Events

The Transformative Power of a Dream
The Social Justice Book Bowl, hosted by WMU and Kalamazoo Public Schools, is a reading competition designed to encourage the love of reading and to promote literacy in students from Kalamazoo Public Schools. More info>
WHERE: Linden Grove Middle School
WHEN: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
COST: FREE

Entrepreneurship Forum
Join Karen Smoots, president and CEO of The Green Glove Dryer, as she speaks about her environmentally friendly home gadget that launched her entrepreneurial career. Breakfast will be provided at 7:30 a.m. prior to the talk. More info>
WHERE: 2150 Schneider Hall, WMU
WHEN: Friday, January 13, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.
COST: FREE

Martin Luther King Jr. Day
All are invited to participate in the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebrations in order to reflect and celebrate "The Transformative Power of a Dream". This event will feature local performers and speakers.
WHERE: Radisson Plaza Hotel Arcadia Ballroom (Kalamazoo County) and Bronson Battle Creek Outpatient Atrium (Calhoun County)
WHEN: Monday, January 13, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
COST: FREE

Mercantile Bank of Michigan Breakfast Speaker Series
Chief executive officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters, Amy Kuchta, will give a presentation titled "Helping Local Children Change Their Lives for the Better, Forever". Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. More info>
WHERE: 2150 Schneider Hall, WMU
WHEN: Friday, January 27, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.
COST: FREE

Computing, Freedom and Privacy
The way digital technology is developing, it threatens our freedom, within our computers and in the internet. What are threats? What must we change? Join Dr. Richard Stallman as he addresses these questions. More info>
WHERE: 103 Olds-Upton, Kalamazoo College
WHEN: Monday, January 30, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
COST: FREE 

The Unifying Power of Education
Keagan Potts, Philosophy, WMU, panel moderator, will speak on "The Unifying Power of Education" in part of the 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. More info>
WHERE: 213 Bernhard Center, WMU
WHEN: Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
COST: FREE

Seeing History in 2-D: A Visual culture Jam on Society and the Environment
Dr. Cindy Ott, graphics editor of Environmental History will lead lively critiques of visual sources, along with offering her top ten tools for interpreting images in the environmental humanities. More info>
WHERE: The Fetzer Center Putney Auditorium, WMU
WHEN: Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
COST: FREE

Call for Proposals
With a theme of "Stronger in Solidarity", the AASHE Conference & Expo will focus on how the campus sustainability community can break down walls, build bridges, and continue to make progress toward a healthy and equitable future for all. We invite you to share your knowledge, achievements and ideas on sustainability advancements in higher education. More info>
WHEN: Deadline is Monday, February 13, 2017

Bee School 2017
If you are a new beekeeper or have years of experience there's something here for you! The Kalamazoo Bee Club is hosting a full day of beekeepers education! More info>
WHERE: 6767 West O Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI, Kalamazoo Valley Community College
WHEN: Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
COST: Varies upon registration

2017 Midwest Campus Contact Conference
Whether you are new to civic and community engagement, curious about learning the basics of campus-community partnerships, or a seasoned professional seeking new and innovative approaches and discussion of important issues, this conference will provide opportunities to learn, explore, connect, and prepare for bold, thoughtful action. More info>
WHERE: Loyola University, Chicago, IL
WHEN: June 6-7, 2017 (Proposals due February 17, 2017)
COST: TBD (Registration opens early Spring 2017)

Opportunities 

Current job listings posted through Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education 
International Affairs Associate Professor, Pennsylvania State; Environmental Social Science Assistant Professor, Northern Arizona University; Student Sustainability Coordinator, Sewanee; Zero Waste Manager, American University; UC Energy Research Center Director, University of California; Sustainability Intern, National Outdoor Leadership School; Citizens Climate Lobby Fellowship, Citizen's Climate Lobby; School for Environmental and Sustainability Dean, University of Michigan; EH&S Integrated Waste Program Technician, University of California; Facilities Operations Manager, Yale University; Energy Conservation Manager, Austin Community College; Sustainability Director, West Chester University; Greenhouse Gas Specialist, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill; Director of Sustainability Graduate Programs, Wake Forest University; Sustainability Coordinator, Georgia Institute of Technology; Sustainability Coordinator & Campus Farm Manager, Depauw University.

NEWS

Western Michigan University committee lists qualities wanted in new president
January 4, 2017 | MLive
The Presidential Search Advisory Committee created a 16-point list describing what they hope to find in WMU's next president. All nominations and applications should be submitted prior to February 28, 2017.

Foundation for Excellence moves forward: 'What a great day to be in Kalamazoo'
October 27, 2016 | SecondWave Media
The Kalamazoo City Commission voted 6-1, Oct. 24 to approve an agreement between the city and area philanthropists Bill Parfet and William Johnston that will lead to the formation of a new foundation designed to bring fiscal stability to the city budget and allow it to invest in projects that will improve the lives of citizens. 

Applications available for Student Sustainability Grants
October 16, 2016 | WMU News
Applications are due on Thursday, November 17, 2016, for up to $75,000 in Student sustainability Grant funding to support student research, activities, and initiatives that will foster a culture of sustainability at WMU.