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Top News of 2015
The University's new Flexible Electronics Applications and Technology Center will become part of the Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute.
M. Noreen VanderBeek, a retired staff member in the business and finance division, died June 1 at age 96. Services have been held.
The University is one of only five organizations the nation to have received accreditation for landscape management and operations under a program established by the Professional Grounds Management Society.
Dr. Ernest E. Rossi, a former longtime administrator and professor emeritus of political science who retired in 1996, died Aug. 7 at age 86. Services have taken place.
Senior Dena Alobiedat will use her award to study abroad at Regent's University School of Fashion and Design in London in Spring 2016.
MaryAnn Haws-Johnson, a retired coordinator of the Education Library, died May 12 at age 76. She retired in 2002 after 22 years of service to the University.
Shelley S. Grant, a retired administrator in the Department of Facilities Management, died April 1 at age 56. She joined the WMU staff in 1992 and retired in 2013 after 21 years of service to the University.
WMU officials, along with Third Ward City Commissioner Senita Lenear, reopened the WMU-Grand Rapids Beltline facility Aug. 20.
Judith A. Kirk, a University Libraries employee, died March 20 at age 57. Kirk had been working at the University for nearly 30 years.
Leonard E. Srackangast, a retired Department of Facilities Management administrator, died March 8 at age 70. Services have been held.
An opening ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, at the facility, which is located at 2333 East Beltline Ave. S.E.
The approval allows the center to expand and gives WMU much-needed space for its myriad autism treatment and research activities.
The extension is to an existing set of development agreements covering the four-block parcel of land the University owns in downtown Kalamazoo.
The approved recommendation will allow WMU to enter into a series of individual agreements to grant an easement to Consumers Energy for a 9.62-acre parcel.
The union's 420 members include hourly employees who work in building maintenance and custodial capacities, dining services and a number of other roles.
The new class, made up of 29 women and 31 men from 12 states, including 23 students from Michigan, will be honored at a September White Coat Ceremony.
Heather Fabian is the latest integrated supply management student to be awarded a statewide scholarship from the Transportation Club of Detroit.
According to the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women, the team had the highest GPA among Mid-American Conference institutions.
A paper by Dr. Kuanchin Chen, professor of business information systems, has been selected by the academic journal Internet Research as the best paper of the year for 2014.
The gazebo by the Goldsworth Valley Pond has been ravaged by time and weather and by fall 2016, a replacement gazebo will be erected at the site.
At its July 8 meeting, the WMU Board of Trustees approved the retirements of five employees and the resignations of five others.
This year's recipients of WMU's coveted Medallion Scholarships come from across Michigan and two other states, and will begin their studies this fall.
Joseph Kuchenbuch, former program director at Psychological Consultants of Michigan, has been named the new director of Behavioral Health Services in the Unified Clinics.
The international admissions and immigration units of the Haenicke Institute for Global Education will move in early August from Ellsworth Hall to the third floor of the Faunce Student Services building.
The University's Web presence will take on a new look and enhanced usability with a redesign on wmich.edu set to go live July 28. Visitors will notice both aesthetic and navigational changes.
Joseph J. Eisenbach, WMU professor emeritus of special education, died June 25 in Kalamazoo. He was 92. A private service will be held at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Battle Creek.
John W. Racine, a nearly 30-year employee of WMU and IT lab manager, died suddenly July 21. Visitation is set for 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 24, with a service at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 25.
The internationally known leading expert on Pakistan died July 17 in Kalamazoo. Ziring was also one of the world's leading authorities on South Asia geopolitics, U.S. foreign policy for that region and NATO.
Ten high-achieving high school students have won inaugural Foundation Scholarships to begin their studies at WMU this fall. This year's Foundation Scholars have an average grade point of 3.99.
Acting at its July 8 meeting, WMU's Board of Trustees gave its seal of approval to a resolution authorizing the WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine to acquire the physical assets of the Southwest Michigan Innovation Center.
The Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Violence, Intimate Partner Violence, and Stalking Policy and Procedures were first rolled out and implemented as an interim policy in January.
WMU Board of Trustees signed off on a recommendation to allow the College of Aviation to become part of a nine-state tuition reciprocity program, making enrollment in the college more accessible to nonresident students.
Dorothy L. (Bladt) Franzen, WMU associate professor emerita of education and professional development, died May 9, at age 91. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 11, at Redmond Funeral Home in Kalamazoo.
The home of the WMU Alumni Center on Prospect Hill is slated to open during WMU's Oct. 23-25 Homecoming celebration. The site, formerly known as East Hall, has been under renovation since mid-2014.
Work on the building that now houses the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences began during Floyd's presidency. The engineering building opened for classes in September 2003.
Flags on all campuses of WMU will be lowered Thursday, July 9, in honor of Senior Chief Petty Officer Jason P. May, of Chesterfield, Michigan., who died June 29 while aboard the USS Essex.
The College of Education and Human Development is launching the 24-credit certificate program to respond to a need for ESL educators. Completion of the program fulfills the state ESL requirements.
WMU alumnus Stephen John and senior Joseph Barnett have received the inaugural Brian Patrick Thomas Entrepreneurial Spirit Award, for their invention, NeoVent.
Sara Karsten and Katherine Vena finished the 2,200-mile course from Fredericksburg, Virginia, to Fairhope, Alabama, using two and a half of the four days allotted for the race.
Members of the Mid-American Conference Council of Presidents, the governing body for the MAC, have selected WMU President John M. Dunn to chair the council for another two-year term.
Rainie Quang, a senior accountancy major and management minor, recently received a $10,000 Public Company Accounting Oversight Board Scholarship. She hopes to one day open her own tax preparation business.
Dr. Susan Freeman's book, "Understanding and Teaching U.S. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History," was awarded a prestigious 2014 Lambda Literary Award.
At its June 3 meeting, the WMU Board of Trustees approved the retirements of 20 employees. Trustees also signed off on one faculty resignation and granted one sabbatical leave.
The successful partnership between the Soga Japan Center and Kalamazoo Public Schools earned the center one of this year's eight Champs awards. Michiko Yoshimoto, the center's outreach coordinator, accepted the award.
Ceremonies are set for 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Significant summer highway construction in the Kalamazoo area means visitors to campus will want to carefully plan their routes.
Dr. Scott Irelan currently serves as associate professor and chairperson of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Youngstown State University. His appointment is effective July 6.
Dr. Elson S. Floyd died Saturday, June 20, at age 59. Floyd was WMU's president from 1998 to 2003. His tenure was marked by a series of major developments that have had a lasting impact on the campus and community.
The University has activated a new online application system, which offers a seamless experience with all of WMU's application forms, including specialty forms, completely online.
Students Sara Karsten and Katherine Vena will compete June 22-25 in the 2015 Air Race Classic that will see aviators travel a course from Fredericksburg, Virginia, to Fairhope, Alabama.
WMU's Theatre for Community Health received the 2014-15 Outstanding Program Award from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, or NASPA.
A major upgrade to BroncoJobs has resulted in several new services and system efficiencies for both WMU students and alumni seeking jobs and on- and off-campus employers seeking to fill open positions.
Former WMU coach and professor, George William Hobbs died Thursday, March 12, in Merritt Island, Florida. He was 75. A memorial service is set for Friday, June 12.
WMU garnered nearly $2 million in grants in April, with research grants bringing in more than $1.3 million and grants for public service exceeding $547,779.
Dr. Lisa Baker, professor of psychology, will implement animal models of substance abuse to evaluate the abuse potential of various chemical constituents of drugs known on the street as "bath salts."
Eric A. Pietrowicz and Tyler W. Bayne captured the top prize at the 21st International Cultural and Academic Meeting of Engineering Students—ICAMES—held in May at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul.
The campus community will gather in Goldsworth Valley at 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 12, for a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction on the new dining facility that will be open for fall 2016.
Trustees approved the tenure of 23 faculty members and promotions of 33 faculty members at its June 3 meeting, effective with the beginning of the 2015-16 academic year.
The newly approved and balanced budget includes a 2.64 percent increase of $10 million in both total revenue and expenses, as compared with last year's budget.
Acting in formal session, WMU trustees approved a recommendation to increase tuition and required fees for 2015-16 by 3.2 percent. A full-time Michigan freshman or sophomore will see a $344 increase over last year.
The inaugural Activate: Midwest New Play Festival is set for Friday through Sunday, June 19-21, in WMU's Gilmore Theatre Complex. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.
Kristen Canavan, a senior from Ortonville majoring in global and international studies, will study Arabic in Jordan for the summer semester through the prestigious federal scholarship.
Dr. Barbara Barton, WMU associate professor of social work, received the prestigious 2015 Education/Public Awareness Award from the Brain Injury Association of Michigan.
Campus and community members are invited to read the first graphic novel to win a Pulitzer Prize this summer ahead of public activities being planned for fall.
Competing against some 350 young aviators from teams representing 29 of the top aviation schools in the nation, the 15-member WMU team came in fourth in flight events and seventh in ground events to place fourth overall.
A ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 23, will formally mark the installation of a plaque at Kanley that notes the sacrifice of 11 servicemen who died during the war.
The daughter of WMU's second president took a walk down memory lane in April when she returned to campus with her husband and several close family members.
WMU's Go West advertising campaign has produced TV commercials that have earned back-to-back silver Communicator Awards from the Academy of Interactive Visual Arts.
Tyler Payne, Help Desk, was named Student Employment Supervisor of the Year for Michigan by the Midwest Association of Student Employment Administrators.
Junior Sarah Mills is in Panama City this summer with an organization called Movement Exchange to teach dance. Upon her return she wants to start a chapter of Movement Exchange at WMU.
Senior Joseph Barnett and recent alumnus Stephen John won the prize for their invention, NeoVent, a respiratory support device designed to treat critically ill infants in developing nations.
Junior Alex Gibson has been awarded a $16,500 federal scholarship to study Arabic at the Qasid Arabic Institute in Amman, Jordan, during the the 2015-16 academic year.
Over the past three-plus decades, WMU has tallied more than 150 DownBeat Awards. Results of the 38th annual Student Music Awards will be presented in the magazine's June issue, expected to hit newsstands in mid-May.
The three-year-old company has just moved into a suite in the Southwest Michigan Innovation Center, a business incubator for startups in the life sciences.
The International Congress on Medieval Studies is set for May 14-17 at WMU. Those interested in attending the International Congress on Medieval Studies may still register on site.
Campuswide town hall meetings and informational letters mailed to the home of each member of WMU's Staff Compensation System will highlight the rollout next week of the results of the Staff Compensation Project.
The Michigan College Access Network has presented its inaugural Steward Award to WMU for the University's contributions to increasing the number of Michiganders who earn postsecondary educational credentials.
FAiST Light Metals opened its office May 1. The company specializes in aluminum die casting, precision machining and surface plating of components for the telecom, automotive, electronics and industrial markets.
The students were recognized as part of the inaugural Trailblazer Student Recognition program, and one student was named Trailblazer of the Year during an April 15 ceremony.
For the ninth consecutive year, the program has been recognized by the Sales Education Foundation for preparing students for careers in professional selling and helping to elevate the sales profession.
Opportunities for individuals to celebrate their connections to the WMU legacy are available for inclusion in and around the WMU Alumni Center, which is scheduled to open Oct. 23.
Dr. Lillian Brooks is the new regional coordinator for WMU-Lansing. Brooks oversees the academic programs and enrollment activity at WMU's Lansing-area regional location.
Flags on all campuses of WMU will be lowered Friday, May 8, in honor of Navy SEAL Brett Allen Marihugh, of Livonia., who died following a training accident Sunday, April 26.
Tyler Lemke and his team earned the Whirlpool Award for his company, AutoMowticCo. A second WMU team, represented by Kevin Wolf, was named a finalist in the competition
The highest honor the University can bestow on an undergraduate—designation as a Presidential Scholar—was awarded this spring to 46 students in the 6,067-member senior class.
At its April 22 meeting, the WMU Board of Trustees approved the retirements of six employees. Trustees also signed off on six faculty resignations as well a change in department affiliation for one faculty member.
An online, random lottery to determine which 7,000 WMU students will get a free game ticket to the Sept 4. matchup in Waldo Stadium. The registration deadline for the lottery is Monday, Aug. 3.
The University Staff Compensation Project is moving quickly to completion with new job title guidelines developed and the final assignment of University positions to the new pay structure nearly complete.
Grants to WMU nearly hit the $2.4 million mark in March, pushing the year-to-date total to almost $25 million. Grants for research closed in on $1 million, followed by grants for instruction at almost $800,000.
Four commencement ceremonies will be held Saturday, May 2, in Miller Auditorium for select groups of students. The ceremonies are set for 9 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Larry E. Syndergaard, WMU professor emeritus of English, died April 15 in Kalamazoo. He was 78. A memorial service and celebration of his life is planned for 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 31, in the Fetzer Center.
Illumipong, an innovative beer pong table, took top honors at the recent Pitch Competition as well as won the $300 People's Choice Award. The pitch was delivered by Tyler Schramm.
Acting during their April 22 meeting, WMU trustees approved a proposed purchase agreement that will result in the addition of another hangar facility to the College of Aviation campus at Battle Creek's W.K. Kellogg Airport.
Acting at its April 22 meeting, the WMU Board of Trustees approved a 3.3 percent increase in room and board rates for the 2015-16 academic year to provide continued support for educational campus living facilities.
WMU junior David Bere of Kalamazoo was named a 2015 Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact for being a promising student leader who has demonstrated an investment in his community.
WMU officials celebrated research excellence at the University and the recent successes of numerous faculty and staff members during an Excellence in Discovery luncheon this winter.
Amanda Barkman and John Schneidenbach each will receive $20,000 over four years to pursue a degree in community and regional planning, geography, or tourism and travel.
The free videos on autism assessment and intervention techniques, developed by Dr. Wayne Fuqua, are available online, with additional videos under development.
Applications are due Friday, May 1, for classes that will begin in September. The unique hybrid program features online learning, limited face-to-face sessions and evening classes.
The Burris Family Flight Science Scholarship will provide $25,000 per year for a term of four years for a West Michigan Aviation Academy student to pursue a flight science degree at WMU.
Princilla Ursery, who is majoring in clinical mental health counseling and is enrolled in the Specialty Program in Alcohol and Drug Abuse program, was chosen for a coveted addictions counselor fellowship.
University Chorale and new music ensemble Birds on a Wire are featured performers on the newly released album "Contemplating Weather," a collection of works by renowned composer Paul Lansky.
After going through an extensive assessment and examination process by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Sindecuse Health Center has had its accreditation renewed by the organization.
Dr. Jonathan Bush, English, was one of 47 emerging college and university leaders named an American Council on Education Fellow for the 2015-16 academic year.
Kevin Hines will present a program called "Living Mentally Well" for the 2015 Respecting Differences talk Thursday, April 30, and the 2015 Mental Health Breakfast Friday, May 1.
Season subscriptions are now available and feature discounted tickets and priority access to upcoming shows and events. Single ticket prices and on-sale dates are to be announced.
The University will start Friday, April 24, with a traditional celebration that includes a public tree-planting ceremony. After that, officials will dedicate the new main campus icon.
WMU garnered more than $1.5 million in grants in January and February, bringing the year-to-date grant total to more than $22.5 million. Grants for research led the way, totaling more than $1 million.
The South Haven Michigan Lighthouse Logs, a new digital collection, is being created by WMU library science professionals to give a lifelike representation of lighthouse journals spanning the years 1872-1880.
Sandra Hillring, a WMU alumna who has previously worked in marketing and public relations for several Kalamazoo organizations, has joined the WMU College of Fine Arts as marketing coordinator.
A WMU study abroad program numbers among the 10 innovation grant winners that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced in conjunction with the Summit of the Americas held April 10 and 11 in Panama City, Panama.
The University community is invited to honor the 12 outstanding staff members who will receive a spring Make a Difference award during a reception at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, in the Bernhard Center.
Patrick T. Randolph has co-written a book called "Cat Got Your Tongue?" to help teachers around the world learn best practices for teaching common but pesky idioms to English learners.
Veteran mathematicians Drs. Gary Chartrand and Ping Zhang co-authored the book, "The Fascinating World of Graph Theory," with Dr. Arthur Benjamin of Harvey Mudd College.
The large representation of the University seal installed in the turnaround in front of the Sangren Hall pedestrian mall will be dedicated Friday, April 24. The piece was designed by artist Joshua Diedrich.
Dr. Linda Reeser will be presented a Lifetime Achievement Award during the National Association of Social Workers-Michigan annual conference April 9-10 in Kalamazoo's Radisson Plaza Hotel and Suites
Dr. Richard E. Munsterman, former chair and professor emeritus of industrial and manufacturing engineering, died Feb. 4 at age 79. Memorial guestbook entries can be made online.
At its March 25 meeting, the WMU Board of Trustees approved the retirements of nine employees. Trustees also signed off on one promotion, two sabbatical leaves and the return of four administrators to the faculty.
Russell J. Grandstaff, professor emeritus of theatre, died Dec. 20, 2014, at age 86. Grandstaff joined the WMU faculty in 1965 and retired in 1991 after 26 years of service to the University.
The $416,816 grant from the National Institutes of Health will further Dr. James Springstead's research into understanding the underlying biological mechanisms that lead to heart disease.
At its Jan. 22 meeting, the WMU Board of Trustees signed off one faculty and 12 staff member retirements. The board also approved one resignation as well as two sabbatical leaves.
Albert E. Castel III, professor emeritus of history, died Nov. 14, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio at age 86. Services and interment have occurred. Memorial guestbook entries can be made online.
The $15,000 prize was awarded by an international panel of judges for the design of the The Local Loop Farm. The team was challenged to work collaboratively across disciplinary boundaries to create a circular economy.
A five-year-old effort to track the postgraduate activities of WMU alumni has revealed a 90.1 percent rate of active engagement after graduation, with 80.1 percent employed in jobs related to their discipline.
The documentary, produced and directed by Dr. Jennifer Machiorlatti and first in a three-part series, will have its local debut at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, in 1025 Brown Hall.
Drs. Julie Apker and Christine Browning have been named Graduate College Faculty Fellows for 2015. Fellows make significant contributions to WMU's graduate education while developing as campus leaders.
Dr. C. James Hueng and Dr. Xiaojun Wang are the recipients of the fourth annual Timothy Light Center for Chinese Studies Research grant. Each awardee will receive $3,000 to support a research project and publication.
Dr. Simon Forde, who most recently served as the head of acquisitions at Amsterdam University Press and publisher of the press' European History list, has taken the helm of the Medieval Institute's publishing arm.
The national Arbor Day Foundation has again recertified WMU as a Tree Campus in recognition of the University's outreach efforts and effective management of its campus trees.
Judith A. Rypma will read from her latest book, a collection of poems titled "Amber Notes," during a public reading at 8 p.m. Monday, March 30, on campus in 3025 Brown Hall.
The team bested the University of Michigan to win the first regional title in its 22-year history. Eight riders will move on to the zone championship March 28 at Morehead State University.
The Mid-year Report, posted online for the third year of the WMU Strategic Plan, finds that the University has embraced strategic planning and is becoming more mature in integrating it into the institutional culture.
Two teams of students enrolled in WMU's integrated supply management program finished second and sixth overall in a field of 25 at the 2015 APICS Great Lakes District case competition Feb. 20-21.
The awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters were presented in Lansing March 11. Programs honored included "WestSouthwest" and "Let's Hear It."
Some 5,000 students and community members will be on campus for WMU's annual International Festival from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 22, on the second floor of the Bernhard Center.
The top seniors in 47 WMU departments and programs will be recognized during the 35th annual Presidential Scholars Convocation Thursday, March 19. The honorees were selected from more than 6,000 senior students.
Grants for public service topped other categories, nearly reaching $1.5 million. Grants for research closed in on $1 million, while grants for instruction came in at $588,025.
Miller was elected to a four-year term on the board of directors of the WMU Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He is an alumnus of both Cooley Law School and WMU.
Dr. Shirley C. Woodworth, WMU associate professor emerita of communication, died Thursday, Feb. 26. A visitation and funeral will be held March 13 and 14.
Four more programs were named among the top 100 in their discipline, according to the rankings, which were released March 10. Another eight programs were also highly rated.
Judith Peppel, a former WMU staff member, died Dec. 30, 2014 in Kalamazoo at age 74. Peppel worked in the Department of Sociology at the time of her retirement in 2005.
Steve Zegree died in Bloomington, Indiana, March 7. He retired from WMU in 2012, ending 34 years as a professor of music and mentor to the vocal jazz group Gold Company.
Marjory Spradling, assistant professor emerita of biological sciences, died Feb. 12 at age 92. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 8, at the People's Church in Kalamazoo.
Dr. Jennifer Machiorlatti is the recipient of the University's annual Gender Scholar Award. The award recognizes contributions advancing knowledge in an area of research that has a gender focus.
WMU's Center for Disability Services has been accredited for the maximum period of three years for its community integration, service coordination, supported living and adult day service programs by CARF International.
Lee enjoyed a strong relationship with the University, serving on the board of the WMU Foundation and actively supporting a number of initiatives. A memorial service is planned for March 14.
WMU's Food Marketing Conference will celebrate its 50th anniversary March 16 and 17 with one of the best programs in its long history. Online registration is open.
Nominations will be accepted through March 16 for the first Sustainability Champion Awards. Students, faculty and staff may be nominated. Honorees will be announced April 16.
With the signing of the agreement with Bay de Noc Community College, WMU became only the second school in the state to have reverse transfer agreements with all 28 community colleges in Michigan.
The contributions of part-time faculty members will be honored as WMU holds its first Part-time Instructors Appreciation Week Monday through Friday, Feb. 23-27.
WMU's Office of Facilities Management has completed a yearlong effort to become certified for its commercial and institutional cleaning services, becoming the first higher education institution in the Midwest to do so.
Dr. H. Nicholas Hamner, a professor emeritus of history whose career at WMU spanned 36 years, died Feb. 15. He was 92. A memorial service is set for 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, in the Kiva Auditorium at Friendship Village.
WMU's integrated supply management program was recently named second in the nation by Software Advice for its emphasis on teaching technology, software and quantitative tools in an undergraduate program.
The School of Music will present a tribute concert in memory of Curtis Curtis-Smith, professor of music, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.
Dr. Jonathan Bush and Dr. Sherine Obare were appointed effective immediately, according to a message to faculty and staff in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Evan Clifton, a finalist in the Donald Yaxley Bass Trombone Competition, will travel to Valencia, Spain, in July to compete for a 2,000 euro gift certificate toward a new trombone.
The Mid-American Conference recognized 15 fall student athletes from WMU as distinguished scholars for excelling in athletics and academics during the 2014-15 season.
The $2 million gift will establish the Arthur E. and Martha S. Hearron College of Fine Arts Distinguished Professorship and endow a new Medallion Scholarship for students in the fine arts.
Thomas C. Hardie II, a former director of WMU's choirs, died Nov. 15, 2014, at age 93. An open house to celebrate his life will be hosted by the family from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at Hardie's home in Chicago.
Google Apps for Education at WMU is now available to all members of the University community who have a wmich.edu email account. The next Cool Tools faculty workshops focusing on the suite take place Feb. 6 and 20.
Hearit's appointment to the post is effective immediately, while a national search is conducted to identify a new arts and sciences dean. He was previously associate dean of the college.
Ellen Page-Robin, professor emerita of community health services, died Jan. 3 in Kalamazoo. She was 82. A memorial service will be held on March 21 in the Kiva Room at Friendship Village, 1400 N. Drake, Kalamazoo.
Except for essential and emergency services, WMU will be closed Monday, Feb. 2, due to severe weather. All classes are canceled. For information on the status of regional locations, visit the Extended University Programs Web page.
Dachea Hill, an administrator at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, will be WMU's new director of admissions beginning Feb. 9. She will succeed Penny Bundy, who is now the University's director of graduate admissions.
Erwin W. Rayford, retired professor of industrial technology and education, died June 18, 2014, at age 94. Services have been held, and memorial guestbook entries can be made online.
James F. Hettinger of Fennville and Kenneth Miller of Kalamazoo were elected chair and vice chair, respectively, of WMU's Board of Trustees at the board's Jan. 22 meeting.
Deanna Dudley of Matteson, Illinois, was selected to receive the Gilman Scholarship, which provides up to $5,000 for American students to pursue overseas study for college credit.
Joel Kendrick, a leader in boosting recycling efforts in the fast food and packaging industries, died Monday, Jan. 19, at age 56. Services are set for Friday, Jan. 23, and Saturday, Jan. 24.
WMU's Board of Trustees approved the retirements of 13 faculty and staff members as well as the resignations of six faculty members during its Dec. 18 meeting.
Trustees have granted sabbatical leaves to 36 faculty members. The leaves are for the fall 2015 semester, spring 2016 semester and the 2015-16 academic year.
A dual effort between WMU and KVCC, the 96-credit-hour program will have a rigorous science base as well as sustainability, marketing and culture courses. The major will be offered beginning fall 2015.
Dr. Houssam A. Toutanji will become dean effective July 1 pending approval by the WMU Board of Trustees, which is expected to act on the recommendation at its next meeting.
Many events are planned at WMU and around the Kalamazoo community in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, including a convocation, march, day of service, educational programs and presentations.
Peggy Arlene Seals, a former employee in the WMU residence halls, died Dec. 20. She was 78. A memorial service was held, and guestbook entries can be viewed online.
WMU's Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Violence, Intimate Partner Violence, and Stalking Interim Policy and Procedures will remain in effect until a final version of the policy is in place for fall 2015.
The historic Rosetta Mission will be discussed during a presentation by Dr. Essam Heggy, one of the mission's science team members, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, in the Fetzer Center's Kirsch Auditorium.
Two dozen students were on hand Jan. 7 for the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance's announcement that the program had won the Sprint Program Excellence Award.
George Franklin, a WMU Trustee from 1989 to 2001 and former Kellogg Co. executive, offers practical knowledge in his book "Raisin Bran and other Cereal Wars: 30 Years of Lobbying for the Most Famous Tiger in the World."
Marjorie E. (Long) Clum, a former Office of Admissions staff member, died Dec. 11 at age 96. Visit charlesstepfuneralhome.com to make a memorial guestbook entry.