April 2004 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.
Eleanor R. McKinney (April
30) Associate professor emerita of librarianship died April 27.
Medieval congress draws scholars
from around the world (April 29) Some 3,000 scholars
from as far away as Korea and Russia expected for May 6-9 International
Congress on Medieval Studies.
Violin student receives $24,000
Rhea Fetzer Scholarship (April 28) Freshman Josiah Schubkegel
of Portage, Mich., is the third student to receive a four-year
string music scholarship.
Bronco golfers and coach earn
MAC honors (April 28) Cindy Trout named MAC Coach of
the Year, Broncos Stephanie Donkin and Jenna Walter selected
for All-MAC teams.
Men's tennis team, coach sweep
MAC honors (April 27) Ravi Pathanjali is Player of the
Year, Brady Crosby tabbed Newcomer of the Year and Dave Morin
named Coach of the Year.
Babin makes WMU history with NFL
first-round pick (April 27) Houston Texans take Bronco
Jason Babin in the first round, 27th overall in 2004 NFL draft.
Two theatre students win national
ACTF acting awards (April 27) Junior Larry Herron and
sophomore Joseph Johnson earns awards at Kennedy Center for the
Sylvia Culp (April 27)
Associate professor of philosophy died April 23.
Vera Jean Russell (April
27) Assistant professor emerita of education died April 4.
Financial aid office announces
summer hours (April 27) Office of Student Financial Aid
and Scholarships announces summer hours effective May 10 through
Men's tennis team win's MAC championship
(April 26) WMU claims both the regular season and tournament
titles in men's tennis, advances to NCAA tournament.
Alumnus Anthony Butts earns prestigious
writing award (April 22) Poetry Society of America award
goes to "Little Low Heaven," published by WMU's New
African American students honored
at Saturday program (April 22) Black Congratulatory and
Awards Ceremony is Saturday evening in the North Ballroom of
the Bernhard Center.
IT forum to touch on industry's
current big issues (April 22) Top information technology
executives speak at a conference Friday, April 30, at "IT
Trends, Challenges and Solutions."
Several roads closed through mid-August
(April 22) Major road work begins Monday, portions of West Michigan,
Rankin, Knollwood and Howard St. closed through August.
National engineering firm moving
to BTR Park (April 21) DLZ Michigan Inc., a full-service
engineering firm is newest partner for WMU's Business Technology
and Research Park.
Sky Broncos head to Tennessee for
national competition (April 20) WMU's precision flight
team seeks national championship at NIFA competition April 27
through May 1.
Volunteers needed for sports camp
for visually impaired (April 20) WMU-sponsored camp for
children with visual impairments May 2-8 needs volunteers.
Sales and marketing team gets down
to business (April 20) WMU team of Ann Meyer and Alexi
Mavrellis places fourth among the 32 university teams at national
sales competition in Atlanta.
Time capsule sealed until WMU's
sesquicentennial (April 19) Dedication of time capsule
officially concludes WMU's Centennial Celebration. Complete list
of items included.
Gold Company Sextet performs at
Lincoln Center (April 19) Gold Company featured in performance
at Alice Tully Hall in New York's Lincoln Center Sunday, April
WMU joins in national Day of Silence
(April 19) Students take vow of silence April 21 to draw attention
to discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender
Gifts to WMU up 32 percent from
one year ago (April 19) Gifts for 2003-04 exceed $21
million through March, an $5.1 million increase compared to same
period previous year.
Administrative and academic appointments
approved (April 19) Appointments of Michael Scriven,
Patrick Daniel, Carol Eddy and Glen Tracy okayed by board.
Retirements and resignations approved
by trustees (April 19) Retirements of six staff members
approved; also resignations of five faculty members and one staff
Trustees name BTR Park road, approve
Asylum Lake agreement (April 19) Declaration of Conservation
Restrictions and Preserve Management Plan for Asylum Lake approved.
Trustees approve ATM lease, bond
swapping (April 19) Business action at April 16 meeting
of trustees includes refinancing existing Series 1997 Bonds.
Broncos claim MAC men's tennis
championship (April 17) Men's tennis team gets first
MAC title since 2000, enters conference tournament at Ball State
as top seed.
Exam week tees off with Finals
Finish (April 17) Annual exam week event for students
is Monday and Tuesday evening at the Student Recreation Center.
Trustees adopt $272 million estimated
budget (April 16) Campuswide budget cuts of $11.8 million
will result in elimination of 122 full-time jobs, suspension
or elimination of some programs.
Trustees set full tuition rate
schedule (April 16) New rates for graduate students and
nonresident undergraduates approved, trustees reaffirm 2.4 percent
increase for resident undergrads.
Student fee revisions approved
(April 16) WMU revamps fee structure to offset the added costs
of personnel- or equipment-intensive course offerings.
Researchers awarded more than $1.4
million in grants (April 16) WMU researchers landed $1,466,615
in grants in February, pushing the fiscal-year total to nearly
Largest class in WMU history graduates
this month (April 15) More than 2,700 degrees will be
awarded at record-setting commencement ceremonies Saturday, April
Tiffany offers reading from Shakespeare
novel (April 15) Dr. Grace Tiffany reads from her book,
"My Father Had a Daughter," April 21 in the Meader
Rare Book Room.
CEO to speak on surviving outside
of big corporations (April 15) AvTech Laboratories' Rich
Johnsonis next speaker in Keystone Community Bank Breakfast Series
Broncos announce 2004 football
schedule (April 15) Home schedule includes Tennessee-Martin
for CommUniverCity, EMU for Homecoming and defending MAC champion
Riverdance returns to Kalamazoo
(April 15) Original international phenomenon, "Riverdance--The
Show," returns to Miller Auditorium for eight performances
Miller Auditorium announces 2004-05
season (April 15) "Broadway in West Michigan"
series includes "Rent," "The Producers,"
"The Full Monty," "42nd Street" and more.
Budget for 2004-05, new fees on
board agenda (April 14) Board of Trustees meet Friday,
April 16, in the Bernhard Center.
WMU joins educational technology
coordinators for conference (April 14) Educational Technology
Coordinators Conference is April 23 at Kalamazoo Valley Community
Gabor selected for international
exchange program (April 14) Olivia Gabor, associate professor
of foreign languages, selected for Rotary International's Group
Graduate student wins Best Paper
Award (April 14) Laurence Picq receives award for evaluating
management practices in reducing phosphorous loading in Macatawa
Men's tennis team plays for MAC
title (April 13) First 75 fans to arrive for Saturday's
match at Sorenson Court get a free Bronco tennis shirt.
TIAA-CREF sponsors retirement
planning seminar (April 13) Two one-hour Financial Education
Seminars will be held Tuesday, April 27, in the Bernhard Center.
Students sponsor 'Take Back the
Night' events (April 13) Women's Equality sponsors dinner
Thursday at the Wesley Foundation followed by candlelight procession.
Digitization Center open to campus
community (April 13) Open house Wednesday afternoon and
Thursday morning for new Digitization Center in Waldo Library.
African linguistics expert lectures
Wednesday (April 13) Dr. Baye Yimam, Addis Ababa University
in Ethiopia, gives free public lecture from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday.
Tuesday event spotlights senior
engineering projects (April 12) Conference on Senior
Engineering Design Projects is April 13, held for the first time
on the new Parkview Campus.
University Theatre announces
2004-05 season (April 12) New season includes "Brigadoon,"
"Othello," "Settling Sophia," "Metamorphoses,"
"1940's Radio Hour" and more.
New works debut at playwriting
showcase (April 12) Reader's theatre presentation Thursday
evening will mark the end of the spring semester for some student
Symposium addresses controversy
on teaching grammar (April 9) Tuesday evening symposium
in Sprau Tower presents ways to integrate grammar effectively
into classroom instruction.
Local educators honored at Phi
Delta Kappa meeting (April 8) Alumnus Bill Cecil, 2003
Michigan Teacher of the Year, is featured speaker at April 15
Lieutenant says ROTC training
saved his life (April 8) Bronco Battalion cadets greet
WMU alumnus Lt. Brian Davis returning from military service in
Dedication ceremony set for Centennial
Time Capsule (April 8) Ceremony is Monday, April 19,
at the Centennial Sculpture in front of the Seibert Administration
Bookstore paying cash for used
books (April 8) WMU Bookstore's April Book Buyback is
April 15-24 on the lower level of the Bernhard Center.
DeMaso Scholarships encourage Hispanics
to become teachers (April 7) WMU's first endowed scholarship
aimed at encouraging Hispanic Americans to pursue careers in
Blues music fundraiser supports
new HHS building (April 7) School of Social Work's fundraiser
features Blue Moon Blues Band April 18 at The Union Cabaret &
Meteorologist describes summer
storm formation (April 7) Meteorologist, pilot and Kansas
geography professor Dr. Donna Tucker lectures at WMU Thursday,
WMU ranks 8th in the nation in
wireless computing (April 6) Study conducted by Intel
places WMU eighth in the nation on list of the 100 "Most
Unwired College Campuses."
Candidates for arts and sciences
dean visit campus (April 6) Youngstown State's Dr. Robert
Bolla, Arizona State's Dr. Nancy Gutierrez, Utah State's Dr.
Thomas Kent make presentations.
Poole honored at retirement gathering
(April 6) Retirement gathering April 16 honors Professor Howard
Poole for 31 years of service to the university.
Communications Days is chance
to explore careers (April 6) Students invited to free
conference April 7-8 to explore careers in a wide variety of
Author argues against oil drilling
in Arctic Refuge (April 5) Chad Kister, author of the
newly released book about Arctic National Wildlife Refuge gives
April 14 slide presentation.
Student art gallery opens in Hoekje
Hall (April 5) Beginning April 8, hall's lobby is exhibiton
space for artwork that the building's residents have created
to illustrate diversity.
Music Therapy Clinic celebrates
25th annual concert (April 5) Reception follows April
12 performances by participants in the music therapy program
and their student therapists.
Verdi's 'Requiem' performed in
Miller Auditorium (April 5) University Symphony Orchestra,
Grand Chorus and guest vocal soloists present "Requiem"
Sunday, April 18.
Eighteen-trombone choir performs
at Dalton Center (April 5) University Trombone Choir
presents its spring concert on Wednesday, April 14.
CAB brings comedian D.L. Hughley
to Miller Auditorium (April 2) Popular comedian
takes the stage at Miller Auditorium for a single performance
Wednesday, April 7.
WMU and historically black colleges
form aviation consortium (April 2) New Aviation Education
Consortium will expand opportunities in aviation for minority
students and women.
'Michael Miller & Friends'
perform in Dalton Center (April 2) Faculty oboist Michael
Miller performs April 9 with Chad Cognata, Lori Sims and La Catrina
Jazz Lab Band gives final performance
of the season (April 2) Highlights of April 7 program
include swing, Brazilian and Afro-Cuban music of Count Basie,
Pat Metheny and Matt Harris.
GC II spring concert features
variety of tunes (April 2) Vocal jazz ensemble offers
free performance Thursday, April 8, showcases small vocal ensembles
and the GC II Band.
WMU receives paper tech patents
from Kimberly-Clark (April 1) WMU will develop technology
that could turn paper sludge into viable consumer products and
boost the usefulness of recycled paper.
Teacher Placement Day is free,
open to public (April 1) Variety of job opportunities
for teachers showcased at Annual Teacher Placement Day April
19, in the Bernhard Center.
Journal for undergraduate researchers
debuts (April 1) New "McNair Research Journal"
features work of five students in the McNair Post-Baccalaureate
April 5-9 set aside to honor graduate
students (April 1) Wednesday Bernhard Center reception
highlights Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week
Finals Finish seeks volunteers;
plans Porter tribute (April 1) Faculty, staff, administrators
asked to help with finals week event, donations in honor of longtime
staff member Tami Porter.
Anxiety disorder screenings at
Bernhard Center (April 1) Educational program and screenings
are free April 7 as part of National Anxiety Disorders Screening
Connection between poverty and
conservation (April 1) Michigan State's Dr. Scott Swinton
talks on "Too Poor to be Stewards?" at April 7 Werner
Icabone to speak on the role of
ombuds (April 1) Dr. Dona G. Icabone speaks on "Confidentiality,
Impartiality, Independence, Informality" April 7 in the