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August 2007 WMU News Archive
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Hybrid vehicles needed for research on pedestrian safety (Aug. 30) Research team needs to borrow hybrid vehicles, with or without their owners as drivers, for safety research.

Libraries introduce new course reserve service (Aug. 30) New system offers benefits; all faculty and students will need to create accounts in the new system to use it.

Membership in free WMU Family Connection soars (Aug. 30) Nearly 1,000 parents, guardians and family members of WMU students have already signed up for free service.

Fall registration under way for online classes (Aug. 30) Nearly 70 percent of the general education requirements for undergraduate degree can now be completed online.

New director named for substance abuse center (Aug. 30) Licensed psychologist Thomas Blackmon was previously a substance abuse manager with state department of corrections.

Civil engineering firm building new facility at BTR Park (Aug. 30) Fleis & VandenBrink breaking ground this fall on 10,000-square-foot, LEED-certified facility.

Stefan Sarenius (Aug. 30) Retired library assistant died Aug. 6.

WMU offices closed Labor Day (Aug. 29) Most WMU offices, services closed; holiday weekend hours for Bronco Mall stores, computer labs, recreation center.

Flags lowered Monday for 1st Lt. Jonathan Edds (Aug. 23) Army 1st Lt. Jonathan W. Edds of White Pigeon died while on active duty in Iraq.

Expanded bus service awaits returning students (Aug. 23) Expanded bus service begins Sept. 4, free for WMU students to stops on campus and around Kalamazoo.

Flags lowered Friday for Michigan man killed in Iraq (Aug. 23) Flags lowered in honor of Army Chief Warrant Officer Christopher C. Johnson, of Grandville.

Former research VP creates fund for doctoral students (Aug. 23) Dr. Donald Thompson establishes Patricia Lee Thompson Dissertation Award in memory of his late wife.

Important dates for start of fall semester (Aug. 22) Hours and dates set for One Stop, opening of residence halls, start of classes, Bronco Bash, CommUniverCity Night Football.

University Theatre announces 2007-08 season (Aug. 22) Season subscriptions on sale, season opens with "Miss Witherspoon," "Dracula" and "Pippin."

WMU wind turbine is first for Kalamazoo area (Aug. 22) New 40-foot wind turbine on Parkview Campus is obvious sign of changes to come for the University and region.

Recreation center closed for annual maintenance (Aug. 21) Center will reopen Sunday, Sept. 2, noon to 5 p.m., and begin regular fall semester hours Tuesday, Sept. 4.

E-learning offline Thursday and Friday (Aug. 21) E-learning service, aslso know as Blackboard Vista, unavailable from Thursday and Friday, Aug. 23-24.

WMU makes ninth showing on list of top universities (Aug. 21) WMU again among nation's top-100 public universities in U.S. News & World Report.

Public invited to meet the 2007 football Broncos (Aug. 20) Free "Meet the Team Night" for the 2007 Bronco football squad is Thursday, Aug. 23, at Waldo Stadium.

Director Sarah Polley's debut film screens at Little Theatre (Aug. 20) Acclaimed film starring Julie Christie, Gordon Pinsent, at WMU for seven shows Aug. 24-26.

One Stop Convenience offered during Welcome Week (Aug. 20) One Stop for bill payment, parking permits, ID cards and more beginning Aug. 27 in Bernhard Center.

Accelerated program prepares engineers for job market (Aug. 20) Qualified candidates can graduate in five years with bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering.

New WMU initiative added to support Kalamazoo Promise (Aug. 20) Program intended to remind elementary school children that college is just around the corner.

Petro-geology research aided by $1 million software gift (Aug. 20) Schlumberger seismic-to-simulation software will aid WMU research in petroleum geology, hydrogeology.

Business Review lists WMU researchers among top innovators (Aug. 20) Drs. Margaret Joyce and William Liou among 35 finalists for Innovation Michigan Awards.

WMU-Grand Rapids seeks personal enrichment proposals (Aug. 20) Grand Rapids campus seeking instructors and course proposals for Personal Enrichment Program.

Flags lowered for Kalamazoo man killed in Afghanistan (Aug. 20) Flags lowered Tuesday for Army Pfc. Jordan E. Goode, who died Aug. 11 while on active duty.

Internet service restored to Michigan schools (Aug. 17) Full service restored Thursday night, following problem that interrupted Internet service to all Michigan's public universities.

Charles E. Stroup (Aug. 17) Retired director of student activities died July 29.

John A. Buelke (Aug. 17) Professor emeritus of teacher education died July 28.

Helen E. Skinner (Aug. 17) Retired dining service staff member died July 17.

Adeline Thorpe (Aug. 17) Retired custodial staff member died July 16.

Dorinne L. McKeag (Aug. 17) Associate professor emeritus and student counselor died June 14.

Statewide Internet outage affects WMU (Aug. 16) WMU and other Michigan schools isolated from rest of the Internet due to problems with Michigan Merit Network.

Robert L. Betz (Aug. 15) Assistant professor emeritus of counselor education and counseling psychology died Aug. 9.

Meet the 2007 volleyball Broncos (Aug. 14) Meet-the-team reception follows match between current and past Bronco volleyball stars Saturday, Aug. 18, in University Arena.

All main computer systems restored (Aug. 13) WMU's e-learning service, previously known as WebCT Vista, and main e-mail service restored following major system outages.

E-learning restored, main e-mail service still unavailable (Aug. 13) E-learning, previously WebCT Vista, restored Monday afternoon; e-mail should be restored by Tuesday morning.

Main e-mail system and e-learning still unavailable (Aug. 13) ECS mail and e-learning remain unavailable following system upgrades. Both expected to be back online today.

Little Theatre celebrates the City of Light (Aug. 9) "Paris, Je T'Aime," collaboration of 20 directors, global cast of 70, has Kalamazoo-area debut Aug. 17-19.

Mathematician challenges idea of average class size (Aug. 9) Dr. Allen Schwenk receives award for article explaining "Distortion of Average Class Size" in college statistics.

Flags lowered Friday for Michigan man killed in Iraq (Aug. 8) Flags lowered for Pfc. Charles T. Heinlein Jr. of Hemlock, Mich., who died July 31.

Road and parking lot work scheduled (Aug. 8) Work schedule on parking strip in front of Seibert and Gilkison in front of Valley One the weekends of Aug. 10 and 17.

Miller Auditorium goes "old school" (Aug. 7) Battle of the bands Saturday, Aug. 25, features four legendary R&B and soul groups from the 1960s and 1970s.

Web and other computer services offline Sunday (Aug. 7) Public Web pages, GoWMU, ECS e-mail, e-Learning, other systems offline until noon Sunday, Aug. 12.

Family safety is focus of free programs (Aug. 6) Red Cross sponsors free fingerprinting of children. instruction in CPR and more Saturday, Aug. 18, at Lawson Arena.

Two renowned Michigan artists deliver public lectures (Aug. 6) Dr. Dewey Blocksma and Tyree Guyton give public lectures Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon.

President Dunn joins in regional energy discussions (Aug. 6) Dunn and Dr. Michael Grammer among area officials meeting Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman.

Visitors urged to avoid I-94 through Kalamazoo (Aug. 2) August visitors urged to use detours to WMU campus, also expect long delays on West Main near Drake Road.

Important dates announced for start of fall semester (Aug. 1) Dates set for opening of residence halls, start of classes, Bronco Bash, CommUniverCity Night Football versus Indiana.

WMU hosts second annual criterium bike race (Aug. 1) BTR Park Criterium bike race welcomes contestants and spectators for festive 10-event race Saturday, Aug. 11.

Trustees approve $299 million budget (Aug. 1) Budget includes modest 2 percent pay raise for nonbargaining employees, first pay increase for most since 2005.

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