December 2003 WMU News Archive
Stories are listed in descending order by release date, beginning
with the most recent. Click on the headline for the full story.
Frigid fund-raiser supports Habitat
for Humanity (Dec. 24) Brothers of ATO again brave winter
weather for 48 straight hours Jan. 6-8, hope to raise $10,000
for Habitat for Humanity.
WMU offices closed for holidays
(Dec. 24) Offices closed from noon Dec. 24 to Jan. 5. Holiday
hours listed for health center, recreation center and other WMU
KFS presents Sundance award-winner
'American Splendor' (Dec. 23) Kalamazoo Film Society
presents "American Splendor," for six shows Jan. 9-11
at the Little Theatre.
WMU Web will be offline Sunday
morning (Dec. 18) All Web pages at www.wmich.edu, including
WMU News, unavailable from 6 to 9 a.m. Dec. 21.
Toys can help children develop
important skills (Dec. 17) Dr. Regena Fails-Nelson says
the right toys can help develop small motor and reading skills.
Shoppers can influence the service
they receive (Dec. 17) Dr. Wendy Ford offers tips on
holiday shopping in person and by telephone.
Avoiding holiday depression
(Dec. 17) Lower holiday expectations and avoid using family gatherings
to resolve longstanding conflicts says Dr. Kathy Lewis Ginebaugh.
Consumers benefit again on holiday
travel (Dec. 17) It will be a buyer's market again for
people planning their holiday vacations in Michigan, says Dr.
Outlook for retailers is rosey
this year (Dec. 17) Dr. Barbara Frazier says that after
three years of flat or modest growth, retailers are expecting
a substantial boost in holiday sales.
Football Broncos make MAC All-Academic
Team (Dec. 16) Jon Drach, Jason Feldpausch and Kyle Ras
earn all-academic team honors.
WMU will establish research foundation
(Dec. 15) Creation of WMU Research Foundation aids many goals,
including receipt of patent donations, creation of small business
Trustees approve appointments
(Dec. 15) Nina Nelson chairs Department of Dance, and Lawrence
Potter directs Africana Studies Program.
Trustees approve retirements
(Dec. 15) Retirements of two faculty members and 14 staff members
Thirty-three faculty members granted
sabbatical leaves (Dec. 15) Complete list of faculty
members granted sabbaticals for 2004-05.
Trustees vote to extend two leases
(Dec. 15) Leases for AAUP and Copy Desk extended.
Trustees set 2004 meeting dates
(Dec. 15) Board of Trustees scheduled to meet Feb. 27, April
16, June 25, Sept. 17, Oct. 29 and Dec. 10.
New art building named for James
and Lois Richmond (Dec. 12) Local alumni couple's $2.5
million gift allows construction to proceed on new building for
School of Art.
Researchers bring in more than
$12 million (Dec. 12) Research grants for three-month
period total $12.8 million, including grants for GEAR UP program,
biosafety, nanotechnology and more.
Gifts to WMU up from one year ago
(Dec. 12) Gifts for first five months of 2003-04 fiscal year
total $9.4 million, up $614,000 or 6.5 percent over same period
the previous year.
Health insurance mandatory for
students in 2005 (Dec. 12) Policy intended to help protect
the health of some 8,000 students and contain Sindecuse Health
Center costs for all students.
Trustees accept recommendation
to eliminate four varsity sports (Dec. 12) Cuts in state
funding force elimination of men's track, cross country, synchonized
skating after this school year.
Congress earmarks $3 million for
WMU research efforts (Dec. 12) Total includes funds for
nanotechnology, wireless technology for healthcare, Great Lakes
Fogarty designs online course for
Hepatitis A prevention (Dec. 12) WMU professor and former
CDC epidemiologist tapped by Grapevine Solutions to develop the
online training program.
Bronco Marching Band releases triple
centennial CD (Dec. 12) Recordings span three decades
of band performances, include everything from WMU Fight Song
to John Philip Sousa.
Renata Knific releases first
crossover CD (Dec. 12) "West of Everywhere,"
includes performances by American music greats Sir Roland Hanna,
Gene Bertoncini and others.
New book examines conserving land
through land trusts (Dec. 12) Professor Emeritus Richard
Brewer pens first comprehensive study of land trusts.
Copperfield performanes postponed
until March 8 (Dec. 10) Tickets for tonight's shows may
be used March 8 or returned for full refund.
Pfizer pledges $1 million to Centennial
Campaign (Dec. 10) Pfizer Inc announces $1 million gift
to WMU campaign, which ends Dec. 31 and now exceeds $145 million.
OT students help raise food for
community's hungry (Dec. 10) More than 150 donations
of food, grooming, hygiene products collected during Occupational
Therapy Holiday Dinner Dance.
BTR Park gains Toledo-based civil
engineering firm (Dec. 9) Engineering students benefit
from opening of offices for Jones & Henry Engineers at WMU
Business Technology Research Park.
Budget, sports cuts, research foundation
on trustees' agenda (Dec. 9) Board of Trustees meets
Friday at 8 a.m.
Centennial CD captures the full
range of School of Music (Dec. 9) Two-disk album features
wide range of music, student and faculty performances to honor
Centennial commencement ceremonies
honor more than 2,000 (Dec. 9) Centennial celebration
ends with commencement ceremonies Saturday.
WMU professor and educational technology
expert goes global (Dec. 9) Dr. James Bosco will attend
the World Summit on the Information Society this month in Geneva.
BlueGranite CEO is next Keystone
speaker (Dec. 9) Dan Blackledge of BlueGranite discusses
leadership at Keystone Community Bank Breakfast Series Dec. 19.
Lou Rawls and KSO get together
for Christmas (Dec. 8) Lou Rawls performs the music of
Christmas with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra at Miller Auditorium
Bonnie Rideout brings Scottish
Christmas to Miller (Dec. 8) Bonnie Rideout's "A
Scottish Christmas" comes to Miller Auditorium for one show
Three Mo' Tenors performance canceled
(Dec. 8) Miller Auditorium Jan. 9 performance canceled; ticket
holders can get credit or refund.
WMU performance benefits Sisters
of St. Joseph (Dec. 8) Performances of "Late Nite
Catechism" sponsored by Miller Auditorium generate $6,159
for local convent retirement home.
Four varsity sports fall to budget
cuts (Dec. 4) Men's indoor and outdoor track, men's cross
country and synchronized skating will be eliminated after 2003-04
Retire reception for Chet Rogers
is Monday (Dec. 4) Chester B. Rogers, who joined the
WMU faculty in 1966, will be feted at a retirement reception
in the atrium of the Gilmore Theatre Complex.
Employees asked to report any
home address changes (Dec. 4) To ensure prompt deliver
of W-2 forms, WMU employees need to notified Human Resources
of any address changes.
Schrader is master certified flight
instructor (Dec. 4) Five of the 19 master flight instructors
in Michigan are in the WMU College of Aviation.
Lenczycki gets national award
(Dec. 4) Campus Facilities' Julie Lenczycki earns second place
in Association of University Interior Designers competition.
Babin named MAC Defensive Player
of the Year (Dec. 3) Senior Jason Babin is only the seventh
player in MAC history to take top defensive honors in consecutive
Five football Broncos earn All-MAC
honors (Dec. 2) Defensive end Jason Babin and punter
Adam Anderson named to All-MAC First Team; Jennings, Gitler and
Mosley also honored.
Volleyball Broncos conclude season
on high note (Dec. 2) WMU defeats No. 20-ranked Cincinnati;
Carman Malone and Shaylen Jackson garner All-MAC honors.
$10 million BRCC funding gets final
approval (Dec. 2) Funding for Biosciences Research and
Commercialization Center approved by state's Technology Tri-Corridor
Faculty keyboard artists perform
Christmas classics (Dec. 1) Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker
Suite for piano 4-hands" and other classics performed Saturday
in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.
Christmas' features classical holiday music (Dec. 1)
School of Music choral ensembles present two performances Dec.
13 at downtown Kalamazoo's First Presbyterian Church.
'Brass Celebration of Christmas'
is an annual favorite (Dec. 1) Western Brass Quintet
presents its popular Christmas concert Sunday, Dec. 14 in the
Dalton Center Recital Hall.
Garfield Christmas brings holiday
cheer to Miller (Dec. 1) Miller Auditorium presents a
single performance of "A Garfield Christmas" Sunday,
Medieval Institute receives prestigious
NEH grant (Dec. 1) WMU awarded NEH grant for the fifth
time to conduct summer institute for medieval scholars in England.
Aviation college prepares for expansion
(Dec. 1) Small part of training fleet will move to Kalamazoo-Battle
Creek Airport to make room for expansion of program at W.K. Kellogg
Education students earn top honors
in technology (Dec. 1) Three current students and one
recent graduate land top state honors for their expertise in
using educational technology.
Bronco NetID makes it easier to
access library resources (Dec. 1) Students, faculty and
staff urged to obtain a Bronco NetID for easy access to library
resources beginning in January.
New works added to Sculpture Tour
(Dec. 1) New pieces from five recognized professional artists
added to the large-scale exterior sculpture exhibition on campus.
End-of-year holiday closure extended
(Dec. 1) WMU offices will close at noon Wednesday, Dec. 24, and
reopen Monday, Jan. 5.