by Margaret von Steinen
July 21, 2014 | WMU News
KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Pressing issues African states face in terms of sustainable development will bring scholars and policy-makers from around the globe to Western Michigan University for a conference Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 14-16.
The eighth International Conference on African Development will be held in Brown Hall on WMU's main campus in Kalamazoo and is free of charge for academics, policymakers, investors, donors, students and the general public. It will feature a keynote presentation along with the presentation of some 30 papers. Conference program.
by Margaret von Steinen
July 31, 2014 | WMU News
KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University's Center for English Language and Culture for International Students has a new director.During its July 23 meeting, the WMU Board of Trustees approved the appointment of Thomas Marks as head of the center. Marks had been serving as interim director of CELCIS since July 2013 while a national search was conducted.
by Margaret von Steinen
July 11, 2014 | WMU News
KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University will launch the first doctoral program to be offered in the Dominican Republic in fall 2014 through a unique collaboration between the University and the D.R.'s Ministry of Education, Ministry of Higher Education and the Universidad Iberoamericana in Santo Domingo—UNIBE.
WMU has been selected to receive a 2014 Climate Leadership Award, which recognizes the campus for its innovation and leadership in sustainability, from national nonprofit organization Second Nature.
WMU's Sky Broncos precision flight team finished fourth in this year's National Intercollegiate Flying Association championship competition, which concluded May 17 in Columbus, Ohio.
by Jeanne Baron
May 15, 2014 | WMU News
Claude S. Phillips Jr., Western Michigan University professor emeritus of political science and co-founder of what is now the Haenicke Institute for Global Education, died April 17. He was 91.
by Jeanne Baron
May 14, 2014 | WMU News
Dr. Alfred K. Ho, professor emeritus of economics at Western Michigan University, died Jan. 26 in Kalamazoo. He was 94. Ho joined the WMU faculty in 1967 and retired in 1989 after 22 years of service to the University. In addition to teaching, he served stints as chairman of the Committee on Asian Studies and assistant to the dean of international education and programs.
Dr. Carla Koretsky, dean of WMU's Lee Honors College and longtime geosciences researcher, will be honored with the Geochemical Society's Distinguished Service Award this June.
Call for Papers for 8th International Conference on African Development
The Center of African Development Policy Research at Western Michigan University in collaboration with the Haenicke Institute for Global Education and the Department of Economics in the College of Arts and Sciences announce a call for papers on the theme: The Challenges of Good Governance and Leadership for Sustainable Development in African States. For details on the theme, see the Conceptual Scope of Conference Theme.
Date and Venue: Thursday, August 14 through Saturday, August 16, 2014 in Room 2028 Brown Hall, Western Michigan University.
Please submit a 250-word abstract by June 1, 2014 here: Submit
by Margaret von Steinen
May 2, 2014 | WMU News
KALAMAZOO--The Confucius Institute at Western Michigan University is accepting registrations for summer Chinese culture classes that begin the week of Monday, May 19, and run through Friday, June 27.
WMU student fundraiser planned for Irish senior center
by Deanne Puca
May 9, 2014 | WMU News
KALAMAZOO—Occupational therapy students at Western Michigan University are hosting a fundraiser Saturday, May 17, for a senior center in Ireland that has been an integral stop during a study-abroad program.
Congratulations to Allyson Perez, a cellist from the Dominican Republic, who just completed her third year at WMU in spring 2014. She has been accepted to play with the Youth Orchestra of the Americas on its world tour during June and July. Perez won her orchestra spot competing against young musicians from 25 nations. The orchestra is under the artistic direction of Placido Domingo.
Congratulations to Yoshiaki Nakazawa, who traveled from Japan with his wife, Mariko, to accept the Haworth College of Business Marketing Alumni Hall of Fame Award in April. Yoshiaki is the first international alumnus to receive the award. In photo (left to right): Mushtaq Luqmani, chair, Department of Marketing; Yoshiaki Nakazawa; Mariko Nakazawa; Ann Veeck, professor of marketing; Zahir Quraeshi, professor of marketing and G. W. Haworth Chair of Global Business.
KALAMAZOO—Western Michigan University has committed to increasing study abroad participation by 50 percent over the next five years as part of a national initiative that aims to double the number of United States college students studying abroad by 2019.
KALAMAZOO—Dr. Bernard Han and Dr. Andrew Targowski, Western Michigan University professors of business information systems, were recently awarded the third annual Timothy Light Center for Chinese Studies Research Grant for their book project, "Chinese Civilization in the 21st Century."
Internationalizing the Curriculum: Global Engagement Across Campus
Workshops for WMU faculty, administrators and staff, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Friday, April 4, in 2000 Schneider Hall. Register.
The music, dance, food and fashions of 15 cultures will be showcased during Western Michigan University's twenty-fifth annual International Festival from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 23, on campus in the Bernhard Center's East Ballroom.
Dr. Federica De Sisto, a research associate at the Institute of International Integration Studies, Trinity College, The University of Dublin, Ireland, will give a presentation titled, "Doing Sensitive Research Cross-cultural Contexts: Reflections from Fieldwork,” at 4 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 in 1115 Moore Hall. Event flier
December 23, 2013 | WMU News
Applications are now being accepted for a research and creative activities grant to support the study of Greater China by Western Michigan University faculty members. The deadline for submitting proposals, valued at up to $3,000 each, is Friday, Feb. 7.
Western Michigan University and the Haenicke Institute for Global Education look forward to welcoming about 300 new students to campus during our International Student Orientation and Registration Program for spring 2014 on Thursday, Jan. 2 and Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 in the Bernhard Center East Ballroom.
December 3, 2013 | WMU News
Western Michigan University's newly appointed dean of the College of Education and Human Development Dr. Ming Li has been selected for an international award honoring outstanding service.
From: Public Engagement Division of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
In recent weeks, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) learned of a new telephone scam targeting USCIS applicants and petitioners. Scammers are using a technique called “Caller ID spoofing” to display a misleading or inaccurate phone number in a recipient’s Caller ID. The scammer poses as a USCIS official and requests personal information (such as Social Security number, passport number, or A-number), identifies supposed issues in the recipient’s immigration records, and asks for payment to correct these records. Read more.
WMU to celebrate human diversity
during International Education Week
Western Michigan University will highlight a variety of countries and cultures during its International Education Week, set for Saturday through Saturday, Nov. 16-23, 2013. Numerous entertaining and educational events sponsored by WMU international registered student organizations and other offices have been scheduled for the local observance on WMU's main campus throughout the week, and most are free and open to the public.
Learn more about the Boren Scholarship and Fellowship program, which provides support for study abroad in geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security at an informational meeting planned for 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 in Bernhard Center Room 211, which will be facilitated by a Boren representative. No registration is required.
Western Michigan University and the University of Passau invite applications for a short-term faculty exchange. The WMU applicant who is selected will spend one month in May or June as a visiting professor at Passau, one of the newest German universities in the lovely region of Bavaria. Application information.
Western Michigan University's fall 2013 enrollment figures show a 5.1 percent increase in the number of new freshmen and strong surges in the number of both international students and graduate students seeking doctoral degrees.
Western Michigan University is making its 23rd consecutive appearance this year on the U.S. News & World Report's annual list of "best national universities."
Western Michigan University students are returning to campus this week just in time to hear the news that their school is one of the top-50 values among national universities and already meets many of the performance measures called for in recent weeks by U.S. President Barack Obama.
Campus welcome reception for Dr. Wolfgang Schlör October 8
A gathering welcoming Dr. Wolfgang F. Schlör, associate provost for the Haenicke Institute for Global Education, is set for 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Oaklands. Read more about Schlör on the University News website.
The public is invited to help put the "home" in homecoming when Western Michigan University holds its annual Parade of Nations Saturday, Oct. 12.
Two renowned Japanese writers to read September 10
Mutsuo Takahashi and Hiromi Itō, two of Japan's most important writers, will participate in a bilingual reading of their work from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10 in 3025 Brown Hall. Dr. Jeffrey Angles, professor of Japanese and director of WMU's Soga Japan Center has published translations of both writers' work and will provide interpretation. Event flier.
Engineering reception for international students September 19
Faculty and staff of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences will welcome international engineering students at a reception planned for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 in the front atrium of the college. Entertainment and refreshments will be provided. To RSVP, contact Xiaotang Wang, international programming intern, at (269) 387-3966 or write firstname.lastname@example.org. The reception is being hosted by the CEAS and the Diether H. Haenicke Institute for Global Education.
During a weeklong trip to Western Michigan University, educators from the Dominican Republic's first community college are touring the campus and renewing acquaintances with WMU faculty members who visited their campus to offer a workshop earlier this summer.
Saturday, June 29--Berry picking day trip for international students at Brookside Farms. Bus leaves Bernhard Center at 11 a.m. Cost is $5 for transportation; u-pick berries are $1.25 per pound. Register in 3521 Ellsworth Hall by Friday, June 28. For more information, write email@example.com or call (269) 387-3966.
A free workshop on the ancient art form of Chinese paper cutting will be hosted by the Confucius Institute at Western Michigan University from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, in Brown Hall Room 2037.
Freshman Mingyuan Yang has taken first place in International Double Reed Society Young Artist Competition. Yang was one of three finalists chosen by an international panel of judges.
Three Western Michigan University students have won a total of $13,500 in scholarships to study foreign languages overseas during the 2013-14 academic year.
Japanese conversation table at WMU
Five free opportunities to practice Japanese language skills in a conversational setting are being offered by the Soga Japan Center from 4 to 5 p.m. on the following Fridays: May 24 and 31 and June 7, 14, and 21. The meetings are open to the public and will be held in WMU’s Bernhard Center Cafeteria, located on the main floor. Sessions will be led by Michiko Yoshimoto, Soga Center outreach coordinator. To register, send Yoshimoto an email that includes your full name and current level of proficiency: firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, call (269) 387-5874.
48th Medieval Congress at WMU May 9-12
WMU will stage the the 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies May 9-12.
Some 1,500 Malaysian students expected for the 2013 Midwest Games
The Malaysian Midwest Games, an annual sporting event sponsored by members of Malaysian student organizations at American universities located throughout the Midwest, will be hosted by WMU for the third time Friday through Sunday, May 24-26, on WMU's main campus.
April 15, Lecture - "Yume Ka utsutsu ka: "Dream or Reality?: Exploring the World of Dream in Japanese Noh Theatre," 5 p.m. 2500 Knauss Hall
April 11, Lecture – “The Buddha You Never Knew: Re-imagining a Prince of Ancient India in Japan,” Dr. Micah Auerback, 3025 Brown Hall, 5 p.m.
April 11, Chinese Paper Cutting Workshop - 4 to 5 p.m., Brown Hall Room 3030. The workshop includes a brief presentation about the history of paper cutting and a hands-on opportunity to create a window decoration cut from paper.
April 3, Lecture – “Sustainable Chemistry and Business in the United States and in Africa,” Dr. Mo Hunsen, 3 p.m.