 7 p.m. Oct. 30.

Dunn delivers State of University address Thursday (Oct. 28) Annual awards for excellence in teaching, scholarship, service presented at convocation.

Cobern and Ledyaev named distinguished scholars (Oct. 28) Dr. William Cobern and Dr. Yuri Ledyaev honored for research and scholarship.

Anderson's teaching skills lauded (Oct. 28) Dr. Mary Anderson is the 2008 Distinguished Teaching Award winner.

GameFest features hottest video games (Oct. 28) Two-day sale, Thursday and Friday, in Bernhard Center's Textbook Alley features top games.

Final week of campus United Way campaign (Oct. 28) In the final week of its annual United Way campaign, WMU is three-quarters of the way to its $225,000 goal.

University symphony orchestra gives free concert (Oct. 27) University Symphony Orchestra will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, in the Dalton Center.

Welcome to WMU in Detroit (Oct. 27) Series of events in Metro Detroit culminate with football Broncos hosting Illinois at Ford Field Nov. 8.

WMU Bronson School of Nursing receives accreditation (Oct. 24) New master's program receives the maximum first-time accreditation.

Environmental services expert next in breakfast series (Oct. 24) Steve Taplin will discuss environmental contracting at 8 a.m. Friday, Oct. 31, in Schneider Hall.

Hurricane recovery in the spotlight (Oct. 24) Dr. Jamie Kruse, expert on the economic impact of natural disasters, speaks Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 3 p.m.

Sky Broncos headed to nationals (Oct. 24) WMU's precision flight team advances after a second-place finish in the National Intercollegiate Flying Association regionals.

Award-winning tap master at Miller (Oct. 24) Tony Award-winner Savion Glover and his group, Bare Soundz, will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7.

Historian discusses American Judaism (Oct. 23) Dr. Hasia Diner will address "American Judaism's Engagement with the Holocaust in the Postwar Era" Wednesday, Oct. 29.

Professor wins high-profile dance competition (Oct. 23) Carolyn Pavlik was awarded the prestigious Maggie Allesee New Choreography Award.

WMU prepares to welcome students' families (Oct. 23) Family Weekend begins Oct. 31, includes something for every family member.

Upton visits WMU to see energy saving technology (Oct. 22) Congressman on campus Thursday to see energy saving vehicle and lighting.

Renowned Czech writer hosts public events (Oct. 22) Holocaust survivor Arnost Lustig will read from his works Oct. 28, present film Oct. 30.

Staff award nominations due soon (Oct. 22) Nominations for the semiannual Make a Difference awards are due Friday, Oct. 31.

Children's trauma center wins $1.2 million grant (Oct. 22) Federal funding will enable WMU to improve child welfare practices in several counties across Michigan.

Sundance hit "American Teen" at Little Theatre (Oct. 21) Western Film Society presents the area premiere of "American Teen" Friday through Sunday.

Preparation underway for accreditation visit (Oct. 20) Accreditation visit from the Higher Learning Commission set for 2010-11.

Services announced for longtime religion professor (Oct. 20) Memorial service for Dr. David Ede is Wednesday, Oct. 29, in Dalton Center.

Graduate open house scheduled (Oct. 17) Prospective graduate students are invited to explore program offerings from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, in the Bernhard Center.

Two professors dubbed rising stars (Oct. 17) Drs. Kuanchin Chen and Jennifer Machiorlatti will receive Emerging Scholar Awards at convocation Thursday, Oct. 30.

Two to receive Distinguished Service Awards (Oct. 17) Dr. Sisay Asefa and Abraham Poot will be honored at convocation Thursday, Oct. 30.

Public events staged during leadership, activism conference (Oct. 16) Gay-rights advocate Dr. John Corvino speaks Oct. 23; urban-folk artist Liz Snavely performs Oct. 24.

Saturday's game ball hand delivered in 'Rivalry Run' (Oct. 16) The 140 miles between WMU and CMU will be covered on foot by the schools' ROTC units.

Lost Film Fest returns (Oct. 16) Traveling underground film fest offers a break from mainstream media from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22.

Choirs perform in preparation for national convention (Oct. 16) University Chorale and Cantus Femina will host a free preview concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26.

New faculty member discusses bioarchaeology (Oct. 15) Dr. Jacqueline Eng will speak on "Bioarchaeology of Western China" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, in G0115 Moore Hall.

Is wind energy in your future? (Oct. 15) Engineering professor Dr. John Patten will address "Wind Energy Potential in Michigan" at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22.

Two novelists next in Frostic Reading Series (Oct. 15) Sarah Shun-lien Bynum and Salvatore Scibona will read from their works at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21.

Distinguished alum talks about disability and health (Oct. 15) Dr. John Crews, scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will speak at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21.

WMUK shortens fund raiser (Oct. 14) Online support will play a key role in the station's Fall Pledge Drive Oct. 18-24.

Business college hosts faculty development series (Oct. 14) All faculty are invited to attend seminars Oct. 17, Oct. 24, Nov. 14 and Jan. 16.

Sizable progress needed in United Way campaign (Oct. 14) WMU is $129,000 shy if its goal in this year's campaign, which ends Oct. 31.

Eugene D. Paulson obituary (Oct. 13) Eugene Paulson, retired director of the Muskegon Regional Center, died Oct. 6 at the age of 73.

This film is free and open to the public (Oct. 13) University officials are urging all students, faculty and staff to know and follow copyright law, especially as it pertains to film screenings.

Colloquium to put spotlight on autism (Oct. 13) The fifth annual Barbara A. Rider Colloquium will take place Friday, Oct. 24, in the Fetzer Center.

Barking Tuna Fest brings indie tunes to Kalamazoo (Oct. 13) National act Mates of State will headline the three-day music fest Oct. 16-18.

Registration deadline nearing for Family Weekend (Oct. 10) Three days of on-campus activities are planned for Family Weekend Oct. 31-Nov. 2.

Only days remain for sweet Ford Field deal (Oct. 10) Students should sign up now to get free transportation, meal and game-day T-shirt.

Lt. Gov. Cherry, WMU officials examine future of higher ed (Oct. 10) A high-profile panel discussion is set for 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, in Schneider Hall.

Series to focus on children with autism (Oct. 10) Advance registration is required for an upcoming program on communication problems in children with autism.

An inside look at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (Oct. 10) Dr. Jeff Halper will speak on "An Israeli in Palestine" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in the Fetzer Center.

Buddhism explored (Oct. 10) Dr. Mark Rowe of McMaster University will discuss Buddhism and burial practices at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in 3301 Friedman Hall.

Students get food for thought at career prep event (Oct. 10) The 11th annual Etiquette Dinner is open to students from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in the Bernhard Center.

Tele-health link to cadaver lab is first of its kind (Oct. 10) Web-based technology takes an anatomy class in Kalamazoo to a cadaver lab some 50 miles away.

Sally Struthers stars in 'Nunsense' (Oct. 10) The 25th anniversary tour of "Nunsense" is at Miller Auditorium for a single performance at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2.

'Magic Tree House' comes to life (Oct. 10) "Magic Tree House: The Musical" is live on stage at Miller Auditorium at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26.

Bike-a-thon to support people with disabilities (Oct. 10) The 24-hour "Pedal for Push" bike-a-thon will take place Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 15-16, at the Campus Flagpoles.

International group calls for papers (Oct. 9) Faculty and staff are invited to submit papers for the 39th International Conference, which will be held at the Fetzer Center in June.

Robert Sechler obituary (Oct. 9) Robert Sechler, associate professor emeritus in mathematics and statistics, died Sept. 13 at the age of 79.

Nellie L. Stell obituary (Oct. 9) Retired staff member Nellie L. Stell died Sept. 16 at the age of 78.

Henrietta "Yetta" Ackerson obituary (Oct. 9) Retired staff member Henrietta "Yetta" Ackerson died Sept. 10 at the age of 84.

New way to help friends in trouble (Oct. 8) Use the confidential online form to express concern about students with troubling behavior.

Student FAQs on voting by absentee ballot (Oct. 8) Misinformation leads to lots of student questions about absentee voting.

Bestselling author to speak about our fascination with music (Oct. 8) Dr. Daniel Levitin will speak about his book, "This is Your Brain on Music," at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10.

Science behind American football revealed (Oct. 8) Author and football fan Dr. Timothy Gay will talk about "Football Physics" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22.

University Theatre takes to the streets (Oct. 8) University Theatre stages seven performances of "Our Lady of 121st Street" Oct. 23-Nov. 2.

Input needed in updating campus master plan (Oct. 7) Planning workshops and input sessions are scheduled for Thursday and Friday, Oct. 23-24.

Fall flu, meningitis vaccination clinics underway (Oct. 7) The WMU community may be vaccinated at upcoming clinics and during walk-in nursing hours.

Visiting scholar to discuss Shakespeare (Oct. 7) Dr. Mary Crane will speak on "Cognitive Difference and Empire in Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9.

Get 'In the Mood' (Oct. 6) Catch the 1940s musical revue "In the Mood" at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, in Miller Auditorium.

Travel grants allow faculty, staff to study in Mexico (Oct. 6) Attend an information session Thursday, Oct. 9, to learn more about a new study abroad opportunity for employees.

Who helped you 'Grab the Reins'? (Oct. 6) Students can enter the Grab the Reins essay contest through Friday by sharing how one person inspired them to succeed.

Three classic films at Little Theatre this weekend (Oct. 6) Kalamazoo Film Society presents "City Lights," "The Lady Eve" and "The Rules of the Game."

United Way campaign off to generous start (Oct. 6) WMU is 30 percent of the way to its goal in this year's campus campaign, which runs Oct. 1-31.

ISM students place second in international competition (Oct. 3) The undergrad duo battled seven MBA teams in an international ERP simulation.

Researchers touch the lives of local children (Oct. 3) A $4 million grant will help 350 Kalamazoo-area children learn to read.

Grant helps New Issues publish local poetry (Oct. 3) WMU's literary press has been awarded a $9,000 grant to support the publication of works by Michigan poets.

Event offers small business advice, networking (Oct. 3) Small business experts will offer free consultations from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, in Schneider Hall.

Responsible citizenship in a technological democracy (Oct. 2) Dr. William Wulf will discuss technology's public policy ramifications Wednesday, Oct. 8.

Capitol Steps to perform Saturday (Oct. 1) In celebration of the impending election, the troupe of political satirists will be at Miller Auditorium Saturday, Oct. 4.

GoWMU and GroupWise e-mail offline Sunday (Oct. 1) GoWMU and the GroupWise e-mail system will be unavailable for varying periods Sunday, Oct. 5.

Paul A. Robbert (Oct. 1) Professor emeritus of art died Sept. 22.

Open forum with President Dunn set for Tuesday (Oct. 1) President John M. Dunn will talk with members of the community from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7.

Homecoming Campus Classic celebrates 10 years running (Oct. 1) More than 1,500 runners, walkers and spectators will participate in the 10th annual race Saturday, Oct. 4.

Poet Steve Orlen next in Frostic Reading Series (Oct. 1) Award-winning poet reads from his works Thursday, Oct. 9, in the Little Theatre.

President's Own Marine Band comes to Kalamazoo (Oct. 1) Legendary U.S. Marine Band gives free concert Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Miller Auditorium. Sold out.

New book looks at myth of war and manhood (Oct. 1) "Male Armor" by Dr. Jon R. Adams explores gap between cultural perception and recorded experience.

How we spend our time (Oct. 1) Dr. Jean Kimmel edits book "How Do We Spend Our Time?" based on economics lectures delivered at WMU.

TowerPinkster gift supports sustainability (Oct. 1) West Michigan firm creates scholarship for students pursuing careers in environmental sustainability.

Examining Michigan's peoples and cultural traditions (Oct. 1) Groundbreaking statewide conference, Oct. 9-10, examines state's tremendous diversity.

Study and Work Abroad Fair expands global horizons (Oct. 1) Fair in Bernhard Center Wednesday, Oct. 8, is open to the public.

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