WMU Home > WMU News > News Archive >

WMU News

March 2009 WMU News Archive
Stories are listed in descending order by release date. Click on the headline for the full story.

Gala highlights student achievements (March 31) Annual student art show opens Thursday with reception and open house.

Audiology professor honored by state association (March 31) Dr. Gary Lawson is chosen for Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association's highest honor.

Poets to present fairytale reading (March 31) Students will read original and well-known works during April 6 gathering at Kazoo Books II.

University Theatre announces 2009-10 season (March 30) Subscription packages on sale for provocative dramas, classic musicals and side-splitting comedies.

Enrollment open for children's summer camp (March 30) Campus Kids Summer Theme Camp is offered June 15-Sept. 4 by Children's Place Learning Center.

Top geography students test skills in state bee (March 27) Middle-school geography whizzes convene on campus April 3 to compete in Michigan Geographic Bee.

Football schedule and homecoming date announced (March 27) Home opener set for Sept. 19 versus Miami, homecoming set for Oct. 24 against Buffalo.

Food marketing professor awarded for service (March 27) Dr. Frank Gambino earns service award from Michigan Food and Beverage Association.

Students take second place in business competition (March 27) Team of business students wins second place in regional case-study competition among 26 schools.

New director named to head Southwest campus (March 27) Jeorge E. Fierro has been named director of the University's Benton Harbor campus.

WMU counsel lauded as one of 'Leaders in the Law' (March 27) Carol L.J. Hustoles has been named one of Michigan's 25 Leaders in the Law.

Aftermath of the storm (March 26) Dr. Daniel Sutter will discuss the socio-economic impact of tornadoes Wednesday, April 1, in Knauss Hall.

Students host first local Act! Speak! Build! Week (March 26) Campus Habitat for Humanity group aims to raise awareness of the need for affordable housing.

Ethics Bowl team suffers narrow quarterfinal loss (March 26) Team comes up five points short after advancing undefeated into the national quarterfinals.

WMU blazes the way in interactive theatre (March 26) Virtual counterparts in "Mother Courage" revolutionize the way theatre is experienced.

Nanotech researchers examine human enhancement (March 26) Nanoethics Group opens March 28-29 conference to the public free of charge.

Deadline extended in student competition (March 26) Students have until May 1 to submit their papers on the future of civilization for a chance to win cash prizes.

Bronco men have highest grades in the MAC (March 25) WMU is awarded for having the highest GPA among male athletes in the Mid-American Conference.

Meeting for those with Girl Scout ties (March 25) Campuswide initiative seeks to strengthen ties between WMU and Michigan's Girl Scouts.

More help for students in trouble (March 25) Nancy McFadden, case manager, is among those who help identify and assist students with troubling behaviors.

Longtime Children's Place manager dies (March 25) Services are Friday for Joan Ashley, who died March 22 at the age of 60.

Take the plunge for Special Olympics (March 25) Polar Plunge Saturday at Lawson Ice Arena will raise money for Special Olympics Michigan.

Music student wins prestigious national competition (March 24) Hana Beloglavec takes top honors in the U.S. Army Band's National Trombone Solo Competition.

Students construct concrete canoe, steel bridge (March 24) Engineering students will showcase their designs at the American Society of Civil Engineers competition.

Fashion show benefits Komen Foundation (March 24) Student fashion show April 3-4 will support breast cancer research and outreach.

IT forum focuses on education, careers (March 24) Registration deadline is Tuesday, March 31, for daylong Information Technology Forum at Fetzer Center.

Professor emeritus helps slow climate change (March 24) Kenneth Dahlberg chosen to serve on state Agriculture, Forestry and Waste Workgroup.

Volunteers Spring Into the Streets (March 24) Community service initiative will send hundreds of students into the Kalamazoo community Friday, March 27.

WMUK hopes to raise $175,000 with shortened drive (March 24) Spring pledge drive begins Saturday, March 28, and will end when the goal is reached.

Banking's changing face (March 24) Former insider James H. Duncan Sr. addresses changes in the banking industry Tuesday, March 31, in Schneider Hall.

Actor headlines diversity program (March 24) BD Wong of "Law and Order" will speak at this year's "Respecting Differences" program March 31-April 1.

Virtual technology takes the stage in 'Mother Courage' (March 23) University Theatre debuts the interactive production March 26 at Shaw Theatre.

Simple story, powerful message (March 23) Kalamazoo Film Society presents "Wendy and Lucy" March 27-29 at the Little Theatre.

Dance majors give graduating performances (March 23) Seniors Jessie Cosentino, Sarah Rabbers and Tercell Waters perform Friday through Sunday, April 3-5.

Wind and percussion featured in free concerts (March 23) Conference and related concerts Thursday, April 2, are free and open to the public.

Renowned trombone artist to perform and teach (March 23) Peter Ellefson will teach a master class Saturday, give a free recital Sunday.

Gala helps fund Drive Safe Kalamazoo (March 23) Friday's event includes dinner and entertainment, raises money for student organization.

American Red Cross executive to give talk (March 23) Catherine McNulty is featured at Friday's Keystone breakfast series in Schneider Hall.

Alumni Book Club examines 'Persuasion' (March 20) Join the discussion of Jane Austen's final novel Thursday, March 26, in Walwood Hall.

Feminist author explores the F-word (March 20) Author and blogger Jessica Valenti will speak Thursday, March 26, in the Fetzer Center.

Leadership expert shares knowledge (March 20) Internationally acclaimed author Sally Helgesen to speak on leadership trends Wednesday, March 25.

Living history show devoted to Fort St. Joseph (March 20) WMU researchers and students will present at this weekend's Kalamazoo Living History Show.

Nobel Peace Prize winner is featured guest (March 20) Jody Williams will keynote this year's Great Lakes PeaceJam Conference Friday, March 27.

Expert to discuss post-communist Europe (March 19) Dr. Kevin Deegan-Krause will discuss two decades of change in post-communist Europe March 25.

Top seniors to be honored as Presidential Scholars (March 19) Forty-six students will be recognized at 29th annual Presidential Scholars Convocation March 24.

Education alumni Take a Bronco to Dinner (March 19) Program March 24 allows education majors to interact with alumni from their areas of study.

Social justice series continues with two lectures (March 19) Dr. Carlos Torres speaks March 23, Drs. Sherry Linkon and John Russo speak March 30.

Support for 'Idol' Giraud hits new gear (March 19) Mayor calls on governor to support WMU grad Matt Giraud on "American Idol."

Veteran Steinbrecher is new MAC commissioner (March 18) President Dunn chairs search that brings Dr. Jon A. Steinbrecher to MAC.

Ethics film and lecture upcoming (March 18) Polanski's "Death of the Maiden" shown March 23, lecture on Jon Stewart is March 26.

Researchers tackle 'orphan disease' with NFL help (March 18) Steelers Fernando Bryant raising funds to support WMU-Vanderbilt research.

Tony Award-winning musical here for one show (March 18) "Pajama Game" at Miller Auditorium Sunday, March 29, for one matinee performance.

Chavez banquet features farm worker advocate (March 18) Reservations due by Monday for banquet with keynote Baldemar Velasquez.

Area senior citizens are going to the prom (March 18) Senior citizens and WMU students get together for 21st annual Senior Prom.

Psychological association president to speak (March 18) Reservations due by March 25 for events with APA President James H. Bray.

'Godfather' of black psychology gives public lecture (March 18) Dr. Joseph L. White speaks Thursday, March 26, in Bernhard Center.

Why renter's insurance is important (March 18) Several students lose everything in recent apartment fires, have no insurance.

It's so easy being green (March 18) Josh Dorfman, "The Lazy Environmentalist," speaks Friday evening, March 27, in Sangren Hall.

Trombone professor wins prestigious music award (March 17) Dr. Stephen Wolfinbarger wins 2009 International Trombone Association Award.

Faculty brass quintet offers concert of contrasts (March 17) Western Brass Quintet gives free concert Monday, March 23, in Dalton Center.

Anthology of German music performed in Dalton (March 17) Collegium Musicum uses period instruments in concert Tuesday, March 24.

Abubakr elected president of alliance (March 17) WMU professor leads Pulp and Paper Education and Research Alliance.

Japanese university honors emeritus professor (March 17) Josai University confers honorary doctorate on WMU's Michitoshi Soga.

Story of Zen founder premieres at WMU (March 16) Newly released Japanese film “Zen” shown Thursday, March 26.

Food industry execs gather for annual conference (March 16) WMU's 44th Food Marketing Conference is March 23-24.

WSA officer elections online this week (March 16) WMU students can vote online through Friday with valid Bronco NetID.

Two skating teams place sixth in national matches (March 13) WMU synchronized skating teams place at national.

International Festival celebrating 20th anniversary (March 13) Music, dance, food and fashions of 15 countries Sunday, March 22, in Bernhard Center.

High school juniors invited to check out open house (March 13) WMU Spotlight open house especially for high school juniors Saturday, March 21.

Gay rights activist and filmmaker at Fetzer Center (March 13) Erin Davies presents her documentary, "Fagbug," Friday, March 20.

Signup started for Summer Translation program (March 13) Four-week summer program for Arabic, Chinese, French or Japanese.

News as a commodity topic of award-winning book (March 12) National award for top book in applied ethics goes to Dr. Sandra Borden.

Students encouraged to volunteer now (March 12) Sign up now for Spring Into the Streets community service initiative.

Retirement reception honors Gail MacNellis (March 12) Recognized for 36 years of service at March 19 reception.

A 'roundabout' discussion on ethics of street design (March 11) Dr. Richard Long addresses solutions for blind and low-vision pedestrians.

Survey is critical to internationalization project (March 11) All WMU faculty and staff urged to complete online survey.

WMU team third in statewide HR competition (March 11) Business students third in competition of Society for Human Resource Management.

Young scientists compete at WMU this weekend (March 11) More than 400 middle and high school students compete in Science Olympiad Saturday.

Grant supports reality check on child poverty (March 11) Kellogg Foundation grant will focus on child poverty in Kalamazoo and Battle Creek.

John R. Lindbeck (March 11) Professor emeritus of engineering technology died March 2.

National Writing Project attracts 200 teachers (March 10) Teachers from across the country come to Kalamazoo this weekend.

Breakthroughs in reading research presented (March 10) Dr. Karen Feathers gives free talk Thursday, March 19.

Public policy impact on disasters discussed (March 10) George Washington University's Dr. Anthony Yezer speaks Wednesday, March 18.

Concerts feature composer George Crumb (March 10) Concerts March 17-18 performed by Colorado Quartet and Quattro Mani.

Career events highlight public service (March 10) Federal Career Week events set for Tuesday through Thursday March 17-19.

'Video Games Live' premieres at Miller (March 10) Area debut of concert featuring most-popular video games of all time Friday, March 20.

Campus bookstore holds annual sale (March 9) Regularly priced clothing and souvenirs 20 percent off March 18-19.

Distinguished Faculty Scholars give public lectures (March 9) Drs. William Cobern, Yuri Ledyaev and Arthur McGurn, March 11-25.

John M. Fisher (March 9) Associate professor emeritus of paper and printing science and engineering died March 1.

Student drummers present annual concert (March 9) Drum Choir offers free concert Sunday evening, March 22, in Dalton.

Orchestra offers free Broadway tribute concert (March 9) University Symphony Orchestra performs in Dalton Sunday, March 22.

International environmentalist speaks Thursday (March 9) Presentation by Dr. Vandana Shiva is free for WMU students, $5 for others.

Broncos advance in CCHA playoffs (March 9) WMU wins series against Lake Superior State, travels to Michigan for second-round series Friday.

Federal center staffer named to WMU board (March 6) WMU alumna and Battle Creek resident Mary Asmonga-Knapp is newest trustee.

Disney recruits student interns (March 6) Disney Co. on campus March 16 to recruit interns for Disneyland and Disney World.

Broncos host Lakers in CCHA playoffs (March 5) Contests Friday, Saturday and Sunday, if necessary, at Lawson Ice Arena.

"Rachel Getting Married" at Little Theatre (March 5) Anne Hathaway stars in WFS presentation Friday through Sunday, March 13-15.

Patricia Barber ensemble performs in Dalton (March 5) Jazz pianist and vocalist performs Cole Porter Friday, March 20.

Gold Company performs at festival finale (March 5) Closing concert for vocal jazz festival is Saturday, March 21, in Dalton Center.

WMU among nation's first Tree Campus schools (March 4) National Arbor Day Foundation names WMU nation's 12th Tree Campus.

Teaching science: Is discovery better than telling? (March 4) Researchers discover little difference between experimenting and direct instruction.

Ruhl recognized for volunteerism (March 4) Accountancy professor Dr. Jack Ruhl earns award for his assistance to hospice.

Student fundraiser garners $6,000 for Habitat (March 4) Annual Shantytown fundraiser garners record $6,266 for Habitat for Humanity.

Plans under way for WMU Day at the Capitol 2009 (March 3) Exhibit proposals due this month for unique event at Michigan Capitol.

Video of Haenicke memorial service online (March 3) Gifts to Diether Haenicke memorial fund also may be made online.

University Theatre catches disco fever (March 2) York Arena Theatre is transformed into a retro dance floor for "The Donkey Show" March 19-29.

Top of page


WMU News
Office of University Relations
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5433 USA
(269) 387-8400