News Archive

Outstanding CHHS students recognized at Dean's List Reception
The College of Health and Human Services and Dean Earlie M. Washington held a ceremony, Friday, April 15, to honor 1,271 outstanding CHHS students who made the Dean's List in 2015.

Integrative Holistic Health and Wellness instructor earns statewide award
Integrative Holistic Health and Wellness instructor Richard Szwaja was one of four educators in the state of Michigan to be honored with a Champion of Engagement Award from the Michigan Campus Compact organization. The award was presented April 7 at MiCC’s Awards Gala, held at Michigan State University’s Kellogg Center.

HDReAM building a reusable resource and health mapping system
The Health Data Research, Analysis and Mapping (HDReAM) Center at WMU is finalizing a reusable template for an interactive resource and health mapping website to disseminate health and education-related, neighborhood-level information and improve health outcomes across Michigan.

Fence Row Artist Collective exhibit on display
Paintings from the Fence Row Artist Collective are currently on display in the second floor art gallery at the College of Health and Human Services. The collective is a group of artists of all levels who have been creating art for years at Kaufman's studio in Comstock.

WMU faculty panel discusses Zika virus
A group of WMU faculty experts met on Wednesday, Feb. 17 to discuss the Zika virus. This program was hosted by WMU's Haenicke Institute for Global Education and is part of an occasional lecture series which has also met to discuss other topical matters, such as the Syrian refugee movement and ISIS.

CHHS researchers win $526,000 grant to better treat substance use
An interdisciplinary team of researchers at WMU, including two from the College of Health and Human Services, has received a $526,192 grant to improve substance use screening and boost intervention and referral services.

CHHS researchers recognized at spring convocation luncheon
Members of CHHS faculty were invited to a luncheon to recognize the external research funding that they have brought to the University. Specifically, these researchers were the primary or co-primary investigator on projects that have brought $1 million or more into the University over the last five years.

BLVS chair selected for Fulbright Specialist Roster
James Leja
, professor and chair of the Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies, has been selected for the Fulbright Specialist Roster, a list of expert candidates eligible for project requests from overseas academic institutions.

Nature Photography as Mindful Meditation art exhibit now on display
The art gallery at the College of Health and Human Services is hosting an exhibition of the work of Bill Krasean, a local photographer and retired reporter from the Kalamazoo Gazette. The exhibit, Nature Photography as Mindful Meditation, features photos Krasean has taken at numerous locations throughout Michigan and the United States.

CHHS faculty and staff recognized at State of the College
At the State of the College event, Dec. 4, 2015, Dean Earlie Washington recognized high-performing faculty and staff with the annual faculty and staff recognition awards.


December 2015 e-newsletter available

Research and funding hit mid-year stride for FY16
CHHS is bound for a strong, consistent 2015-16 where external funding is concerned. According to the Office of the Vice President for Research, CHHS was awarded $3.2 million in external funding through Oct. 31. That accounts for 27 percent of external funding at the University during that time.

WMU professors receive award from American Occupational Therapy Association
Western Michigan University professors continue to win accolades from a national occupational therapy professional organization. Dr. Diane Dirette, a WMU professor of occupational therapy, and Dr. Amy Wagenfeld, who begins her duties at WMU in the spring semester as an assistant professor of occupational therapy, both will be inducted into the Roster of Fellows of the American Occupational Therapy Association at its annual conference in April 2016 in Chicago.

WMU physician assistant students win state Quiz Bowl Championship
In early October, WMU physician assistant students participated in the Michigan PA Foundation Student Quiz Bowl at the Michigan Academy of Physician Assistants annual Fall CME Conference in Traverse City, Michigan.

Art exhibit seeks truth and meaning in patterns of American life
Ellen Nelson is a painter from Kalamazoo, a University of Michigan graduate, and a founding member of the new artists' collective at Kalamazoo’s Park Trades Center. Her paintings, which take a sociological view of American culture, are on display in the second floor art gallery at the College of Health and Human Services through Dec. 22.

Conference to explore transforming healthcare through information technology
UNC's Jason Burke presented a keynote talk titled Transforming the Health and Life Sciences Ecosystem through Advanced Analytics on Friday, Oct. 30 at the WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine in downtown Kalamazoo.

September 2015 e-newsletter available

Nature’s Embrace Exhibit
Kallerine “Kallie” Strazdas, B.F.A. is a 2014 graduate of Western Michigan University’s College of Fine Arts who showcased her nature photography in the College of Health and Human Services second floor art gallery. 

Tyler named associate dean
Dr. Ann Tyler was named to serve as associate dean of the College of Health and Human Services, effective July 1, 2015. As chair and professor in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology since coming to WMU in 2007, Tyler has guided numerous curricular changes, led strategic planning and policy development, and fostered community partnerships and increases in scholarship giving. 

Grant recipient’s innovation selected for OT curriculum
The first Sammons Center for Innovation and Research in Occupational Based Technology grant was awarded this year to Carolyn Sithong, chief health officer of Home for Life Design, a leader in home assessment software for students, professionals, hospitals and rehabilitation centers.

June 2015 e-newsletter available

Disability services artists showcase nature’s beauty
WMU’s Center for Disability Services staff and consumers worked together to create the group of abstract landscapes that will be on display in the College of Health and Human Services second floor art gallery through Sept. 4. The Creative Forces in Nature’s Harmony exhibit is free and open to public viewing.

Young artist shares passion for photography in his first exhibit
Nathan Ginter, a 15-year-old freshman at Portage Central High School, displaed his first photography exhibit in the College of Health and Human Services second floor art gallery through June 30. A public reception took place in the gallery on May 20.

Social work associate professor receives prestigious awareness award
Dr. Barbara Barton, associate professor of social work, received the prestigious 2015 Education/Public Awareness Award from the The Brain Injury Association of Michigan. “Through her work as a social worker and educator, Barb has brought brain injury awareness to the general public with her unique perspective,” said BIAMI President Michael Dabbs, in presenting the award.

Social work faculty specialist II and coordinator of field education wins Teaching Excellence Award
Jennifer Harrison has been selected to receive the 2014-15 College of Health and Human Services Teaching Excellence Award based on her teaching skills in all three areas of the award criteria: classroom teaching; creative and innovative work as regards teaching, fieldwork or supervision; and teaching that involves interdisciplinary or collaborative activity.

Both Sides of the Fence study abroad program wins grant and recognition at 'Americas' summit
Western Michigan University's Both Sides of the Fence study abroad program, directed by Denise Bowen (PA) and Maureen Mickus (OT), is one of 10 U.S. university programs that have won the latest round in a grant funding competition aimed at new innovative partnerships that will increase student mobility to and from Latin America, the Caribbean and the United States.

Social work professor Linda Reeser wins lifetime award from state association
Dr. Linda Reeser was presented the award during the National Association of Social Workers-Michigan annual conference April 9-10 in Kalamazoo's Radisson Plaza Hotel and Suites. The award is the most prestigious award given annually by the organization to the social workers who have spent a career advocating for the profession and their clients. Nominees must demonstrate a continued commitment to the principles of social justice through leadership, education and advocacy.

March 2015 e-newsletter available

Painter crafts images that transform
Painter Suzanne B. Siegel describes herself as a perpetual seeker, transcendental meditator, perennial philosophy devotee and interpretive realist. Her collection "Back to the Garden" is on exhibit in the second floor art gallery through the end of April. Artist Reception: Back to the Garden, works by Suzanne B. Siegel, Thursday, March 26, 4–6 p.m. in the CHHS Second Floor Art Gallery.

Sunlight and Shadow exhibit evokes calm and contemplation
"Sunlight and Shadow," works in pastel by Kalamazoo artist Melody Allen; reception Wednesday, Feb. 4, 4 to 6 p.m. and on display in the College of Health and Human Services second floor art gallery through March 2.

Clinic optometrist honored as fellow
Unified Clinics optometrist Dr. Matthew Johnson has achieved the prestigious fellowship accreditation “FAAO” recognizing him as a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.