Top News of 2017

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Earl Borr obituary

Earl Borr, associate professor emeritus of education and professional development, died Nov. 5 at age 90. Services have taken place.

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William H. Cotton obituary

William H. Cotton, retired director of WMU's Office of Business Development Services, died Sept. 12 at age 75. A memorial service has been held in South Carolina.

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Carroll Stump obituary

Carroll Stump, a retired Western Michigan University custodian, died Nov. 23 at age 80. No memorial service has been scheduled.

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Broncos lead the MAC with nine academic selections

WMU had more student-athletes than any other school named to the conference's 2017 Men's Soccer Academic All-MAC team, an honor reserved for those who have excelled in both athletics and academics.

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State association honors Spanish faculty member

Michael Braun has won the Barbara Ort-Smith Award from the Michigan World Languages Association. The Ort-Smith Award is the state's highest honor for educators in the field of world languages.

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Honors organization recognized with national award

WMU's chapter of the national honor society Alpha Lambda Delta was one of just eight to be awarded the Maintaining the Flame Award for exceptionally active membership and dedication to community service.

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Martin E. Gingerich obituary

Dr. Martin E. Gingerich, professor emeritus of English, died Oct. 19 at age 84. Services have been held.

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Graduate students win leading geology awards

WMU students brought home a map competition first place, an inaugural education research award and a desert research grant from the 2017 Geological Society of America annual meeting.

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James E. Riley obituary

Dr. James E. Riley, professor emeritus of mathematics and statistics, died Oct. 28 at age 84. A memorial service and reception will be held in his honor at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, in WMU's Kanley Chapel

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Men's soccer to host NCAA tournament second round

Picked as the No. 10 seed overall, the WMU men's soccer team has a first-round bye and will host a second-round NCAA tournament game at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, at the WMU Soccer Complex.

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Men's soccer Broncos headed to MAC Championship

The No. 1 seed WMU men's soccer team will face Akron in the Mid-American Conference Championship game at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, after a 1-0 win over West Virginia in the semifinals.

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June Mochizuki obituary

June Mochizuki, WMU associate professor emerita of counseling, died Oct. 29 at age 92. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 11, in Denver.

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Longtime WMU board secretary Betty Kocher dies at 84

Kocher, who served as secretary to WMU's Board of Trustees for 35 years, died Nov. 2 in Kalamazoo. A celebration of her life and a reception are planned for 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20.

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Dr. Meshulam Groper obituary

Dr. Meshulam Groper, professor emeritus of mechanical and aeronautical engineering, died June 30 at age 85. Services have been held.

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Dawn M. Nelson obituary

Dawn M. Nelson, a former employee in the Grants and Contracts office, died Sept. 21 at age 44. Services have taken place.

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Judyth K. Timmerman obituary

Judyth K. Timmerman, a former office supervisor for the WMU Department of Public Safety, died Aug. 14 at the age of 77. Services have taken place.

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Rita 'Claire' Callan obituary

Rita "Claire" Callan, associate professor emerita of occupational therapy, died Sept. 18 at age 87. Services have taken place.

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Carlson, Klohs awarded WMU's top alumni honor

WMU will present its Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award to Jeanne Carlson, of Novi, and Birgit Klohs, of Grand Rapids, during an Oct. 13 reception.

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David Chaplin obituary

Dr. David Chaplin, professor emeritus of sociology, died July 27 at age 86. Services have taken place.

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Celia Yonkers obituary

Celia Yonkers, a former clerk in the WMU School of Music, died Aug. 29 at age 93. Visitation is from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at Langeland Family Funeral Homes on Ninth Street.

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Maria Saldivar obituary

Maria Saldivar, an administrative assistant for precollege programming at WMU, died Aug. 12 at age 60. A private memorial service has been held.

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Shirley K. James obituary

Shirley K. James, a former WMU head cook, died July 18 at age 75. A memorial gathering will be held at a later date.

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George 'Stewart' Johnson obituary

George "Stewart" Johnson, a former WMU chair and professor of mechanical engineering, died Aug. 6 at age 96. Services have already been held.

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Dina Bangdel obituary

Former WMU associate professor of art Dr. Dina Bangdel died July 25 at age 54.

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Montgomery begins his tenure as WMU's ninth president

Dr. Edward B. Montgomery begins his tenure Aug. 1 with activities that include meeting with academic leadership and area media as well as reaching out to the campus community to offer some insights.

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100 years later, WMU's famed 'Black Ghost' remembered

Sam Dunlap, WMU's first black student-athlete, struck fear in the hearts of gridiron opponents and racked up scoring records while fighting racism. This week, his family will visit campus to honor his memory.

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Janet L. Clubb obituary

Janet L. Clubb, a retired WMU custodian, died July 9 at age 77. The visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, and the funeral at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 13, both at the Mater-Ralston Funeral Home in Marcellus.

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Obare named interim vice president for research

Dr. Sherine O. Obare has been named WMU's interim vice president for research, effective Aug. 1. She replaces Dr. Daniel M. Litynski, who is returning to the engineering faculty.

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Shirley Ann Lukens obituary

Shirley Ann Lukens, WMU associate professor emerita of occupational therapy, died June 3 at age 82. Services and a private burial have taken place in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin.

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Barbara A. Barton obituary

Dr. Barbara A. Barton, WMU associate professor emerita of social work, died June 15 at age 55. A memorial service for Barton is currently pending.

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Psychologist honored for scholarly impact

Two organizational behavior management entities have presented their inaugural Scholarly Impact Award to Dr. Douglas Johnson for his top-cited journal articles.

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Arts and sciences college announces three appointments

Dr. Heather L. Petcovic has been named an associate dean while Drs. Charles Henderson and Susan Pozo will head the science education institute and the global and international studies program, respectively.

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Goat work crew returns to campus for second helping

A recent newborn that WMU gets to name and other members of this summers' initial goat work crew will be formally introduced to the campus and local community from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, June 2.

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Industrial engineer named national fellow

Dr. Steven E. Butt has been named a fellow of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers. WMU now has one of the nation's highest percentages of industrial engineering faculty who have earned fellow status.

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Ruth H. Peterson obituary

Ruth H. Peterson, a retired administrative assistant in the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships and the Department of Paper and Printing Science and Engineering, died April 20 at age 81.

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Sandra Lou Roellchen (Elzey) obituary

Sandra Lou Roellchen (Elzey), a former part-time occupational therapy instructor at WMU, died April 26 at age 82. Services have taken place.

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Kathleen McHugh Drzick obituary

Kathleen McHugh Drzick, professor emerita of English, died May 13 at age 91. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, at the Betzler Life Story Funeral Homes, 6080 Stadium Drive, in Kalamazoo.

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WMU honors students shine in STAR Awards

Madelyn Aittama and a group of 2013 Medallion Scholars, all members of WMU's Lee Honors College, recently received STAR Awards for their volunteer efforts.

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Clara Ouding obituary

Clara Ouding, a former cook in Goldsworth Valley II for WMU Dining Services, died April 24. She was 97.

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Joseph Asenbauer obituary

Joseph Asenbauer, a retired equipment operator for landscape services in the Department of Facilities Management, died March 20 at age 93.

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James Martin obituary

James Martin, a retired service officer in WMU's Department of Public Safety, died Dec. 6, 2016, at age 83.

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Annette LaVier obituary

Annette LaVier, a former University Libraries staff member, died April 8 at age 80. She left the University in 1990 after nearly 27 years of service.

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WMU Soccer Complex receives $75,000 field upgrade

The WMU Soccer Complex is undergoing a renovation in which the existing surface is being removed and several upgrades are being made through the installation of a new playing field.

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WMU recognizes 2016-17 Presidential Scholars

This year, 50 students from WMU's 5,900-member senior class were named Presidential Scholars. The annual Presidential Scholar designation is the highest honor WMU can bestow on an undergraduate.

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Nancy S. Wilson obituary

Nancy S. Wilson, a retired occupational health and safety specialist in the Department of Public Safety, died Dec. 22 at age 73.

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Anna K. Campbell obituary

Dr. Anna K. Campbell, a retired assistant professor of psychology, died Dec. 16, 2016, at age 81.

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Bernice F. Bigelow obituary

Bernice F. Bigelow, retired audio visual clerk in Waldo Library, died Feb. 6 at age 101.

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WMU's presidential search nears conclusion

The 22-member search committee narrowed the field following airport interviews with nine candidates. Three candidates were recommended to the Board of Trustees, which is expected to make a final decision soon.

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Ross Gregory obituary

Ross Gregory, retired professor of history at WMU, died Feb. 10. He was 83.

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WMU will award honorary degree to Antonio Flores

Dr. Antonio R. Flores, president and chief executive officer of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, will receive an honorary degree from WMU during April 29 commencement ceremonies.

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WMUK brings home two more awards

The station won 2016 Michigan Association of Broadcasters best awards in the Musical Programming and Marketing Materials and Promos categories.

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WMU racks up four Educational Advertising Awards

The Office of University Relations received awards for its Brand Book, its Visual Identity Program booklet, the Strike Gold television spot and a letterhead project for the Office of Admissions.

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Barbara Jane Miller obituary

Barbara Jane Miller, WMU's first lady for 13 years and widow of the University's third president, James W. Miller, died Feb. 14 at age 98.

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Delores Flowers obituary

Delores "Dede" Flowers, a former administrative assistant for speech pathology and audiology, died Dec. 2016, at age 85.

2016-17 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Top Producer.

WMU hailed as a top producer of U.S. Fulbright Scholars

WMU is one of the nation's top producers of U.S. Fulbright Scholars according to the U.S. Department of State's annual ranking. The University is tied in 10th place as a top producer among the nation's research universities.

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Chrysa Richards obituary

Richards, a former secretary for student activities and leadership in Kanley Chapel and for the Center for Teaching and Learning in Waldo Library, died Jan. 8 at age 58.

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Supply chain program ranks No. 2 in world

WMU's integrated supply management program has been ranked No. 2 by SCM World, a cross-industry learning community powered by the world's most influential supply chain practitioners.

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Virginia S. Doornbos obituary

Virginia S. "Ginny" Doornbos, a retired staff member, died Dec. 31, 2016, at age 81. She joined the WMU staff in 1970 and retired in 1991.

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Bill Morris Chambers obituary

Bill Morris Chambers, former WMU head baseball coach, died Jan. 10 at age 92. Memorial services will be held Saturday, Jan. 21, in Tennessee.

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John F. Walker obituary

John F. Walker, a former industrial design teacher, died Dec. 27 at age 76. Survivors include his wife, Gay, emerita in interdisciplinary health programs. A memorial service is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 15.

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Kamlesh Sharma obituary

Dr. Kamlesh Sharma, assistant professor emerita of biological sciences, died Dec. 21, 2016, at age 78. A memorial service will be held in the spring.

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George M. Dennison obituary

Dr. George M. Dennison, a former WMU provost and much-lauded president of the University of Montana, died Jan. 3 at age 81. A May memorial service in Montana is being planned.

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Charlie H. Harris obituary

Charlie H. Harris, a retired staff member in what is now landscape services, died Sept. 21, 2015, at age 91. Services have taken place.

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Charles 'Chuck' Comer obituary

Charles "Chuck" Comer, an assistant professor emeritus of health, physical education and recreation and a former assistant football coach, died Dec. 13 at age 79. Services have taken place.

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Kandeiss-Toi Ross obituary

Kandeiss-Toi Ross, Human Resources, died Dec. 29 at age 60. Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, and noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday.