November 2013 WMU News

WMU School of Medicine announces early decision program

Students from both WMU and Kalamazoo College will have an opportunity for an early admission decision to attend the Western Michigan University School of Medicine through the recently announced WMedStart program.

Day focuses on research resources for faculty

Friday, Nov. 15, is the deadline to register for the annual Research and Dessert event. Those attending will take part in activities related to funding and other topics pertinent to faculty research.

Most offices closed Thanksgiving weekend

Campus computer labs, library, recreation center, health clinic and other campus facilities will be closed or on reduced hours Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 28 through Dec. 1. Classes and regular hours resume Monday, Dec. 2.

Saxophonist headlines Jazz Masters Series

Saxophone legend Joe Lovano will perform as part of WMU's Jazz Masters Series at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. Lovano will perform with the University Jazz Orchestra and the Western Jazz Quartet.

Longtime employees to be inducted into 25 Year Club

WMU will induct 52 people into the 25 Year Club during a gala set for Tuesday, Dec. 3. Invitations to the gala have been mailed to members of the club, with reservations due by Friday, Nov. 15.

Kalamazoo Russian Festival returns for 18th year

Musical and dance entertainment, educational talks, children's activities, and Russian art, crafts and food are all part of the 2013 Kalamazoo Russian Festival, set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, in the Fetzer Center.

Women's soccer team clinches MAC tournament championship

The WMU women's soccer team defeated Ball State Sunday, Nov. 10, in Ypsilanti, Mich., to win their second Mid-American Conference Tournament Championship in a decade. Their last MAC Championship season was in 2003.

Joan B. Rickard obituary

Joan B. Rickard, a longtime staff member in what is now WMU's Office of University Relations, died Nov. 8 in Niles, Mich. She was 66. A visitation is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 14, with a service Friday, Nov. 15.

Campus United Way plans end-of-campaign celebration

WMU's United Way campaign is concluding its formal fundraising drive Friday, Nov. 15, but will continue to accept donations through March 2014. This year's campaign set a fundraising goal of $300,000.

New director named for Michigan Geological Survey

John A. Yellich, a geologist with more than 40 years of experience, was appointed director of the Michigan Geological Survey, effective Oct. 2. The survey became part of WMU's Department of Geosciences in 2011.

Six talks to be featured at free Russian Studies Conference

The annual Russian Studies Conference is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, in Brown Hall. No registration is required to attend this free, public event, which features six talks by current and retired scholars and artists.

University Theatre presents 'Ragtime'

The all-student cast will give several performances of the three-time Tony Award-winning musical Nov. 14-24 in the Shaw Theatre at the Gilmore Theatre Complex.

WMU interior designers bring home national honors

WMU interior designers Sheri Harper and Julie Lenczycki took home awards from the Association of University Interior Designers, a national interior design competition for higher education facilities.

Western Brass Quintet performs newly commissioned work

The Western Brass Quintet, a faculty ensemble from the WMU School of Music, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall as part of the Bullock Performance Institute concert series.