Commission OKs more Western Michigan University offerings in Florida

Western Michigan University has just been authorized to add seven new degree and certificate programs in a range of disciplines to students studying at its Punta Gorda, Florida, regional location. Acting at its March 27 meeting, the Florida Department of Education Commission for Independent Education approved a WMU request to make the additional programs available to students at WMU-Punta Gorda, beginning in the fall semesters of 2018 and 2019.

Erin McRae (center), along with Alexis Lautner (to the right of McRae) and Paige Harrigan (far right) reflected on time spent with Michael Kandel in the program during WMU-Traverse City’s graduate recognition ceremony for the freshwater science and sustainability graduates, Dec. 14.

WMU Holds Graduate Recognition Ceremony in Traverse City for Freshwater Science and Sustainability Graduates

The freshwater science and sustainability program at Western Michigan University-Traverse City held a graduate recognition ceremony, Thursday, Dec. 14. While past graduates of the program had the opportunity to participate in graduation ceremonies in Kalamazoo, all graduates since 2016 and those who are expected to graduate in spring 2018 were invited to walk during this first ever ceremony at WMU-Traverse City.

WMU-Grand Rapids Graduate Programs Provide 63,800+ Hours of Service to the Community Through Fieldwork

“Field education is an integral part of graduate students’ learning process, and is the signature pedagogy of social work education. Service hours in the field allow students to demonstrate the integration of knowledge, values and skills gained in the classroom, while also providing needed services to the West Michigan community,” said Vicki Poleni, WMU-Grand Rapids Master of Social Work Field Education Coordinator.

WMU-Grand Rapids Program Receives Grant for Case Study Addressing Cultural Competency in Public Health Care Collaboration with Native Americans

Western Michigan University’s Grand Rapids regional location recently received grant funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research to develop curricula aimed at improving cultural competency for health professions students. The grant awards nearly $14,700 for the project, which focuses on addressing diabetes and tobacco use among Native Americans.

April 19

Freshwater Science and Sustainability Information Session WMU-Traverse City, Northwestern Michigan College's Great Lakes Campus, Room 111, 715 East Front Street, Traverse City, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Free; please RSVP.

April 30

Master of Social Work Info Session WMU-Grand Rapids, 2333 E Beltline Ave SE, Grand Rapids, 4 to 5 p.m. Free; please RSVP.

May 21

Master of Social Work Info Session WMU-Grand Rapids, 2333 E Beltline Ave SE, Grand Rapids, 4 to 5 p.m. Free; please RSVP.