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Dec. 31, 2004, Kalamazoo MI USA

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Intel ranks WMU among nation's top 10 'Most Unwired Campuses'

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Students enjoy freedom of "Wireless Western."

WMU ranks 8th in the nation in wireless computing (April 6) Study conducted by Intel places WMU eighth in the nation on list of the 100 "Most Unwired College Campuses."

WMU again ranked among 'top national universities' (Aug. 20) U.S. News & World Report ranks WMU among nation's top-100 public universities.

WMU receives paper tech patents from Kimberly-Clark (April 1) WMU will develop technology that could turn paper sludge into viable consumer products and boost the usefulness of recycled paper.

Engineering programs called tops in nation (Dec. 1) ASEM places graduate and undergraduate programs in engineering management at WMU among nation's top five.

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WMU gets $2 million for nanotech research (Oct. 9) WMU's Dr. Subra Muralidharan directs federally funded research aimed at improving national security.

Keck grant will fund nanotechnology focus on cell biology (Jan. 17) Keck Foundation awards $500,000 for nanotech-based research aimed at unlocking a secret of cellular membranes.

photo   Geoscientist's NSF grant funds research, student work (Dec. 1) Dr. Carla Koretsky awarded $471,000 over five years for research on coastal and inland wetland areas.

Research aims to boost domestic energy production (Dec. 3) Geosciences gets $1 million Department of Energy grant to study major petroleum-bearing areas in Michigan Basin.

WMU and historically black colleges form aviation consortium (April 2) New Aviation Education Consortium will expand opportunities in aviation for minority students and women.

photo   Graduate student's research yields national award (Jan. 14) Aparna Thomas wins prize in national competition among faculty and graduate students for research on women in politics.

 

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William Parfet

Centennial Campaign brings in more than $162 million (Feb. 27) Nearly 50,000 donors contribute to largest fund-raising effort in WMU history, campaign exceeds goal by $37.8 million.

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John and Ramona Bernhard in the October 2003 Centennial Homecoming Parade in downtown Kalamazoo.

WMU mourns the death of former president John Bernhard (Jan. 12) Western Michigan University's fourth president, 1974-85, died Jan. 12 in Kalamazoo.

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The new chemistry building will be located between the Dalton Center and UCC and connected to Wood Hall.
   

WMU moving forward on new chemistry building (Sept. 18) Construction set to start in spring 2005 on new $28.5 million chemistry building next to Wood Hall.

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WMU entry in 'Hail Kalamazoo' community art project.

WMU joins in 'Hail Kalamazoo' community art project (Oct. 1) Kathy Murphy and Kim Nelson create Alumni Association-sponsored entry in art project.

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Biological science's Dr. John Geiser with Pfizer donated microarray in Haenicke Hall.
   

Pfizer gives WMU $2.9 million in research equipment (March 31) Equipment being used in Haenicke Hall labs and by some life sciences startup firms at WMU Parkview Campus.

NSF grant supports undergraduate research in Latin America (Feb. 3) Department of Geography awarded $191,000 grant for undergraduate research on globalization and urban development.

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Broncos win championships in men's basketball, tennis and skating

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Academic All-American Jaymie Voss

Softball's Jaymie Voss is academic All-American (June 4) Kalamazoo native owns a 3.96 grade-point average and is a two-time all-conference first-team athlete.

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MAC champion men's tennis team.

Broncos win MAC men's tennis championship (April 26) WMU claims both the regular season and tournament titles in men's tennis, advances to NCAA tournament.

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Men's tennis team, coach sweep MAC honors (April 27) Ravi Pathanjali is Player of the Year, Brady Crosby tabbed Newcomer of the Year and Dave Morin named Coach of the Year.

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Women's tennis players and coach get MAC honors (May 10) Frederika Girsang and Carrie Jeanmaire named to All-MAC teams, Betsy Kuhle named MAC Coach of the Year.

Seats earns All-America honors (March 15) Senior Kris Seats of Deming, N.M., earned All-America status in the 800 meter run at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.

 

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Broncos celebrate MAC championship.

Record-setting Broncos win first MAC tourney title (March 13) Tournament MVP Mike Williams scores 28 points as Broncos advance to NCAA Tournament with school-record 26 wins.

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Broncos after winning national championship.

Skaters bring home national championship (March 8) Broncos win national title at U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships in San Diego.

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Bronco golfers and coach earn MAC honors (April 28) Cindy Trout named MAC Coach of the Year, Broncos Stephanie Donkin and Jenna Walter selected for All-MAC teams.

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WMU sweeps basketball Player of the Year honors (March 10) Casey Rost and Mike Williams take top MAC awards, Berry, Reed, Kann, Jilian and Moore also earn all-league recognition.

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