December 2013 WMU News

One Stop offers convenient service to students

The temporary One Stop Convenience Center offers an assortment of campus services in one location. One Stop has been canceled Jan. 6-7 due to the University closure and will remain through noon Friday, Jan. 10.

Chinese research grants available to faculty

A research and creative activities grant valued at up to $3,000 is available to support the study of Greater China by WMU faculty members. The deadline to submit proposals is Friday, Feb. 7.

Diversity, leadership institute seeking program proposals

Members of the campus and local communities are invited to submit proposals for 50-minute sessions to be presented during WMU's undergraduate student Diversity & Leadership Institute. Proposals are due by Jan. 6.

Bands with WMU ties to perform classic Beatles albums

Kalamazoo bands Corn Fed Girls and Red Sea Pedestrians join forces to perform the full albums "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and "Abbey Road" Tuesday, Dec. 31, at Kalamazoo's State Theatre.

Second East Hall community input session set

The next community input session to gather feedback on the progress of plans to transform East Hall into an alumni center has been canceled due to the weather-related University closure, and will be rescheduled.

James A. Howell obituary

James A. Howell, professor emeritus of chemistry at WMU, died Nov. 16 in Kalamazoo at age 81. Howell retired in 2001 after more than 36 years of continuous service to the University.

'Mamma Mia' comes to Miller Auditorium

The national tour of "Mamma Mia!" returns to Miller Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 10 and 11. Tickets range from $35 to $63 and can be purchased online.

WMU among earliest schools to award Mandela honorary degree

Through the efforts of former WMU President Diether H. Haenicke, WMU was one of the first U.S. universities to award an honorary degree to Nelson Mandela, who died Dec. 5 at age 95. That degree was conferred in 1988.

Sabbatical leaves granted to 37 faculty members

Nearly three dozen faculty members were granted sabbatical leaves by the WMU Board of Trustees at its Dec. 5 meeting. Some leaves are by the semester, but most are for the full 2014-15 academic year.

Beverly R. 'Penny' David obituary

Beverly R. "Penny" David, professor emerita of theatre, died Nov. 19 at age 85. David was an internationally recognized expert on Mark Twain and was the founding administrator of WMU's Direct Encounter With the Arts Program.

Accelerated bridge construction topic of workshop

National and international experts in bridge design will speak to Michigan contractors, fabricators and consultants about accelerated bridge construction during a workshop co-sponsored by WMU Monday, Dec. 9, in Lansing, Mich.

WMU dean earns international service award

WMU's newly appointed dean of the College of Education and Human Development Dr. Ming Li will receive the North American Society for Sport Management's Garth Paton Distinguished Service Award this spring.

Student sales team nets 'Rookie of the Year' award

A team of WMU students earned the Rookie of the Year award at the International Collegiate Sales Competition. Seniors Cody Schievink and Lauren Steele were each awarded $250 at the competition.

Gamma Rho chapter earns Superior Status

WMU's Gamma Rho chapter of Beta Alpha Psi has again earned Superior Status, marking the 30th time in 35 years that the chapter has achieved the designation.