News Archive

Faculty, staff and graduate students invited to join fall yoga program
Starting Sept. 10 and through Dec. 10, 2014, Professor Yvonne Unrau will instruct yoga classes as part of the college Take a Break Program. Sessions will be held on a drop-in basis Wednesdays from noon to 12:50 p.m. in room 1021 of the Health and Human Services Building. Please review the flier for more information.

Connections newsletter 2.E-Newsletter available
A new issue of the College of Health and Human Services Connections e-newsletter is available for reading online.

 

Photo of artist and intern.Center for Disabilities Services artists express and earn
Among the many services of the Center for Disability Services is the Creative Abilities Art Studio, which affords adults with disabilities opportunities to express themselves through art and to sell their works. Through June 30, works from these artists will be on display in the in the College of Health and Human Services second floor art gallery. The public is invited to view the exhibit and meet some of the artists at a free reception on Wednesday, June 11 from 4 to 6 p.m. The works can also be viewed through June 30 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Photo of Mary StahlNursing faculty member awarded for excellence in teaching
Bronson School of Nursing Master Faculty Specialist Mary Stahl has been selected to receive the 2013-14 College of Health and Human Services Teaching Excellence Award based on her teaching skills in all three areas of the award criteria

Dean Washington calls for 2013-14 Teaching Excellence Award nominations
Faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members are invited to nominate a WMU College of Health and Human Services faculty member for the 2013-14 Excellence in Teaching Award.

Excellence in teaching is a hallmark of the college. The Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes and sustains that tradition. Find information about the award, the nomination process and a nomination form on the award page. Here is a list of eligible facultyNominations are due Friday, April 18 at 5 p.m. 

Painting of a turtle.Artist honors mother and nature
Artist Gay Walker’s exhibit "My Mother’s Nature" will be on display in the College of Health and Human Services Building second floor art gallery through May 21, 2014, and an artist’s reception is scheduled for Wednesday, April 16 from 4 to 6 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public, with free parking available in Lot 104.

screenshot of the e-newsletterE-Newsletter available
The first issue of the College of Health and Human Services Connections e-newsletter is available for reading online.

 

Photo of Eva Evans.Education leader to present Burian Lecture on poverty reduction
On Tuesday, March 25, national education leader and accomplished humanitarian Dr. Eva L. Evans will present the Bill Burian University-Community Lecture, Building Bridges, at 6 p.m. at the WMU Fetzer Center. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is a collaboration of the College of Health and Human Services, the University-Community Empowerment Center and the WMU Academy of Lifelong Learning. It is a continuation of A Call to Action: Poverty Reduction in Kalamazoo County, a five-week series of forums examining ways to reverse the negative impacts of poverty and its correlates on the well-being of individuals and families in our community.

More information about the lecture and speaker is available at wmich.edu/hhs/about/lectures. Advanced registration will be appreciated and can be made at mywmu.com/burianlectures or by calling (269) 387-2663.

Photo of artwork from the "All for One" exhibition."All for One" exhibit features visual art and autism
The Autism and Visual Art "All for One" exhibition will be on display in the Health and Human Services Building second floor art gallery through Feb. 28, and an exhibit reception is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 4 from 4 to 6 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public, with free parking available in Lot 104.

Photo of Barbara BartonSocial work professor selected for service learning award
WMU School of Social Work Associate Professor Dr. Barbara Barton has been selected by the Michigan Campus Compact to receive the 2014 Michigan Campus Compact Faculty/Staff Community Service-Learning Award. 

Photo of Shelley Aurand.Army ROTC nursing graduate selected to pursue graduate degree
Shelley Aurand received her commission as an army nurse on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 in the WMU Bernhard Center and graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Bronson School of Nursing on Dec. 14. Unlike other commissioned graduates, however, she will not go directly into active duty. Instead, she will continue her education to become a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner.

Photo of Yvette Hyter.Professor Hyter honored as American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Fellow
Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology Professor Yvette D. Hyter was honored as a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association at the association’s 2013 convention in November.

A thumbnail of one of John Walker's photographs.Photographer captures moments in nature
Photographer John Walker's exhibit, "Things That Caught My Eye," will be on display in the Health and Human Services Building second floor gallery until Dec. 20. The public is invited to a free artist’s reception on Monday, Dec. 2 from 4 to 6 p.m. 

WMU College of Health and Human Services honors outstanding alumni
On Friday, Oct. 11, the Western Michigan University College of Health and Human Services will host a program and reception to honor and recognize 10 alumni and induct them into the Outstanding Alumni Academy. The event, which is part of the college’s 2013 Homecoming celebration, will begin at 4 p.m. and will take place in Room 4010 of the Health and Human Services Building.

The public is invited, and those who would like to attend are asked to call (269) 387-2663 or email chhs-devcom@wmich.edu in advance. Parking for guests will be free in lot #104 adjacent to the Health and Human Services Building.

Photo of Shake Ketefian.Nursing welcomes interim leader
The Bronson School of Nursing in the College of Health and Human Services welcomes Shaké Ketefian, Ed.D., as interim director and professor of nursing.

 

Photo of Captain Rebecca Hawkins working with a soldier.OT alumna named therapist of the year
Captain Rebecca (Meloy) Hawkins (B.S. 2006, M.S. 2007, occupational therapy) was honored as the American Business Clubs National Therapist of the Year at its annual conference in Fort Worth, Texas.

 

"Light Exchange" by Justin Bernhardt.Justin Bernhardt art reception to be held Sept. 30
Justin Bernhardt's “Essential Rhythms” exhibit is currently on display in the second floor art gallery of the Health and Human Services Building. A reception that is free and open to the public is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the gallery. 

Thumbnail photo of Hector Luis DiazCollege welcomes new social work director
The College of Health and Human Services welcomes Dr. Héctor Luis Díaz as the new director of the School of Social Work.

 

Veteran faculty tapped to lead college academic units
Two long-term College of Health and Human Services faculty members have recently been appointed to leadership roles in the college. Ben Atchison is now serving as chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy and Robert Werkin is now serving as director of the new School of Interdisciplinary Health Programs.

Thumbnail view of "On the Shore" sketch.Artists present sketches and studio work
The journal sketches and writings of artists Helen Kleczynski and Dave Middleton often inspire their creation of larger works of art. In "From Sketch to Studio," their exhibit now on display in the College of Health and Human Services second floor art gallery, their journal entries are displayed next to the larger works they inspired. 

Two WMU alumni honored by national physician assistant group
A national professional organization has singled out two alumni of Western Michigan University's physician assistant program as recipients of two of its top 2013 honors.

Photo of Helen LeeLifelong Learner Helen Lee Selected for Teaching Excellence Award
May 20, 2013
Known as a lifelong learner who inspires students to be learners, Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies Assistant Professor Helen Lee has been selected to receive the 2012-13 College of Health and Human Services Teaching Excellence Award.

Photo of Demetria Jones.Social work graduate assistant honored as WMU student employee of the year
March 7, 2013
Congratulations to Demetria Jones, a graduate assistant in the School of Social Work field education office who has been selected from among 66 nominees and over 3,900 student employees as the 2012-13 Western Michigan University Student Employee of the Year.

Center for Disability Services artists celebrate spring with color
March 6, 2013
The second floor art gallery of the Health and Human Services building is lively and vibrant with colorful works created by four individuals who participate in day programming and services offered by the Center for Disability Services.

Thumbnail of artwork from gallery exhibit.Calligraphy guild exhibits "On Healing…" in Health and Human Services gallery
Jan. 28, 2013
The Pen Dragons Calligraphy Guild's exhibit "On Healing...body, mind, spirit, our world" is currently on display in the College of Health and Human Services second-floor gallery and will be there until Feb. 21, 2013.

Photo of Brian Gibbs.Lecture and conference cover health disparities
Jan. 22, 2013
Brian K. Gibbs, Ph.D., will present the Burian Lecture on "Health Inequality: Barriers, Challenges, and Solutions" at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the WMU Fetzer Center. He will also be the keynote speaker at the conference, Diversity and Inclusion: Preparing Ourselves to Advance Health Equity, being held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Health and Human Services Building. Both events are free and open to the public. 

Dean Washington celebrates College of Health and Human Services faculty and staff awards
Dean Washington speaking at the award ceremony.
Dec. 13, 2012
On Friday, Dec. 7, College of Health and Human Services Dean Earlie M. Washington hosted an awards ceremony followed by a celebration to recognize faculty and staff in the college.

 

Western alumna transforms pain into beautiful artOne of Inja Cho's paintings.
Dec. 10, 2012
Artist Inja Cho's exhibition Unbearable Sweetness of Being can be viewed from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The show runs until Dec. 21 in the second floor gallery of the Health and Human Services Building.

 

Open Journal of Occupational Therapy logo.Inaugural issue of Open Journal of Occupational Therapy released
Dec. 10, 2012
We are pleased to announce the inaugural issue of The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy. We have assembled an outstanding issue that includes applied research, topics in education, opinions in the profession, and occupation and the artist.

Cover of Richard Kirsch's book.Burian lecturer to speak on Affordable Health Care Act and grassroots organizing
Nov. 5, 2012
On Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 5:30 p.m, Richard Kirsch will be at WMU's Fetzer Center to speak about how ordinary citizens fought for the passage of the Affordable Care Act.

Please review the 2013–16 strategic plan
Sept. 21, 2012
The College of Health and Human Services is close to completing an exciting new 2013–16 Strategic Plan. Please review the plan and let us know what you think by filling out this survey by Oct. 15.

Bleed brown and gold homecoming logo.College to honor outstanding alumni and at Homecoming event
Sept. 13, 2012
On Friday, Oct. 5, the WMU College of Health and Human Services will host a reception and program to honor and recognize 12 alumni and induct them into the Outstanding Alumni Academy.

Photo of Fred Sammons receiving his award.Dr. Fred Sammons recieves AMBUC of the Year
Aug. 7, 2012
Dr. Fred Sammons, longtime friend and supporter of the Department of Occupational Therapy at Western Michigan University has been honored as the 2012 AMBUC of the Year by the National Association of American Business Clubs.

 

Photo of a woman's ear.Cochlear Implant Clinic donor, Carls Foundation honored with award
Aug. 4, 2012
The Carls Foundation has committed more than $600,000 to the Cochlear Implant Clinic at WMU in the last two years. As a result, WMU nominated The Carls Foundation for the Exemplary Foundation Award and they will be honored with that award by the Association of Fundraising Professionals-West Michigan in mid-November. 

Holistic health's 30th anniversary logo.Holistic health program has new name in its 30th year
July 1, 2012
As the WMU holistic health care program in the College of Health and Human Services celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2012, it also takes on a new name, integrative holistic health and wellness.

 

Momma, Just Shake It book cover.Therapeutic writing
June 22, 2012
Social work alumna Rachel Eagly tells her story of stroke and aphasia in "Momma, Just Shake It!," a children's book about parents who have had a stroke.

 

US News and World Report rankings logo.

U.S. News & World Report ranks grad programs among the best
June 1, 2012
As in 2008, recent U.S. News & World Report graduate program rankings place six College of Health and Human Services programs among the top in the nation.

 

Photo of Linda Reeser.Social work professor recognized for teaching excellence
June 1, 2012
Congratulations to Dr. Linda Reeser, professor of social work and coordinator of the school's undergraduate degree program, who has been selected to receive the 2011-12 College of Health and Human Services Teaching Excellence Award.

 

Photo of Richard Long.Associate dean honored with Blaha Award
June 1, 2012
To commemorate this important milestone, we are planning a series of events during the fall 2012 and winter 2013 semesters. More information regarding those events will be forthcoming.

 

Thumbnail of Chambers' Michigan waterways painting.Artist features Michigan waterways in water colors
June 1, 2012
Douglas Chambers' paintings portray Michigan's waterways, landscapes, islands and bays, which he sees as paradise. "Capturing out of the way areas in watercolors," says the artist, "is a small way of distributing beauty to other people with the hope of renewing interest in Great Lakes clean water."