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December 2008 WMU News Archive
Stories are listed in descending order by release date. Click on the headline for the full story.

Volleyball Broncos among nation's top teams (Dec. 28) WMU wins record 10th MAC title, advances to NCAA Sweet 16, ranked among top teams in final polls.

Exhibit depicts troubled times of Northern Ireland (Dec. 22) "Timelines," a video exhibit by artist John Carson, will be on display Jan. 8-Feb. 7.

Event welcomes spring semester's incoming students (Dec. 22) Spring Welcome Fest familiarizes new students to WMU Jan. 8 in the Bernhard Center Ballroom.

One Stop makes going back to school a breeze (Dec. 22) One Stop is open in the Bernhard Center Jan. 5-8 to assist students and parents.

Fine arts singles out three for dean's awards (Dec. 22) David Curwen and Kathleen Keckler are lauded for their service, Greg Roehrick for his teaching.

Bronco fans gearing up for Texas Bowl (Dec. 21) Complete information on game tickets, tour package and Bronco Watch Parties available online.

WMU/KCC agreement will give students flexibility (Dec. 18) WMU and Kellogg Community College join forces to offer dual enrollment, smooth transitions.

Faculty duo launches summer study abroad course (Dec. 18) Fulfill general education requirements by studying abroad in Egypt this summer.

Trustees OK six retirements (Dec. 17) Board of Trustees announces retirements of three faculty, three staff members.

Thirty-six granted sabbaticals (Dec. 17) Board of Trustees approves sabbatical leaves for 36 faculty members.

Former accountancy chair dies (Dec. 16) Dr. John T. Burke, professor emeritus and former chair of accountancy, died Dec. 14 at the age of 84.

Retired staff member dies (Dec. 15) Jean C. Neuber, retired development staff member, died Dec. 10 at the age of 72.

Trustees set meeting dates for 2009 (Dec. 15) Board of Trustees will meet Feb. 4, Sept. 17 and Nov. 6.

Two concentrations, accelerated program added (Dec. 15) WMU to add two concentrations in applied economics and accelerated civil engineering program.

Board approves name change for academic unit (Dec. 15) Area formerly known as Center for Women's Studies is now Gender and Women's Studies.

Gifts near $3.5 million in four months (Dec. 15) Gifts to the University totaled $3,451,377 in first four months of fiscal year.

Student government constitution amended (Dec. 15) Constitution now calls for student groups to comply with WMU policies and local, state and federal laws.

Police officers' new contract approved (Dec. 15) Three-year agreement between WMU and Police Officers Association is retroactive to July.

Legislative affairs to open office near capitol (Dec. 15) Trustees approve lease agreement providing small office in Lansing.

Student information security officer appointed (Dec. 15) Keith Hearit will serve as interim security officer, a position required by Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act.

Grants climb by nearly $4 million in two months (Dec. 15) WMU raked in nearly $4 million in externally funded awards in October and November.

Energy saving encouraged during holiday recess (Dec. 15) Faculty and staff asked to power down before leaving for holidays.

Few campus services open during holiday recess (Dec. 14) WMU closed Dec. 25 through Jan. 4. Holiday recess and closure hours for selected campus services.

Volleyball Broncos fall to No. 1 Penn State (Dec. 12) WMU's record-setting season ends in Sweet 16 in match against national champions.

Dunn receives high marks in first evaluation (Dec. 12) In his first formal review, President John M. Dunn is lauded by the board as an accessible, successful leader.

Engineering prof chosen as international fellow (Dec. 12) Dr. John Cameron is one of 11 people worldwide to be named a 2008 TAPPI Fellow.

East Germany is focus of professor's new book (Dec. 12) Dr. Eli Rubin writes about how plastic production helped shape the country.

Alumni Association offers Texas Bowl package (Dec. 11) Game tickets, watch party updates also available on Web.

MLK grant application deadline extended (Dec. 11) Submit proposals by Dec. 19 for 2009 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.

'Last Comic Standing' live at Miller (Dec. 11) Enjoy an evening of stand-up comedy Jan. 31 with the five finalists from last season's show.

'Oliver' brings award-winning score to Miller (Dec. 11) The Broadway musical brings Charles Dickens' most unforgettable characters to stage Jan. 23-24.

Alumna's gift extends reach of School of Communication (Dec. 11) This is the second $1 million gift to the school in the past year.

Professor to be seen by millions of TV viewers (Dec. 11) Producers can't get enough of philosophy professor Dr. Quentin Smith, who will be featured on two new programs.

Presidential evaluation tops board's Dec. 12 agenda (Dec. 11) A formal evaluation of President John M. Dunn tops the agenda for Friday's Board of Trustees' meeting.

Swanson gets Academic All-American honors (Dec. 9) Phillip Swanson is seventh football Bronco, second in two years, to earn Academic All-American status.

Free computer training offered to faculty, staff (Dec. 9) Extensive online computer training is now available to faculty and staff through Lynda.com.

Kalamazoo Promise benefits local schools (Dec. 9) Studies show the college tuition program has raised enrollment and expectations.

Twelve get semiannual staff awards (Dec. 8) A dozen staff members were recognized with Make a Difference Awards at a Dec. 2 reception.

Grant helps researchers stem crop disease (Dec. 8) A team led by geography professor Dr. Kathleen Baker received $1.2 million to help farmers manage disease risk.

MLK celebration to include educational outreach (Dec. 8) Event Jan. 11 to help students and parents take advantage of Kalamazoo Promise scholarship program.

Local South Pole explorer to receive honorary degree (Dec. 8) William S. Hough, a 1948 alumnus, will be honored during Saturday's 9 a.m. commencement ceremony.

WMU to confer 2,000 degrees Saturday (Dec. 8) President John M. Dunn will preside over three commencement ceremonies Dec. 13 in Miller Auditorium.

Football Broncos accept invitation to Texas Bowl (Dec. 8) WMU will play Rice in Houston's Reliant Stadium Dec. 30.

Broncos advance to NCAA volleyball Sweet Sixteen (Dec. 7) WMU defeats Dayton, Tulane, plays at No. 1-ranked Penn State Friday.

Haunting love story comes to life (Dec. 5) Kalamazoo Film Society presents "Elegy" Dec. 12-14 at the Little Theatre.

Avoid holiday theft (Dec. 5) Public safety offers helpful tips that can keep you and your property safe this holiday season.

Bookstore paying cash for used books (Dec. 4) Portion of proceeds will support Broncos in military service abroad.

It's on to national championship for Ethics Bowl team (Dec. 4) WMU finished third out of nine teams in the regional qualifier.

Eight-time Tony winner 'Hairspray' at Miller (Dec. 2) See the Broadway production behind the major motion picture Jan. 7 at Miller Auditorium.

'The Wackness' debuts at Little Theatre (Dec. 1) Western Film Society presents six screenings of the movie this weekend, Dec. 5-7.

Retired criminology professor dies (Dec. 1) Dr. Lloyd Braithwaite died Oct. 23 at the age of 80.

Distinguished Scholar nominations due (Dec. 1) Deadline is Jan. 23 to submit recommendations for Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award.

Broncos get NCAA volleyball tourney bid (Dec. 1) WMU looks to extend 26-win season with first-round NCAA match at Dayton Friday.

Former trustee dies (Dec. 1) Dr. Julius Franks Jr. died Nov. 26 at the age of 86.

International enrollment increases 15 percent (Dec. 1) Increased scholarships contribute to double-digit growth in study abroad and international enrollment.

How to find out if WMU is closed (Dec. 1) Always assume the University is open. Closings announced immediately in WMU News and at (269) 387-1001.

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